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Marta Complex

‘Marta Complex’

Season 1, Episode 12 - Aired February 8, 2004

After Michael gives a speech about relationships at Lindsay's anniversary party, Marta realizes she has feelings for him. Meanwhile, Buster breaks free from his mother Lucille.

Quote from Michael

Michael: We've all had a tough couple of months. I think we're all really figuring out who we are and what we really need in life. And that can be painful. However, you can't really heal yourself until you stop living a lie, you know. But, uh, l-I promise that we're all gonna be a lot happier in the long run. So, on a very unusual Valentine's Day cheers to Mom and Dad, to Buster and Lucille.
Buster: [chuckles] Don't forget my girlfriend.
Michael: That's who I meant. To Lindsay and Tobias, to George Michael and... I almost said George Michael and Maeby.
George Michael: Oh. [laughs]
Michael: Um, to Gob and Marta. Mmm. To love and happiness. I love you all, Marta.
Narrator: And Marta realized it was Michael, not Gob who had everything she had been looking for in a man.
Marta: [to herself] I made a huge mistake.


Quote from Gob

Michael: That's crazy, Gob. She's not a cheater. If she were to cheat, I'd like to think she'd cheat- You're the cheater.
Gob: That's how I know all the signs. Last night she was all distant and weird. Wouldn't let me make love to her on Mom's bed. I don't even want to tell you what she wouldn't let me do to her in the car. And then today, I overhear her talking on the phone about somebody all super silently. All in Spanish.

Quote from Buster

Narrator: Buster had taken Michael's advice and decided to confront his mother.
Buster: [sniffles] "Because you know I don't appreciate how you treat me. I am not a child, Mother." [sniffles]
Lucille: Blow.
Buster: No, Mother! I can blow myself. And you have Interfered for the last time.
Lucille: Fine. Go! Move out.
Narrator: So, Buster loaded up his possessions and emancipated himself from his mother.

Quote from Buster

Buster: I want to move in with you. I'm tired of my mom trying to control me.
Lucille Austero: Wait a minute. Are you sure you're doing this because you want to be with me, and not because you want to get even with your mother?
Buster: This isn't about my mother. Besides, it's the only way I'm ever gonna get her to respect me.
Lucille Austero: Buster, this is exactly why our relationship does not work.
Buster: Our relationship doesn't work?
Lucille Austero: No, not as long as you keep getting me mixed up with your mother.
Buster: It is exactly the opposite. I'm leaving my mother for you. You're replacing my mother.
Lucille Austero: You need some time.

Quote from Michael

Narrator: Meanwhile, Michael was following Marta to confirm Gob's suspicions about her affair. First, he saw her buy a present at an exclusive men's store. The trail then led Michael to the set of Marta's Spanish language soap opera.
Michael: Excuse me. I'm looking for "Hermano"?
Diego: Mi hermano? Es ahi. [points]
Michael: There, in the green? Great, thanks. Gracias.
Diego: Mm-hmm.
Michael: "Hermano." Are you "Hermano"?
Marco: Mi hermano? Es ahi.
Michael: That's the guy who just...
Marco: Mm-hmm.
Michael: Son of a bitch.

Quote from Buster

Marta: Hello.
Buster: Oh, my God.
Marta: Is everything okay?
Narrator: And suddenly Buster realized Marta was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen.
Buster: I've been dating an old lady.

Quote from Michael

Gob: [on the phone] So, did you find out anything? l-I'm dying here, Michael. D-Did you find that guy? What's his name?
Michael: "Hermano."
Gob: "Hermano."
Marta: Is that your brother?
Michael: Hmm? No. He's upstairs, remember?

Quote from Tobias

Tobias: I booked it! I booked the acting job! Did you hear that, Lindsay? You could have been sleeping with "Frightened Inmate #2."

Quote from Narrator

Narrator: And Lucille was experiencing being alone for the first time. Unable to sleep, she decided to watch TV.
George Sr.: [on TV] You have got to learn to be alone.
Narrator: Then she remembered that with no one to disturb she could turn up the volume as loud as she wanted.
George Sr.: [on TV] Caged Wisdom teaches you that you have to find the joy within yourself.
Narrator: And that's when Lucille realized that she just might like being alone after all.

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