" is the fifty-second episode aired
of TV comedy series Arrested
was preparing his sister
for her upcoming deposition in the case against their father. But
she couldn’t focus on the task at hand, as she had a lot to drink
the night before. So did Tobias
who was trying to fortify himself for a sexual encounter with his
wife of many years. But Tobias had a low tolerance, so Lindsay
finished the bottle of
vodka herself, thinking vodka goes bad once it’s opened.
Tobias announced that he couldn’t be deposed, as he had been called
by the prosecution, which had asked for old photos and documents.
Tobias happily grabbed them from the model home's secret room and
put them in a box, thinking that he was auditioning for a role on a
new CBS drama.
In the kitchen, George Michael
nervously told the family that Maeby
’s birthday was coming up. He
suggested throwing her a surprise party, an event he had already
informed Maeby about after she complained that her parents probably
didn’t even know her birthday was on the horizon. Tobias decided on
the spot to go buy Maeby a present.
entered and informed Michael he
was going to performing in a USO show in Iraq. Considering that
their father was being tried for treason for building homes in
Iraq, Michael thought this was a fairly bad idea. But G.O.B.
insisted he was going, despite his brother’s protests and he’d been
doing his Christian magic act, including his walking on water and
wine into water tricks.
Later that day, Tobias met with Wayne
. Again, this was not an audition, despite what Tobias
thought - something that Jarvis coldly reminded him of. Jarvis
offered Tobias a deal if he could put George Sr. behind bars. But
because Jarvis had panned Tobias’ acting, he angrily turned down
their offer. But as he waited for the elevator, a flyer caught
Tobias’ eye: an advertisement for a scrap booking class. He thought
this would make a perfect gift for Maeby, not knowing the ad was
actually a trap set by Jarvis.
Meanwhile, Michael went to confront his father about G.O.B.’s trip
to Iraq. George Sr. explained that he needed a way off the hook.
Buster took a coma, Lucille
Lindsay to rehab, he was running out of options. Michael complained
that he would have to ask the prosecution for a delay, and then
warned his family not to make a liar out of him by skipping
was finding his coma
increasingly hard to withstand. His mother had been offering his
body to doctors, dentists and beauticians in training to practice
very painful technique on his supposedly unconscious body. But he
endured it all for Adelaide, the nurse who fell in love with his
limp form. When she told Buster she desired to hear him say
anything, even if that would mean he was faking the coma, he said
"anything". Adelaide slapped him, called him a coward and a faker
and berated herself for allowing herself to fall in love with a
comatose man. Buster tried to follow her as she ran off, but he
hadn’t used his legs in three weeks.
And Michael met with Wayne Jarvis, assuring him that no family
members were in hiding. Jarvis informed him that surveillance tapes
showed that the two women who checked in to Shady Palms under
Lindsey and Lucille’s names were clearly not his relatives. And
Buster had made fifteen phone calls to radio stations while
supposedly in a coma. Lastly, G.O.B. was in Iraq, being held in
jail as an insurgent.
Michael had been called to sign Buster out of the hospital. Buster
was despondent over Adelaide calling him a coward. Michael told him
that he had to travel to Iraq to get G.O.B. out of prison. Buster
begged Michael to let him come along. He could prove to Adelaide
that he was a hero, and use his limited Army training and Arabic
language skills to boot.
The depositions were delayed, but the prosecution was about to get
a bagful of evidence, thanks to Tobias falling for their scrap
booking sting. Meanwhile, Lindsay and Lucille were at a spa in the
desert, avoiding both rehab and their depositions. Unfortunately,
it was a dry resort.
Michael and Buster checked out of the hospital. Adelaide overheard
Buster mention their trip to Iraq, which made her think Buster was
a hero again. After saying goodbye to Adelaide, Michael and Buster
went to leave for Iraq, on "Operation Hot Brother," as Buster
called it. As they left, George Sr. was admitted to the hospital,
now in a fake coma of his own.
George Michael, meanwhile, got a hold of Maeby’s address book to
invite all of her friends to her secret Sweet 16. And the guys
finally did get to Iraq, arriving at the prison the Americans were
training the Iraqis to run. G.O.B. was thrilled to see his
brothers. G.O.B. informed Michael that he was arrested for doing
street magic. But what got him in trouble was doing "the late,
great Jesus' biggest illusion, the 'Burning Bush.'" When the bush
caught fire, the crowd began chanting “Burn Bush!” and soon it
looked like G.O.B. was leading an anti-American rally.
