George-Michael, Michael’s innocent, pure intentioned son, and Maeby, the rebellious child of Tobias and Lindsay, harbor a borderline inappropriate relationship throughout the entire series of Arrested Development. These feelings seem unrequited on Maeby’s behalf until long into the show. However, George-Michael, once he finds out, continues to push the fact that the two may not be biologically related. We find out in the last few episodes that Maeby and George-Michael aren’t biologically related because Maeby’s mother, Lindsay was adopted into the family years ago. Throughout the series, George-Michael panics, reacting awkwardly to many situations with the family members, suspicious that they may know about his feelings for Maeby. The attraction on George-Michael’s part begins in the pilot episode:
At the end of the episode, the two do “totally make out,” which leaves George-Michael love struck and wanting more.
The writers do an amazing job of treating a taboo subject with light-heartedness and actually having the viewer invested. The audience roots for George-Michael when it comes to his feelings for his cousin even before knowing that they two aren’t biologically related. While urgency on part of the audience for George-Michael and Maeby to get together wasn’t of the Jim and Pam caliber, they still did a great job crafting the interactions so as to provoke a longing in the viewers. This longing was not left unquenched.
In this clip, George-Michael and Maeby have taken some fake wine from one of Gob’s magic tricks. Being “drunk” leads to their first intimate encounter, something George-Michael has been waiting on for a long time.
While only the first few seconds of this video are relavent, it’s still a funny one. You get t see George-Michael react awkwardly, though this is likely one of the lesser reactions, and if you watch the clip all the way through, you also get a taste of some of those running jokes I’ve been going on about. I could point them out but I think I’ll leave it to the long-term viewers to spot them.