Arrested Development: Season 3, Episode 9

S.O.B.s (2 Jan. 2006)

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George Sr. suggests a last-ditch effort to save the family by holding a fund raiser to raise money to pay their legal expenses. Michael suggests to Lindsay that she take over the house work... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Donnie Richter / Chareth Richter / Rocky Richter-Wang / Himself (pretending to be Emmett Richter) / Himself
Tannis Vallely ...
Casting Director
Mrs. Van Skoyk
Anne Bellamy ...
Woman at Country Club


George Sr. suggests a last-ditch effort to save the family by holding a fund raiser to raise money to pay their legal expenses. Michael suggests to Lindsay that she take over the house work, and he sends George-Michael to an expensive boarding school. Meanwhile, Maeby has trouble with a snowboarding film and Tobias tries to be a "discipline daddy". Written by halo1k

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Andy Richter has been on the show multiple times before. He can be seen in episode #2.7 - "Switch Hitter" (dropping his sandwich on the way out of the parking lot), episode #2.8 - "Queen For A Day" (being confronted by Tobias at the movie studio) and episode #3.5 - "Mr. F" (in the background while Michael and Rita are on the Tantamount Studios tour). See more »


In the end, Buster's thumb is shot off. However, you can clearly see that he is holding his thumb down, trying to hide it for the camera. See more »


Donnie Richter: We dont have grades here. A student either learns and gets an "L" or they fluctuate.
George Michael Bluth: What do we get for that?
Donnie Richter: An "F".
[Mr. F music plays]
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S.O.B is a story within a story much like the Blake Edwards movie
15 January 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I am a huge fan of this show and was so sad that during its heyday, I didn't watch TV. So, I missed the full impact of this episode which was a last ditch ploy by the producers of AD to keep the show going after an unsatisfactory performance in ratings and lots of criticisms about the characters not being relatable.

The previous reviewers got the jist of the episode, I love that they tried adding 3d elements and a suspenseful death to make it more sensational "TV" . What I wanted to add to this review was the extent to which the episode SOB Save our Blutes also blatantly refers to a movie of that same name by Blake Edwards - an I spurring Hollywood comedic director of "Shot In the Dark" ( which is a line quoted in the next episode by Tobais). SOB was a scathing rebuke of the Hollywood film industry that goes for glitz over content and forces good creators to beg for money and pander to the lowest common denominator and the latest fad - hence the 3D parts and the Live stream section. SOB is an anagram for Standard Operational Bulls..t.

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