Your mom probably told you that watching too much television wouldn’t pay off. But on Saturday night, you might go home with cash if you know which dysfunctional fictional family made a fortune from frozen bananas, if you’ve heard of Motherboy and if you can remember what a “never nude” is.
The more you can recall under pressure about the Bluths, the hysterically nasty tribe from the 2003-06 Fox comedy series “Arrested Development,” the better the chances that you and your team can outlast your opponents through eight rounds of eight questions.
Geeks Who Drink will present “No Touching: A Quiz About ‘Arrested Development’ ’’ at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Baja Bean Co. on the University Corner.
The company’s quizzes, which can be found at 8 p.m. Thursdays at Rapture and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays at Baja Bean, offer teams of contestants opportunities for bonding and bragging rights. There’s still time to assemble your quiz team — no more than six members, please — and go online to watch all three seasons’ episodes to get ready.
So why an “Arrested Development” quiz?
“The dialogue is so sharp, it’s so quotable and the cast is so good,” said John Dicker, who is founder, owner and quizmaster in chief of Geeks Who Drink, a national pub quiz. “Everyone is so passive-aggressive and manipulative.”
Dicker said that at some of the locations across the country that’ll be offering the quiz in the coming week, so many “Arrested Development” fans already have made reservations online that people may be turned away at the door.
Geeks Who Drink has presented quizzes on other popular television series and films from “The Big Lebowski” to “Lost,” including several on “The Simpsons.”
But there’s something about the Bluth family that seems to be bringing out passionate comedy fans.
Actors Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jessica Walter, Jeffrey Tambor, Portia di Rossi, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, David Cross and Alia Shawkat brought to life a wild group of characters in a riches-to-rags story of greed, legal woes and increasingly bizarre behavior. Through the eyes of Bateman’s Michael, the son who’s perhaps closest to normal, viewers see a hilariously corrupt father, a manipulative mother, siblings who appear to be adults but don’t behave like them and a brother-in-law who walks around in blue makeup in hopes of winning a spot in the Blue Man Group.
Dicker shared some tips for preparing for the competition.
“I would study for this event. I would watch at least a few episodes,” Dicker said. “You can’t study for most of these [quizzes], but this one, you definitely can.”
The comedy series is layered with cultural references, double entendres and inside jokes referring to past episodes, so listening to the dialogue carefully could be the key to victory.
Another suggestion from the president is to agree on a code word that any team member can use to let the others know in the heat of battle that he or she is confident about having the right answer.
“People often cross out the right answer and second-guess themselves,” Dicker said.
He also recommended a divide-and-conquer approach to sifting through mounds of trivia. Try splitting up the seasons among teammates for closer study so you can have a first-season expert, a second-season guru and a go-to person for the third season.
Oh, and in the comedy series’ fictional universe, Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Stand is the corrupt family’s only profitable enterprise, Motherboy is a mother-son bonding event with dinner, dancing and costumes and a “never nude” showers in cutoff-jean shorts to avoid ever being actually naked.