Alia Shawkat and Michael Cera attend the premiere of Arrested Development at Vue, Leicester Square. (Photo by rune hellestad/Corbis via Getty Images)
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The 10 Most Underrated Episodes Of Arrested Development
Season 1, Episode 7
Lucille Bluth is quite possibly the show’s best asset, and “My Mother, the Car” puts her to good use. When Michael gets a concussion following a car accident in which Lucille was driving, Lucille exploits his amnesia to keep him from learning the truth of the crash. Any time he gets a hint of the truth, she thwacks him on the head, for a hilarious nod to “Psycho.”
Season 2, Episode 10
Lucille Bluth may be the show's funniest asset, but Lucille Austero is a close second. The antagonism between the two shifts from malicious power plays to saccharine friendship, so when Lucille Austero purchases shares of the Bluth company to help the family out, her motives are doubted by Lucille Bluth, leading to a protracted comedy of errors.
Season 3, Episode 11
“Family Ties” brings in Jason Bateman’s sister, Justine Bateman, for a fun cameo in which Jason’s Michael believes Justine’s Nellie to be his long-lost sister. Michael invites Nellie to work at the Bluth company, urging his coworkers to “take advantage of her expertise” not realizing she’s a sex worker, for a hilariously funny if slightly gimmicky episode.
Season 1, Episode 2
The premiere of “Arrested Development” is a tough act to follow, but “Top Banana” does its best. The episode introduces several running gags like “light treason,” and G.O.B.’s suit doves. However, the highlight of the episode is Michael's complete misinterpretation of George Sr.'s very literal saying, “There’s always money in the banana stand."
Season 3, Episode 1
When George Michael kisses his cousin, Michael mistakes George Michael’s guilt for depression on account of his missing dad and takes him on a father-son trip. Their trip keeps getting derailed, making this an outrageous and ridiculous episode that sees the entire family converge on a unique locale for classic Bluth mayhem and laughs.