Previously, On Arrested Development

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Season 4, Episode 2

Borderline Personalities

Originally aired Sunday, May 26, 2013

George Sr. comes up with a get rich quick scam after his family falls apart.

9 recurring jokes in this episode

The Bluths

  • Prayer hands

    George Sr. and Oscar both use prayer hands when addressing CEOs at the sweat lodge.


George Sr.

  • ... embraces religion

    George Sr. finds religion in a sweat lodge. He needed to be ordained as a minister online in order for his sweat lodge ministry to be legal.

    His new name is "Father B."

    Related Joke: Prayer hands


  • Stan Sitwell has alopecia

    He lost some good human chest hair nipple tufts when they jumped off of the Queen Mary.

  • "He's very good."

    Barry misunderstands maritime law when directing the Bluths (in 1982) to prepare a backup plan based on fleeing to the open sea. George Sr.: "We have the best f%&king attorneys."

    He has a law degree from the Virgin Islands.

    He used a look-alike to take the California Bar exam.

    Related Joke: Maritime law

  • meta

    The narrator references the current (and unexpected) fourth season of Arrested Development: "... the beginning of a fourth season that would never come."

  • Maritime law

    Lucille's trial is held in a seafood restaurant.

  • Hot mess

    Dr. Norman, we have a hot mess.

  • Ostrich troubles

    A vision of an ostrich man appears to George Sr. and Oscar in the desert.