Hello everyone. My name is Jan Levinson, and I was recently fired from Dunder Mifflin. Okay, just kidding. I discovered Arrested Development about a week ago, after a bunch of My Name Is Earl fans kept comparing some of it to AD, and finally checked it out. I must say, I havent stopped chuckling since. I don't own a television, and I make do with whatever I can watch online, via ITunes, Netflix etc. So I have not yet watched all of AD but most of it. And I have a number of questions that I hope some of you seasoned fans can help me out with. I don't know how active this board is still, a year and change after its premature and untimely cancellation, but hopefully someone will take pity on me and try to help me out.
First of all, I just cannot understand why Fox mistreated this show so. Seriously, had it been on a different network, even NBC, it would've gotten stellar treatment. This is by far the SMARTEST comedy TV ever had. Why on earth did they put it in such awful, awful time slots???? Against Monday night football? The SERIES FINALE against the Olympics opening ceremonies? Why, why did they treat this show like an ugly stepchild?
Secondly, why did Mitch decide not to continue with the show once Showtime had picked it up? There were still so many storylines they could pick up from the finale. Why did he throw the towel in so fast? It's really frustrating.
Before I get into my long list of questions, I have one comment: I loved seeing every tiem they had a guest star with just a tiny role - just one or two lines - who are actually on big shows on TV today (shows that werent on the air yet then). Ed Helms & Brian Baumgartner who are on the Office,,Jack McBrayer who's on 30 Rock, and the guy who plays Dr Richard WEbber on Greys Anatomy, all had these tiny 1-sentence roles on one episode, but I squealed when I saw them! (Dr Webber coincidentally played a doctor too, in his guest role).
Okay, now on to my questions. (YOu're a saint if you're still reading.)
* Firstly, the whole George Sr. in jail/out of jail timeline totally confuses me, plus it's the least realistic part of this quirky show.
1. I dont understand why George was not let out on bail in the first place. They certainly can afford to post bail!
2. Okay, suppose for some reason he couldnt get out on bail - why in heavens name does it take THREE YEARS for this case to go on trial???? It should *NOT* take that long. Alright, let's say it was not 3 years, since there were only 53 episodes, but it was defintely two yers, since we have spring break twice, the charity auction twice, etc, so two years passed from his arrest until the charges were dropped. That is waaaay too long for waiting for a trial, especially if the prisoner is not out on bail.
3. Also - how did they manage to suddenly "arrange for George to be under house arrest"? I don't really beleive that the prison authorities were that kind, to overlook all his escape attempts and just let him be under house arrest. It makes no sense. Why did Warden Gentiles not know that he had Oscar instead, if George was under house arrest? and wouldnt Oscar have a different fingerprint?
4. After George fake-escaped from the attic early in season 2, all of a sudden the family stopped worrying about him. It doesn't make sense. Michael was the only one that knew that he was still living there, yet nobody seemed to worry at all where he had disappeared to, if he was okay, pestering michael to try to find him, etc. Am i missing something? Did they all secretly know all along where he was?
5. How on earth did George suddenly get hold of a razor to shave Oscar's head in the courtoom bathroom?
Okay, if I havent given you enough questions, I have a few more about the model home.
1. Supposedly this model home is being used to show to prospective clients. But aside from Ed Helm's character in season one, has anyone ever seen a client check out the house?
2. If the pipes were not connected to anything (hence the house sinking at the end of season 2), how on earth did they get water INTO the house?
3. In one of the episodes in season 2 or 3, Michael comments to Lindsay and Tobias that maybe for a change they should take the master bedroom and not sleep in twin beds. Um - hello - didnt Michael set up the living arrangements that way? Why didnt *HE* take the twin beds in the first place, so he and MIchael could share a room, give the FUnkes the master bedroom, and let Maeby sleep alone in the attic? So you'll argue, that he is dating and needs to have a queen bed for any prospective girlfriends, well, then I have news for you, he was sleeping on the floor, in a sleeping bag, with his son in the room, in the attic, before he moved to the master bedroom! Incidentally, sleeping on twin beds doesnt necressarily mean that one's sex life is dead. My husband and I sleep in twin beds for religious reasons and we certainly don't live like the Funkes do . So, I dont get why Michael set up the sleeping arrangements so that he got the master bedroom and the FUnkes got the 'kids room' .
Rita: I guess it made for awesome comedy, but a normal person would realize after 1 or 2 dates that she's slow. When he took out all of his books and started explaining to her all the different crimes the family had committed, didnt he see how blank she was? Also, I have to comment, that evein people who are challenged in the brains department still deserve some lovin' - did you see how excited she was to sleep with him, even though she thought it meant 'bumpaddling'? haha.
There were a couple of other things that I found strange, but being that this is a totally quirky, unrealistic show, nothing had to make sense, but:
* George producing videotapes from prison, selling items from prison - yeah right, like they give you acccess to a toll free phone, websites, and camcorders in prison.
* Ditto for imoscar.com - how Oscar put that together while in prison is beyond me.
* George discovering Judaism and then dropping it just like that... his family making fun of him... being 'religious' yet still being such a potty mouth and liar and cheat... it was all weird. Also, if the Bluths are Jewish, why isnt there an OUNCE of religious holidays on the show, like Passover and Chanukah? That would be fodder for so many great lines.
* The whole "Maeby is a soup" thing offended me a little, because babies born through IVF or other assisted technologies are legitimate people like anyone else, and this still makes GM and Maeby cousins (except of course, they're not)...
* I dont know why the show went so crazy about the whole "you cant kiss your cousin" thing. In my circles it's very normal to marry your first cousin, and it's legal. I'm not a hilbilly, I live in New York! It's not that common, but it's not incest.
Anyway, I'm probably gonna come up with a lot of more questions as things go along, but i hope some of you can answer soem of these.
I also noticed a couple of brilliant background/super quick things that you really had to be on top of your toys to notice... for intance I think Prison Break In, they show a flashback of them trying to come up with a disease for that year's fundraiser, and George Sr says "Ovarian cancer! who put that in?" and you see MIchael quickly glance at never-to-be-seen Tracy. How oblivious this family is, they have their own disease in their midst and won't use it - only Graft vs Host which has a cure. Sheesh.
and this only occured to me last night - Annyong! Thats probably a double meaning- 'hello' and a typo for annoying .
There may have been these questions asked here before, but I cant search through all the old threads. thanks so much!