Arrested Development/The Cabin Show

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The Cabin Show
The Cabin Show
Season 3, Episode 1
Airdate September 19, 2005
Production Number #3AJD01
Written by Mitchell Hurwitz,
Jim Vallely
Directed by Paul Feig
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Arrested DevelopmentSeason Three

The Cabin Show is the first episode of the third season of Arrested Development, and the forty-first episode overall.

Guest Stars: Henry Winkler (Barry Zuckerkorn), Judy Greer (Kitty), Justin Grant Wade (Steve Holt), Brandon Johnson (Swallows Manager), Antony Desantis (James Allan), Gary Kraus (Reunion Dad), Michael Savage (Suspect), Paul Vogt (Twin #1), Peter Vogt (Twin #2), William H. Bassett (Cab Driver), James Kramer (Himself), John Beard (Himself)


Plot Overview

Michael gets some refreshing news: on Jim Cramer's Mad Money, Bluth Company stock has been upgraded from "triple sell" to "don't buy". When he visits who he thinks is his father to gloat, he realizes Oscar has been wrongfully imprisoned. Because Lucille has finally stopped taking her post-partum depression medicine, Michael suggests she gets away from Buster by taking a vacation at the Bluth cabin in Reno, which is about to be relocated.

GOB is crushed, having never heard of the cabin, but when he receives a letter from a father-son reunion service he believes George Sr. is making a belated attempt to connect with him. When he goes to the meeting, he realizes his father isn't going to show up and instead bonds with his illegitimate son Steve Holt- the boy whom, unbeknownst to him, he was actually supposed to meet there.

Michael finds out Barry Zuckercorn is in Reno with George Sr. When he gets to Reno, Michael finds Tobias- without Kitty- waiting tables instead of performing, and realizes his father is posing as a Blue Man. Tobias expresses his regret over leaving Lindsay, so Michael calls her to orchestrate a reconciliation, then confronts Barry and fires him.

Meanwhile, since their taboo kiss George Michael and Maebe have been avoiding each other and their shared bedroom. When Lindsay decides to drive to Reno to find Tobias, she brings them along for the ride. They nearly rekindle their romance, but decide to wait until the next day. At the same time, Michael encounters GOB and Steve Holt in Reno, and after reading GOB's letter informs him that Steve Holt is his son. GOB flees, and inspired by his brother's poor example Michael decides to take his own son to the Bluth Cabin- again foiling George Michael's designs on his cousin. They awaken in the morning to find the cabin, with the two of them still inside, has been driven away on a flatbed truck by George Sr. to prevent Oscar's release.

On the next Arrested Development

  • Lucille arrives at the cabin to find it's not there, and her car, with Buster in the back seat, rolls into a lake.
  • Maebe and Steve Holt, both having been stranded in Reno, decide to make out.
  • Lindsay finds Kitty and Tobias together, but it turns out to be Tobias in a wig kissing Barry in blue makeup. She immediately demands a divorce.


Arc Advancement




  • Immaculate Election: GOB is revealed to be Steve Holt's dad.
  • Righteous Brothers: Many of the characters pick up their storylines directly after the second season's finale:
    • Oscar is still in jail.
    • Tobias and Kitty have run off to Reno.
    • George Sr. is still in the Blue Man Group.
    • George Michael and Maeby are awkward after their kiss.
  • The One Where They Build a House - The Mission Accomplished banner is hanging on the office wall after their stock is upgraded to "Don't Buy" from "Triple Sell"
    • George Sr. camoflauges with a blue blackdrop in Blue Man Group costume like Tobias did when stalking Lindsay.
  • Kitty shows Tobias her breasts the same way she showed Michael (twice) and Dick Van Patten


The Show

  • Cell Phone: Lindsay's cell phone ring tone is the theme to the show
  • Flashback: GOB uses Michael's Grizzly Adams sleeping bag, seen in the flash backs where George Sr. kept blowing him off after promising him that they'll go to the cabin.
  • GOB's Yearbook: The caption's under GOB's yearbook photo read:
    • George Oscar Bluth
    • Nickname: Gob
    • Hope to One Day: Go camping with my dad.
    • Quote: "Sit on it"
  • Eve's Yearbook: The captions under Eve Holt, Steve Holt's mom read:
    • Eve Holt
    • Nickname: Eve Holt
    • Hope to One Day: Finish High School
    • Quote: "My life is over"
  • Website: Oscar's website exists, as set up by Fox:
    • His prisoner number, 24601, is taken from Les Miserables

Behind the Scenes

  • Time Slot: This is the first episode to air in its new timeslot on Mondays at 8PM.
  • Locations: The SAD garden with the statue is actually outside the 20th Century Fox commissary.
    • The cab scenes were shot driving around Century City.

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Lucille: How am I supposed to find someone willing to go into that musty old claptrap?
  • George, Sr.: Come on! You're old enough to figure this out. I'm nailing this broad!
  • Oscar:I'm innocent, Michael! I'm Oscar... dot com!
  • Michael: Hey, why don't you pop a tent in front with your cousin, Maeby.
    George Michael: What?! No!
    Maeby: I'm not really the outdoorsy type.
    Michael: Well, then this is a good chance for you to rub off on her.
  • GOB: I've made a huge tiny mistake.
  • GOB: Well I will tell you this Michael, I don't have a son. But if I ever do, I'm either going to take him to the cabin in the woods, or I'm going to promise to take him and then not take him. But the one thing that I will never do is not tell him that I'm taking him to a cabin in the woods and then not take him.