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[Arrested Development] - Season 4 is here! As I live and breathe

UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Registered User regular
edited May 2013 in Social Entropy++
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That tagline really says it all, doesn't it?

Arrested Development is finally making its return on Sunday, May 26th.

Check your local list- wait fuck that noise, you're living in the past, man. Contemporize!

Check your local smartphone, tablet, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, Vita, 3DS or toaster to see if you have the Netflix app installed and ready to stream this when it hits. No commercials, no waiting between episodes. The way Arrested Development is meant to be experienced.

What's it about?

According to the (wonderful) narration done by Ron Howard in the series intro, it is "the story of a wealthy family who lost everything and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together." Now that's a clear-cut situation with a promise of comedy! Tell your friends.

Anyways, let's get to the central players, shall we?

The Main Cast

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Michael Bluth
The show's main character. A hard worker at his father's company, the Bluth Company, and the straight man of the series. Believes that family always comes first, although he later switches out "family" for "breakfast." He was at one time happily married to his high school sweetheart Tracy, until she passed away from ovarian cancer, two years prior to the events of the series. He has the (very) odd romantic entanglement here and there, but circumstances surrounding his family always put him in a tough spot, and as a single father, he always wants to do right by his son first and foremost.

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George Oscar Bluth, Jr. (Gob)
Michael's older brother. Naturally competitive with Michael, due to their father repeatedly pitting them against each other since childhood, for fun and profit (through selling tapes of their fights in the burgeoning home video market). He's also an active magician looking for the next big illusion to thrust him into the spotlight, and although he technically does achieve a prison escape and making a yacht disappear, the means by which he does so are less-than-mesmerizing. He temporarily serves as President of the Bluth Company (which Michael doesn't have a problem with).

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Lindsay Bluth Fünke
Michael's twin sister. Her rebellious spirit as a child manifested in the form of throwing fundraisers for various causes during her adult years, although she often appears to be clueless or apathetic to said causes, even believing one to be a fundraiser to "dry the wetlands." It was also this spirit that moved her to marry her husband, Tobias, although she does appear to harbor some genuine affection for him, and they have raised a child together, Maeby. She can also put her legs behind her head, and has always wanted to make love on a horse.

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Buster Bluth
Michael's younger brother. Known as "Baby Buster" in the popular Boyfights series. Due to severe coddling, he is completely dependent on his mother despite being in his early 30s. The show features him slowly breaking out of his shell and doing things he never got the chance to do before, such as pursuing a relationship with someone that isn't his mother, swimming in the ocean and getting punched in the face. He is also learned in 18th-century agrarian business and cartography, the mapping of uncharted territories.

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George Michael Bluth
Michael's only child, he shares many of the same personality traits, a hard work ethic being at the forefront. When he's not at school, he's usually found working at the Bluth family's frozen banana stand. Despite knowing it's wrong, he harbors strong feelings for his cousin, Maeby, though he does his best to succeed in a "normal" relationship with the ultra-religious Annabelle Veal. Not to be confused with singer/songwriter George Michael.

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Maeby Fünke
Michael's niece. Due to being raised on the east coast, she doesn't know her extended family as well as everyone else does. Upon meeting George Michael, she decides to play a practical joke by kissing him at a party in full view of her mother. The joke doesn't land, but George Michael remains infatuated with her. She's an underachiever, a result of growing up outside of the confines standard schooling, with her parents electing to instead send her to new-age feel-gooderies. She is responsible for the films The Young Man and the Beach, Snowboarding School 2, Gangy, and the critical and commercial flop Love, Indubitably. Her project The Ocean Walker remains tied up in development hell.

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Tobias Fünke
Michael's brother-in-law, the world's first analrapist and referred to unaffectionately as "the Glitter Queen" among Hollywood water coolers. After attempting to perform on CPR on a man that just turned out to be sleeping, Tobias loses his medical license, but the universe reveals a path for him and he decides to pursue a career in acting. Equipped with acting skills bestowed upon him by Carl Weathers (Predator, Rocky), he sets out to make his dream a reality. Portrayed his father-in-law, George, in the poorly-narrated series Scandalmakers.

