Arli$$ (1996–2002)

The Real Thing 

[HBO] HD. 'The Real Thing.' (Season Two) One of Arliss's clients hits his 500th home run, but the guy who has the ball wants a million bucks for it.


Timothy Marx


Barry Gold, Robert Wuhl (created by)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Wuhl ... Arliss Michaels
Jim Turner ... Kirby Carlisle
Sandra Oh ... Rita Wu
Michael Boatman ... Stanley Babson
Hank Aaron ... Himself (as Henry Aaron)
Roger Clemens ... Roger Clemens
Cortez Kennedy ... Himself
Larry King ... Himself
Jon Miller Jon Miller ... Himself
Frank Robinson Frank Robinson ... Himself
Ozzie Smith ... Himself
Scott Patterson ... Dan Manville
Steven Barr Steven Barr ... Ted Higgins (as Steve Barr)
Joe Barnaba Joe Barnaba ... Lab Technician
Tegan West Tegan West ... Lucas Sterling


[HBO] HD. 'The Real Thing.' (Season Two) One of Arliss's clients hits his 500th home run, but the guy who has the ball wants a million bucks for it.

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Comedy | Sport






Release Date:

29 July 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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After Seeing It Once 21 Years Ago, I Still Think About This Episode
23 September 2018 | by dlxmarksSee all my reviews

The episode has not been included in any 'Arli$$' DVD collection I've seen but hopefully it will be available on HBO Go. It had a great convoluted plot, brilliant characters like a tech billionaire whose collection of Disney memorabilia includes a frozen Walt Disney, and some sharp satire of sports. Some of the details might be wrong because I saw this once in 1997 but my favorite scene involved an assistant MLB coach who had possession of the 500th home run ball that the team's star player just hit. He asks for what sounds like an outrageous sum for it and everyone looks scandalized. Then the coach reminds them that the player gets more than that for every single game he plays. That was cutting and it's truer now than ever.

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