‘Arrested Development’ is coming soon!!!

In honor of the triumphant return of ‘Arrested Development’ later this month, I’m reminiscing about some of my favorite moments from previous seasons. In a show this consistently hilarious, it’s impossible to pick only a few favorites, so this is a fool’s exercise.

  • My favorite episode is ‘Pier Pressure‘ with its non-stop hilarity: J. Walter Weatherman, Hot Cops, Maeby being singed by her Gangy’s brittle wit, and that scene between G.O.B. and Michael when G.O.B. is partaking of the spoils but tries to hide it by claiming it’s cold outside. Sure it is, G.O.B. Sure it is.
  • Jason Bateman’s a terrific straight man. His reactions are always perfectly calibrated to maximize the humor in the scene. If, like in this one, he needs to be understated, he is. If, like in this one, he needs to give it a little something extra, he does. Watch out for that cornballer.
  • G.O.B. is my favorite with his unsuccessful magic tricks, his ridiculous chicken dance and his pet Segway. But especially his “COME ON!” bit.
  • Lucille makes every scene better. She can be hilariously raunchy in addition to condescending and haughty. It’s a great combination. Some of my favorite quotes:
    1. I would cry, but I can’t spare the moisture.
    2. I don’t understand the question, and I won’t respond to it.
    3. Not as much as you enjoyed yours [meal]. You want the belt to buckle, not your chair.
    4. They’re just heels, honey. They can only support so much weight.
    5. Oscar says that this walk, “Recharges his chi.” I call it, “An excuse for him to score more pot and wave his ass at the co-eds.”
  • For all of Lucille’s great lines, Tobias really scores the most with his signature awkward phrasing.
  • I love that they always did the “On the next… Arrested Development” bit at the end of the show where they would run fake promos.

Check out some of the best running jokes including the chicken dance mentioned above.

My TV viewing will be so much more enjoyable. Buh-bye Corinne!

Best blindside ever on Survivor last night! Seeing Corinne’s face finally morph into something other than condescension and smugness for once was just so satisfying, and the realization that Michael can again be a fully-formed person instead of just being Corinne’s “the gay” was equally awesome. Welcome back to the real world, Michael. I know he was thrilled to resume complete person status instead of being identified solely based on his sexual orientation. She is just an absolute nightmare, but she’s gone! Woohoo!!

Favorite moments included Cochran winning immunity, Dawn letting Cochran in on Corinne’s strategy since I was so concerned that she was holding a grudge based on their last season, and, best of all, Corinne being voted out after her smug comments during tribal council which may have even influenced Erik to vote as he did.