Fifteen brand-new episodes of "Arrested Development" will magically appear on Netflix this Sunday, but that doesn't mean we still can't revel in the 53 that came before them (also available on Netflix). Here are five of the best:
1. "Good Grief" -- Few sitcoms manage to produce a single episode packed with this many laughs. The Bluths are informed by Ice the bounty hunter that George Sr. died in a Mexican prison. They withhold the news from Buster so as to not send him over the edge, but proceed with plans for a wake. Buster dresses like a stripper for what he thinks is a birthday party, G.O.B. botches a magic trick and George Michael hides his not-dead grandfather in the attic. (Season 2, episode 4).
2. "Meat the Veals" -- Michael thinks George Michael has set the bar too low when his son gets "pre-engaged" to Ann. So he sets up a meeting between Ann's ultraconservative parents -- Pastor Veal and his wife -- and his family, hoping that would break them up. Hilarity ensues, along with a couple of fist fights. (Season 2, episode 16).
3. "Pier Pressure" -- The crazy twists keep coming in this bit of absurdity. When Buster realizes that medical marijuana could help cure Lucille 2's vertigo, he pays George Michael to buy some. Michael subsequently thinks his son is on drugs and attempts to teach him a lesson. But the real take-away? Never use a one-armed man to scare your kids. (Season 1, episode 10).
4. "Top Banana" -- Michael's decision to put George Michael in charge of the family's frozen banana stand results in comedic mayhem -- and a fire that burns down the stand. Elsewhere, Tobias auditions for a "fire sale" TV ad only to see Lindsay land the part instead. We also get our first clue that kooky Tobias is a "never-nude." (Season 1, episode 2).
5. "Let 'Em Eat Cake" -- Because of the low-carb diet fad, profits are way down at the banana stand. Meanwhile, George Sr. has a heart attack, and Maeby gets jealous when George Michael falls for another girl. A book written by Tobias a long time ago becomes a gay bestseller. "Arrested Development" completes its first season in delirious fashion. (Season 1, episode 22).