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Seasons 1- 3
The Bluths don't know they are being filmed by a documentary crew and a fourth wall exists between them and the filming crew.
The Narrator is a PR person for the Bluth family, who were filmed for a reality show. He's asked to put his own spin on the proceedings, but can't change the footage.This is why he's constantly saying things like "[certain Bluth] knew he had to do the right thing." He's doing everything he can so the Bluths can be seen in a more positive light. If you're wondering why he's failing so much at it, well, he was hired by the Bluths.
George Michael and Maeby really are blood cousins.The Narrator said that if George Michael and Maeby ever had a kid, it would "be stupid," much like Rita Leeds was, because her parents were cousins.
Had the show continued, Michael's child by Maggie Lizer would have been important......and she would have named him Chareth.
Kitty used the 250 cc of George, Sr. to impregnante herself.
George Michael and Maeby are OTP.Didn't the creators of the show say so?
Linsday was artificially enseminated with Maeby.Various characters mentioned how science was involved in "creating" Maeby, and that it was expensive, implying that she was a test tube baby. But that was Jossed, though they could have been referring to her being producing in a lab and then implanted in Linsday.
Rev. Veal and Eve Holt knew each other in high school.They're both Christian—Gob even alludes to the fact that his current girlfriend in the third season, Ann Veal, the good Reverand's daughter, reminds him a girl he used to know in high school who he got pregnant.
Ann is actually Gob's daughterWe know that Rev. Veal's wife is open to cheating on her husband because she comes onto Michael, and we know that Gob will sleep with anything. He mentions that Ann reminds him of a girl he used to date. Perhaps, rather than referring to Steve Holt's mother, he was referring to Ann's mother, who met Rev. Veal shortly after having sex with Gob - they did get engaged at George Michael's age - and hid the pregnancy from him until after they were married. This would also play into the show's recurring theme of incestuous coupling. Ironically, Ann would turn out to be George Michael's biological cousin, and Maeby would be unrelated to him, turning the original concept on its head. It would also mean that Gob went to second base with his own daughter, which sounds like something he'd do by accident.
Gob's ex-wife's name is Amy.That's the name he came up with.
Gob's ex-wife's name is anything but Amy.Because Gob would only get her name completely wrong.
Tobias and Barry Zuckerkorn become gay lovers after the end of the series.Well, they're both gay (supposedly, though almost certainly), and...
The TBA condition is caused by BS Syndrome.Since we see that a symptom of TBA is discoordination, it explains why Surely is in a wheelchair.
There was a mix-up at the fertility clinic. Maeby is actually the child of Tobias and Mrs. Veal while Ann is the child of Rev. Veal and Lindsay.Which would explain why Ann is blonde despite having a brunette mother and Maeby a brunette despite having a blonde mother.
Buster faced his fear and got his hand back from the seal.Wouldn't it have digested by now?
George-Michael is not Michael's son at all, but a superintelligent android created by the FBI to spy on the Bluth family.Forty-five years before the pilot, the FBI began to get suspicious of George Sr's accounting practices. So, they sent one of their youngest agents, codenamed Tracy, to get close to Michael and find the evidence of George Sr's illegal transactions. When engaged, Tracy was almost close enough to the family to find the evidence. But George Sr, through his many contacts, found out about Tracy's true intentions, but knew that telling the truth to Michael would show the FBI of his many 'friends' in the government. So, he hired Gob to perform his magic at the wedding ceremony. However, before the ceremony began, he sabotaged the machine that Gob was going to use to create the fireball, and set it to aim at Tracy's head. He also put untraceable amounts of plutonium in the chemicals used to make the fire in order to give Tracy the cancer that she later died from. But the FBI wasn't about to let all of their effort go to waste. They created the world's most advanced android, with such humanlike features that nobody would be able to tell that he wasn't human. It even grew at about the same pace as a human, starting as a fetus and growing into a man over 20 years. They implanted the 'child' into Tracy, and she told Michael that it was his. They had the child, and shortly afterwords Tracy died from her cancer. Over the next thirteen years, George-Michael grew and was commanded by the FBI. Every year, he used the Bring-Your-Daughter-To-Work day to search through George Sr's desk, looking for incriminating evidence. Over time, they collected a substantial amount of evidence against George Sr, and on the day of his retirement arrested him. George-Michael was then told to be a watcher, making sure that his father ran the company legally and responsibly. But on the day of the retirement party, something happened that the FBI didn't forsee - George-Michael learned to love. He had not experienced anything like it, and as such, started out being very awkward around Maeby. Over the next few months, he learned what to do and what not to do. Unfortunately for him, the FBI figured out what was going on, and made another android to control George-Michael - Ann. They also sent two of their top agents to act as her parents, which explains why Mrs. Veal had a child but didn't know what making love was. Being based on the same technology as George-Michael and with the help of the FBI, Ann was able to control him and get him away from Maeby, which as we know, worked for about a year. But with Ann still near, he knew that telling Maeby that they weren't related would put her in mortal danger, and thus had to figure out a way to get rid of her. A few hours before Michael's party on the Queen Mary, George-Michael set his plan into action. He had found out that Ann was living with Gob in the C-Word, so he went over there to confront her. However, he expected Gob to be with Michael planning the party, not on the boat, so he was thankful when Gob gave him the opportunity to knock him out, making sure that Gob didn't learn his real identity. He then punched Ann out, and was sailing out onto the ocean to dump Ann when his father came on board, thinking him to be fleeing. But George-Michael knew that he had a responsibility to the Bluths to help them, so he told his father he was going down to use the bathroom, and then took the speedboat over to the Queen Mary. Once on the boat, he called in a favor from a friend in the FBI, and had the SEC abandon the mission. He then admitted his secret, and told Maeby that, according to Californian law, if two minors are married they are automatically emancipated. So they moved away to LA, where Maeby continued her job as a studio executive. And they all lived happily ever after. And THAT'S how you narrate a story.
