‘Ozark’: Jason Bateman’s Marty Makes Subtle References to ‘Arrested Development’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Crossovers in exhibits have been performed round with greater than as soon as, generally to apparent ranges with none authorized obstacles getting in the best way. The really enjoyable crossovers happen when actors from an all-new present make references to exhibits those self same actors starred on years earlier.

Recently, Ozark made a couple of references to Arrested Development due to Jason Bateman headlining each exhibits. No one else from Arrested Development has made a visitor look on Ozark, or not less than not but. When that occurs, much more enjoyable can in all probability be had.

In the meantime, the present made their references to Bateman’s prior cult sequence considerably refined. Scoping them out will solely imply probably the most to an ardent fan.

Despite references, ‘Ozark’ is a polar reverse of ‘Arrested Development’

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Tonally, the exhibits couldn’t be extra totally different, even when each are about crime. Arrested Development was a lighter satire the place Ozark is far darker. One might nonetheless name the latter present a darkish comedy, although, which formally locations it within the normal wheelhouse of Arrested Development.

Nevertheless, Bateman’s character could be very totally different from his prior position. Playing Michael Bluth allowed him to do extra sitcom stage comedy that Ozark by no means bends to. Bateman’s Marty Byrde is extra within the vein of somebody like Walter White, although he’s a household man like Michael Bluth was.

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The comparisons of Ozark to Breaking Bad are greater than apparent, with some saying former by no means comes near the identical complexity of latter. Still, it has quite a lot of loyal followers. Having that bridge between Ozark and Arrested Development supplies occasional gem moments, proving stars can by no means escape the tidal pull of a beforehand in style present.

What had been the references made to this point? There could also be extra to come back since Ozark is certain to have a fourth season, regardless of no official phrase.

Reference 1: Stuffing money right into a wall

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Any fan of Arrested Development will bear in mind the operating gag of George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) all the time hiding money within the partitions of his dwelling and workplaces. He even hid money contained in the partitions of his infamous banana stand.

Ozark made a reference to this as soon as when Marty began stuffing money contained in the partitions of his resort. This reference was greater than apparent, if additionally perhaps related to different popular culture.

One factor Ozark excels at is making references to dozens of flicks and TV exhibits. With so many references, the refined nods to Arrested Development would possibly move over a couple of heads if watching casually.

Reference 2: Maritime legislation reference

Another factor any Arrested Development fan is aware of is Mike Bluth was an knowledgeable on maritime legislation. His information of this got here up repeatedly all through the sequence in hilarious methods.

Lucille Austero (performed by Liza Minnelli) as soon as had a trial inside a crab restaurant for breaking a maritime legislation. Ozark managed to stay in a reference to this when Marty began speaking about maritime legislation whereas the household rode on the Queen Mary.

These two references are a number of the greatest recognized, although another Arrested Development reference exists you may need missed.

Reference 3: A symptom of a psychiatric treatment

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A fake sexual dysfunction treatment known as Teamocil has utilized in Ozark with an uncommon connection to Arrested Development, if solely by title. One of the uncomfortable side effects of this drug occurs to be “arrested development.”

Yes, this in all probability sailed over a couple of heads, if additionally possible creating a couple of guffaws when listening to the title of the sequence referenced out loud. More references like this might all the time occur, particularly if followers pine for some visitor appearances from the outdated AD forged.

Then once more, with that authentic A-list forged, it’d require Netflix paying a fairly penny to get them to cameo for just some minutes on Ozark.

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