|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||18|
|Original release||November 7, 2004 –|
April 17, 2005
The second season of the television comedy series Arrested Development aired between November 7, 2004 and April 17, 2005, on Fox in the United States. It consisted of 18 episodes, each running approximately 22 minutes in length. The second season was released on DVD in region 1 on October 11, 2005, in region 2 on January 23, 2006 and in region 4 on March 15, 2006.
The show's storyline centers on the Bluth family, a formerly wealthy, habitually dysfunctional family and is presented in a continuous format, incorporating hand-held camera work, narration, archival photos, and historical footage.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|23||1||"The One Where Michael Leaves"||Lee Shallat-Chemel||Mitchell Hurwitz & Richard Rosenstock||November 7, 2004||2AJD01||6.61|
|Michael and George Michael leave for Phoenix but go back to ensure the family misses them. Lindsay's desire for an open marriage causes Tobias to try to join the Blue Man Group, because he thinks they are a support group for depressed men. Lucille signs Buster up for the Army after being goaded by a Michael Moore lookalike. Gob becomes president of the Bluth company.|
|24||2||"The One Where They Build a House"||Patty Jenkins||Mitchell Hurwitz & Jim Vallely||November 14, 2004||2AJD02||7.22|
|Gob promises a model house for a new development in only 2 weeks, so everyone in the family helps to build a fake house that is empty on the inside. Lindsay buys a cream made of powdered diamonds.|
|25||3||"¡Amigos!"||Lee Shallat-Chemel||Brad Copeland||November 21, 2004||2AJD03||5.89|
|Lucille hires a detective who locates George Sr. in Mexico. Michael goes to collect his father, accompanied by George Michael and his girlfriend Ann. Gob hires a bounty hunter named Ice to keep tabs on Michael (and to be his friend).|
|26||4||"Good Grief"||Jeff Melman||John Levenstein||December 5, 2004||2AJD04||6.66|
|After Ice reveals that George Sr. has been executed in Mexico, the family holds a wake. Gob attempts an illusion in which he is buried in place of his father's body. This upsets Buster, who was told that it was a birthday party. George Michael discovers George Sr. alive in an underground bunker and hides him in the attic.|
|27||5||"Sad Sack"||Peter Lauer||Barbie Adler||December 12, 2004||2AJD05||6.28|
|George Sr. is concerned about the romance growing between his twin brother Oscar and Lucille. The prosecutor turns up new evidence supporting the Bluths' "light treason" charge.|
|28||6||"Afternoon Delight"||Jason Bateman||Abraham Higginbotham & Chuck Martin||December 19, 2004||2AJD06||5.62|
|After getting roasted at the company Christmas party, Gob fires the entire staff and Michael must find a way to rehire them. Meanwhile, Buster plays hooky from the Army.|
|29||7||"Switch Hitter"||Paul Feig||Story by : Courtney Lilly|
Teleplay by : Barbie Adler
|January 16, 2005||2AJD07||5.78|
|Armed with Michael's good ideas, Gob goes to work for their competitor, Stan Sitwell. George Sr. thinks Sitwell is just trying to win the company softball game.|
|30||8||"Queen for a Day"||Andrew Fleming||Brad Copeland||January 23, 2005||2AJD08||5.20|
|When the Bluth company stock is unfrozen, Michael sells his shares to buy a new Corvette and Tobias uses his shares to purchase a gay nightclub called "The Queen Mary".|
|31||9||"Burning Love"||Paul Feig||Chuck Martin & Lisa Parsons||January 30, 2005||2AJD09||6.96|
|Michael pursues childhood crush Sally Sitwell, Lindsay tries to entice a right-wing actor by wearing her mother's furs, and Gob and Lucille 2 continue their illicit relationship. George Michael stages a Christian music bonfire for his girlfriend Ann. George Sr. installs a hot-tub in his attic hideout.|
|32||10||"Ready, Aim, Marry Me"||Paul Feig||Jim Vallely & Mitchell Hurwitz||February 13, 2005||2AJD10||5.61|
