Previously, On Arrested Development

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"He's very good."

Despite his slogan, lawyer Barry Zuckercorn is actually quite bad.

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9 episodes feature this joke:

Season 4

  • 1: Flight of the Phoenix

    Barry misses the trial because he doesn't know what time it starts.

  • 2: Borderline Personalities

    Barry misunderstands maritime law when directing the Bluths (in 1982) to prepare a backup plan based on fleeing to the open sea. George Sr.: "We have the best f%&king attorneys."

    He has a law degree from the Virgin Islands.

    He used a look-alike to take the California Bar exam.

    Related Joke: Maritime law

  • 4: The B. Team

    Told the Bluths never to sign anything and then pretend like they didn't have a signature. "He's very good."

  • 6: Double Crossers

    Barry allows George Sr. to purchase land in Mexico because he failed to read the contract -- which was in Spanish.

  • 13: It Gets Better

    Barry tells George Michael to "take to the sea," which is still terrible legal advice several decades later.

    Related Joke: Maritime law