Oscar George Bluth is George Bluth's identical twin brother. The key distinguishing feature between the two brothers is Oscar's long hair, which he has retained, as George claims, because "he had never worked a day in his life."
Oscar is a burnout who lived in a trailer on a lemon grove until he and his former lover, Lucille Bluth, rekindled their romance when George was on the lam in Mexico. He moved into Balboa Towers to be with her and his unwitting biological son Buster Bluth.
Oscar is portrayed by Jeffrey Tambor and appeared in 20 episodes of the first three seasons.
Oscar can be distinguished from George by his flowing hair, due to lack of stress in his life. ("Whistler's Mother") Despite the hair, the police never failed to mistake Oscar for George. ("The One Where Michael Leaves") According to Michael, Oscar has lived off handouts his entire life. Oscar is a frequent smoker and consumer of marijuana and every year he attempts to make a 420 mile trip up to UC Berkeley (but never makes it past UC Irving.) ("Afternoon Delight") He once wrote a song for David Cassidy, "All You Need Is Smiles", that made Joan Baez call him "the shallowest man in the world." ("Whistler's Mother")
In his youth Oscar served as a "croc spotter" on a swift boat in the Vietnam War (yelling out "Croc!" whenever he saw a crocodile). ("Switch Hitter") He then worked at the Bluth Company under George but was first by George, even after pleading to keep his job. ("Missing Kitty") He owned a lemon grove under an easement by the US government and attempted to make a living by selling lemonade to passing Army troops. ("Whistler's Mother") Oscar attempted to work on a Bluth Company construction site, but was hapless. ("The One Where They Build a House")
Oscar met a young Lucille in the USO in Vietnam, stealing her from General Anderson. Lucille eventually left Oscar for his more successful older brother. ("Switch Hitter") After George escaped from prison, Lucille and Oscar rekindled their relationship. ("The One Where They Build a House") For nearly a year, Oscar dropped hints that he was in fact Buster's biological father. Buster, who discovered the adulterous pair in flagrante delicto multiple times, finally realized this when Oscar invited Buster to enjoy some "Pop Secret" popcorn. ("Righteous Brothers")
Oscar resides most often in a trailer outside Camp Pendleton. He owns a couple hundred acres of lemon groves and sells lemonade to the troops when their manoeuvres pass by. He sold the land to Michael for $10,000, who was unaware that the government had an easement on it so they could drive their tanks through it. Lucille took advantage of Oscar's feelings for her and convinced him to buy the land back. ("Whistler's Mother")
Oscar attends Annyong Bluth's soccer game with Lucille and a reluctant Buster. When Buster approaches him to stay away from his mother, he realizes Oscar was the father figure he never had. ("Not Without My Daughter")
After George escaped from prison, Oscar was arrested, being an identical doppleganger for George. While incarcerated, the police impounded his trailer so he moved in with Lucille to Balboa Towers. He began to hint to Buster that he was more than just a father figure and the two began to bond. ("The One Where Michael Leaves")
Oscar and Lucille rekindle their relationship and begin to get physical. Buster interrupts them many times, so Lucille tries to get Oscar to shape up by getting a job at the Bluth Company construction site. At the opening of the Second model home, Lucille and Oscar make out inside the shell of a house. ("The One Where They Build a House")
Buster, now a member of Army, decides to go to training as an act of protest against his mother's relationship with Oscar. This saves Oscar from having to move out of the house. ("¡Amigos!") Oscar, growing more comfortable at Balboa Towers, walking around in only a robe, learns of his twin brother's supposed death and attends the wake at the Model Home and is present when it is revealed George is still alive and on the lam. ("Good Grief")
George, now living in the model home's attic, promises Michael that if Lucille loves Oscar more than she loves him, he'll flee the country for good. Michael finds out that Oscar makes Lucille happy, but Oscar feels trapped. George doesn't flee. ("Sad Sack") As Lucille acts extra tense, George comments that she must not be "getting any" from Oscar. To get her to calm down, Michael asks Oscar to give her some "Afternoon Delight" (based on the Starland Vocal Band song) but Oscar thinks he means Afternoon Deelite — a strand of Marijuana. They eat pot brownies together. ("Afternoon Delight")
