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"Locked and Loaded"
Directors: Mitch Hurwitz & Troy Miller — Writer: Jim Brandon, Mitch Hurwitz, Dean Lorey, Richard Rosenstock, Brian Singleton & Caroline Williams — Aired: May 4, 2018 — Icon-image      

"Locked and Loaded" was the fifteenth episode of chronological re-cut of Arrested Development's fourth season. It premiered on Netflix on May 4, 2018.

Michael and G.O.B. connect over their strained relationships with their sons. Tobias looks for a place to live while working on his musical.

Synopsis

G.O.B. and Michael accidentally meet up at the model home. Michael sees G.O.B. is unhappy and boasts about having "an incredible year" now he is a movie producer. G.O.B. retaliates and tells Michael is he dating someone famous. They reconcile and Michael wants G.O.B. to sell the houses although G.O.B. wants to move into one as well. Michael admits that he has a rival for his girlfriend Rebel Alley because he still believes that Ron Howard is her lover, not her father. G.O.B. advises him to take her to the Ealing Club in order to impress her.

Michael feels he cannot call up George Michael about getting a signature for the movie. G.O.B. offers to phone George Michael for him and also admits that his plan is to destroy Tony Wonder, who he believes ruined the wedding illusion he performed. To do this, G.O.B. needs someone to pretend to be his boyfriend to get into the Gothic Castle to see Tony Wonder's magic show. Michael refuses to do this and it is revealed that Steve Holt also refused earlier that day. After Steve Holt hangs up, Maeby pays him for his pest control work at the model home although she doesn't recognise him. To make it work, it is Steve Holt's birthday.

Michael asks G.O.B. for his signature for the movie and he agrees to sign his lift rights away. G.O.B. then rings up George Michael and says he must speak with him about Michael at the Gothic Castle that night. Meanwhile, Tobias continues to rehearse his Fantastic Four musical at Austerity. However, DeBrie is struggling to cope with the stress. At the Gothic Castle, George Michael meets G.O.B. but he doesn't realise that G.O.B. wants him to be his pretend boyfriend. George Michael tries to find out whether his father is still upset with him. G.O.B. kisses him and George Michael leaves while G.O.B. goes to the show.

Tony Wonder performs his illusions and bursts out of a bean bag next to G.O.B. and invites him for a drink. G.O.B. tells Tony how impressed he was with his show although, at first, he actually talks to a man wearing a Tony Wonder mask. They connect and decide to go out together that night. The next day, Tobias and G.O.B. meet at the model home. Tobias explains about his relationship with DeBrie and his job at Austerity while G.O.B. tells Tobias that he is in a relationship, although he doesn't mention that it is with Tony. Tobias mentions that he cannot find anywhere to live after being wrongly convicted of being a sex offender. G.O.B. offers to sell him a model home and realises he can fill all the model homes if he sells them to sex offenders.

Later that day, G.O.B. rings to tell Tony Wonder what a nice time he had with him last night. He has to leave a phone call but immediately, Lucille phones him. She wants G.O.B. to start building the wall after seeing George Sr. can't do it. She also isn't pleased that G.O.B. was working with Michael to sell the model homes. G.O.B. drives around in his limo, trying to convince people to help him build the border wall. This fails and he decides to build it himself. As he digs in the desert, he meets China Garden who suggests that he gets the Chinese to build the wall for him. While they talk, Tony rings him back and suggests that they meet up at the weekend.

On the next Arrested Development: Fateful Consequences... Tobias meets the new resident at Austerity, Lucille.

Appearances

Main Cast (in order of appearance)

Recurring

Guest

  • Justin Grant Wade as Steve Holt
  • Telly Kousakis as Gay Clerk
  • Daniel Amerman as Mark Cherry
  • Marla Garlin as Marla
  • Bill Johnson as Dancer #2
  • Ann Lopez as Dancer #3
  • Deb Hiett as Dancer #4
  • Kari Lee Cartwright as Dancer #5
  • John Bonny as Dancer #6
  • Adam von Almen as Valet

