arrested development season 4 live blog 'Arrested Development' Season 4 marathon: Welcome back, Bluths

It’s finally happening, “Arrested Development” fans. After seven years (and what’s felt like a lifetime), Season 4 of the fan favorite comedy has finally arrived, and we couldn’t be more excited. That’s why we here at Zap2it couldn’t wait a minute longer than necessary to watch the show’s 15 new episodes.

Sure, series creator Mitch Hurwitz suggested against marathoning the new season, but what does he know? We decided to watch Season 4 in one sitting starting when it premiered at 12:01 a.m. PT on May 26 because we already waited long enough for it, and we welcome you to check out our thoughts. Read our live blog below, and make sure you check out Zap2it’s “Arrested Development” Rewatch of Seasons 1 through 3 as well.

11:30 p.m. – We’re prepping for the new season by watching “Development Arrested,” the final episode of Season 3. Also, this is about as themed as we get.

11:40 p.m. – “Maybe a movie.” Thank you, Ron Howard, for that wonderful foreshadowing. Only 20 minutes left!

11:50 p.m. – We’re watching the Season 4 trailer as we enter the final countdown. We also have Cloudmir Vodka, Bluth (aka Trader Joe’s) chocolate covered banana bites, muffins from the Muffin Man and an assortment of other snacks to help us on the next seven-and-a-half hour marathon. 

11:52 p.m. – Oh, and corn dogs. But no Cornballer. Those are still banned in the United States.


12:01 a.m. – It’s “Arrested Development”… Season 4. Episode 1 “Flight of the Phoenix” starting.

12:01 a.m. – Kristen Wiig and Seth Rogen are so killer as young Lucille and young George Sr.

12:05 a.m. – So glad Lucille Austero and Sally Sitwell are back, but such a burn for Michael. This suggested tryst between Lucille 2 and Michael is giving us vertigo, though.


12:07 a.m. – Our co-viewer Megan Vick suggests Tobias. Now that would be a twist.

12:09 a.m. – This is not the incest we approve of, “Arrested Development.” Has life really been so hard on Michael?

12:12 a.m. – It seems like “privacy” is the new “breakfast.” Also, George Michael the programmer is a hilarious turn of events.

12:14 a.m. – Anyone else noticing the camera crew in the background of these university scenes? Does anyone else think it could have some greater significance?

12:16 a.m. – It’s so nice that the narration is just as sharp as ever. Thank you again, Ron Howard.

12:17 a.m. – Barry Zuckerkorn as incompetent as ever. Also, “you’re a crook, Captain Hook!” And loving that “loose seal”/Lucille reference.

12:18 a.m. – A divorce?! The Bluths is the family that sticks together!

12:20 a.m. – Anyone else notice that those two workers’ names are “Earl” and “Earle”? So funny.

12:21 a.m. – Sudden Valley is suddenly completed! But in the most depressing way imaginable. Oh, and there’s the vulture.

12:22 a.m. – We’re 21 minutes into Season 4 and already a death on “Arrested Development.” Also, George Michael with a mustache is killer.

12:24 a.m. – There’s a girl in there. And it’s Maeby! Please tell us there’s something naughty going on between her and George Michael. Please. Please.

12:26 a.m. – “Brothiero”? How does Michael still not know “hermano” means “brother” in Spanish?

12:27 a.m. – Maeby’s tattoos are intriguing. Hopefully that’s explained in her storyline … unless it’s just Alia Shawkat’s ink.

12:29 a.m. – Okay, a quick Internet search shows that it’s just Alia Shawkat’s ink. But it’s nice to see the return of the “Peanuts” music, and the cast of “Workaholics” show up as some Outwest Airline employees.

12:33 a.m. – “Huge mistake” reference! The Queen Mary painting! Michael makes it to Phoenix! The back of Isla Fisher’s head, maybe? And an ostrich. A solid end to the first episode of “Arrested Development” Season 4, “Flight of the Phoenix.” Next up, “Borderline Personalities.”


12:34 a.m. – Of course George Sr. has a desert sweat lodge in Mexico. Also, it’s nice to see the way the opening credits are changed for each character.

12:36 a.m. – Is Mary Lynn Pajskub the new Kitty (aka George Sr.’s assistant)? It looks like it.

12:37 a.m. – That watermark reads “Showstealer pro trial version.” Umm, what?

12:37 a.m. – We can’t get enough of Seth Rogen and Kristen Wiig. Also, young Barry Zuckerkorn is the best ever. “You can’t try a husband and wife at the same time.”

12:38 a.m. – “A fourth season that would never come.” That’s a lie! It’s here!

12:42 a.m. – Oscar’s new voice is fantastic. It’s nice to separate them. John Slattery is Doctor Normal. That’s a rad beard.

