Ally McBeal - Episode Guide

Season 1

Pilot

Episode: 1x01 | Airdate: Sep 8, 1997

Pilot

Ally loses her job at her law firm when she files a sexual harassment claim against a colleague. A chance meeting with ex-classmate Richard Fish results in Ally being offered a job at his new law firm. To Ally's shock, Billy works at the law firm and he has an attractive wife, Georgia.

Compromising Positions

Episode: 1x02 | Airdate: Sep 15, 1997

Compromising Positions

Richard's business partner, John Cage, is arrested for soliciting aprostitute. Ally discovers an unsavory fact about Billy's past when they are assigned to Cage's case. Richard invites Ally for a meal with him, his girlfriend Whipper and potential client Ronald Cheanie in an attempt to pair Ally and Ronald.

The Kiss

Episode: 1x03 | Airdate: Sep 22, 1997

The Kiss

Ally wonders why Ronald failed to kiss her after their first date. Georgia and Ally work on an age discrimination case where the opposing litigator is the ex-colleague Ally sued at her previous law firm.

The Affair

Episode: 1x04 | Airdate: Sep 29, 1997

The Affair

Ally is asked to give a eulogy for one of her professors from college. She is reluctant because his wife is unaware about the affair they had years earlier. Georgia and Ronald feel threatened when Billy attends the funeral with Ally.

One Hundred Tears Away

Episode: 1x05 | Airdate: Oct 20, 1997

One Hundred Tears Away

Ally attacks another shopper during a supermarket dispute and forgets to pay for spermicide. Ally is charged with assault and shoplifting. Her best friend Renee, a district attorney, gets her out of the charges; but rumors spread, and Ally is called before the State Bar Review where her eccentric behavior is questioned.

The Promise

Episode: 1x06 | Airdate: Oct 27, 1997

The Promise

Ally and John defend Whipper's friend on a solicitation charge. While working with John, Ally notices his unique approach to work. During another case, Ally gives mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to an overweight lawyer working with the opposition when he suffers a near heart attack.

The Attitude

Episode: 1x07 | Airdate: Nov 3, 1997

The Attitude

Ally takes the case of a Jewish lady who wants her rabbi to grant a spiritual release from her marriage, because her husband is comatose. Ally and the rabbi insult each other repeatedly. Georgia is asked to leave her law firm, because her boss' wife is uncomfortable with her husband working with an attractive woman. Richard offers her a job at Cage and Fish.

Drawing the Lines

Episode: 1x08 | Airdate: Nov 10, 1997

Drawing the Lines

Billy and Georgia experience marital difficulties when he reveals to Ally that he still has feelings for her. Ally and Georgia try to help a client get around her prenuptial agreement when her husband leaves her for another woman. Elaine threatens to sue the firm for sexual harassment on behalf of the office women when the men begin to ogle the mail deliverer. She hires aggressive lawyer Caroline Poop.

The Dirty Joke

Episode: 1x09 | Airdate: Nov 17, 1997

The Dirty Joke

After Renee makes fun of Ally for being a prudish 'Julie Andrews type' they agree to each tell their best dirty joke to see who can get the best reaction from a crowd. Caroline Poop files a sexual harassment claim against Cage and Fish.

Boy to the World

Episode: 1x10 | Airdate: Dec 1, 1997

Boy to the World

Whipper asks Ally to take the case of a young transgender sex worker, Stephanie, charged for solicitation for the third time. Ally is moved by Stephanie's situation and gets her a job at Cage and Fish. Richard's eccentric uncle dies, and his minister refuses to let the man's bigotry towards short people be mentioned during his funeral service.

Silver Bells

Episode: 1x11 | Airdate: Dec 15, 1997

Silver Bells

Richard asks Ally and John to represent three people requesting the right to legally have a three-way marriage. Ally is disgusted by the idea until Georgia points out the similarities between the case and the triangle they are in with Billy. Richard feels forced into proposing to Whipper. Richard is hosting the annual Christmas party, and John wants to ask Ally to be his date.

Cro-Magnon

Episode: 1x12 | Airdate: Jan 5, 1998

Cro-Magnon

Ally, Renee, and Georgia take an art class and are all drawn to a well endowed male nude model. Ally is assigned the case of a 19-year-old charged with assault after punching the ex-boyfriend of his date when he verbally abused her. Ally is disturbed that she finds herself attracted to her client despite his young age.

The Blame Game

Episode: 1x13 | Airdate: Jan 19, 1998

The Blame Game

Ally bumps into the male model in Starbucks and confronts him for the way he treated her. John is assigned a case to help two siblings sue an airline after their father died in a plane crash.

Body Language

Episode: 1x14 | Airdate: Feb 2, 1998

Body Language

Ally and Georgia represent a woman wishing to marry a death row inmate, resulting in Ally being a bridesmaid. Richard asks Ally to flirt with a judge. Whipper catches Richard touching Janet Reno's neck, a fetish of his.

Once in a Lifetime

Episode: 1x15 | Airdate: Feb 23, 1998

Once in a Lifetime

Ally and Billy represent an elderly artist fighting to maintain control of his estate after his son decides he is too senile to stay in charge. Ally agrees to date with John, but once she feels uncomfortable she tries to get him to cancel. John realizes Ally still loves Billy.

Forbidden Fruits

Episode: 1x16 | Airdate: Mar 2, 1998

Forbidden Fruits

The firm takes on a high profile case of a US Senator sued for 'interfering with marital relations,' and when the case starts to become disturbingly similar to the situation between Ally, Billy, and Georgia, Georgia decides she can not work on the case. Renee starts to worry about Ally when she starts to see the dancing baby more frequently.

