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Altar Egos 

Michael has a one-night stand with a woman named Maggie Lizer. He has a guilt-trip after learning she is blind, but not so much after he discovers that she's the prosecuting attorney ... See full summary »

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Jay Chandrasekhar

Writers:

Mitchell Hurwitz (created by), Barbie Adler (as Barbie Feldman Adler) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Bateman ... Michael Bluth
Portia de Rossi ... Lindsay Bluth Fünke
Will Arnett ... Gob Bluth
Michael Cera ... George-Michael Bluth
Alia Shawkat ... Maeby Fünke
Tony Hale ... Buster Bluth (credit only)
David Cross ... Tobias Fünke
Jeffrey Tambor ... George Bluth Sr.
Jessica Walter ... Lucille Bluth
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Maggie Lizer
James Lipton ... Warden Stefan Gentles
Amy Poehler ... Bride of Gob
Jane Lynch ... Cindi Lightballoon
Michael Paul Chan ... Judge Lionel Ping
Verda Bridges Verda Bridges ... Woman
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Michael has a one-night stand with a woman named Maggie Lizer. He has a guilt-trip after learning she is blind, but not so much after he discovers that she's the prosecuting attorney against his family. Meanwhile, GOB gets married to a woman after a series of escalating dares, and tries to get a subsequent divorce. Written by halo1k

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Comedy

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 2004 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The title is a play on the term "alter ego". The word "altar" refers to the fact that G.O.B. (Will Arnett) gets married in this episode. See more »

Goofs

In the third paragraph of the letter regarding Maeby's grades(~3:03), parent is misspelled "paent." See more »

Quotes

Maggie Lizer: I'm blind!
Michael: I'm wasted!
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Connections

References Seinfeld: The Marine Biologist (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
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Written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach
Performed by B.J. Thomas
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and people don't realize it..
10 July 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Arrested Development

Arrested Development is another take on dysfunctional family; created by Mitchell Hurwitz, with lots of twists and turns and mystery that helps kick the series into another level and stand alone. The narration by Ron Howard that guides the viewers is actually a smarter concept that it actually seems, since the makers doesn't feel the need to explain the situation and momentum through cheesy and additional dialogues; a slick move.

It is short on technical aspects like cinematography, background score and art design although the camera work is plausible and is shot beautifully with pleasing, light and breezy environment.

The writing is strong in terms of the material offered especially since it doesn't feel the urge to push boundaries just to crack a smile, and instead focuses on the irony of it and lets it flow fluently with well barred structure. The amusing concept, enfolding tricks, gripping screenplay, parallel sub-plots that are well edited which later merges in brilliantly are some of the high points of the series.

There is also a lot of going on in mere 20 minutes for the audience to let it sink in which may seem overstuffed at times but it does the work which is to keep the audience tangled into it. The characters are more mature and pragmatic than the audience usually gets in a sitcom where they might not be lovable or even likable at times, but their humane-ness keeps the viewers rooting for them.

The performance is somewhat fragile in here since the protagonist Jason Bateman is in his A game but unfortunately isn't supported to that extent by its supporting cast (Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi and David Cross).

Season 01

The first act in here is somewhat of an introductory section for the character development is handled well enough if not evolved entirely (there is no need to grab the whole bite too). It is also fast paced and evenly distributive among the characters that shares their screen time and factors in with a greater impact than the protagonist.

Altar Egos

An ingenious approach on an emotional drama through cutthroat business tactics, family politics and magic tricks that as usual merges into a showdown event that offers every bit of offered equitable taste with a decent performance.


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