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.
There are only two episodes left in "Game of Thrones" Season 3, and tensions are reaching a boiling point. Episode 9, "The Rains of Castamere," looks like it will focus primarily on Robb, Bran and Jon, all three of whom were noticeably absent from last night's "Second Sons."
In the "Rains of Castamere" promo, above, the Wildlings plan an attack on a Night's Watch area that Jon doesn't think is worth Tormund's time. Meanwhile Robb and Catelyn also seem to be planning an attack, and Catelyn forebodingly says, "Show them how it feels to lose what they love." It's unclear who exactly the "them" is in that situation, but it's obviously someone the Starks aren't very happy with. Also, if you look closely enough, you can see a brief snippet of Edmure Tully at his wedding.
The most interesting tease from this preview is that we finally get to see Bran warg. It's no secret that he has the ability to go into the minds of other beasts, but here we get to see him do so. Consider us intrigued. In other parts of the world, Arya threatens the Hound's life (again) and Daenerys readies her assault on Yunkai.
"Game of Thrones" airs Sundays on HBO at 9 p.m. ET. Thank you Reddit and Tumblr for already making a GIF of one of the most hilarious moments in "Second Sons," which we've included below:
Neither Sansa nor Tyrion seem to be particularly happy about their wedding in last night's "Game of Thrones" episode, "Second Sons." Sansa didn't get to marry the handsome prince she always dreamed of, while Tyrion was forced to marry a child who doesn't love him.
But what about Shae? Sibel Kekilli's character has been an interesting development this season as she continues to be loyal to her secret lover Tyrion but also has become closer with her mistress Sansa. Zap2it recently had the chance to speak with Kekilli via e-mail and ask her about how her character responded to the news that her lover was marrying the woman she works for. Needless to say, Shae wasn't pleased.
Zap2it: What was going through Shae's mind when she first heard Tyrion was going to marry Sansa?
Sibel Kekilli: She definitely does not like that idea at all. Now she feels put back into her former role as a mere whore for Tyrion. She is hurt and disappointed once more in her life.
Why was it important for Shae and Sansa to grow closer in Season 3?
As Sansa's maiden, Shae is always close to her and knows most of her thoughts and actions. Shae became the only person whom Sansa can trust. Shae is taking care of Sansa like an older sister.
How will this marriage affect Shae's relationship with Tyrion? With Sansa?
Uh, that's a bit early to answer that question before the whole series is shown on the screen! I guess it's not getting easy for anyone.
Did you realize you would be a part of a love triangle going into this show?
No. As with almost everything in this show, you cannot foresee the ending, which is certainly one out of many reasons why this show is so successful. Not even the characters know whether they will survive the next season or not. And to be honest, it's not really a love triangle. It's Tyrion's commitment to his duties.
How would you describe Shae's role in Season 3?
First of all, she remains true to herself as she did in the past two seasons. Yet, it's going be a bit more complicated for her and she has to act deliberately.
What has been your favorite scene to shoot so far this season?
I think the golden chain scene is pretty impressive. So Tyrion gets to know that he cannot buy her.
How has your relationship with Peter Dinklage evolved since Season 1?
Actually we have gotten along very well from the very beginning. I think I can call us friends. Meanwhile I do understand all his jokes. [Winks]
Who is the funniest person you've worked with on "Game of Thrones" when the cameras aren't rolling? What's your favorite behind-the-scenes Peter Dinklage story?
Conleth [Hill] who plays Lord Varys and Peter are really funny. Peter once was asked by Turkish fans in Croatia if I am on the set as well. I could not stop laughing. They asked him, the main character of the season, if I would be on the set ... normally it should be the other way round.
Would you recommend fans read the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series in addition to watch the show? Have you read the books?
Of course they should watch it. HBO and the producers as well as George R. R. Martin did a great job in transforming the books into a script. And they certainly will encounter some differences. Personally I have not read the books so that I'm not affected by them because my role differs from the books quite a lot.
If you could have your way, who would you like to see end up on the Iron Throne?
Of course Tyrion and Shae. That is an idea that I would really appreciate.
"Game of Thrones" airs Sundays on HBO at 9 p.m. ET.
If Sansa ever had any hope that a knight in shining armor would save her from all her troubles, that should have been duly quashed in "Second Sons." "Game of Thrones" followed through on one of four promised weddings in this week's episode, making Sansa go from a Stark to a Lannister in one sad affair.
