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"Arrested Development" Amigos (TV Episode 2004) Poster

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(2004)

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The two previous episodes had titles in the style of Friends (1994). ("The One Where...") This one's title is Spanish for "friends".
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In the fourth season, Gob (Will Arnett) is frequently seen eating Parmesan cheese mixed with mustard. This is a reference to Martin Mull, who played private detective Gene Parmesan in this and four other episodes, and who also played Colonel Mustard in the movie Clue (1985).
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Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) comments that she has "sensed [Maeby (Alia Shawkat)] feeling a little left out lately", in reference to the small role Maeby played in the first two episodes of the season.
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This episode is titled "¡Amigos!" on the Season 2 DVD, though no press releases listed the exclamation marks in the title when the episode was broadcast.
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The Cornballer, the Cornballer box, and a box of Cornballer mix can be seen in Michael (Jason Bateman)'s office. Additionally, a Cornballer advertisement can be seen in Mexico.
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A Cloudmir sign is seen in Mexico.
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Starla is wearing a "Q" necklace, in reference to her love of Quincy Jones (Quincy Jones is one of the producers of the FOX sketch show MADtv (1995) and the actress who plays Starla is Mo Collins, who was a cast member on the show from 1998 to 2004).
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The poster that drops off the wall and G.O.B (Will Arnett) says to "just leave it" carries the slogan 'never give up'.
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During the silent film, one of the Mexicans said "Usted baila como un hombre que vive como mujer" and it was translated with subtitles as "You dance like a homosexual", but the correct translation would be "You dance like a man who lives like a woman".
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Buster (Tony Hale) comments that he used to have a shirt just like the one the child is wearing, and the narrator (Ron Howard) said that it was Buster's. In fact, Buster wore that shirt in episode 1.15, Arrested Development: Staff Infection (2004).
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A small drawing of Mr. Bananagrabber can be seen behind Michael (Jason Bateman) in his office.
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Another joke is made at the expense of Michael (Jason Bateman)'s dead wife Tracy (Maria Thayer), again proving how insensitive the Bluths are.
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Recurring character Starla had always claimed she had a relationship with Quincy Jones. Mo Collins (Starla) is a former cast member on MADtv (1995), which Quincy Jones produces. Mo Collins also later played a recurring character on Parks and Recreation (2009), which starred Quincy Jones' daughter Rashida Jones, as Ann Perkins.
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This episode continues the titular references to Friends (1994) used in the first two episodes of the season, as "amigos" is Spanish for "friends." It also refers to the fact that G.O.B. (Will Arnett) is searching for a friend, how quite a bit of the episode takes place in Mexico, and the story line of Buster (Tony Hale) making friends with Lupe (B.W. Gonzalez)'s family.
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Michael (Jason Bateman) states that he is going to buy tickets to Legoland for him and his son; in season 3, Lucille (Jessica Walter) tells Uncle Trevor (Dave Thomas) that she thought she heard Michael saying he was taking Rita to Legoland.
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Lupe (B.W. Gonzalez)'s Spanish name for Buster (Tony Hale) is "retardo".
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Every time Ice (Malik Yoba) is seen, a dark, shadowy sound plays.
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G.O.B. (Will Arnett)'s laptop bears his name, in similarity to his Segway.
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First appearance of Martin Mull as Gene Parmesan.
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Alia Shawkat (Maeby Funke) & Mae Whitman (Ann) previously worked together on State of Grace (2001) as Young Hannah Rayburn & Emma Grace McKee respectively.
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Jessica Walter (Lucille Bluth) and Judy Greer (Kitty Sanchez) are both cast members of Archer (2009). Jeffrey Tambor also has a recurring role on the series.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Buster (Tony Hale) says "I never thought I'd miss a hand so much" he later goes on to lose a hand.
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This episode continues the running gag of jokes made at the expense of George Michael (Michael Cera)'s girlfriend, Ann (Mae Whitman):
  • When George Michael mentions wanting to spend time with Ann, Michael (Jason Bateman) has no idea who he is talking about.
  • When George Michael calls Ann his girlfriend, Michael replies, "Her?"
