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A year ago, we Arrested Development fans learned that our underrated, unfairly canceled, favorite-comedy-on-TV was going to return to us after seven years off the air. We've been chomping at the bit ever since, waiting to be reunited with those crazy, self-involved Bluths. On Sunday, Season 4 finally arrived. And now that it's here, everyone's talking about ... Portia de Rossi's face.
"Does Lindsay Bluth-Funke Look Different to You?" asks Buzzfeed.com. Hollywood Life was less polite, surveying plastic surgeons about what procedures she may have undergone. (Top guesses: nose job, eyelid surgery, Botox.) And there's been a chorus of fan tweets, of course:
"Was I the only one who spent the first 2 minutes of [Episode 3] Googling whether that was actually Portia de Rossi playing Lindsay?" tweeted one viewer.
“I’ve never been so bummed out by plastic surgery until I saw Lindsay Bluth 2.0,” another sniped. And so on.
Vanity and insipidity are, of course, Lindsay Bluth hallmarks, and theories exist that her "new face" is actually an elaborate Arrested Development joke, courtesy of some serious makeup. A central plot of Episode 4 revolves around her tryst with a guy with "face blindness." (A woman who prizes her looks ... with a guy who can't distinguish them!) It's a classic, Arrested Development-style turn of the knife, and de Rossi plays the part as winningly as ever. But as for the mean reaction to the cosmetic surgery she appears to have undergone, frankly, it's undeserved.
Her choice here, as Arrested Development went back into production: Forge ahead on camera, despite the first signs of emerging jowls, laugh lines and/or crinkly eyes; or get talked into some procedures, which, let's face it, nearly everyone around her is probably doing. To criticize her choice is plain hateful.
"The one thing I don't wanna do is chase what I looked like at 20," she told People a few months after turning 40. Truth is, she'll get criticized for wrinkles if she doesn't go under the knife. All this sounds depressing, and you might say you can't win in Hollywood. On the other hand, de Rossi still looks gorgeous, and she's still drawing a fat paycheck. So who cares what AD viewers think of her new look?