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Jessica Walter winks suggestively and describes Lucille Bluth’s “dire straits” in “Arrested Development” season 4

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By Michael Rougeau

Arrested Development“‘s Lucille Bluth, played by Jessica Walter, is known for many things, but subtlety is not one of them. That’s evident whenever Lucille attempts to wink, a recurring joke that IFC couldn’t resist dragging up when we sat down with the actress during a recent “Arrested Development” press day.

“Oh god,” she said, closing a single eye in what appeared to be a prolonged grimace. The room erupted in laughter and applause, and she joined in enthusiastically.

The woman who plays the Bluth family matriarch seemed thrilled that “Arrested Development” is returning for a fourth season on Netflix after Fox cancelled it in 2006. She was all smiles as IFC asked her about her favorite scene from past seasons of the show.

She described one in which Lucille and her daughter Lindsay, played by Portia de Rossi, are forced to eat at a diner after being turned away from an upscale restaurant. Lucille orders the “Ike and Tina tuna” from the “trashy blonde waitress,” as Walter described it. The waitress asks a simple question, and Lucille replies, “I don’t understand the question, and I won’t respond to it.” It took Walter two tries, but she delivered the line flawlessly.

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Walter loves “those kind of moments,” she explained. “I had a moment where — it wasn’t even mine, really, it was Buster’s — where I accuse him of stealing my rape horn, and he says very quietly to my other son Michael, he says, ‘Yeah like anybody would ever want to “R” her.’ I mean, you know, there were just so many good moments.”

During the finale of season 3, Lucille was revealed as the mastermind behind the Bluth Company’s many transgressions and deceits. Now that the cat’s out of the bag, Walter said, Lucille is “in dire straits.”

“Well, she’s suffered for it. Let’s put it that way,” she said. “You see the ankle bracelet in the posters that they’re showing. You know that means home surveillance by the authorities.”

Lucille has returned to old vices, as well. “She’s drinking maybe a little more than ever,” Walter explained. “She’s taken up smoking again.” That much became evident in a clip that Netflix released leading up to the premiere of season 4 — Lucille exhales cigarette smoke carelessly into the willing mouth of poor Buster, who then blows it out the balcony doors.

Walter wouldn’t drop any other hints, though. “We’re not allowed to give any plot details, unfortunately, because we want everybody to watch and be surprised,” she said. “I can’t really say that much about what she’s been up to, but it’s multi-layered.”

As for her favorite recurring joke? “Well, there’s always ‘I’ve made a huge mistake.’ That’s one running gag I love,” Walter said. “GOB’s line, you know, everybody ends up saying it, especially Lucille, as you’ll see.”

“And I love the music,” she continued. “They play that Snoopy ‘Peanuts’ music whenever something sad happens. That happens. I love when that happens.”

“Arrested Development” season 4 will air on Netflix in its entirety beginning May 26. Keep an eye out for IFC’s interviews with the rest of the show’s cast as the premiere approaches.

What is your favorite recurring joke from “Arrested Development”? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…