‘Arrested Development’ Beyond The Binge: Everything You May Have Missed In ‘Smashed’

By: 06.25.13  •  109 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: Red Hairing.

“Smashed” is where Arrested Development Season 4 goes full steam ahead. It’s a wonderful episode in its own right, but there’s not a bump in the road from here on out. The interweaving plotlines are coming together and there’s enough supporting cast in every episode where it doesn’t feel like a single character is left on an island.

My only real gripe with “Smashed” is that the DeBrie stuff drags on, but my love for the GOB, Michael, and Lucille portions of the episode outweigh my Maria Bamford overload. The Michael-Tobias dynamic is the most underrated in all of AD history, in my humble opinion. I also especially adore (PHRASING) how Hurwitz and Co. handled the sex offender stuff so casually. They take a gimmick that has seemingly been overdone from a comedy standpoint and make it such a secondary afterthought joke that it actually heightens the overall effect.

Actually, I do have one more gripe, except this one is with internet. WHERE ARE MY GIFS PEOPLE?!?! “Hey, I can whistle,” “Hello, anus tart,” and “You’re ruining my life, Ron Howard!” are just a few that are sorely missing from the world wide web and it has not gone unnoticed. I’m keeping a list and at the end of all this there will be hell to pay. Until then though…

In case you missed it in Red Hairing, Lindsay and Marky Bark are on the opposite side of the prison holding from Tobias.


Tobias is Riker. Or at least I choose to pretend that’s been his influence for sitting style all along.


Tobias’s Acting Reel is set to the “Hot Cops” theme. I didn’t even realize they had a theme.


The House audition from the reel is a callback to the early seasons reference that David Cross lost out to Hugh Laurie for the role.


Pretending to know the song is a most excellent callback to Michael pretending to know the words to the “Sugarfoot” theme.


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