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Arrested Development: Justice Is Blind (2)

Maggie inadvertently gives Michael his father's case file and Michael has to decide whether to read it and use the information to get his father out of prison or tell Maggie the truth about who he is and continue their relationship. However, a wrench is thrown in Michael's plan when G.O.B. steals the case file and asks Tobias to break into Maggie's house to find evidence. Meanwhile, Lindsay fights to get the Ten Commandments removed from the lawn of the courthouse.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x17
Production Number: ARR-118
Airdate: Sunday March 21st, 2004
Network: FOX

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TPS Star) Feb 28, 2005
DE (Comedy Central) Mar 30, 2007

Special Guest Stars
Julia Louis-DreyfusJulia Louis-Dreyfus
As Maggie Lizer
Henry WinklerHenry Winkler
As Barry Zuckerkorn

Guest Stars
Amy PoehlerAmy Poehler
As Bride of Gob
Michael Paul ChanMichael Paul Chan
As Judge Lionel Ping

Co-Guest Stars
Justin LeeJustin Lee
As Annyong Bluth
Frank WhitemanFrank Whiteman
As Judge
Timothy Davis-ReedTimothy Davis-Reed
As Officer Kelley
Ping WuPing Wu
As Proctor
Main Cast
Jason BatemanJason Bateman
As Michael Bluth
Portia de RossiPortia de Rossi
As Lindsay Bluth Fünke
Will ArnettWill Arnett
As George "G.O.B." Bluth II
Michael CeraMichael Cera
As George Michael Bluth
Alia ShawkatAlia Shawkat
As Mae "Maeby" Fünke
Tony HaleTony Hale
As Byron "Buster" Bluth
David CrossDavid Cross
As Tobias Fünke
Jessica WalterJessica Walter
As Lucille Bluth
Jeffrey TamborJeffrey Tambor
As George Bluth Sr. / Oscar Bluth
Ron HowardRon Howard
voiced Narrator
Episode Notes
On The Next Arrested Development Gag: Barry gets a sign from God, and Maggie is replaced with a new, less generous prosecutor.

The Bluth family chart that the government has includes, in addition to the main Bluth family, Annoying Bluth, Surely Fünke, Carl Weathers, Lucille 2, Kitty, Marta (who has an X over her photo) and a silhouetted figure with "no photo available" under it.

Episode Quotes
Maeby: Plus, who's going to get mad at the dying girl?
George Michael: Surely's dying?
Maeby: I figure I'll kill her off just before graduation just so everyone gets really sad before prom.

Maggie: Did you ever see him return from these trips with anything unusual?
Buster: He once came back once with a black statue with an erect penis. It stayed in our living room until my aunt objected.

Maggie: So, what about us? We were starting to establish some trust. Except for all the lies.

Lindsay: (about the Ten Commandments statue outside of the courthouse) I've always been very passionate about the separation of church and state.
Michael: What are you going to do with them?
Lindsay: Oh, I don't know. Give them to a school.

G.O.B.: Oh, now you love the Ten Commandments. And yet you’re the one who so conveniently forgot “Thou shalt protect thy father, and honor no one above him unless it beith me—thy sweet Lord.”
Michael: I’m not sure that one made it down the mountain, G.O.B.

Tobias: Ah ... the clumsy adolescent. It’s a phase we’ve all been through. Except for me. I was like a cat. I always ended up on all fours. (long pause) Like a cat.

Maeby: Plus, who’s going to get mad at the dying girl?
George Michael: Surely’s dying?
Maeby: I figure I’ll kill her off just before graduation just so everyone gets really sad before prom.

George Michael: Maeby, someone’s going to get hurt. Not to mention it’s kind of disrespectful for kids who actually have this.
Maeby: Not a lot of kids have B.S. these days.
George Michael: What does that stand for?
Maeby: I don’t know. It’s B.S.

G.O.B.: Consummated ... What is up with that prosecutie? I hope you didn’t break up with her.
Michael: No, I didn’t. And, to make matters worse, she gave me
this. It’s a summary of the evidence that they have against Dad.
G.O.B.: Okay, Michael, this makes matters better. Let’s just destroy it and move on with our lives.

Cultural References
Visual: Maggie Lizer's Dukakis pin

Maggie Lizer's pin is for politician Michael Dukakis. Dukakis, a former Governor of Massachusetts, was the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee in 1988.

Episode References
Visual: Tobias' catlike agility

Tobias demonstrating his catlike agility is a reference back to "Bringing Up Buster" where we first see Tobias' catlike moves when he tumbles onto the stage.


G.O.B. has Buster break into Maggie Lizer's similar to "Charity Drive" when G.O.B. makes George Michael and Maeby break into the permit office for him.

Episode Title: Justice is Blind

The episode title is a possible reference to Maggie Lizer's seeing-eye dog, Justice. Justice was first seen in "Alter Egos".

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMitchell Hurwitz
Executive ProducerBrian Grazer  |  Ron Howard  |  David Nevins  |  Mitchell Hurwitz
Co-Executive ProducerRichard Rosenstock  |  John Levenstein
Supervising ProducerChuck Martin
ProducerVictor Hsu  |  Barbie Feldman Adler
Co-ProducerBrad Copeland
Consulting ProducerJames Vallely
Associate ProducerDiane Mercer (2)
Production DesignerDawn Snyder
EditorRobert Bramwell
CastingGeraldine Leder
Unit Production ManagerChristine Larson-nitzsche
First Assistant DirectorRoss Novie
Second Assistant DirectorJennie O'Keefe Mills
Music EditorJason Tregoe Newman
Costume DesignerKatie Sparks
HairstylistMarie Larkin
Key GripMark Polanski
Camera OperatorPatrick Rousseau  |  Ian Dodd
Set DecoratorMaureen Osborne
Location ManagerDianne Friedgen
Transportation CoordinatorRick Sanders
Property MasterAl Eisenmann
Construction CoordinatorGreg Hamlin
Production Sound MixerTom Stasinis
Script SupervisorRebecca E. Asher
Production CoordinatorTiffany Sipantzi Moore
Supervising Sound EditorKerri Wilson
Re-Recording MixerNello Torri  |  Peter Kelsey
Director of PhotographyGreg Harrington
Story EditorAbraham Higginbotham
Production AccountantSherry Brooks
Chief Lighting TechnicianDon Bixby
ScoreDavid Schwartz (2)
Original CastingDeborah Barylski
Assistant To The Executive ProducerLisa Parsons
Assistant To The ProducerDavid Silverstein
Makeup ArtistStephanie Coffey
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