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Arrested Development Jumps the Shark?

by Brian Alvey, posted Mar 14th 2005 12:02AM
Michael BluthThis is one of those rare times when I watched a show the same night it aired. Usually I catch shows on TiVo weeks after they air, like in our "Scrubs marathon". In this episode, Lucille Bluth takes her grandson George Michael to "Motherboy XXX" instead of her son Buster and Gob faces off in a divorce battle against his real-life wife Amy Poehler.

The most notable moment of the show (for me) was when Barry Zuckercorn (Henry Winkler) is standing on a dock next to the shark that ate the fin of the seal that ate Buster's hand. He announces that he has to go to lunch because he skipped breakfast and he jumps over the shark that is lying there. Now I've always fantasized that the writers would have him do something like that in the very last scene of the very last episode -- their way of saying that the series never went downhill. Maybe a guy on a cycle would ride by and abduct him and happen to go up a ramp and over a shark tank. But they did it in the middle of this episode.

It was also interesting that he used a rest room as his "office" when he and Gob were preparing for his divorce hearing. Very Happy Days.

The guest appearance by Dave Attell, Comedy Central's overnight insomnia guy, was great. He is playing Tobias in a movie about the Bluth family and he repeatedly questions his character's sexuality. I thought they were joking when they suggested him for the part -- I should have known.

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