Recurring Themes

References

  • Julie Bowen - Michael and G.O.B. assume the other is dating actress Julie Bowen
  • MARVEL - A Broadway musical production of another MARVEL character, spiderman, has had a lot of trouble with accidents, recasting, financing and copyrights. Legal battles over copyrights on comicbook characters are notorious in Hollywood, often resulting in studios releasing mediocre projects to maintain control over a franchise.
  • Moe Howard - G.O.B. confuses the member of The Three Stooges with Ron Howard.
  • The Prestige - Tony Wonder's "Now Everybody's Gay!" illusion is an allusion to the original Transported Man as performed by Borden, which shares many similarities to G.O.B.'s "Free Chicken" illusion in "For British Eyes Only" and "Prison Break-In". The entire plotline of Tony and G.O.B., two rival magicians, ruthlessly attempting to destroy each other's magic careers parallels the plot of The Prestige.

Callbacks/Running Jokes

  • ANUSTART - Lucille Bluth calls Tobias "Anus tart" and the narrator mentions she's never seen the license plate. Tony Wonder's initial suspicions that G.O.B. might not really be gay are assuaged when he hears the valet call this out as G.O.B.'s license plate.
  • Candy beans - When using George Michael as a fake boyfriend, G.O.B. refers to him as an "arm candy bean".
  • Cross necklace - G.O.B. calls a cross necklace a "t" necklace. Maeby does the same in "Motherboy XXX".
  • Emmett Richter - Tobias confuses Emmett to be Andy Richter. Emmett's face is blurred, as first seen in "S.O.B.s". Emmett is in Austerity because he is a hoarder.
  • "Her?" - When ecapping G.O.B.'s failed wedding illusion, the narrator initially refers to Ann as, "his bride... uh, her." He interrupts his own narration a short while later to add, "Ann. Her name's Ann, by the way."
  • Is Tobias gay? - Tobias says "I have a list of men who could fill every opening you have."
  • Lemonade - Michael and G.O.B. drink John Beard's Mike's Hard Lemonade, previously seen in "Recurring Dreams".
  • "Getaway" - When Mark Cherry mentions he wants to getaway from drugs the support group and Tobias sing "go away getaway, get away getaway", as seen sung in "Recurring Dreams".
  • Gothic Asshole/Castle confusion - G.O.B. laughs over the idea that George Michael might have thought he said the Gothic Asshole when he requested they meet at the Gothic Castle.
  • Ostrich - There is a stuffed ostrich amongst the backstage area of the Gothic Castle, seen when G.O.B. is locking every item he can find.
  • Parmesan cheese and mustard - G.O.B. eats this at the model home with Tobias, as he also did in "Three Half Men".
  • Pete the Mailman - G.O.B. pushes over a memorial to the late Pete the mailman who died in "The Parent Traps"
  • Runaway Bride - G.O.B. refers to himself as having been a runaway groom; in "Fakin' It" Maeby says her mock wedding to George Michael will be like a film "without the corny runaway bride bit" then ends up reenacting the movie by running away.
  • Shoddy model home - The counters of the kitchen island and living room bar break off when G.O.B. tries to open bottles on them.
  • Steve Holt - G.O.B. mentions his sons when Michael talks about disappointments and children.
  • Sweet sting of sweat - G.O.B. says he is not "afraid of the sweet swing of sweat in [his] eyes". Michael says the same in "Pilot".
  • The C-Word - Argyle jokes that Lucille is the "C-word from the B-ward"
  • "X... no Y." "It was Z." - When Michael sees the lemonade he assumes it was Lindsay or Tobias. The narrator clarifies that it was John Beard. This was used in "Moving Pictures" when Michael sees the destroyed Balboa Towers penthouse and in "Modern Marvels" when Tobias sees the same.
  • The still-frame images of G.O.B.'s evening with Tony Wonder mirror the images of G.O.B.'s first wedding and the experiences of G.O.B.'s ex-wife in the U.S. Army.
  • After Lucille tells G.O.B. to make it look like major construction had begun on the wall, G.O.B. visits the Dr. House Improvement Center, whose sign features a cartoon character that resembles Tobias, whose actor, David Cross, auditioned for Dr. House (a piece of trivia referenced previously in Arrested Development).

