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Arrested Development: The Easter eggs

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jun 13th 2008 5:38PM
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If you are a devoted Arrested Development fan like me, you probably watched all episodes at least five times each if not more. But have you noticed all the Easter eggs featured on the show? They take the shape of props in the background, allusions to other TV series or movies, expressions, etc. If not, you may be interested in the post below where I list some of the Easter eggs featured on the show and where to find them.

If you recently got addicted to this gem of a show, you may want to print this article out and spot the eggs the second time you watch the series. Because, let's face it, you'll want to watch it again! And again! Oh, and again!

Bananagrabber - G.O.B. created a cartoon character named Bananagrabber for which he gave up the animation rights along with any family members that might be created later on. This obscure character appears in three episodes of the series. In "Whistler's Mother," Oscar watches the cartoon on TV. G.O.B. uses an image of Bananagrabber in his negative campaign in "The Immaculate Election." The cartoon character appears in the introduction of the Scandalmakers episode about the Bluth family in "Spring Breakout."

Catlike agility - One of my favorite characters is Tobias and I can't stop laughing when he displays his catlike agility. You can see him at work in "Bringing Up Buster," "Justice Is Blind," "The One Where Michael Leaves," and "Ready, Aim, Marry Me."

Chicken - Ah the famous chicken dance! Most of the Bluth family members displayed their lack of dance abilities throughout the series by imitating a chicken. You can first witness the dance craze in "Staff Infection" when G.O.B. tries to imitate a chicken while screaming "coka-coka-coka-coh." He gets in trouble because of the dance when in Mexico in "Amigos" because this imitation is considered an inflammatory gesture. You can see more of the dance, and see the other Bluths' version, in "Switch Hitter," "Burning Love," "Ready, Aim, Marry Me," "The Immaculate Election," "Spring Breakout," and "For British Eyes Only."

Cornballer - One of the most famous props in the series. It not only brought back a lot of literally painful memories to the Bluths but allowed us to see George, Sr., work his magic during infomercials. The infamous device is first introduced in "Bringing Up Buster" and appears in one form or another in "Altar Egos," "The One Where They Build a House," "Amigos" and "Good Grief." Can you spot them all?

Family first - This expression is first said by Michael in the pilot when he asks his son what comes first. George-Michael answers "breakfast but Michael says it's family. The expression comes back in "Key Decision," "Visiting Ours," "Pier Pressure," "The One Where Michael Leaves," "Afternoon Delight," "Moterboy XXX" and "Development Arrested." In the latter, George-Michael and Michael reverse roles when compared to the pilot as the father says breakfast is the most important thing while the son says it's family.

Never nude - A terrible affliction affecting dozens of people worldwide! Tobias and Phillip Litt (played by Zach Braff) as well as members from the German parliament suffer from it. You can learn more about this affliction in episodes "In God We Trust," "Martha Complex," "Beef Consommé" and "Spring Breakout." While the series was still on the air, www.never-nude.com was the place to go for information about "never nudeness." It was a series official website created for the show.

Peanuts - There are a lot of nods to the Charles Schultz's Peanuts characters in Arrested Development. Here are a few:
  • In "The One Where They Build A House," Buster claims that the Army touched his Charlie Browns. In "Amigos," Lucille wants to videotape Buster and point to his Charlie Browns.
  • When the banana stand is closed in "Good Grief," the sign announcing it is like Lucy's psychiatry stand in Peanuts. In the same episode, the sad walk is based on Charlie Brown. There is a doghouse similar to that of Snoopy's. There are also a few nods to A Charlie Brown Christmas.
  • Buster asks Michael if a seal bit off his Linus in "Hand to God."
  • The sad walk à la Charlie Brown is reprised in "Righteous Brothers."
Saddam Hussein - The former dictator of Iraq was part of a running gag on the show. In "Shock and Aww," Michael mentions that the model home resembles Saddam's palaces. In "Let 'Em Eat Cake," it is discovered that the Bluth Company build the palaces. The chest containing confidential files in "Missing Kitty" is labeled "H. Maddas." Allusions to Hussein are also made in "The One Where Michael Leaves," "Good Grief," and "For British Eyes Only."

It would take a lot of posts like these to list all the easter eggs, allusions and nods hidden within the Arrested Development episodes. Luckily, The-OP.com has a comprehensive Bluthcyclopedia where they are listed with episodes and, sometimes, pictures. Have fun rewatching the episodes and catch all the Easter eggs!

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tozmervo

One background brand I've noticed popping up over and over again on my recent run through the series is Cloudmir Vodka.

The movie posters also make frequent appearances in the background (Homeless Dad "I just want my kids back!" and Love, Indubitably among others.)

June 14 2008 at 10:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Isabelle Carreau

It was impossible for me to mention everything. There are so many cool things hidden in every episode! And, as Edd mentioned, nearly every line became an easter egg at some point.

I think the fun it's knowing that there are easter eggs all over the place and rewatching the series over and over again to find them all! :D

June 14 2008 at 9:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kyle

You forgot a HUGE running joke:


Her?

June 14 2008 at 2:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tommy

I gotta say, as a a list of "easter eggs," this is pretty poor. Easter eggs are background things that aren't thrown in your face. The blue hands on the wall are a perfect example. Never mentioned in dialog, but there for avid viewers to catch.

Bananagrabber and catlike agility fit, peanuts is a strech, but the other ones are more like running gags than easter eggs.

June 14 2008 at 12:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Edd

For the ones you picked, that was well comprehensive. Well played sir, how ARE you? :-)

There's dozens you've missed which I could list, but thats the genius of the show - nearly every line became an easter egg at some point.

Miss this show!

June 13 2008 at 7:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lemon Lyman

Can't believe you didn't mention the blue handprints on the model home's walls. Ah, good times!

June 13 2008 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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