'Arrested Development' Rewatch: Season 1, episode 16 - 'Altar Egos'
Note: On the "Arrested Development" Season 1 DVD this episode follows "Missing Kitty," as originally intended. The order was altered for FOX's original broadcast run and Netflix streaming.
Plot: Michael decides to try out a one night stand with predictably disastrous results: the woman he picks up at a bar is Maggie Lizer ( Julia Louis-Dreyfus), the prosecuting attorney on his father's case. Also, she's blind (twist ending spoiler alert -- she's just faking that). Meanwhile, Barry Zuckerkorn ( Henry Winkler) tries to convince the Bluths that George Sr. should accept a plea bargain that no one has read, Gob gets married on a dare (to an unnamed woman played by future "Parks and Recreation" star Amy Poehler, Will Arnett's real-life wife at the time) and George Michael discovers Maeby is pretending to be a terminally ill girl named Surely Funke to scam money from her fellow students.
Secondary characters introduced: Maggie and Gob's wife make their debuts.
Notable guest stars: Jane Lynch returns as Cindi Lightballoon, James Lipton as Warden Stefan Gentiles and Michael Paul Chan as Judge Lionel Ping.
Milestones: The first flashback to Michael's childhood performance in the school musical "The Trial of Captain Hook" (he sings: "You're a crook, Captain Hook, Judge won't you throw the book, at the Pirate"). We discover Barry's affinity for prostitutes who look like women... but aren't.
Huge mistakes: Michael takes Gob's advice and makes up a fake identity (Chareth Cutestory, a maritime lawyer) when he introduces himself to Maggie at the bar.
Most sexual tension: Lucille catches George Sr. tweaking Cindi's nipples through the prison fence; Gob insists he consummated his quickie marriage even though he never did (and could get an annulment if he only admitted it).
Best narrator commentary: There's no direct commentary on this but Winkler reprises Fonzie's move in the mirror (shown in the GIF above) as a subtle reference to "Happy Days," which co-starred narrator Ron Howard.
Next on "Arrested Development": "Maeby attempts to deposit her check" [but it's comically oversized] "Gob adapts to married life" [and discovers his wife needs a maritime lawyer] "Tobias is sent to break into Maggie's house to steal evidence, only to discover that she's not blind" [in a rarity, this actually happens in the next episode!]