|Thinking Lucille 2 (the majority shareholder) and Stan Sitwell are plotting against the Bluth company, Michael sets up Lindsay to go on a romantic get-away with her fake Uncle Jack on the condition that Jack will bail out the company again. Gob and Buster follow Lucille 2 and Stan on their date.|
|33||11||"Out on a Limb"||Danny Leiner||Chuck Martin & Jim Vallely||March 6, 2005||2AJD11||6.34|
|Gob's wife files for divorce. Michael learns that former lover (and known liar) Maggie Lizer is pregnant, so he has Tobias and Lindsay break into her house to collect a urine sample to confirm her pregnancy. Buster swims in the ocean and has his hand bitten off by a loose seal.|
|34||12||"Hand to God"||Joe Russo||Mitchell Hurwitz & Chuck Martin||March 6, 2005||2AJD12||5.75|
|Buster tries to come to terms with the loss of his hand. Michael tries to find a way out of raising Maggie's baby.|
|35||13||"Motherboy XXX"||Joe Russo||Mitchell Hurwitz & Jim Vallely||March 13, 2005||2AJD13||6.08|
|Ashamed of Buster's missing hand, Lucille recruits George Michael to compete in the 30th annual "Motherboy" contest with her.|
|36||14||"The Immaculate Election"||Anthony Russo||Barbie Adler & Abraham Higginbotham||March 20, 2005||2AJD14||5.73|
|George Michael runs a doomed campaign for class president against Steve Holt. Lindsay kicks Tobias out, but he returns as their singing British housekeeper, Mrs. Featherbottom.|
|37||15||"Sword of Destiny"||Peter Lauer||Brad Copeland||March 27, 2005||2AJD17||4.72|
|Gob performs the Sword of Destiny illusion as Buster's assistant. Michael is hospitalized with appendicitis.|
|38||16||"Meat the Veals"||Joe Russo||Barbie Adler & Richard Rosenstock||April 3, 2005||2AJD15||5.33|
|Michael introduces the Bluths to Ann's conservative parents, hoping to turn them against George Michael and Ann's pre-engagement. Oscar throws Lucille an anniversary party.|
|39||17||"Spring Breakout"||Anthony Russo||Barbie Adler & Abraham Higginbotham||April 10, 2005||2AJD16||5.19|
|Michael checks Lucille into rehab, but she challenges Kitty to a drinking contest with George Sr. as the prize.|
|40||18||"Righteous Brothers"||Chuck Martin||Mitchell Hurwitz & Jim Vallely||April 17, 2005||2AJD18||5.99|
|The model home collapses. Tobias and Kitty head to Las Vegas together.|
In its second season, Arrested Development was met with widespread critical acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has an approval rating of 94% with an average score of 8.3 out of 10 based on 18 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Arrested Development's second season doubles down on the absurd antics and densely layered gags, cementing the Bluths as TV's best worst family." On the review aggregator website Metacritic, the second season scored 88 out of 100, based on 17 reviews, indicating "Universal acclaim."
In 2005, the second season received eleven Emmy nominations in seven categories with one win. It was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Jason Bateman), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Jeffrey Tambor), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Jessica Walter), Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Barbie Adler for "Sad Sack" and Brad Copeland for "Sword of Destiny"); Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series; Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series (three nominations). The episode "Righteous Brothers", written by Mitchell Hurwitz and Jim Vallely won for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.
The second season also received two Golden Globe nominations in two categories with one win. It was nominated for Best Series Musical or Comedy, and Jason Bateman won for Best Performance in a Musical or Comedy.
The second season was released on DVD in region 1 on October 11, 2005, in region 2 on January 23, 2006 and in region 4 on March 15, 2006. Special features include commentary by creator Mitchell Hurwitz and cast members on "Good Grief", "Ready, Aim, Marry Me!" and "Righteous Brothers"; deleted and extended scenes; Season One in 3 Minutes overview; blooper reel; "The Immaculate Election" Campaign Videos.