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George Oscar Bluth, Sr.
Michael's father, arrested as the series begins for dipping into the kitty, among (numerous) other charges. Founder of the Bluth Company and Bluth's Frozen Bananas. While in prison, he turns to leisurely activities and eventually religion to help lighten the reality of his situation. Has a twin brother, Oscar, and is envious of Oscar's full head of hair, maintaining that if Oscar had ever had any actual stress in his life, he'd be bald too. Has a tendency to hide valuable objects in walls. Loves his honey.

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Lucille Bluth
Michael's mother. Comprised almost entirely of alcohol. Allegedly linked to the disappearance of a middle school algebra teacher. Almost unnervingly mean-spirited to most of her family, but especially her daughter, Lindsay. Was featured on Fox's World's Worst Drivers. Due to her pampered lifestyle, it would appear that she has never set foot inside a grocery store, and common food (like curly fries) wreaks havoc on her system.

The Supporting Characters

The following people are just a taste of some of the great supporting cast the show has had. Some of them will be coming back for season four, some will not, some...who knows? There are some spoilers in here.

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Barry Zuckerkorn
This is a lawyer. Has a bit of a kinky side to him. He is returning.

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Oscar George Bluth
George's twin brother. He...could be returning? I guess. They certainly have the means!

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Steve Holt
Gob's illegitimate son and local triathlon champion. I've heard he sadly won't be returning.

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Ann Veal
Her? She's George Michael's on-and-off girlfriend. Probably really funny or something. It would seem she's returning.

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Kitty Sanchez
George's fiercely loyal assistant, hoping to one day carry his child SPRING BREAK WOOOOO!

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Gob's Wife
They got married in a series of escalating dares. She's a seal trainer.

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Gene Parmesan
Private eye. Lucille seems really impressed by his espionage work.

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Wayne Jarvis
He's a professional. Was once called the worst audience participant Cirque du Soleil ever had.

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Bob Loblaw
Barry's eventual replacement (it's not the first time he's had to replace him). Regularly updates the Bob Loblaw Law Blog.

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Annyong Bluth
Hello.

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Franklin Delano Bluth
His first album, Franklin Comes Alive, never made it out of the front seat of the stair car.

Here is a trailer for Season 4 in case you missed it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5ddjzGft0k

Lastly, in case there are any people new to the series, I'd just like to ask people to please mark spoilers if they can. I've tried to keep the big spoilers out of the main cast descriptions.

New viewers will be happy to note that all three existing seasons are currently streaming!

I'll put this here, even though it's the sort of thing that should be evident, but series creator Mitchell Hurwitz has said to make sure to watch the season four episodes of Arrested Development in order. Anyone that's seen the show knows that's how you watch it anyways, but hey.

That aside, let us rejoice that, seven years later, we are finally getting a continuation of Arrested Development!

Pray it doesn't suck!

UPDATE: It doesn't suck! It's pretty great!

Good job Netflix!

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  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    Holy shit yes.

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  • Mr FuzzbuttMr Fuzzbutt Registered User regular
    yay
    netflix

    noooooooo

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  • gavindelgavindel The reason all your software is brokenRegistered User regular
    But are the first three seasons on netflix? Cause I've never seen them.

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  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Registered User regular
    Yep!

    Go jump into a few eps and come back

    We'll wait for you

  • JimothyJimothy Not in front of the fox he's with the owlRegistered User regular
    I don't care for GOB

  • JimothyJimothy Not in front of the fox he's with the owlRegistered User regular
    Here's twenty dollars, go see a Star War

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  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Registered User regular
    A magician named "Gob"

  • NiryaNirya Registered User regular
    Say goodbye to THESE!

