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"A New Start"
Directors: Mitch Hurwitz & Troy Miller — Writer: Dean Lorey & Jim Vallely — Aired: May 26, 2013 — Icon-image      


"A New Start" is the fifth episode of Arrested Development's fourth season.

Tobias searches for meaning after splitting with Lindsay, only to find that old habits die hard.

Synopsis

After his father-in-law was exonerated and mother-in-law was arrested, Tobias and Lindsay decided to take a brief break to discover their purposes in life. Tobias was also appalled by Lindsay's revelation that the entire Bluth family thought he was gay. At the model home Tobias happened across a copy of Eat, Pray, Love and ripped off the Eat and Pray sections and, like Lindsay, decided to take a spiritual trip to India with the mantra "A New Start". He even obtained an ANUSTART license plate. After spilling tea on his sarong in the airplane and retying it Tobias was hit by a bus. He spent two weeks in a hospital before flying back to the states. In the hospital he decided to become a comedy actor.

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Tobias decides to double down his acting efforts

The Bluth family didn't care about his new career direction and still questioned his sexuality. He and Lindsay bought a mansion from James Carr who Tobias asked to be his acting agent. Tobias didn't find work for months and eventually talked Lindsay into visiting the Garden Grove Methadone Clinic where he met DeBrie Bardeaux who told him she was in the Fantastic Four movie. In the bathroom at C.W. Swappigan's she told him he reminded her of Billy Crystal (Meth, which Tobias didn't hear her say.) He decided to leave Lindsay for DeBrie. DeBrie's heart stopped so he rushed her to a hospital where a doctor told them she was riddled with "itises" and "oususes", but Tobias decided to stay with her to keep the dream alive.

The two wore Fantastic Four costumes to raise money and were arrested twice for copyright infringement. Finally entirely broke, Tobias visited Balboa Towers where he saw the apartment destroyed by Marky Bark's ostrich. He then heard Lucille Austero being attacked by an ostrich and he rushed her to the hospital. She offered hm $120,000 to work at Austerity with her brother Argyle Austero but he turned it down to keep his and DeBrie's dream alive. Upon telling DeBrie, she angrily left him and got into a limo with other party girls outside the Jeremy Piven Night Club.

Tobias returned to the model home to surprise Maeby but was caught by John Beard's reality show John Beard's To Entrap a Local Predator: Orange County Edition: Super Creep and arrested for being a sex offender.

Appearances

Main Cast
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David Cross as Tobias Fünke

Recurring
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Maria Bamford as DeBrie Bardeaux

Guest
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Nelson Franklin

  • Kyle Bornheimer as Shannon Ryan
  • Regi Davis as Officer Threé
  • Steve Zissis as Chuck the Canadian
  • Sharmila Devar as Indian medical student #1
  • Hasan Minhaj as Indian medical student #2
  • Mitch Poulos as Priest
  • Joel Hodgson as Joel Robinson
  • Trace Beaulieu as Crow T. Robot
  • Chad Hall as 'Gay' Straightbait actor
  • Beck Bennet as 'Straight' Straightbait actor
  • Nelson Franklin as Dr. Tilive
  • Aimee McKay as Tourist
  • Dave Anthony as Tourist dad #1
  • Quinn Friedman as Tourist kid #1
  • Greg Levine as Feinberg #1
  • John Phillps as Feinberg #2
  • Bengamin Burdick as Undercover cop
  • Thomas Robinson as Undercover cop kid
  • J.K. Baker as Billy Crystal Meth
  • Jamila Webb as Nurse Janice
  • Josh Trank as Process server bum
  • Adam Mondscein as CIA agent bum

Recurring themes

References

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DeBrie is dressed like Invisible Girl from the Fantastic Four

