Arrested Development Season 1, Episode 3: Bringing Up Buster - Recap

Michael is making Cornballs for breakfast - a Bluth family tradition since George Sr. tried to market a device called the Cornballer in the mid-1970s - in preparation for him and his son George Michael's Sunday bike ride. However, George Michael isn't sure he wants to continue the tradition anymore. Gob comes in and announces he's had another fight with his current girlfriend, Marta, and asks if he can stay with Michael for a while. Michael declines, which Lindsay tells Gob is because Michael feels bad because his son feels suffocated by him. When Tobias finds out that his daughter Maeby is auditioning for the school play, he assumes it is to get closer to him. In fact, Maeby hopes to be cast as the romantic lead alongside a boy named Steve Holt, so that they could share a kiss. George Michael is also auditioning for the play in the hopes of starring alongside his cousin Maeby to share that same kiss with her. Maeby and Steve Holt get the lead roles, and George Michael, cast as the stand-in, is ready to quit... until he learns that since Steve Holt has football practice, George Michael will be kissing Maeby during rehearsals.

Since Buster's post-graduate studies are on permanent hiatus due to reduced family funds, Lucille is beginning to resent her son's constant presence. Lucille chides Michael for not spending more time with Buster, and drops Buster off to spend the rest of the day with him. Michael tries to adjust to less time with George Michael by spending more time with Buster, who begins to join in the family's venting about their mother, Lucille. Maeby is horrified when Tobias arrives at rehearsal announcing that he is the play's new director. Tobias is horrified by what he sees as a lack of chemistry between George Michael (the stand-in for the play's star, Steve Holt) and Maeby. And George Michael is horrified because Tobias won't let the scene continue long enough for him to kiss Maeby. Feeling frustrated by her father's constant interference, Maeby quits. And while searching for a way to get more chemistry, Tobias sees George Michael talking to Steve Holt, and comes to the conclusion that George Michael is gay. Tobias gives George Michael Steve's role, and casts Steve in Maeby's former role of Beatrice. Frustrated by Tobias's direction and worried by the thought of kissing Steve Holt, George Michael quits the play. Which Tobias salvages by casting Maeby as the lead male opposite Steve Holt as the lead female.

Over at Bluth Co., Lucille catches word from Lindsay that Buster has been gaining a backbone and talking disparagingly about his mother. Lucille barges into the office to take Buster back home. She then advises Michael to hold tight to his son like she does with Buster, but when Michael returns home, he finds a contrite George Michael ready to make cornballs with his father.


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