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  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Registered User regular
    Original thread title was "The mere fact that they're bringing it back tells me you're ready for it"

    But it was too long

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  • Muddy WaterMuddy Water Quiet Batperson Registered User regular
    So apparently there's a correct order to view these episodes in.

  • Speed RacerSpeed Racer Scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratchRegistered User regular
    One of my favorite things about the show (other than the never ending barrage of wordplay and visual puns)
    is the slow realization that Michael is at best only marginally better than the rest of the family

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  • laughingfuzzballlaughingfuzzball Registered User regular
    So, wait, when did we find out so much about George's wife/George Michael's mom?

    I mean, they mention her dying a few times, but I didn't remember her name, when she died, or what she died of. What did I miss/forget?

  • Speed RacerSpeed Racer Scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratchRegistered User regular
    So, wait, when did we find out so much about George's wife/George Michael's mom?

    I mean, they mention her dying a few times, but I didn't remember her name, when she died, or what she died of. What did I miss/forget?

    It's all in throwaway lines
    in season 2 Michael mentions how his dad is wearing "Tracy's old maternity clothes"

    In season 3 George is reading the list of ideas for charities to donate to and he gets to one for the study of ovarian cancer and goes "GEE WONDER WHO WROTE THAT ONE" and rolls his eyes at Michael

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  • Ruby RhodRuby Rhod Multipass!Registered User regular
    Excellent

  • Butler For Life #1Butler For Life #1 Twinning is WinningRegistered User regular
    edited May 2013
    I think they mention what she died of when they're talking about fundraisers

    Lindsay says that Michael always suggests they raise funds for ovarian cancer

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  • JayKaosJayKaos Registered User regular
    edited May 2013
    They also mention that Michael met her at a party his freshman year at college, as part of a series of jokes mocking Michael for not having any girlfriends before that.

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  • Muddy WaterMuddy Water Quiet Batperson Registered User regular
    Michael

  • laughingfuzzballlaughingfuzzball Registered User regular
    So, wait, when did we find out so much about George's wife/George Michael's mom?

    I mean, they mention her dying a few times, but I didn't remember her name, when she died, or what she died of. What did I miss/forget?

    It's all in throwaway lines
    in season 2 Michael mentions how his dad is wearing "Tracy's old maternity clothes"

    In season 3 George is reading the list of ideas for charities to donate to and he gets to one for the study of ovarian cancer and goes "GEE WONDER WHO WROTE THAT ONE" and rolls his eyes at Michael

    Okay, I remember those now.

    I never caught that that's what the second one was about... I r dum

  • Speed RacerSpeed Racer Scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratchRegistered User regular
    edited May 2013
    Really just the sheer density of jokes in this show is staggering

    Every damn line is a small joke that is part of a setup for a larger joke and meanwhile there is also a visual gag in the frame that you'll probably miss the first time around

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  • EndEnd Registered User regular
    Michael

    hermano!

    I wish that someway, somehow, that I could save every one of us
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  • JimothyJimothy Not in front of the fox he's with the owlRegistered User regular
    One of my favorite things about the show (other than the never ending barrage of wordplay and visual puns)
    is the slow realization that Michael is at best only marginally better than the rest of the family

    "A Minus!"

    "Are you proud of me?"

    "Very proud... minus. Why don't you head upstairs and hit those books, okay pal?"

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  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Registered User regular
    edited May 2013
    So apparently there's a correct order to view these episodes in.

    There is! I'll stick it in the OP

    Yeah, Mitchell Hurtwitz said to just watch them in the order they appear in, which, I mean, why wouldn't you anyways?

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  • Speed RacerSpeed Racer Scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratchRegistered User regular
    yeah it's very continuity-heavy

    which is part of why all the timeslot shuffling fucked it over so much. you miss an episode and you're lost

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  • JimothyJimothy Not in front of the fox he's with the owlRegistered User regular
    So apparently there's a correct order to view these episodes in.

