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Season 4, Episode 14

Off The Hook

Originally aired Sunday, May 26, 2013

Buster struggles to make it on his own and break away from his overbearing mother.

17 recurring jokes in this episode

The Bluths


  • ... gets panic attacks

    Buster is scared of the Queen Mary in a flashback.

    Lucille: "No one will be there to hear your screams." Buster: "Aaaaaaaaah!"

    Related Joke: seal

  • ... loves juice

    Lucille Austero is juicing, and Buster is worried about joining her. He relents: "Let's get juiced."

    Related Joke: Ostrich troubles

  • ... has odd genitals

    Lucille: "Half your testicle was hanging out of that thing."

    Related Joke: Balboa Bay Window

  • "I'm a MONSTER!"

    Literal doctor: "They could turn you into a killing monster." Buster: "Monster."

    Buster: "I'm a monst ... Do you have any ice cream?"

    Buster: "It's not Army's fault. I'm a monster."

    Herbert Love: "Nice stop, blind side monster." Buster: "Blind side Buster."

  • missing limbs

    Buster was the first known injury to a drone pilot. They gave him a big hand.

  • seal

    Buster has to face down the seal which ate his hand when falls off of the Queen Mary.

  • Balboa Bay Window

    Balboa Bay Window reported that Buster's John-John Kennedy offended the Motherboy audience.

  • ... loves his mother

    Buster is discovered napping on the couch with his neatly tailored Lucille replica.

  • ... wants a turtle

    Lucille: "Hamster or turtle?" Buster: "Hamsters are gross."


  • literal doctor

    Buster was the first known injury to a drone pilot. They gave him a big hand.

    Related Joke: missing limbs

  • banners

    "Welcome Home Mother! Buster Made This!"

    "This Is Why I Was Late! Ha Ha! From Buster"

  • "That was a freebie."

    Buster destroys his neatly tailored Lucille replacement, and not Lucille herself.

  • Hot mess

    Just six weeks ago, Buster was a hot mess.

    Lucille: "So you can see why I need the testimony of someone who isn't a hot mess." Buster: "You're a hot mess!" Lucille: "You're a hot mess!"

  • Ostrich troubles

    Cartoon on the back of a juice box says: "Q. What happens if you stick your head in the sand? A. Don't be surprised if someone uses you as a footstool."