Previously, On Arrested Development

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


missing limbs

Several characters, animals and objects lose their front left appendage causing Buster emotional discomfort.

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

26 episodes feature this joke:

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

  • 10: Queen B.

    Buster's hook gets bedazzled.

  • 14: Off The Hook

    Buster was the first known injury to a drone pilot. They gave him a big hand.

  • 15: Blockheads

    Buster's gigantic hand gets blood on it, which is why he's a suspect in Lucille 2's disappearance.