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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Arrested Development is a single-camera Sitcom, debuting in 2003.The show follows the farcical exploits of a wealthy family grappling with the loss of their fortune as the family patriarch is arrested for numerous dubious dealings involving the family business. The show's tone is quick-witted and fast-paced, tempered with a voice-over documentary-style narrationnote provided by producer Ron Howard and coupled with Running Gags, Brick Jokes, nested flashbacks, and other complex narrative structures.Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) is the Only Sane Man in a family that doesn't know how to live frugally; he is trying to keep the company afloat and the family together, but his siblings live their lives on a whim. His older brother GOB (George Oscar Bluth II — pronounced "jobe", like the biblical Jobnote although GOB himself doesn't know the correct pronunciation of the Biblical Job) (Will Arnett) is a mostly incompetent magician who performs illusions. Michael's twin sister Lindsay (Portia De Rossi) is a fair-weather activist for whatever cause happens to catch her attention at any given moment; her husband, Tobias Fünke (David Cross), is a disgraced psychiatrist turned disgraceful actor (and is in denial about his obvious homosexuality). Michael's younger brother, Byron "Buster" Bluth (Tony Hale) is a bizarre Manchild who still lives with his mother, Lucille (Jessica Walter), who is constantly drinking and critical of everything and everyone. Michael's father, George (Jeffrey Tambor), is under arrest for fraud and embezzlement, as well as under investigation for "light treason", and is enjoying his time in prison. Finally, Michael's well-behaved, but also quite awkward and confused son, George-Michael (Michael Cera), and Tobias and Lindsay's rebellious and Street Smart daughter, Maeby (Alia Shawkat), frequently find the rest of the family ignorant of the Unresolved Sexual Tension between them.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })The show was brought back for a fourth season on May 26, 2013, exclusive to Netflix. It uses character-focused episodes and Anachronic Order to bring the viewers up to speed on the missing five years of the family's lives. Mark spoilers for Season 4. The show has been renewed for a fifth season, though said season was in a bit of a Development Hell, before finally being confirmed to premiere in 2018. Additionally, Mitch Hurwitz announced that a chronological recut of Season 4 would be available to watch. Just in time to catch up for Season 5!The show has a Wiki on Wikia and comprehensive coverage on Wikipedia itself. The now-defunct fansite Balboa Observer-Picayune, archived on the Internet Archive, also has thorough coverage of the show's first three seasons. There is a Recap page listing the show's episodes and the tropes used in each of them (still in development).Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })Vote here for the best episode.Not to be confused with the '90s rap group.
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Arc Symbol: Season 4 has an ostrich representing the moment a Bluth family member starts to become more self-reliant.
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Adam Westing: Carl Weathers is going to get a stew on! Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Conan O'Brien, and Andy Richter in Season 4. Continued with Bryce Dallas Howard in Season 5.
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No Celebrities Were Harmed
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No Celebrities Were Harmed: The season 4 character Herbert Love is a pretty clear imitation of former presidential candidate Herman Cain. Pop singer Mark Cherry appears to be a takeoff on Justin Bieber.
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My Friends... and Zoidberg
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My Friends... and Zoidberg: "I'm going to stay here with all these... hot men. And Ira."
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Instantly Proven Wrong
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Instantly Proven Wrong: Episode "Faking It" has Michael discover a secret room in the model home filled with body-building magazines, themselves filled with muscular men. Tobias enters and has a conversation with Michael where he admits the magazines are his. He says they're from a body-building phase he'd gone through (rather than using them to ogle the men) and he hasn't touched them in years. He then opens one and we hear a talking magazine ad for a new television show.
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Trailers Always Spoil
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Trailers Always Spoil: Averted with the "Next Time on Arrested Development..." scenes, which are integral to the story and don't spoil future episodes at all... Besides the scene at the end of "Altar Egos", which completely spoils "Justice Is Blind": Maggie isn't actually blind.
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Darker and Edgier
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Darker and Edgier: Season 4 takes a lot of the characters pretty dark places, most notably making Michael and George Michael as pathetic and unlikable as the rest of the family (not unlike like how Maeby slowly slid into this status during the original run) and already pathetic but still likable, characters like Buster and Tobias into jerkasses.
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Repeated Cue, Tardy Response: In Exit Strategy, Michael is in a meeting with Wayne Jarvis. Wayne dramatically says, "[GOB]'s on the news right now," and turns the television on. But Gob is not on the news. They the have to wait through about twenty minutes of unrelated stories before the aforementioned news report finally comes on.
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Secret Room
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Secret Room: Michael discovers the model home has a secret room under the stairs in the episode "Faking It". It also turns out Tobias knew about it for a while and has been storing bodybuilding magazines there. Michael later realizes that the houses his father was building in Iraq should have a secret room as well since they're based on the model home. He checks and finds evidence that proves his father was innocent of treason.
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The Dutiful Son
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The Dutiful Son: A premise of the show up to martyrdom levels; Michael the Only Sane Man sacrifices his personal agenda trying to keep the Family Business afloat.
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"Well Done, Son!" Guy: Subverted in that right until the end they keep working for approval from their father (or in GOB's case for both his father's and Michael's). There is also the fact that George deliberately undermined his sons to keep them working for his approval, as he believed it built character.
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In season 5, the Genre Shift away from the faux-documentary style helps hide a pretty dark twist.
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Misplaced Wildlife
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Misplaced Wildlife: The vulture that's hanging around Sudden Valley doesn't look like any American species.
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Spousal Privilege
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Spousal Privilege: Thoroughly mangled by George Sr.
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Diet Episode
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Diet Episode: In "Let 'Em Eat Cake", the whole family is on the Atkins diet, and there's a running gag that they don't know what they're allowed to eat.
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Title Drop: In 'Forget-Me-Now'.
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Sibling Rivalry
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Sibling Rivalry: Quite a few, among them GOB and Michael, George and Oscar, Buster and Annyong.
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Comic-Book Time: Season 4 had odd issues related to the passage of time (6 years are supposed to have passed since "Development Arrested" and S4's Cinco de Cuatro) yet there are hints that Season 4 takes place in 2012. In the third episode of Season 5, "Everyone Gets Atrophy", it is stated that two months have passed since the Cinco de Cuatro festival. In the same scene, it's also stated that the year in question is 2015, which retcons S4's timeline.
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Gibberish of Love
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Gibberish of Love: George Michael tends towards this whenever he thinks he's got even an inkling of a shot with Maeby. When his father meets Rita for the first time, we see where he gets it from.
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The Cameo
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The Cameo: The main cast of Workaholics show up working for the airline Michael tries to get an in-flight magazine from.
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Childhood Friend Romance
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Childhood Friend Romance: Implied between Michael and Tracey; In a flashback where a young Michael gets in trouble at school, one of his first worries is that "Tracey won't want to marry me."
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Stealth Pun
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Also the Stealth Pun noted below in which Michael tells GOB to get rid of the Seaward, his boat, and Lucille says she'll leave when she's ready to. Later, he gets a boat actually named the C-Word. The boat is also a multi-part pun, as it stands for this trope and "cancelled", which was an impending threat for the show.
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Incest Is Relative
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Lucille, verbatim, to her sons.
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Black Comedy
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Black Comedy: Provides numerous examples of this.
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Like Father, Like Son
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"Gentlemen, start your engines!" Both Michael and George Michael toward a Lindsay they don't recognize in season 4. Doubles as a way of underlining the Like Father, Like Son theme the season has regarding those two. And there's the fact that they both start hooking up with a woman who reminds Michael of his dead wife/mother of his child. How many kinds of incestuous implications does that have?
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Chekhov's Gag: Very commonly throughout the show. Each episode more or less consists of a series of these, typically coming together perfectly (for us) and horribly (for the Bluths) at the end. Prominently in Season 1 is George Sr admitting that he may have committed some "Light... Treason." While originally assumed to be a one-off joke, never to be referenced again, at the end of the season we see that he did: by working with and building model homes for Saddam Hussein. A big one is the fear the children have of amputees because of their father using a one-armed man to teach traumatic "lessons" to them. You have to hand it to them, they really reached for every opportunity they could to foreshadow Buster's hand being severed off. All the jokes about Maeby's uncertain parentage or biological relation to George Michael (starting with her Meaningful Name) pay off when it's revealed that while she is indeed the biological daughter to Lindsay and Tobias, her mother isn't the biological daughter of George Sr. and Lucille.
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"Development Arrested", big time Lucille Bluth is the one who's been controlling both George and the Bluth company the whole time. Lindsay was adopted by the Bluths at age three and is the illusive "Nellie" (therefore, George Michael and Maeby aren't biological cousins). GOB's Christian girlfriend turns out to be Ann. Annyong (real name: Hel-Loh) is a mole for the SEC, and has been gathering evidence against Lucille to avenge his grandfather's stolen business. Finally, Michael and George Michael leave the family for good.
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Share Phrase
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Share Phrase: On top of the show's numerous Borrowed Catchphrases, Lucille, GOB, Michael, and Maeby all say "That was a freebie" in the third season, with about equal distribution (Maeby says it in two separate episodes, but Michael said it in the first season). And of course, "I've made a huge mistake." Season 4 has almost every character call someone or something a "hot mess".
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Aborted Arc
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Aborted Arc: Many plot twists from the first three seasons are dropped, and often never mentioned again. For instance: "Hand to God": Maggie falls pregnant, for real this time, after sleeping with Michael again. (although this was meant to be a one-off as Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn't expected to return to the show) "Spring Breakout", which ended with Kitty coming into possession of a cooler containing George Sr.'s sperm. "Exit Strategy": The real Saddam Hussein was hiding in the Model Home in Iraq after all. invoked Mitch Hurwitz has stated that the "George Sr. turning into a woman" plot-line that Season 4 hinted at was discontinued in Season 5, as he felt it was too close to Jeffrey Tambor's role in Transparent. Ironically, that role was specifically written for Tambor, making it possible that that the entire show was partially inspired by his performance in Arrested Development (and thus by an arc that it ultimately caused to be dropped).
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Brutal Honesty
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Brutal Honesty:
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Only Sane Man
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Only Sane Man: Michael Bluth is all too aware of this trope.
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Identical Twin Mistake
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Identical Twin Mistake: Happens repeatedly in the episode "The One Where Michael Leaves" with the police mistaking Oscar for his fugitive twin brother George. Except the last time when George deliberately disguises himself as Oscar to invoke this. Invoked again in "Righteous Brothers" when George gets Oscar sent to jail in his place. The following episode reveals that "You've got the wrong twin" is a very common retort to the police.
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Subverted Catch Phrase
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Subverted Catchphrase: From The Stinger of 'Blockheads'. Even the police seem surprised.
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Generation Xerox
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Generation Xerox: A recurring theme in Season 4: Michael and George Michael, although growing further apart, do end up have a relationship with the same woman. Tobias and Maeby both inadvertently end up as registered sex offenders. Lindsay's appearance and mannerisms match up closely with Lucille's when she becomes the new Republican candidate for Congress. She even has a rivalry with Lucille Austero's running mate Sally Sitwell, reflecting her father's with Stan Sitwell and her mother's with Lucille Austero. Sally Sitwell is revealed to have alopecia, much like her father Stan Sitwell. The season ends with Buster getting arrested like Lucille was earlier in the season.
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Failure Is the Only Option: The adult cast is never going to grow up and accept responsibility. Most tellingly after everything the family members go through and the lessons they learn in season 4 when the family falls apart, most of them revert to their old habits once they reunite in season 5. Similarly, every season finale ends with Michael and his son fleeing the family only to somehow get drawn back into their mess. Michael accepts this fact in season 5 and gives up on his threats to leave.
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Verbal Tic
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Verbal Tic: Keep an ear out for every time the narrator begins a sentence with "And that's when..."
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Funny Background Event
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Funny Background Event: The show has several of these, many of them being auditory as opposed to the usual visual. Most are also a Rewatch Bonus, as they won't be noticed the first time around. Some of these include: In the stinger of "Motherboy XXX", GOB is meeting with a judge to get his marriage annulled, and while the narrator says, "GOB can admit he never consummated their marriage," GOB can clearly be heard at the same time saying, "We never sonsummated this marriage." A combination of this and Running Gag: During Tobias' Blue Man Group storyline, blue paint can be seen smeared all over the house in the background of other scenes. In "Let Em Eat Cake," Tobias tells Lindsay he's going to run the shower to see if it's too loud in the kitchen. Lindsay begins to have a conversation with Michael, and in the middle of it one can hear the squeak of a pipe turning on and water rushing, which Michael notices and looks horrified at. In "Fakin It," when Michael announces that Franklin was put on the witness list, GOB runs off saying, "I gotta tell Franklin," which Michael clarifies to mean "get Franklin." As Michael continues speaking, GOB can be clearly heard in the other room saying, "Franklin, guess what?"
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Birds of a Feather
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Birds of a Feather: GOB and Tony Wonder's relationship starts out as a revenge scheme, but end up developing feelings for each other because of how much they have in common.
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Disappeared Dad
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And let's not forget "The Immaculate Election", where GOB "helps" George-Michael by attacking his candidacy opponent (Steve Holt), by pointing out that Steve doesn't even know who his father is, while simultaneously reminiscing about the anti-abortion girlfriend he had didn't have in high school. Well, Steve Holt's parentage gets revealed during The Tag. Guess who....
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Just Take the Poster
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Just Take the Poster: Tobias does this when an ad for an acting job is pointed out to him. When he shows up for the audition, he's the only one there.
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Michael wonders whether he missed out on some new slang development when both Lindsay and GOB use "crown" as a sexual euphemism.
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Bury Your Gays
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Bury Your Gays: Tony Wonder is seemingly killed when a crane pours concrete over a closet he is standing in as part of a magic act with GOB.
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Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense
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Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Most of the Bluth family, with the exception of Michael.
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Bland-Name Product
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Bland-Name Product: Maeby works for Tantamount Studios. In season 4, Herbert Love buys Lindsay a diamond pendant from Tiffani's. (It's an in-universe knockoff brand.) The show's soundtrack interestingly contains many musical examples of this, with composer David Schwarz creating Bland-Name versions of popular songs that would presumably be too expensive to license. "Free at last" stands in for George Michael's "Freedom" "Balls in the air" is a parody of Survivor's "Eye of The Tiger" "The Yellow Boat" plays as the Narrator explicitly states that "Yellow Submarine" was too expensive to get the rights to.