Now that Sansa has tied the knot with Tyrion, it remains to be seen if Cersei can somehow get out of her marriage with Loras, if Margaery still walks down the aisle with Joffrey and if Edmure will be able to successfully marry one of Walder Frey's daughters. With only two episodes left to go in Season 3, there are still a lot of loose ends to tie up and apparently no happy marriages in store for anyone.
Here's what happened in "Game of Thrones" Season 3, episode 8, "Second Sons."
Off the Kingsroad
"Second Sons" opens with Arya awakening as the Hound's prisoner. Despite finding herself in a worse situation than she was with the Brotherhood, her rebellious spirit has not been destroyed. Instead Arya tries to kill the Hound with a rock while he's sleeping -- except, of course, that he's not sleeping. Instead of attacking her, the Hound welcomes Arya to try to kill him with the threat of breaking both her hands if she fails. The Hound seems to welcome a chance at death now, though he's still going to do whatever he can to find a place in the world.
What that seems to mean now is that he wants to deliver Arya to gain a ransom. In a twist, Sandor Clegane reveals that he is bringing Arya to the Twins to meet her mother Catelyn and brother Robb, instead of selling her out to Cersei and Joffrey. He also tells her how he was Sansa's ally (of sorts), though Arya still seems unconvinced. She worships death, after all, and includes the Hound in her nightly prayers.
Across the Narrow Sea
World, meet Daario Naharis. Daario Naharis, meet the world. Daenerys meets her newest ally in the form of the sellsword, though she doesn't realize it at first. He is a member of the Second Sons mercenary company that was hired to protect Yunkai, and he and Dany meet when she invites their commanders to her tent so she can attempt to win them over. Though she seemingly does not sway the other two leaders, Daario finds himself intrigued by her because he fights for beauty.
Dany inspires the same loyalty in her followers that she does in Daario. Grey Worm, Barristan and Jorah are all offended by the way the Second Sons' leader treats her, but it's Daario who ultimately does something about it. When he is tasked with sneaking into Dany's camp and killing her, he ends up beheading his other two allies instead. He does sneak into Dany's camp while she is bathing, but only to prove that he has sided with her by presenting the Mother of Dragons with the two heads.
Daario is an interesting change for Dany. He's young, like her, and also a handsome face. He is different from anyone she has ever dealt with before, and his smooth tongue -- he swears his loyalty and heart to her, after all -- is something she's rarely had to deal with. Actor Ed Skrein is a welcome addition to Dany's storyline, as he looks like he will mix things up for the Khaleesi just when she was beginning to get comfortable with her success. It will be interesting to see how Yunkai responds to losing the Second Sons to Dany.
Poor, poor Gendry. The bastard son of Robert Baratheon has been cast a bad lot in life, and it only got worse the second Melisandre bought him from the Brotherhood Without Banners. Unfortunately for him, he doesn't see Melisandre's true motivations for bringing him to Dragonstone until it's too late. She wants to sacrifice him to offer the Lord of the Light the king's blood he requires to kill more in the name of Stannis Baratheon, but even Stannis has a problem with killing an unsuspecting "lamb."
That's why Stannis turns to the still-imprisoned Davos to hear a voice of reason that will convince him not to let Gendry die. Davos realizes Stannis' game, and seems to say that the god Melisandre worships is not real. Of course, both he and Stannis know that's not the case, which is why Melisandre needs Gendry's blood to help Stannis' cause to begin with.
Spoiler alert: Gendry gets to live. Instead of killing the bastard like she originally planned, Melisandre leeches Gendry -- but not before having sex with him because why not, Joe Dempsie's a babe. Melisandre painfully attaches the leeches to Gendry's chest and penis, and then has Stannis cast them into the brazier and wish death on three men: Joffrey Baratheon, Balon Greyjoy and Robb Stark.
Will Gendry's blood be enough to appease the Lord of Light? Hopefully not, but the audience has already seen the power of the god to do what it deems is right when he killed Renly Baratheon and resurrected Beric Dondarrion. At least Davos is in a better situation than he was earlier in the season, as Stannis ends up freeing him from prison (finally) and the Onion Knight is making some progress in learning how to read.
