Previously, On Arrested Development

NPR's guide to the running gags from the show.


... tries to cry

Characters attempt to express strong emotion, with little success.

  • Occurrence of a joke
  • Joke in the background
  • Foreshadowing
  • Combined joke

4 episodes feature this joke:

Season 1

Season 4

  • 8: Red Hairing

    Lucille: "I'll be out of jail before you work up your first tear."

  • 10: Queen B.

    Lucille almost cried for the first time in 60 years until Tobias cut her off.