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Arrested Development’s Buster Bluth Gave Away Banana Sundaes in Burbank

Actor Tony Hale hosted the one-day pop-up at Ben & Jerry’s

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Actor Tony Hale tries a Bluth banana sundae
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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Best known as the one-handed Buster Bluth on Arrested Development, actor Tony Hale gave away banana sundaes at the Burbank Ben & Jerry’s yesterday. The Bluth Banana Stand pop-up operated for a quick 90 minutes, where fans lined up to get a glimpse of their favorite man-child and grab a banana sundae.

The partnership between Ben & Jerry’s and Netflix’s series is a one-time moment Buster Bluth. Fans were able to watch directionless Bluth in his first-ever job at an ice cream parlor, where he invented the Bluth Banana Stand Sundae. To celebrate the launch of season five, Hale stood behind the counter and gave away sundaes with a prosthetic arm ice cream scooper, as a seal tore off Bluth’s hand during season two.

Jessica Walter and Jeffrey Tambor play Buster’s parents Lucille and George Bluth, and they’re competing for the “family of the year” campaign in season five. Forget that Bluth Family Headquarters will award the fiction contest, or that the narcissistic Bluths aren’t deserving of any award. At Thursday’s pop-up, fans received hats and pins with the slogan “Make America Bluth Again.”

Eater spoke with Hale after sampling the Bluth banana sundae for the first time. “Vanilla ice cream, peanuts, bannas, whipped cream, chocolate? That’s kind of the perfect dessert. Ice cream is just a comforting food,” he said.

Even though Hale won’t personally serve sundaes beyond this week, the Bluth banana sundae is available at 55 national Ben & Jerry’s locations. The promotion starts today and lasts for one month. Season five airs May 29 on Netflix.

Buster Bluth’s prosthetic arm ice cream scooper
Buster Bluth’s prosthetic arm ice cream scooper