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


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John Beard (as John Beard)


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

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26 May 2013 (USA)  »

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Thomas Robinson, who appears in this episode as Undercover Kid Cop, previously worked with Jason Bateman on the film, The Switch (2010). See more »


The license plate on Tobias' car reads 'ANUSTART'. California plates only have 7 characters. See more »


Tobias Fünke: And I recognize you from somewhere, but it's not from the Fantastic Four. It's from somewhere else.
Debrie Bardeaux: I've done some things I'm not proud of.
Tobias Fünke: Episodics? Been there.
Narrator: It wasn't episodic.
[flashback to a bedroom film set with a visible boom mike and actors reading off cue cards]
Narrator: She had been in a series of softcore porn movies about women leading straight men into gay sex called "Straightbait".
Debrie Bardeaux: This is my brother. He's gay. If you want to have sex with me, then you've got to have sex with him first.
'Gay' Straightbait Actor: ...
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References The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »


Arrested Development
Composed by David Schwartz
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Sweet tart
1 April 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Unsurprisingly, a bright spot in the first half of season 4 is Tobias' first episode, A New Start, which I have decided to make the subject of my 400th IMDb review. Tobias has always been a popular character on AD, or at least as close to popular as you can get for a show that was cancelled because no one watched it. The episode starts with Tobias mysteriously appearing in a rocky costume, and more uses of this "anus tart" slur, both of which we see explained during the course of the episode. The rendering of "A New Start" in license plate abbreviation is tragically ludicrous, in the vein Tobias has always fallen in. In fact, in this episode Lindsay confronts him with the truth about this "running joke"- the way he talks is terribly misleading. That doesn't stop him from denying the ambiguous part of being dressed up the Ambiguously Gay Duo later on, though.

As he and his new girlfriend Debrie attempt to profit from Fantastic Four plagiarism, we explore more of his legendary ineptitude leading to bad fortune- constantly getting hit with legal penalties for a big mouth, and having kids grab their photos for free on their cell phones (testimony to the new age in which we live). To culminate by making Tobias a sex offender by way of another big misunderstanding is the coup de grâce.

Season 4 is the most intricately connected season of the series, as we see when it's revealed how closely Tobias' story is tied with Lindsay's- among other things, that he was the one sitting behind her on the plane. And another kicker is that, as we will see, the daughter who he was trying to reach out to will soon join him on that registry.

At the end of the day, A New Start is a good episode by itself- but it is also a piece of a larger jigsaw puzzle that's stronger when held together. So see it all.

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