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I was just re-watching Arrested Development and happened to pause and read the entirety of this inconsequential note. The last paragraph reads: “Any further inquiries should be directed to Brad Elliott in the property gold room as he is the one who spewed all of this out onto his laptop in order to make a prop that nobody will likely ever see. If this has been seen by camera, then perhaps he hasn’t done his job well and should continue to pump information relevant to the show.”

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Did you see the Arrested Development easter egg in Captain America: Civil War?

During Civil War’s epic airport scene, in which all the heroes from Team Iron Man and Team Captain America come together for a climactic brawl, the Bluth family stair-car can be seen in the background aside one of the airport buildings. The blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot has made it online.

Did You Notice This 'Arrested Development' Easter Egg In 'The LEGO Batman Movie'?

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The LEGO Batman Movie is in theaters now (our review here), reuniting Will Arnett (Batman) with fellow Arrested Development alum Michael Cera (Robin), so you know they had to insert an Arrested Development reference. Hey, if Captain America: Civil War can have one, why not The LEGO Batman Movie?

In The LEGO Batman Movie, Batman tells Robin not to call him “Dad,” so Robin tries out several other names, settling on “Padre.” Finally, at the end of the movie, Batman calls Robin “Hijo,” which is Spanish for “son” and a callback to one of the best jokes in the first season of Arrested Development.

In the first season, Michael (Jason Bateman) falls in love with G.O.B.’s (Will Arnett) girlfriend, Marta. The Wrap explains:

G.O.B. tells Michael he thinks Marta is cheating on him with someone named “Hermano.” The running gag for some time, then, is that G.O.B. and Michael are trying to piece together who Hermano is. But “hermano,” of course, means “brother” in Spanish. Marta is referring to Michael all along. There’s a great scene in which G.O.B. thanks Michael for his help by repeatedly calling him “brother” in various languages, like “mon frere” in French. He even remarks that he has no idea why he knows that, since he took four years of Spanish in high school.

Perhaps The Wrap is reading too much into it, but we want this to be true. If there’s no intentional callback to Arrested Development in The LEGO Batman movie, it’s going to be a “Hello Darkness, my old friend” kind of day.

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There’s a buttload of clues scattered throughout Arrested Development suggesting that David Cross’s character Tobias Fünke was secretly African-American. This isn’t some random fan theory: One of the members of the cast confirmed it – the writers just never got the chance to do the whole storyline (in which it would be revealed Tobias just has a skin disorder that makes him lighter than you’d expect). … Knowing that, you can find plenty of little allusions to the fact here and there: The first clue is Tobias’ middle name, “Onyango,” which is Kenyan, and which was also the name of Barack Obama’s grandfather. Then there’s Tobias’ book The Man Inside Me. Other than being another joke at the expense of Tobias’ ambiguous sexuality, the cover of the book happens to depict him as being two people: white on the outside, and dark on the inside, like a reverse Oreo.

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