November 16, 2008
From the Banana Stand to Hot Cops to Never-Nudes to the Chicken Dance (and that’s not even mentioning The Cornballer, Pop-pop, or Franklin), Arrested Development has provided the some of the funniest moments in television history. Jeffrey Tambor’s announcement that the Arrested Development movie “is a go” in an interview with Collider has caused AD fans to simultaneously blue themselves. Also, Ron Howard recently said that Mitch is very committed to making the movie and just needs to finish the script. So in honor of the announcement, here’s my 10 favorite episodes from the best sitcom of all time (plus the best quotes from each episode). Come on!
G.O.B.: W-Worse that can happen is can I spill some on my $3,000 suit. Come on! Oh, yeah, yeah. The guy in the… the $4,000 suit is holding the elevator for a guy who doesn’t make that in three months. Come on! Oh. Why don’t I just take a whiz through this $5,000 suit?!
Buster: These are my awards, Mother. From Army. The seal is for marksmanship, and the gorilla is for sand racing.
Tobias: Okay, Lindsay, are you forgetting that I was a professional twice over— an analyst and a therapist. The world’s first analrapist.
George Michael: What a fun, sexy time for you.
Buster: So… the seal lost his hand, too.
G.O.B.: Yeah, poor guy’s probably out there without a flipper, swimming around in a circle, freaking out his whole family.
Buster: Whenever she’d change clothes, she’d make me wait on the balcony until zip-up – and yet anything goes at bath-time.
Michael: Really? What kind of job?
Michael: G.O.B.’s not on board.
G.O.B.: Zero hour, Michael. It’s the end of the line. I’m the firstborn. I’m sick of playing second fiddle. I’m always third in line for everything. I’m tired of finishing fourth. Being the fifth wheel. There are six things I’m mad about, and I’m taking over.
Narrator: Tobias had attempted an entrance that he hoped would enchant his daughter.
Tobias: We shan’t be telling your mother this, shan’t we?
George Michael: Is Franklin going to be there?
G.O.B.: See that, Mike? Kids love Franklin.
George Michael: I just don’t want him to point out my “cracker ass” in front of Ann.
G.O.B.: Maybe we should do to the Japanese what they do in their movies. Build a miniature city, put it outside the window, tell them it’s far away. It’ll look real if you squint. God knows they’re squinters.
George Michael: Quicken! Premier! Dad, I hope you kept the receipt.
Michael: You want to return that?
George Michael: What? No, I want to deduct it.
Michael: On the plus side, you can take him to lunch at the club now.
G.O.B.: That’s the exact kind of joke he would have loved!
G.O.B.: Oh, God… Oh, God, look at us. We’re crying like a couple of girls.
Michael: Aw… you’re the only one crying,
G.O.B.: These guys are pros, Michael. They’re gonna push the tension till the last possible moment before they strip.
Michael: They’re not going to strip, are they?
G.O.B.: I told them not to, but I can’t promise that their instincts won’t kick in.
J. Walter Weatherman: And that’s why you always leave a note.
Tobias: Oh, my God, we’re having a fire. Sale. Oh, the burning! It burns me! Evacuate all the schoolchildren! (Screaming. Singing “Amazing Grace.”) This isn’t a fever! (Continues singing.) Can’t even see where the knob is! (Dramatic sigh.) And scene.
G.O.B.: Return from whence you came!
George Sr.: There’s always money in the banana stand.
George Michael: I’ll be bringing you some salmon rolls right away. In heaven.
Tobias: Here he comes. Here comes John Wayne. “I’m not going to cry about my Pa. I’m going to build an airport— put my name on it.” Why, Michael? So you can fly away from your feelings?
George Michael: I have Pop-Pop in the attic.
Michael: What? The mere fact that you call making love “Pop-Pop” tells me you’re not ready.
HM: Bringing Up Buster, Exit Strategy, Sword of Destiny, Staff Infection, Key Decisions, Immaculate Election, Fakin’ It, Amigos
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