And there I was, watching Lost all those years, pouring over every literary allusion and freeze-framing screenshots looking for set decor clues about “the meaning of it all,” when what I should have really been paying better attention to was Arrested Development. Mostly because of how horrifyingly banal the Lost ending was, sure, but also because AD turned out to be as rich and layered as anything else on TV. This Splitsider list of 53 Arrested Development Jokes You Probably Missed digs deep into the type of long term bit set up and plot foreshadowing tucked deep into the background of the beloved sitcom, which, as you no doubt know, is returning for another season next year on Netflix.
Read the full list here, including hints that Tobias may have been a black man with a rare skin condition, including our favorite, below.
In “Afternoon Delight” when the banana stand is pulled out of the sea after being vandalized by teenagers, the graffiti is tough to read but it seems to say, “I’ll get u Bluths – Hello.” This is a full season before it’s revealed that Annyong’s real name is “Hel-loh” and that he is determined to get revenge on the Bluths.