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Hollywood Hacking
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Hollywood Hacking: George Michael's "Fakeblock" software in season four is touted as being able to remove any information regarding someone from the internet, and is being marketed as privacy software and an "anti-social network." The reality is that if such software existed it would violate an obscene number of cyber laws, if not ALL of them. Hence it is revealed that "Fakeblock" is a simple wood block sound app, with him getting millions from investors as a result of an accidental "Fawlty Towers" Plot. When George Michael starts talking with his roommate about actually developing the idea, the response is affirming it is impossible.
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Stealing from the Hotel
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Stealing from the Hotel: Marky Bark offers a handful of hotel soap bars at the restaurant that only accepts trade. They're rejected.
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Unsettling Gender Reveal
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Unsettling Gender Reveal: Barry Zuckerkorn apparently seeks out this trope, exclusively:
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French Maid
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French Maid: In an episode preview Lindsay dresses as one thinking that she'll get to write off her debt to Bob Loblaw with a sexual favor... but finds herself performing actual maid duties.
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Bed Trick
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And in a weird variation on Season 4, Oscar, George's twin brother, manages to have sex with Lucille while the Bluths were still married, but Lucille had no idea it was Oscar as he was pretending to be George.
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Person as Verb
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Person as Verb: "Don't go all Michael on me."
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I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine
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I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Alia Shawkat and Mae Whitman previously starred together on the Fox Family show State Of Grace. David Cross and Bob Odenkirk (Tobias and Lindsay's marriage counselor) had worked together previously on the sketch show Mr. Show, as well as The Ben Stiller Show.
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Borrowed Catchphrase
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On top of the show's numerous Borrowed Catchphrases, Lucille, GOB, Michael, and Maeby all say "That was a freebie" in the third season, with about equal distribution (Maeby says it in two separate episodes, but Michael said it in the first season).
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Strange Minds Think Alike
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Strange Minds Think Alike: In Season 4, all three Fünkes end up in India at the same time, each inspired in their own way by Eat, Pray, Love. It reaches Running Gag status in the storyline about the relationship between GOB and Tony Wonder, who believe themselves to be straight but are each pretending to be gay in an attempt to break the heart of the other, cumulating in both of them separately declaring that they're going to "destroy our life" by breaking up with the other when they mean to say "his life." We also find out that Tony, too, hears "The Sound of Silence" in his head in moments like this. Although he didn't intend it to be read that way, Lucille greeting Tobias with "Hello, Anus Tart" when she hasn't even seen his new license plate probably counts. In "Sad Sack" Michael mentions that GOB twice tried to microwave a Ding Dong while it was still in its foil. Over the course of the episode, Barry is implied to do the same thing. Twice.
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Memetic Mutation
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Plenty of people outside California didn't know John Beard was an actual newscaster unless they are aware of his "Hackers on Steroids" clip.
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Money Dumb
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Money Dumb: Having been rich for their entire lives, the Bluth family is terrible with money, since they have so much to burn that they don't necessarily need to manage it. The family burns a lot of money sustaining Lindsay and Gob, two members of the family that bring in no money at all and don't even believe they need or should work for it; Lindsay being a liberal activist that spends her time jumping from one cause to another, while Gob is virtually useless in every job he takes and spends his time trying and failing to make it as a magician and spending the family money in expensive but unimpressive tricks. When the patriarch of the family is arrested and they lose much of their access to money during the investigation, the family is still incapable of taking care of money, simply demanding that the protagonist Michael make money appear out of thin air. A line from Lucille stating that she thinks each banana costs 10 dollars and shows how disconnected they are from reality.
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Everyone Is a Suspect
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Everyone Is a Suspect: In season 4, it's shown that Lucille Austero is missing, quite possibly dead, maybe murdered. By the end of the season, almost no one has an alibi and almost everyone has a reason to want her dead, Michael is owing her 700 thousand dollars, Buster found out she manipulated him into missing Lucille's trial, Lucille was thrown in jail because of Lucille 2's testimony, she intended to release a bunch of pictures of Lindsay as a hooker for Herbert Love, she intended to fire Tobias (who would go back to prison) and get rid of DeBrie, she saw Maeby having sex with Perfecto, knowing that she was of age and he wasn't, she found out about George Sr.'s scam to build the wall and support her political enemy and GOB said he'd take care of her for his father. Subverted with George Michael, who had long forgotten who she was by that point.
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Evolving Credits
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Evolving Credits: The second shot of the opening credits displays a picture of the family member whose legal issues are the season's focus: George Sr in seasons 1 to 3, Lucille in season 4 and Buster in season 5. The family having fallen apart in season 4, the opening narration completely changes to highlight this fact. Season 5, in which the family comes together once more, reverts the opening narration to the original one. In the original cut of season 4, depending on the character who gets his/her Day in the Limelight, the narrator introduces the show as if he/she was the main protagonist. The subtitles on each character ("his brother", "his mother") change to be from that character's perspective as well. Each character also gets an additional instrument playing over the Theme Tune, and despite the season finale not being focused on the entire family, its Theme Tune has all the additional instruments combined. Not following the same concept, the season 4 remix has a yet another opening narration. Due to the revelation that Lindsay has been adopted, season 4 puts quotes around the word "twin" in her label "his twin sister". No longer the case in season 5. A very subtle one in season 5: the family picture at the beginning is slightly doctored to replace Buster's hook prosthetic with the skinless bionic hand he wears during the season's first few episodes. Season 5's opening credits start labeling Lindsay as "his aunt" once the family secret is revealed.
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Apology Gift
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Apology Gift: Lucille Bluth reveals to Maeby that most of the items in her jewelry collection were gifts George Sr. gave her after she discovered his various affairs.
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Dinner and a Show
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Dinner and a Show: Family dinners/get-togethers are almost guaranteed to descend into chaos.
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Cluster F-Bomb
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Cluster F-Bomb: Buster gets one in Season 1, GOB gets one in season 2 and Maeby gets one in Season 4.
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Lethal Chef
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Lethal Chef/Cordon Bleugh Chef: Lindsey, who starts off with such delights as Hot Ham Water and "Cream Soda" (soda water with cream in it), before "advancing" to raw chicken served in the water it was defrosted in. Not to mention her tendency to leave the stove on and then wander off...
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Weird Trade Union
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GOB was a much more competent magician in the first season. At least he seems to grow out of his habit of spilling his magic secrets every time someone asks how he does it. Probably why the Magician Alliance cuts him more slack.
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Outdated Outfit: Lupe's hand-me-down jumpers
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Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism
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Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Despite its silly/lighthearted nature, this show leans very far on the cynical side. Aside from George Michael and possibly his father Michael, all the characters are incredibly self-centered and amoral people who (as the show's title implies) experience zero character development. And even Michael, especially later in the series, has a major Jerkass streak. It's even been theorized by some fans that Michael is actually every bit as selfish and amoral as the rest of the Bluth and Funke families but better at hiding it. Season 4 proves this theory to be correct.
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Comic Trio
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Comic Trio: The three Bluth brothers occasionally form this dynamic, with GOB as the schemer, Buster as The Fool, and Michael as the ineffectual Straight Man.
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Love Epiphany
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Love Epiphany
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End-of-Series Awareness
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End-of-Series Awareness: through out the whole run, as its viewership was small enough that it was always on thin ice.
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Batman Gambit
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Batman Gambit: Michael attempts several of these. A failed example includes when Michael tries to break up GOB with Marta by putting her in the magic act.
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Actor Allusion
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See Actor Allusion above. Also an obscure, and apparently arbitrary, one: in "Fakin' It", Wayne Jarvis has the line "Why do there have to be puppets like Frank?" in reference to GOB's puppet Franklin. invoked
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Fun with Homophones
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Fun with Homophones: Maeby's check from Lucille in Season 4 is misinterpreted by Lindsay as being from Gangie, for a facelift. It's actually a $50,000 check for her work producing the horror film "Gangie 4: Facelift".
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Homosexual Reproduction
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Homosexual Reproduction: Maggie Lizer was a surrogate mother of a gay couple, who used a material mixed from the sperms of both of them.
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Character Development
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Character Development: Averted. The entire point of the series is that none of the characters can mature.
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Smart People Speak the Queen's English
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Smart People Speak the Queen's English: Rita is a subversion. Her English accent is (according to the narrator) the reason that people don't figure out that she's mentally retarded.
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Foregone Conclusion: From the moment Michael buys into the idea of a vote to decide who leaves George Michael and P-Hound's dorm room, it is instantly obvious that Michael is going to lose that vote. What makes it funny is that Michael is completely oblivious about how unwanted he actually is despite George Michael's rather overt hints, uses several hours on (over)thinking about every possible outcome of the vote, boneheadedly insists on rules for the vote that only come back to bite him in the ass, and never considers for a second that he might actually lose.
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Fully Automatic Clip Show
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Fully Automatic Clip Show: There's one of Maeby saying "marry me!" in the season-4 episode "Colony Collapse", in response to GOB accidentally proposing to Ann.
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Lampshaded the Obscure Reference: The episode "S.O.B.s", Tobias brings up someone named Freddie Wilson while talking, prompting the other characters to say they "don't get that reference". This doubled as an in-joke about how some people thought the show's inability to gain mainstream appeal was caused by its numerous and sometimes obscure jokes about pop-culture and topical references.
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Zip Me Up
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Zip Me Up: Lucille, verbatim, to her sons. Michael to Buster.
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Blatant Lies
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Manipulative Bastard: Lucille and George Sr.
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Bittersweet Ending: The fourth season ends with George-Michael finally standing up to his father, who had just lied to him about not knowing that Rebel was with him, but it's implied that the relationship is so strained that they won't reconcile. This exact implication is lampshaded and defied in Season 5, where they do end up mostly reconciling over the matter, even though their relationship still remains strained in many regards.. The second Series Finale has most of the family problems ending up nicely: Michael and George Michael are able to trick the Chinese into buying a failed software, making sure the family has money again, Tobias and Lindsay are together again, Maeby decides to deny the worst family traits she have, GOB still has some relationship with Tony Wonder and Michael and George Michael finally leave the family for what seems to be for good, but the very end shows that Lucille Austero really was murdered by Buster.
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Malaproper
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In the stinger of "Motherboy XXX", GOB is meeting with a judge to get his marriage annulled, and while the narrator says, "GOB can admit he never consummated their marriage," GOB can clearly be heard at the same time saying, "We never sonsummated this marriage."
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Final Season Casting: Despite appearing in the opening credits throughout the fifth season, Portia de Rossi as Lindsay Bluth-Fünke is almost absent from the season, to accommodate for de Rossi's retirement from acting.
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What Have We Ear?
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What Have We Ear?: One of GOB's tricks, used in "Key Decisions" and "Colony Collapse".
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Surrounded by Idiots
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Surrounded by Idiots: Poor Michael.
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Standardized Sitcom Housing
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Standardized Sitcom Housing: One of the most surprising aversions, considering the family business and how self-aware the show is. The couch is off in a corner and it's possible to go from the front door to the kitchen without passing through the living room. The actual model home used in the pilot had a grand spiral staircase...leading to an unfinished attic.
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Becoming the Mask
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Becoming the Mask: In Season 4, GOB sets out to get revenge on a newly uncloseted, flirty Tony Wonder by winning his heart and then breaking it. Tony is secretly straight and just pretending to flirt, because he thinks GOB is gay as well and has a boyfriend with money. They both end up truly enjoying each other's company and developing feelings for each other - the Narrator says this is confused friendship, but after they're tricked into sex with each other GOB says the experience has confirmed he's in love. Troper bonus: literal full face masks are involved.
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Along similar lines to the "Fawlty Towers" Plot, the overarching theme of the Bluth family history seems to be to try and use deception, guile, and blackmail to gather economic, social, political, or personal power and then lose it all horrifically when history intervenes. The entire plot of the series is set off when George's arrangement with the CIA and Iraq is torn apart by The War on Terror, in a parody of the unfolding Enron scandal of the time. The housing project they spent the initial run of the program failing to get off the ground was finally completed between season 3 and 4 — just in time for the housing bubble to burst, sparking the 2008 financial meltdown and great recession. Fakeblock, the Anti-Social Network, is already running into this during season 4, but George Michael is just taking his first steps down this path. Seems set to happen again with the wall central to season 4 and the political ambitions riding on it, this time to be derailed by the 2016 presidential election, as the wall was central to Donald Trump’s campaign.
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Metaphorgotten: GOB, on after the seal that bites off Buster's hand gets its flipper eaten by a shark.
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Love Dodecahedron
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Love Dodecahedron: Combined with Incest Is Relative.
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Transparent Closet
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Tobias. His closet got way more transparent in the third season, to the point that practically every third line of his was a gay joke, and half of these were gay sex jokes.
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Manic Pixie Dream Girl
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Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Subverted: she's actually a Mentally Retarded Female. Mr. F! Maeby shows shades of this, especially in early episodes.
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Theme Tune Cameo: Lindsay's ringtone.
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Important Haircut
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Important Haircut: A lot of the storylines revolve around hair and lack thereof. George Sr. has a habit of swapping identities with his twin brother Oscar by force, either by putting on a wig or shaving his brother's head. Tobias has treated himself to four thousand hair plugs, which resulted in him nearly dying as the transplant was rejecting his body. He also sported a classy wig while disguised as Mister Featherbottom. Erm, misses!
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Glamorous Wartime Singer: Lucille Bluth in Vietnam
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Body Double
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Body Double: Turns out that the houses in Iraq that the Bluth company built were housing a group of Saddam doubles. Though for double spoilers one on of them may be the real Saddam and a double was killed in his place.