G.O.B. confessed to Michael that George Sr. asked him to burn a few
model homes in Sadr City if he had the time, but now he was ready
to go. Michael told him he was deemed an enemy combatant, and
perhaps wasn’t going anywhere for a while. But they were actually
released quite easily, which aroused Michael’s suspicions. Michael
then decided to go check out one of the model homes in
There, they found somebody the U.S. government had been able to
depose, one of Saddam’s many body doubles who lived with many other
body doubles. The men were quite polite, so Michael offered to fix
their air conditioning. But first, he decided to see if this model
home also had a secret room. It did, and inside, Michael found a
bombshell: an actual bombshell.
Back at the American model home, none of the invitees showed for
Maeby’s birthday party. George Michael still greeted, but Maeby
thought she knew why. The invitations reading, “Guess Who’s Turning
16?” had exposed Maeby’s secret and cost her the studio job. Alone,
they decided to have a drink, not knowing it was the fake wine from
G.O.B.’s magic show.
Back in Iraq, the Bluth boys stared at the nuclear warhead in the
secret room. And their American cab driver, who was actually an
undercover CIA agent by the name of Richard Shaw, came in and
busted them, which explained why it was so easy to get G.O.B. out
of prison. In fact, they had given G.O.B. multiple chances to break
out. Then one of the fake Saddams pointed out the warhead was a
fake made by Homefill, the same company that made fake home
decorations for the Bluth model home. But inside the hollow shell
was a U.S. government tape recorder. Richard Shaw called Langley,
where he learned the government got George Sr. to build houses in
Iraq so they could wire them.
Back home, George Michael and Maeby were drunk on fake wine. George
Michael tried to console Maeby by telling her Lucille once confided
that Lindsay never got pregnant. Maeby is touched by her cousin's
kindness in arranging a surprise party for her and, because of
this, as well as the possibility that they may not be cousins and
perhaps because they are drunk on fake wine, the two end up
passionately kissing and finally reach "second base."
In Iraq, Michael finally learned that his father actually was a
patsy, used by the government through a British building company,
just like George Sr. had always claimed. Unfortunately, now that
they knew that, the CIA agent was going to have to kill them.
However, Buster had already sent cell phone pictures of everything
to Adelaide. Michael hinted that the pictures would be kept secret
if they were set free. Richard Shaw agreed to let them go, and now
in a bargaining position, the Bluth boys were able to negotiate
direct flights home, and that the treason charges against George
Sr. would be dropped. And so, with Operation Hot Brother a success,
our American heroes returned home. Mission accomplished.
- This episode was the third of four episodes, a two-hour series
finale that aired on Fox.
- This episode's title refers to the fact that the family is
searching for a way out of their depositions, many people are
seeking an exit strategy for the Iraq war, and the fact that it was
indeed an "exit strategy" on behalf of the writers, as they had to
write a conclusion for many storylines at once here (namely George
Sr.'s "light treason" charges). The title is also a callback to a
line from "Charity Drive".
- This episode is the second episode where the Bluths go to a
different country, the first being in "¡Amigos!", when Michael, George Michael,
Maeby, Lindsay, Ann and G.O.B. went to Mexico.
- Dick Cheney In
Iraq, many of the roads appear to have been renamed after U.S.
political figures. Richard Shaw mentions "the Cheney Expressway was
backed up all the way to Halliburton Road," referring to Dick
Cheney's former position as CEO of Halliburton Energy Services, and the
corporation's role in the rebuilding of Iraq.
- Enron Former Enron
chairman Ken Lay’s scrapbook, “Where The
Money’s Buried,” includes a line going into an elephant’s ass
(i.e., the G.O.P./republican party of the USA, whose logo is an
- George W.
Bush When G.O.B.
performs an illusion called "The Burning Bush" at his Christian
magic show, the crowd misinterprets this as anti-Bush sentiment,
and begins to pull out effigies of George W. Bush to burn.
- Law &
Order John Munch, a
character from Homicide: Life on the
Street and Law and
Order: SVU played by Richard
Belzer, has a minor role in this episode. When the camera pans
up to reveal him, a piece of Law and Order-style sting
- Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart’s scrapbook, “My Secret Stock Tips” reads “Up Yours
- Mickey Rourke The
Narrator is surprised that George Michael invited Mickey Rourke to
Maeby's birthday party, a notorious Hollywood actor who's had his
fair share of controversy.
