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Trivia: Arrested Development
  • Actor Allusion
    • Several regarding the narrator, Ron Howard's career, as well as his former costars brought in for recurring roles:
      • One of Michael's love interests tells George Michael that he's ruining his happiness, punctuating it by calling him "Opie."
        Narrator: Jessie had gone too far, and she had best watch her mouth.
      • An attempt to hire Andy Griffith to appear in court dressed as Matlock met with failure when he was offered a rustic cabin on a moving truck as a dressing room and thought he was being made fun of.
        Narrator: No one was making fun of Andy Griffith. I can't emphasize that enough.
      • Maeby defines Jim Carrey by his role in How the Grinch Stole Christmas!'', a Ron Howard film, despite his plethora of more notable roles.
        Maeby: I need a report by tomorrow before gym... lunch... with Jim... Carrey. Itís the Grinch guy, youíre too young.
    • Several allusions to Happy Days are also made through Henry Winkler's character of Barry Zuckercorn
      • Bob Loblaw, played by Scott Baio, on Barry Zuckercorn, played by Henry Winkler:
        "This isn't the first time I've been brought on to replace Barry Zuckercorn."
      • Zuckercorn himself, discussing a dead shark on a pier, ends the scene by jumping over it.
      • In the first season there is a brief shot of Winkler combing his hair in the mirror after which he does iconic Fonzie open arm gesture
      • In Season 4, flashbacks of the young Zuckercorn (played by Winkler's son) show him with the appearance and mannerisms of Fonzie, complete with a leather jacket.
      • Also In Season 4 there's a scene with Bob Loblaw giving Barry Zuckercorn a hand up as he tries to open a gate from the inside, and Barry responds "It's too short, I can't reach the tchotchke!"
    • A "pre-cosmetic surgery" photo of Rita was one of Charlize Theron in Monster.
    • Richard Belzer has a cameo in one episode as "Professor" Munch (the character was, of course, a cop).
    • Dan Castellaneta cast as a bumbling doctor. D'oh!
    • The episode in which Justine Bateman appears is called Family Ties.
      • In the episode "In God We Trust", Lucille Two says the line "There's places to go! People to see!" before falling down due to her vertigo and old age. This is a reference to when she starred in a production of "Forbidden Broadway". Costar Ann-Margaret sings a spoof of the song "Bye Bye Birdie" called "Bye Bye Thirty", which is about aging.
    • There are actually several brilliant references to Liza Minelli's musical and stage career in scenes involving Lucille Two.
    • In the episode "Queen For A Day", Liza's Lucille Two character goes into Tobias's nightclub and hears him singing "New York, New York". She exasperatedly says, "Everybody thinks he's Frank Sinatra." This is a reference to how Liza actually recorded the song two years before Frank Sinatra.
    • There's a Shout-Out to Michael Cera's role in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World at the end of Season 4.
    • George Michael's Season 4 plot is a parody of The Social Network, which stars Jesse Eisenberg, who Michael Cera is often compared to and/or confused with.
    • A Season 4 flashback features Mort getting into trouble while the riff from Curb Your Enthusiasm plays, in a nod to Jeff Garlin's longtime role on that show.
    • A convoluted Actor Allusion occurs during season 4, as various characters are seen eating a weird and disgusting mixture made of Parmesan cheese and mustard. Martin Mull, who plays Gene Parmesan in the show, also played Colonel Mustard in Clue.
    • In the Season 3 episode "The Ocean Walker", Buster is shown jamming to the Styx song "Mr. Roboto" in the stair car. Actor Tony Hale appeared in a Volkswagen commercial featuring that song.
    • On-show couple Sally Sitwell and Tony Wonder are played by real life married couple Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller.
  • Channel Hop: Hung with a lampshade or two
    George Bluth, Sr.: Well, I don't think the Home Builders Organization is going to be supporting us.
    Michael Bluth: No, the HBO's not gonna want us. What do we do now?
    George Sr.: Well, I think it's Showtime- ...we have to have a show during dinner.
  • Dawson Casting: Averted in the original run, but becomes jarring in flashbacks in season 4. Events that took place right after season 3's finale have characters looking much older than they looked even hours before. Even Michael Cera is not immune looking years older when confronting GOB after the Yacht party than he did when he confronted him not long earlier.
  • Dueling Shows: "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or... The O.C. Disorder."
    • "Don't call it that."
    • The O.C. is mentioned a few other times earlier in season 3, which always prompts the same response from Michael (and once by Bob Loblaw when Michael isn't present).
      • Another connection to this is that Michael's wife died from Ovarian Cancer.
    • After Arrested lost its Monday night prime time slot, they had an episode called ''Prison Break-in".
  • Fake American: Michael Cera is Canadian, and it often shows from his accent (particularly his pronunciation of "sorry").
    • Will Arnett is also Canadian but has no discernible accent.
      • His use of the word "guy", however, is more telling.
