Meat the Veals
Episode 16 of 18 within Season Two. Item 38 of 69 overall.
Production number 2AJD15.
35 votes

Oscar wants to throw Lucille a party to celebrate her wedding anniversary. He got the idea from Buster, who said that it would show how Oscar has been there for Lucille while George Sr. has been a fugitive. Upon hearing of the party, George Sr. concocts a plan to win back Lucille by renewing his vows. He enlists G.O.B. to abduct her and take her to Church of the Good Shepherd. Tobias continues to disguise himself as Mrs. Featherbottom, unaware that everyone knows that it is him. The others are taking advantage of this; Maeby is getting her ironing done, and Lucille uses him for catering.

George Michael has decided to ask Ann if she will get pre-engaged to him. Michael is against the idea, and meets with Ann's parents, thinking that they will feel the same way. It turns out that they support the pre-engagement, so Michael invites the Veals to the party, thinking that they will see how dysfunctional the Bluths are.

original airdate--April 3,2005        rating--5.33 million


music:Theme song--"Taking Chances" by Celine Dion


cameos--Simon Helberg (formerly a MADtv feature player and now known from the popular CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory) plays Jeff in the scenes at Maeby's workplace.

  1. Actress Ione Skye plays Mrs. Veal. She portrayed Diane Court in the 1989 film Say Anything. This film was referenced in the episode Whistler's Mother when Oscar stands on Lucille's lawn holding a boom box like the main character, Lloyd Dobler.
  2. Alan Tudyk makes an appearance as Terry Veal.

Bluth Company status: Everyone is busy planning a gala at the prison. We'll just assume that things are as okay as they ever get at the Bluth Company.

Huge mistakes: For two years the Bluth Foundation raised money for TBA (because they couldn't decide on a cause).

  • Buster keeps his pet turtle in a box full of pot. The turtle dies.
  • "It's a jetpack, Michael. What could possibly go wrong?"
  • Tobias' graft-versus-host disease turns out to be too disgusting and too fake for the gala attendees to want to help.
  • Oscar gets arrested in George's place. Again.

Most sexual tension:Buster calls his pet turtle "Mother."

George Michael (Michael Cera) gets all excited about Maeby (yet again), after Michael says intra-familial love is natural and after Maeby (Alia Shawkat) gives him a screenplay that mentions cousins in love in prison.

Allusion to Tobias being gay:"The guy runs a prison. He can have any piece of ass he wants!" -- Tobias on Warden Gentiles

Best narrator commentary:"Actually he loved galas. All kids do!"

"That would be the happiest moment George Michael would ever experience in his life." (said when Maeby seems excited to share a prison cell with him)

"It's 'Most.'" -- In response to Gob referencing Danny Host instead of "Happy Days" actor Danny Most.


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regional titles

Vlees de Veals
Meat the Veals
Viande le veau la
Meat the Veals
Feola na Veals
Il Veals di carne
Il terneros di carne