Arrested Development (season 3)

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Arrested Development (season 3)
Arrested Development S3 DVD.jpg
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 13
Release
Original network Fox
Original release September 19, 2005 (2005-09-19) – February 10, 2006 (2006-02-10)
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List of Arrested Development episodes

The third season of the television comedy series Arrested Development aired between September 19, 2005 and February 10, 2006, on Fox in the United States. It consisted of 13 episodes, each running approximately 22 minutes in length. The third season was released on DVD in region 1 on August 29, 2006, in region 2 on April 23, 2007 and in region 4 on December 6, 2006.

The show's storyline centers on the Bluth family, a formerly wealthy, habitually dysfunctional family and is presented in a continuous format, incorporating hand-held camera work, narration, archival photos, and historical footage.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code [1]
U.S. viewers
(millions)
41 1 "The Cabin Show" Paul Feig Mitchell Hurwitz & Jim Vallely September 19, 2005 (2005-09-19) 3AJD01 4.62[2]
When Michael realizes that Oscar, not George Sr., is serving time in prison, he sets off to find his father while trying to find time to reconnect with his son at the family's cabin. Gob learns he has a son.
42 2 "For British Eyes Only" John Fortenberry Mitchell Hurwitz & Richard Day September 26, 2005 (2005-09-26) 3AJD02 4.02[3]
Michael falls for a British woman named Rita while investigating a claim by George Sr. that a British construction firm tricked him into doing business with the Iraqis.
43 3 "Forget-Me-Now" John Amodeo Tom Saunders October 3, 2005 (2005-10-03) 3AJD03 4.47[4]
The family's new attorney works on George Sr.'s defense as he plans his escape. Michael tries to destroy all evidence of his family so he won't have to introduce them to Rita. Gob demonstrates his "Forget-me-now" pills.
44 4 "Notapusy" Lev L. Spiro Ron Weiner November 7, 2005 (2005-11-07) 3AJD04 4.19[5]
Michael volunteers to participate in the father-son triathlon with Gob's son to prove his masculinity to Rita. Maeby attempts to expose the hypocrisy of an "Inner Beauty Contest" by appearing as her disabled alter-ego Surely. George Sr. mistakenly delivers a "Startled Straight" lecture to a gathering of gay men.
45 5 "Mr. F" Arlene Sanford Richard Day & Jim Vallely November 7, 2005 (2005-11-07) 3AJD05 3.94[5]
Gob tries to trick the company's Japanese investors by building a "Tiny Town", but Tobias ruins everything after he mistakes a CIA agent for a talent agent from CAA.
46 6 "The Ocean Walker" Paul Feig Jake Farrow & Sam Laybourne December 5, 2005 (2005-12-05) 3AJD06 4.09[6]
When Michael decides to marry Rita, his parents oppose the idea–until they learn she's worth millions of dollars. His second thoughts come when he discovers that she's mentally retarded.
47 7 "Prison Break-In" Robert Berlinger Karey Dornetto December 12, 2005 (2005-12-12) 3AJD08 3.91[7]
Michael is worried when he finds out that the prison warden is dating his mother and that the Bluth Foundation dinner is being held in the prison's new wing.
48 8 "Making a Stand" Peter Lauer Mitchell Hurwitz & Chuck Tatham December 19, 2005 (2005-12-19) 3AJD07 4.14[8]
After yet another instance of George Sr. pitting Michael and Gob against each other, Michael decides to teach his father a lesson.
49 9 "S.O.B.s" Robert Berlinger Richard Day & Jim Vallely January 2, 2006 (2006-01-02) 3AJD09 4.16[9]
To get enough money to hire a new family lawyer, everyone has to pitch in to prepare for the upcoming company fundraiser, aptly named "Save Our Bluths".
50 10 "Fakin' It" Lev L. Spiro Dean Lorey & Chuck Tatham February 10, 2006 (2006-02-10) 3AJD10 3.14[10]
George Sr. finally gets a lawyer, but Michael learns of a mysterious witness. Buster pretends he's in a coma so he doesn't have to testify.
51 11 "Family Ties" Robert Berlinger Ron Weiner February 10, 2006 (2006-02-10) 3AJD11 3.18[10]
Michael hires a woman who may be just what the company needs–and who might also be his long-lost sister, Nellie (played by Jason Bateman's sister Justine).
52 12 "Exit Strategy" Rebecca E. Asher Mitchell Hurwitz & Jim Vallely February 10, 2006 (2006-02-10) 3AJD12 3.47[10]
George Michael's surprise birthday party for Maeby lands her in big trouble; Michael and Buster make a startling discovery when they go to Iraq to rescue Gob.
53 13 "Development Arrested" John Fortenberry Story by: Mitchell Hurwitz & Richard Day
Teleplay by: Chuck Tatham & Jim Vallely
February 10, 2006 (2006-02-10) 3AJD13 3.43[10]
Michael is relieved to have all the charges against his father dropped and shocked to learn who holds the real power in his dysfunctional family.

Reception[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2006, the third season received four Emmy nominations, for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Will Arnett), Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the series finale "Development Arrested".[11]

Home media releases[edit]

The third season was released on DVD in region 1 on August 29, 2006,[12] in region 2 on April 23, 2007[13] and in region 4 on December 6, 2006.[14] Special features include commentary by creator Mitchell Hurwitz and cast members on "Forget Me Now", "Mr. F" and "Development Arrested"; deleted and extended scenes; blooper reel; "The Last Day on Location" featurette.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arrested Development". Fox in Flight. Fox Broadcasting Company. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Weekly Program Rankings". ABC Medianet. September 27, 2005. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Weekly Program Rankings". ABC Medianet. October 4, 2005. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Weekly Program Rankings". ABC Medianet. October 11, 2005. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Weekly Program Rankings". ABC Medianet. November 15, 2005. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Weekly Program Rankings". ABC Medianet. December 13, 2005. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Weekly Program Rankings". ABC Medianet. December 20, 2005. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Weekly Program Rankings". ABC Medianet. December 28, 2005. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Nielsen ratings report: Jan. 2-8, 2006". Variety. January 11, 2006. Retrieved August 31, 2012.   – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  10. ^ a b c d "Weekly Program Rankings". ABC Medianet. February 14, 2006. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  11. ^ "2005 - 2006 Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations" (Press release). The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. July 6, 2006. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Arrested Development - Season Three (2003)". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Arrested Development - Season 3". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Arrested Development - Season 3". dvdloc8.com. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Arrested Development: 3". DVD Talk. August 16, 2006. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 

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