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

By: 06.11.13  •  119 Comments
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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: The B. Team.

Tobias Fünke discovering the family’s running joke about his sexuality at the very beginning of the episode is just the sort of immediate acknowledgement necessary to Tobias having to carry it somewhat on his own under the new Arrested Development-Netflix format. We weren’t getting Tobias in the small, ambiguously magical doses we’ve come accustomed to over the years, and Hurwitz and company wanted to get that out of the way early.

I know plenty of fans still prefer the analrapist in limited amounts (“You’re ruining my life Ron Howard!”) but it’s impossible to deny that “A New Start” hits a helluva lot more than it misses. Not only does it get the ball rolling on the best running joke of the season, it offers arguably the highest frequency of jokes of all of the episodes. Mainly because it’s impossible for Tobias to take on any form of a straight man role. Just like those hot guys on Spartacus.

I thought I caught most everything on first watch thanks to the more surface-y nature of the comedy, but of course there were all sorts of buried goodies I missed. Maybe you did as well! So let’s all jump head first into the wormhole that is Anus Tart…

Sudden Valley’s Streets are named after Michael’s deceased wife and his son. The audio is a bit muffled. Here’s the closed caption.

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“You look like I feel.” Nothing to miss here it was just such a perfect exchange.

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Mommy, What Will I Look Like? Not only is the first ANUSTART reveal wonderful on its own, but you also glimpse of a sign from Lindsay’s failed business.

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Pro tip: Do not image something “anus tart” in unrestricted search hoping for this GIF.

Tantamount Spotlight. Outwest’s movie selection include both Tom Jane’s mainstream and indie films as well as the generic Fantastic Four we learn a lot more about shortly. The real question though is how did they not have Failure to Launch?

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