Previously, On Arrested Development

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



Seals appear ominously throughout the series.

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

9 episodes feature this joke:

Season 1

  • 17: Altar Egos

    G.O.B.'s wife — played by Will Arnett's then real-life wife Amy Poehler — is a seal dealer.

    Related Joke: meta

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

  • 1: Flight of the Phoenix

    Michael's power of flight during "The Trial of Captain Hook" inadvertently loosens a bronze seal from a wall.

    The mural behind Michael in the Phoenix airport shows a seal in a yellow bow tie in the water.

  • 14: Off The Hook

    Buster has to face down the seal which ate his hand when falls off of the Queen Mary.