Hidden/Background Jokes

  • Austerity Clinic - The sign for the clinic reads "Austerity: A Full Service Way to Live Without".
  • Officer Taylor - The police officer in Tony's show turned out to be gay in "Hand to God". His two-time partner, Officer Carter, appears in the audience at the Gothic Castle sitting in front of G.O.B.'s table seat as the audience applauds for Wonder's illusion.
  • POOF'S WOOPS!
    • G.O.B.'s "magic smoke" referenced in "Three Half Men" is causing his bees to drop like flies. Product Recalls lists "'China Wow! Smoke From Nowhere.' Not for use near rabbits, mice, bees, doves, or colonizing animals."
    • One of the other entries on the Woops column is Tobias setting fire to hair spray in front of children when posing for pictures as Johnny Storm in "Modern Marvels".

In Comparison to the Original Cut

This episode is made up from 6 episodes of the original cut of Season 4. Because the re-cut is chronological and combines the characters' stories into one narrative, new narration was recorded and there is even some additonal dialogue. These changes, as well as which scenes appear in which original episode, are listed below:

  • Michael and G.O.B. at the model home, new dialogue in italics (4x6 Double Crossers, 4x11 A New Attitude)
    • Michael: Well, that’s actually a memorial […]
      • In the original cut, Michael said “Actually that was a memorial”
    • G.O.B.: Model home? More like model tomb? Am I right?
    • The Final Countdown now plays in the flashback to G.O.B.’s wedding.
    • A red circle is drawn around Ann in the flashback when the narration says “her?”
  • G.O.B. rings Steve Holt (4x11 A New Attitude)
  • Maeby and Steve Holt talk (4x12 Senoritis)
  • Michael and G.O.B., continued (4x11 A New Attitude)
    • The original cut has a flashback to Mort Meyers saying “Just like Tony Wonder!” but the remix has Tony Wonder saying “I’m here! I’m queer! And now I’m in a speaker!” (4x7 Colony Collapse)
    • In this remix episode, Michael says “you’ve got a chance to make a life here” instead of “you’ve got a chance to build a brand-new life.”
  • G.O.B. rings George Michael, at the Attitude store (4x11 A New Attitude)
    • The scene in the shop lasts for a couple seconds longer than in the original cut.
  • Tobias works on the musical (4x9 Smashed)
  • Tobias and his therapy sessionl (4x9 Smashed)
    • The caption “earlier that week…” is new.
    • Tobias: Well, I think we all recognise this gentleman.
    • Emmett’s face is now blurred out once he introduces himself.
  • Fantastic Four musical rehearsals (4x9 Smashed)
    • Tobias: It’s called the thinking man’s squat.
  • At the Gothic Castle (4x11 A New Attitude)
    • The music in the scene when G.O.B. and Tony Wonder talk at the bar is no longer "Shot By Love" and "What Could Be Better" in the remix.
    • Narrator: Although the fact that he borrowed Tobias’ car alleviated some of those concerns.
    • The shot when G.O.B. and Tony Wonder leave is about a second longer than in the original cut.
  • Tobias and G.O.B. at the model home (4x9 Smashed, 4x11 A New Attitude)
    • "Balls in the Air" now plays during the flashback to G.O.B. & Tony Wonder’s evening together.
  • G.O.B. rings Tony Wonder, Lucille rings G.O.B. (4x10 Queen B., 4x11 A New Attitude)
    • Narrator: G.O.B. didn’t want to look too into it by calling Tony right away. Although, he did seem kind of into it.
  • Lucille in prison (4x10 Queen B.)
    • The caption “moments earlier…” is new.
    • George, Sr.: We love America.  We love America.
  • G.O.B. helps build the wall, at the border (4x11 A New Attitude)
  • On the next... Tobias meets Lucille at Austerity (4x9 Smashed)

Notes

  • Lindsay isn't in this episode.
  • The "locked" part of this episode's title could be a reference to G.O.B. putting locks on Tony Wonder's illusion.
  • During the Season 4 remix, the narrator often draws parallels between the Bluths' lives being similar despite being separated.
    • Narrator: So, as G.O.B. readied himself for a magic show, Tobias began work on a show of his own.
    • Narrator: But if DeBrie was nervous, it was nothing compared to how George Michael felt.
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