12:43 a.m. – George Sr. and Oscar bonding? Amazing. And Pajskub’s subtitles are the greatest.

12:46 a.m. – Lucille as the mastermind is such a fun change. We only got a taste of it in “Development Arrested,” but it makes her character so fresh and new now.

12:47 a.m. – The divorce is fake! They love each other! And why is GOB moaning like that?

12:48 a.m. – Oh there are Natasha Leggero and Busy Phillips.

12:48 a.m. – “Hey brother.” Bummer that Buster didn’t say it yet.

12:49 a.m. – It turns out that deleted scene isn’t so deleted after all! What is Buster even saying right now?

12:51 a.m. – A nod to George Sr.’s stint being Jewish, one of our favorite Season 1 subplots. Oh, and a Dan Harmon cameo! We still miss his version of “Community.”

12:52 a.m. – And where did Oscar go?

12:53 a.m. – Oh poor Oscar. And he doesn’t even get shrimp for this.

12:54 a.m. – “I haven’t had an orgasm outside of my bath tub in 30 years!” TMI, Lucille, TMI. At least she and George Sr.’s sex life is better than ever. Oh, and there’s the reason for the ostrich but … umm, what?

12:56 a.m. – The big orange objects are a nice addition to Netflix’s marketing campaign, but it will be interesting to see if it ever turns into something more than that.

12:57 a.m. – Someone better come out after this and put together a timeline of Season 4 so we can keep everything straight.

1:00 a.m. – An hour into Season 4, and Oscar finally realizes George Sr. isn’t a great brother — but at least he gets to hook up with Lucille again!


1:03 a.m. – Now we’re on to Lindsay’s “Arrested Development” in “Indian Takers.” Unfortunately Portia de Rossi seems to have gotten a bit too much plastic surgery. It’s nice to see these flashbacks though!

1:05 a.m. – Tobias finally gets to say “hot semen seamen.”

1:06 a.m. – It’s nice to see Lindsay has never changed. And that only the first two parts of “Eat Pray Love” made her reinvent her life.”

1:07 a.m. – Okay did anyone else notice Tobias behind Lindsay on the plan? Also there have been a lot of in flight magazine jokes so far this season.

1:09 a.m. – This is going to be at least the second time Lindsay lies about not having a child. Poor Maeby.

1:10 a.m. – What is up with these ostriches? And in India? We’re okay with it.

1:12 a.m. – We’d just like to note that Ed Helms is playing the same role that he previously played on “Arrested Development.”

1:13 a.m. – “Ninja please.” Oh gosh. Also the fact Maeby was there the whole time is amazing. And what is that figure in the background

1:14 a.m. – John Beard and the Roomba are back. We’re happy with. Also we hung out with Beard at the “Arrested Development” junket. He’s awesome.

1:15 a.m. – Camp Kissamemami? No way.

1:16 a.m. – “Halted development.” Or should it be … “arrested”?

1:17 a.m. – “In rear.” Of course that’s where Tobias is taking his acting class — where he belongs, according to him.

1:19 a.m. – Amazing, a shoutout to the Barks! Did not expect that.

1:20 a.m. – Tobias would convince “Method One” with “Methadone.” It’s so expected it’s not even cringeworthy (yet).

1:22 a.m. – Oh Maria Bamford, we love you.

1:24 a.m. – THAT POOR DUCK! What we should have expected from a Funke family Thanksgiving miracle.

1:25 a.m. – Haliburton Teen. Not an actual website (yet). Also, this is the first “Arrested Development” sex scene that we’ve seen play out maybe ever.

1:28 a.m. – This is a weird turn of events for Lindsay. Also so funny that no one shows up for Lucille’s maritime trial. On to episode 4!

1:29 a.m. – Lindsay’s hair! It’s gone!


1:31 a.m. – Episode 4, “The B. Team,” was shown at the “Arrested Development” premiere along with the first episode. We’re happy it opens with a Stair Car reference. Such a funny Google reference.

1:32 a.m. – Finally Ron Howard seems like he will be a character again!

1:33 a.m. – Bob Loblaw! A Bob Loblaw low blow?

1:34 a.m. – Kitty Sanchez works for Imagine? Amazing. Also, she’s a “d girl” now. How wonderful that Maeby hired Kitty to work on a project about the Bluth family.

1:35 a.m. – Oh no, Kitty screwed over Maeby! Also, more “development” jokes — “active development” and “not going forward development” in Maeby’s office — and nods to “The Andy Griffith Show.”

1:37 a.m. – These jokes about Ron Howard’s movies are so funny. It’s so nice to have him in the show.

1:38 a.m. – “Them?” Her? Where is Ann?