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Leaning on the Fourth Wall
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Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The late season three episode S.O.B.s is chock full of references to the show's failing ratings and involves the characters pleading for support and trying to seem more relatable, while simultaneously stating that they would not be able to do a Channel Hop should they ultimately be canceled, and, by the end, openly accepting the show's impending cancellation. When they discuss the idea that there is a mole with a listing device in the company in 'Mr. F', the cameras focuses on each cast member, ending with George Sr.'s surrogate and then finally with a wide cast shot of the conference room with a studio mic hanging overhead that gets quickly pulled away. In Season 4, whenever footage from the original run is used, a watermark for "Showstealer Pro Trial Edition" is seen over it - a nod to the reduced budget on Netflix
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Comedic Sociopathy
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Comedic Sociopathy: Michael is at the helm of a sinking ship of fools.
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Getting Crap Past the Radar
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Getting Crap Past the Radar: All the time.
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You Know What You Did
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You Know What You Did: Despite having acknowledged how untrustworthy Lucille is, Lindsay and Michael both fall for their mother's attempts to make them believe that the other thinks badly of them.
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Un-Entendre
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Un-Entendre: Almost everything Tobias says.
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Downer Ending: Holy hell, season 4. Michael and George Michael's relationship is most likely beyond repair; Michael's taken a seemingly irreversible level in Jerk Ass and the Sudden Valley residents have fled; George Michael's relationship with P-Hound is over and his perpetuated lie about Fakeblock has attracted the attention of Anonymous; both Maeby and Tobias are jobless sex offenders; Buster's arrested for Lucille Austero's murder; Lucille and George are divorcing; Sally Sitwell is poised to be a Big Bad and is taking over Lucille 2's campaign; GOB has no money to pay the Mongols he hired to build the wall and is made to be the new president of the Bluth company despite a scandalous relationship with Tony Wonder. Lindsay, who seems to be the only one who's come out even slightly ahead, has completely rejected any chance at personal growth.
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Wham Line
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Wham Line: Several throughout the series: 'Top Banana' gives us a hilarious one in its final moments: Also from 'Top Banana': The "On the Next" tag of "Altar Egos," the episode that introduces Maggie Lizer: 'Justice Is Blind': 'Let Them Eat Cake': 'The One Where They Build A House': 'Good Grief': 'Sad Sack': 'Out On A Limb': 'Righteous Brothers', just when it looks like George has finally turned himself in and done something good for the family: From the end of 'Mr. F': 'Development Arrested': Also from 'Development Arrested': 'Blockheads':
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Wham Shot
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Wham Shot: Annyong hiding in the walls in the epilogue of 'Mr. F'. George Michael punching his father in the epilogue of 'Blockheads'. Lucille 2's body falling out of the wall in the epilogue of 'Fallout'.
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Early Installment Weirdness: The pilot. The model home, the penthouse, the Bluth boardroom, and George's prison are not the sets we see from episode 2 on, but locations that look vastly different. The Narrator spoke in a much more subdued tone of voice in the pilot, without the playful intonation that would become his trademark. John Beard has a mustache.
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Drugged Lipstick
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Drugged Lipstick: On GOB's ventriloquist's dummy.
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Consulting Mister Puppet
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Consulting Mister Puppet: Franklin.
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Narrator
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As the Narrator, Ron Howard frequently makes references to his past careers on the classic TV shows The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days. (after Jessie derisively calls George Michael "Opie") "Jessie had gone too far, and she had best watch her mouth." "No one was making fun of Andy Griffith. I can't emphasize that enough." The Andy Griffith shout outs really start to pile up in Season 4 once Ron Howard himself becomes a recurring character.
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Book-Ends
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Book-Ends: The finale, "Development Arrested", is filled with them.
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Flash Back
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Batman in My Basement
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The Aztec Tomb was stored in the model home's attic, where George successfully hid on multiple occasions, while on the lam.
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Out of the Frying Pan: Near the end of Season 3, George is finally exonerated for his crimes, leaving the Bluth company in an actually good position for the first time in years. However, during the boat party, Annyong shows up to reveal that he had been feeding information and evidence against them to the SEC, and then Lucille steals the Queen Mary, putting them in a worse position than ever.
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Golden Moment
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Golden Moment: Occurs almost entirely with Michael and George Michael, his son. Lampshaded when while making snacks with his father at the end of an episode George Michael remarks that he doesn't need his dad to stay out of his life, he's the biggest part of his life. Michael states, referring to the snack they are making, "That's a little cornball, son."
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Country Matters
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Country Matters: As a Last-Second Word Swap. Also the Stealth Pun noted below in which Michael tells GOB to get rid of the Seaward, his boat, and Lucille says she'll leave when she's ready to. Later, he gets a boat actually named the C-Word. The boat is also a multi-part pun, as it stands for this trope and "cancelled", which was an impending threat for the show.
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No Bisexuals
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No Bisexuals: Played for Laughs with Tobias and played awkwardly straight with GOB and Tony Wonder, two straight-identifying men who have sex and share some sort of confusing feelings.
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Lindsay is often reminded of the fact that she has never really achieved anything, and Lucille constantly makes cracks about her weight since she was very young. Her abuse is probably the darkest when it is learned that she is adopted, and Lucille admits they didn't want her and only adopted her to spite Stan Sitwell, who had been trying to adopt her himself. In season 5 we learn that Lucille's mother abused her the same way with constant (inaccurate) insults about her appearance.
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Hulk Speak
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Annyong says "Annyong," which turns out to not be Hulk Speak.
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Plucky Office Girl
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Plucky Office Girl: Kitty has used her position as one of these to get enough information on everyone to perfectly manipulate them all. Problem is, she's crazy, so how well this works is left up to the viewer.
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Central Theme
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Central Theme: A rather depressing one being Character Development—>"Shaggy Dog" Story. It is called "Arrested Development" after all. It's ramped up in season 4 where, after a time skip, everyone at first seems to have made some significant positive strides in their life. The season is a slow-motion train wreck culminating in the batshit insane Cinco de Quatro. Season 4's specific theme seems to be deconstructing the "Fawlty Towers" Plot by exploring all the effects of lying egregiously in relationships and to oneself regarding relationships. Along similar lines to the "Fawlty Towers" Plot, the overarching theme of the Bluth family history seems to be to try and use deception, guile, and blackmail to gather economic, social, political, or personal power and then lose it all horrifically when history intervenes. The entire plot of the series is set off when George's arrangement with the CIA and Iraq is torn apart by The War on Terror, in a parody of the unfolding Enron scandal of the time. The housing project they spent the initial run of the program failing to get off the ground was finally completed between season 3 and 4 — just in time for the housing bubble to burst, sparking the 2008 financial meltdown and great recession. Fakeblock, the Anti-Social Network, is already running into this during season 4, but George Michael is just taking his first steps down this path. Seems set to happen again with the wall central to season 4 and the political ambitions riding on it, this time to be derailed by the 2016 presidential election, as the wall was central to Donald Trump’s campaign.
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The Problem with Pen Island
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Although he didn't intend it to be read that way, Lucille greeting Tobias with "Hello, Anus Tart" when she hasn't even seen his new license plate probably counts.
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Late-Arrival Spoiler: The clips that play on the DVD menus can be quite spoileriffic for the episodes on that disc.
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Can't Get Away with Nuthin'
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Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Anytime Michael indulges himself or ever puts himself first (only a handful throughout the series) it has terrible consequences that are immediately revealed to his family who use the occasion to declare him just as bad as the rest of them (who ALWAYS indulge themselves and put themselves first).
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Time Skip: Season 4 opens five years after the ending of season 3.
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Germans Love David Hasselhoff
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Germans Love David Hasselhoff: When they were children, George Sr. instigated fights between Michael and GOB, filmed them, and released them. The tapes were very popular in Latin America. invoked The same could be said about the cornballer. invoked
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Names to Run Away From Really Fast
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Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Tobias' business cards: Dr Tobias Fünke, analrapist note See The Problem with Pen Island below.
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Parent with New Paramour
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Parent with New Paramour: Played with throughout the series with each of Michael's new love interests. They have one of the major obstacles to Michael forming a new relationship being fear about the effect it might have on his son, even though George Michael tends to approve and be encouraging.
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GOB unsuccessfully trying to tell Ann he wants to break up, stuttering through a nonsensical sentence in such a manner that would give Porky Pig a run for his money.
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Shaped Like What It Sells
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Shaped Like What It Sells: The Bluths' one consistent moneymaker is the frozen banana stand, which is shaped like a banana.
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Aluminum Christmas Trees
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Aluminum Christmas Trees: In season 4, one of the running jokes is a terrible, cheaply shot, early '90s movie about the Fantastic Four. Many fans assume it's completely made up, but that's an actual movie, and in fact the circumstances of production in-universe are similar to what actually happened, although the actress who played Sue Storm is actually named Rebecca Staab. Plenty of people outside California didn't know John Beard was an actual newscaster unless they are aware of his "Hackers on Steroids" clip. The Living Classics pageant where actors dress up and reenact classic paintings sound like another one of the show's trademark Dan Browning jokes right? It's a parody of a real event.note It's called a "Tableau Vivant," and it was a legitimate and popular form of entertainment for many years.
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The Unfair Sex
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The Unfair Sex: Averted. Lucille is an abusive mother and Lindsay neglects her daughter.
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Jerkass Has a Point
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Jerkass Has a Point: Many of the Bluths qualify for this, making rather astute observations when not being too self-absorbed. In several instances, Lindsay and Lucille both tell Tobias that he has no talent or ability as an actor. With his consistent inability to get acting work coupled with his pompousness, not many people disagree.
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The Reveal
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The Reveal: In Season 1: George has been working with Saddam Hussein to build houses in Iraq. In Season 2: GOB is Steve Holt's father. In Season 3: Lindsay is Nellie, the Bluths' adopted daughter. Lucille has been behind almost all of the Bluth family's corruption from the start. Annyong has been working as a mole for the SEC to take down the Bluth family out of revenge. He succeeds. In Season 4: The "famous person" GOB is dating is Tony Wonder. Sally Sitwell is The Chessmaster behind most of the series' events. Perfecto is underage, leaving Maeby as a registered sex offender like her father. Fakeblock doesn't exist, and is instead the result of a series of increasingly elaborate and dangerous lies on George Michael's part. George Michael is "George Maharis", Rebel Alley's other boyfriend. Lucille 2 was killed on the night of Cinco de Quatro and all of the Bluths have motives for the murder. In Season 5: Tobias had another family, including a grown son. The Bluths have kept the beach house where Tracy died without telling Michael. Lucille is responsible for George Sr's emasculation. Lindsay is related to the Bluths, she's Lucille's half sister. Buster is responsible for Lucille 2's death after all.
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Meaningful Name
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Meaningful Name: Sitwell repeatedly has problems with the adjustment of his eyebrows.
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Lemony Narrator
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Lemony Narrator: The amount of times Ron Howard breaks the fourth wall probably counts in the hundreds. He also takes considerable offense to the bad narration of Scandalmakers. In a general sense, he doesn't seem to think highly of the Bluths, and takes potshots at them whenever an occasion presents itself.
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Punny Name
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Punny Name: Taken to Added Alliterative Appeal Tongue Twister levels; Lawyer Bob Loblaw, owner of Bob Loblaw's Law blog. He is quite the mouthful. One headline reads "Bob Loblaw Lobs Law Bomb." Season 4 gives us "Low blow, Loblaw". Also Maggie Lizer as in Maggie Lizer ass off. And then there's the District Attorney Lottie Dottie, or Lottie Dottie DA, in season 5.
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FakeBuzz
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Fake Buzz: Maeby drinks some virgin martinis and thinks she's drunk. George Michael tries to explain that "virgin" means non-alcoholic, but the venture is fruitless. Another time when Maeby and George Michael find some of GOB's fake wine (wine bottles filled with water). They drink it and think they are drunk. This leads them to get to second base.
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The Stoner
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George Sr. often tricks his twin brother Oscar into serving prison time in his place. Despite the frequency with which this happens, both Oscar and the police fall for it every time.
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Leno Device
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Leno Device: Jim Cramer is shown talking about the Bluth company on his show and in a later episode makes a live appearance. John Beard was an actual Fox local anchor and is presented as an exaggerated version of himself. Beard has been cast in several series either as a generic anchor or As Himself. In a variant, Joel Hodgson and Trace Beaulieu appear in Season 4 to reprise their roles as Joel and Crow to riff on Debrie's Fantastic Four movie, to show that the movie was that bad.
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Artistic License – Military
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Artistic License – Military: Absolutely everything about the military. Nobody can be enlisted by another person without their own consent. Soldiers are not free to wander out of basic training, nor are their family members permitted to wander in. There are no Army Basic Combat Training sites in California, or even in the southwest. No lawsuit has ever precluded drill sergeants from yelling at recruits. Basic training platoons do not get deployed to combat. The USO is not part of the military. No enlisted soldiers are permitted to skip basic combat training, unless they are transfers from the Marine Corps. Soldiers are not tricked into re-enlisting. Piloting drones requires almost half a year of specialised training, and in nearly every scene in which someone wears a uniform, even when they are supposed to be actual soldiers in-universe, the uniform is terribly, horribly wrong.
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Casting Gag: One episode had Tobias roleplaying with a relationship counselor played by Mr. Show co-star Bob Odenkirk. A late episode has Michael believe a prostitute is in fact his sister. She's played by Justine Bateman, Jason Bateman's sister. Bob Loblaw, played by Scott Baio, replaces Barry Zuckercorn, played by Henry Winkler. Twice, characters make reference to old TV shows that Ron Howard was on as a child, prompting comments from the narrator, Ron Howard. Amy Poehler (then Will Arnett's wife) guest-starred as GOB's impulse-marriage wife with whom he has no chemistry or compatibility. This became a meta Brick Joke when Arnett appeared on Parks and Recreation as Poehler's blind date... with whom she has no compatibility. George Sr. claims, when shown a photograph of him shaking hands with Saddam Hussein, that he just thought he was meeting the guy who played the Soup Nazi. Guess who shows up a full season later playing a Saddam Hussein lookalike? In a flashback, a young Barry Zuckercorn is played by Max Winkler, Henry Winkler's son.
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Christmas Episode
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Christmas Episode: "In God We Trust" and "Afternoon Delight."
