Ally McBeal (1997–2002)
29 Oct. 2001Friends and Lovers
On her way to Cage and Fish, Ally runs into herself, better known as Jenny, a young lawyer just fired and heartbroken over her ex. So Ally hires her. Problem is Richard has also hired Glenn, Jenny's ex, better known as the cute uterus-tickler. To help her deal, Ally hires Attorney Steven Mittler as her therapist. John is irreparably fraught when he thinks Ally loves him as a lover rather than a friend.
5 Nov. 2001Judge Ling
When Ling is sarcastically nice to a stranger, she gets a surprise promotion as a judge. John is still irreparably fraught over thinking that Ally loves him, but he's concerned that only crazy people are attracted to him. That worry is not alleviated when Claire Otoms arrives at Cage and Fish as the main plaintiff in Jenny's class action lawsuit. Jenny thinks Ally likes Glenn when Ally keeps finding herself looking at him while they are second and third chair in Jenny's case.
12 Nov. 2001Neutral Corners
Jenny is concerned when Ally has a dream that Jenny had a dream that had Glenn and Raymond boxing. Glenn assures her that it has nothing to do with their case, but just that Ally has repressed feelings of sexual intimacy for him. After crawling out from underneath her desk, Ally finally admits that she's interested in him, but he denies having any sort of feelings for her. Meanwhile, John is embarrassed by the new body suit that Coretta designed for him, and just has to bite the bullet and let Ally know the truth about what he feels for her. He is not prepared when ...
19 Nov. 2001Fear of Flirting
Raymond is sued for sexual harassment and he hires Jenny to defend him. The closer Raymond and Jenny get, the more they think they might like each other, and fewer reasons that Glenn and Ally have for not dating each other. Meanwhile, John is gone and Richard inhabits his hole.
26 Nov. 2001I Want Love
Jenny's mother arrives at Cage & Fish in need of a lawyer. She has been fired for dating a younger man and she's suing for sexual harassment. Ally and Glenn take the case, and once again find themselves dancing around the idea of dating each other. Meanwhile, Elton John is at the bar singing about wanting love.
3 Dec. 2001Lost and Found
Ally has Glenn all hot and bothered on the dance floor, but then Glenn has Jenny all hot and bothered while singing Elvis Presley on her birthday. They're on a double date that is more awkward than imagined. John is back, but he's upset that Richard has violated his hole. Richard has become a trial lawyer, or a litigator, either way he's off to court, or to meet the client. This is the type of confusion that John's disappearance has caused in the office.
10 Dec. 2001Nine One One
A widowed Reverend who no longer believes in God believes that Ally has been brought to him by fate and he hires her as his lawyer which brings Ally back to a former client. John is helping a man sue his town for cancelling Christmas, but the case hits a holiday nerve and John has become disappointed in mankind. Elaine is preparing a Christmas party duet with Glenn but Jenny is having nothing of it and is willing to fight over her man.
7 Jan. 2002Playing with Matches
With Jenny's mother's wedding approaching, Richard is trying one last time to get with her, while Ally is concerned about all men's philandering ways and may have lost all hope for love. Meanwhile, Kimmie needs John's help to sue a matchmaker who has declared that there is nobody on this planet to love her. Kimmie brings out John's lip twitch and Coretta brings out his anger when she attempts to introduce surprises in the courtroom.
14 Jan. 2002Blowin' in the Wind
A wayward wind blows Ally's hat, causing it to land on a post with a "For Sale" sign. The house is in probate and the bank is anxious to sell it, so Ally buys it. Ally defends a man who is addicted to his wife's happiness, so he commits larceny in order to obtain gifts for his wife. Jenny's neck is hurt, so Corretta recommends a chiropractor who has a vibrating chair that induces orgasms in women.
21 Jan. 2002One Hundred Tears
The staff visit matchmaker Harriet Pumple, who matches Elaine with Victor Morrison. Victor talks to Ally about dumping Elaine. John Cage walks out of the initial session, and later the staff and Harriet do an intervention in his office and sing "We've Got to Get You a Woman". Ally defends a man who is dying of cancer and wants to fly off of his roof using custom-made wings.