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Josh Trank

  • Fantastic Four
    • Tobias 'recognizes' DeBrie from her appearance in an early 90's low-budget version of Fantastic Four. In 1994 producer Bernd Eichinger scrambled a production of The Fantastic Four for under $1 million to retain film rights. The film was never released to the public. (More info on Wikipedia)
    • DeBrie is dressed like Invisible Girl from the Fantastic Four. She also is saddened by the fact that her ex-boyfriend Marky Bark couldn't see her due to his face blindness.
    • Director Josh Trank appears as a process server who delivers Tobias a cease-and-desist order. Trank directed the 2015 Fantastic Four reboot which was a critical and commercial failure. At the time of filming, he was just rumored for the director job.
  • To Catch a Predator - The NBC reality show is parodied in John Beard's To Entrap a Local Predator: Orange County Edition: Super Creep
  • Mystery Science Theatre 3000 - The low budget Fantastic Four film is shown with the three MST3K characters overlayed.
  • Laugh In - The Indian interns say they just received the 1960s sketch show.
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    Tobias, like Lindsay, reads Eat, Pray, Love and decides to visit India

  • Eat, Pray, Love - Tobias, like Lindsay, reads Eat, Pray, Love and decides to visit India.
  • Portia de Rossi's wedding dress - Tobias's last way of tying the bed sheet during his flight to India resembles Portia de Rossi's wedding dress.
  • The Ambiguously Gay Duo - A tourist mistakes Tobias and DeBrie's Fantastic Four costumes for the characters from the Saturday Night Live sketch.

Callbacks/Running Jokes

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Tobias's last way of tying the bed sheet during his flight to India resembles Portia de Rossi's wedding dress.

  • Is Tobias gay? - A central plot to the episode, Tobias is shocked to learn everyone assumes he is gay, but continues to use the worst wording whenever he talks:
    • Tobias sings "It's just a fallacy!" (sounding like, "It's just a phallus, see?") at the harbormaster's lodge. In fact, as that scene appears in this episode, Netflix captions have Tobias singing "It's just a phallus...see!" The line is "fallacy" when the scene appears in "Indian Takers."
    • Tobias's license plate reads ANUSTART, which is supposed to be read as "a new start", but everybody else refers it as "anus tart".
    • DeBrie starred in 9 episodes of Straightbait in one day, one named "anus tart". Tobias admits to watching the second, fourth, and ninth flicks.
    • After tying his bed sheet in a way that resembles Portia de Rossi's wedding dress, Tobias says "I actually like this better." He also says one of his earlier attempts makes him look like "one of those hot guys from Spartacus".
    • The body pillow on Tobias's bed looks like a large phallus due to its color, positioning and shape.
    • When the guy on the street calls Tobias and DeBrie "The ambiguously gay duo", Tobias responds that "I can assure you that there is nothing ambiguous about me"
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    John Beard's shows - John Beard appears in yet another TV show, John Beard's To Entrap a Local Predator: Orange County Edition: Super Creep.
  • Eat, Pray, Love - Tobias find's Lindsay's copy of Eat, Pray, Love and gets the same idea to fly to India, as she did in "Indian Takers".
  • China Garden - The Fünke family eat Thanksgiving dinner at a China Garden.
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    Medical emergencies - Tobias continues his streak of bad medical luck. He breaks his skull four times in this episode:
    • Hit by a bus in India
    • Falling off his gurney when his "sarong" was caught in the hospital elevator
    • Falling off his hospital bed while talking to interns
    • Smashed though a model home back door by police officers
  • FOX 6 - The "Halted Development" broadcast is shown in this episode
  • Predatory loans - James Carr sells the Fünkes a house with a predatory loans and later commits suicide when the housing market collapses.
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    Dr. Fishman works at a hospital in The City of Hopelessness, India.

    The Literal Doctor - Dr. Fishman works at a hospital in The City of Hopelessness, India. He says, "This man broke his skull in two places. Once outside the airport and once in the elevator..."
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    Tobias wears a Shémale shirt in Lucille's apartment

    Shémale shirt - Tobias wears a Shémale shirt in Lucille's apartment
  • Cutoffs - Tobias wears cutoffs under his sarong. His Thing costume wears cutoffs.
  • Juice - The attendant at the methadone clinic calls the methadone medicine "juice". Tobias says Carl Weathers charged him $5 for grape juice at his acting classes.
  • Tantamount Studios - The films Tobias looks at on the flight to India are a "Tantamount Collection" featuring Fantastic Four, Junk, Homeless Dad, and Love, Indubitably.
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors - Tobias says "in this case, paper beats rock". In "The One Where They Build a House" several Bluths play rock, paper, scissors.
  • Ostrich Lucille Austero is attacked by Marky Bark's ostrich, but is protected due to her several layers of makeup.
  • Peanuts - Tobias sullenly walks while "Christmastime Is Here" plays, as many characters did in "Sad Sack" and Michael does in "Flight of the Phoenix".
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    John Beard offers Tobias some lemonade.

