It’s “The Final Countdown” of new episodes of Arrested Development!  They released this weekend, and with it comes the last diary!  Haven’t had a chance to see any of our past ones?  Well, what are you waiting for!  Start here, then come check out the final diary.

13 – Spring Breakout

Rating: 9

Favorite Quote:   “That’s how you narrate a story.” – Narrator

Highlights:

The Sugarfoot theme song:

Righteous Brothers

Rating: 9.5

Favorite Quote:  “So this is the how you repay me for  how I repay you?” – Gob.  Boy does he have a way with words!

Highlights:

Most all great shows have a relationship at their center of gravity.  I think it is pretty safe to say that Arrested Development’s is Michael’s and Gob’s:

You may be thinking that I have gotten lazy preparing this diary.  You are partly right, but I also discovered that less of me and more Arrested Development makes for a far better article.  As we proceed…

14 – The Cabin Show

Rating: 10

Favorite Quote:  “If this tableau I recreate, perhaps I can re-snare my mate!” – Tobias

This may be my favorite Tobias quote meme.  Again, using GOT:

 

Highlights:

I was so disappointed to find there is no longer an imoscar.com.  There is now imstilloscar.com, but still a bit of a let down.

15 – For British Eyes Only

Rating: 9

Favorite Quote:   “That’s a wonderful performance, Dad. You’re a regular Brad Garrett” – Michael making an inside joke about the fact that Brad Garrett beat out Jeffrey Tambor for an Emmy.  I said Jeffrey Tambor deserved in Emmy in a previous diary.

Highlights:

More chicken dances!!!  Go to the 2:30 mark:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/1351

I never would’ve guessed the chicken dances would be one of my favorite bits in the show back when I first started watching.

 

16 – Forget-Me-Now

Rating: 9

Favorite Quote:  “. . . they think the stupidest things are funny.”  “Yeah, that’s a cultural problem, is what it is. You know, your average American male is in perpetual state of adoscence, you know, arrested development.”  – And I just told Jarrett today that the dumbest parts of the show are what I’ve come to love the most.  Go figure…

17 – Notapusy

Rating: 9

 Favorite Quote:  “I think we all feel that way about our mothers.  And we all have legs.” – Gob

Highlights:

If you go to my facebook page you will see that I changed my profile pic to a picture of George Sr.’s surrogate.  For those of you who don’t know, I do not have access to my own FB, so I had my “surrogate” change my profile pic to “the surrogate.”

18 – Mr. F

Rating: 10

Favorite Quote:  “Godzirra!!

Highlights:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG0z_EALv6U

I have to admit that if I hadn’t been watching the show as long as I have been now that I may not think this was very funny…  But I have, and this is FREAKING HILARIOUS!

The Ocean Walker

Rating: 8.5

Favorite Quote:  “Do you think getting married will solve the sex problem?”  –  George Sr. thinking that Michael was marrying Rita so that they would have sex.  This is exactly why Gob got and stayed married to some women he barely knew, in seasons 1 & 2.

Highlights:

Especially after this Rita incident, I bet a lot of AD fans who read my first diary thought I was giving Michael way too much credit with all that self-awareness mumbo jumbo I spitting out.  I know I would think so.

20 – Prison Break-In

Rating: 9

Favorite Quote:  “It’s not a Jamba Juice.  It shouldn’t be that hard to break into.”

Highlights:

21 – Making a Stand

Rating: 9

Favorite Quote:  “And that’s why you don’t use a one armed person to scare someone.” – Buster

Highlights:

This episode is no Pier Pressure, but given how Pier Pressure is in my top one or two episodes, even an ode to Pier Pressue is worthy of high praise.

22 – S.O.B.’s

Rating: 10

Favorite Quote:  “[Begging], sometimes it’s the only way to stay in the game.” – George Sr. metaphorically speaking about the show’s struggle to stay on the air.

Highlights:

I don’t know if a show ever created a meta episode about its real world troubles before, but I know I’ve never seen it before and I thought it was pretty damn ingenious.

23 – Fakin’ It

Rating: 8

Favorite Quote:  “They say seven minutes heals all wounds.”  – Michael reacting to his family’s indifference to Buster having just fallen into a coma.

Highlights:

How about Franklin getting his Kanye West on:

His shirt says “George Bush doesn’t care about black puppets”

24 – Family Ties

Rating: 8.5

Favorite Quote:  “Nellie has blown them all away.”

Highlights:

25 – Exit strategy

Rating: 8.5

Favorite Quote:  “Michael, maybe you don’t have enough RAM to understand this, but there is such thing as brotherly love.”

Highlights:

George Sr. was a patsy afterall!

Season three finale: Development, Arrested

Rating: 10.5

Last night I saw two of the best reveals I have ever seen.  One was in the movie The Prestige (which I highly recommend if you’ve never seen it) and the other was Annyong revealing his real name is Hello.  Annyong’s real name was one of the biggest mysteries for me the entire show and he was absent just long enough for them to floor me with it out of nowhere.  Actually, make that three reveals. . . How could I leave out Lindsay turning out to be “Nellie” Bluth, adopted daughter of Stan Sitwell, and most importantly NOT Michael’s biological sister, thus making George Michael’s and Maeby’s romance somewhat less unacceptable than it was.

All in all, I thought it was a fantastic season finale.  They managed to cover a lot of ground in a short span and put a pretty little bow tie on the show as a whole, but at the same time they obviously knew what they had and left the door wide open for the resurrection that has come to fruition.

Postmortem/Pre-Resurrection

I can’t believe I just watched three seasons of a tv show in a months span, during the NBA playoffs, while working a 9 t0 5 and taking care of a family.  In that sense, I am relieved that it is over.  I would’ve been far more sad if I didn’t have the knowledge that a fourth season is being released on Netflix this weekend.  The fact that a show cancelled over 7 years ago could be brought back is an accomplishment so unique and incredible in and of itself.  It is the main reason that I agreed to take part in the re-watch.

It is hard for me to even begin to discern why the show was cancelled in the first place.  However, I do feel confident saying, despite my average size television knowledge rolodex, that the show was truly unique and innovative – possibly to a fault.  Oftentimes, new ideas are rejected if they don’t fit into a ready made box to be put into.  Another great feature of the show that may have ultimately hurt it is its devotion to long-running gags that stretch all the way back to the first episodes.  This created a sort of dialogue with the devoted fans and I think this is one of the key aspects that make the show special.  On the other hand, this same device could have left new watchers out in the cold.  All tv shows are likely to lose viewers due to many different circumstances, I’m sure, but I imagine Arrested Development may have had a more difficult time  replacing those lost viewers with new ones where other shows may have not.  Had the show first aired today, this may have been less a problem thanks to the even more pervasive internet-information-junkie culture we have today.  Today, no inside joke is less than a smart phone away and any reference to a past episode can easily be Netflixed.  Which makes it all that more appropriate that Season 4 will be released via Netflix.  It is the type of forum that the show was made for.  As a newly inducted member into the world of Arrested Development geekdom, I hope there will be plenty more to come.  At the very least, I hope the show can go out on its own terms this time.

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