Okay Arrested Development fans, after seven long years we get to find out what fate has had in store for the dysfunctional Bluth clan. But before AD’s long-awaited return on May 26 on Netflix, we have some time to look back and reacquaint ourselves with the some of the best storylines, quotes, guest stars and general weirdness that made this TV family unforgettable. Here are a few highlights from season one.
Hands Off Our Penises (H.O.O.P.)-A charity developed by Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) and Tobias Fünke (David Cross)
Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Stand-A small family business established in 1963 where Michael (Jason Bateman) worked as a child. He made his son George-Michael (Michael Cera) the manager. At one point George Oscar Bluth “G.O.B.” (Will Arnett), George-Michael and Michael burned the tiny booth to the ground. Little did Michael know the walls were lined with $250,000.
Aircraft Passenger Stair Truck-This vehicle was referred to by family members as the “stair car.” After selling the company jet, Michael was forced to use it as his primary mode of transportation.
The Alliance of Magicians-A group of professional magicians that “blackballs any performer who reveals a magician’s secret.” The alliance, founded by G.O.B., expelled him when a reporter revealed the Aztec Tomb illusion.
The Cornballer-A deep fryer-like contraption invented by George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor). It wasn’t “legal” in the continental U.S. or anywhere else, but was successfully marketed in Mexico.
Marta Estrella (Leonor Varela)-G.O.B.’s beautiful Colombian girlfriend and soap star. Michael falls in love with Marta after accompanying her to the Desi Awards, given for excellence in Spanish daytime television.
Never-nude-Tobias Fünke suffered from this rare psychological condition that prevented him from ever being completely naked.
Hot Cops-A group of male dancers-often strippers-that once employed G.O.B. Bluth.
Mr. Bananagrabber-A cartoon character, conceived by G.O.B., used to promote the Bluth’s banana stand.
J. Walter Weatherman-George Bluth Sr. often employed Weatherman, and former Bluth company employee who lost an arm in a construction accident, in elaborate and frightening schemes to get his children to behave when they were growing up.
Carl Weathers (Rocky)-The actor played himself and was hired by Tobias’ to be his acting coach.
Klimpy’s-This fictitious chain restaurant was the site of a drunken fight between Lucille Bluth (Jessica Walter) and her daughter Lindsay. Their very public and hostile conflict became front page news.
Annyong (Justin Lee)-Lucille and George Sr.’s adopted son from Korea.
Chareth Cutestory-The fake name Michael used when he attempted to have his first one night stand. The woman he wound up spending the night with was Maggie Lizer (Julia Louis Dreyfus) a blind woman who, in addition to faking her disability, was also prosecuting George Sr.’s case.
The Man Inside Me-A book written by Tobias while he was still a practicing psychiatrist. Initially a flop, the book later was embraced by the gay community.