Meet the suddenly penniless, and equally clueless, Bluth family. Accustomed to their wildly affluent lifestyle, they can't seem to grasp the fact that now the head of the family (Jeffrey Tambor) is in the slammer for shifty accounting practices-and he's loving every minute of it. The only one who understands the seriousness of their predicament is Michael (Jason Bateman), who realizes it's up to him to guide his eccentric family into this new chapter of their lives: Chapter 11.
Moments after Michael Bluth decides he's leaving the family business because he was passed over for a promotion, his father is arrested for shady bookkeeping.
Michael realizes that running the company isn't going to be as easy as he thought, especially since his father seems to be pulling some strings from inside the joint.
Buster moves in with Michael after their mother kicks him out of her penthouse and a distraught George-Michael realizes he has to kiss a boy in the school play.
Jealous when his girlfriend is nominated for a "Daytime Desi," Gob decides to stage a publicity stunt for his magic act by breaking out of the same prison where George, Sr., is being held.
Lucille's scheme to upstage her rival, Lucille Austero, at a bachelorette auction backfires when Buster mistakenly bids $10,000 on the wrong Lucille.
Sex is in the air as Gob seduces his father's former secretary, Lindsay and Tobias go see a marriage counselor, and George, Sr., and Lucille have a bizarre conjugal visit.
The family attorney announces that if $20,000 in bail money is raised, George, Sr., can be released from prison in time for the Christmas "Living Classics Pageant."
Lindsay is disappointed that none of the inmates yell out obscene catcalls when she visits her father. Lucille is outraged when none of her children show up at her surprise birthday party.
Michael is so smitten with Gob's girlfriend that he decides to let her know that Gob has been cheating on her, and Lucille tries to break up Buster and Lucille Austero.
When Buster asks George-Michael to score him some marijuana, Michael asks some male "cop" strippers to stage a phony bust to help scare his son straight.
Convinced that the family's image is hurting his son's future, Michael hires an attractive publicist who proceeds to write a scathing article after Michael rebuffs her advances.
Despite his crush on Marta, Michael agrees to help Gob figure out if she has a new lover while George-Michael tries to figure out his feelings for his cousin, Maeby.
As Tobias struggles to overcome his gymnophobia so he can accept the movie role of "Frightened Inmate #2," Michael, Buster and Gob fight over who gets to go out with Marta.
Things get awkward after Michael dates George-Michael's ethics teacher then learns his son has a crush on her. George, Sr., receives a visit from Cindi, a fan of his "Caged Wisdom" tapes.
After discovering that most of the family picks up weekly paychecks from the Bluth Company even though they don't have jobs, Michael tries to put them all to work.
While Michael experiences his first one-night stand with a blind woman named Maggie, George, Sr., learns that Cindi is actually an undercover agent who has fallen in love with him.
Michael attempts to do the right thing and end his relationship with Maggie, the prosecutor on George, Sr.'s case, but sex keeps getting in the way.
Michael finally stands up to George, Sr., and fires his old secretary, and Gob performs the ultimate magic trick when he makes the family yacht disappear.
Gob tries to scare a company accountant who notices a discrepancy in the company's bank account and threatens to reveal the truth if asked to testify in court
When the family begins fighting over company funds that have recently become available, Michael decides it would be best to invest the money in land their Uncle Oscar is selling.
While Michael is questioned by the police about Kitty's disappearance, Gob takes George-Michael shoplifting at the department store where Lindsey just got a job.
After learning that his father is in prison for doing business with the old Iraqi government, Michael decides to wash his hands of the whole family and leave town for good.