1:40 a.m. – Barry Zuckerkorn is really the worst attorney.

1:41 a.m. – Isla Fisher! She’s so cute. Are she and Michael going to fall in love?

1:42 a.m. – For the record, we called Fisher as being cast in the mom role seconds before it happened. Also one person watching this with us is already asleep.

1:43 a.m. – Gross is George Sr. actually hooking up with Lucille 2? No way!

1:44 a.m. – Actually this has got to be Oscar.

1:45 a.m. – This rivalry between Jerry Bruckheimer and Ron Howard is hilarious. And Kitty and Michael.

1:47 a.m. – This is the third Earl and Earle reference. Also Carl Weathers is back (yes!). Also we can’t wait for the Maeby episode.

1:48 a.m. – “Scandalmakers”! Yes!

1:49 a.m. – JAMES LIPTON! YES!

1:49 a.m. – AND JOHN KRASINSKI! YES! Too many caps? Too bad.

1:50 a.m. – “Chicken and ham water dinner.” “S.O.B.’s” is the best “Arrested Development” episode. And hi Conan O’Brien.

1:52 a.m. – Michael’s writing dream team is James Lipton, Andy Richter and Carl Weathers. Yes. Amazing. Lipton’s hat reads “The Untitled Michael B. Project.”

1:54 a.m. – And Brian Grazer makes his first “Arrested Development” appearance.

1:56 a.m. – “I guess things haven’t been going that well for me.” The understatement of Season 4 to be sure. Sorry, Michael.

1:57 a.m. – Finally someone mentions how self-centered Michael is. Because he is. Oh, he is.

1:58 a.m. – Anyone else think Fisher is playing Ron Howard’s daughter?

1:59 a.m. – “Make her mentally challenged and I’ll thank you in my Oscars speech.” Hopefully Charlize Theron comes back this season. We miss Rita.

2:00 a.m. – Why isn’t Bryce Dallas Howard playing Ron Howard’s daughter? That would have been any more meta.

2:01 a.m. – Rocky Richter is back! We love Andy’s quintuplets.

2:04 a.m. – After four episodes, we’re taking a quick break! We’ll be back momentarily.


2:10 a.m. – And we’re back with “A New Start”! Hi Jon Beard!

2:12 a.m. – Tobias is a predator. Literally. A predator.

2:13 a.m. – Lindsay finally reveals to Tobias that everyone thinks he’s gay. “It’s kind of a running joke in the family.” Also, we’re pretty sure we’re right about Tobias and GOB hooking up.

2:14 a.m. – And about the India thing. Killing it over here.

2:15 a.m. – “A nu start” or “Anus tart”? Your guess is as good as ours.

2:16 a.m. – “Homeless Dad” sighting! Also a never nude sighting! And an homage … to episode 1 and how hot Phoenix is.

2:19 a.m. – And Tobias is wearing a “Shem�le” shirt. And Ed Helms is his agent — sort of.

2:21 a.m. – The duck lives! Thank goodness. Also there are a whole lot of Ehrles hanging around.

2:26 a.m. – Tobias is kissing a woman willingly. What is even happening right now? Of course they bonded over “Anustart.”

2:27 a.m. – This screaming/crying scene is a nice shout out to his fire sale audition. “We’re having a fire … sale!”

2:30 a.m. – And Tobias is working on Hollywood Blvd. “The human flamer.”

2:32 a.m. – Oh hi Disneyland. This Stan Lee/”Fantastic Four” stuff is great.

2:34 a.m. – And an ostrich just attacked Lucille 2. Which means we’re almost done with “Arrested Development” episode 5, and we’re all getting a bit tired.

2:35 a.m. – Lucille Austero runs “Austerity.” Amazing.

2:36 a.m. – More “Peanuts” music. And the CIA is scoping out Imagine Entertainment?

2:37 a.m. – Tobias’ disinterest in his daughter has never caused him more trouble. Also Klimpy’s makes an appearance in “To Entrap A Local Predator.”


2:39 a.m. – “Double Crossers” stars Terry Crews at Herbert Love. Amazing. But it’s another George Sr. episode. Where’s GOB?

2:42 a.m. – Actually we may get some GOB if he’s getting sent down to the Mexican border.

2:43 a.m. – Lindsay is a red head? What? And it’s so funny that George Sr. calls Maeby “Maisy.”

2:45 a.m. – George Sr. turning into Oscar (personality-wise) is making things very confusing.

2:47 a.m. – Why is Barry Zuckerkorn in a hardware store? So good that he and George Sr. say, “I love you” at the end of their phone calls.

2:48 a.m. – HI GOB!

2:50 a.m. – Jessica Walter being sexy is perfect for 2:50 a.m. on Memorial Day weekend. But John Slattery is making us snort with laughter right now (or at least Mike Rougeau).

