Ally McBeal


Season 5, Ep 14, Aired 2/25/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Ally decides to take the DNA test after having recurring dreams where Maddie's real parents show up claiming her. Maddie doesn't take that well and escapes to NY to see her aunt Bonnie. Maddie thinks the test is just Ally's way of having an excuse not to love her, but Ally only wants a proof that Maddie is her daughter so no one can take her away from her. The test comes out positive, and they both cry. Meanwhile, a demented woman shows up at Ally's door looking for Vincent, the love of her life who owned the house before Ally bought it. She thinks Victor is Vincent, and he plays along. She has a stroke and dies, and Victor suffers from it even though he only met her for less than a day. Ally also offers Raymond a job at the firm, which he takes. And Claire decides to help Richard reunite with his high school crush, but she had a sex change operation and is now a man, something that shocks Richard deeply.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Calista Flockhart

    Ally McBeal

  • Greg Germann

    Richard Fish

  • Jane Krakowski

    Elaine Vassal

  • Vonda Shepard


  • Portia de Rossi

    Nelle Porter

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Ally: How do you do that? Care about somebody within minutes of meeting them? Victor: Saves time, I guess.

    • Claire Otoms: I was only trying to help! Richard: I understand, I understand, but if I could make one small request? DON'T HELP!!

    • Ally: Okay, here's the thing about me - I loved this guy named Billy, and he died, and then I loved this guy named Larry even more, and he left. And one of the reasons he left me, the biggest, is his son, and his need to be in Detroit. And the truth is, I never really got it. The bottom line is the little bastard walked out on me. But in the last month, I can finally say, Okay, I get it. I still stick pins in my little Larry doll, but I get it.

    • Ally: Thank you, thank you. I'm always saying thank you - I'm beginning to sound like my mother! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • Maddie: She's anus about these kinds of things! Ally: I think you mean anal.

    Notes (2)

    • Featured Music: "Some Enchanted Evening" by Jon Bon Jovi "Don't Let Me Get Me" by P!nk "Bring it On Home" by Vonda Shepard "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You" by Dame Edna Everage, Jane Krakowski, Vonda Shepard & the Ikettes "Some Enchanted Evening" by Vonda Shepard

    • Due to contract negotiations, Peter MacNicol's credit as John Cage was removed as of this episode, but the actor agreed to continue appearing on recurring status.

    Allusions (1)

    • Claire Otoms: I don't just want to help Richard, I want to help all those other islands out there! Claire is referring to the popular saying, "No man is an island," meaning no one can truly isolate themselves, physically or emotionally, from the rest of the world no matter how hard they try.

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