‘Arrested Development’ Beyond The Binge: Everything You May Have Missed In ‘A New Attitude’

By: 07.03.13  •  107 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: Queen B.

Short of line-by-line highlighting the entire episode there’s very little I can do to convey the sheer brilliance that is “A New Attitude.” If you left “Colony Collapse” assuming it would be your favorite of Season 4, I’ll venture a guess that you crowned a new champion by the time the credits rolled here. So much GOB goodness, surface jokes and meta jokes galore, storylines coming together, perfectly utilized Ben Stiller, this episode is Season 4 at its absolute best. I got all tingly when the mariachi band played. So perfect.

Let’s get right to what you may have missed and then handle the rest of the highlighting in the comments, shall we? That way we can entertain each other over our national holiday in the thread below. Man, I have been over-explaining the sh*t out of everything lately.

“Is yours Julie Bowen?” Presumably because Mitch Hurwitz has on many occasions alluded to Modern Family being a more mainstreamed version of Arrested Development, there are several Modern Family references throughout Season 4, the best of course being this opening bit where GOB and Michael get competitive over the fact that neither of them is dating Julie Bowen.


“No, that would be a “J”. This is a “T”. GOB still sucks at religion.

Everything “Attitude” points to homosexuality in Season 4. From the magazine first introduced in “Flight of the Phoenix” to the men’s clothing store where GOB is shopping to the name of the episode.


The Gothic Castle is a recurring joke from Season 2. Fun with Netflix Captions reveals this is how GOB thinks of the spelling when someone mistakes the name.


“But are we good?” GOB whispers to George Michael after their fake gay break up, in reference to the “Are we good?” from “Colony Collapse.”

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