Arrested Development

Season 3 Episode 12

Exit Strategy

Aired Unknown Feb 10, 2006 on Netflix



  • Trivia

    • Gary Cole (the CIA agent) and Jason Bateman previously worked together in 2004's Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story as the commentators for the dodgeball tournament.

    • Although the nurse's name is mentioned as Adelaide, her nametag says "Nurse Julia".

  • Quotes

    • Michael: Don't tell me he's not in Iraq.
      Wayne: Oh, no, he is. In fact, he is on the news right now. Turn the TV!
      Man on the news: Coming up next: Are bees better at sniffing out drugs than dogs?
      Wayne: I'm sure it's coming right up. You see, they won't take all day. (Minutes later, and still not on) I bet it's after these unserious ads. It's like they're always there when I turn the TV on.
      Cho: Why don't we go online?
      Wayne: Cool your Japanese jets. This is just go -- Uh, it's on!

    • Adelaide: Take a single step to share your love, Gary. (The disabled guy takes a step) Ahh! Faker! (slaps him in the face and Gary falls down)
      Narrator: She was wrong on that one. It was love that make Gary take that step.

    • Wayne: Imagine the impact of that scene if it would appear just right after I'd turn the TV on!

    • Iraqi crowd: Burn Bush! Burn Bush!

    • Taxi driver in Iraq: Sorry it took so long. The Cheney expressway is backed up all the way to Halliburton Drive.

    • Buster: Take Condoleezza Rice Lane -- it's faster.

    • Gob: (sobbing) You came for me, Michael ... or should I say Robot!
      Michael: Why? 'Cause I'm not crying?
      Gob: Michael, maybe you don't have enough RAM to understand this, but there is such thing as brotherly love. (Sees Buster) ... What is he doing here?

    • Tobias: Well, I am off to buy the perfect present. Maybe she'd like a suit like this.
      Narrator: That is her suit.
      Tobias: Eh, they probably don't make it in a women's, though.
      Narrator: They only make it in a women's.

    • Michael: So, you just finished off the bottle?
      Lindsay: Well, I had to. It's vodka, you know. It goes bad once it's opened.
      Michael: I think that's another one of mum's little fibs. You know, like, I'll sacrifice anything for my children.

    • Michael: So, there's going to be wine at the rehab, huh?
      Lindsay: Well, wine only turns into alcohol if you let it sit.
      Michael: (to Lucille) How do you come up with these?

    • Buster: When I miss your lips, I'll put a fig in my mouth ... do they have figs over there?

    • Buster: My love thinks I'm a coward just because I wasted precious hospital resources to avoid my legal obligation.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Hidden nuclear warhead: Michael, Gob & Buster finding a nuclear warhead in Iraq is an allusion to the fact that Bush claimed to have invaded Iraq to find nuclear weapons (WMDs) that Saddam had hidden.

    • Buster: When I miss your lips, I'll put a fig in my mouth...

      The scene with Buster and the nurse is an allusion/recreation of the same scene in Notapussy, except there Buster says the actual British term for a cigarette. That term was (comedically) bleeped, as it is used as an anti-gay slur here in North America.

    • The hospital at which Buster has been pretending to be in a coma is called "John Wayne General Hospital," which is named after the famous western movie actor.

    • In "For British Eyes Only," George Sr. mentioned that he mistook Saddam Hussein for the Soup Nazi who is played by actor Larry Thomas. In "Exit Strategy," Larry Thomas plays one of the Saddam look-a-likes.

    • Gob says he was going to perform Jesus' famous burning bush trick. However, God appeared to Moses in the form of a burning bush. Jesus had nothing to do with it.

    • Richard Belzer's character, Prof. Munch, is an obvious reference to his other character, Detective John Munch, from the NBC series "Homicide: Life on the Street" & "Law and Order: SVU." This is the 7th show that Belzer has played Detective Munch.