Ally McBeal

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  • S 5 : Ep 22

    Bygones

    Aired 5/20/02

  • S 5 : Ep 21

    All of Me

    Aired 5/13/02

  • S 5 : Ep 20

    What I'll Never Do for Love Again

    Aired 5/6/02

  • S 5 : Ep 19

    Another One Bites The Dust

    Aired 4/29/02

  • S 5 : Ep 18

    Tom Dooley

    Aired 4/22/02

  • Cast & Crew
  • Calista Flockhart

    Ally McBeal

  • Greg Germann

    Richard Fish

  • Jane Krakowski

    Elaine Vassal

  • Lisa Nicole Carson

    Renée Raddick (Seasons 1-4)

  • Portia de Rossi

    Nelle Porter (Episodes 33-112, recurring previously)

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  • FOX's hit dramatic and humorous show tells the story of the trials and tribulations of a 28-year-old lawyer by the name of Ally McBeal (Calista Flockhart), who is just fresh out of Harvard Law School. Ally was harassed at the firm where she was originally working, and when she told the firm's partners, she ended up losing her job. However, she then runs into an old friend and he offers her a new job at his brand new firm where she meets tons of new people and her old boyfriend, Billy with who she'll lead her new life full of cases and Ally's fantasies.Once the darling of the network, rumors of anorexia plagued star Calista Flockhart. The second and third seasons, therefore, introduced more and more eccentric characters who were given essentially "nothing" to do, and original seriesa regulars Gil Bellows and Courtney Thorne-Smith both left to pursue other projects.Ally McBeal was revitalized in its fourth season with the addition of Robert Downey Jr. as the lead character's love interest, Larry Paul. However, Downey's personal problems and numerous arrests, eventually wore out Kelley's patience and he was dropped. Lisa Nicole Carson, who played Ally's roommate, also left at the end of the fourth season following a brief stint in an institution and admitted problems with substance abuse.Without Downey, the fifth season had floundered more than ever; bringing in Jon Bon Jovi as a love interest, and giving Ally a daughter played by Hayden Panettiere) hadn't helped. Lucy Liu's character was dropped to a recurring role, while James LeGros left. James Marsden and Julianne Nicholson were added to the cast, only to be dropped a few weeks later. David E. Kelley decided then to cancel the show instead of having FOX executives do it for him.Awards/Nominations:EMMY AWARDS:> 1998 - Nominated - Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series [David E. Kelley; for episode "Theme Of Life"] > 1998 - Nominated - Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Series [Tom Moore; for episode "Cro-Magnon"] > 1998 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series [Calista Flockhart] > 1998 - Nominated - Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series [Allan Arkush; for episode "Cro-Magnon"] > 1998 - Nominated - Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series [James Frawley; for episode 1] > 1998 - Nominated - Outstanding Costuming for a Series [for episode "Cro-magnon"] > 1998 - Nominated - Outstanding Comedy Series > 1998 - Nominated - Outstanding Casting for a Series > 1998 - Nominated - Outstanding Art Direction for a Series (for episode "Boy to the World") > 1998 - Won! - Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special (for episode "Boy to the World") > 1999 - Nominated - Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series [David E. Kelley; for episode "Sideshow"] > 1999 - Nominated - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series [Lucy Liu] > 1999 - Nominated - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series [Peter MacNicol] > 1999 - Nominated - Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Series [Philip Carr Neel] > 1999 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series [Calista Flockhart] > 1999 - Nominated - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series [John Ritter; for episodes "George Madison"; "It's My Party" & "Story of Love"] > 1999 - Nominated - Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series [Arlene Sanford; for episode "Those Lips, That Hand"] > 1999 - Nominated - Outstanding Costume Design for a Series [Rachael Stanley; for episode "Making Spirits Bright"] > 1999 - Nominated - Outstanding Casting for a Series > 1999 - Nominated - Outstanding Art Direction for a Series [for episode "Making Spirits Bright"] > 1999 - Won! - Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series [Tracey Ullman; for episodes "Tracy Clark" & "Sideshow"] > 1999 - Won! - Outstanding Comedy Series > 1999 - Won! - Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special [for episode "Love's Illusion"] > 2000 - Nominated - Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series [Bill D'Elia; for episode "Ally McBeal: The Musical"] > 2000 - Nominated - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series [Peter Macnicol] > 2000 - Won! - Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special [for episode "Car Wash"] > 2001 - Nominated - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series [Robert Downey Jr.] > 2001 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series [Calista Flockhart] > 2001 - Nominated - Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series [Bernadette Peters; for episode "Cassandra Lewis"] > 2001 - Nominated - Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series [jami gertz; for episode "Kimmy Bishop"] > 2001 - Nominated - Outstanding Cinematography for a Single Camera Series [Billy Dickinson; for episode "Cloudy Skies, Chance Of Parade"] > 2001 - Won! - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series [Peter MacNicol] > 2001 - Won! - Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series > 2002 - Nominated - Outstanding Cinematography for a Single Camera Series [Billy Dickinson; for episode "Reality Bites"]GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS:> 1998 - Won! - Best TV-Series - Comedy/Musical > 1998 - Won! - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical [Calista Flockhart] > 1999 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical [Calista Flockhart] > 1999 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture [jane Krakowski] > 1999 - Won! - Best TV-Series - Comedy/Musical > 2000 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical [Calista Flockhart] > 2000 - Nominated - Best TV-Series - Comedy/Musical > 2001 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical [Calista Flockhart] > 2001 - Nominated - Best TV-Series - Comedy/Musical > 2000 - Won! - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV [Robert Downey Jr.] > 2002 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy [Calista Flockhart] > 2002 - Nominated - Best Television Series - Musical or ComedyTheme Song: "Searching My Soul" by Vonda ShepardFOX Broadcast History September 1997 - May 2002 -- Mondays 9:00 PMmoreless

