‘Arrested Development’: 20 Recurring Gags You Need To Know Before Watching Season 4
After three seasons, it’s no surprise that Arrested Development has racked up its own inside jokes.
From Ann (her?) to the Bluth family’s painfully-inaccurate chicken dances, these are the recurring gags that keep fans wanting more. And given just how popular they actually are, you can bet your sweet Cornballer that a few of these will show up in the upcoming season on Netflix.
To refresh your memory, here are 20 motifs any true Arrested Development fan should — and probably do — know.
1. The Chicken Dance(s)
Apparently, no one in the Bluth family has ever seen a chicken — thus their impressions of the farm animal is anything but, well, a chicken.
2. Sad Walk
Feeling sad? Turn up “Christmastime Is Here” from A Charlie Brown Christmas and slump around with your head down. That’s how all Bluth men do it anyway.
3. The Cornballer
Invented by George Bluth (Jeffrey Tambor) in the mid-1970s, The Cornballer is a device used to make a deep fried snack called cornballs. It was made illegal after it was found to cause serious burns. (But you can still buy one in Mexico.)
Ann (Mae Whitman) herself is a running gag. As a religious plain jane, it’s hard to imagine why George Michael (Michael Cera) is attracted to her. Most of the time, the Bluths either forget her name — Plant? Yam? Bland? — or literally forget her in places.
5. “Marry Me!”
In faking her to a movie producer position, Maeby (Alia Shawkat) uses this line to change the subject and stop people from inquiring her real age.
6. Tobias Is A Never Nude
What’s with the jean cut-offs? Well, Tobias (David Cross) suffers from Never Nude, a rare medical condition that renders him unable to be naked.
7. Kitty’s Boobs
Since taking a two-week medical leave to get breast implants, Kitty Sanchez (Judy Greer) — George Bluth’s former secretary and mistress — flashes Michael (Jason Bateman) every chance she gets, showing him that he has no power over her. Spring break, woo!
8. Tricks vs. Illusions
Being the “serious” magician that he is, Gob (Will Arnett) simply can’t bring himself to refer to his illusions as “tricks.” Similarly, as a pimp, he also refers to prostitutes as such.
9. “Hey, Brother”
Starting out as a common greeting for Buster (Tony Hale) to Michael and Gob, “hey, brother” became one of his signature lines, expanding to “hey, sister,” “hey, adopted brother” to “hey, possible nephew.”
10. J. Walter Weatherman
J. Walter (Steve Ryan) is a one-armed man who George Bluth employed to scare his children when they were younger. Apparently, seeing a man’s arm get ripped off is a good lesson for kids.
11. “No Touching!”
One of the many things you learn in prison. Plus, it applies to Lucille’s (Jessica Walter) parenting method.
12. Family Banners
The Bluth family loves banners. They use one at almost every function they throw.
13. Steve Holt
Steve Holt (Justin Grant Wade) is the secret son of Gob and the jock at Maeby and George Michael’s high school. How do you know who he is? He’s the guy yelling, “Steve Holt!” Every. Single. Time.
14. Tobias Is Oblivious To His Double Entendres
This is Tobias talking about accidentally using his wife’s spa gift certificate on himself: “I’m afraid I prematurely shot my wad on what was supposed to be a dry run if you will, so I’m afraid I have something of a mess on my hands.”
The Bluths constantly mistake the Korean word for “hello” for Lucille’s adopted son’s name. Sadly, it’s also the only thing he knows how to say.
16. “Come On!”
A normal Bluth reaction to anything that frustrates them.
18. “I’ve Made A Huge Mistake”
Another Bluth reaction.
19. Tobias Is Kind Of, Sort Of Gay
He wrote a book called “The Man Inside Me” that’s widely accepted in the gay community. So yeah.
20. The Baton
After several attempts to escape jail, the cops have learned that the best way to subdue George (and sometimes his twin Oscar) is with a swift club to the head.
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