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Line-of-Sight Alias
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Line-of-Sight Alias: In season 4, George Michael gets the alias George Maharis when he introduces himself as George Mi—heiress (he had just been telling Maeby that the correct pronunciation was "airess", not "Harris"). As a Genius Bonus, George Maharis is a real person, and while George Michael chose the name to escape the embarrassing implications of George Michael and Boy George, that name carries very similar implications.note Double Genius Bonus: Check out the name of the man the real George Maharis was caught with, and compare it to the name of the student Maeby has sex with..
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One Dialogue, Two Conversations
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One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Seriously, this family really need to get on the same page.
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Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: Season 4 is very much this.
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T-Word Euphemism: GOB's yacht.
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Let the Past Burn
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Let the Past Burn: An episode ends with Michael and his son, George Michael burning down the family banana stand while they watched as a means of putting the days where they miserably had to work there behind. Their father is not pleased because he had hidden a secret stock of cash in there and the two of them failed to find it.
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Up to Eleven
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A lot. You'll never catch all the subtle jokes, set-ups, and foreshadowing on a first-time viewing. Season 4 takes it Up to Eleven due to being shown in Anachronic Order. For example, Lindsey's spotlight episode is completely different on a second viewing once you know Tobias was just barely off-screen the whole time.
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Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs
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Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: George has a son named Michael, and Michael has a son named George Michael.
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Once More, with Clarity!
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Once More, with Clarity!: Several scenes in Season 4. Sometimes, it's even inverted, because a new question arises after something that the viewer is led to believe proves to be untrue. Michael coming home after Cinco de Quatro, turns out he was turned down by Lucille 2 and did not slept with her, who was actually offended by the suggestion that she'd be so desperate to get laid that she'd let him off to paying U$700,000. George Michael can be seen talking with his roommate a lot about his Fakeblock app, only to the episode centered on him to confirm that these conversations were not at all related to a privacy/anti-piracy app. It was a woodblock simulator n the first one, and in the second, it was him trying to convince his roommate this app could be done. The negotiation over film rights between Michael and George Sr. At first, it seems that it's a scene where George Sr. tries to apologize and cash in a favor from his son only to reveal he got there by a coincidence, still trying to cash in a favor, since the first person to speak to Michael was actually Oscar. At a bus in India, Lindsay runs over a tourist and they all laugh about it, Said tourist turns out to be Tobias and the accident ends up re-igniting his dream of being an actor. The meeting of Lindsay with her shaman is seen in a new light when it's revealed that the shaman is actually Maeby in disguise trying to guilt-trip her. While brief, the scene of Michael eyeing a red-head woman going into the elevator gets this when that woman turns out to be Lindsay. Maeby supporting her mother to go after Love as a way to get Marky out of prison is renewed in sense when Maeby turns out to be pimping her mother out to him and is in fact arranging meetings she received money from him for. Maeby getting fired by Geroge Michael of their Fakeblock alliance becomes this when Fakeblock turns out to be just a woodblock simulator app.
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Chroma Key: Lampshaded in Season 4. As Jeffrey Tambor plays both George Sr. and Oscar, it is necessary to use this effect if both of them are going to appear in a scene together at the same time. When George Sr. meets Oscar at a restaurant, he asks Oscar to take the seat opposite him as "it would look better."
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Police Brutality: A running gag in which George Sr. or Oscar (or one disguised as or mistaken for the other) gets tackled by police and a second later, one officer clubs him on the head with a nightstick. (Also, it's always the same two cops, each switching off on nightstick duty.) As well as GOB getting tazered. Season 4 has an unwitting Tobias appear in an episode of a To Catch a Predator ripoff hosted by John Beard. The perp gets the "why don't you have a seat over here" treatment, and is then lured outside and subjected to a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown by the crew as well as police officers assisting the show, before being arrested. This is implied to be their standard operating procedure.
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Arc Words
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Arc Words: Season 1 has "light treason". Season 3 has "Mr. F." Season 4 has "Love Each Other". Season 5 has "Don't tell Michael".
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If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten
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If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: A variant in season 4 where the military gives Buster a kitten to test if he has enough control over his new hand to avoid crushing it. The trope is played with. Buster had control over his hand and is lying about it. If he doesn't crush the kitten, he'll give himself away. So while he isn't being asked to prove he is a bad guy as in a straight example of this trope, if he does prove he is a bad guy (by killing the kitten in spite of having control over his hand) he would have passed the test.
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Continuity Editing: Done deliberately very wrong in the sleazy commercial of Bob Loblaw, where he closes the same book, three times.
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Translation by Volume
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Translation by Volume: Talking unnaturally loudly or slowly tends to be how the Bluths attempt to communicate with the various Spanish-speaking characters.
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Prison Rape: Referenced and played for humor several times: In one first season episode, George Michael is revealed to have watched an episode of Oz as a small child (having confused it for The Wizard of Oz), and is terrified of visiting his grandfather in prison as a result. In the third season of Arrested Development, George Bluth complains about being under house arrest with his wife (after having spent most of the first two seasons incarcerated): In the same episode, George gives a speech to troubled youth about life in prison in order to scare them straight (i.e. off of drugs or gangs or whatever), but ends up describing prison rape to a group of gay youth who are expecting to be scared straight (i.e. into becoming heterosexuals). Needless to say, they are excited by the prospect of sweaty groping in the dark by buff men. It's also made fun of when Lindsay visits her father in prison during a previous season and he's explaining why he wants her to stop coming: In season 4, the activist/terrorist Marky Bark expresses fear of being imprisoned, commenting that prison is like [a restaurant running on the barter system], except there's only one thing to swap. Possibly experienced by Tobias in a spell of imprisonment in the fourth season. He ends up as a registered sex offender, and the narration indicates that this status resulted in him being savagely beaten with a spoon. He also learned from his prison experiences the problem with calling himself an analrapist, and starts to call himself a theralyst instead.
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Side-Effects Include...
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Side-Effects Include...: When Tobias and Lindsay performed as a singing hippie duo hawking drugs for a pharmaceutical company years ago, a young Maeby would deliver the side effects in between songs.
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The Comically Serious
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The Comically Serious: Wayne Jarvis Ice As is Larry, George Sr's surrogate in the third season.
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Thicker Than Water
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Thicker Than Water: Family ties is the most important thing for Michael. That's why he easily forgives all the mischief brought onto him by his relatives.
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Phrase Catcher: Whenever someone (usually George Michael) says something about Ann, people (mostly Michael) tend to say, "Is she really?", "Really?", "Her?" or "Who's Ann?"
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Remember the New Guy?
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Remember the New Guy?: Franklin, GOB's puppet was apparently used sometime before the beginning of the series. However, the cast as a whole seemed to suddenly remember him all at the same time, on the episode of his debut.
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Real Life Writes the Plot
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Real Life Writes the Plot: The circuitous, Hyperlink Story-ish nature of season 4 is due to difficulties coordinating the actors' schedules. Tony Hale's schedule conflicts with Veep in particular were so difficult to work with that Buster's focus episode is mostly self-contained.
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Hilarious in Hindsight
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Hilariousin Hindsight: Tobias is constantly hinted at to be gay. Unbeknownst to the public during the first two seasons of the show's prime-time run, the actress playing his wife, Portia de Rossi, came out as gay in late 2005.
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Later Installment Weirdness
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Later Installment Weirdness: Having been written and produced for Netflix, free of the constraints of having to make weekly episodes or avoid Continuity Lockout, the show got to experiment with its format: Season 4 is presented in a Rashomon style, each episode focusing on a single character, and the complete story only emerging after watching the entire season. The remix of season 4, as well as season 5, return to a more traditional, chronological storytelling, but are much more heavily serialized than the original three seasons. Season 5 got more lax with swear words, with the word "shit" (and its derivatives) being liberally used with no bleeping. Having aged, George Michael and Maeby now have their own adventures and storylines as grown-ups. While this has been partially the case for Maeby and her Hollywood career in the original show, it is new for George Michael.
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White Sheep
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White Sheep: Michael, George Michael and Buster are generally this in relation to the Bluth family. They are by far the most decent and the least manipulative and selfish. Contrasted to the others who are greedy and power-hungry, and generally hold very few morals. Tobias also fits into this trope, although slightly less so since his ideas of this don't necessarily comply with other people's ideas of this. Maeby too, as despite her rebellious nature, she’s mostly your everyday teenager looking to have fun and rarely stoops to the same lows her mother, grandparents, or GOB usually do (her “Surely” scam being the only real exception). Even her movie career doesn’t really qualify as her only sin there is hiding it from her parents. In Season 4, this trope is deconstructed with all three of them: Michael becomes much more frustrated and selfish, abandons his family and eventually kicks almost all of them out of the movie, Buster is pushed far past his limits, and eventually punches Herbert Love in the face, and George Michael begins to show his natural Bluth traits, most notably the power of lying, and ends up digging himself deeper and deeper, and eventually punches his father in the face after he finds out that he was lying to him. Not to mention the fact that they're all implied to have motives for Lucille 2's murder. As for Tobias and Maeby, they both finish the season off as sex offenders.
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Celebrity Paradox
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Celebrity Paradox/You Look Familiar: Richard Belzer appears as himself in S.O.B.s and then later as his Homicide/ Law and Order character John Munch in Exit Strategy.
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THeUnfavorite
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The Unfavorite
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Reckless Gun Usage
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Reckless Gun Usage: Tobias gets fired from his job as a security guard by trying to get rid of some mice from a clothes shop (which GOB let loose) by firing randomly at them with his revolver.
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Snowball Lie
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Snowball Lie: Hard to believe that Fakeblock started off as a simple woodblock app.
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Suspiciously Similar Song
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(In Season 2, a Suspiciously Similar Song also makes couple of appearances. You can still take a shot.)
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Kent Brockman News
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Kent Brockman News: At 15 episodes, LA newscaster John F. Beard is tied with Henry Winkler/Barry Zuckercorn for most common recurring cast member/character.
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Actually Pretty Funny
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Actually Pretty Funny: In "The One Where They Build a House", GOB admires Michael's quip about his "business model".
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Left Hanging
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Left Hanging: Nearly every single plot and subplot in season 4 is left unresolved.
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Live Episode
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Live Episode: Parodied with the end of "S.O.B.S"
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Large Ham
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Large Ham: A veritable buffet line.
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Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
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Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Generally speaking, Michael and George Michael are the only characters on the show who are good people trying to do the right thing. The rest of the family have differing degrees of selfishness and jerkass behavior, starting with how Lucille and George manipulate the family to their own ends to how oblivious and self-absorbed Lindsay, Tobias and GOB can be. Buster and Maeby are in a middle ground, while maybe not as mean spirited, Buster is very needy to the point of being The Load and Maeby regularly wanders off in her own schemes due to being ignored. Even still Michael, for all he tries to be a good person and caring father, occasionally succumbs to hypocrisy and selfishness. This is Lampshaded in "S.O.B." where In-Universe the family is trying to look better for investors and is filled with meta-references to both how the characters are unlikable and how it has affected the shows ratings. In Season 4, without the rest of their family to make them look better by comparison, both Michael and, to a lesser extent, George-Michael succumb to this.
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Signature Style
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This is practically part of the show's Signature Style. Even Michael isn't immune.
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Exactly What It Says on the Tin
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Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Dead Dove: Do Not Eat" Tobias is a never-nude, which the narrator points out is exactly what it sounds like.
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What Happened to the Mouse?
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What Happened to the Mouse?: Parodied. Annyong disappears early in the second season, never to be seen again... until one On The Next gag toward the beginning of the third season reveals that he had been hiding in the walls note but you have to wait for it.. He reveals himself as a spy in the third season finale. Played straight with Cindy the Ostrich, who isn't seen again chronologically after attacking Lucille 2.
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Drinking Game
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Count the number of times you hear Europe's "The Final Countdown" in relation to GOB. (In Season 2, a Suspiciously Similar Song also makes couple of appearances. You can still take a shot.)
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Parental Sexuality Squick
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Parental Sexuality Squick: Comes up a lot, considering Lucille's considerable libido. GOB is so sensitive to it that when Lucille says her new lover Dusty "tickled her fancy", he assumes the worst, and wonders in horror what part of her the "fancy" is.
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Anachronic Order
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Anachronic Order: Season 4 follows this. Several events are skipped or revisited from another character's point of view, and one episode's context can be completely changed by a future episode that happened at the same time.
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Your Cheating Heart
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Your Cheating Heart: Herbert Love has a wife and kids, but has also been in lots of sexual harassment lawsuits during his campaign. Then again, his wife is having an affair on him, with Buster. And in a weird variation on Season 4, Oscar, George's twin brother, manages to have sex with Lucille while the Bluths were still married, but Lucille had no idea it was Oscar as he was pretending to be George.
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Notorious Parent
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Notorious Parent: The Bluth family patriarch, George Sr., committed a host of financial crimes as the head of the Bluth Company, and also somehow blundered his way into committing treason when he built houses in Iraq during the sanctions, when American businesses were forbidden from operating in Iraq. His kids spend much of the series having to live down their family's terrible reputation. However, matriarch Lucille was actually the mastermind behind the crimes, and used George Sr. as a puppet to carry out the dirty work.
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Wham Episode
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Wham Episode: "Let Them Eat Cake": George's "light treason" was building model homes in Iraq for Saddam Hussein, and he fakes a heart attack in order to escape from prison. "Out On A Limb": Buster's hand gets eaten by a seal. "Exit Strategy": George, Sr has been cleared of all charges. "Development Arrested", big time Lucille Bluth is the one who's been controlling both George and the Bluth company the whole time. Lindsay was adopted by the Bluths at age three and is the illusive "Nellie" (therefore, George Michael and Maeby aren't biological cousins). GOB's Christian girlfriend turns out to be Ann. Annyong (real name: Hel-Loh) is a mole for the SEC, and has been gathering evidence against Lucille to avenge his grandfather's stolen business. Finally, Michael and George Michael leave the family for good.
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Prison Episode
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Prison Episode: The whole first season features George Sr in prison, but "Key Decisions" also features GOB in prison, "Staff Infection"/"Missing Kitty" features Tobias in prison, and "Queen B." in Season 4 features Lucille in prison after losing her trial.
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California University
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California University: A strange example of this occurs in Season 4, when the college George Michael attends is said to be UC Irvine, but the scenes were actually filmed at Occidental College. One wonders why they didn't just invent a fake university with a punny name, or mine the name "Occidental" for all of the multiple reference puns it was worth.