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    • Ally: Today’s gonna be a, a less bad day, I can feel it. Sometimes I wake up and I just know everything’s gonna be... less bad.

    • Ally: You... you loved me. Billy: Yeah, that’s the truth. So much that sometimes when we were apart we used to keep an open phone line at night so while sleeping I could listen to you breathe. Is that what I should have told Georgia?

    • Georgia: I’m... I’m sorry but.... I, I really hate you. I’m ashamed to admit it... Ally: No. No... it’s OK because I, em, I really hate you, too. Georgia: Really? Ally: Yeah. Georgia: You’re not just saying it? Ally: No.

    • (Talking to Ally) Richard: It's important they come out of that meeting believing they'll be paying less taxes. Less taxes, reduced, not as much, diminished, abated, less, less than lower. I'm nothing if not redundant. I, I also like to repeat myself.

    • Ally (V/O): I do wish my breasts were bigger. Not huge, but... less small. They... they could... I’d look good less small.

    • Renée: It'll kill you, getting up early. Ally: I don't have to get up earlier. Renée: Working with your ex-boyfriend, hair and makeup alone is an extra half hour. Ally: Renee, I stopped caring 3 years ago. Renée: That's why you're in here changing lip liner and wishing your breasts were bigger.

    • Ally: Great. Great. So, uh who’s your best litigator? Richard: That would be Billy. Ally: Oh that would figure. Who’s your second best? Richard: Ally, this lawsuit, is it more about accounting for yourself or do you want to give it to Billings ? I sense that you’d like to grind up this guy’s head and feed it through his intestines. Ally: Something like that.

    • Ally: Rich... Richard, Richard I’m in the bathroom. Richard: Oh well unisex. Studies show it helps employees breed familiarity. So long as they don’t come in to just breed.

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    Notes (243)

    • The episode features the first appearance of Vonda Shepard, who plays herself/music performer during the entire series. During the first season, Vonda will be signed only as a guest star, although she will appear in all 23 episodes.

    • Featured Music: "Maryland" by Vonda Shepard "Searchin' My Soul" by Vonda Shepard "Neighborhood" by Vonda Shepard "Wildest Times of the World" by Vonda Shepard "Tell Him" by the Exciters Theme from "Psycho" "Drown In My Own Tears" by Vonda Shepard "Baby Don't You Break My Heart Slow" by Vonda Shepard "Like a Hemisphere" by Vonda Shepard.

