Jessica Walter’s Best Arrested Development Moments

Hollywood has lost yet another legend in the form of Jessica Walter.

The actress died in New York on Wednesday at the age of 80.

She has worked in Hollywood from the 1960s onwards and has garnered quite a few awards along the way, but her most famous role was that of Lucille Bluth in “Arrested Development”.

Walter appeared in all five seasons of the hit sitcom, which ran on FOX from 2003-2006 before switching to Netflix for two final seasons.

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Here’s a look at Walter’s best moments as the sharp-tongued and money-obsessed matriarch Lucille Bluth:

“Good for her!”

Jessica Walter in ‘Arrested Development’.
(Netflix)

Lucille was a comedic force on “Arrested Development,” but one line in particular has already been immortalized in the form of a popular meme.

While explaining her frustrations with her youngest son, Lucille has a flashback to 1994, where she sees a newscaster tell a story about a young mother who drove her car into a lake because “she couldn’t take it anymore.”

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“Good for her!” says Lucille, much to the shock of her son sitting next to her.

“I don’t know who that is”

Jessica Walters and Jason Bateman in Arrested Development.

Jessica Walters and Jason Bateman in Arrested Development.
(Netflix)

One of Lucille’s many qualities was her lack of awareness outside of her own bubble, such as not knowing who Jimmy Kimmel was.

Speaking to her son, Michael – played by Jason Bateman – Lucille reveals that she sent another son to war when she was “confronted” by Michael Moore “for the whole country.”

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Her son explains that it wasn’t Moore, but just a look-a-like and instead of standing for the whole country, the joke was just a bit for Kimmel’s talk show.

“I don’t know who that is, and I don’t care to find out,” she said sharply.

“I do not understand the question”

From left to right, top to bottom: Portia de Rossi, Jeffrey Tambor, Alia Shawkat, David Cross, Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale and Michael Cera from 'Arrested Development'.

From left to right, top to bottom: Portia de Rossi, Jeffrey Tambor, Alia Shawkat, David Cross, Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale and Michael Cera from ‘Arrested Development’.
(Netflix)

Lucille had once had a lot of money and developed a fine taste, so she wasn’t very excited to stop at a restaurant called Klimpy’s, but her low blood sugar required it.

When she ordered the “Ike and Tina Tuna”, a waitress asked Lucille if she wanted a “plate or bowl”.

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“I don’t understand the questions and I won’t respond to them,” she snapped back.

The chicken dance

Jessica Walter and Jeffrey Tambor in 'Arrested Development'.

Jessica Walter and Jeffrey Tambor in ‘Arrested Development’.
(Netflix)

The Bluth family’s wealth also presumably kept them away from any kind of physical labor, including working with livestock – which would explain why no one can imitate a chicken.

When Lucille’s son asks Michael why his family thinks he’s afraid to ask a woman out, his father says, “Because you’re a chicken. You are a chicken!’

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He starts cooing like a bird and dancing, trying to imitate a chicken and as Lucille joins in the fun, flapping her arms slightly, it becomes clear that the Bluths don’t know how a chicken behaves.

“I’ll leave when I’m good and ready”

Lucille Bluth was her family's selfish and confident matriarch.

Lucille Bluth was her family’s selfish and confident matriarch.
(Netflix)

Lucille was able to hold her own against just about anyone on “Arrested Development” and never let anyone push her.

When two of her sons were discussing whether to keep a boat named Seaward, she walked into the conversation.

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“Down with the Seaward,” says one son.

She mistakes the name of the boat with the term ‘c-word’ and replies, ‘I’ll leave when I’m good and done.

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