The closer we get to May 26th, the more excited I am for the return of Arrested Development. And as anxious as I am to see what the Bluths have been up to after their seven year hiatus (the show was canceled), I’m equally as excited to see which of their many amazing guest-stars will be returning with them.
Here are the seven guest characters I most hope return to season four of Arrested Development.
1. Liza Minelli as Lucille Austero
Austero, AKA: Lucille Two, was Lucille Bluth’s chief social rival and Buster’s vertigo-suffering girlfriend. Will she be looking to reunite with her one-handed, former flame or will she still be tied up with Stan Sitwell?
2. Henry Winkler as Barry Zuckerkorn
Winkler as the Fonz was the epitome of ‘50s cool in the ‘70s—quite the opposite of the inept and clearly out of his league, milquetoast who served as the Bluth family attorney. Will the Bluths stick by Barry or will they rehire Bob Loblaw (I read his law blog)?
3. Amy Poehler as The Bride of G.O.B.
I don’t remember Poehler’s character ever having a name on the show—if she did G.O.B. sure didn’t remember it (I blame too many ruffies). Whatever it was, she was a force of chaos to be reckoned with whenever she made an appearance. In real life Poehler and Arnett split last year, but maybe the show can bring them back together if only for a few episodes.
4. Steve Ryan as J. Walter Weatherman
J. Walter Weatherman was the George Bluth’s one-armed employee that he would often use in elaborate schemes to teach his kids a lesson. These lessons always ended with Weatherman’s prosthetic arm being ripped off in dramatic fashion. Then came the moral of the lesson—usually something along the lines of “And that’s why you always leave a note!” What lessons would the eldest Bluth have him teach this time around?
5. Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Maggie Lizer
On a show full of liars, Lizer was arguably the biggest. She wasn’t blind and Michael never got her pregnant and neither did the two cops whose baby she was supposedly carrying. What whoppers could she have possibly concocted over the last seven years? I hope we get the chance to see.
6. Carl Weathers as Carl Weathers
The former Apollo Creed is the star of over thirty movies and served as Tobias Fünke’s acting coach and mentor. Weathers seldom taught Tobias much about the actual business of show, but made up for it by showing him the finer points scoring free food from restaurant dumpsters. What nuggets of wisdom would he share now?
7. Charlize Theron as Rita Leeds
In my favorite storyline of the entire series, Theron played Michael’s love interest, Rita. She was as lovely as she was cerebrally challenged. She wasn’t the notorious Mr. F, but instead turned out to be a Mentally Retarded Female (MRF). I don’t know if or how they could bring her back, but I’d love it if they did—tiny teddy and all.
One thing that really set Arrested Development apart during its initial run was the way that they were able to consistently tie in terrific cameo appearances and enhance the story. I hope they can do it again.
Who do you hope makes a stop at the banana stand this season? Sound off in the comments below.
All images are courtesy of the Arrested Development Wiki.
- Arrested Development Easter Eggs on Netflix (slightlyinsightful.com)
- The Arrested Development Banana Stand Is Now a Reality (gawker.com)
- Netflix takes Bluth’s banana stand on tour ahead of ‘Arrested Development’ return (theverge.com)
- Bluth Banana Stand Going On Tour, Cast Members Will Appear (huffingtonpost.com)
- ‘Arrested Development’ Cast Reveals New Details About Their Forthcoming Netflix Season (laist.com)