- Oliver North
Oliver North’s “Too Precious to Shred” scrapbook includes a letter,
“From the Office of the President: Oliver, Thanks for all the
secret work! - RR” referring to Ronald
- Saddam Hussein A
video of the Saddam trial is shown, which is dubbed so that Saddam
is claiming that he is just a lookalike and that the real Saddam
has a scar on his head.
- Songs It is revealed Buster has made 15 phone
calls to radio stations alternately requesting "I Will Survive" and "She's Out Of My Life".
Monologues Tobias decides to do a Vagina
Monologue for what he believes is an audition for a CBS
- Alias When Michael and
Buster arrive in Iraq, "IRAQ" flashes on the screen, then zooms
forward as the "camera" passes through the last letter (which is
see-through), in a style nearly identical to how locales were
revealed on Alias. Alias was mentioned twice
before on Arrested Development - once when Tobias
suggested that he wanted his own "Jennifer Garner-type show" and
once when Buster said that "Alias is a show about a
Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse When Michael tells
Buster and George Michael G.O.B. is in a U.S. run prison he says
"God knows what they're doing to him."
- The Golden
Girls Lucille and Lindsay go to a rehab called Shady
Pines, the name of the nursing home Sophia escaped from.
- Illusions When describing his Christian magic
act to Michael, G.O.B. mentions that Michael has already seen his
"walk on water" illusion, a reference to the ending of "The Ocean Walker".
- "Come on!" G.O.B. once again uses his catch
phrase, ending all the flashbacks in Iraqi prison with it. G.O.B.
first said "Come on!" this way in "Afternoon
G.O.B. mentions Phoenix, the destination Michael always threatens
to flee to, when he demands business-class airplane
- Duck George Michael ducks out of the way when
Michael throws the keys at him. George Michael first did this in
- Homefill Michael mentions that the bombshell
is a Homefill, the company that makes fake items for model homes.
Homefill was first mentioned in "Burning
- I'm No Scar (dot com) Saddam Hussein's plea of
"I'm No Scar. Dot com," mirroring Oscar's "I'm Oscar. Dot com" plea
in "The Cabin Show".
- Fake sites from Fox were built for both www.imoscar.com and
www.imnoscar.com; the latter mirrored the first one, with the
exception of the fact that it was written in Arabic, and the
pictures of Oscar and George Sr. were replaced with pictures of
Saddam and the lookalike. The sites have since been taken
- The Arabic text on www.imnoscar.com was actually just
meaningless gibberish written in Arabic text. Furthermore, the text
on the website seemed to be written from left to right, while
Arabic is written from right to
left. It is unclear whether this mistake was intentional.
- No matter how many times www.imnoscar.com was visited, the
counter at the bottom of the page always said you were the 42 visitor.
- Ice Cream More references are made to the
Bluths' love of ice cream.
- G.O.B. and Buster say that the bombshell in the model home
makes them want to have an ice cream cone.
- Richard Shaw says "You'll have plenty of time for ice cream in
prison. Ice cream sandwiches," referring to George Sr.'s love
affair with ice cream sandwiches when he was in prison.
- When the Bluths are bargaining with Richard Shaw, Buster
demands some ice cream.
- John Wayne The
hospital is named John Wayne General Hospital, a reference to
Tobias earlier noting John Wayne naming airports after himself in
the episode "Good Grief."
- Lucille's Fibs Lucille has invented numerous
fibs in an effort to consume more alcohol, all of which she has
passed on to Lindsay.
- Lindsay says that Vodka goes bad when it's opened.
- Maeby later says "Would it kill her to let some Vodka go bad?",
to which George Michael replies "Oh no, Vodka doesn't..."
- Lindsay says that wine only turns into alcohol if you let it
- Lindsay appears to think that grape juice might turn into wine
if you take the top off it and let it sit.
- Robot G.O.B. calls Michael a robot when he
realises he isn't crying. G.O.B. first said this about Michael in
"The Cabin Show" and "S.O.B.s"
- Soup Nazi In
"For British Eyes Only" George
Sr. had claimed about a meeting with Saddam Hussein that he thought
it had been the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld. In this episode the actor who played
the Soup Nazi, Larry Thomas, does in
fact make an uncredited appearance as one of the Saddam
impersonators. He plays the second impersonator who speaks.
