Arrested Development

Season 4 Episode 1

Flight of the Phoenix

Aired Unknown May 26, 2013 on Netflix
out of 10
User Rating
71 votes

By Users

Episode Summary

Flight of the Phoenix

Michael says goodbye to the family business and starts his own. Also, the life of the Bluth family is turned upside down when mailman Pete dies.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
No results found.
No results found.
  • Flight of the Phoenix

    Definitely not the right way to start the new season off. They clearly introduced a story, but it is one that is going to take time to unravel, and may have turned off new members.

    It had some funny moments, but was a huge disappointment.
  • 7 Years and the Bluths still got it!!

    I was so excited when I read on Twitter that Arrested Development was coming back for a fourth season! This show has got to be one of my all time favorite comedies with it's numerous running gags and brilliant acting it outshines anything else on TV! If you're a fan of the first three seasons I've got warn you this season is a little off the beaten path with each episode focusing on one of the Bluths, but it's still the same wackiness and genius scripts that we've come to know from Mitch Hurowitz and of course there's plenty of call backs to the first three seasons. I'm only 3 1/2 episodes in but I got my first big LOL moment in episode three had to rewind like 4 times so freaking hilarious. Loving it and so glad they're back!moreless
  • And 7 years later.... it's Arrested Development!

    I'm gonna keep this short and spoiler free - Arrested Development is back and it's a hot mess - but in a good way! The major difference with season 4 - besides it being a Netflix show now and having had 7 years gone by - is that each episode primarily focuses on just one of the main characters. I was a bit worried when I heard about this - but after having watched the first 2 eps of season 4 - I can say it actually works pretty well. Funny, well written, great actors, and great acting all combine to make this pretty much the same Arrested Development we all know and love. I highly recommend going back and watching the final episode of season 3 before you start watching the new ones - as the new eps show not only the Bluth's 7 years later - but how they got there. But for anyone who's worried about the quality of the new eps - they're looking great so far - I'm off to watch 4x03 - and have a banger in the mouth - now that i've left a note - about the new season.moreless
Jeffrey Tambor

Jeffrey Tambor

George Bluth Sr. / Oscar Bluth

Portia de Rossi

Portia de Rossi

Lindsay Bluth Fünke

David Cross

David Cross

Tobias Fünke

Ron Howard

Ron Howard


Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman

Michael Bluth

Jessica Walter

Jessica Walter

Lucille Bluth

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • On the map in George Michael's dorm, there are three pins in it. 2 in California and 1 in Portugal. A reference to how no one in the family (apart from George Michael) seems to know that Portugal is in Europe and not South America.

    • British news reporters microphone reads "WEE O.C."

    • As Michael and George Michael come up the stairs, there is a sign on the notice board that says "Korean Club." Also, as they walk along the corridor, there is a sign on a door that says "Hello" -- a possible reference to Annyong.

    • On the wall outside the shop that GOB buys, his Roofie's is a sign that reads:


      Are you in a Roofie Circle

      How to tell:

      The shame feels like it won't go away.

      People are surprised when you're surprised to see them.

      Loss of month.

      Weight Gain.

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Michael: No one likes to share their identity.

      A nod to Jason Bateman's 2013 film The Identity Thief, where his identity is stolen.

    • The opening scene is a parody of "The Grinch," a Dr Seuss book. The story is about a cold and heartless green recluse, who scorns the holiday season. He lives on a cliff overlooking Whoville, a cheery and joyful town.

      The film was directed by Ron Howard and Jeffrey Tambor (George Sr) plays the Mayor.