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 ...
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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, 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 doesn't have five brothers in real life. They were all played by Andy, and this was in reference to his failed Fox comedy "Quintuplets". 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 »


Narrator: [after an old woman makes a racist comment] OK, we'll just tell you right now - she's the one who dies.
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References S.O.B. (1981) See more »


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Composed by David Schwartz
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Why S.O.B is so called: the Blake Edwards homage
15 January 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

S.O.B whose title is meant to be a play on "S.O.B" which stands for Save Our Bluthes, besides being an obvious joke, also refers to a movie of that same name by Blake Edwards - the mega Hollywood comedic director who created the Pink Panther series with "A Shot In the Dark" ( a line which is quoted in another episode by Tobais).

S.O.B was Blake Edwards's scathing rebuke of the Hollywood film industry that prefers glitz over content and forces artists to beg for money and pander to the lowest common denominator or the latest fad. Many previous reviewers have picked up on Arrested Development's criticism of the Hollywood funding machinery and how it effects the from and content of this episode- hence the 3D scene and the Live stream ending. What the creators of this show were doing was adding another lense/layer to see the episode through. Like a fine Old Masters painting, Arrested Development is made up of layers upon layers of transparent references that can be seen and stay invisible at the same time depending on its viewer: this is Semiotics at its best folks! How Meta this show gets is as far as your knowledge and imagination can take you! S.O.B is also an anagram for Standard Operational Bulls..t. BRILLIANT!!

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