Theme of Life

Episode: 1x17 | Airdate: Mar 9, 1998

Theme of Life

Ally, Georgia, and Renee join a kickboxing class, and Ally and Georgia are scheduled to fight together. Ally defends a surgeon Greg charged with performing a controversial operation and finds herself attracted to him. John suggests Ally visits his therapist.

The Playing Field

Episode: 1x18 | Airdate: Mar 16, 1998

The Playing Field

Ally and Greg are involved in a car accident. Ally discovers her latest opposing counsel is a 10-year-old genius; but only after she kicked him, believing him to be the dancing baby. Richard represents a woman suing for sexual harassment after being passed over for promotion for refusing to sleep with her boss.

Happy Birthday, Baby

Episode: 1x19 | Airdate: Apr 6, 1998

Happy Birthday, Baby

Ally is upset about her impending birthday but friends and coworkers arrange a surprise party at the bar. Greg and Renee perform a seductive duet, leading to tension between the duo and Ally. Ally defends a man who broke into his date's house to touch her feet.

The Inmates

Episode: 1x20 | Airdate: Apr 27, 1998

The Inmates

Billy takes on a case of a woman charged with murdering her husband. Georgia represents a man fired from his job for being heterosexual. Renee is arrested for assault and battery after attacking her date when he tried to pressure her into sex.

Being There

Episode: 1x21 | Airdate: May 4, 1998

Being There

As Renee's trial continues, she becomes worried by John's unusual tactics in court. Ally has to confront Renee about her sexual aggressiveness. Georgia takes a pregnancy test which comes up positive.

Alone Again

Episode: 1x22 | Airdate: May 11, 1998

Alone Again

John opposes a woman he was in love with at law school and, after some encouragement by Ally, tells her how he feels. Georgia and Richard take on the case of a jilted bride and feel bias when Whipper is assigned as the judge.

These are the Days

Episode: 1x23 | Airdate: May 18, 1998

These are the Days

John represents his cousin who feels a strange compulsion to hit people over the head to get them to realize who they love. Ally represents two men who want to swap hearts; one wants to give his healthy heart to his sick friend, but Ally is forced into making the final decision in the case. Georgia and Billy decide to be more spontaneous and risky with their lovemaking in order to spice up their marriage.

Season 2

The Real World

Episode: 2x01 | Airdate: Sep 14, 1998

The Real World

Fish and Cage hire a new associate, Nelle "sub-zero" Porter. John confides to Ally about his attraction to Nelle. Ally and John defend a woman in her late 30s who had an affair with a 16-year-old boy.

They Eat Horses, Don't They?

Episode: 2x02 | Airdate: Sep 21, 1998

They Eat Horses, Don't They?

Nelle's friend and client, Ling Woo, sues a radio DJ for making sexually explicit comments on air; and to the disgust of Ally, drops the case as a legal tactic. Georgia and John defend a restaurant owner sued by two customers after they were served horse meat.

Fools Night Out

Episode: 2x03 | Airdate: Sep 28, 1998

Fools Night Out

Ling sues a plastic surgeon who passed off his nurse's natural breasts as his implant work. Georgia is upset by Billy's involvement in the trial. Ally represents a minister who broke off a relationship with his choir director, after which she began singing aggressive songs aimed at him.

It's My Party

Episode: 2x04 | Airdate: Oct 19, 1998

It's My Party

Ally defends George Madison, editor of a feminist magazine fired for his religious views on women. Ally finds herself attracted to George, but Elaine implies that she and George are an item. Ally is told to stop wearing miniskirts in court; and when she refuses, she is held in contempt and taken into custody. Ally throws a dinner party that descends into anarchy when an argument over women's rights erupts.

Story of Love

Episode: 2x05 | Airdate: Oct 26, 1998

Story of Love

Ally is arrested after a fight with a young woman angry with her best friend for stealing her boyfriend. After Ally agrees to represent her in court, she discovers the woman's tendency to fire her lawyers. George begins to show an interest in Ally, and Elaine begs her not to date him. John brings in his pettree frog, Stefan, whom he is training for a competition.

World's Without Love

Episode: 2x06 | Airdate: Nov 2, 1998

World's Without Love

Renee bumps into Matt, an old flame who is currently married, whom she refers to as her "Billy." Ally represents a nun forced to leave her order after breaking the vow of celibacy. John loses Stefan, who makes a reappearance in a toilet bowl, but a panicked Georgia and Nelle manage to injure him, leaving him comatose.

In Dreams

Episode: 2x11 | Airdate: Jan 11, 1999

In Dreams

Sideshow

Episode: 2x15 | Airdate: Feb 22, 1999

Sideshow

Civil War

Episode: 2x17 | Airdate: Apr 5, 1999

Civil War

Season 3

Car Wash

Episode: 3x01 | Airdate: Oct 25, 1999

Heat Wave

Episode: 3x04 | Airdate: Nov 15, 1999

Changes

Episode: 3x06 | Airdate: Nov 29, 1999

Season 4

Mr. Bo

Episode: 4x11 | Airdate: Jan 22, 2001

Boys Town

Episode: 4x14 | Airdate: Feb 19, 2001

Falling Up

Episode: 4x15 | Airdate: Feb 26, 2001

Queen Bee

Episode: 4x21 | Airdate: May 7, 2001

Home Again

Episode: 4x22 | Airdate: May 14, 2001

Season 5

Woman

Episode: 5x13 | Airdate: Feb 18, 2002

Homecoming

Episode: 5x14 | Airdate: Feb 25, 2002

Tom Dooley

Episode: 5x18 | Airdate: Apr 22, 2002

All of Me

Episode: 5x21 | Airdate: May 13, 2002

Bygones

Episode: 5x22 | Airdate: May 20, 2002