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Cinco de Cuatro I

"Cinco de Cuatro I"
Directors: Mitch Hurwitz & Troy Miller — Writer: Jim Brandon, Mitch Hurwitz, Dean Lorey, Richard Rosenstock, Brian Singleton, Jim Vallely & Caroline Williams — Aired: May 4, 2018 — Icon-image      

"Cinco de Cuatro I" was the twentieth episode of chronological re-cut of Arrested Development's fourth season. It premiered on Netflix on May 4, 2018.

After each has a bad experience with Love, Buster seeks out Lucille 2 and Lindsay realizes who she really is. Maeby learns the truth about Perfecto.


At the Love household, Buster is fitting in and thanks Ophelia Love for all her help. He wants to take their relationship to the next level, meaning she should adopt him, however Ophelia kisses him. She has found out that Herbert Love has cheated on her with a prostitute, actually an unaware Lindsay. Buster decides to be Ophelia's lover and not her son, and they sleep together. Meanwhile, Lindsay bumps into Marky Bark, who is now out of prison. He is planning to plant a bomb on Herbert Love's float at Cinco de Cuatro before fleeing to Mexico to be with his mom.

The next day, Buster visits Lucille and tells her that he no longer needs her because he has Ophelia. While leaving, Buster meets Michael and gives his signature for the movie. Afterwards, Buster returns to Ophelia but she has talked to Herbert and they decided to give each other another chance. She tells Buster that she was just using him to hurt her husband and that he should leave. Buster grabs the photos of Herbert with the prostitute before accidentally knocking himself out with his giant hand in the hallway.

At the Fantastic Four rehearsals, Lucille has begun to perform as the villain of the show while also insulting DeBrie's performance and appearance. On the night of Cinco de Cuatro, they arrive at the pier and Tobias must put on his "rock monster" costume before handing out fliers. He runs into a problem, however, when he discovers how many children are there and he must tell him that he is a (wrongly accused) registered sex offender.

Elsewhere at the celebrations, Lindsay finds Herbert and, before she can warn him about Marky's bomb, he pays her for the sex they had. Lindsay is offended that he thinks that she is a prostitute but she cannot throw the money back at him. When she meets Maeby, Lindsay apologies for taking her check and hands her the money. Maeby is mainly offended that Lindsay paid directly rather than the money going to her. Maeby meets Perfecto and asks him to deal with Herbert Love for her.

Buster, while looking for Lucille 2, sees Tobias and Tobias asks him to dress as The Thing for the Fantastic Four musical because he can't perform it, because of all the children. He gives the costume to Buster and tells him he's a monster although Buster only wants to give the Herbert Love photos to Lucille 2. Tobias leaves and Perfecto then talks to Buster, asking him to deal with Herbert. Perfecto and Buster met through an anti-bullying scheme at his school, while Buster was looking after the Love family's children. Buster tells him that he can't be a monster and leaves to met Lucille 2. She recognises Lindsay in the photos with Herbert Love and Buster wants her to ruin Herbert's election chances.

Lucille meets Lindsay and she also knows about the photos. Lindsay tells her that she is recommitting to being liberal and she throws away her red wig disguise. Lucille tells her that she is always going to be a Bluth who only cares about herself. Lindsay decides to accept Lucille 2's offer to be a campaign manager but Sally Sitwell has already taken the role. Sally tells her that Lucille 2 is going to make the photos with Lindsay go viral in order to take down Herbert Love. Lindsay leaves and immediately bumps into David, Herbert's aide. Herbert has disappeared and someone needs to talk in his place. Lindsay decides to talk to his very supportive crowd so she can accuse him of sexual harassment before the photos become public knowledge.

Perfecto returns to Maeby and tells her that Herbert has been taken care of. The blowback at Cinco starts and Maeby mentions that he is an undercover cop but Perfecto reveals that the badge was actually an anti-bullying badge. He is actually 17 and Maeby grows concerned because of their relationship and the fact that she is 23. Perfecto tells her not to worry because no one knows about that except, it turns out, Perfecto's adoptive mother Lucille 2.

Back on stage, the blowback reaches Lindsay and one of the protesters steals her necklace. She believes that they're Mexicans and feels that they should put up a wall. The crowd loves this idea and so Lindsay continues to chant it along with them.

On the next Arrested Development: Fateful Consequences... Sally Sitwell is on TV talking about the disappearance of Lucille 2 next to the bloodstained steps of the stair car. Sally hopes that she is found while a man paints "VOTE FOR SITWELL" on the side of the stair car. Meanwhile, Maeby is back at high school and her teacher overhears a conversation between her and Perfecto where she mentions that they slept together. Her teacher is actually Rocky Richter, not Donnie, and he arrests her because he is an undercover cop.