Michael's deceased wife Tracey is the twin sister of Stacey, the ex-wife of Ted from Better Off Ted.A shot of Michael's yearbook show the twins Tracey and Stacey.
The Bluth company used to be called BLU.After the fact that BLU and RED had been hiring mercenaries to solve all problems, public support tanked entirely. With stock in the toilet and bankruptcy looming, Blutarch packed up his family and moved out to California, changing the company and family name. The media circus surrounding the whole sordid affair royally screwed up his children, despite his best efforts, and the company never quite managed to stay out of trouble, either.
Lindsay really is a BluthLindsay is adopted, and that is the truth, but she really is George Sr.'s child. George seems very protective and affectionate towards her, more so than any of his sons. Lindsay was in fact conceived during an indiscretion of George Sr.'s before he was forced to marry Lucille. Baby Lindsay was put up for adoption, and when George got wind that Stan Sitwell was going to adopt her, he didn't want his daughter raised by Sitwell, pulled a power move and adopted her.
Michael hired the film crew.The truth is, he's just as bad as any other member of his family, but their job is to paint him in a good light (ie, burning down the banana stand was an act of defiance against his father...he only thought of the insurance money later), and he knows how to play to the crowd better than anyone else in the family. The eventual goal is to have Maeby in foster care, Tobius divorced out of the family, and everyone else (with the probable exception of Buster, who is no threat to him whatsoever) in prison for embezzling company funds, while he runs the company alone. He has the film crew occasionally show him making a mistake, but learning from it, so that it doesn't look too staged.
The show is really Carl Weathers' projectIt wasn't outright abandoned, it was retooled into a TV show that Maeby supervised. Maeby comes off better than the rest of her family does. The 2nd season only had 18 episodes because that's when Maeby stopped being an executive, she came back just because the project was bugging her and that's how we got the 3rd season.
Nellie really is a Bluth.In the photo album, Michael sees the piece of paper that says "Nellie and Baby Michael" and assumes that it refers to a photo of himself and Lindsay on the next page. But if he'd taken that piece of paper and turned it over, he'd see it was a photo of himself and Nellie.
Michael murdered his wife and hired the film crew to exonerate himself.In "Visiting Ours", the placeholder text in the newspaper article about Warden Buck's stand-off with Gob actually details the defence of a Bluth on trial for murdering his wife. This comes roughly two minutes after Kitty mentions Michael's wife, and the Narrator tells the audience she is dead. Michael hires the film crew to construct a show based around how he is the sole 'normal' one of his family, glossing over the cover-up of his wife's brutal murder as cancer.
Arrested Development takes place in the same world as Peanuts.In the episode "Good Grief", several references are made to the Peanuts comic strip - including one house that had a big, red doghouse with a beagle laying on top. It's a possibility.
Michael Bluth and George Bluth Sr, are alternate universe versions of Andrew Ryan and Zachary Comstock from the ''Bioshock seriesMichael comes up with the idea to build a city out at sea (making him an alternate timeline version of Andrew Ryan who built Rapture). George Sr says he "had that same basic idea years ago" only his idea was to have a city in the air held up by airships (making him an alternate timeline version of Zachary Comstock who built Columbia)
Season 4: Various
Rev. Veal sabotaged GOB's trick..er illusion at his and Ann's wedding.He knew what he was planing and wanted to embarrass GOB.
