Recap Arrested Development: Season 3, Episode 1 - The Cabin Show

Michael Bluth begins his day with something he’d never seen before: good news about the Bluth Company. Television financial expert Jim Cramer upgraded Bluth Company stock from "triple sell" to "don’t buy". Michael tells Lucille he is going to prison to gloat about the good news. He had sold the property for the family cabin to keep the company afloat. The success will allow Michael to spend more time with his son, George Michael.

Lucille also wants Michael to spend more time with Buster, whose snoring is keeping Lucille awake at night. Furthermore, after mistaking Tom Cruise for a doctor talking about the evils of medication on The Today Show, she has quit taking her postpartum medication and is stressed out. Michael suggests that she relax by visiting the cabin before it is relocated.

Gob appears, complaining that he never knew about the cabin. Michael reveals that despite his father’s promises, he has never been to the cabin either. The two argue about whose plight is sadder; Michael offers to take Gob to the cabin.

As Michael heads off to prison, he discovers George Michael asleep in the stair car. George Michael says he is sleeping there because he wants to see his father, but in fact, since sharing a kiss with Maeby, he has been trying to avoid her. Touched, Michael decides to take George Michael to the cabin instead of Gob, much to Gob’s disappointment.

At the prison, Michael eagerly tells his father about the company’s success, not knowing it is actually Oscar, George Sr.’s twin brother, that is in jail. Oscar tries to convince Michael that he is the wrong twin, but Michael refuses to believes him. Oscar has even started a website,, to claim his innocence. Michael ignores Oscar’s pleas and announces his intentions to take his son to the cabin. Oscar understands, saying that Michael’s son comes first, and Michael suddenly realizes that he really is Oscar.

Michael returns to the office to figure out how to free Oscar. He finds Lindsay and the employees celebrating the good news about the company. Lindsay tells Michael she will use the new money to buy a car, and shows him several copies she has made. She claims she needs a new car because Tobias has left her. Michael tells her she only wants Tobias because she cannot have him, and if she has him, she would not want him.

Michael tells Gob and Lindsay that it is actually Oscar in jail, and that George Sr. is on the loose. He discovers that Gob has received a letter from a group called S.A.D. that reunites fathers and sons. Having not read the letter, Gob assumes his father is secretly contacting him. Michael calls the family’s lawyer, Barry Zuckerkorn, to find out if he knows George Sr.'s whereabouts. Barry’s assistant informs Michael that Barry has gone to Reno to meet George Sr.

Michael travels to Reno to find his father, and is forced to cancel the plans with his son. George Michael suggests that since the cabin is in Lake Tahoe, near Reno, they could combine the trips. Michael thinks this a bad idea, but notices his son's eagerness to go on a camping trip. He suggests that instead, George Michael pop a tent in the front yard with Maeby. Michael’s suggestion makes Maeby and George Michael extremely uncomfortable.

Gob arrives at the S.A.D. center, expecting to find his father. He sits down on a bench next to Steve Holt, who is also expecting to find his father. The Narrator reveals that Steve Holt is actually Gob’s son, and he has been trying to track down Gob The two do not realize they are looking for each other, but, upset that their fathers have not shown, decide to go on a son-son camping trip to the cabin.

Michael arrives in Reno, looking for his father. Unexpectedly, he finds Tobias working at Swallows, a family-style restaurant by day and an anything-goes, pan-sexual bazaar by night. Tobias confesses that he missed out on a role with the Blue Man Group in Las Vegas, so he came to Reno to audition. Furthermore, Kitty has left him after Tobias found blue handprints on her. Tobias says he wants to reunite with Lindsay, which Michael agrees to arrange. He also figures that George Sr. must be hiding as a Blue Man, given the blue paint on Kitty.

Michael informs Lindsay he has found Tobias. Knowing that she only wants what she cannot have, he convinces her Tobias does not wish to return. Lindsay decides she will go to Reno to get Tobias herself. She drags George Michael and Maeby along in the stair car. Tobias calls Lindsay while she is on the road, sending mixed messages about whether he wants to see her. Lindsay turns the stair car around after each comment by Tobias, forcing the already uncomfortable kids to fall on top of each other, before finally proceeding to Reno.

Michael goes to the Blue Man show, looking for George Sr., but finds Barry. Michael fires Barry, who fears he may have to resort to prostitution to make ends meet.

Lindsay arrives at the hotel in Reno and leaves the kids in the stair car, forcing them to finally face facts. Maeby suggests they are acting weird because they didn’t finish the kiss, and George Michael agrees. They decide to finish the kiss, but Lindsay calls them to the hotel. Deciding to meet back in the stair car the next morning, Maeby heads to the room, while George Michael stays in the stair car.

Gob arrives in Reno with Steve Holt, hoping to get the key to the cabin from Michael. A confused Michael reads Gob’s letter and discovers that Steve is Gob’s son. Gob runs off in fear, and Michael spies George Michael sleeping in the stair car. Thinking his son drove up to Reno to be with him, Michael is determined to be a better father than Gob, and decides to take George Michael to the cabin. They are an hour out of Reno when George Michael wakes up. George Michael is devastated to find out he has lost his chance to be with Maeby, but Michael is too excited about the camping trip to notice his disappointment.

As Michael is forcibly taking his son out to the cabin, Lucille is ready to forcibly throw hers out. Fed up with Buster’s snoring, she hits his bed with a tripod. However, Buster was not in his bed. Worried about what she would do when Buster returns, Lucille decides to drive out to the cabin. On her way there, she discovers Buster sleeping in the back seat of her car. Buster reveals he did not want to bother Lucille, but he left a recording of his snoring so she would not know he was gone. Buster and Lucille decide that a night at the cabin might be the exact shot in the arm their relationship needs. In Reno, Tobias is trying to find a way to convince Lindsay that he is not only a Blue man, but still with Kitty.

Michael and George Michael arrive at the cabin to find the bedrooms have been moved. George Michael, still upset about being separated from Maeby, confesses that he has been sleeping in the stair car because he is in the middle of a girl problem. Michael promises to help figure out his problem the next morning. But when Michael wakes up the next morning, he finds the cabin has been moved from its location, and is being driven on a truck by George Sr., who says that he cannot allow his son to release Oscar.

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