Welcome to “Arrested Development” Rewatch. Leading up to the release of Season 4, Zap2it will be taking a look back at the 53 episodes that made “AD” one of our most beloved TV comedies. Watch the first three seasons of “Arrested Development” on Netflix. Today we’re covering the Season 1 episode “Justice is Blind,” which premiered March 21, 2004.
“Justice is Blind” concludes the Maggie Lizer storyline that began in “Altar Egos,” but fortunately is not the last fans will see of Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘s character. She returns in Season 2 for another two-episode storyline, showing Michael that lying about her ability to see was the least of what she is capable of.
Plot: Michael is still trying to figure out how to break up with blind prosecutor Maggie Lizer while GOB is still trying to figure out how to divorce his accidental wife. Both fail to do so, as Michael ends up sleeping with Maggie at least four more times. Maeby continues to pretend to be Surely, resulting in George Michael accidentally hurting his arm trying to help her up the bleachers. GOB steals the evidence list Maggie gave Michael, not realizing it’s actually a wish list. Buster decides to testify against his father so he doesn’t get kicked out of his mother’s condo, and Tobias is convinced to break into Maggie’s house to steal the evidence. Michael learns that Maggie’s dog Justice is blind after taking him to the vet, meaning Maggie isn’t blind. Maggie gets kicked off the case after Michael throws a bible at her head, but they still have sex one more time.
Bluth Company status: George Sr. is still on trial, and Michael finds himself with a surprising in when he realizes his one night stand Maggie Lizer is the blind prosecutor on his father’s case. As it turns out, Maggie is faking the fact that she is blind and ends up being removed from the trial by the end of the episode.
Notable guest stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Maggie Lizer, Amy Poehler as Wife of GOB and Henry Winkler as Barry Zuckerkorn.
Memorable line: From the veterinarian to Michael: “Mr. Bluth, Justice is blind.”
Recurring jokes worth remembering: Michael tells Maggie that his fake name is Chareth, a name that is later used for Andy Richter’s character’s twin brothers. Maggie Lizer has a Cornballer in her home.
Most sexual tension: Michael and Maggie can’t seem to get enough of one another, even after they realize they’ve been lying to one another for the entirety of their relationship.
Allusions to Tobias being gay: In talking about his adolescence, Tobias says, “I was like a cat, I always ended up on all fours… like a cat.”
Best narrator commentary: “What started as a night of passion with no strings attached got complicated the next morning when Michael found out she was blind. He decided to keep seeing her so as not to appear superficial.”
Next on “Arrested Development”: Barry finds the massive 10 Commandments statue from the front of the court house has landed on his car and decides to turn to God, but quickly changes his mind when he finds he also has a parking ticket. Meanwhile, Buster finds that Maggie has been replaced by a prosecutor who doesn’t offer him grilled cheese sandwiches anymore.