|Arrested Development episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||Jay Chandrasekhar|
|Written by||Barbie Feldman Adler|
|Original air date||March 17, 2004|
|List of Arrested Development episodes|
"Altar Egos" is the seventeenth episode (though originally aired as sixteenth) of the first season of the TV comedy series Arrested Development.
Michael Bluth and family gather to discuss George Sr.’s upcoming trial. They've received a plea offer, but lawyer Barry Zuckerkorn hasn’t read it yet. Lucille, speaking for George Sr., wants to accept the plea. Cindi Lightballoon, an undercover FBI agent, watched George Sr.’s "Caged Wisdom" series of self-help videos and fell in love with him. She tells George Sr. that she knows for a fact that he can beat the government's case against him. Michael takes the plea documents to a nearby bar to read.
Meanwhile, Lindsay receives a letter from Maeby’s school saying that her daughter is failing. Lindsay and Tobias hire George Michael to tutor Maeby. Later, Maeby shows George Michael a recent (failed) test and pays him to fill in the correct answers.
Michael sits down to read the plea, but Gob suggests he have a one-night stand with a lawyer instead. As Michael reads the plea, a woman, Maggie Lizer, bumps into him. Michael introduces himself as "Chareth Cutestory," maritime lawyer; he goes home with Maggie. The following morning, Maggie appears with coffee and he suddenly realizes that she is blind.
George Sr. presses Cindi Lightballoon for information about his case. Lucille catches him and storms away. Michael comes home. Gob is there, also upset, because last night he got married during a series of escalating dares. Later, Michael has his second date with Maggie.
George Sr. is approached by Cindi, who tells him she knows for a fact he will be set free. Actually, Cindi misunderstood one of his "Caged Wisdom" tapes in which he said faith was a "fact" instead of "facet". At the high school, Maeby pays George Michael to do an essay for her, then runs off. George Michael, curious, attends the fundraiser for "Surely Fünke," where he discovers that Maeby has been collecting charity money by posing as a dying girl in a wheelchair.
At the courthouse, Michael meets up with his family. Zuckerkorn hasn't read it either. George Sr. decides to take the plea even though no one has read it. The hearing gets underway; Maggie Lizer is the prosecutor, the toughest one in Orange County because her blindness wins sympathy. Michael later visits Maggie, who, still believing he is a lawyer, hands him the Bluth case file so he can advise her about it.