The Ocean Walker
Episode 6 of 14 within Season Three. Item 46 of 69 overall.
Production number 3AJD06.
Jake Farrow - Writer
Sam Laybourne - Writer
Paul Feig - Director
31 votes

After Michael announces he's marrying Rita, George Sr. worries that she's after the family's money. But when Rita's Uncle Trevor tries to stop the wedding by revealing some surprising information about Rita, Michael must decide if he wants to walk down the aisle.

original airdate--December 5,2005      rating--4.09 million


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

  1. "Mr. Roboto" by Styx


Milestones: The title of the episode -- "The Ocean Walker" -- becomes the title of a movie Maeby is developing, which (of course) gets referenced again before the season ends.

Huge mistakes: When Michael realizes the truth about Rita after seeing George Michael's video tape of her trying to eat plastic fruit, he says "I've made a huge mistake."

Most sexual tension: Michael spends most of the episode trying to consummate his relationship with Rita, who doesn't quite catch on to what he means by a "sleepover."

Allusions to Tobias being gay: Tobias says British people call tourists "poofters" and tells Michael he's trying to record the "nuptials" when he has a camera pointed at Michael's crotch.

Best narrator commentary: "That's when Michael finally accepted that Rita wasn't coming. And that local calls were $2.99 a minute. That's where they get you."

Goofs--Cameraman - At the 07:26 mark when Michael goes to sit down with Rita, a cameraman can briefly be seen on the left of the screen (this is in Widescreen format only).

  • Continuity - At the end of Mr. F, Michael and Rita leave to get married before Trevor finds out, and Trevor figures this out from the note that Rita leaves. However, at the start of this episode, Michael and Rita are no longer on the run from Trevor, and Trevor appears shocked when Rita tells him that she's going to marry Michael.
  • Star Wars Kid - Unfortunately, the video tape with George Michael on it fell into the hands of the FBI at the end of Sword of Destiny. It seems unlikely that the Bluths would have gotten it back, or have another copy.

Trivia--Buster moves his arms robotically while singing along to Styx's "Mr. Roboto". Tony Hale, who plays Buster, previously did the same thing in a Volkswagen commercial in the USA.

related items

Previous episode :
045 Mr. F
Next episode :
047 Prison Break-In

regional titles

De oceaan Walker
The Ocean Walker
Le Walker océan
Die Ocean-Walker
An Walker Aigéan
L'oceano Walker
El Ocean Walker