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Pier Pressure 

When Buster asks George-Michael to buy him marijuana to treat Lucille Austero's vertigo, Michael stages a phony bust to teach George-Michael a lesson.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lindsay Bluth Fünke
Maeby Fünke
Tobias Fünke
Lucille Bluth
Lucille Austero
J. Walter Weatherman
Drug Dealer
Greg Kohout ...
Dan Horton ...
Marcus - Hot Cop #1
Benjamin Lowe ...
Hot Cop #2 (as Benjamin 'Stoli' Lowe)


When Michael suspects that George Michael has been smoking marijuana, he enlists the help of a one-armed man his father used to scare them as children. GOB and Buster participate in the bust, which also enlists the help of a local stripper agency. Written by halo1k

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11 January 2004 (USA)  »

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When Lindsey hangs Maeby's test on the fridge, you can also see a note which reads "I finished the milk. Will buy more - George Michael". They show a flashback of George Sr. using Jay Walter Weatherman to teach his kids a lesson about leaving notes specifically because he is aggrieved about not having milk for his coffee. Though Michael points to the fridge to indicate the efficacy of the lessons, you can only see the note clearly before the flashback scene, making it a subtle joke that only makes sense if you've already seen the episode. See more »


George Michael: [Arguing with his math book] Dumb, dumb George Michael, dumb...
Michael: Hey, calm down there, you two; it's just a math problem.
George Michael: Yeah, but if I fail math then there goes my chances to get a good job and have a happy life full of hard work, like you always say, right Dad?
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Referenced in CHIKARA: Pier Pressure (2015) See more »


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Composed by David Schwartz
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Dysfunctional family humour at its best
17 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

What can I say about this episode? There are several continuity errors about whether it's night or day, and at times it gets cheesy with its anti-drug message and the characters' imitations of drug dealers and buyers... but this episode still rocks. Cheesiness may be a part of that. Other bits of the episode are edgy. It's all hilarious.

Pier Pressure starts by opening a window into the family's insanity- flashbacks to the Bluths' childhoods when their father George would teach them lessons by having a one-armed man act out being injured by the children's mistakes. For dysfunctional family humour, this was inspired and original. The episode then goes on to toy with Michael and Lindsay Bluth's different parenting strategies- Michael's pushing and Lindsay's hands-off approach- and which is superior. This gives us a great scene when Michael discovers how stressed his son is. A great portrait of stress. But Michael soon becomes afraid that his son's stress could lead to drugs, and arranges for the kind of lesson he went through when he was young to turn his son off drugs. This is a fantastic portrait of Michael- flawed, stubborn to recognize a bad idea, but still caring and concerned for his child. Michael recruits the help of his brother GOB, an unlikely ally in an anti-drug mission.

Meanwhile, Lindsay's daughter Maeby is sent to her grandmother Lucille's apartment. Lucille, known for her biting comments, is great in this episode.

Right down to the music- a main original song called I Get Up is played at the end, and a new song, The Big Yellow Joint, debuts- Pier Pressure is a masterpiece episode. It's not only irreverent, it's important for establishing characterization.

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