Main Cast (in order of appearance)



  • Bob Glouberman as David the Aide
  • Eli Vargas as Perfecto Telles
  • Adrian Kali Turner as Julius
  • Elise Robertson as Scarlet Letterman
  • Daniel Amerman as Mark Cherry
  • Mekai Curtis as Irving
  • Marla Garlin as Marla
  • Bill Johnson as Dancer #2
  • Ann Lopez as Dancer #3
  • Deb Hiett as Dancer #4
  • Kari Lee Cartwright as Dancer #5
  • John Bonny as Dancer #6
  • Kelly Sry as Jeremny
  • Aimee Shyn as Reveler
  • Woon Young Park as Marauder

Recurring themes[]


  • Captain and Tennille - When Ophelia Love hands Buster photos of her husband Herbert with a prostitute (Lindsay), Buster's reaction is "I've worn a captain's hat with someone who had hair like that." This is a callback to "The Weak Become the Strong" when Lindsay is given the orange wig by Lucille Austero, who says "I used to wear that with the captain, and I was..." Lindsay responds with "Tennille?". Lucille then says "... and not make eye contact. Yes!"
  • Liza Minnelli's entertainment career
    • Liza with a "Z" - The outline for Lucille Austero's body on the stair car matches Liza Minnelli's pose on the cover of her album Liza with a "Z".  The blood forms the Z.
  • Peanuts - Buster does the sad walk to "Christmas Time Is Here" as many Bluths have done before.

Callbacks/Running Jokes[]

  • Chant - Lindsay and The crowd at Cinco de Cuatro chant the words "put up this wall, put up this wall" the same way the Bluth employees chanted "don't buy, don't buy" in "The Cabin Show" and "Speech" in "Marta Complex".
  • Contradicting the narrator - After Maeby finds out Perfecto's actual age, the narrator starts to say she has to admit to making a huge mistake, but is interrupted by Maeby shrugging it off and saying, "No, I'm fine." Similar instances of people contradicting the narrator's statements in mid-sentence occur with Lindsay in "The Weak Become the Strong" and G.O.B. and Tony Wonder in "Turning on Each Other".
  • Hot mess - Buster calls himself a "hot mess". Lucille, Buster, and Oscar use this phrase in "Just Deserters", while Michael calls Lucille 2 this in "The Parent Traps".
  • "I've made a huge mistake" - The narrator starts to say that Maeby has made a huge mistake, but then she quickly interrupts him with "Nah, I'll be fine."
  • Maeby has poor literacy skills - She tells Herbert Love's campaign manager, "I'm the discreetiest."
  • Motherboy - When Buster tells Lucille that he had sex with Ophelia, he tells her "I'm not a motherboy anymore, I'm a mother man."
  • Photo montages - Lindsay and Love made love in a photobooth, as George Michael and Michael do separately with Rebel.
  • Smoking - When Ophelia kisses Buster he says "That's funny, no smoke came out," a reference to Lucille's method of smoking indoors seen in "Just Deserters."
  • Spanish - The narrator refers to the day before Cinco de Quatro as Tres de Cinco. This translates to "Three of Five" in Spanish. The introduction to "Cinco de Cuatro I" has a caption saying "un" which is "one" in French, not Spanish.
  • Turtle - Lucille asks if Buster's new girlfriend is a hamster or turtle. Buster previously owned a pet turtle named "Mother" in Season Three's "Prison Break-In."
  • "Whatcha Tryin' To Say To Me" - The exact same funky pre-credits music cue plays as Maeby is arrested as a sex offender as at the end of the pilot when George Michael has to share a room with Maeby. The song itself is "Gonna get together" by Leroy.

Hidden/Background Jokes[]

  • Music -
    • A newly written recapping song plays over the recap at the start of the episode.
    • The "Lady Allure" song that plays when Buster and Ophelia kiss, also plays when Lucille smokes in "Just Deserters" and "What Goes Around".
  • Ron Howard - In the recapping song, "Mr. Howard" is referenced, presumably a reference to the narrator Ron Howard.

In Comparison to the Original Cut[]

This episode is made up from 6 episodes of the original cut of Season 4. Because the re-cut is chronological and combines the characters' stories into one narrative, new narration was recorded and there is even some additonal dialogue. These changes, as well as which scenes appear in which original episode, are listed below:

  • Recapping, new dialogue in italics
    • There is a new song added for the recap. The lyrics are: Recapping. Recapping. Ain't gonna stop 'til he's done with recapping(?). Recapping. Recapping. Even more recapping. Recapping. This keeps happening. Oh, Mr. Howard, sure keep yappin'.
    • Buster and the Love family (4x14 Off the Hook)
    • Lucille mentions the photos (4x10 Queen B.)
    • Maeby and Lindsay (4x8 Red Hairing)
    • Maeby & David (4x12 Señoritis)
    • George Michael & Maeby (4x12 Señoritis)
    • Maeby & Lindsay (4x8 Red Hairing)
    • Lindsay & Herbert Love (4x8 Red Hairing)
    • Maeby finds out Perfecto is a cop (4x12 Señoritis)
    • Maeby & “Donnie” Richter (4x12 Señoritis)
    • Maeby & Barry (4x12 Señoritis)
    • There is new dialogue with Maeby & Perfecto:
      • Perfecto: I’ll do anything for you.
      • Maeby: Wow. You’re so sweet.
    • Tobias at Austerity (4x9 Smashed)
    • Tobias at the model home (4x5 A New Start)
    • Tobias is arrested (4x9 Smashed)
    • Fantastic Four musical (4x9 Smashed)
    • Lucille at Austerity (4x9 Smashed)
  • Buster at the Love family home (4x14 Off the Hook)
  • Flashbacks to Buster's life (4x14 Off the Hook)
    • Buster: M-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-(screams)
    • Buster: Thank you, mother.
  • Buster and Ophelia Love talk (4x14 Off the Hook)
    • The "Lady Allure" music plays when Ophelia kisses Buster again.
  • Cinco de Cuatro opening (new to the remix)
    • John Beard (?) reads an introduction to each Cinco de Cuatro episode
      • John Beard (?): On the fourth of May in the city of Newport Beach, there occurs a festival called the Cinco de Cuatro – originally intended to debilitate the next day’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. On this particular Cinco de Cuatro, however, each member of the Bluth family would find their lives irreversibly changed by the consequences of this fateful night.
    • The flash of light that shows Lucille 2 slumped on the stair car steps is new.
    • This caption is new: Cinco de Cuatro / un / (ONE)
  • Buster with the Love family (4x14 Off the Hook)
    • Narrator: It was Tres de Cinco and Buster Bluth had finally found love.
    • The new caption: "days earlier..."
  • Lindsay and Marky Bark outside the restaurant (4x8 Red Hairing)
  • Buster visits Lucille in prison, meets Michael (4x14 Off the Hook)
  • Buster returns to Ophelia Love (4x14 Off the Hook)
  • Fantastic Four rehearsals (4x9 Smashed)
  • Tobias and the musical at Cinco de Cuatro (4x9 Smashed)
    • The reveller is no longer singing “The cockroach, the cockroach! Da da da da da!” and instead says “Yeah, sorry. Cinco de Mayo. (breaks guitar) Cuatro.
    • Emmett: You’re not worried about some blowback of some sort?
  • Lindsay and Herbert Love at Cinco de Cuatro (4x8 Red Hairing)
    • This exchange is longer:
      • Lindsay: I'm not a prostitute.
      • Herbert Love: Oh, I know, I know.  A sex worker.
    • This exchange is new:
      • Herbert Love: Uh, now what was that you wanted to warn me about?
      • Lindsay: I have herpes.
      • Herbert Love: No problem, you probably got ‘em from me.
  • Lindsay and Maeby at Cinco (4x12 Señoritis)
    • Lindsay’s “if you choose to do facial reconstruction” becomes “if you choose to do work on your face”.
  • Tobias at Cinco (4x9 Smashed)
    • Tobias: Oh no! What? Oh no. Who would bring kids here? […]
  • Maeby and Perfecto at Cinco (4x12 Señoritis)
    • Maeby: Yeah, well… [NOTE: This is in 4x12 Señoritis but it cannot be heard, only seen]
  • Tobias at Cinco, continued (4x9 Smashed)
    • Tobias: Hi, Tobias Fünke. Registered sex offender. Registered sex offender. F.Y.I. Registered sex offender. It’s a very funny story.
  • Tobias and Buster at Cinco (4x9 Smashed, 4x14 Off the Hook)
  • Buster and the bully flashback (4x14 Off the Hook)
  • Buster and Perfecto, Buster and Lucille 2 at Cinco (4x14 Off the Hook)
  • Lindsay and Lucille at Cinco (4x8 Red Hairing)
    • Lindsay: Look who tunnelled out?
  • Lindsay, Lucille 2, and Sally Sitwell at Cinco (4x8 Red Hairing)
    • Narrator: It was Sally Sitwell, a woman who’d once been Lindsay’s rival. [was “who’d long been”]
  • Lindsay and David, Lindsay on stage (4x8 Red Hairing)
    • Lindsay: God.
  • Perfecto returns to Maeby (4x12 Señoritis)
  • Lindsay on stage (4x8 Red Hairing)
    • This exchange is different:
      • Narrator: And it was at this moment that Lindsay stopped being, as a shaman might say, so full of [bleep] all the time…
      • Lindsay: Yeah, we should put up a wall.
      • Narrator: …and discovered who she really was…
      • Man: We love you!
      • Lindsay: I love you, too.
    • Lindsay: My name is Lindsay Bluth, and I say put up this wall!
    • This exchange is new:
      • Lindsay and crowd: Put up this wall!
      • Crowd: Put up this wall! Put up this wall!
      • Lindsay: Keep America American!
  • On the next... Sally Sitwell on TV, Maeby is arrested (4x12 Señoritis)


  • G.O.B. and George, Sr. don't appear in this episode.
  • In the recap, a poster behind Maeby at school says "2013 Group Picture". In all other versions of this scene, the poster is blank.