Gob has always been gay but was too stupid/stubborn to realize itSEASON 4 SPOILERS Gob slept with/fell in love with Tony Wonder but it's not as if him being suddenly into men is a new thing. Hell, Michael had actually exclaimed that he had always known about Gob. While not as overt as Tobias' several upon several Freudian slips, Gob has had his fair share of them. In episode 5, he actually has an exchange with Tobias who says that Gob looks like how he feels and Gob says in a rather weary voice "Gay?" which was originally construed as just yet another gag about how everybody thinks Tobias is gay, but in retrospect could've been Gob acknowledging that he was at least at that moment. Even during the original run, there were some hints. Like how he pointed to Poof magazine which had Tony Wonder on the cover and said "I should be in this Poof" (poof being slang for a gay man), his hitting on Gary about his mouth and ass and then testing his new chair with Gary on his lap, lying about sleeping with women, crying after sleeping with women, his lack of standards when it came to women he did sleep with, the list goes on
George-Michael will flee to Spain to escape the fallout of Fake BlockGeorge Michael will ask George Sr. for advice, and he will tell him to take the money and run, and to take his pop-pop with him. But not before signing the Fake Block rights over to P-Hound, leaving him to deal with the angry investors, debt, and Anonymous. He will succeed and be the only Bluth in history to get away with massive embezzlement.
Rebel is the daughter of Tracey's twin sister, Stacey.Continuing the incest Running Gag and takes it Up to Eleven. Ron Howard told Michael that he was interested in the marriage he had, and wanted his daughter casted as Tracey. She's a redhead, Ron's a redhead, Tracey was a redhead. This will make the darkest example of incest the show has had.
Fake Block actually worksHence why the video feed jumped five minutes after Lucille 2's possible death
Michael is not a fan of original charactersOr as we call them here, O Cs.
Argyle Austero is or was the real Mr. FIn Season 3, before all the jokes involing Rita and Tobias, the setup for the "Mr. F" gag started with mention of an actual spy or criminal agent working for the Brits. The identity or even existence of this person is never revealed, but their goal was supposedly to aid in incriminating George Sr. The spy's familiar jingle is jokingly played in the background twice for Lucille 2's brother Argyle. The second time it plays was right after he tried to frighten Michael into paying a debt with implications that he has experience as some kind of criminal enforcer.
Maeby will hire Bob Loblaw to get her off the statutory rape charges.He succeeds.
At some point in the future, the men of the Bluth family are forced into paranormal government work.Possibly in order to pay back for their massive tax debt, the Bluth men are all drafted into service to their country under false names and identities.
Gene Parmesan is a Logokine.
Ann's childreally is GOB's child. In Season 4, in the scene after the one where Ann sleeps with GOB, he's eating scrambled eggs that Ann prepared for him, which the camera blatantly lingers on before moving to the next scene. A joke regarding one of her nicknames, yes...but later in that episode, GOB tells Michael that after they slept together once, she "let herself go," and "her stomach is out to here." Again, Steve Holt in the same episode assumes that Job has another son. And her child was born in the right timeframe, even if she insists the father is Tony Wonder. It struck me as such blatant foreshadowing when I first watched it, I was stunned that there was no reveal.
Season 4: Who killed Lucille 2?
Sally Sitwell Murdered Lucille Austero and pinned the murder on BusterEvidence:
Michael murdered Lucille 2, but forgot because of GOB's roofies
Corollary to the above: Michael didn't murder Lucille 2At the carnival, Michael runs into Lucille's brother, who's putting on Tobias's Fantastic Four musical. Buster was meant to be playing The Thing, but when we see the play later, whoever's in the costume doesn't seem to have a giant hand. Maybe that was how Michael 'debased himself' to buy more time in paying back the debt?
GOB's night with Tony Wonder is going to become major evidence in the investigation of Lucille 2's murder.We're told multiple times that it's being captured on camera. Tony either doesn't want to remember it or has been made to forget it. It would be a huge scandal for GOB and the company if it came to light, but the timestamp would provide them both with an alibi. Keeping with GOB's arc of not running away from his feelings/problems, it just makes narrative sense.
Lucille Bluth killed Lucille 2.At Cinco Lucille finds out that Lucille 2 had been sleeping with Oscar, whom Lucille 1 had also been sleeping with. Lucille is the one who calls GOB about Lucille 2's disappearance, and she doesn't exactly sound distressed. The company stuff and the fact that Lucille 2 is the reason Lucille 1 went to prison in the first place, she is almost tied with Michael as far as motive goes.
Lucille 2 isn't dead.We never see her body, and there's a jump in the time stamp on the tape. Sally Sitwell believes she's been taken care of, but there's a misunderstanding and she's actually fine, but had to leave Cinco early for unknown reasons. Michael's being a mess and changing his clothes is related to a flashback the audience simply hasn't seen yet. The red of the stairs is not her blood, but something related to her fake disappearance.