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Lies to Children
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Lies to Children: Thanks to Lucille's insane lies to cover up her alcoholism, Lindsay has grown up believing that vodka goes bad if not finished the day it's opened and that wine only becomes alcohol if left to sit.
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Kissing Cousins
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Kissing Cousins: George Michael's crush and his cousin Maeby.
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Cliff Hanger
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Cliffhanger: Season 4 ends with almost all of its plot points unresolved with the intention of continuing them in the next season: George Sr, because of a drop in testosterone and a rise in estrogen suddenly is acting like a woman. The Wall, which is not built, not able to be built due to George Sr not having the land, and is still being backed by Herbert Love's campaign. Lindsay is going to run for Congress after Herbert Love fell into a coma. Sally Sitwell's scheme with Tony Wonder. GOB and Tony Wonder's relationship Tobias was caught in Marky Bark's explosion. Lucille had just requested a real divorce with George Sr. We're still not done with Lucille's arrest just yet. Lucille was going to return to rehab after Tobias called her The Invisible Girl. Maeby is arrested for statutory rape of a student who she believed was an undercover cop who was of age. There was also a throwaway scene where the Spanish woman George-Michael had sex with during his stay as an exchange student in Spain shows her friends George-Michael's "Star Wars Kid" video before standing up to reveal a baby bump. Is George-Michael the father? Will Michael become a grandfather? George Michael and Maeby's potential relationship. George Michael seems to have been targeted by Anonymous. George Michael punched his father and they were at a stare down. Buster is arrested for Lucile 2's murder We have no idea who played The Thing in Fantastic 4: The Musical, since Tobias gave the costume to Buster, and Buster left it on the ground. All of the main characters have motives, so we have no clue who's responsible for Lucille Austero's disappearance and probable murder.
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Sdrawkcab Alias
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In Season 1, The H. Maddas files.
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Theme Twin Naming
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Theme Twin Naming: George Oscar Sr. and his twin brother, Oscar George. At one point Maeby pretends to be a twin sister named Surely.
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Back for the Finale
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Back for the Finale: Lindsay returns for the second Series Finale after being Put on a Bus.
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Shaped Like Itself
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He finally settles on "Use Your Allusion," saying his act is full of references. His act's title now references that his act's title is a reference.
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Vetinari Job Security
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Vetinari Job Security: Things immediately fall apart any time Michael leaves.
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Wallpaper Camouflage
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Wallpaper Camouflage: Reoccurring trope. Tobias' blue paint, from his stint as a Blue Man Group understudy, allows him to camouflage against any blue background. He also camouflages himself against a glitter background using Lindsay's diamond lotion in order to spy on her. Buster's Milford Academy training allows him a high degree of skill in blending into the background of any situation.
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On the Next
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On the Next: subverted; they're almost always one-off jokes based on hanging plot threads of the episode they accompany. Of course, there are a few Double Subversions where the preview is actually true...
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Rewatch Bonus
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Rewatch Bonus: A lot. You'll never catch all the subtle jokes, set-ups, and foreshadowing on a first-time viewing. Season 4 takes it Up to Eleven due to being shown in Anachronic Order. For example, Lindsey's spotlight episode is completely different on a second viewing once you know Tobias was just barely off-screen the whole time. The Rita Leeds arc once it's revealed that she's mentally challenged, not a spy.
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Mid-Battle Tea Break
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Mid Battle Teabreak: In a season 4 episode, Michael and GOB get in a fight in a padded children's play area after agreeing it is the safest place to fight. Shortly after the fight begins, they crash through the wall of the knife store next door. At this point, they stop the fight long enough to return to the play area.
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As You Know
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As You Know: Lampshaded in season 4. Tony Wonder and Sally Sitwell keeps wondering why they are constantly discussing the details of their scheme out loud since they have already talked it over enough times to know it by heart.
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Decoy Leader
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Decoy Leader: George, Sr to Lucille, as revealed in the Grand Finale.
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Not So Different
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Not So Different: Michael tries to be a good father to his son, but unfortunately in practice he's every bit as domineering and controlling as his own parents were.
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Floating Continent: Apparently a housing development idea of George Sr.'s that never got off the ground.
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Foreshadowing: For example, count how many times in the 1st and 2nd season we see Buster alongside artificial hands. Including his hand chair. After discovering that it was given to Lupe's family, Buster says "I never thought I'd miss a hand so much"- a full six months before he does. In the very first episode, Michael's mother complain that someone cut the foot off her fox fur. Also in the second season premier, George Michael mistakenly thinks Michael is saying Aunt Lindsay is not his real aunt when he was only talking about her nose being fake. The second season premier features a newscast which briefly mentions a seal attack. He also wins a stuffed seal from a claw machine. And briefly imitates the claw with his left hand And let's not forget "The Immaculate Election", where GOB "helps" George-Michael by attacking his candidacy opponent (Steve Holt), by pointing out that Steve doesn't even know who his father is, while simultaneously reminiscing about the anti-abortion girlfriend he had didn't have in high school. Well, Steve Holt's parentage gets revealed during The Tag. Guess who.... In "Sword of Destiny", Buster briefly uses a semi-realistic plastic hand instead of his hook. This is more of a plot point in "Righteous Brothers", the Season 2 finale, where it causes Oscar, mistaking it for Buster's real hand, to burn himself on the corn baller and injure himself while Buster is ironing. While these two events are insignificant at the time, they lead to Buster discovering that Oscar is his real father, and a fingerprints-less Oscar being unable to prove his identity while being held in prison. "For British Eyes Only" manages to doubly foreshadow a later reveal. The episode begins with a flashback to an earlier conversation where Michael responds to his son telling him he has a stupid girl problem with: "I don't even have a girl, much less a stupid one." Later in the day Michael meets a woman named Rita. Who is mentally retarded. Another incidence foreshadowing the same reveal is when Rita sits on a bus stop bench that says "Wee Britain" in a way that it ends up appearing as "Wee Brain". Trevor confronts Michael, asking "How would you like someone going after some stupid person in your family?" Maeby is introduced as "[George Michael]'s cousin, Maeby," which could also be written as "[George Michael]'s cousin, maybe." A running plot point is George Michael desperately trying to find evidence that they aren't truly related. In the last season, there are several foreshadows revolving around Michael's mysterious sister N. Bluth which resolves to show that Lindsay is really 3 years older than Michael and adopted, therefore making Maeby biologically unrelated to the Bluths. It's then revealed, much later, she's actually Lucille's half-sister, making Maeby his first cousin once removed. GOB says he "could be a father" in "Best Man for the GOB". He is. One of Maggie Lizer's first lines is a pun on her name: "Maggie Lies-'er ass off!" She was lying about being blind the whole time. Michael noticing similarities between the model home and the palaces of Saddam Hussein in Season One. The first mention of Tony Wonder in "Good Grief" foreshadows his and GOB's relationship in season 4. He doesn't appear in the episode except for a picture in Poof magazine - which GOB holds up, saying "I should be in this Poof!", right after obliviously (?) and repeatedly hitting on a male employee. For a Freeze-Frame Bonus, the magazine article text compares Tony Wonder to Liberace. GOB foreshadows his entire plot arc for Season 4 in "Flight of the Phoenix" while trying to guess why Michael is in such a panic.
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Attack of the Political Ad
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Attack of the Political Ad: When George Michael lets GOB do an ad for his school president campaign, GOB attacks George's rival, Steve Holt, on the grounds that he doesn't even know who his father is. It turns out GOB is Steve Holt's biological father.
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Continuity Nod: All over the place.
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Leitmotif
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Leitmotif: Count the number of times you hear Europe's "The Final Countdown" in relation to GOB. (In Season 2, a Suspiciously Similar Song also makes couple of appearances. You can still take a shot.) The second season provides one whenever Oscar and Buster spend time with each other and start talking about fathers. From Season 4: Hello Darkness My Old Friend Hey, what you tryin' to say to me? In Season 5, Michael inquiring various people about what happened to Lucille Austero is accompanied with dramatic string music, while the people around him start to look worriedly at each other.
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We Should Get Another Tape
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We Should Get Another Tape: The Trope Namer is George Michael's eventual response to the Running Gag of his "Star Wars Kid" video in "The Ocean Walker".
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Cluster Bleep-Bomb: At the office: When the kids are making fun of their mother: Dealing with the prostitute:
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Overly Long Gag: Season 4 is especially fond of this, as episodes are longer on Netflix than they can be on network TV: In "Flight of the Phoenix", Michael trying to work out the details of the roommate voting scam. In "Indian Takers", Tobias and Lindsay buying an increasingly-extravagant mansion. GOB and Tony Wonder downing the contents of their drinks in real time. Lucille and Buster's "smoke transfer" lasts significantly longer than it seems like it should. GOB unsuccessfully trying to tell Ann he wants to break up, stuttering through a nonsensical sentence in such a manner that would give Porky Pig a run for his money. GOB takes a roofie one morning to try to forget about finding out just then that he contracted syphilis. The result? In "Red Hairing," Michael and Lindsay hug several lengthy times...in order to frustratedly brief each other about how their respective schemes are playing out.
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Indirect Kiss
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Lucille and Buster's "smoke transfer" lasts significantly longer than it seems like it should.
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Double-Meaning Title
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Double-Meaning Title: The show is about a family with several children in different degrees of arrested development, who own a development company whose president gets arrested. Character development that ensues only after this arrest. Also, said development company struggles for three years with a deadlocked development project.
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Rule of Funny
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Ascended Extra
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Ascended Extra: Both Ann and Lucille 2 are more prominent characters in the fourth season. Previously they were very much supporting characters, they existed mostly to stir up some drama between the main characters. In the fourth season they have a more active role in the overall story, with their feelings and their choices having a major impact on the plot.
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Dining in the Buff: In an "On the next episode" gag, Tobias, a former Never-nude, overcompensates when briefly cured. He walks down to the family breakfast naked and drinks some coffee.
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Status Quo Is God
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Status Quo Is God: Played fairly straight in the original three seasons (except for the occasional hand), then heavily defied in Season 4. By the end of the season, Lucille Austero is dead/missing, Buster is going to be arrested, Tobias and Maeby are registered sex offenders, George Michael and Michael are at odds (not to mention very corrupted), George Sr. is a woman, and Lindsay has made a complete 180 in political stance and has access to a congressman's riches. But then, come season 5, and most of them have reverted to their old selves, except for Lindsay, who decides to find her biological parents and leaves.
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Only Known by Their Nickname
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Only Known by Their Nickname: Byron "Buster" Bluth, Mae "Maeby" Fünke, George Oscar "GOB" Bluth.
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Adults Are Useless: Almost everyone in the Bluth family is a dysfunctional incompetent who either deliberately or unconsciously destroys everything good that ever happens to them. The exceptions? The teens. George Michael almost single-handedly runs the frozen banana stand that's the family's only steady source of income while Maeby bluffs her way into a studio producer job which she succeeds in until discovered (through George Michael's gaffe, so even the kids aren't perfect) She gets it back when Hollywood execs go nuts over the teenage wonder, so in this case the adult cluelessness works in her favor.
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Real Fake Wedding
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Real Fake Wedding: George Michael and his cousin/crush Maeby take part in a fake wedding at the hospital for Alzheimer's patients, only for a real priest to step in. While it's mentioned in the next episode and is legally binding, it's not mentioned again.
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The first two episodes of the second season ("The One Where Michael Leaves" and "The One Where They Build A House") are titled with the Idiosyncratic Episode Naming of Dueling Show Friends. The following episode is called "Amigos", which means “Friends” in Spanish.
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Deadpan Snarker
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Deadpan Snarker: The narrator becomes increasingly sarcastic throughout the second and third seasons. Michael has his moments as well:
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The Treachery of Images
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The Treachery of Images: A certain subplot in season 5 is actually an in-universe dramatization of events that went down very differently.
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Fearful Symmetry
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Fearful Symmetry: George and Oscar Bluth attempted to fight for Lucille once, but quickly gave up after every move made was identically countered.
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Accidental Misnaming: George Michael's girlfriend Ann, whom Michael and others variously call "Egg, "Yam," "Plant," "Plain," "Bland," and "Her?". Who?
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Accidental Marriage: Maeby and George Michael have one when trying to entertain people in a senior citizens home. Also, GOB ends up marrying a woman in an escalating series of drunken dares. Even funnier if you know that Will Arnett and Amy Poehler, who plays the woman he marries, were married in real life at the time of the episode's airing.
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Catchphrase
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Catch Phrase: Many, with inevitable borrowing later on. GOB: Insistent Terminology of "illusions". Responding with "But where did the lighter fluid come from?" when he fails his fire illusions and only lighter fluid spews out from his sleeves. "Come on!" "I've made a huge mistake." "I don't think so." "What am I doing?!" The Narrator has "In fact..." Buster's "Hey brother..." "Hey coworker..." "Hey hermano..." "Hey campers..." "Hey possible nephew..." "I'M A MONSTER!!!" Especially in Season 4. Maeby's standard deflection of "Marry me!" started when somebody pointed out that she seemed a little young to be a movie executive. She realized she needed a new deflection when somebody responded "Okay!" When she needed to seem younger, it was "Babysit me!" She once said "Marry me!" to her uncle Michael... which wasn't as bad as when Michael used it (see Cast Incest). Oscar: His cries of "I'm Oscar... Dot Com!" after George Sr tricks him into getting sent to jail. The Saddam Hussein lookalike at the end of 'Exit Strategy' says something similar when trying to explain that he is only a Saddam Hussein lookalike, and the real Saddam Hussein had a scar on his forehead: "I'm No Scar! ...Dot Com!" Kitty: "Say goodbye to these, Michael, Because it's the last time you're going to see them." Steve Holt shouts "Steve Holt!" with his arms raised. Other members of the Holt family shout their names. Each member of the Bluth family (Buster excluded, Tony Hale says that Buster has too much respect for chickens to imitate one) has their own impression of how a chicken sounds and moves. invoked Michael "And I have no problem with that" "Typical." Barry is "very good" "Well, that was a freebie." "Don't call it that." anytime someone calls Orange County "The O.C." "The fact that... tells me you're not ready." "You're out of the movie!" Tony Wonder gets "Same!" and "Did somebody say... WONDER?" Annyong says "Annyong," which turns out to not be Hulk Speak.