    • David E. Kelley originally wanted Bridget Fonda to play the role of "Ally McBeal," but the role later went to Calista Flockhart.

    • First 11 episodes of Ally McBeal aired in Canada one day prior to the original airing in the USA.

    • The episode marks the first appearance of Dyan Cannon (Whipper) and Phil Leeds (Judge Boyle), both recurring characters.

    • Featured Music: "Pearl's a Singer" by Vonda Shepard "Grain of Sand" by Vonda Shepard

    • Peter MacNicol makes his first appearance as John Cage. He is signed as a special guest star, and he'll go on to become a regular later this season.

    • Featured Music: "Let's Stay Together" by Vonda Shepard "It's In His Kiss" by Vonda Shepard

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    Trivia (38)

    • Goof: In the scene where Ally is taking a shower, one can see that she is wearing a bra (or swimsuit). Which is something one would not normally do in your own bathroom.

    • Ally's favorite book is Henderson the Rain King, a 1959 novel by Saul Bellow.

    • When Ally is presenting her closing to the jury, the boom mike is visible.

    • It was mentioned a lot that James Dawson had two daughters, yet you only see the one. I mean the affair was four years ago so the child, already born then, should be old enough to attend the funeral and yet you see Kathy Baker sitting next to only one girl

    • When Whipper visits the house of the "three-way-marriage", The Simpsons is on the TV in the background.

    • This episode marks the first time Ally has the "Dancing Baby" fantasy.

    • Ally sings "Searching My Soul", the theme song of this show to Tracey.

    • In this episode it is said that this is Ally's first crime scene/murder but that is not true in episode 1x10 "Boy to the World" she is present at the crime scene of her client/friend/co-worker Steven/Stephanie Grant's murder, she even helps identify the body and holds the deceased in her arms saying goodbye.

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    Allusions (54)

    • Gil Bellows, who plays William "Billy" Thomas on the show, had a role in a 1994 movie The Shawshank Redemption where his character was named Thomas William.

    • Ally: Elaine, you look like Hannibal Lector. Hannibal Lector is fictional character created by author Thomas Harris. He's a brilliant and cultured psychiatrist turned into a cannibalistic serial murderer. When he's imprisoned in the movies about him, he wears a mask to prevent him from biting anyone or anything.

    • Episode Title: One Hundred Tears Away This refers to the Song "100 Tears Away" by Vonda Shepard.

    • Episode title: Boy to the World This is a reference to the christmas carol "Joy to the World".

    • Elaine: Ally has a date with Long John Silver. This refers to the main character of classic pirates movie called "Long John Silver."

    • Title: They Eat Horses, Don't They? This is a reference to the 1969 Sydney Pollack movie They Shoot Horses, Don't They?.

    • John: When I was a kid, I wanted to be a nun because I thought it would enable me to fly. John is referencing the popular television show "The Flying Nun," which ran from 1967 to 1970. Sally Field starred as a nun who could fly.

    • (Ling exits from the firm's elevator) Georgia, Elaine and Ally: She is back! Given the way they said it, it is probably a reference to the movie "Poltergeist 2". The little girl Carol Ann said it, although in plural, when the ghost reappeared again.

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  • Fan Reviews (75)
  • Missing Ally

    By JasonMepham, Aug 26, 2012

  • Get Serious with Ally and her crew!

    By T_VFan, Apr 30, 2012

  • Lawyers push the envelope in this show.

    By Valentine_76, Feb 19, 2011

  • Ally McBeal is the best show ever!It's so sad that Robert Downey Jr were fired before the end.

    By kaizu6, Sep 13, 2011

  • Ally Mcbeal was a show that within a blink of an eye you could be tearing up, smiling, or burst out laughing, a show that made you feel great each week, of course it is well missed but DVDS bring it back.

    By Big-Ben-66, Feb 28, 2009

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