Previously, On Arrested Development

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


literal doctor

Dr. Fishman uses euphemisms completely literally.

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

5 episodes feature this joke:

Season 1

Season 2

  • 1: The One Where Michael Leaves

    "It looks like he's dead." — Tobias is painted blue

    "You look really hot." — Lindsay has a fever.

  • 12: Hand to God

    "He's going to be all right." — Buster has lost his left hand, so will have to do everything with his right.

  • 15: Sword of Destiny

    "I’m sorry to say this, but it’s too late for me to do anything for your son." — Another doctor will be handling Michael's care.

Season 4