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Storming the Castle 

Michael decides to expose Marta to Gob's womanizing by having her participate in a magic trick that involves one of Gob's many girlfriends.


Greg Mottola


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Bateman ... Michael Bluth
Portia de Rossi ... Lindsay Bluth Fünke
Will Arnett ... Gob Bluth
Michael Cera ... George-Michael Bluth
Alia Shawkat ... Maeby Fünke
Tony Hale ... Buster Bluth
David Cross ... Tobias Fünke
Jeffrey Tambor ... George Bluth Sr.
Jessica Walter ... Lucille Bluth
Liza Minnelli ... Lucille Austero
Patricia Velasquez ... Marta Estrella
Marc Grapey ... Rollo
Kennedy Kabasares Kennedy Kabasares ... Lance
Robert Hallak ... Stage Hand
Regi Davis ... Prison Guard


Determined to get back in the Magician's Alliance, GOB puts on one last big show, thanks to his brother Michael. Michael, hoping to steal Marta away from GOB, tries to pull a scam almost as great as GOB's magic act. Meanwhile, Tobias, hoping to impress his daughter, becomes a "leather daddy". Written by halo1k

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Release Date:

4 January 2004 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Tobias (David Cross) enters the Gothic Asshole (When mistaken for the Gothic Castle), The man who comes out holding the "Freedom" sign was originally seen in the Arrested Development: Pilot (2003). See more »


Although Maeby tells George Michael that his legs look just like her just-shaved legs, in a close-up, it is clear that George Michael's legs are not hairless. See more »


Lucille: [about Buster dating Lucille Austero] I mean, she's been a family friend for years. It's just... creepy!
Michael Bluth: Hey, buddy.
Byron "Buster" Bluth: Hey.
Michael Bluth: Mom, I think you might be overreacting.
Lucille: She changed him as a baby.
Michael Bluth: OK, that's, that's about the creepiest thing I've ever heard.
Byron "Buster" Bluth: _That's_ why she didn't look surprised.
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Referenced in CHIKARA Storming the Castle (2015) See more »


Arrested Development
Composed by David Schwartz
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Storming with Laughter!
5 October 2018 | by gab-14712See all my reviews

This ninth episode of Arrested Development when paired up with the next episode, makes for two of the funnier episodes this season. There is much to like here, and a lot to think about. The show mainly focuses on GOB's life as a (failed) magician, and this is what I was looking forward to seeing. What also intrigued me here is seeing Michael portrayed as a bad guy (after all, he is a Bluth). Up to this point, Michael has been made out as a sympathetic character despite his shortcomings, but here we see a more treacherous side of him. He takes an office chair home from work (which George-Michael points out as stealing), and he schemes away to take Marta from GOB once and for all. It was funny seeing this side of him. There were also B-storylines concerning Maeby's interest in leather and Buster continuing his relationship with Lucille Austero. These storylines were solid and provided laughs but stay to watch GOB try his magic skills. I must point out that this episode introduces GOB's famed intro song, "The Final Countdown" by 80's hairband Europe. Go ahead, sing this tune because I truly love this song!

In this episode, "Storming the Castle," Michael is stopped by a man named Rollo while riding his bike. Rollo happens to be a member of the Magician's Alliance and he tells Michael to tell GOB, "say goodbye to his legs." Apparently, legs refer to the bottom portion of the "saw-in-half" trick. Michael believes that GOB is having an affair. Michael talks with Rollo and gets GOB a gig at a place named Gothic Castle. Michael invites Marta to be the top part of GOB's trick so she can see the affair for herself and would leave him-leaving her for Michael. Meanwhile, Maeby attempts to annoy Lindsay by purchasing a leather outfit after Lindsay was complaining about killing cows. Tobias attempts to connect with Maeby by purchasing leather himself, and of course ends up at the gay bar. Also, Lucille is attempting to have Buster break up with Lucille 2.

Overall, this is a funny, funny episode. There were some big laughs watching everything unfold. It was quite fun to see a different side of Michael, and Tobias being Tobias is always amusing. This is definitely the episode to keep an eye out for!

My Grade: A

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