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The Only Way They Will Learn
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The Only Way They Will Learn: Extreme "lessons" are a theme of the series, from Maeby's Kissing Cousins scheme to the lessons the Bluth children learned at the hands of J. Walter Weatherman. Although George Michael and Maeby are mostly sane as well. At least until Maeby got a movie job.
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Abusive Parents
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Abusive Parents: George Sr. and Lucille Bluth have treated all of their children with varying degrees of abuse, which continued (to an extent) well into their adulthood: Michael and GOB were constantly played against each other (and occasionally manipulated into physically fighting each other. Said fights were videotaped and sold later as Boyfights) because George believed it to be a way of preparing them for conflict in life. They were also constantly undermined to keep them working for George's approval (GOB' desire to pursue a career in magic is constantly mocked, and his parents make it clear that he is The Unfavorite; Michael had a ridiculously extreme work ethic instilled in him, and George would often shoot down his ideas for the family business, regardless of what he thought of them). Lindsay is often reminded of the fact that she has never really achieved anything, and Lucille constantly makes cracks about her weight since she was very young. Her abuse is probably the darkest when it is learned that she is adopted, and Lucille admits they didn't want her and only adopted her to spite Stan Sitwell, who had been trying to adopt her himself. In season 5 we learn that Lucille's mother abused her the same way with constant (inaccurate) insults about her appearance. Buster was made to have a crippling overdependence on his mother, only for her to discard him whenever she considers him to be an inconvenience or imposition; George is also highly disdainful of his lack of independence and maturity. George would also traumatize his children by making them associate certain unwanted behaviors with severe mutilation, in order to teach them "lessons" (such as leaving a note when they run out of milk). They have also spoiled all of their children except Michael to the point that they have virtually no work ethic, which most of the siblings seem to consider a form of abuse. Tobias and Lindsay neglect Maeby so much she practically ruins her own life just to get their attention. Michael neglects, manipulates, deceives, and guilt trips George Michael increasingly over the seasons, leading to them falling out in season 4.
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Emergency Trainee Battle Deployment
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Emergency Trainee Battle Deployment: In the second season, Lucille volunteers Buster for the army after being asked if she would send one of her children to war by a reporter. (At first implied to be Michael Moore, but later revealed to be a lookalike for a segment on a late-night talk show.) Buster does go through with it, but only because he assumes he'll be rejected for his various shortcomings. However, he underestimates their need for recruits and is accepted.
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Retcon: A fairly significant one comes in Season 5 - namely, the fact that Lucille's mother, who the family now calls Mimi instead of Nana, didn't die of natural causes as stated in "Missing Kitty," but rather, was pushed down the stairs by Buster in his youth.
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Sitcom
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Added Alliterative Appeal
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Taken to Added Alliterative Appeal Tongue Twister levels; Lawyer Bob Loblaw, owner of Bob Loblaw's Law blog. He is quite the mouthful. One headline reads "Bob Loblaw Lobs Law Bomb." Season 4 gives us "Low blow, Loblaw".
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Take That!
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Take That!: Done in-universe, oddly enough, when the narrator spends a good bit of an episode knocking the narration of a rivaling show, Scandalmakers. In the Season 2 blooper reel, you can hear David Cross tell off Fox's marketing team for its failure to market the show despite its great reviews and numerous awards and nominations. The best part is that he does it while half-dressed in his Mrs. Featherbottom costume.
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My Beloved Smother
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Buster was made to have a crippling overdependence on his mother, only for her to discard him whenever she considers him to be an inconvenience or imposition; George is also highly disdainful of his lack of independence and maturity.
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The Tag
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Corrupt the Cutie: A major arc of the fourth season is George Michael's descent.
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Hypocritical Humor: Leaning on the Fourth Wall example: The third season is full of this, and it's almost always Leaning on the Fourth Wall.
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Demoted to Extra
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Demoted to Extra: Lindsay in the season 5 episodes where she appears, due to Portia de Rossi's retirement from acting.
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Impossible Pickle Jar: Lindsay tries to open a jar but fails. Her husband Tobias proudly comes to her aid, but fails miserably as well—playing into his general lack of manliness displayed throughout the series.
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Sleeping Single
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Sleeping Single: Lindsay and Tobias do this.
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It Makes Sense in Context
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Possibly experienced by Tobias in a spell of imprisonment in the fourth season. He ends up as a registered sex offender, and the narration indicates that this status resulted in him being savagely beaten with a spoon. He also learned from his prison experiences the problem with calling himself an analrapist, and starts to call himself a theralyst instead.
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Jumping Out of a Cake
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Jumping Out of a Cake: As part of a Zany Scheme pulled by GOB and George, he hires a narcoleptic stripper to do this. She does, but ends up punching Buster in the face.
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Fist Pump
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Fist Pump: Steve Holt's Catch Phrase is shouting "STEVE HOLT!" with raised arms.
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Forced Perspective
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The Forced Perspective model homes used to fool Japanese investors actually work perfectly... until a giant mole man and a jetpack boy crash into the set.
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Incest Subtext
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While brief, the scene of Michael eyeing a red-head woman going into the elevator gets this when that woman turns out to be Lindsay.
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Peking Duck Christmas
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Peking Duck Christmas: Not the holiday precisely, but a similar idea. The setting has two Punny Name restaurants. One is "Skip Churches", a Sunday Brunch place where Christians go in lieu of church. The other is "Miss Temple's", a Chinese restaurant frequented by Jews in lieu of synagogue.
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Really Gets Around
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Really Gets Around: Michael, surprisingly. GOB tries to be this.
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Fake Pregnancy
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Fake Pregnancy: Used every which way in a two-part storyline in which Michael Bluth's ex-fling Maggie Lizer not only pulls this on Michael to try and win him back, but also lies to two cops who have contracted her as a surrogate mother for their son and pawns the surrogacy off on a client so they can sue a local restaurant for causing the client's supposed "obesity." And then in The Stinger Maggie apparently learns she's actually pregnant thanks to one last romp with Michael in the preceding episode.
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Show Within a Show
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He also takes considerable offense to the bad narration of Scandalmakers.
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Fun with Acronyms
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Fun with Acronyms: The Home Builders Organization. Mentally Retarded Female, aka MR F.
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Double Aesop
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Farce
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Farce
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Irony
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Irony: A Real Life example. A factor that greatly contributed to Arrested Development's humor and uniqueness (and eventual cult status) was the high level of Continuity between episodes and the innumerable brick jokes, callbacks, and running gags present throughout the series that rewarded longtime viewers and, in the process, helped set it apart from the myriad of other sitcoms it competed against. However, many people now believe that it was this level of continuity that at least partly accounted for Arrested Development's perpetually low ratings. Most sitcoms, due to their episodic nature, allow a viewer to jump right in and enjoy the humor without being confused by the plot. On the other hand, many first-time viewers may have abandoned Arrested Development after getting lost in the plot and/or being confused by the self-referential jokes. Since then, premium-based or streaming sitcoms have taken cue from this, appealing to a more loyal core fan base rather than a widespread general audience.
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Fade to White
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Fade to White: Scenes fade out to white instead of the usual black.
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Re-Cut
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Re-Cut: In an unprecedented move, before the release of Season Five, Netflix premiered a completely altered version of Season Four. The original version of the season was told in Anachronic Order, focusing on individual characters in each episode and telling that story over the course of several years. The "Season Four Remix: Fateful Consequences" version of the season re-edits every episode from the ground up (entire scenes play differently and has new narration) and places more emphasis on sequential order. The episodes were also reduced to a more traditional 24 minute run time compared to the longer 35 minute episodes of the original, resulting in more episodes total.
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Hope Spot
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Hope Spot: The Forced Perspective model homes used to fool Japanese investors actually work perfectly... until a giant mole man and a jetpack boy crash into the set. The ending of 'Blockheads': Michael and George Michael finally forgive each other, and confess that they each didn't know that the other was dating Rebel Alley (which in Michael's case is a lie.) They hug, and just when we think the ongoing arc of their worsening relationship finally been solved... George Michael realises that something was weird about Michael's confession: 'How'd you know about the photo booth?' Michael, unable to respond with the truth thanks to the roofies GOB gave him the previous day, is lost for words, and George Michael lashes out and punches him in the face. Cut to credits. In season five, it's revealed Tobias's bastard son Murphy Brown used to program cable boxes and knows a lot about encrypting data. George Michael is stunned to learn Fakeblock might just be real after all... it's not. The data is just destroyed by Murphy's method.
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And Starring
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And Starring: With Jeffrey Tambor and Jessica Walter.
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Aesop Amnesia
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Aesop Amnesia: Michael frequently learns that he shouldn't be so overbearing toward George Michael and should let him have fun. He forgets this just as frequently. Probably deliberate since Michael is kind and well-functioning compared to his family, but is still pretty flawed. Similarly, there are several occasions when it dawns on Lindsay that she should actually pay attention to her daughter. By the next episode, she's gone back to being obliviously neglectful.
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One-Woman Wail
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One-Woman Wail: Parodied in the latest season. 'Co-oo-o-oooooo-oooooo-oo-ooo-incidence.'
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Subverted Punchline
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Subverted Punchline: Actor Judge Reinhold appears on a Show Within a Show version of Judge Judy. The title? Mock Trial with J. Reinhold.
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Cringe Comedy
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Cringe Comedy: All over the place.'
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Blah Blah Blah
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Blah Blah Blah: The lawyer's commercial sounds like "You don't need doublespeak; you need Blah Blah Blah!" He's actually saying "Bob Loblaw," who becomes a recurring character and also runs the Bob Loblaw Law Blog. Newspapers also occasionally have the headline "Bow Loblaw Lobs Law Bomb!"
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Awkward Father-Son Bonding Activity
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Awkward Father-Son Bonding Activity: Usually any episode which involves Michael trying to bond with George-Michael. Same can be applied to GOB and Steve Holt.
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Shout-Out
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Shout Out: Tobias gets license plates made in the name of his hopeful roles, one of which says "DR HOUSE" . See Actor Allusion above. Also an obscure, and apparently arbitrary, one: in "Fakin' It", Wayne Jarvis has the line "Why do there have to be puppets like Frank?" in reference to GOB's puppet Franklin. invoked George Sr. apparently has seen Astro Boy. He certainly would fit the age range when it came out. George Michael is being threatened by Anonymous. Yes, that Anonymous. In "In God We Trust", Barry Zuckercorn goes to comb his hair in the mirror, then holds his comb to the side in Fonzie's famous pose from the Happy Days intro. In Season 4, produced by Netflix, Tony Wonder and Sally Sitwell mention that they don't want their plan to be a House of Cards, a reference to Netflix's first original series.
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Cast Full of Rich People
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Cast Full of Rich People: Played with. The Bluth family is pretty well off when the series begins, but then patriarch George Sr. is arrested for various crimes and the company's finances are frozen. Much of the show involves the Bluths trying to adjust to "normal people" life while still trying to fit in with affluent society.
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Word of God
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invoked Mitch Hurwitz has stated that the "George Sr. turning into a woman" plot-line that Season 4 hinted at was discontinued in Season 5, as he felt it was too close to Jeffrey Tambor's role in Transparent. Ironically, that role was specifically written for Tambor, making it possible that that the entire show was partially inspired by his performance in Arrested Development (and thus by an arc that it ultimately caused to be dropped).
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Dude, Not Funny!
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Dude, Not Funny!: In-Universe example. "And secondofly, I know you're the big marriage expert around here. Oh wait, I forgot your wife is dead."
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Muscles Are Meaningless
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Muscles Are Meaningless: Lucille seems to be stronger than she looks, she can break through a barricaded door with little difficulty.
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Cerebus Syndrome
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Cerebus Syndrome: Happens with the fourth season. While there still are comical hijinks like in the previous three seasons, there's less focus on them, and more on the characterization and drama. The season season ends with Lucille 2 disappearing, while it's implied that one of the Bluths murdered her, and with George Michael punching his father in the face, and neither of these is played for laughs.
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Crying After Sex
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Crying After Sex: In the episode "Family Ties", G.O.B. and George Sr. both hook up (not at the same time) with the same prostitute (neither one realizes the other is seeing her) and go to bed with her multiple times (or maybe just skip straight to the crying) in the same hotel room. Both end up crouched at the foot of the bed, venting their inadequacies as she sits above them, looking bored.note The hooker, Nellie, who Michael has hired as a consultant at the family business because he believes she might be his sister, says that it happens with a lot men and that they just want someone who'll listen to them.
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That Came Out Wrong
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That Came Out Wrong: The show specializes in these, usually half a dozen per episode from Tobias (who doesn't realize what he's said), but often from Michael as well (who only notices it half the time).
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Coattail-Riding Relative
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Coattail-Riding Relative: Virtually the entire family coasts on George Sr.'s and Michael's business successes. Tobias, being especially pathetic, even occasionally tries to jumpstart his nonexistent show business career by exploiting GOB's equally nonexistent fame.
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Girls with Moustaches
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Girls with Moustaches: GOB sets Michael up with a mustached girl out of revenge.
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Give a Man a Fish...
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Give a Man a Fish...: And he'll want to use your yacht, and I don't want this thing smelling like fish!
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JumpTheShark
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Zuckerkorn himself, discussing a dead shark on a pier, ends the scene by jumping over it.
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The Chessmaster
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Sally Sitwell is The Chessmaster behind most of the series' events.
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Unusual Euphemism
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Unusual Euphemism: When George Michael says that he has Pop-Pop in the attic, Michael thinks he's talking about sex. Later episodes show that Michael may have been justified in assuming this, since other characters use it to mean exactly that. "fronts-piece" and "I no dust Buster any more!" Michael wonders whether he missed out on some new slang development when both Lindsay and GOB use "crown" as a sexual euphemism. Buster says "Linus" instead of penis. Buster says "Charlie Browns" for testicles. Buster saw the Peanuts specials in a way very different from the rest of the audience, for sure.
