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Arrested Development episode
Original air date
March 14, 2004
James Lipton as Warden Gentiles, Justin Lee as Annyong,
BW Gonzales as Lupe
"Shock and Aww"
List of Arrested Development episodes
"Staff Infection" is the fifteenth episode of the TV comedy series Arrested Development.
Michael Bluth had begun working weekends, but he keeps up the weekly "bike ride" with son George Michael. He receives an emergency call from Lucille and heads over to her apartment. Lucille, who is prepping new adopted son Annyong to work at the banana stand, tells Michael she needs money; she has not received her latest paycheck from the Bluth Company. Michael, unaware that she had been receiving a paycheck, announces that the paychecks will end, as she does no work. Buster reveals that he too receives a paycheck, so Michael makes Buster come to the office to help out. Michael also tells Lupe, Lucille's housekeeper, that she can tell her family to meet their reunion bus at the Bluth Company.
Back at the model home, Lindsay awakes to find the house deserted. Tobias has gone to the prison to research his new movie role of "Frightened Inmate #2." Lindsay goes to the Bluth Company office to inquire about her missing paycheck. Michael says she must work for it, and assigns her to answer phones while Kitty is gone. Lindsay immediately begins criticizing Michael's management style, while Buster struggles with his responsibilities in the copy room.
George Michael and Maeby are working at the banana stand; she teases him that his father chooses work over him. Tobias arranges with the new prison warden to share a cell with George Sr. Meanwhile, Michael takes Buster to a construction site. Buster is eager to work, but not very effective. Gob arrives to ask Michael why he hasn't received his paycheck. Like Buster, Gob is put to work. Back at the office, Lindsay has the fluorescent lights replaced with softer lighting and tells the staff she is taking them all out to lunch. Michael returns just as the staff is leaving, and Lindsay convinces him that the company will be fine without him that day. Michael goes to find his son. Meanwhile, the employees mistakenly board the bus Lupe had reserved for her family, thinking the bus was there to take them to lunch. It takes them to the ferry for Catalina Island, where they spend the rest of the day wandering around.
Back at the banana stand, Annyong has arrived for his first day of work. Maeby convinces George Michael to take some time off; he heads to the office to find his father. Lucille, meanwhile, comes home from shopping, the car full of bags. With Lupe gone for the day and her family working, she realizes she misses them, because no one is there to unload the car. Michael stops by the banana stand to see George Michael, then looks for him at the beach. At the construction site, Gob convinces the workers to strike, but Buster, who is enjoying the work, disagrees. The other workers convince the brothers to settle their disagreement with a game of "chicken" using bulldozers. Lindsay finds out about the work stoppage just as George Michael arrives and puts him in charge so she can go to the site. Finding Lupe's stranded family in the parking lot, she loads them onto the stair-car and heads out.
At the beach, Michael discovers the solution to a zoning problem by building a sand development. At the office, George Michael finds a file in his father's desk containing George Michael's school work, including some primary school art projects. He finally has proof that his father loves him; at that moment, federal investigators enter the office they thought was empty. Their cover blown, they grab the file with the schoolwork and run out. Lindsay arrives at the work site with Lupe's family, telling the workers that if they refuse to work, she will replace them. Lupe's family protests, and then Michael arrives to tell everyone he is changing the building plan. Lucille arrives with her car still full of shopping bags, and Michael throws a party with the liquor they contain. Michael and George Michael finally spend some time together.