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Common bonds: Bluth family traits - VIDEOS

by Erin Martell, posted Jun 13th 2008 4:42PM
Arrested Development castA lot of hilarious, yet terrible, things run in the Bluth family--huge mistakes, catchphrases, and unconventional modes of transportation. In honor of TV Squad's Arrested Development week, let's take a look at some of the qualities that make the Bluths unique.

Drinking and Drug Problems - Lucille's drinking problem is world-famous, but the other Bluths have been known to use alcohol and drugs on occasion. Lindsay had some issues with Zanatab back when she was part of "The Solution," and Buster can't get enough juice. G.O.B. frequently used roofies (known to him as forget-me-nows) on other people during his magic career. In the clip below, the Bluth siblings and Tobias got drunk to prepare themselves for an intervention. Michael only lets loose when he's drunk, and it's a wonderful thing to see. I love that he's wearing a Franklin wig.

Fights - Most of the Bluths settled their differences with a good brawl. Michael and G.O.B.'s childhood shoving matches were immortalized in the Boyfights videos (see the next list item). Their undignified fighting style also made it to the courthouse steps. For a while, Buster was determined to get punched. His brothers were a bit too advanced for him, though, and he found a worthy adversary in Annyong. One of the most satisfying fights in the show's history was between Lindsay and Lucille. The Bluth women normally used their words to inflict pain, but an unexpected trip to Klimpy's brought out their physical aggression. Check out the clip:

Amateur film-making - Boyfights and the Baby Buster shorts were a video sensation (at least in Spanish-speaking countries). Lindsay tried to get back at Phillip Litt with her Men With Low Self-Esteem footage, and ended up outing him as a nevernude. George Sr.'s religious experience in prison inspired him to make the Caged Wisdom series. The worst filmmaker in the family is definitely G.O.B. He made a scandalous campaign video that humiliated George Michael and insulted his own son, Steve Holt. Even Buster and George Michael got in on the fun by copying scenes from Chicago and Star Wars.

Bad career choices - The Cornballer could possibly be the worst (and funniest) invention ever. George Sr. isn't the only Bluth to have a bad business idea, though. Over the course of the series, we learned about Lindsay's failed ventures--Dip-a-Pet and Mommy, What Will I Look Like? Gobias Industries never went forward with its coffeehouse idea due to lack of funds. Buster's numerous academic pursuits (like 18th century agrarian business) led nowhere, unless you're at all concerned about an uprising. His fake army stint was quite successful, however. He won a seal for marksmanship and a gorilla for sand racing. Tobias and G.O.B. tried to have careers entertainment industry, but it was Maeby who found success as a studio executive.

The chicken impression - Each member of the Bluth family has his or her own method when it comes to the chicken impression. G.O.B.'s will always be the original, but there's a Bluth chicken noise for everyone. My personal favorite is George Sr.'s "coo-coo-ca-cha!" The following clip demonstrates that the impressions are even funnier when they're combined. Why didn't Buster have his own signature chicken sound? Perhaps he was on the receiving end of the family's teasing one too many times. I would have given anything to see George-Michael imitate a chicken, too.

Teaching lessons - George and Lucille didn't have the option of teaching their children by example. Elaborate lessons were a useful alternative. They had enough time and money to stage the lesson scenarios, as well as access to J. Walter Weatherman. The family did everything on a large scale, and it's no surprise that simple lessons (like not yelling) were taught in a dramatic way. It certainly beats having a real conversation. The Bluths avoided direct communication as much as possible, choosing to get their point across with banners, veiled insults, and sarcasm. The lessons are the most extreme instance of this.

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Buster was above the chicken dances: "CHICKENS DON'T CLAP!"

Again, another great post from someone who was obviously a fan, and again, I miss this show!

June 13 2008 at 7:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You forgot GOB's movie for the Gala (or Gayla as Uncle TBag would call it) That was hilarious.

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