  • Lemonade - John Beard offers Tobias some lemonade. Oscar sells lemonade from his lemon grove in "Whistler's Mother" and George squeezes CEOs for thousands of dollars for lemonade in "Borderline Personalities". Michael and G.O.B. share John Beard's Mike's Hard Lemonade in "Colony Collapse".
  • Klimpy's Express - Tobias brings a bag of food from the fast food restaurant to the model home.
  • Maeby's age - Tobias does not know how old Maeby is, seen also in "Exit Strategy".
  • "X... no Y." "It was Z."- When Tobias visits the penthouse, he assumes the destruction was Michael... no... George Michael.
  • Tips - Tobias tips the two movers poorly (a quarter each), and the men toss the quarters on the bed.
  • Sex for money: DeBrie says "I was gonna have sex with him. For money," in the same manner than Michael says "I'm gonna have sex with you. For money," in "Flight of the Phoenix".

Hidden/Background Jokes

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  • GANGIE 4 - When Tobias first puts his "Thing" costume on there is a sign in the background for a movie called "Gangie 4: Face Lift". This is of course a sequel to the movie that Maeby produced about a horrifically ugly grandmother after seeing Lucille's face after getting plastic surgery of the same name,
  • Sign Spinners - During James Carr's funeral a man can be seen in the background spinning a sign that says "NOW BURYING" on one side and "CARR FUNERAL" on the other.
  • Mommy, What Will I Look Like? - a sign for Lindsay's failed business appears in Tobias' trunk.
  • Cowboys and Indians - A film crew is filming American cowboys in the airport in India.
  • Is DeBrie a man? - Dr. Tilive calls DeBrie "a 61-year-old male" in the hospital.
  • SS - The Sue Storm "SS" armbands Tobias tries to bribe the Feinberg lawyers use the "SS" insignia of the German Schutzstaffel, a Nazi police force.
  • Officer Threé - A police officer at the filming of John Beard's To Entrap a Local Predator: Orange County Edition: Super Creep named named Officer Threé, a joke about character names. Tobias had auditioned by Frightened Inmate Number Two and Confidence Man Number Two.
  • Pete the Mailman's funeral - During James Carr's funeral, a procession of USPS mail trucks drive behind Tobias. One of the trucks has a "R.I.Pete" banner.
  • Bob Hope Airport in India - The airport Tobias arrives at in India is "बॉब होप हवाई अड्डे" which translates from Hindi as "Bob Hope Airport", a reference to "Flight of the Phoenix".
  • Music - when Tobias and DeBrie have their moment in the restrooms, realising one of the Straightbait films DeBrie starred in was called "Anus tart", just liked Tobias' plates, the singer in the music sings "coincidence!"

Foreshadowing/Future References

  • Tobias tells G.O.B., "You look like I feel," and G.O.B. replies, "Gay?" This both continues the running joke of the family thinking Tobias is gay and foreshadows G.O.B.'s own storyline in "A New Attitude".
  • Feinberg, Feinberg, Feinberg, & Feinberg - The law firm owns the rights to the 4 in a circle logo, and later represents P-Hound when he sues George Michael for FakeBlock.
  • "Getaway" - Lucille 2 sings Mark Cherry's hit song.
  • Austerity - Lucille 2 mentions the Austerity clinic and her brother Argyle Austero.

