You all know how I feel. Arrested Development is awesome. This season is no exception.
However, since I'm also more carefully attuned to it, maybe too much, I did feel like something in the rhythms was a little off. But when I rewatched the episode, I couldn’t sense it anymore. Maybe I was over-scrutinizing it the first time through. I do feel there were a couple of jokes that missed the mark a bit, strained too hard, or fell on the overly heavy-handed side of things. Overall, though, still very solid, and still the favorite.
ADDENDUM: Two of the great pleasures of Arrested Development are that it is fast and unpredictable. I think what was happening was that I was starting to anticipate the show's rhythms. Or, when a joke did come, my feeling was more of an "Ah, there's one of the show's trademark repetitions," or "There's one of the show's trademark visual rhymes." And while the fast pace of the show would normally keep you from guessing and over-analyzing while it's running, I've gotten in the habit of savoring joke moments by replaying them over on TiVo. It's great, because there are so many little nuances that are hard to see unless you do this, or at least unless you watch each episode twice. But I think doing it on first viewing does throw off the flow.