2:54 a.m. – So it was Oscar who turned down Michael. Hmm. And Oscar is hooking up with Lucille 2.

2:56 a.m. – Michael gets his signature and George Sr. masturbates in an MRI. Is everything in Season 4 leading up to a Cinco de Quatro celebration?

2:59 a.m. – It’s nice to see Jason Bateman and Will Arnett back onscreen together.

3:00 a.m. – Oh, Rebel Alley is actually an illegitimate daughter! That makes more sense than her being a version of Bryce Dallas Howard.

3:02 a.m. – Taking a quick break at the first official “Steve Holt” mention of Season 4 (though there was an “S. Holt” mention).

3:06 a.m. – We’re back! GOB is calling George Michael for Michael because his younger brother has given him “a new sense of purpose.”

3:07 a.m. – Hi Buster!

3:08 a.m. – Hal & Burton’s. There’s something we’re missing about this right now. Also we’ve jumped to the present storyline again. Why was Michael punched?

3:10 a.m. – George Sr. has a whole lot of estrogen and is quite self-conscious. What a change for him.

3:12 a.m. – George Sr. is now pretending to be a woman? No way. And Lindsay looks great with short hair.


3:13 a.m. – Finally we’re at a GOB episode, “Colony Collapse,” and we’re almost halfway through. And “Colony Collapse” features Ben Schwartz as John Beard Jr.!

3:15 a.m. – “Way to plant, Ann.” Thank you for that Will Arnett. Also, we missed you, Mae Whitman.

3:18 a.m. – PETA would not be pleased with GOB’s
record with animal sidekicks.

3:19 a.m. – Michael Cera does not play a young George Michael well. Also how does George Michael still think he and Ann are dating way back when in 2006?

3:21 a.m. – “Should the guy in the $32 …” Oh come on, GOB. If George Michael can break up with Ann, you can too. But it looks like they might be getting married instead. Yes yes yes yes yes.

3:22 a.m. – OH MY GOD ALAN TUDYK! And so much Simon & Garfunkel.

3:22 a.m. – He’s made a huge mistake.

3:23 a.m. – Tony Wonder is now gay now? Hi Ben Stiller. And he’s in the gay in flight magazine, Attitude.

3:25 a.m. – This might be our favorite “Arrested Development” Season 4 episode so far.

3:26 a.m. – “My bees are dropping like flies, and I need them to fly like bees.” And GOB is eating mustard on parmesan. Also we’d like to note that this will be GOB’s second marriage on “Arrested Development.”

3:27 a.m. – Is Ann pregnant?!

3:28 a.m. – Oh my God, Tobias. Literally.

3:30 a.m. – The Church of the Holy Eternal Rapure – aka, Her? GOB says what Jesus did was an illusion. As Mike says, “Oh Christ.”

3:32 a.m. – It’s the “Final Countdown” … to who will humiliate him or herself the most in Season 4.

3:35 a.m. – There’s a “Storage Wars” spoof called “Locker Hawkers.” Ann has been called “Egg” several times already. And Ann says GOB needs to let the Holy Ghost inside of him. Is that … Tobias in his India outfit?

3:36 a.m. – Steve Holt?

3:37 a.m. – Steve Holt! Looks so completely different now.

3:38 a.m. – JEAN-RALPHIO! Give us more Ben Schwartz.

3:39 a.m. – GOB has sold out so much that he’s doing tricks. Also this is sort of a funny nod to “Now You See Me.”

3:40 a.m. – Is it Rebel who is sleeping with GOB? We still like our Tobias theory.

3:42 a.m. – The downward Forget-Me-Now spiral. This is the best minutes-long homage. Except it ends with syphilis.

3:44 a.m. – We’re at the point where we’re realizing there’s no happy ending for any Bluth ever.

3:45 a.m. – Bees and a “Driving Miss Daisy” reference.

3:47 a.m. – Maeby, what are you running away from? And finally a Tony Wonder magic trick. 


3:49 a.m. – On to episode 8, “Red Hairing,” wherein we hopefully find out why Lindsay had red hair. Plus we’re betting it wasn’t actually Tony Wonder who ruined GOB’s magic trick.

3:50 a.m. – More ostrich farm.

3:51 a.m. – Okay now George Sr. and Oscar’s ostrich vision makes sense.

3:53 a.m. – Wait, what? Lucille got sent away? It’s time for a Lucille episode. And now it makes sense why there’s an ostrich in the penthouse.

3:55 a.m. – Aww the “You’re Killing Me Buster” banner! And now we see where Lindsay’s red wig came from.

