The Bluth family’s work ethic has never been especially impressive, but Tobias and Lindsay Funke in particular are not known for their career aspirations. Though Tobias once acted as an analrapist (both an analyst and a therapist), his decision to become an actor has been largely unsuccessful.
Don’t expect that to change when “Arrested Development” heads into Season 4. Zap2it recently had the chance to speak with David Cross and Portia de Rossi, and Cross says Tobias hasn’t advanced much in the seven years the comedy series has been off the air.
“Tobias has gotten some work that anybody else who is sane would not appreciate, like, ‘That’s some good [work]. I’m putting that on my reel and calling myself an actor,'” Cross explains. “Tobias has had a few of those things where it just validates his own delusion that he’s a viable working actor.”
Lindsay, meanwhile, has never been able to hold a job for more than an episode. Though she was involved in activism, charity work and even sometimes even tried to get real work, she’s always been better at spending money than making it. De Rossi teases that Lindsay’s career aspirations have taken a turn for the worst in Season 4.
“Lindsay is working hard trying to extort money from other people. That’s about the extent of her career aspirations,” de Rossi says. “Blackmail. Just get money from whomever you can, probably from within your family. That kind of thing.”
Also, for the record, Lindsay Bluth did work as a spokeswoman for Cloudmir vodka at Klimpy’s in Season 1 episode 11, “Public Relations.”
As Zap2it has been conducting a rewatch of “Arrested Development’s” first three seasons, we couldn’t resist asking de Rossi and Cross if they had any specific recurring jokes that always make them laugh. It turns out that was a harder question than it seems.
“It’s hard though to pick your favorite moment or your favorite joke,” de Rossi says. “I mean, ‘Come on!’ Every time GOB says that it makes me laugh. There’s so many little things that make up this show that you’ll be seeing more of in the Netflix version.”
She admits, “The one that just makes me smile all the time is Mae Whitman‘s character Ann. ‘Her?’ That always makes me laugh when nobody knows that she’s [there].”
For Cross, his favorite moment came when everyone in the Bluth family finally did the Chicken Dance together.
“One thing I liked was how there are individually people had the Chicken Dance, but then there was the one time that they all did it, and when you see how off and inappropriate and unlike a chicken the sound and the actual movement is, but you see all four of them doing it, that really made me laugh hard,” Cross says.
Tobias never got to do a Chicken Dance (though he did dress like a chicken), but Lindsay’s “Chaw-chee chaw-chee chaw-chee” impression remains iconic.
“People ask me to do that, the chicken dance,” de Rossi says. She adds, “I came up with [the dance] on the spot. I was like, ‘Oh, this will be fine.’ … I was thinking more of a rooster.”
Though they didn’t confirm whether the Chicken Dance will make a reappearance in Season 4, we’ll cry fowl if creator Mitch Hurwitz left it out.
“Arrested Development’s” 15-episode fourth season airs on Netflix on May 26. If you need help catching up on the first three seasons, check out Zap2it’s “Arrested Development” Rewatch.