Ally McBeal

Season 5 Episode 21

All of Me

Aired Unknown May 13, 2002 on FOX

Episode Recap

All of Me
Original airdate: 5-13-02
Director: Bethany Rooney
Writers: David E. Kelley, Peter MacNicol Ally returns to work after her breakup with Victor, and ready for her upcoming 32nd birthday, complete with miniskirt and midriff top. Rather than doing the obsessing and dwelling on her upcoming birthday, as in years past, Ally decides to celebrate, and throw her own party. Richard and Liza argue about their relationship. She is content with training him, and being a bitch. She is alarmed to learn he loves her, and has seen her nice side. Liza has trouble accepting letting Richard see this other side of her. Liza and Richard are hired by career woman Helena Green (guest star Kyra Sedgwick), who wants to divorce her husband, Steven. Shortly after, Ally is hired by a woman, Helen, she meets in the unisex, who thinks her marriage is being ruined by a woman named Helena. Ally, Richard, Helen, and Helena all end up together, and the truth begins to unfold. Helen has a personality disorder, resulting in a separate manifestation, Helena. Each side has hired the firm for opposing reasons. Ally brings John back as back up, and Steven, the husband is consulted as well. Both sides argue that their side is the core side, the soul, the essence of Helen or Helena, as the case may be. Information from her doctor indicates that Helen does have Dissociative Identity Disorder, and that medication may be used to eliminate the alter ego. After arguments by both Liza and John, as well as both Helen and Helena, Judge Walsh finds for Helen, John, and Ally, and guardianship is given to Steven, and to medicate Helen. The celebration at Ally's party is short-lived, however, when the firm learns that the medication has in fact eliminated Helen. Helena moves out, leaving Steven. Ally is left with the watercolor painting Helen did of she and Maddie.