Ally McBeal

Silver Bells

Season 1, Ep 11, Aired 12/15/97
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  • Episode Description
  • Three intelligent, successful and motivated adults approach Judge Whipper Cone about the possibility of getting legal representation in their quest to have the courts approve a legal, binding, three-way marriage. Fish assigns Ally and Cage to the case, knowing Ally's incurable romanticism and Cage's legal acumen is a potent combination with Whipper assigned to the case. Ally is opposed, claiming the three-way relationship is morally repugnant, but Georgia, feeling punkish around the holidays, points out that the clients' triangle isn't very different from the one in which Ally, Georgia, and Billy find themselves. Georgia accuses Billy of being more relaxed and open in their marriage ever since Ally re-entered the picture. Whipper, herself experiencing an annual bout of Holiday Blues, causes Fish to propose marriage, even though both know he really doesn't want to.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Calista Flockhart

    Ally McBeal

  • Courtney Thorne-Smith

    Georgia Thomas

  • Greg Germann

    Richard Fish

  • Lisa Nicole Carson

    Renée Raddick

  • Jane Krakowski

    Elaine Vassal

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Ally: I mean, 'cause slow dancing isn't really like dancing at all. It's just two people kind of leaning on each other, almost as if they'd fall down without the other one to hang onto. It's very Christmas.
      John: Do you know that you're odd?
      Ally: I do.

    • Richard: Did you ask her yet?
      John: I'm still steeling myself.
      Richard: Strong, assured, fresh, bold.
      John: You just described a breath mint.

    • Ally: To me, the true meaning of Christmas has always been Santa. It still is. You're allowed to believe in something you know doesn't exist.John: I actually still did believe until I was 12 years old. I just wouldn't give it up. Ally: What made you stop believing? John: My mother - she told me he fondled the elves. Some therapist told her step one was to at least undermine my admiration for him. Next year she told me he died - heart attack. Cholesterol. I blamed myself for leaving the cookies... fat man trying to squeeze through a narrow chimney, and I taunt him with Oreos and a glass of whole milk. Ally: And you call me odd.

    • Ally: Relationships should be in twos, or at least even numbers!

    • Georgia: Do you just sniff trouble and seek it out? Elaine: Yes, and if there's any way I can complicate it...

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    Notes (4)

    • This is the first episode to feature the Ikettes, the back-up singers for Vonda Shepard, consisting on Renée Elise Goldsberry, Vatrena King and Sy Smyth, and occasionally other backups when either of the trio was not available.

    • Featured Music: "More Today Than Yesterday" by Greg Germann "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" by Jane Krakowski "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" by Lisa Nicole Carson and Vonda Shepard "Please Come Home for Christmas" by Vonda Shepard

    • Harry Groener had some scenes shot for this episode as a character Vermont, but his scenes were cut.

    • Peter Roth, the "network president", actually is president of Fox Entertainment.

    Trivia (1)

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

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    • rohitradhakrishnan58 Sep 15, 2014

      Saw this episode today... at 11:50 am and loved it! The music and performances were great!