- Switch The people who check into Shady Pines
under the names Lucille Bluth and Lindsay Fünke appear to be Lupe
and a younger Latino woman, possibly Lupe's daughter.
- Lupe is wearing Lucille-style clothing, likely some of
Lucille's actual clothes.
- The fake Lindsay that checks into Shady Pines is wearing
Lindsay’s “Slut” shirt, first seen in "My Mother, the Car".
- "That's okay, try again" When any of the
students who are practicing on Buster make a mistake, their teacher
will encourage them, usually using the words "That's okay, try
again." Later on, the Americans can be seen saying this to the
Iraqis who they are training as soldiers.
- Tobias is gay Numerous jokes are made about
Tobias' questionable sexuality.
- At the meeting with the prosecutor Wayne Jarvis, thinking it's
an audition for a CBS TV show, Tobias recites: "A flower in my
garden, a mystery in my panties." This is the ending of one of the
- Tobias tells Lindsay that she looks "very handso..." before
- Tobias is wearing Maeby's suit, presumably unaware that it is a
woman's suit, only made in a woman's size.
- "You're such a *bleep*" The scene where Buster
is talking to Adelaide as he leaves the hospital directly mirrors
the footage of "A Thoroughly Polite Dust-Up" from "Notapusy". Both scenes have a nurse telling a
soldier he's brave because of what he's fighting for, then saying
"You're such a *bleep*." The ending of the scene in Notapusy had
the soldier saying "When I miss your lips, I'll put a fag in my
mouth and think of you." The ending to this scene has Buster saying
"When I miss your lips, I’ll put a fig in my mouth and
think of you."
- George Michael says "Gangee once said to me, your mom might not
have ever even been pregnant with you." Lucille had indeed told him
this in "Beef Consommé".
- Operation Hot Brother When Michael and Buster
are in Iraq, Buster refers to the rescue operation as Operation Hot
Brother. This is a callback to "Motherboy
XXX" where Buster insists on having a codename for the rescue
of George Michael from participating in Motherboy. He calls it
"Operation Hot Mother", and though Michael thinks that is probably
not a good idea, they never come up with a better name for it.
- Address Book The camera pans through Maeby’s
address book which features: Grazer, B.; Grey, B.; Hilton, P.;
Holt, S.; Howard, R.; and Kennedy, J.
- B. Grazer and R. Howard obviously refer to Brian Grazer and Ron
Howard, producers of the show. Ron Howard later comments that
some guests didn't go to Maeby's party because "a lot of us just
didn't want to drive down to Orange County", referring to himself
for the first time in the series.
- S. Holt refers to Steve Holt.
- P. Hilton, obviously, to Paris
- J. Kennedy is Jamie Kennedy. He
previously made an appearance on the show in the season three
episode "Notapusy", where he was shown in a
flashback bidding on Nicole Kidman's
fake nose from The Hours for Maeby. He is
also referenced as not being able to snowboard.
- Adelaide In
this episode, it is revealed that the name of Buster's Australian
day nurse is Adelaide. Adelaide is a state capital in
- Vegetables Adelaide says "Who said vegetables
were good for your heart!" after she learns that Buster was faking
is coma. When she refers to "vegetables", she is referring to
people who are under a coma.
- Balboa Bay Window The cover of the issue shown
has the article “It’s Worse For The Mother!” by Lucille Bluth.
Looking closely enough at Buster in the picture, one can see that
the photo was taken soon after the beautician that was
experimenting on him had put too much collagen in his lips.
- Burning Bush When
G.O.B. is in Iraq performing illusions, he repeatedly fails at
performing them. When setting up his next act, he says, "And now
one of the late, great Jesus' greatest miracles, the Burning
Bush!". However, Jesus had nothing to do with the burning bush; God
revealed himself to Moses as a burning bush in the Old Testament of
- CIA File The CIA file says that George, Sr. is
an “unintentional operative.” The full text reads: “Operative
contacted to build housing in the country of Iraq for the purpose
of extracting information within the confines of laws regarding the
Patriot Act. Housing was built and prepared for surveillance with
American Operatives. / Information extracted from surveillance
devices has been retrieved and secured to be used as evidence in
whatever case the United States government deems fit. / Operative
Bluth cooperated fully with American and Iraqi agents believing
them to be British Home Builders. / Normal activity was observed
regarding business procedures that are in accord with U.S. business
practices. O. Bluth was later suspected of treason however will be
absolved of all guilt commencing the completion of Operation
Hammad. / Evidence for Bluth file BT333 can be found in section 3
of the International Trade section of the Patriot Act files. /
Bluth is currently aware he was utilized as a patsy for the
government, not unlike every U.S. citizen. This is largely due to
the Patriot Act as well.”