In Comparison to the Remix

In the chronological re-cut of season 4, footage from A New Start is used in 10 different episodes. The original cut of Season 4 is slightly longer than the re-cut version. Because of this, various lines of dialogue and sometimes even scenes are cut. These changes, as well as which scenes appear in which remixed episode, are listed below:

  • Opening - Tobias enters the model home and stars in John Beard's show, with cut dialogue in italics (4x10 Recurring Dreams)
    • Officer #1: Keep your eyes open.
    • Officer #2: Stand by.
    • John Beard: Yeah, we, uh, we better be ready.
    • John Beard: Come on, lowlife. We’ve got to put this piece of (BLEEP)… Who, what, when, where, why and how? Who, what, where, when, why, how? Who, what, when, where, why and how?
    • Tobias: (singing) Is that a gal I see? No, it’s just a fallacy…
    • John Beard: (voiceover) And now the story of the awful people who are about to lose everything and the one newsman who had no choice but to entrap them all together. It's John Beard's "To Entrap a Local Predator - Supercreeps".
  • At the coast guard's lodge (4x3 A Couple-A New Starts)
    • Tobias: You are soaked to the bone.
    • In the remix, the caption says “52 seconds earlier…” instead of “11 seconds earlier…”
    • This exchange is cut down:
      • Tobias: Is this because I want to be an actor and all the leading men in Hollywood are gay?
      • Lindsay: I don't think that all the leading men in Hollywood are gay.
      • Tobias: Oh, honey.
      • Lindsay: Look, we're chasing things that aren't real. And maybe we need to go out there and find out what we're meant to do.
      • Narrator: His wife was giving him the cold shoulder. And after kissing it goodbye, he sat with her family, feeling lost.
  • Tobias reads Eat, Pray, Love (4x3 A Couple-A New Starts)
    • Tobias: Wait a minute.
    • Tobias: (booking tickets to India) Hey...
  • Tobias on the airplane, leaving the airport (4x3 A Couple-A New Starts)
    • This exchange is cut down:
      • Narrator: ...without the aid of Pradeep, the helpful Indian salesman...
      • Tobias: I feel like there was less up top.
      • Narrator: ...at Bed, Bath & Beyond...
      • Tobias: Now I can't even see. This is-
      • Narrator: ...who helped him learn how to tie it.
    • This exchange when Tobias sees another man wearing a sheet is cut:
      • Tobias: Yes? Oh.
      • Chuck: Canadian?
      • Tobias: No, I'm American.
      • Chuck: Yeah. I'm Canadian.
      • Tobias: Sorry.
    • Tobias: (spilling his coffee again) Oh, God damn it.
    • Narrator: Not only because the wind whipped up his queen-sized fitted mini sarong.
  • Tobias in the Indian hospital (4x3 A Couple-A New Starts)
    • This exchange is cut:
      • Indian medical student #1: Two places indeed.
      • Indian medical student #2: This is very funny. It's like that new show we just got, Laugh-In.
      • Indian medical student #1: It's even funnier-
  • Family meeting (4x3 A Couple-A New Starts, small section from 4x1 Re Cap’n Bluth)
    • Narrator: At the time of the family meeting, 2000 rupees was $36.
    • George Sr.: Of course you wouldn’t, Michael. You never accept help from anyone.
  • At the realtor’s office, Tobias searching for a job (4x3 A Couple-A New Starts)
    • Tobias: (tipping the movers) For decorating my quarters.
  • Thanksgiving meal (4x7 One Degree of Separation)
    • The section with the duck escaping the oven is cut:
      • Maeby: Oh, my God!
      • Tobias: Lindsay! Lindsay, get the scooper!
      • Maeby: Aah!
      • Tobias: Throw oranges at it- hot orange! Hot orange!
      • Tobias: It's throwing its voice.
      • Lindsay: Oh, it's still alive!
  • Tobias failing to get a job (4x7 One Degree of Separation)
    • Tobias no longer says “Tobias Fünke” to introduce himself in this section
  • John Beard’s news report (4x3 A Couple-A New Starts)
  • James Carr’s funeral (4x7 One Degree of Separation)
    • Priest: I believe he died as a warning, in a way.
  • At the Methadone Clinic (4x5 A Trial Run, flashback in 4x9 Modern Marvels)
    • Woman on stage: We're gonna take some real risks, be truthful - if everyone's good, you'll get your juice.
    • Woman on stage: Just be as truthful as possible.
    • DeBrie: (When Tobias says he has seen her film) I didn’t, nobody- what?
