My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 10

    Series Finale

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    Episode 9

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 8

    Episode 8

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 7

    Episode 7

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 6

    Episode 6

    Aired

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tamara Clatterbuck

    Lynn Todd, Mr. Todd's Wife

  • Jamie Denbo

    Jamie Samuels, The Executive Vice President

  • David Jahn

    David Hickman, COO

  • Danielle Schneider

    Danielle Todd

  • William August

    Mr. N. Paul Todd, The Obnoxious Boss

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  • show Description
  • In My Big Fat Obnoxious FiancĂ©, the producing team of Jean-Michel Michenaud and Chris Cowan pulled off the ultimate practical joke. Randi Coy had to convince her family that she was going to marry "Steve," a big, fat slob who, unbeknownst to her, was a paid actor. She and her family were tested to the breaking point in a show that featured some of the most outrageous moments in television history. But if you think that was outrageous, wait until you meet My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss. My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss is a parody of such shows as NBC's The Apprentice and even FOX's very own The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best. In the very first episode, twelve business professionals meet Mr. N. Paul Todd and learn about his multi-billionaire conglomeration, IOCOR, in a slick PowerPoint presentation. What they don't realize is that Mr. N. Paul Todd is nothing more than an anagram for Donald Trump and IOCOR comes from the Latin for "to jest." Mr. Todd is an actor named William August who's being paid to play an outrageous parody. Now they've been sucked into "his world" where he'll harass them, humiliate them, and basically make them look like complete fools. At the beginning of the show, the men and the women were divided into separate teams. In their first learning experience in corporate sabotage, they were told to give a name to the opposing team. The men chose to the name the women Femron, while the men were given the name of Concad. Before each elimination, the two teams take part in ridiculous tasks designed specifically to humiliate them. These could be anything from attempting to sell hot soup on a scorching day to attempting to "navigate" an office obstacle course. The losing team is given a punishment, while the winning team receives a reward that often ends up being worse than the punishment. However, these are not always aired. Also, in most episodes, some contestants are chosen to receive an Executive Privilege in which they get to spend some extra time with Mr. N. Paul Todd. These Privileges, in actuality, are designed to bring out Mr. Todd's shady character and further humiliate the victims of the scheme. In each episode, the losing team is sent to Mr. Todd's office. He and his actor flunkies then berate them, confuse them and annoy them before asking the team leader to choose two victims to face elimination. After a final chance to "plead their case" and a short waiting period, Mr. N. Paul Todd ejects the selected victim with a curt "Get the hell out of my office!" In the fourth episode, Mr. Todd got bored with this phrase and decided to start using a contestant's decision: "You're dismissed." By the next episode, though, he had apparently grown bored with that and switched back the original phrase. However, in the show's big twist, Todd isn't the one making the decisions. Instead, completely unknown to the contestants, the decision is made by a mystery boss whose identity is a complete secret. FOX promises, however, that when it is revealed, it will be a shocking, jaw-dropping twist. Given FOX's past record, it's probably rather lame and not at all jaw-dropping. At the end of the series, the remaining victim wins $250,000. The other victims win nothing.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (34)

    • Mr. Todd: I don't know if you're aware of this or not, but you're short. Tall people have an advantage.

    • Mr. Todd: (first utterance of his "trademark" line) Get the hell out of my office.

    • Tonia: Only a person of true heart can wield Excalibur.

    • Elli: (to a doorman) FYI, you work for a jackass.

    • Kent Todd: (regarding Femron's jingle) It's supposed to be a jingle. A jingle is short. They'd written, like, an operetta.

    • Men: (singing) Drycon, Drycon, it's everywhere you look!

    • Mr. Todd: So how about we jacuzzi?

    • Mr. Todd: Any questions? Good. Because I wasn't going to answer them.

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    Notes (29)

    • The program generally starts one minute late, at 9:01 P.M.

    • In addition to executive producers Chris Cowan and Jean-Michel Michenaud, many other members of this show's staff were also responsible for the making of My Big Fat Obnoxious FiancĂ©.

    • The name of the obnoxious boss Mr. N. Paul Todd, portrayed by actor William August, is actually an anagram for Donald Trump, who is the big money boss on NBC's The Apprentice, the program which this show parodies.

    • Viewers learn that the person making the decisions as to who will be eliminated is not, in fact, the obnoxious boss Mr. N. Paul Todd. Instead, Mr. Todd is given the results from a "mystery boss" who will not be revealed until the season finale.

    • In this episode, the guys and girls are asked to choose team names for each other in a bit of corporate sabotage. The girls choose to name the guys Concad --- combining two words, "con" and "cad." (Cad is a word for a man whose behavior is unprincipled or dishonorable.) The guys choose to name the girls Femron. Their hope is to degrade them by putting in people's minds a negative association with the infamous Enron scandal.

    • This episode introduces the idea of rewards and punishments for the winning and losing teams respectively. This is something that is not followed up in later episodes. Although they are mentioned, they are not aired.

    • The following organizations, businesses and people are credited under Special Thanks in every episode: Chicago Film Office, Illinois Film Office, Wexler Video, Spectrum Real Estate, Jerry Lasky, Murray Peretz.

    • Daniel is the first victim eliminated.

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    Trivia (2)

    • Close-captioning throughout the episode miscaptioned N. Paul Todd as M. Paul Todd.

    • Online schedule listings and a press release from The Futon Critic for this episode talked about a challenge or punishment in which the contestants would have to go into a sweatroom in full business attire, but it was never shown.

    Allusions (2)

    • Tonia: Only a person of true heart can wield Excalibur.
      The supposed Excalibur sword seen in this episode is admittedly nothing more than a ridiculous fake. Also, Mr. Todd certainly does not have the pure heart required to wield it. Although the victims apparently didn't know it, the Excalibur sword is known only as a legend. It's said that the legendary wizard, Merlin, helped King Arthur to obtain this majestic sword.

    • Various Victims: Hydrocya... (can't pronounce word)
      In this episode, Concad and Femron are asked to create mascots and a marketing strategy for a fictitious company that markets a chemical product that supposedly is in all sorts of everyday items. What they don't know, or realize is that the chemical they're being asked to market, hydrocyanic acid, is nothing less than another name for the dangerous poison cyanide.

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • lmao that was good T.V

    By HUGHJASS72, Jun 20, 2006

  • It could have had promise-but why did they have to end it before we saw who the real person was who chose who was to be fired?

    By monyak, Jul 30, 2005

  • Another bad move by FOX

    By wegetback, Jul 14, 2005

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