3:56 a.m. – Of course Lindsay fought against Sally Sitwell in high school. Hopefully Sally’s later involvement in Lucille 2’s storyline is a dig against Lindsay.

3:58 a.m. – It seems doubtful that “Gangie 4: Facelift” means what Lindsay thinks does.

4:00 a.m. – “Oh so you figured it out, Gene Parmesan.” We miss Gene Parmesan. Maybe he’s been in disguise this whole season.

4:01 a.m. – Is it just us, or should the Bluths know by now that there’s no such thing as free shrimp?

4:02 a.m. – Lindsay calls herself “Cindy Featherbottom.” Clearly Mrs. Featherbottom made more of an impact than we realized.

4:04 a.m. – “Oh god, he blued himself.” Marky is clearly the new Tobias. We never thought we’d say this, but we do miss Tobias.

4:05 a.m. – Whoops, we were wrong about Michael seeing Rebel at the penthouse. It was actually Lindsay.

4:09 a.m. – And it all comes back to the wall between Mexico and the United States. Hi Michael.

4:10 a.m. – Oh goodness. George Sr. says, “Fat Tracy, or thin Tracy at the end.” What we would do to see what Tracy actually looked like.

4:11 a.m. – Now Michael gets the rights for both George Sr. and Lindsay in his movie.

4:13 a.m. – “It’s like we finish each other’s — ” “Sandwiches.” We use that line almost daily.

4:15 a.m. – Okay our crew sort of can’t handle how much Season 4 is debasing all of the show’s characters.

4:17 a.m. – This is the most uncomfortable double date in “Arrested Development’s” history.

4:21 a.m. – Lindsay never could give up free money.

4:22 a.m. – Lucille we love you. And want more of you. When is she going to get her episode? And what is Lucille wearing?

4:23 a.m. – Yup, there’s Cindy replacing Lindsay, and Lindsay being Herbert Love’s hooker. We’re not sure if we feel bad for Lindsay or not.

4:25 a.m. – “And that’s when Lindsay found herself saying” … “put up this wall” … “which was originally her mother’s idea.” It’s nice to see herself be a Bluth once again.

4:26 a.m. – Herbert Love is in a coma?! Clearly there’s something more to this story. And Lindsay is running in Herbert’s place?

4:26 a.m. – Annyong? There’s got to be more Annyong. Also, pausing again.


4:33 a.m. – After a bathroom break and 10 jumping jacks, we’re back and better than ever. Oh, and Tobias is a registered sex offender in “Smashed.”

4:35 a.m. – Oh my goodness. We reached a day we never wanted to see. Tobias knows better than to say he’s an “analrapist.” What is this. WHAT IS THIS.

4:36 a.m. – Emmett Richter, who composite photos tell us looks like his brother Andy Richter. Thank you, “S.O.B.s.”

4:37 a.m. – DeBrie! We love you, Maria Bamford.

4:38 a.m. – Which is better: Tobias’ reel, or Tobias’ “insert me anywhere” sizzle reel?

4:40 a.m. – MR. F! A “Fantastic Four” musical! This is what we miss about “Arrested Development.” Now where’s the Blue Man Group?

4:41 a.m. – So GOB isn’t with Tobias? Who is his sort of famous person? Who? Who!

4:44 a.m. – We’re a bit obsessed with how big a role Maria Bamford has this season. If you haven’t watched “The Comedians of Comedy” yet, please do.

4:47 a.m. – Please tell us that painting of Lucille 2 will soon be available for purchase.

4:49 a.m. – We haven’t seen Buster in a while. We miss him. But it’s nice to see Lucille and Tobias working together.

4:51 a.m. – Hey, you East Coasters are probably waking up! Thank you everyone who’s stuck with us so far.

4:52 a.m. – Just in time for Tobias to go down on Michael (sort of).

4:53 a.m. – Amazing, Ron Howard allegedly gets his hair cut around his baseball hat. He loves those baseball hats.

4:54 a.m. – At long last, Michael realizes Ron Howard is Rebel’s father. He’s made a huge mistake.

4:55 a.m. – “Well, this is hardly an episode of ‘Happy Days.'” Thank you for that, Tobias.

4:56 a.m. – Okay, seems like Rebel is really dating GOB. We still like the idea of him sleeping with Tobias better. A bit more twisted, a bit more hilarious.

4:57 a.m. – Wait, Tobias Annyongo Funke? What? At least Michael got his movie rights — before Michael tore them up. And then Tobias lied about getting the “Fantastic Four” musical rights.

4:58 a.m. – This season is so, so dark.

5:00 a.m. – But Tobias being a registered sex offender is a pretty good twist.

5:01 a.m. – Buster! And he gets called “a monster.” He has been noticably missing from these last few episodes.