    • Narrator: Twenty years earlier, DeBrie Bardeaux had played Sue Storm in the low-budget version of the Fantastic Four produced by Imagine Entertainment when, during Imagine's Christmas party, a drunk lawyer reminded them they'd lose the rights if they didn't make the film in the next six days. After a two hour search, they found their entire cast.They also proved useful six days later at the wrap party. (The photo of wait staff isn’t included either.)
    • The narrator's line “…was performed by a fishing line” becomes “…was performed by a bare thread” in the remix.
    • DeBrie: Well, this is what’s helping me.
    • Tobias’ line “Carl Weathers used to give us grape juice. But then he’d add $5 to our credit card. Well, […]” is only included in the flashback in 4x9 Modern Marvels despite not appearing beforehand in the remix
  • At C.W. Swappigan’s (4x9 Modern Marvels, small section in 4x7 One Degree of Separation)
    • Loretta shouting about “one left rollerskate” and the counter judge’s response can no longer be heard in the remix.
    • Tobias’ line “There. Now I can see a pretty face under all that butter substitute” can be heard under narration in 4x7 then heard properly in 4x9 although the “There” isn’t included.
    • Narrator: It wasn’t episodic.
    • This exchange is cut down:
      • DeBrie: It's nice to be recognized, though. Marky Bark - sometimes he doesn't know when I'm in the same room. And sometimes it feels like it's not the face-blindness, you know?
      • Tobias: It's the same with me and Lindsay. I know she's trying, but she doesn't believe in my acting career. Maybe she's right. […]
    • This exchange is cut:
      • Tobias: Uh, I'm fine. Got a bit carried away when you compared me to Billy Crystal.
      • DeBrie: (laughing) You remind me of Billy Crys- (Tobias kisses her again)
      • Narrator: Once again, she was going to say "Billy Crystal Meth".
    • Tobias’ phone call is used in 4x7 One Degree of Separation
    • Tobias: You are going to be very happy for me, for I have... met someone. It's not important who it is- it's Sue Storm! I'm so sorry, but DeBrie believes in me, and she stopped my heart, too.
  • Tobias at the hospital (4x9 Modern Marvels, flashback in 4x17 Dire Straights)
    • This exchange is shorter:
      • DeBrie: You didn't leave me! Everybody leaves me. I've been left in dumpsters, and... on a curb, and...
      • Tobias: Oh, I wouldn't dream of it.
    • Tobias: DeBrie, look. Some people struggle with addiction. Other people are... incapable of ever being nude. Everybody has something. And, it's my professional opinion that your drug use is a direct result of your abandoning your dream of acting. You are a gifted actress. When I first saw StraightBait, there were two men making love, but I couldn't take my eyes off of you.
    • Tobias’ line “I'll make you famous, by cashing in on your most celebrated role” becomes “I'll make you famous then you won’t need any drugs.”
  • Tobias and DeBrie dress as Fantastic Four characters (4x9 Modern Marvels, flashbacks in 4x10 Recurring Dreams, 4x17 Dire Straights, 4x21 Cinco de Cuatro II)
    • This exchange is cut:
      • Tobias: Well, how would you like to have your picture taken with real Hollywood movie land characters?
      • Tourist Kid: Are you the Smurfs?
      • Tourist Dad: No, no, no. They're the Ambiguously Gay Duo.
      • Tobias: Oh. I assure you, there's nothing ambiguous about me.
    • Narrator: And, although the hate crime charges were dismissed, they were told they could not continue to pose as the Fantastic Four.
    • Narrator: Tobias took them down to a street near Harbor Boulevard, where his friend Gary Goose told him they didn't police very much.
    • This exchange is cut:
      • Tobias: What brings you to at least 500 feet past the entrance of Disneyland?
      • Undercover cop kid: Dad, can I get my picture taken with the Thing and Invisible Girl? They're the Fantastic Four.
      • Tobias: Whoa, whoa, actually, technically, I'm Rock Monster, and this is Ability to Be Invisible Person.
      • Undercover cop: Hey, you guys want the $10 or not?
      • DeBrie: Yeah.
      • Tobias: Er...
      • DeBrie: Yeah.
      • Tobias: Yes, okay. We're the Thing and the Invisible Girl.
    • And this one:
      • Undercover cop: No, no, no. We're not gonna kill him, we're just gonna handcuff him.
      • DeBrie: You can't shoot us 'cause it's not a felony.
      • Undercover cop: Keep your eyes on her. I'll be right back.
      • Undercover cop kid: Okay.
    • And this one too:
      • Tobias: But- you can't sell your Fantastic Four costume. I mean, that would be like a fisherman selling his... fishing costume.
      • DeBrie: No, I was gonna have sex with him. For money.
      • Tobias: What? No. Put that back on.

