There’s a running gag that pops up a few times in Arrested Development’s fourth season. It doesn’t lead to anything significant. There’s no pay off. It’s just … odd: The characters occasionally eat Parmesan cheese and mustard as a meal.
A plate of it. With a fork. On the surface, it means nothing other than a weird combo of food. But this is Arrested Development – a show where damn near everything has a reason and purpose, you just have to figure it out. So, of course, eating Parmesan cheese and mustard is a reference to the 1985 film adaptation of the board game Clue.
Here’s the ridiculous explanation behind the reference: Gene Parmesan is the Bluth family’s go-to bumbling private investigator, and is played by Martin Mull.
Martin Mull co-starred in Clue, wherein he played Colonel Mustard.
Ipso facto, Parmesan and Mustard. Need more evidence that doesn’t actually link to Parmesan and mustard but is also a reference to Clue? In the episode “A New Attitude,” Gene Parmesan buys a knife at a shop next door to a children’s play place that has a ball pit. The name of the play place is My Little Ballroom. The knife is a weapon in Clue, and the ballroom is one of the rooms in Clue.
In entertainment: Vin Diesel called Furious 7 “the biggest movie in history” and expects an Oscar. You can argue with him if you want but the man can crush a cantaloupe in one hand. Also, netflix ordered dozens more episodes of Arrested Development. Dozens! (17, actually).
In the news: South Carolinian Walter Scott was shot eight times in the back after being pulled over for a broken taillight. Michael Slager, the arresting officer, was charged with murder and fired. Also: younger of the two Boston-bombing brothers, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was found guilty. Sentencing still to come.
In sports: One Direction’s Niall “five iron” Horan is caddying at The Masters for Rory McIlroy, the number one golfer in the world and the second most famous person at the tournament.
In rites of passage: Spring break road trip. McDonald’s breakfast, a rest stop–size bag of Twizzlers, and a four-inch binder of burned CDs, poorly labeled in Sharpie.