When Buster is ordered to Army, Oscar suggests that Lucille visit General Anderson. ("Switch Hitter") Oscar sits in Lucille's newly renovated bathroom, which she stole from Lucille Austero. ("Queen for a Day") Oscar only owns two pair of pants, so Lucille refused to let him bid on her at the bachelorette auction. ("Burning Love")
Oscar attends the beach photoshoot with Buster and Lucille before Buster heads off to army. George snuck in with a wig to encourage Buster to hide from Army, but Buster thought that it was Oscar admitting to be his father. Buster grew upset at Lucille and decided to go to war after all. Lucille and Oscar argued, drunk and high, because Lucille did not want Oscar to tell Buster the truth. ("Out on a Limb") Oscar sat at the hospital with Buster after he got his hand bitten off by a seal. Buster forgot about his claw multiple times and punctured Oscar's bicep and tendon, causing Buster to panic and Oscar to scream in pain. ("Hand to God")
Oscar visits Michael in the hospital, and licks his own open sore. ("Sword of Destiny") When George decides to renew his vows with Lucille, Oscar attempts to interrupt the ceremony by fighting with George. Being identical twins, they fought exactly the same way, so no one won. Oscar also tried to fight Michael, forgetting exactly who he was fighting. George had to flee from the police, but Lucille came to Oscar's aid. ("Meat the Veals")
Oscar's last pair of pants fell apart so Lucille refused to take him to a resort package she won. The resort was actually a ploy by her kids to get her to rehab and when they needed her out, G.O.B. used Oscar as a distraction to get her out. ("Spring Breakout")
Oscar, forgetting that Buster had a fake hand, lifted the Cornballer to save him from burning, but accidentally burned all his fingertips off. He later tried to share some popcorn with Buster, who burned his forehead with his fake hand that he was using as a rack for an iron. Oscar shouted "I just wanted to share my Pop Secret!" and Buster inferred, again, that Oscar was his biological father. Buster got upset that Lucille lied to him but eventually told Lucille that she should be with Oscar because he makes her happy. Oscar, meanwhile, was approached by George who offered to let him turn him in for a reward. Instead, George shaved Oscar's head and turned him in as George Bluth. Having burnt off his fingerprints, Oscar was unable to prove his real identity. ("Righteous Brothers")
Oscar, feeling the true effects of stress, was unable to grow his hair back. No one had visited "George" in prison so Oscar was unable to explain who he really was. When Michael finally visited months later, he refused to listen to what "George" had to say but when "George" said that family is the most important thing, Michael knew it was Oscar. Oscar had set up IMOSCAR.COM to get the word out, but no one read it. ("The Cabin Show")
Oscar snuck back into Lucille's apartment to get some marijuana he left there and reluctantly got caught in a conversation with Buster. Attempting to hide from George (who was under house arrest) Oscar hid inside G.O.B.'s Free Chicken Illusion box and was knocked unconscious. George found him, shaved his head again, and used him as a dummy to escape. ("Prison Break-In")
Oscar, still bald from when George shaved his head, attended George's exoneration party in a tuxedo, so everyone assumed it was George. He realized he was conned into pretending to be George by being offered free food. ("Development Arrested")
Oscar will return in Season Four!
- → See and enjoy 107 pictures of Oscar Bluth at Images of Oscar Bluth.
- Oscar appears in 20 episodes during the first three seasons, more than any other recurring guest star.
- Oscar is first mentioned in "Missing Kitty" when George tells Michael that he enjoyed firing his own twin brother.
|Main Arrested Development Characters|
|Buster • G.O.B. • George Michael • George • Linsday • Lucille • Maeby • Michael • Tobias|
| Ann • Annyong • Barry Zuckerkorn • Bob Loblaw • Ice • Kitty • Larry Middleman • Lucille 2 • Lupe|
Maggie Lizer • Marta • Mort Meyers • Oscar • Rita • Stan Sitwell • Steve Holt • Tony Wonder • Uncle Trevor • G.O.B.'s wife