- Commercial When Wayne Jarvis is waiting for
the news report, a commercial can be heard “... and they deliver
insulin right to my door.” This commercial can also be heard in the
next episode, "Development
- "Connect a little" When Lindsay says she and
Lucille can "connect a little," there's a brief pause, followed by
Lucille saying "I must have a Xanax" and Lindsay suggesting "I’ll
go score some weed from the staff."
- Just One More Season One of the Saddam
look-alikes says that they "wanted to keep the house for just one
more season," most likely referring to the Arrested
Development writers, who felt the show had ended too
- Making Fun A "tipsy" George Michael can be
seen holding a corkscrew to his sleeve, saying "Look, I'm Uncle
Buster." This is only the second time George Michael has ever
intentionally made fun of another family member in the series, the
first being when he made a joke about George Sr. stocking up on
"Get Out of Jail Free" cards in
- RAM G.O.B says Michael may not have enough
RAM to understand his brotherly love, a
reference to him calling Michael a robot.
- Richard Shaw The CIA Agent is credited as
"Richard Shaw," an obvious play on the word "rickshaw" (Buster also
rents out "the only rickshaw in Baghdad" when they arrive in
- Secrets George Michael brings up Maeby after
Michael says "You don't have any secrets." Realising that he may
have revealed he has a secret involving Maeby, George Michael says
"I was changing the subject. We— no, yeah, we weren't talking about
- Set Dressing After Tobias comments on how
"incredibly detailed" Hollywood shows are, he opens the cupboard to
reveal that there is nothing in there apart from a Starbucks coffee
cup and a kettle. George Michael opens another cupboard, which
contains nothing but a Nature Valley granola bar.
- Ironically, all the other cupboards in the background appear to
be quite well-stocked.
- T.A.I. Friday's When Gob is
being tasered during the burning bush demonstration, there is a
sign for 'T.A.I Friday's' in the upper right hand corner of the
screen on a nearby restaurant. T.A.I. Friday likely means 'Thank
Allah It's Friday' a play on the US restaurant chain T.G.I.
- True Lies When Michael discovers the nuclear
warhead in the hidden room in Saddam's place, G.O.B and Buster
comment on how it makes them want to have an icecream cone. This is
a reference to True Lies where Harry identifies a nuclear warhead
as an "snow cone maker".
- Richard Belzer makes his second
appearance on the show (he was briefly seen as a guest star in
this time as "Professor" Munch, who is in
fact part of a police sting operation. On both Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit and Homicide: Life on the
Street he portrays Det. John Munch. In light of the
appearance in "S.O.B.s" as himself,
it's unclear if he is appearing as "himself" or Munch.
- The Saddam Hussein lookalikes are played by Al No' Mani, David
Kavandi and James Evans. The
role of Achmed is uncredited.
- Wayne Jarvis makes his second (and final) appearance in Season
3. His first was in "Fakin' It". This is
the first time his Japanese assistant Cho (Mitsu) has a speaking
- No Scar It is revealed at the end of the
episode that Achmed (the Saddam look-alike with the scar on his
face) is in fact the real Saddam, and the Saddam on trial is a
look-alike. This is hinted at by the fact that Achmed is fixated on
the trial, with a sinister look on his face. He also complains that
"I do a better Saddam than this guy. My Saddam would show his
teeth." This also refers to George Sr.'s tendency to replace
himself with his twin brother Oscar (hence I'm No Scar) to avoid
capture and his personal infatuation with the pristine quality of
- Religion Girlfriend G.O.B. mishears George
Michael, thinking that he said "G.O.B. should be ashamed of
himself," to which G.O.B. replies "How does he know about her?",
hinting at the fact that G.O.B. is dating George Michael's
- Adopted Lucille 'mistakenly' gives Lindsay's
age as 40. However, the next episode reveals that Lindsay is
adopted and this is in fact her true age.