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Season 1, Episode 17

Altar Egos

Originally aired Sunday, March 21, 2004 | Watched by 9.62 million viewers.

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.

18 recurring jokes in this episode


  • missing limbs (foreshadowing)

    Captain Hook loses the hook on his left hand in a school play.

  • seal

    G.O.B.'s wife — played by Will Arnett's then real-life wife Amy Poehler — is a seal dealer.

    Related Joke: meta

George Sr.