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'Arrested Development’ Beyond The Binge: Everything You May Have Missed In ‘Queen B.'

By / 06.27.13

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: Smashed.

Queen B. is unfortunately marred by the highest frequency of bad green screen moments (in order: Sailor Barry, Witness Lucille 2, the FF4 audition, all of which puzzlingly involve people who shouldn’t have too many conflicts) as well as the “Real Asian Prison Housewives” miss we’ve previously discussed, but I’d still rank it in my top five episodes of the season simply due to how brilliant Jessica Walter is in it. “I made a pun!,” notes to the camera crew, her shortened breakthroughs with Tobias, her Invisible Girl interpretation, holy crap does the lady still have her live-action comedy fast ball (not to mention those stems).

Seeing as how Lucille Bluth is arguably the most underrated primary Arrested Development character, I would make the case she rightfully deserves two full S4 episodes over the likes of George Sr. or Lindsay, but there’s some undeniable stand-alone benefit to a single action-packed episode that brings us from the past to the present. The payoff — especially this late in the season — feels complete. And that means there was plenty to be missed on first watch.

Before we jump right in, this is as good a time as any to announce that selfless UPROXXer wuggle has created The Isla Fisher Bagpipe GIF the internet has sorely been lacking. Save to your hard drive at your own convenience. Lord’s work indeed. Deep breaths. OK, let’s do this.

Lucille’s prison number. I know its been pointed out already in other recaps and comments, but since this is THE Lucille-centric episode feel like it should be featured here.


Also, a Reddit commenter pointed out: “The chinese characters listed beside each woman’s name actually translate to the english beside it, but in Lucille’s case the character chosen (鲁) means rude, crass, or ignorant.”

It’s good to see some Buster. Not something you missed, but something worth including.

The frame Buster “claimed” is shown a split-second beforehand to be a picture of Lucille. All Buster called dibs on was a picture of his mom. Awwww. I’m sure he feels sorry for that “hundred years” line.



“And he’s supposed to be the good one.” Lucille assumes George Michael claimed her ashtray when it’s really just his signature on a gift he made for her in art class.


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