roofie circle

But GOB had a trick for helping him forget the shame. Unfortunately it also helped him forget that he tried to forget the shame. And soon GOB found himself experiencing what, on the street, is referred to as a roofie circle, whereby a roofie is taken the day after a degrading event, too late to erase the memory of the degrading event itself… but not too late to erase the prior day’s attempt to erase the event. Thus, with no memory of taking the roofie, but the memory of the event very much alive, the victim of the roofie circle finds himself constantly trying to re-erase the memory… but only succeeds in erasing the memory of the attempt to erase the memory. Days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months, and his relationships grow tested. And what begins in shame almost always ends in a Mexican hospital, with stage 4 syphilis.
—  Explanation of a Roofie Circle - Arrested Development, Season 4

I went on a rant earlier in defense of the new season of Arrested Development.

(I’d like to preface this by saying that everyone is entitled to their own opinion.)

It’s my understanding, though, that this extremely unique and unorthodox fourth season is more heavy on concept than your traditional TV show. Somewhere midway through, maybe episode 8 or 9 I started to feel fatigued. I was laughing less. The strain on my ability to absorb was tested. The last four episodes, saving the best for last, helped steady my concentration.

Despite all that I walked away realizing one thing:

This show had always been something better understood through multiple viewings. What they had done with the new season was more than abandon the normal structure of an episodic sitcom. The whole season was meant to be seen after having seen it. Then to be seen again, and again, and again.

We were all in a roofie circle of TV we would only understand as we took everything in, stepped back, and then dove back in.

As I began the season again from the beginning it became clear that I had only scraped the surface. You didn’t get it the first time. Watch it again.

Narrator: And soon G.O.B. found himself experiencing what on the street is referred to as a “roofie circle” whereby a roofie is taken the day after a degrading event too late to erase the memory of the degrading event itself but not too late to erase the prior day’s attempt to erase the event. Thus, with no memory of taking the roofie but the memory of the event very much alive, the victim of the roofie circle finds himself constantly trying to re-erase the memory but only succeeds in erasing the memory of the attempt to erase the memory. Days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months, and relationships grow testy. And what begins in shame almost always ends in a Mexican hospital with stage 4 syphilis.