Arrested Development

Season 1 Episode 17

Justice Is Blind (2)

5
Aired Unknown Mar 21, 2004 on Netflix
9.2
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Gob steals a file on the government's case against the Bluth Company that Maggie had given to Michael. Tobias is sent to Maggie's house to get evidence, George Michael tries to prove Maeby's fraud, and Lindsay fights to remove the Ten Commandments from the courthouse lawn.

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  • "I'm not sure that one made it down the mountain, Gob."

    9.4
    The two-part tryst between Michael Bluth and Maggie Lizer comes to an end (temporarily!) in an episode that may even be a little bit funnier than it's first part. There were moments I laughed harder at in the first one, but overall, this episode brings things to a satisfying close.



    Just as the "previously on.." segment said, Maggie is not blind. As it turns out, she uses her blindness, or supposed blindness, in order to win her cases and get the sympathy of the judge and jury. As a result, Michael, Barry and the rest of the family is forced to figure out as fast as possible the best way to get the evidence out of Maggie's hand and disprove her.



    To be honest, there's not a whole lot of plot here that wasn't already set up in the previous episode. Both episodes rely heavily on each other, but for me, the episode before it was funnier. However, in terms of how well the episode itself works, I'd say this episode was better.



    For instance, I thought it was hilarious seeing Tobias sneak into Maggie's house, not only because of how ridiculous it is to see him rolling around on the floor, trying to dodge Maggie, but also because of how the outcome of the situation directly effects the rest of the episode. You see, Michael learned that Maggie was not blind by closing his eyes while walking Justice and getting lead into the middle of traffic. Turns out Justice, the dog, was literally blind. So Michael plans on proving she's blind at the courthouse by throwing a Bible at her. The complications grow after Tobias blinds her temporarily with Mace, which Michael doesn't realize. You can likely see where this one's going.



    All in all, the writing in these two episodes was remarkably strong. Henry Winkler, as usual, was amazing. The whole "ten commandments" storyline felt random but had a great pay-off. I also thought that there were some very sharp lines here ("I know… thou shalt not make up a name in vain," a.k.a just about any line where the family misremembers Bible quotes).



    Along with Heather Graham, Dreyfuss was proof that the show could bring in big name stars and not have to worry about whether or not they would mesh or not. Both parts were extremely well done, but this one gets my vote as the overall better one because of how well everything is resolved.moreless
  • Michael continues to date the opposition

    9.8
    Perhaps even funnier than the episode before, Justice is Blind brings a very literal sense to the phrase and title of the episode as all the lies in the Maggie-Michael relationship are revealed, including the shocking revelation that Maggie wasn’t blind, which had some very amusing scenes regarding Tobias and Justice who was really the blind one of the house.



    Another plot followed on from the previous episode was Maeby pretending to be her dying twin sister, Surely, in order to raise money for herself and eventually sue for school ramps, which was very funny, but not as good as the tutoring plot of the previous episode. No more B.S.!moreless
Jeffrey Tambor

Jeffrey Tambor

George Bluth Sr. / Oscar Bluth

Portia de Rossi

Portia de Rossi

Lindsay Bluth Fünke

David Cross

David Cross

Tobias Fünke

Ron Howard

Ron Howard

Narrator

Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman

Michael Bluth

Jessica Walter

Jessica Walter

Lucille Bluth

Timothy Davis-Reed

Timothy Davis-Reed

Off. Kelley

Guest Star

Ping Wu

Ping Wu

Proctor

Guest Star

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Maggie Lizer

Special Guest Star

Justin Lee

Justin Lee

Annyong Bluth

Recurring Role

Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler

Gob's Wife

Recurring Role

Michael Paul Chan

Michael Paul Chan

Judge Lionel Ping

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the interrogation room, there is a chart that features everyone connected to the Bluths. The people on the chart were:
      1)The Bluth and Funke Family (the 7 main characters).
      2)Kitty.
      3)Marta (Her face is crossed out).
      4)Annyong.
      5)Carl Weathers.
      6)Lucille 2.
      7)Surely Funke.
      8)A photo that reads "No Photo Available".

    • Though Barry is shown looking for a guy, he always flirts with Lucille.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Michael: All right, listen. This is all getting a little crazy. We cannot accept their conditions if we don't even know what their conditions are.
      Barry: Do you wanna read it?
      Michael: I know it's thick. Why don't we just take it?
      Barry: I could kiss you on the *bleep*.
      Michael: Ah, well it's -- what?!

    • Maggie: It's like the ten commandments saying, you know. "Be true to thine own self, and to thine own self.."
      Michael: "... be true." Yeah, number seven.

    • Gob: And 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 be-ith me, thy sweet Lord".
      Michael: I'm not sure that one made it down the mountain, Gob.

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Surely: And this is the man who inspired me. George Michael Bluth. He is the one who is responsible for the new ramps at our school, and he will carry on my legacy, and put an end to BS!
      George Michael: Surely can beat this thing!
      All: (chanting) No more BS! No more BS!

    • Lindsay: 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.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • During a scene in the men's bathroom, Barry Zuckerkorn (Henry Winkler) pulls out a comb to fix his look and made a gesture in the same way that Fonz did in Happy Days.

    • Maggie: Well, it's like the ten commandments say. You know, "be true to thine own self, and to thine own self ..."
      Michael: "... be true."
      Maggie and Michael misquote the Bible (a running joke on this episode) but here the quote is actually from Shakespeare's Hamlet.

    • The chart of the Bluth family visible in the interrogation room is reminiscent of a similar chart of the Corleone family seen in the Senate hearing chamber in The Godfather, Part II.

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