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The Arrested Development Guide to Fatherhood

June 19th, 2009 by Rebecca Harper Editor

With Father’s Day coming this weekend, the Hulu team took a look at some of our favorite parenting moments, “Arrested Development”-style. After all, the Bluths have a knack for demonstrating what not to do — and with Michael Cera’s “Year One” opening in theaters June 19, we thought it was a great time to look back and find some of our favorite fatherly moments between Michael (Jason Bateman) and his son, George-Michael (Cera), and the rest of the cast. Some highlights are below. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! — Rebecca Harper () for the Yahoo! TV Blog

Pack Your Bags
A recurring theme in Arrested Development: Michael continues to think up ways to spend more time with his son, George-Michael — only to have the rest of the family intervene. In this one, dad’s proposed escape is stalled by a medical emergency.

Creating Memories
When Michael finds George-Michael sleeping in the family truck in order to see more of him, Michael plans yet another father-son getaway to bring the two closer together — much to the chagrin of his brother, Gob (Will Arnett).

Fatherly Advice
And then, of course, there’s the birds and the bees discussion that every father dreads. So when George-Michael comes to his father looking for “the talk,” Michael quickly changes the subject to something much important — the valuation of the family company on Jim Cramer’s “Mad Money.”

Life Lessons
As Michael offers his sister, Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) some crucial parenting advice, she reminds him of his father’s attempts at teaching the kids “life lessons.” Flash back to Michael and Lindsay’s childhood, when George, Sr., staged intricate scenarios to keep the children in check.

Teaching Dad a Lesson
Taking a page from their father’s playbook, Michael and Gob plan an elaborate rouse to teach dad (Jeffrey Tambor) a valuable lesson. But dad throws a wrench in the plans when he ambushes his would-be captors, and the boys learn “that’s why you don’t teach your father a lesson.”

Mrs. Featherbottom from Blackstool
Some dads will go to great lengths to spend more time with their kids, and Michael’s ex-brother-in-law Tobias (David Cross) doesn’t mind a little humiliation. Here, he does his best Mrs. Doubtfire impersonation as a means of spending time with his daughter, Maeby (Alia Shawkat). No surprise, the results were mixed.