  • Michael calls George Michael an "Ann-hog," in reference to him spending all his time with his girlfriend. This nickname transfers to Ann herself and is mentioned multiple times in the episode.
  • Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) says to Michael "Check out who's on that hog in the rearview mirror," referring to Ice on his motorcycle. Michael screams out "George Michael!" believing the hog Lindsay was talking about was Ann.
  • After Michael and Maeby (Alia Shawkat)'s talk in the stair car, the narrator (Ron Howard) mentions how "there were only four people in their group," implying that the narrator forgot about Ann (there were five in their group).
  • After returning to Mexico to find Ann, Michael still doesn't recognize her.
  • Michael refers to Ann as "Plant" after George Michael says "Way to plant, Ann!"
  • When G.O.B. (Will Arnett) learns that about Ann is George Michael's girlfriend, G.O.B. asks, "What, is she funny or something?"
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The angered Mexican, the chicken-dancer and the piano player who ends up getting shot in the black-and-white video are played by Jason Bateman (Michael), Will Arnett (G.O.B.), and Tony Hale (Buster), respectively.
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Tobias (David Cross) continues to colour himself blue for a chance to work with the performance group. The Blue Man Group's performances start at 8:00pm, and Tobias paints himself blue and counts down to 8:01pm on his watch every night just in case they need him as an understudy.
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Short mention is made of George Michael (Michael Cera)'s feelings for his cousin, and the general theme of incest:
  • When Maeby (Alia Shawkat) asks, "Why do people have to date anyways?" Michael (Jason Bateman) responds, "Isn't family enough for people?" which could be construed as Michael condoning incest.
  • After Michael tells George Michael that his cousin (Maeby) is "one hell of a girl" and "it's too bad you can't date her," George Michael does a double take and asks Michael if he "would have a problem with that," and then tries to cover it up.
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Mexicans use the stair car to jump over the border, just like the prisoner tried to use the stair car to jump the prison fence in episode 1.6, Arrested Development: Visiting Ours (2003).
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Oscar (Jeffrey Tambor) hints that he is Buster' (Tony Hale)s father, saying that Lucille (Jessica Walter) is not having an affair with Buster's "uncle." Overly dramatic music plays after this is said.
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This is George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor)'s smallest role in an episode to date, with just one, brief non-speaking appearance.
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After Oscar (Jeffrey Tambor) goes back to unload his items, Lucille (Jessica Walter) gives Annyong (Justin Lee) money and tells him to "go see a Star War."
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There are three instances of Spanish sentences being translated into English:
  • In the silent film-style flashback of how the chicken dance came to be offensive in Mexico, there's a title card that reads, "Usted baila como un hombre que vive como mujer," which translates to "You dance like a homosexual" (literally, it means, "You dance like a man who lives like a woman").
  • When Lupe (B.W. Gonzalez) finds Buster (Tony Hale) on her front lawn, she remarks "Ahora tengo que cuidar para retardo", which the subtitle translates to, "So now I must take care of Buster" but actually means "Now I have to take care of retard."
  • The Cloudmir sign in Mexico is in broken Spanish, reading "La feliz beber: hay Cloudmir si tienes sed" (translated, it means, "The happy drink: There's Cloudmir if you're thirsty.")
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G.O.B. (Will Arnett) does his chicken dance for the first time since episode 1.15, Arrested Development: Staff Infection (2004), and it's revealed in this episode that, in Mexican culture, the chicken dance is considered an offensive gesture.
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Lucille (Jessica Walter) and Buster (Tony Hale) refer to testicles as "Charlie Browns." Buster first did this in episode 2.2, Arrested Development: The One Where They Build a House (2004). He later refers to Michael (Jason Bateman)'s penis as his "Linus" in episode 2.11, Arrested Development: Out on a Limb (2005).
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Three posters are seen, two of which are ironic.
  • "Keep An Open Mind" - The poster is in the background when Michael (Jason Bateman) is talking to Ann (Mae Whitman) on the phone. It takes on an ironic meaning when Michael tells G.O.B. (Will Arnett) that he doesn't like her.
  • "Never Give Up" - A poster that says "Never Give Up" falls down, to which G.O.B. says, "F--k it. Just leave it where it is."