At King's Landing
As Theon's torturer told him in "The Climb," "If you think that this has a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention." That same lesson can be applied to Sansa, who finally gets married off in "Second Sons." Tyrion Lannister is the lucky groom, though he is clearly as unhappy about the match as she is. He tries to tell her that prior to their marriage, and hopefully Sansa understands that they're in the same boat. Both parties look mortified when they have to tie the knot in the Great Sept, and Joffrey revels in getting to torture both of them. From walking Sansa down the aisle to removing Tyrion's stepping stool so he couldn't put the wedding cloak on Sansa, the king of Westeros continues to prove that he's the absolute worst ever.
With Sansa and Tyrion's wedding complete, there's still Margaery's upcoming wedding to Joffrey and Cersei's planned marriage to Loras to get through. Lady Olenna hilariously pokes fun at how complicated those unions will make the Tyrell and Lannister family trees, but it's Margaery who feels the burn when she tells Cersei that they should be friends because they will soon be "sisters." Cersei counters by telling Margaery the story behind the "Rains of Castamere," a song that has repeatedly popped up this season. The song is about how the Lannisters slaughtered House Reyne when the wealthy family tried to rebel against them -- a lesson that Cersei clearly means to apply to House Tyrell.
Sansa's unhappiness doesn't end when her marriage is finalized, unfortunately. Tyrion gets insanely drunk at their wedding party and then, when Sansa tries to retire to her bedroom, Joffrey threatens to rape her. Meanwhile Tywin orders Tyrion to consummate his marriage to Sansa despite the fact that she is only 14, and then Joffrey humiliates them all when he demands the public bedding ceremony begin in front of everyone at the party. It's at that point that Tyrion finally snaps, threatening to cut off Joffrey's genitalia if the king tries to force him and Sansa to have sex. No wonder Joffrey screams, "What did you say?"
Tywin ends up diffusing the situation and Tyrion and Sansa go to their joint bedchamber. Though they begin to prepare for their wedding night, Tyrion can't go through with it and says he won't have sex with Sansa until she wants him to. And if she never does? "And so my watch begins," he says, quoting the Night's Watch oath before passing out in a chair.
So despite the fact they are unfortunately wed, there is no wedding night for Sansa and Tyrion. That's something Shae is clearly pleased about when she comes to clean the chamber the next morning and finds no sign of sex or a lost virginity on Tyrion's bed. Maybe things actually could end up good for Sansa and Tyrion -- if Sansa realizes how good Tyrion actually is for her.
North of the Wall
It seems like there's some flirtation blossoming between Sam and Gilly as they continue their walk south to the Wall. The duo finds shelter in an abandoned house, and continues to grow closer as they sit around a fire. That shelter is soon interrupted by a massive amount of crows sitting on a weirwood tree outside the home. The crows foretell the arrival of a White Walker, which comes at Sam and shatters his sword. When the White Walker tries to steal Gilly's baby from her, Sam attacks it with a piece of the obsidian he found and causes the beast to turn to ice and shatter. If Sam had realized how useful the material was earlier he likely could have saved a lot of Night's Watch men, but at least he knows how to defend Gilly and himself going forward.
- Daenerys is always meant to find Daario attractive, but in the George R.R. Martin novels he looks a bit different than he does in the show. He is said to have blue dyed hair, a beard split into three points and some very curly gold-painted mustachios. Let's just say we're happy about his new look.
- In the novels, Sam discovers the helpful qualities of obsidian shortly after the White Walkers attack the Fist of the First Men and before he arrives at Craster's Keep and meets up with the other surviving members of the Night's Watch. His defeat of one of the creatures earns him the nickname "Sam the Slayer," which is a nice change from "Ser Piggy."
- In addition to the episode's title referring to the mercenary band, it also applies to Tyrion and the Hound both being their father's second sons.
The Hound of his changed loyalties: "F*** Joffrey, f*** the queen."
Daenerys of the Second Sons: "A man who fights for gold can't afford to lose to a girl."
Melisandre of killing Gendry: "If the lamb sees the knife, she panics. Her panic seeps into her meat, darkens it, fouls the flavor."
Davos to Stannis: "I think mothers and fathers made up the gods because they want their children to sleep through the nights."
Cersei to Margaery: "If you ever call me sister again I'll have you strangled in your sleep."
Sam to Gilly: "I suppose it's a rather philosophical difference between a wink and a blink."