Arrested Development You loved it! You hated it! Whether you're among the fans who binged happily or you burned your Shemále T-shirt in despair after the first… Arrested Development You loved it! You hated it! Whether you're among the fans who binged happily or you burned your Shemále T-shirt in despair after the first… 2013-05-26 Netflix
TV Review

Arrested Development (2013)

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Front Row (l to r) Jessica Walters, Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Tony Hale. Back Row (l to r) Mae Whitman,…
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ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Front Row (l to r) Jessica Walters, Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Tony Hale. Back Row (l to r) Mae Whitman, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, Michael Cera and Alia Shawkat.
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Start Date: May 26, 2013; Network: Netflix; More

You loved it! You hated it! Whether you're among the fans who binged happily or you burned your Shemále T-shirt in despair after the first episode, chances are good that you, like everyone else, had strong views about the fourth season of Arrested Development. Here are my totally unbiased, completely reliable opinions — the whole Bluth, and nothing but the Bluth — on each episode.

1. ''Flight of the Phoenix''

Michael (Jason Bateman) moves into George Michael's (Michael Cera) dorm, gets run over by an ostrich. Wait, huh? Don't worry: If the WTF moments don't pay off now, they will later. Best callback An airport mural depicts scenes from past seasons: a Mexican chapel, the Queen Mary, and the seal that bit off Buster's hand. B

2. ''Borderline Personalities''

George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) becomes a spiritual leader. Worth watching just for the jokes about his mute guru, Heartfire (24's Mary Lynn Rajskub), whose silent drink orders are lost on bartenders. Best hidden gem George Sr.'s ordainment quiz contains this question: ''What Is Science? (a) An empirical study to determine the truth. (b) A gob of spit in the eye of God. (c) Even more of a religion than your thing.'' B+

3. ''Indian Takers''

Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) gets political. Tobias (David Cross) mistakes a methadone clinic for an acting class. The rest of us fall asleep, waking only when Maria Bamford, who plays a junkie named DeBrie, steals the episode — and maybe some meth. Best background gag After Lindsay's boyfriend tries to procure food at a barter restaurant with hotel soap, a sign appears: ''Hotel soaps no longer accepted.'' B-

4. ''The B. Team''

Michael signs on to make a movie about his family. It's a good excuse for fun cameos — Conan O'Brien, James Lipton — and a brilliant turn by Ron Howard as Ron Howard. Best background gag Spanish posters for Angeles y Diablos (a.k.a. Angels & Demons), ¡Agua! (a.k.a. Splash), and Señor Princesa (a.k.a. Cinderella Man) riff on films by Arrested's executive producer/narrator Howard. B

5. ''A New Start''

Tobias makes a new start — complete with a vanity license plate reading ANUSTART — and earns a segment on To Entrap a Local Predator. It's a one-joke episode, but they got so much mileage from that one joke, ANUSTART T-shirts soon popped up on Etsy. Best callback Tobias gets takeout from Klimpy's, where Lucille ordered the ''Ike and Tina Tuna'' in season 1. B

6. ''Double Crossers''

George Sr. needs a backer for a project, so he enlists right-wing politician Herman Cain...er, Herbert Love (Terry Crews). Pizza jokes ensue. It's all as humorless as a real Republican fund-raiser. Best sound bite George Sr.: ''I'm so sorry, I thought you were a successful Republican strategist.'' Waiter: ''Why? Because I'm black?'' C

7. ''Colony Collapse''

What could've been a silly Entourage parody is actually one of the best episodes. Highlights include Tobias' anti-abortion film (Embryo Dan: It Would Have Been a Wonderful Life) and the Locker Hawkers clip (value of ''Feral Jesus'': $0.00). Best background gag Ann's (Mae Whitman) dad preaches at the Church of the Holy Eternal Rapture, hence the ''HER?'' sign above the pulpit, which doubles as a joke about how Gob (Will Arnett) can never remember her name. A

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