Ally McBeal

Compromising Positions

Season 1, Ep 2, Aired 9/15/97
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  • Episode Description
  • Fish's partner, John Cage faces fines, jail, and public humiliation. To her dismay, Ally is assigned to be a litigator. Fish invites Ally along to dinner with a very wealthy potential client, Ronald Cheanie. Unbeknownst to Ally, the dinner is really a double date with Fish and his girlfriend, Whipper. Ally is furious, but Cheanie turns out to be handsome and intelligent.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Calista Flockhart

    Ally McBeal

  • Courtney Thorne-Smith

    Georgia Thomas

  • Greg Germann

    Richard Fish

  • Lisa Nicole Carson

    Renée Raddick

  • Jane Krakowski

    Elaine Vassal

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • This was a good second episode.

    By farscapefanuk, Jul 19, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • John: Ally, can I ask you a question? Ally: Anything. John: How often do you have sexual relations? Ally: Not that! You can’t ask me that! You don’t even know me!

    • Ally: Do you love her, Richard? Richard: I’m not sure… I think so, but it could be… maybe it’s just the waddle. Ally: Excuse me? Richard: On her neck. That’s what I go for with older women. The loose skin on their neck… the hint of a waddle. There’s nothing more arousing for me, the way it just gently hangs there. And Whipper, I mean… I mean her neck is pretty tight now but you can see the potential, it will be perfect! So perfect! I wonder do I really love her or just the impending waddle? It just makes me crazy!

    • Ally (to a random guy in a bar, trying to prove that men are pigs): Don’t even speak. I live across the street and I wanna take your clothes off. Do bad things. I’ll have you back in an hour. Ally Ally? Ally McBeal? Greg stone! I was your brother’s roommate at Baits! Oh… Hello. (voiceover) I can’t move my feet!

    • Georgia (trying to prove a point): I’m sorry, I’ve never done this before in my life. I can see you’re wearing a ring so I know you’re married. I don’t even wanna know your name, I don’t even wanna talk, I… I live across the street and I just wanna be naked with you for an hour and pretend it never happened… and remember it forever. Guy in bar: Let me just pay my check first. Georgia: Oh, I’m sorry… I though you were somebody else. My mistake.

    • (Ally is looking around for Ronald Cheanie) Elaine: He took the stairs, he’s gone. Ally: You could catch him if you took the window.

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    Notes (3)

    • 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.

    Trivia (1)

    • 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.

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