The final countdown is on: After years of demands, cult-comedy hit Arrested Development returns on May 26, when Netflix will stream all 15 episodes of the fourth season.
After all this time seven years! These 20 gags, however, are the cream of the crop — and the ones that we hope and expect will pop up again and again in the new season and forthcoming feature-length film.
The Bluths won't just settle for calling Michael a chicken — they must show him, and in their own ways. GOB is the most frequent offender with his aggressive style: "Caw!
George Sr. Lucille's feels awfully Lucille: nagging yet oddly ladylike, with its lightly flapping arms and an "a-coodle-doodle-doo! Arrested Development writers visited this again and again throughout the series, with some jokes working better than others. The best part of this running gag, however, is Tobias' obliviousness to his double entendres.
After he gets hair plugs in order to get better acting parts: "I can just taste those meaty leading man parts in my mouth.
You'd be confused, too. The stand is a source of frustration for George Michael and Maeby and a piece of history for Michael, but it's most definitely not a source of revenue. It's hard to look at cutoffs after watching Arrested Development. Just another quirk among Tobias' many, um, charms, his Never Nudity is an unrecognized psychological disorder that affects "dozens of people — dozens!
Most of the Bluths ended up saying the regretful phrase by the end of the series, along with GOB's other big catchphrase, " Come on! But we've gotta hand it to Arnett on his ability to turn just one word into a catchphrase: "illuuuusions. But his reasoning for it is even better: "A trick is something a whore does for money. Buster's signature greeting starts to get funny when applied to people besides his brothers: "Hey fake Uncle Jack," "Hey possible nephew," "Hey father-uncle-dad.
When Buster thinks he killed Michael during season one, for example, he keeps uttering "hey brother" at an unconscious Michael. When he explains to GOB what "hermano" means in English, he changes it to "hey hermano. From that point on season two, episode one , Tobias commits himself to becoming a Blue Man Group understudy; later to be rejected, then accepted, in Reno's BMG, only to be replaced by George Sr. This comes after he runs an ad for his own Blue Man-esque one-man show — and is promptly presented with a cease and desist from the official group.
Still, this never deters Tobias from continually staining the Model Home and its inhabitants with blue handprints. He just " blue himself ," he couldn't help it.
Re-watching Arrested Development will reveal something that seems almost eye-rollingly obvious in the episodes leading up to it: Buster loses his hand! After arguing with Lucille over his plan to join the Army, Buster swims in the ocean for the first time and ends up having his left hand bit off by a seal "with the taste of mammal blood. Action star Carl Weathers appears a few times throughout the series as a parody of himself, albeit penny-pinching and mooching.
He serves as Tobias' terrible acting coach, and later directs an unflattering episode of Scandalmakers about the Bluths. His claim to fame among AD fanatics, however, is his diatribe about making stew : "Whoa, whoa, whoa. There's still plenty of meat on that bone. Now you take this home, throw it in a pot, add some broth, a potato. Baby, you've got a stew going! As narrator Ron Howard explains, "GOB met a woman one night, and after a series of escalating dares, married her. Played by Amy Poehler Will Arnett's real-life wife at the time , GOB's wife ends up joining the Army "It was during her time in the service that her penchant for daring found a natural outlet".
The best part of this gag is the ridiculous freeze-frame of the marriage pictured at left , which is shown every time Poehler is mentioned. Fishman or as Lucille calls him, Dr. Wordsmith always makes patients' conditions sound much, much worse than they are. He ends up treating most of the Bluths throughout the second season, starting with George Sr. When he gives the Bluths a disturbing update on George's condition, he says, "We lost him. He just, uh, got away from us"; what he meant was that George escaped.
When Buster loses his left hand: " He's all right. Michael is convinced Mr. F is the name of a spy working against the Bluths, but M R F actually stands for "mentally retarded female," i. This gag was, admittedly, made quite memorable by its Bond-esque theme music , which cooed "Mr. F" a play on Dr. F was first believed to be Rita, then Tobias Mr. Michael, too, is in the dark; no longer thinking Rita is a spy, he asks her to marry him. He doesn't learn what she really is until shortly before their wedding. GOB introduces his foul-mouthed puppet Franklin, an offensive African-American stereotype, during season two, at which point George Michaels worries that he'll call out his "cracker ass.
Fitting title, considering the AD characters all treat Franklin as if he's an actual person. Franklin has a jumping the shark moment in season three when it turns out that he's Nellie's pimp, not to mention a bailiff on TV's Bud Cort. Popular in Mexico just like the Cornballer , the Boyfights videos show GOB and Michael fighting, after being pitted against one another by their father. The videos shed light on the brothers' relationship as adults, but the real comedy gold here lies within the "Baby Buster" shorts.
In Boyfights 2 , for example, the Baby Buster short was called "Too Old To Breastfeed"; the series subtly nods to this in the season three episode "Making a Stand," in which house painters recognize Buster and tease him by taunting "Yo quiero leche!
Yo quiero leche de madre! Due to Bluths' financial and legal trouble, they're forced to sell their company jet. The Bluth-branded stair car accompanying the jet, however, remained in the family, and due to aforementioned money problems, Michael is forced to use the vehicle as an everyday car.
It proves to be more trouble than it's worth; not only does the stair car aid in prison escapes and knock down banners, there are the hop-ons — "you're gonna get some hop-ons. The video, which features a year-old George Michael re-enacting a light saber battle with a small broom in his hand, was taped over footage from a party thrown by the Bluths for Saddam Hussein. It's accidentally shown at family gatherings, to George Michael's entire high school, and to the FBI. Buster even makes his own ode to the clip, incorporating Star Wars and his favorite movie, Chicago.
As GOB points out, it's "the lamest thing ever put on tape. The Bluths have a thing for displaying silly banners at their events, but their cheapness forces them to reuse them. The nonsensical "Happy Trails Pard'ner" banner is used multiple times including at George's funeral , as is the "Mission Accomplished" banner at various company events. The grammatically incorrect banners are a particular highlight, from "Family Love Michael" when they drugged Rita to "Michael Love Marry" for his wedding. The reason the Bluth kids are obsessive about leaving notes?
Walter Weatherman, the one-armed man and former Bluth company employee. Fake blood spews while Weatherman mutters, "And that's why you always leave a note. Fox 6 is constantly covering the Bluth family antics in a salacious way, but it's Beard that makes this gag stand out. It's all about his serious, booming broadcaster voice saying ridiculous lines and puns "A delicious whodunit, after this," " It's called a cup-a-keno, and wait 'til you see what it costs!
When Beard ends up at a restaurant where Michael and Kitty are fighting, he mutters to himself, "Don't be a part of the story, don't be a part of the story" as he exits. They find her to be bland in both the looks and personality department "plain as the Ann on Egg's face," as Michael says , and they can't even remember her name, which leads them to call her Egg, Annabel because she's shaped like a bell, according to Michael , Ann Hog, Yam and Bland.
In reality, Ann is neither an unattractive nor an objectionable girl, which makes Michael's protestation of her throughout seasons two and three all the more amusing. Nothing gets to the point more clearly than Michael's constant question in regards Ann: "Her? Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox Television. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. Load Previous.
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