    There is! I'll stick it in the OP

    Yeah, Hurwitz tweeted about it the other day:
    Except for 1 thing! You gotta watch them in order. Turns out I was not successful in creating a form where the setup follows the punch line

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  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Registered User regular
    JayKaos wrote: »
    They also mention that Michael met her at a party his freshman year at college, as part of a series of jokes mocking Michael for not having any girlfriends before that.

    When is this?

    I only ask because in the ep where Michael is complaining about the algebra teacher being hard on him (before "mama takes care of it"), he mentions that without good grades he won't get into a good college, Tracy will never marry him, etc.

  • JayKaosJayKaos Registered User regular
    JayKaos wrote: »
    They also mention that Michael met her at a party his freshman year at college, as part of a series of jokes mocking Michael for not having any girlfriends before that.

    When is this?

    I only ask because in the ep where Michael is complaining about the algebra teacher being hard on him (before "mama takes care of it"), he mentions that without good grades he won't get into a good college, Tracy will never marry him, etc.

    Hmm, I may have been wrong about the college part. This was.... I have no idea when this was, but for some reason Gob brought up the number of women he'd slept with (or kissed? dated?), and George Michael went "Really dad, only X? I mean I know you met Mom freshman year but there must have been parties and..." and then MIchael cut him off and changed the subject.

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  • JayKaosJayKaos Registered User regular
    It's been a while since I've watched the series is what we're learning here.

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  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Registered User regular
    edited May 2013
    Just a little off

    He says that he married her in sophomore year, but he still had his whole freshman year

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  • Penguin IncarnatePenguin Incarnate King of Kafiristan Registered User regular
    This is that show that ripped off Game of Thrones, right?

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  • Speed RacerSpeed Racer Scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratchRegistered User regular
    JayKaos wrote: »
    They also mention that Michael met her at a party his freshman year at college, as part of a series of jokes mocking Michael for not having any girlfriends before that.

    When is this?

    I only ask because in the ep where Michael is complaining about the algebra teacher being hard on him (before "mama takes care of it"), he mentions that without good grades he won't get into a good college, Tracy will never marry him, etc.

    I think it's the episode where Michael dates the publicist

    George-Michael says that it's totally fine with him if his dad dates new people because only sleeping with 4 women was kind of pathetic, because granted he met his mom in college but there was still time before that for him to sleep with other people

  • JimothyJimothy Not in front of the fox he's with the owlRegistered User regular
    Isn't it George Oscar Bluth II

    not junior?

  • Muddy WaterMuddy Water Quiet Batperson Registered User regular
    End wrote: »
    Michael

    hermano!

    Marry me!
    ...
    I'm sorry, that's wrong on so many levels.

  • FencingsaxFencingsax It is difficult to get a man to understand, when his salary depends upon his not understanding GNU Terry PratchettRegistered User regular
    You forgot Dr. Fishman. I really want Dr. Fishman to return.

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  • JimothyJimothy Not in front of the fox he's with the owlRegistered User regular
    Fencingsax wrote: »
    You forgot Dr. Fishman. I really want Dr. Fishman to return.

    Is that the name of "it looks like he's dead" guy

    Because if so, yes

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  • FencingsaxFencingsax It is difficult to get a man to understand, when his salary depends upon his not understanding GNU Terry PratchettRegistered User regular
    Jimothy wrote: »
    Fencingsax wrote: »
    You forgot Dr. Fishman. I really want Dr. Fishman to return.

    Is that the name of "it looks like he's dead" guy

    Because if so, yes

    Yeah, that's the literal doctor.

  • Muddy WaterMuddy Water Quiet Batperson Registered User regular
    The greatest doctor in the history of television.

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  • ButtlordButtlord Fornicus Lord of Bondage and PainRegistered User regular
    there is no god

  • Sir PlatypusSir Platypus Registered User regular
    Really hoping this is amazing.

  • SaurfangSaurfang Registered User regular
    I am SO EXCITED for this. The jokes in the trailer all seemed hilarious, and if it's anything like the first three seasons, there's a lot more where that came from.

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