5:04 a.m. – Tobias has blue-n himself as a never nude to play Sue Storm. This is what we were missing. Hi Marky Bark.

5:06 a.m. – Well we’re glad we at least get to see a little bit of the “Fantastic Four” musical. 


5:07 a.m. – Finally a Lucille episode. Hello, “Queen B.” We’ve made it to episode 10!

5:08 a.m. – So far Season 4 has had spoofs of “Entourage,” “Storage Wars” and now “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” This we approve of, but it shows how much times (and television) have changed since 2006.

5:10 a.m. – And now we know why Lucille headed back with the Queen Mary. Gosh we love her.

5:13 a.m. – Buster’s new hook is glorious.

5:14 a.m. – Buster is so fresh with Lucille now that he has power. Love it love it love it love it.

5:16 a.m. – We’ll never get sick of Lucille 1 and Lucille 2 fighting against one another. Jessica Walter, you’re a gem.

5:17 a.m. – Okay we feel a bit bad for Lucille for being found guilty.

5:19 a.m. – Lindsay is so hateful but somehow we still like her more than any other character’s current incarnation. What’s really missing about this season is everyone working together.

5:21 a.m. – The relay to allow Lucille to smoke cigarettes is hilarious.

5:22 a.m. – We just want to note that it’s getting light out in Silverlake right now. We lost Meg and our neighbors, but Mike and I (Terri) are still going strong-ish. Or at least as strong as to be expected.

5:24 a.m. – “It’s time for mama to put on the old drunk act.” We have to agree with GOB: That was an act?

5:26 a.m. – It’s so weird to see Tobias acting as a therapist in a professional sense. Also these episodes are getting longer and longer.

5:29 a.m. – Lucille sings. This is the best part of Season 4 so far. Oh dear lord that’s fantastic. “Wonderful” and “terrifying” defines it perfectly.

5:30 a.m. – Cody and Zack. So funny.

5:32 a.m. – Michael is such a Bluth.

5:33 a.m. – Dove Bar. That should have been Michael’s clue. Ah, and it is GOB who’s with Rebel.

5:34 a.m. – Ahhhhh Gene! It’s been too long, Mr. Parmesan.

5:35 a.m. – Gene Parmesan works at Chicken Dance. Our first Chicken Dance reference in five and a half hours of Season 4. Also Jessica Walter looks pretty sexy for 72.

5:37 a.m. – Oh no, Lucille and George Sr. are actually getting a divorce now. Sad face. But will she ru away with Oscar?

5:38 a.m. – Nope, because he’s with Lucille Austero. Boo.

5:39 a.m. – An ostrich pi�ata when Lucille realized she’s not a villain.

5:40 a.m. – Umm did Lucille 2 just die?


5:42 a.m. – Now on to GOB’s episode, “A New Attitude.” But we could use some George Michael and Maeby. Maybe George Michael and Maeby being together.

5:44 a.m. – GOB asks Steve Holt to play his gay boyfriend. Just when we thought this show couldn’t get any more incestuous.

5:46 a.m. – “Bob Loblaw, look at this.” So good.

5:48 a.m. – Michael Cer
a, we haven’t seen enough of you. We’re glad FaceBlock is working.

5:49 a.m. – Gross, gross, gross GOB kissing George Michael. And so many ostriches. Hi Ben Stiller.

5:50 a.m. – “Free at last!”

5:52 a.m. – Bets on Ann being the one who sabotaged GOB?

5:54 a.m. – Tony Wonder and GOB are a fabulous couple.

5:55 a.m. – What is up for the mustard and parmesan cheese? Is tonight/morning going to end with us trying it ourselves?

5:57 a.m. – Oh Sally Sitwell, you’re so naughty. And you stole from Lucille 2!

5:59 a.m. – Nice “House of Cards” reference, Netflix. And Sally has alopecia!

6:00 a.m. – Ugh, Siri can’t even understand “gayest.”

6:01 a.m. – You got us, “Arrested Development”! That was a merry mix-up with GOB and Rebel.

6:02 a.m. – GOB and Michael fighting in a ball pit might be Season 4’s GIF-worthy moment. Hey, at least GOB filled up Sudden Valley.

6:06 a.m. – If GOB and Tony Wonder don’t have sex, we’ll cry foul.

6:08 a.m. – “The feeling was friendship.” We never would have seen this coming back in Season 2.

6:09 a.m. – Again, we dropped the ball on this one. Tony Wonder is Ann’s baby daddy. That is pretty funny.

6:11 a.m. – GOB is playing with some complicated sexual politics.

6:12 a.m. – Tony Wonder calling Neil Patrick Harris the “biggest fake gay there is” is hilarious.

6:14 a.m. – Ann, you clever little monster. 