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Racist Grandma
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Racist Grandma: "Oh GOB, you could charm the black off a telegram boy!" And several of Lucille's remarks towards her housekeepers and other Latino hired help. She also has said a few negative things toward Asians. In season 4 George Sr. and Lucille state they don't tip black people, and are confused at others who see a problem with that.
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El Spanish
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El Spanish "-o": In one episode, George Bluth is mistaken for his brother while in Mexico. He tries to explain that they want his "brothero." It's even funnier that he puts the accent over the "e" (like you would if it were a real word in Spanish), so he's saying "bro-thero" instead of "brother-o".
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Sixth Ranger
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Sixth Ranger: Oscar, who first appears late in the first season.
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Really 17 Years Old
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Really 17 Years Old: Maeby gets a job as a producer where she constantly has to hide the fact that she's still in high school.
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Red Herring
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Red Herring: The first five episodes of season 3 are this, as they suggest that Rita is a British spy, working with Mr. F, the man trying to keep his father in prison, and that her strange hats contain listening devices so that she can incriminate Michael and his father.
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Intercourse with You
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Intercourse with You: Afternoon Delight. After figuring it out, George-Michael and dad find it too vague to mind singing it.
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NotBloodRelated
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Not Blood Related: George Michael desperately looks for evidence that he and Maeby are Not Blood Related. In the end, it turns out that they're not... because Lindsay isn't. Also, the Bluth's "uncle" Jack Bullet, who they exclusively refer to throughout the episode as as "Fake Uncle Jack", likely because a major plot point of the episode is his sexual desire for Lindsay. "...and remember, he's not really their uncle." When it's revealed that Lindsay is adopted, she comes on to Michael and GOB comes on to her.
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Gambit Pileup
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Gambit Pileup: In "Making A Stand", George Sr. attempts to carry out a illegal deal with a Columbian cartel by using GOB to unwittingly launder the money and distracting Michael by playing him against GOB. In response, Michael makes a plan to convince his father that the cartel have kidnapped him after Michael caught on and called the deal off to teach him a lesson. However, after GOB tells George Sr. the full details of the plan less than a minute into its setup, George Sr. plants his go-to scare tactic amputee J. Walter Weatherman in the group to give him a means to teach them a lesson about teaching their father a lesson. After finding out that GOB ruined their scheme, Michael gets into a fight with him which spills onto the balcony, where Michael falls over the railing. Once George Sr. runs out to the balcony in shock, Michael comes up from his hiding place behind the railing to teach George Sr. the lesson about pitting GOB and him against each other that they had originally planned... at which point the police, investigating the commotion upstairs, break in and shoot Buster's hand off- his fake hand, which he had been passing off as his good hand by concealing his real hand under his hook all along, teaching them all the lesson he'd been trying to teach the entire episode about using amputees to scare people. "Development Arrested", to a lesser extent.
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Kubrick Stare
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Kubrick Stare: George Michael of all people has this expression in "Rom-Traum" when tailing Michael at the border crossing to Mexico, and hearing him lie about his whereabouts while George Michael is merely a few cars away from him.
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Decoy Protagonist
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Decoy Protagonist: Double-Subverted. Michael appears again to be the protagonist of season 4, but then the episodes switch to character-centric episodes, and then George-Michael becomes the clear protagonist.
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Tour Guide Gag
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Joins to Fit In
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Joins to Fit In: GOB founded the Alliance of Magicians, as he feels the magician's craft isn't taken seriously.
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Whole Plot Reference
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Whole Plot Reference: George Michael's Fakeblock sub-plot in season 4 is essentially a parody of The Social Network
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Primal Scene
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Primal Scene: In Visiting Ours, GOB unfortunately witnesses his parents getting it on when he is detained against the window of the conjugal trailer they're in. It happens again in Prison Break-in.
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Can't Get in Trouble for Nuthin'
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Can't Get in Trouble for Nuthin': Maeby's attempts at teen rebellion tend to fail miserably. At best, they're not even noticed. At worst, her parents want to be included.
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Illuminated in Season 4: G.O.B offers up his Insistent Terminology, but when it's clear his bar tab is riding on the issue, he has no problem shouting, "Who wants to see a trick?"
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Pokémon Speak
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Pokémon Speak: "STEVE HOLT!"
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Fauxtivational Poster
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Fauxtivational Poster : George Michael has a poster thats says "Fun and Failure: They both start out the same way"
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Therapy Backfire: Lindsay and Tobias attempt counseling after Tobias quits his job to become an actor. A simple role-playing exercise leads to Tobias and the therapist nearly kissing and the therapist not only siding with Tobias, but also quitting his job to become an actor as well. This is something of a subversion as it's the therapist and Tobias who are portrayed as crazy.
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Flanderization
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Flanderization: Tobias. His closet got way more transparent in the third season, to the point that practically every third line of his was a gay joke, and half of these were gay sex jokes. The Narrator also suffered this in the third season to some degree, though this could arguably be seen as an (ultimately unsuccessful) attempt to prevent further Continuity Lockout. GOB was a much more competent magician in the first season. At least he seems to grow out of his habit of spilling his magic secrets every time someone asks how he does it. Probably why the Magician Alliance cuts him more slack. Buster starts out very awkward, easily confused and prone to panic attacks, but not as dependent on his mother as he becomes later down the line, especially after he loses his left hand.
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Verbal Tic Name
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Verbal Tic Name: Parodied with "Annyong", who always repeats this name back to anyone who says it- since it's Korean for "hello". Lucille actually just didn't care enough to actually learn his real name: Hel-Loh.
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Artistic License – Ships
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Artistic License – Ships: The Queen Mary actually is welded to the dock, and actually had all the boilers and engine components removed before being docked.
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Word of Dante
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Each member of the Bluth family (Buster excluded, Tony Hale says that Buster has too much respect for chickens to imitate one) has their own impression of how a chicken sounds and moves. invoked
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Not Blood Siblings
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George Michael's cousin Maeby. As in, his cousin, maybe. (Turns out she's not.) (Wait, yes she is, just a generation off.)
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Friendly Local Chinatown
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Friendly Local Chinatown: The series has an unusual ethnic enclave in "Wee Britain", which is inspired by the German-themed Old World Village in Huntington, California.
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Exact Words: "There's always money in the banana stand."
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Artistic License – Geography
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Artistic License – Geography: In-universe. Portugal, down ol' South America land. This: Also the US Army mistakes Tobias's testicles for a photograph of middle eastern countryside. They even seem to have aircraft flying to a specific, imaginary location based on this evidence. Wee Britain is a parody of ethnic enclaves where the lanes are swapped inside the district and they follow Greenwich Mean Time instead of Pacific Time. It goes without saying that the real ones located in the United States still has to follow US law.
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Period Piece
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Period Piece: Season four fills in all the years since the show was cancelled, and has a lot of fun with the 2007 real estate crash.
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Ashcan Copy
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Ashcan Copy: In-Universe. In the 90s, Imagine Entertainment quickly cobbled together an extremely cheap and sloppy made Fantastic Four film, after Ron Howard was told at a company Christmas party by a drunk lawyer that Imagine would lose the license if they didn't do something with it within six days. The bartender team of the Christmas party was then hired to play the lead roles, and they were hired to tend bar again at the film's wrap party six days later.
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Stupid Sexy Flanders
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Running Gagged: Maeby used to say "Marry me!" whenever her coworkers thought she looked too young to be working to remove suspicion. One of her coworkers takes the offer a little too seriously, and she stops afterwards. GOB did not get the message, as he accidentally proposes to Ann in Season 4.
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Snap Back
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Tricked Into Signing
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Tricked Into Signing: The "Development Arrested" episode had Maeby trying to get the family to sign away their life-rights for a movie she needed to make. Lucille needed them to sign a paper promising them money if they didn't sell their shares, so Maeby just puts those papers under hers and starts offering the family money to sign.
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One Steve Limit
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One Steve Limit: Averted. Lucille Bluth's best friend/social rival is Lucille Austero, played by Liza Minnelli. When the name confusion is not being Played for Laughs, the show refers to her as Lucille Austero, or Lucille Two. To a lesser degree, there's a bit of a theme with the names of most of the male Bluths. There's George Oscar Sr, Oscar, George Oscar II ("GOB"), Michael, and George Michael. The only one to escape this is Buster. Tobias also has a brief relationship with a transvestite (whom he believes to be a woman) bodybuilder named Michael. There is, however, only one Steve: Steve Holt!
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Artistic License – Cars
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Artistic License – Cars: In season two, George is looking at a Ford Escape at a dealership and is told by a salesman that it's the replacement for the Bronco, which was dropped because of the O J Simpson police chase. It isn't, and it wasn't. The Bronco was discontinued because of a combination of declining sales, safety concerns regarding the removable roof note In 1992, Ford began using Torx bolts instead of hex bolts and ceased publishing literature explaining removal was removed (because safety equipment such as the seat belts and third brake light were attached to the roof, it was no longer legally removable), though it was still physically possible to remove it. Conversely, Dodge redesigned the Ramcharger in 1981 to have a non-removable steel roof and GM did the same with the K5 Blazer/Jimmy in 1992 for similar reasons. and the increasing redundancy compared to the two-door, fixed roof Explorer coupled with the lack of a competitive product for the GM Suburban. The Bronco's replacement was the full size, four door Ford Expedition. This was done to make the pun about George Bluth's flee from justice.
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Le Film Artistique
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Le Film Artistique: Les Cousins Dangereux, a French film about a forbidden relationship between cousins, which interests George Michael and Maeby (the former has a copy hidden in his sock drawer). And a poster hidden behind the "Fun and Failure" poster in his room.
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SoCalization
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SoCalization: Inverted in at least one instance. For a series that makes so many specific references to the Orange County area, it's surprising to hear Michael say that he's traveling on "Highway Five" instead of "the Five," as all native Southern Californians would do.
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Last-Second Word Swap: "You selfish c-ount..ry... music... loving... person." "She just called to ask me to bring her a tube of vag... is... table paste. Hi, George Michael." Then there's this:
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Innocent Innuendo: In-show, Tobias. Almost everything he says conspires to sound gay.
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Dumbass Has a Point: In ¡Amigos!, Michael says that he's not so crazy about George Michael dating Ann, a girl Michael is not so crazy about. GOB, the resident buffoon of the series, instead asks if Michael is not so crazy about letting his son grow up, resulting in a few seconds of silence and Michael conceding to the point.
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Twin Switch
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Twin Switch: George Sr. often tricks his twin brother Oscar into serving prison time in his place. Despite the frequency with which this happens, both Oscar and the police fall for it every time. George Sr. finds himself on the receiving end when the mexican police confuse him for Oscar, wanted for drug charges. He eventually convinces them of his real identity. That's when they remember he's the cornballer.
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Creepy Uncle
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Creepy Uncle: The Veals have one. GOB, Tobias and Buster all play this role for George Michael occasionally.
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Product Placement
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Product Placement: Two references to Netflix appear the season broadcast by the service. An episode from Season 2 has a blatant (to the point of almost parody) one for Burger King.
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Sitcom Arch-Nemesis
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Sitcom Archnemesis: Lucille II is this in Lucille's opinion and Stan Sitwell is this to George Sr. In both cases, the detested person is a really decent person, but is treated as a nemesis because the Bluth in question attributes their own kind of motivations to them.
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Suspiciously Similar Substitute
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Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Lucille's housekeeper Luz was replaced by Lupe after a single episode.
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Verbal Backspace
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Verbal Backspace:
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His Name Really Is
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His Name Really Is "Barkeep": Invoked when actor Judge Reinhold starts a reality courtroom show a la Judge Judy with himself as the judge. He then calls it Mock Trial with J. Reinhold. It eventually spawns an imitator show starring Bud Cort.
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Idiot Houdini
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Idiot Houdini: Nearly all of the Bluths.
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Disappearing Box
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Disappearing Box: GOB's "Aztec Tomb" makes continuous appearances. In first episode during George Sr.'s retirement party, GOB hid his father in the tomb to hide him from the Securities and Exchange Commission. He hid behind the revolving door in the tomb, which kept him out of sight until the police dogs found him. This was broadcast in-universe on the FOX 6 news and GOB was subsequently kicked out of The Alliance of Magicians. The tomb continued to be part of GOB's blacklisted magic career and was used in "Public Relations" for his retirement home charity show. GOB hid Earl Milford in the tomb and Earl used the chance to escape the nursing home. The Aztec Tomb was stored in the model home's attic, where George successfully hid on multiple occasions, while on the lam.
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Drives Like Crazy
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Drives Like Crazy: Lucille was once named one of the "World's Worst Drivers" by Fox.
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Channel Hop
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The late season three episode S.O.B.s is chock full of references to the show's failing ratings and involves the characters pleading for support and trying to seem more relatable, while simultaneously stating that they would not be able to do a Channel Hop should they ultimately be canceled, and, by the end, openly accepting the show's impending cancellation.
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Having been written and produced for Netflix, free of the constraints of having to make weekly episodes or avoid Continuity Lockout, the show got to experiment with its format: Season 4 is presented in a Rashomon style, each episode focusing on a single character, and the complete story only emerging after watching the entire season. The remix of season 4, as well as season 5, return to a more traditional, chronological storytelling, but are much more heavily serialized than the original three seasons.
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Faking the Dead: George Sr. in the beginning of the second season.
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It reaches Running Gag status in the storyline about the relationship between GOB and Tony Wonder, who believe themselves to be straight but are each pretending to be gay in an attempt to break the heart of the other, cumulating in both of them separately declaring that they're going to "destroy our life" by breaking up with the other when they mean to say "his life." We also find out that Tony, too, hears "The Sound of Silence" in his head in moments like this.
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Split-Screen Phone Call: Used throughout Season 5.
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Don't Explain the Joke: GOB has a tendency to do this, such as when talking about how all of Michael's girlfriends are "dogs." In Season 4, when Tony Wonder "magically" turns a bunch of men gay.
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Follow the Leader: In-Universe with "Mock Trial With J. Reinhold", "Bud Court" and "John Beard's To Entrap A Local Predator: Supercreeps!"
