29 – The One Where They Build A House

Rating: 9

Favorite Quote:  “I don’t agree with your dirty doings here, but I will defend with my life your right to do it.” – Buster on his mother and Oscar, and his joining the army.


Since the introduction of Oscar it has not even crossed my mind that Jeffrey Tambor plays both Oscar and George Sr.  How did he not win an Emmy for this?!?  (Just looked it up and he was nominated twice for his work on AD but lost both times)  What a shame. . . 

30 – Amigos!

Rating: 8.5

Favorite Quote:  “Here’s some money. Go see a Star War.”  Google this quote and look how many websites and memes pop up.  Amazing how something so innocuous can take on a life of its own in today’s culture.


The same day I watched this episode, which featured Gene Parmesan, Bluth family detective who has a penchant for surprising Lucille with his many disguises, I see this guy featured on ESPN.com:


I immediately wanted to scream like Lucille “Aaaaah… You got me again!!!”  That there is Brooklyn Nets Head Coach P.J. Carlesimo; not Gene Parmesan as seen here:

1 – Good Grief

Rating: 9

Favorite Quote:  “I’m not going to cry about my Pa. . .  I’m going to build an airport and put my name on it.” 


Check out the awesome Peanuts visual reference in “Good Grief”


2 – Sad Sack

Rating: 8.5

Favorite Quote:   “Are you serious?”  “Almost always.  I was once voted the worst audience participant Cirque Du Soleil ever had.”  – Tobias…   And here is the same quote memed with two of my favorite shows, Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire:


How do the writers come up with this stuff?  I may not always understand it, but in the words of Will Farrell made popular by Jay-Z and Kanye West, “It’s provocative.  It gets the people going!” 

3 – Afternoon Delight

Rating: 9

Favorite Quote:  “If I don’t fire them, how do I teach a lesson to the others”  – Gob explaining why he fired everyone. 


While watching Sportscenter, one of the anchors said something to the effect of ‘here at ESPN we always say family first’ before showing a video of a little girl elbowing her older sister while at a baseball game.  Was that an Arrested Development reference or am I going Arrested Development Insane!?!?

 4 – Switch Hitter

Rating: 8.5

Favorite Quote:  “Nobody makes a fool of our family without my help.” – Gob says in defiance when he finds out that Sitwell is using him to help him make a fool out of the family. 


Speaking of Gob:  I wonder when I am going to find out why AD wikia refers to Gob as G.O.B.   I know I could easily look it up but I don’t want to spoil it.  There is a reason, right?

Queen for a Day

Rating: 8.5

Favorite Quote:  “Even if it means me taking a chubby, I will suck it up” – Do I even have to say who this is?


6 – Burning Love and

Rating: 8

Favorite Quote:  “I haven’t had a massage since prison.” – George Sr.

Ready, Aim, Marry Me

Rating: 8.5

Favorite Quote:  “I’m afraid I prematurely shot my wad on what was supposed to be a dry run, if you will, so now I’m afraid I have something of a mess on my hands.”  The answer is NO.  This has not gotten old. 


Once again, I do not understand it; all I know is it’s hilarious. 

7 – Out On A Limb

Rating: 9

Favorite Quote:  “This was a big get for God” – Narrator talking about Lucille surprisingly embracing religion when Ann suggests she pray.


I wonder how long the blue from Tobias is going to stay on the walls. 

Buster goes into the ocean in defiance to Lucille as she never allowed him in the ocean, but gets his hand bit off by a seal when he ignores a bystander’s warning that there was a “loose seal” because he thought they were warning him about his mother. 

8 – Hand To God

Rating: 9.5

Favorite Quote:  “The father is some guy from Harvard”  “He’s probably some geek Simpsons writer’s kid.”  Apparently almost all the  Simpsons writers attended Harvard. 


Lindsay says that Maeby went to Sacremende, and the narrator shows us what shows up in a Google search for Sacremende:

Which made me wonder, what would the same search turn up today. . .

Upwards of probably hundreds of web entries related to Arrested development.

9 – Motherboy XXX

Rating: 9

Favorite Quote:  “Do you guys know where I can get one of those gold necklaces with a ‘T’ on them?” – Maeby trying to describe a crucifix.


The narrator says that the show is legally obligated to distinguish between Motherboy the dance that Lucille attends every year with Buster and Motherboy the rock band.  I actually believed this.  It turns out that there is no Motherboy the band.  Unbeknownst to me at the time, the photo of the band is of members of the show:


10 – The Immaculate Election

Rating: 8.5

Favorite Quote:  “the mere fact that you think you can says to me that I shouldn’t let you.” – Gob responding to Michael saying that he will re-hire Gob if he helps George Michael win the election.  Earlier in the episode they fought over who could fire who. 


When Michael said “Everybody loves him.  He’s George Michael”, it occurred to me that Arrested Development’s George Michael is now the George Michael for myself, and likely many others.  Forever I will associate George Michaels with George Michael and not the other way around. 

11 – Sword of Destiny

Rating: 9

Favorite Quote:  “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. . .   Are you telling me that you have a multi-stage trick with hidden identities?”  –  Tony Wonder in astonishment of Gob’s planned trick. 


Stuart Scott’s trademark “Booyah” was used multiple times in this episode and there is no explanation in the references field of AD wikia.  This can’t be completely random.  What gives?!

Also, does anyone remember in the 90’s that every NBA arena used to play Gob’s music, the Final Countdown, during timeouts at the end of games? 

Meet The Veals

Rating: 9

Favorite Quote: “We just call it sausage.” – Michael responding to Mrs. Featherbottom (Tobias) saying: “Who would like a banger in the mouth? Oh, that’s right, in the States you call it a sausage in the mouth.” – Me figuring out a way to use another Tobias quote without actually making it my favorite quote.


That guy from the Big Bang Show! 

Greatness Scale Presidential Edition:

To celebrate my going to the nations capital this weekend, this edition of the greatness scale ranks which characters best exemplify past presidents of the United States.

3.  George Sr./Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon presided over the biggest scandal in presidential history, Watergate, and George Sr. presided over the scandal that created the backdrop for the entire show.   Both men have little regard for laws, and you don’t run as recklessly afoul of the law as conscience free as these men without having big testicles.

2.  Tobias/Abraham Lincoln

Some of you may be unaware, but President Abraham Lincoln, too, was ambiguously gay.  Apparently he had a very standoffish relationship with his wife, and shared abnormally close relationships with certain men during his life.  He even shared beds with them.  Whether he was gay is an ongoing debate among historians and I make no claims as to it’s truth.  However, the mere existence of the debate is enough to land Tobias and President Lincoln the #2 spot on the Arrested Development Presidential Rankings.  It was a close call but Tobias was edged out by his daughter (not 100% sure on the daughter part) for the #1 spot. . .

1.  Maeby Funke/Bill Clinton

Maeby, like Clinton, is a natural politician, and is the most natural politician of everyone in the family.  She is also the most deceitful person in the family. . .  So yeah, like I said, she is the most natural politician.  This was best evidenced by her campaign to raise money for the cause aptly titled “B.S.”  She has also proved she has the ability and charisma to climb the ranks of power when she slyly made herself a movie executive at Tantamount Studios.  Maeby definitely has what it takes to make it in politics.


Keeping with the political theme, as if they knew I was coming to DC, the House Republicans released an Arrested Development parody video today criticizing President Obama.  Republican readers rejoice and democrats get ready to cringe:


Enjoy your weekend and I’ll see you one more time before the “Final Countdown”



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