6:15 a.m. – It’s so amazing that the person GOB was having sex with is Tony Wonder.


6:17 a.m. – GEORGE MICHAEL WHY ARE YOU WITH REBEL AND NOT WITH MAEBY! We’re finally, finally up to a George Michael and/or Maeby episode in “Se�oritis.”

6:18 a.m. – Now’s probably a good time to mention that Rebel is supposed to look a whole lot like George Michael’s mom. So … more incest?

6:20 a.m. – No way is Maeby getting tutored by George Michael. So cute.

6:21 a.m. – Oh no, George Michael is a bad kisser. And there’s an animation to explain why. No, no, no.

6:24 a.m. – Maeby is making the “Gangy” movies. Amazing. Also everyone headed to India together. Maybe that’s why there’s all the film crews.

6:25 a.m. – Oh wow, Maeby played the shaman. Did not see that coming. We love her, a lot.

6:26 a.m. – “Babies Having Babies.” That probably will be a show soon.

6:27 a.m. – Such a big dig at “The Big Bang Theory” for having that be the only place Tobias gets a call back.

6:28 a.m. – It’s nice that people keep being drawn back to the model home.

6:31 a.m. – Aww, George Michael doesn’t have any Facebook friends. We’ll happily be his Facebook friend.

6:33 a.m. – Barry Zuckerkorn is such a creep.

6:34 a.m. – Ah, “Gangie 4: Facelift” is one of Maeby’s movies. That makes sense now.

6:36 a.m. – Wort Meyers passed on “The Hunger Games” and lost his job at Tantamount Studios. So funny.

6:37 a.m. – Rebel and Maeby know each other from Tantamount days, which explains how George Michael and Rebel meet each other. Also, nice inclusion of the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” music.

6:40 a.m. – It’s a pretty funny ongoing joke how stupid Maeby actually is.

6:41 a.m. – We’re literally clapping for Maeby’s Opie speech right now.

6:42 a.m. – Maeby becomes Lindsay’s pimp, and we get a flashback to Lindsay’s “Slut” shirt. This means we’re doing pretty well right now.

6:45 a.m. – Oh my gosh, George Michael really did never meet Lucille Austero. So, so funny.

6:46 a.m. – Steve Holt! Poor Steve Holt.

6:47 a.m. – George Michael fires Maeby. What? Also is Perfecto actually Lucille Austero’s adopted child?

6:48 a.m. – Maeby suggests to Michael that “Arrested Development” should actually be a TV show. Clever, clever, Mitch Hurwitz.

6:50 a.m. – Home run for Maeby! Which means Maeby took advantage of an underage kid, and now is headed to Sudden Valley.


6:52 a.m. – Hey at least episode 13 is called “It Gets Better.” And George Michael’s mustache is still so good.

6:54 a.m. – The fact that George Michael is the new Zuckerberg is such a good twist.

6:56 a.m. – This is the first time we’ve seen Tracy, George Michael’s mother! And the Cornballer! Wish we had saved our corn dogs until now.

6:58 a.m. – Michael is the worst father. And the Bluths are terrible with birthdays. Sorry again, Steve Holt.

6:59 a.m. – This retrospective on George Michael’s college days is amazing.

7:01 a.m. – George Michael enters a kissing study. It’s not what anyone expected. Poor guy.

7:03 a.m. – Overtly sexual is such an upgrade. It does get better.

7:04 a.m. – And of course Michael is the one to draw him back in.

7:06 a.m. – None of it is real! FakeBlock is not what Maeby though. Whoops.

7:07 a.m. – George Michael knew about Maeby. Aww. He still has feelings for her! Maybe?

7:10 a.m. – Oh George Michael, you have dropped the ball.

7:11 a.m. – George Michael just started being more like a Bluth than ever. Oh, Mr. Manager.

7:12 a.m. – George Michael impregnated his Spanish lover?! What!

7:13 a.m. – You mastermind, George Michael. You convinced your dad to vote himself out. Brutal.

7:14 a.m. – And there’s our clubbing reference. Sorry, Tobias.

7:15 a.m. – What is it with the Bluth men having a soft spot for redheads?

7:17 a.m. – It makes us feel better knowing that everything George Michael is doing is to win over Maeby.

7:20 a.m. – Rebel is a nice addition to “Arrested Development.” She brings out some great sides to the various characters she’s interacted with, especially George Michael.

7:23 a.m. – Michael and George Michael’s back-and-forth about this fake traffic accident is horrifying.

7:25 a.m. – Barry Zuckerkorn is really the worst lawyer. Brief pause, and then we’re heading into the final stretch of Season 4: The last two episodes.


7:27 a.m. – Back! And now we’re bringing up Buster with “Off the Hook,” our first and only Buster episode.

