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‘Arrested Development’: 6 Things To Remember Before Binge-Watching

Sun, May 26, 2013 9:46am EDT by 4 Comments
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The first season of ‘Arrested Development’ in seven years hit Netflix in its entirety at 3 AM on May 26. If you’re like many others, you’ll be skipping the Memorial Day cookouts to stream the whole season as quickly as possible. But before you do that, here are a few crucial details to recall so that you can hit the ground running.

It’s been a long time since FOX closed its doors on Arrested Development, the cult comedy that has morphed into a cult classic since going off the air. Millions of loyal followers were ecstatic to hear that the show was coming back by dumping 15 episodes all at once on Netflix on May 26. It’s a binge TV watchers dream come true! But unless you’ve re-watched the first three seasons of Arrested recently, we’re sure there are a few odd, but hilarious plot points that may have slipped your mind. So keep reading to make sure you’re all caught up before you spend a whole day in your pajamas watching a TV show.

Michael & George Michael Flee To Cabo

The final season of Arrested Development ended with Michael (Jason Bateman) hijacking his brother’s yacht and sailing away from his godforsaken family along with his son, George Michael (Michael Cera). Not surprisingly, the escape didn’t go exactly to plan. Upon waking up the next morning, the father-son duo realized the patriarch of the Bluth family, George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) had stowed himself away on the boat. Will we get a Mexican side plot between three generations of Bluths? Because it’d be hilarious.

What’s Up With George Michael & Maeby?

The most romantic unrequited love connection on TV between two cousins. When we last saw them, George Michael and Maeby (Alia Shawkat) were getting to second base after assuming the Maeby was adopted. She isn’t. Is George Michael going to finally be able to shake his cousin-crush?

Gob’s Love Life

The magician in the family, Gob (Will Arnett), wasn’t really doing any better than his niece and nephew when the series ended. He was actually in a relationship with George Michael’s teenage, ultra-Christian ex-girlfriend. Gob usually finds conspicuous was into and out of situations, so we’re thrilled to see if and how he gets out of this creepy mess.

Tobias & Lindsay Are Still Married?

Tobias (David Cross) is a never-nude with questionable sexuality, Lindsay (Portia De Rossi) is a selfish sociopath who doesn’t really have any qualms about having extramarital relationships. And yes, they were still together when we last saw them. We don’t really care whether or not Tobias and Lindsay stay together, but if Tobias ever gets over his never-nude phobia, we won’t be able to forgive the show.

Maeby’s Making A Movie

Besides making out with her cousin, Maeby also got fired from her job as a movie executive when Tantamount Studios realized she was 16 years old. But she also found out there was a bidding war for the rights to her life story. After pitching her life to Ron Howard (who’s also the show’s narrator), he suggested that it might work better as a movie. We know, it’s just a meta joke, but some of our favorite scenes are Maeby’s conman-esque work in the film industry.

And Then There’s Buster

The last time we saw Buster (Tony Hale), he had literally fallen off a boat. While he managed to survive the fall from the Queen Mary ocean liner, he appeared to be in grave danger — fresh meat in the open water. And by that we mean the seal that bit off his hand was coming back for more, bearing down on the weird Bluth brother. It was probably the biggest cliffhanger ever.

Now that you’re all caught up, we don’t expect to hear from you for a couple days. It’s okay, everyone else is sitting at home watching Arrested Development too!

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