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Beware the Nice Ones: In one episode, Tobias (best known for homosexual innuendo), enters the same prison as George Sr. Tobias uses his therapist training and counseling skills to unintentionally convince the most powerful inmate to kill himself, and then heads a new prison gang centered around Wizard of Oz imagery, whose members were called "friends of Dorothy." He was certainly the most feared analrapist in the prison. In the final episode of Season 3, George Michael punches GOB out cold when he realizes that his uncle has been dating Ann behind his back. Her? In the Season 4 episode 'Off the Hook', Buster punches Herbert Love in the face and knocks him out, and then possibly murders Lucille 2. In the final episode of Season 4, George Michael punches his father for dating Rebel Alley while he still knew the discovery that George Michael was dating her as well.
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Accidental Murder: In 'Off the Hook', Buster kills quite a few people through a remote-controlled drone in Afghanistan without realising that he wasn't just playing a video game. It's also a possibility that this is what happened to Lucille Austero.
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Lady Drunk: Lucille is almost never seen without a drink in her hand.
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"Hey possible nephew..."
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Buffy Speak: A lot of the time, especially from Lindsay. The narrator himself refers to Michael eating an entire "thing" of Candy beans twice.
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Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: Most of the conniving characters have no qualms about their schemes and are only concerned by the repercussions if they get discovered. As Bob Loblaw summarizes it: "Why should you go to jail for a crime someone else... noticed?".
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Gallows Humor / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Gang Initiation Fight / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Gaslighting / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Gay Moment / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Genius Ditz / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Gibberish of Love / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Giftedly Bad / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Girlish Pigtails / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Girls with Moustaches / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Glamorous Wartime Singer / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Go Mad from the Isolation / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Golden Moment / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Grand Romantic Gesture / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Grande Dame / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Granola Girl / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Guilt by Association Gag / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Had to Come to Prison to Be a Crook / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Hallway Fight / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Hand Gagging / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Hand Puppet / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Hands-Off Parenting / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Hanlon's Razor / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Hannibal Lecture / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Hard-Drinking Party Girl / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Have I Mentioned I Am Sexually Active Today? / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
He Didn't Make It / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Heaven Above / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Held Back in School / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Here We Go Again! / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
High School Hustler / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Hilariously Abusive Childhood / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Hilarity Ensues / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Hired for Their Looks / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Hired to Hunt Yourself / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
His Name Really Is / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Hollywood, California / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Hollywood Dateless / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Hollywood Homely / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Hollywood Personality Disorders / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Hollywood Pudgy / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Honest Corporate Executive / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Honest John's Dealership / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Honorary Uncle / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Hook Hand / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Hooker with a Heart of Gold / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Hopeless Auditionees / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Hot Librarian / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Houseboat Hero / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Huge Schoolgirl / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Hyperlink Story / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Hypocritical Heartwarming / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
I Am a Monster / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
I Am Not Spock / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
I Am Very British / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
I Know Mortal Kombat / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
I Need to Go Iron My Dog / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
I Remember It Like It Was Yesterday / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
I Resemble That Remark! / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
I Should Write a Book About This / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
I Take Offense to That Last One! / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
I Want My Jet Pack / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
I Wished You Were Dead / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Iconic Item / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Identical Twin ID Tag / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Identical Twin Mistake / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Idiot Houdini / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
If Only You Knew / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Ignored Confession / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
I'm Standing Right Here / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Impossible Pickle Jar / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Impoverished Patrician / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Improbably Quick Coma Recovery / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Improvised Zipline / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
In-Universe Camera / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Inadvertent Entrance Cue / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Incessant Music Madness / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Incest Subtext / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Incest-ant Admirer / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Incestuous Casting / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Incoming Ham / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Incompetence, Inc. / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Inelegant Blubbering / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Inexplicably Identical Individuals / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Inflationary Dialogue / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Informed Deformity / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Inhibition Destroying Puppet / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Innocent Innuendo / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Insistent Appellation / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Instant Mystery, Just Delete Scene / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Instant Sedation / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Intercourse with You / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Intoxication Ensues / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Invisible Advertising / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Ironic Echo Cut / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Is That What They're Calling It Now? / int_3cd90f30
 IslaFisher
seeAlso
Arrested Development
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Isn't It Ironic? / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
It Runs in the Family / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
It's a Small Net After All / int_3cd90f30
 JayJohnston
seeAlso
Arrested Development
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Jerkass Realization / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Jet Pack / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Jigsaw Puzzle Plot / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Jive Turkey / int_3cd90f30
 JudyGreer
seeAlso
Arrested Development
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Jumping the Shark / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Just a Stupid Accent / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Just Eat Gilligan / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Just Fine Without You / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Kafka Komedy / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Kavorka Man / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Kissing Cousins / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Kissing Under the Influence / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Kitschy Local Commercial / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Lady Drunk / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Lady Macbeth / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Last-Second Word Swap / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Leatherman / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Leno Device / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Let the Past Burn / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Let's Wait a While / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Letting Her Hair Down / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Like a Son to Me / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
List of Transgressions / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Literal-Minded / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Littlest Cancer Patient / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Living in a Furniture Store / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Logging onto the Fourth Wall / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Lonely Doll Girl / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Lonely Piano Piece / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Longest Pregnancy Ever / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Lost My Appetite / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Lost Will And Testament / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Love Epiphany / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Love Father, Love Son / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Low Count Gag / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Luck-Based Search Technique / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Luke, I Might Be Your Father / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Luke Nounverber / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Mad Doctor / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Magical Security Cam / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Make an Example of Them / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Make the Dog Testify / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Making the Choice for You / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Malicious Misnaming / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Manic Pixie Dream Girl / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Married to the Job / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Master of Disguise / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Matter of Life and Death / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Meet My Good Friends / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Messy Hair / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Mic Drop / int_3cd90f30
 MichaelCera
seeAlso
Arrested Development
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Mistaken for Murderer / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Mistaken for Prostitute / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Mistaken for Racist / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Modesty Shorts / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Momma's Boy / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Money Dumb / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Mooching Master / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Moon-Landing Hoax / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Mum Looks Like a Sister / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Music/Age Dissonance / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
My Beloved Smother / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
My Eyes Are Up Here / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Named Like My Name / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Narration Echo / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Narrator / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Narrow Parody / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Narrowed It Down to the Guy I Recognize / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Newscaster Cameo / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Nice to the Waiter / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Nipple and Dimed / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
No Fame, No Wealth, No Service / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
No Longer with Us / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
No Respect Guy / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
No Such Thing as Bad Publicity / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Nobody Calls Me / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Non-Nude Bathing / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
NOT! / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Not Blood Siblings / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Not Hyperbole / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
/ int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Not in Front of the Kid / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Not So Above It All / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Nothing Is the Same Anymore / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Notorious Parent / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Oblivious Adoption / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Oh, No... Not Again! / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
On the Next / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
/ int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Once Acceptable Targets / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
One Dialogue, Two Conversations / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
One-Hit Wonder / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
One-Hour Work Week / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
One-Letter Name / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
One Mario Limit / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
One Scene, Two Monologues / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
One-Woman Wail / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
One-Word Vocabulary / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Only Barely Renewed / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Only Sane Employee / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Oops! I Forgot I Was Married / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Opening Narration / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Operation: [Blank] / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Opinion Flip-Flop / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Organ Dodge / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Oscar Bait / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Our Lawyers Advised This Trope / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Outdated Outfit / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Outnumbered Sibling / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Outside Ride / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Overly Narrow Superlative / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Overly Pre-Prepared Gag / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
P.O.V. Sequel / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Parasol Parachute / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Parental Bonus / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Parental Incest / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Parental Neglect / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Parental Obliviousness / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Parental Sexuality Squick / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Parents Walk In at the Worst Time / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Passed-Over Promotion / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Passive-Aggressive Kombat / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Peking Duck Christmas / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
People Fall Off Chairs / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Permanent Placeholder / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Perplexing Plurals / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Person as Verb / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Photo Booth Montage / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Phrase Catcher / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Pick a Card / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Pillow Pregnancy / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Pilot / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Pilot Movie / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Pipe Pain / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Pixellation / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Platonic Prostitution / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Playing Their Own Twin / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Plucky Office Girl / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Pokémon Speak / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Poor Man's Substitute / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Poor, Predictable Rock / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Popular Is Dumb / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Porn Stash / int_3cd90f30
 PortiaDeRossi
seeAlso
Arrested Development
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Portmanteau / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Portmanteau Couple Name / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Postmodernism / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Precap / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Prematurely Bald / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Previously On… / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Princess in Rags / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Prison / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Prison Episode / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Prison Riot / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Progressively Prettier / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Publicity Stunt / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Punk in the Trunk / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Queer People Are Funny / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Quirky Curls / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Quote Mine / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Racist Grandma / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Rags to Riches / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Rapid-Fire Comedy / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Ratings Stunt / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Real Fake Wedding / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Reality Subtext / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Really Gets Around / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Really 17 Years Old / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Recognition Failure / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Red Herring Mole / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Relationship-Salvaging Disaster / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Repeated Cue, Tardy Response / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Reveal Shot / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Rewatch Bonus / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Riches to Rags / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Right Hand vs. Left Hand / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
/ int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Robosexual / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Rock–Paper–Scissors / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Running Gagged / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Sadist Show / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Sanity Ball / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Scale Model Destruction / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Scare 'em Straight / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Scars Are Forever / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
School Play / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Science Is Wrong / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Screw the Rules, I Have Money! / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Sdrawkcab Alias / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Seamless Spontaneous Lie / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Secret Room / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Seemingly Profound Fool / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Selective Obliviousness / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Self-Restraint / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Sentimental Music Cue / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Separated-at-Birth Casting / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Sequel Hook / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Series Fauxnale / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Series of the 2000s / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Sexless Marriage / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Sexy Shirt Switch / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Sexy Whatever Outfit / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Shaggy Search Technique / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Shaped Like What It Sells / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Share Phrase / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Shared Universe / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Shock Value Relationship / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Shockingly Expensive Bill / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Shoot the Messenger / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Shopping Cart Antics / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Short-Lived Big Impact / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Shot in the Ass / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Shy Bladder / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Sibling Rivalry / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Sibling Switch Squick / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Sibling Triangle / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Signature Line / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Signature Song / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Simultaneous Arcs / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Single-Minded Twins / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Sistine Steal / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Sitcom Arch-Nemesis / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Sleep Mask / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Sleeping Dummy / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Sleeping Single / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Slow-Paced Beginning / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Smart Ball / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Smart People Speak the Queen's English / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
So Unfunny, It's Funny / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Soap Box Sadie / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Soap Within a Show / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Social Services Does Not Exist / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Sock It to Them / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Something Only They Would Say / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Sound-Effect Bleep / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Source Music / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
South of the Border / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Space Whale Aesop / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Speak of the Devil / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Spexico / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Spies in a Van / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Spoiled Brat / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Spoiler Title / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Spousal Privilege / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Stage Magician / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Stage Whisper / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Staging an Intervention / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Stalker with a Test Tube / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Stealing from the Hotel / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Stealing from the Till / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Stereotype Flip / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Still Got It / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Stop Trick / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Streisand Effect / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Stripper/Cop Confusion / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Stripping Snag / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Subverted Punchline / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Suddenly Suitable Suitor / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Suicide as Comedy / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Surprise Incest / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Swallow the Key / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
T-Word Euphemism / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Taken Off Life Support / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Taking the Kids / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Tall Poppy Syndrome / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Tangled Family Tree / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Teacher/Student Romance / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
10-Minute Retirement / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Terminology Title / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
The Alcoholic / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
The Alleged Expert / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
The B Grade / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
The Caretaker / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
The Charmer / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
The Foreign Subtitle / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
The Glasses Gotta Go / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
The Judge / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
The Nondescript / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
The One with... / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
The Present Day / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
The Problem with Pen Island / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
The Producer Thinks of Everything / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
The Silent Bob / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
The Talk / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
/ int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Theme Twin Naming / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Therapy Backfire / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
This Is Wrong on So Many Levels / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Three-Dimensional Episode / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Throw the Book at Them / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Throwing Off the Disability / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Title-Only Opening / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Title Theme Tune / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Tongue Twister / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Too Good to Last / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Tour Guide Gag / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Tragically Misguided Favor / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Training Montage / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Trans Equals Gay / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Translation by Volume / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Transparent Closet / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Trauma Swing / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Treasure Room / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Trickster Mentor / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Trope Overdosed / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Turn to Religion / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Twincest / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Twisting the Words / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Two Decades Behind / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Two-Hit Wonder / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Ugly Guy, Hot Wife / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Unable to Cry / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Un-Canceled / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Uncanny Family Resemblance / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Uncle Sam Wants You / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Unpopular Popular Character / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Unsettling Gender Reveal / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Unsuspectingly Soused / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Unwanted Assistance / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Upper-Class Twit / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Valentine's Day Episode / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Van in Black / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Vanity License Plate / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Ventriloquism / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Verbal Backspace / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Verbal Tic Name / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Vetinari Job Security / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Viewers Are Goldfish / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Vindicated by Reruns / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Visible Boom Mic / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Viva Las Vegas! / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Walk on Water / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Wallpaper Camouflage / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
We Named the Monkey / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Wealthy Yacht Owner / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Weird Trade Union / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Whammy Bid / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
What Does She See in Him? / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
What Is This Feeling? / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
What Is This Thing You Call / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
White-Collar Crime / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
White Sheep / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Who Would Want to Watch Us? / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Why Don't You Marry It? / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Wig, Dress, Accent / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Wimp Fight / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Women Are Wiser / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
World of Pun / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Worse with Context / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Worst News Judgment Ever / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Worthless Foreign Degree / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Wraparound Background / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Writer Revolt / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
You Are Fat / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
You Can Keep Her / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
You Just Told Me / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Youthful Freckles / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Zany Scheme / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Zip Me Up / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development (Music)
seeAlso
Arrested Development
 RunningWilde
seeAlso
Arrested Development
 Web Therapy (Web Video)
seeAlso
Arrested Development
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Affectionate Pickpocket / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Big Breast Pride / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Looping Lines / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Never Say That Again / int_3cd90f30
 Arrested Development
hasFeature
Saw a Woman in Half / int_3cd90f30