7:28 a.m. – Buster has a lady! So nice. Also what is up with Showstealer Pro Trial Version?

7:29 a.m. – Okay so Buster in his Lucille withdrawal phase is terrifying.

7:31 a.m. – Get out of here, naked Tony Hale!

7:33 a.m. – Motherboy!

7:34 a.m. – Ooh hooray Tobias and Lucille Austero are together again, just like Hale promised. And they’re juicing!

7:36 a.m. – Poor Buster needing to get his life on track because Lucille won’t see him. All of the Bluth men really are going after Lucille 2 this season. Well, except for GOB, surprisingly.

7:39 a.m. – The explanation of this picture is hilarious. “Who is Alex Trebek?”

7:42 a.m. – Buster as a drone pilot is amazing. We’re relating to the fact that he played that for 47 hours.

7:44 a.m. – Goodbye hook, hello massive Buster hand.

7:45 a.m. – Buster has to find a new family. We never thought we’d see the day where he and Lucille weren’t together, but it’s arrived.

7:47 a.m. – Buster passes the cu-test, aka holding a cute kitten. Army, thank you for not being a monster.

7:48 a.m. – What a twist! Buster ends up with Herbert Love’s wife.

7:50 a.m. – We’re trying hard to figure out if Buster is growing up or actually receding in maturity.

7:51 a.m. – This political storyline is a cute nod to Hale’s role on “Veep.” But Ophelia misinterpreting Buster’s weird mother love is almost as weird as his time going through Lucille withdrawal.

7:53 a.m. – Sometimes it’s easy to forget Buster has had a couple relationships already.

7:55 a.m. – Oh no, Busty’s storyline is so sad (and messed up).

7:56 a.m. – The return of the “Peanuts” music!

7:58 a.m. – Lucille 2 tricked Buster into missing Lucill
e 1’s trial! How devious! Poor, poor Busty.

7:59 a.m. – And yet another ostrich.

8:00 a.m. – Gene Parmesan, you are a master of surprise.

8:01 a.m. – We still don’t know what happened to Lucille Austero. One more episode to go. Hopefully it’s nothing too gruesome.


8:05 a.m. – Hopefully “Blockheads” ends on some sort of up note — and with some sort of closure.

8:08 a.m. – This episode is reminding us of how weird college could get.

8:09 a.m. – Oh no, not only is George Michael over Maeby, but he also is getting to be unredeemable over this FaceBlock lie.

8:12 a.m. – Didn’t GOB use his last Forget Me Now on Michael? Oh well, so funny that he tried to use one on George Michael.

8:13 a.m. – “Sudden Valley sex offender map.” So, so priceless.

8:15 a.m. – Actually this makes us a bit uncomfortable. Poor George Michael looks 16 and is only 22. Weird.

8:16 a.m. – Well that cleared out the SOs pretty fast.

8:19 a.m. – Aww Maeby playing Michael and George Michael against one another. Brutal.

8:21 a.m. – And then Michael realized how awful he was to his son. It seems like he might finally maybe grow up.

8:24 a.m. – “And that’s when Michael finally treated his son like an adult.” Hooray!

8:25 a.m. – Mr. F music!

8:27 a.m. – Squeezing in one final break! Nine minutes left to go!

8:39 a.m. – Back with a slightly more organized live blog. GOB has apparently hired a Mongol hoard. Because why not?

8:40 a.m. – And now we’re back to the beginning with Michael debasing himself for Lucille 2. Little does he know how many members of his family she has already been with.

8:41 a.m. – ANONYMOUS! An Anonymous cameo in Season 4! Kudos to you, Hurwitz.

8:42 a.m. – A “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” reference and George Michael making a commitment with Rebel. Precious.

8:43 a.m. – Unfortunately he then realizes about Michael also dating her. Whoops. At least she didn’t know that they were related.

8:44 a.m. – Michael is still lying to his son because he actually knew about George Michael. You are a horrible father, Michael.

8:45 a.m. – Episode 15 ends with George Michael punching Michael in the face. Finally. But … really? This is where Season 4 ends?

8:46 a.m. – On the next “Arrested Development”: GOB becomes president of the Bluth Company but Tony still thinks they’re an item, cops show up at Buster’s home for the murder of Lucille Austero and now Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are finally ready to make “Arrested Development” into a movie. But will they? We’ll see what happens with this.

8:49 a.m. – Honestly, Season 4 was a bit darker than we expected. It will be interesting to see how repeat viewings of the show change our perception but … wow. These 15 episodes were definitely a different beast than the first three seasons. And now, to sleep. Thanks for joining, everyone! Let us know what you thought of Season 4 in the comments below.

Posted by:Terri Schwartz