4 Feb. 2002A Kick in the Head
Maddie Harrington shows up on Ally's doorstep and announces she is Ally's daughter. Ally had donated an egg for a study years ago, and the clinic accidentally gave them to a man named Robert Harrington. Maddie had run away from her aunt Bonnie Boone, who shows up to bring her home. Bonnie sings TV show themes at the bar. Ally and Bonnie argue, and later that evening over-hears Maddie and Victor talking about Maddie's feelings. Everyone decides that Maddie will stay with Ally on a trial basis. Richard Fish defends his first murder case. The defendant killed his wife by...
11 Feb. 2002The New Day
John decides to leave the firm as a named partner and work part-time. Fish makes Ally partner. Nelle is upset. Ally reviews the books and discovers that Richard has been paying the employees out of his own pocket. Richard agrees to Ally's terms of working no later than 5:00pm, no weekends, and missing some days entirely. Ally tells Richard they need to let some people go. The realities of motherhood collide with Ally's fantasy of what motherhood is about. The show starts with Ally squeezing orange juice and milking a cow. Ally then fights with Maddie because Maddie ...
18 Feb. 2002Woman
In her first duty as senior partner at Fish, Cage & McBeal, Ally has to fire someone. It goes even worse than she expected when Jenny takes it personally and Glenn takes the stand that if she goes, he goes. Nelle does not get fired but Ally makes her sing at the bar and her plan of deception backfires once Richard hires Claire Otoms as a secretary. At home, Ally has to deal with Maddie's first sleepover and leans on Victor for support.
25 Feb. 2002Homecoming
An old woman shows up at Ally's house and mistakes Victor as the former tenant and her soul mate. Ally, concerned that somebody might be able to come and take Maddie away, decides they need to get DNA tests done, but then fails to recognize the cause of Maddie's recent outbursts at school and home. After the loss of Glenn and Jenny, Ally extends a job offer to Raymond but only on the basis that he is not allowed to act like a misogynistic, chauvinistic pig.
4 Mar. 2002Heart and Soul
Ally tries teaching her daughter some moral lessons but they backfire when Maddie suggests that Ally and Victor should be a couple. Richard and Raymond are defending a teenage girl with a heart defect who is trying to get a healthy heart from her father, a convicted felon.
15 Apr. 2002Love Is All Around: Part 1
The firm has a new case where they up against a formidable young lawyer named Lolita ('Christina Ricci'). Concerned about her reputation, Nelle and Richard are off to a Mexican restaurant to retrieve their own Biscuit, John Cage. Ally is attempting to hire a top billing lawyer Todd (Matthew Perry) but she's concerned about the lack of action in her and Victor's relationship and has decided that Todd is attracted to her.
15 Apr. 2002Love Is All Around: Part 2
John is up against Lolita (real name Liza) in court but he has met his match when the young vixen ups the ante of his usual tricks. Todd reminds Ally of Larry and as she tries to pick a fight with Victor she ends up in the arms of Todd. Claire Otoms' wedding is put on hold when the firm decides she needs a pre-nup, but Coretta is off to play matchmaker again.
22 Apr. 2002Tom Dooley
John extended an offer of employment to Liza and she is happy to join the firm with a hire of her own, Wilson. Wilson recruits Nelle to join him in playing cold and dirty lawyer tricks with a sexual harassment case. Liza and John are defending a polygamist who isn't satisfied with only one husband.
29 Apr. 2002Another One Bites the Dust
Ally represents Victor when he's sued by an ex-girlfriend, and is appalled to discover that Victor created a painting of her... complete with cellulite.
6 May 2002What I'll Never Do for Love Again
When Fish's father is sued for sexual harassment, Fish's mother asks for a divorce; Elaine has high hopes when she tries out for a role in A Chorus Line; Fish finds himself increasingly drawn to Liza.
13 May 2002All of Me
The attorneys represent a woman with a split personality: the submissive Helen, who's deeply in love with her husband; and the aggressive Helena, who wants a divorce.
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