‘Arrested Development’ Beyond The Binge: Everything You May Have Missed In ‘It Gets Better’

By: 07.18.13  •  59 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: Señoritis.

One of the few aspects we haven’t thoroughly discussed during our in depth strolls through season four of Arrested Development is the Michael Cera redemption factor. It’s no secret Cera has become a divisive individual on the internet since venturing into the feature film portion of his career. I can understand most of the rational criticism even if I don’t particularly agree with it, but I see absolutely no way that slipping back into (a much different looking) George Michael Bluth doesn’t have even the most rabid haters looking at him in a more favorable light.

Cera turned in just a rung below a Will Arnett performance (seriously, suck a fat one Emmy voters) and his work went a long way to making the new Netflix season the triumph it is. Like Ron Howard said from the beginning: it’s a father-son story. And the son portion fuels the undeniably strong finish.

Let’s jump into everything you may have missed in a top five episode…

George Michael still can’t catch. In the opening to the “Freshman Year” segment you see George Michael ducking and turning when the girl on the lawn tosses the frisbee at him.


5SF/UPROXX Video’s own Olivia Dudley is the study lead in the kissing experimentation scene. Great lab coat. The exam is also a nod to this.


The cartoon George Michael is watching in Spain is Mitch Hurwitz’s short-lived Sit Down, Shut Up which starred the voices of Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Henry Winkler.


Also, Rosalita says, “The drones are coming” when she’s getting intimate with George Michael. Buster takes out an art museum in Spain in “Off the Hook.”

George Michael’s overtly sexual transformation, complete with mustache is a nod to Michael Cera’s role in Youth in Revolt where Nick Twisp’s confident alter ego rocks a similar stache.


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