'Arrested Development’ Beyond The Binge: Everything You May Have Missed In ‘Colony Collapse’

By: 06.19.13  •  166 Comments


Beyond the Binge reflects on episodes from a full season perspective. It is not intended to be spoiler-heavy, but there will be some spoilers throughout. Previously: Double Crossers.

As I’ve made clear throughout these quasi-recaps, I understand how certain episodes can be divisive on an individual basis — especially on first watch — but if the GOB-centric “Colony Collapse” didn’t do it for you, well, consider us no longer friends. GOB Bluth has been my favorite Arrested Development character since the moment he taught me the difference between tricks and illusions (and I’m not usually one to pick favorites) and as Josh pointed out in his next day power rankings Will Arnett slipped back into his most iconic role perfectly and effortlessly.

I’m usually wary about the inclusion of timely pop culture parody because it often misses or doesn’t hold up over time, but the Entourage rip — mainly thanks to Jeremy Piven’s bar — is some of the most brilliant sh*t I’ve ever seen. I would also gladly pay $.99 three times to get a full copy of Mark Cherry’s “Getaway.” Let’s get this image out of the way now before we jump right in.


“Way to plant, Ann.” The same compliment George Michael gives Ann in “¡Amigos!,” the S2 episode where the family forgets her in Mexico. GOB proceeds to call her “Plant” just like Michael did in the S2 episode. Also a pretty obvious callback to Ann’s low center of gravity that makes her impossible to knock over.


Tobias is a How Dey Do Dat, a term for magic show audience members as coined by Tony Wonder in S2.

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“Got my yes.” We finally get clued in to the “yes” GOB was referring to when he walks through Lindsay and Tobias back in “Indian Takers” (one I was wrong about and corrected in the comments).


GOB Bluth: Christian Magician. The first of many instances that point to the fact that GOB knows nothing about Christianity despite his new monicker.


“GOB was uncomfortable with the question.” Just becaus GIF Wall.

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