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25 Hidden Jokes In "Arrested Development"

These are just SOME of the many hidden jokes written by the Arrested Development writers--which prove to die-hard fans and newcomers of the show that this show is in fact awesome.

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1. Rap group "Arrested Development" sued Fox for copyright infringement on their name

3. Actors previous roles were also jokes, like here where Fonzie jumps the shark again

This scene where Barry Zuckerkorn "jumps the shark" is ode to Henry Winkler's famous portrayal of Fonzie in "Happy Days" who orginated the term "jumping the shark".

Tony Hale starred in a 1999 Volkswagen commercial where he dances to "Mr.Roboto"

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He might not have been lying...

In Season 3 episode "Exit Strategy" Michael discovers that the Bluth model home in Iraq is full of Saddam Hussein look-a-likes. The guy wearing the blue shirt is Larry Thomas, the actual "Soup Nazi" from Seinfeld. (its uncredited)

7. The "one more season" quote Thomas says is in reference to the cancellation of Arrested Development

The full line is "We wanted to keep the house for one more season."

10. When the wig shop owner was Coco Peru**

Season 3 episode "For British Eyes Only"

**EDIT: Previously said Tony Hale, but that was wrong-- it's actually famous drag queen Miss Coco Peru as portrayed by Clinton Leupp.

13. When Franklins shirt said "George Bush doesnt care about black puppets"

Was in reference to Kanye West saying "George Bush doesn't care about black people" during a televised Hurricane Katrina benefit concert.

17. When P2252 was written on the wall in Mexico

This is in season 2 episode "Good Grief"

The letter-number combination was said to be in reference to the on-going Charlie Brown themed "sad" moments bit, being that P=peanuts 22= the year Charles Schultz was born and 52= the year his first comic was run in the Sunday paper.

19. When "I'll get you Bluths -Hello" was graffitied on the banana stand

This occurred in season 2 "Afternoon Delight" and foreshadows in the series finale when Annyong reveals his real name is "Hello" and was there to seek revenge for the Bluths stealing his grandfathers banana stand idea.

20. When Buster pulls out the binders from all the studies he has been in

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In season 1 episode "Pier Pressure" one binder says "HEMISPHERECTOMY SURGERY" which is a surgery where half of the brain is disabled leading to "arrested development".

Which then explains Buster's codependency on his mother.

21. When Michael thought Nellie was his sister

The actress who plays Nellie in season 3 episode "Family Ties" is Jason Bateman's actual sister Justine Bateman, the episode is also a nod to her previous role in the 80's sitcom "Family Ties".

but Nellie did even after Michael knew she wasn't his sister

A subtle hint that Justine was Jason's real-life sister but also foreshadowing that Lindsay actually isn't Michaels blood sister.

23. When George Michael sent a party invitation to the producer/narrator of the show

Howard, R. is Ron Howard the producer/narrator of the show. When George Michael says he doesn't understand why nobody showed, the narrator says, "Some of us just didn't want to make the drive down to Orange County."

25. Tobias is an albino black man

A joke that was dropped due to the shows ever-shortening seasons, but had subtle clues through the series.

In season 2 episode "Good Grief" Maeby questioned her dad on how he felt about her mom flirting with ICE the bounty hunter/party planner Tobias said "my own type" referring to his race.

More hidden jokes can be found on the Arrested Development WikiPage,Reddit, and Splitsider .

For all things Arrested Development including episode guides, season 4 details and fan art this fan run blog is the best: The Bluth Company

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