The second part of Arrested Development Season 5 might very well be the actual final season of the comedy series. Having been revived twice and having been around since 2003, Arrested Development has always remained one of the most well written and beloved comedy shows out there.
And even though there’s no denying it has lost its luster over the years. Season 5 B, or Season 5 part 2 still largely retains what makes Arrested Development so great. And that is being in the middle of the Bluths’ weird and often crazy storylines, this time with a focus on still finding Lucille 2, proving Buster’s innocence. And doing something about that wall.
The final episode here sees Michael, once again trying his best to help and save his idiotic but lovable family. But more importantly, trying to get Buster off the hook from being blamed for taking out Lucille 2.
The court hearing plays out in hilarious fashion, with Michael thinking Lucille is the one responsible for Lucille 2’s disappearance than thinking he did it then finally realizing that. Well, no one really knows what happened to Lucille 2. The second part of Season 5 plays out largely just like the first part, which is a good or bad thing.
In other words, you’re not getting any kind of surprises or sudden change to the comedic formula here. The same story threads are still happening, but slowly coming to their conclusions. Of course, we’re talking about Gob’s reluctance to admit he’s gay and wondering what happened to his lover Ben Stiller.
Lindsay is still nowhere to be found, George-Michael is struggling to figure out what to do with his fake tech company Fakeblock, Maeby is still posing as different people and trying her best not to be part of this family and Tobias. Well, Tobias is just wondering around acting like an idiot, as always.
Unlike Season 4, which focused on one character at a time per episode, Season 5 attempts to go back to the original formula of complex overarching plots, and it works for the most part. Some of the jokes don’t really land, but the charm of Arrested Development is still there. And all of these plot threads come together in the finale. With the help from George-Michael, the Bluths get out of building a wall they can’t possibly afford.
It seems for the first time, there’s no debt or any shady dealings again. Both Buster and Michael get a mistrial for the Lucille 2 case. Lindsay finally arrives out of nowhere and realizes the only place she really belongs is with her dysfunctional family, for better or worse. This is where we really get to the most meaningful part of this seemingly final season of Arrested Development.
Realizing all’s well, for at least a few moments that is, Michael and George-Michael get in their car and leave, seemingly for the final time. As Maeby points out, those two might finally be gone for good, away from the trouble as they finally try to start a new life for themselves and not be dragged by the Bluths.
Of course in hilarious fashion, George Senior points out that that’s fine, cause nothing bad will happen anytime
And, well, the family finds themselves in a big mess once again, knowingly and unknowingly hiding the dead body of a woman everyone has been looking for quite a while. But instead of Michael showing up, the camera then pans to his car driving off into the distance, indicating that, well, yes he’s finally done helping them out.
And if Michael is done helping them out, then there is no Arrested Development, because that is kind of the whole point of this series. Beyond all of the comedy, Arrested Development is really a look at how your upbringing will influence and shape the rest of your lives. Who your parents are if you even have parents.
How closely tied you are to your family. What is your relationship with your siblings, grandparents, aunts, and uncles, all of that will heavily determine a huge chunk of your life? As is the case with Michael, even though it’s played for laughs, Michael both understandably blames his family for the mess he finds himself in. But also often admits he might also be just as crazy as everyone else.
Seeing the Bluths truck drive into the distance as the sun slowly sets in this fake town the Bluths built is both hilarious and poignant. Making it a fitting conclusion to one of the best comedy shows ever made.