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J. Walter Weatherman teaches lessons to the Bluth children
Actor: Steve Ryan — First Appearance: "Pier Pressure" — Last Appearance: "Making a Stand"

J. Walter Weatherman is a one-armed man used by George Bluth to stage intricate scenarios to frighten George's children into 'good' behavior (or more charitably, teach them valuable life lessons). He is a former Bluth Company employee, and lost his arm in a construction accident.

Character history[]

Season one[]

1x10 Pier Pressure (40)

J. Walter Weatherman in "Pier Pressure"

George would call upon J's services when his children were young to teach them lessons about leaving notes, yelling, and leaving the door open with the air conditioner running. In 2004 Michael asked George for his contact information but due to his recent conversion to Judaism George refused to help. Michael attempted to teach George Michael about drugs with the Hot Cops instead, but George upstaged his lesson by using J. and other actors to teach G.O.B. and Michael to not teach George Michael lessons. ("Pier Pressure")

Season two[]

J. Walter Weatherman appears in a flashback, teaching the Bluth children about leaving a note. These lessons explain why G.O.B. and Michael are so frightened of Buster's missing hand. ("Motherboy XXX")

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J. Walter teaching a lesson to G.O.B. and Michael about teaching lessons, in "Making a Stand"

Season three[]

Buster ran into J. Walter at a prosthetics shop after he lost his hand to a seal. Michael and G.O.B. wanted to teach George a lesson about pitting them against each other but Buster refused to give them J's contact info. Instead they tried to teach him a lesson on their own but George caught wise to their ruse and hired J. Walter to teach them a lesson about teaching him a lesson. G.O.B. and Michael foresaw this move and managed to pull a double fakeout and teach George a lesson about teaching them lessons. All was well until Buster decided to pull a fourth lesson and teach G.O.B. and Michael about using people with prosthetics in lessons. ("Making a Stand")


J. Walter Weatherman: And that’s why you always leave a note.  

 From "Pier Pressure"

J. Walter Weatherman: That’s why you don’t yell.  

 From "Pier Pressure"

J. Walter Weatherman: And that’s why you don’t teach lessons to your son.  

 From "Pier Pressure"

J. Walter Weatherman: And that’s why you don’t teach your father a lesson.  

 From "Making a Stand"


→ See 11 pictures of J. Walter Weatherman at Images of J. Walter Weatherman.


Season One
"Pier Pressure"
Season Two
"Motherboy XXX" (archive footage)
Season Three
"Making a Stand"
Season Four
Season Four Remix
Season Five