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"Upon seeing his former "hand chair," Buster (Tony Hale) comments, "I'd never thought I'd miss a hand so much." He then touches the chair with the hand he later loses in episode 2.11, Arrested Development: Out on a Limb (2005). In the "on the next" segment, Buster catches Oscar (Jeffrey Tambor) and Lucille (Jessica Walter) making out in his reclaimed "hand chair" foreshadowing Lucille's eventual use of Buster's replacement hand as a sex toy.
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G.O.B (Will Arnett) doesn't have any friends, which is pointed out by Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) when he introduces ICE (Malik Yoba) the bounty hunter as his friend. This is also mentioned in episode 1.19, Arrested Development: Best Man for the Gob (2004), because he has to hire the Hot Cops to pose as friends at his party. Even Lucille (Jessica Walter) won't spend time with G.O.B. later in the episode.
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Multiple characters are tackled in this episode:
  • Ice (Malik Yoba) tackles Michael (Jason Bateman) in Mexico.
  • Ice tackles Tobias (David Cross) at the model home.
  • G.O.B. (Will Arnett) tackles Michael in Mexico, followed by Gene tackling G.O.B., followed by Ice tackling Michael.
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Blue hand-prints can be seen in various places in the model home. When Ice (Malik Yoba) tackles Tobias (David Cross) we see a long smear of blue paint on the floor, and a section of Tobias' face has no blue paint, indicating his face was rubbed along the floor for a couple feet.
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In the shot when Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) and George Michael (Michael Cera) are driving off, followed by Ice (Malik Yoba), the shot was flipped. The license plate is mirrored, as is the church in the background.
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When Buster (Tony Hale) sees his hand chair at Lupe (B.W. Gonzalez)'s house, he says "I never thought I'd miss a hand this much" foreshadowing his loss of his hand.
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The blue picture of George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) foreshadows him joining the Blue Man Group in episode 2.18, Arrested Development: Righteous Brothers (2005).
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While Buster (Tony Hale) prepares a videotape telling Lucille (Jessica Walter) of his escape to Mexico, he begins to yawn in the middle of his sentence. This is a reference to episode 1.3, Arrested Development: Bringing Up Buster (2003), in which Buster often did the same thing.
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The first of many of the Bluth family's suggestive banners, which says "You're killing me, Buster" can be seen at Buster (Tony Hale)'s party. This banner appears again in episode 2.12, Arrested Development: Hand to God (2005).
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Tobias (David Cross) mentions that he "blue [himself] early so he'd be nice and relaxed for a 9:00pm dinner reservation." Tobias first used the term "blue myself" in episode 2.1, Arrested Development: The One Where Michael Leaves (2004).
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G.O.B. (Will Arnett)'s inspirational poster, "Don't be Afraid to Make a Mistake", is in response to his denial of making mistakes in episode 2.1, Arrested Development: The One Where Michael Leaves (2004).
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Gene Parmesan (Martin Mull) remarks "Come on!" after counting his money. "Come on!" becomes a recurring phrase later in episode 2.6, Arrested Development: Afternoon Delight (2004).
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Michael (Jason Bateman)'s comment about putting people in the trunk and Lupe (B.W. Gonzalez)'s facial expression is a reference to the misunderstanding in episode 1.5, Arrested Development: Charity Drive (2003).
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Ice mistakes Tobias (David Cross) for George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor), foreshadowing when Tobias plays his father-in-law in the television show.
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Annyong (Justin Lee) wears a t-shirt with a mole on it, foreshadowing that he is a mole in the Bluth household.
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Lucille (Jessica Walter) talks about Buster (Tony Hale) being in a "naked pyramid," a reference to the photos taken in the Iraqi prison.
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As in the previous episode, Tobias (David Cross) is painted blue in every scene in which he is present.
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This is the first episode where the Bluths visit a different country, which later happens again in episode 3.12, Arrested Development: Exit Strategy (2006).
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When Michael (Jason Bateman) is telling Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) that Ice (Malik Yoba) is actually a bounty hunter, there are two Mexicans on the steps behind them who keep disappearing and reappearing depending on the shot.
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