  • Tobias saving Lucille 2 (4x9 Modern Marvels, flashbacks in 4x10 Recurring Dreams)
    • Lucille 2: (singing) Why don't you go away, go away, get away, get away, stay away...
  • Tobias and Lucille 2 at the hospital (4x10 Recurring Dreams)
    • “[Tobias] knew that everyone at some time had to face reality” becomes “[Tobias] knew that everyone at some time has to give up an old dream.”
  • Tobias and DeBrie split up (4x10 Recurring Dreams, flashbacks in 4x14 What Goes Around)
    • Tobias: After all, a doctor in India told me […]
  • Tobias sleeps on the street (4x17 Dire Straights)
    • Tobias: Are you undercover as well?
    • CIA agent bum: I'm CIA. Not here for you, though. Scoping out Imagine Entertainment.
  • Tobias drives to the model home, meets John Beard (4x10 Recurring Dreams, flashbacks in 4x18 Turning on Each Other, 4x20 Cinco de Cuatro I, 4x21 Cinco de Cuatro II)
    • This exchange is cut:
      • Tobias: (on the phone) Thought I'd try you again, hoping to catch you before I surprised you.
      • Narrator: ...and no one to help him out of his rock suit...
      • Tobias: Honey, you read comic books, yes?
      • Narrator: He went to see if his daughter would give him a place to stay.
      • Tobias: Anyway, things are really looking up.
    • And this one:
      • Ryan: Now the fun begins, right, Officer Threé?
      • Officer Threé: I'll say.
    • And this:
      • John Beard: Please have a seat.
      • Tobias: Okay.
    • And this:
      • Tobias: What are you doing here?
      • John Beard: I'm doing a, uh, a local interest piece.
      • Tobias: Hmm.
    • And this:
      • Tobias: Oh, really local.
      • John Beard: That's right, yeah.
      • Tobias: Is this about my daughter?
    • And this is cut down:
      • Ryan: If he's got a daughter, then how old is she?
      • John Beard: Let me ask you this. How old is she?
      • Tobias: Uh... Why do you put me on the spot? Um... I want to say 19? But I like to think of her as 15.

Quotes

John Beard: And now the story of the awful people who are about to lose everything and the one newsman who had no choice but to entrap them all together. It's John Beard's To Entrap a Local Predator: Super Creep.  

Dr. Tilive: How much butter?

Tobias: I don't know, a Star Trek chess set's worth?  

Man: They're the ambiguously gay duo.

Tobias: I assure you there's nothing ambiguous about me. I'm Johnny Storm, the human flamer.  

Tobias: Is there a little girl all here by herself? Daddy needs to get his rocks off.  

John Beard: How old is she?

Tobias: I want to say 19 but I like to think of her as 15.  

→ See more quotes from "A New Start" at Transcript of A New Start.

Notes

Promotional Photos

→ See 117 pictures from A New Start at Images from A New Start.

Behind the Scenes

External Links

  • ANUSTART fan page based on the anustart running joke
SEASON FOUR EPISODES

1. "Flight of the Phoenix"
2. "Borderline Personalities"
3. "Indian Takers"
4. "The B. Team"
5. "A New Start"

6. "Double Crossers"
7. "Colony Collapse"
8. "Red Hairing"
9. "Smashed"
10. "Queen B."

11. "A New Attitude"
12. "Señoritis"
13. "It Gets Better"
14. "Off the Hook"
15. "Blockheads"

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