    • Portia de Rossi is Australian, and it rarely if ever shows. (Although once you've noticed her distinctive way of saying "anything", "Mama" and "stupid", you'll never miss it again.)
    • In the inverse of this, Rita says ironically "You can always tell when they choose an American to play a Brit".
  • Fake Brit: Rita is a British character played by white South African actress Charlize Theron.
    • Her uncle Trevor is played by Canadian Dave Thomas.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
    • The Nondescript Ann Veal was played (after her first appearance) by Mae Whitman (Katara).
      • Mae Whitman plays Roxy Richter in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, who is about as different from Ann as is possible. Coincidentally, Michael Cera (George Michael Bluth) was also in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (he was Scott).
    • Jessica Walter (Lucille Bluth) and Judy Greer (Kitty) both voice main characters on Archer that are pretty much the same characters as on this show (Mallory and Lucille are vain, drunken, sexually promiscuous old women who have cheated on their husbands, don't know who their children's real fathers are, and abuse their kids by crushing their self-esteem and neglecting them, while Kitty and Cheryl/Carol/Cristal/Carina are both secretaries who exhibit more than a few signs of mental instability). Jeffrey Tambor (George Sr.) has had a recurring role in the series as well.
    • The aforementioned Gene Parmesan, played by Martin Mull (Vlad Plasmius).
    • Maria Bamford of Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors fame plays Debrie in Season 4.
    • Myrtle Wilson is Ron Howard's daughter.
  • I Am Not Spock: Regardless of all the Adorkable characters he's played since, Michael Cera shall always be George Michael Bluth.
  • Incestuous Casting: Justine Bateman, sister of Jason Bateman, plays a character who falls in love with Jason's character. It's also played with, where Jason's character believes that Justine's character is his sister (which turns out to be false).
    • "Marry me!" (Pause) "That's weird on so many levels."
  • No Export for You: While the news of season 4 spread worldwide, fans around (most of) the globe got a dose of reality when the season was released.
  • Real-Life Relative: Season 4 reveals that Tony Wonder and Sally Sitwell (played by the actually-married Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor) have been sleeping/plotting against the Bluths together.
  • Reality Subtext: A number of examples. Besides several Actor Allusion(s), there's the fact that Portia di Rossi is a lesbian and her character on the show is married to Transparent Closet resident Tobias. There's also frequent references to the show's declining ratings coupled with Biting-the-Hand Humor toward Fox. The episode S.O.B.s is one of the more blatant examples. Finally, the character Nellie, whom Michael apparently erroneously believes is his long-lost sister, is played by Jason Bateman's sister Justine.
    • More examples: the season 2 subplot about the development being cut from 22 houses to 18 refers to the second season being cut to 18 episodes, and the several references to musicians having rights to certain titles (Motherboy, Use Your Illusion, etc) is in regards to a lawsuit from the band Arrested Development.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Yes, years before and in another universe, Scott Pilgrim and Roxy Richter used to date.
    • The guy who takes Maeby's "Marry me!" seriously? It's Howard Wolowitz.
    • There's a slew of office workers NBC viewers might be familiar with in early Season 2:
      • The guy who Lindsay thought she had a date with? Andy Bernard.
      • Phyllis worked for the Bluth Company before tranferring to Dunder Mifflin.
      • Kevin worked as a gun shop owner who sold a rifle to Tobias.
      • Darryl worked as a security guard at a movie studio where Tobias was looking for a role.
    • Remember the incredibly ugly woman GOB tried to set up Michael with in "Shock and Aww"? Iqbal Theba, better known as Principal Figgins from Glee.
    • There's also a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot of Andy Samberg at the tail end of the season 2 finale, as a stage manager for the Blue Man group.
    • Saul Goodman is a slightly better lawyer than he is a marriage counsellor.
      • To be fair, at the time it was a Mr. Show reunion.
    • Kenneth Parcell from 30 Rock appeared twice as a waiter.
    • The first actress to play Ann Veal later became better known as Zoe Graystone.
  • Talking to Himself: Jeffrey Tambor whenever George Sr. and Oscar are in a scene together. This is even lampshaded in a season 4 episode when George encounters Oscar at the country club:
    George: I'll just sit across from you so it doesn't look bad.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • At least three different actresses played GOB's girlfriend, Marta. It doesn't help that one spoke perfect English while another had an accent...
    • Two different actresses played George Michael's girlfriend, Ann, though it was harder to tell.
    • There's also T-Bone, whose actors had completely different body-types...
    • While in earlier seasons, the young George Sr. was portrayed by Jeffrey Tambor with a toupee, in Season 4, young George and Lucille are played by Kristin Wiig and Seth Rogen.
  • Un-Canceled: Season 4 was created for and by Netflix. Although, the show technically wasn't cancelled in the first place.
  • What Could Have Been: Mitch Hurwitz planned for Ann to be played by someone new each episode.
  • You Look Familiar: The actress who played a nurse in a brief World War II flashback in "Notapusy" later plays Buster's nurse.

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