Ally McBeal

Season 5 Episode 22

Bygones

3
Aired Unknown May 20, 2002 on FOX
8.7
out of 10
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After Maddie passes out, Ally finds out she is suffering from a nervous reaction to all the changes in her life, so Ally decides that the only way she can help her daughter is to move back to New York. While the news come as a big shock to the firm, Richard anticipates his wedding with Liza so Ally can attend the ceremony. While spending her last hours in the town, Ally gets a visit from Renée, Georgia and later Billy as a ghost.moreless

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  • Good Beat. You can Dance to it. Buh'bye!

    5.0
    My assessment after binge-viewing all five seasons of ALLY McBEAL over a few months: Seasons 1-3 were GREAT; season 4, DISAPPOINTING (Robt Downey's undeveloped storyline). Season 5 SUCKED. WORST finale ever.



    I started out as a HUGE fan and honestly HATED the show by the middle of season 4. I wish I stopped at the end of season 3 when Ally first met Larry (Robert Downey, Jr) and the story peaked.



    The writers tried to reinvent the show in season 5, turning the heroine into a bitch. And who told Ally's love interest Jon "No Chemistry" Bon Jovi to "be really boring" for half the season?



    By the time Ally gets a partnership--and entirely new personality--I wanted to slap some size onto the bony size sub zero heroine. Most of the co-stars had become line-free eye candy who just mugged reactions. Someone apparently decided if they kept adding more new faces, fans might stick around for something interesting to happen again. They interjected the cute surprise daughter-- maybe she should have shown up with a smart wiry mutt.



    The legal story lines deteriorated from fascinating to foolish excuses for inserting "Love American Style" has-beens. Seems virtually every court case concerns sexual harassment. When Dame Edna sputtering inane innuendo is the bright spot on the show, there's a problem, Houston.



    I'm glad I didn't plan my weeks around ALLY McBEAL for five years. Learned that lessons from Kelley's LA LAW which suffered the same bait-and-switch trajectory.



    Oh, on the good side, the show had a VERy GOOD Beat. You can dance to it. Also, on the good side: no mourning the end.



    Buh'bye.moreless
  • 5.22 "Bygones"

    8.0
    The perfect ending for this amazing TV show. Seasons 1-3 were pure gold. Season 4 was boring and totally lacked that magic feeling of the show and season 5 was a huge letdown and a piece of garbage since Mr. KELLEY has a tendency to ruin his own shows. This was the best episode in at least 2 last years. The only bad thing is that Lucy Liu as Ling was not included.moreless
  • The second half of season 5

    7.5
    The second half of this season was so much better than the first half. Christina Ricci was breath of fresh air. Its weird that less Ally and more Nelle (Portia De Rossi) and John Cage (Peter MacNicol) made the show that much better. I like Ally, but some of her storylines can be bad, and they drag on way too much.
  • After going downhill for the best part of its 5th season Ally McBeal's last episode ever partly redeems the show, its creators and the actors that needed to. There are no perfect endings. But there are hear-warming, back to good ensemble acting ones.moreless

    9.0
    Because of her daughter cannot adapt to Boston, Ally decides that family matters most and a move to New York will be their next step.

    Things other than long lost daughters matter a great deal too, of course. Nobody really wants Ally to leave regardless of wether this is sincerely expressed in higly emotional scenes or has to be masked behind a mask of sarcasm.

    In the end even marriages are brought forth and more than ever Ally's influence on all her friends is brought home to them.

    Old friends drop by - and boy are we glad to see Renée and Georgia! Even Billy has a literally otherworldly special comeback. Or does he?

    The very last scene is moving - a tearjerker perhaps - but funny in that sort of way the show seemed to have lost a few seasons back.

    And when Ally walks away from her friends she is confident, happy, nostalgic. So are they. So is the audience.

    Thanks for the good memories Ally McBeal.moreless
  • Bye Ally.

    10
    Even though it may not have been the happily-ever-after finale some viewers may have been hoping for, the series finale of this show definitely left a good impression on me. As many others, I also didn't think season five was everything it was supposed to be, but all in all in was an okay season.



    The only thing that matters was that this episode really made me feel as if I was losing a friend. Watching Ally was always a fun time for me as a kid, and ever now after I've watched the entire series again.



    The series finale gave me everything I could hope for, yet it left so much story yet to be told. I will always be sad about the fact that Ally never reunited with Larry. Now, as for the series ending, everyone was exactly like I remembered them. Nelle was the usual sarcastic herself, Elaine was showing just how much she cared for Ally, Richard was still bedazzled by women (now with just the one, the magnificent Cristina Ricci - isn't it weird how you just know this would have been Ling had she stayed?), and we had many others appearing; from Renée, Georgia, John and even Ghost Billy... it was really everything I could hope for concerning this show's finale.



    Goodbye Ally. You've been a great joy.moreless
Courtney Thorne-Smith

Courtney Thorne-Smith

Georgia Thomas

Guest Star

Lisa Nicole Carson

Lisa Nicole Carson

Renée Raddick

Guest Star

Barry White

Barry White

Himself

Guest Star

Peter MacNicol

Peter MacNicol

John Cage

Recurring Role

Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci

Liza Bump

Recurring Role

Bobby Cannavale

Bobby Cannavale

Wilson Jade

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • (last line)
      Ally (V/O): Looking backwards, many of the sadiest time in my life turned out to be the happiest. So I must be happy now. Yeah. This is gonna be good. Why else would I be crying?

    • (on an office meeting)
      Ally: Uh, thanks everybody for coming. Sorry about the short notice but it's important.
      Nelle: (ironically) You're changing your hair color?

    • Richard: All right, uh, everybody's here. Seats please, I have an announcement.
      Nelle: Don't tell me, you changed your name to Fish, McBeal... and Bump.
      Lisa: Oh, that hurts my feelings, Morgan.
      Nelle: I apologize, Debbie.

    • Ally: Hey. My, my, my flight is... So I'm gonna leave now. And, uh, you know this isn't a good bye, so if anybody is particularly emotional...
      Nelle: (sarcastically) My dam vanes is about to break.
      Ally: You know, Nell, you are the biggest fraud I've ever met. You have a huge heart and you don't fool anybody and... I'm gonna miss you.

    • Billy: You're OK?
      Ally: Hi. Well, I must not be OK, otherwise you wouldn't be here. Well I summon you up when... whenever I'm, I'm... (A beat) You know I'm, I'm fine. How can I help you?
      Billy: Living without me is one thing, living without them...
      Ally: Maddie needs to go and I'm her mother. You have to do what you have to do. That, That's a Ally McBeal-ism. Are you seeing anyone up there?
      Billy: I'm not supposed to be giving out insight information Ally, but uh, your life... it all works out.
      Ally: Yeah, it's working out Billy. It's been... working out.

    • Georgia: Hey. So, he actually got married. (pointing to Richard)
      Ally: He did an hour ago, and he's still married.

    • Richard: I think, uh, one of the reason I wanted to get married today is there's a risk Ally might not make it back in June. I was unwilling to assume that risk. (To Ally) Ally, the Biscuit said that my marrying Lisa today was worthy of you. I would agree. Without your influence I don't think I would be open to the... well, the insanity that just causes me to go with what I feel. And I know what I feel. I love you Lisa. And I'm betting on that love, as new as it is.

    • Ally: Wait, wait, wait. You two are... getting married?
      Lisa: You know what they say Ally, after the age of thirty we have better chance to be struck by a lightning...

    • Therapist: Do you what's a 3-Way is? (Ally keeps staring.) Miss McBeal?
      Ally: Yeah, it's when, uh, three people engage in a...
      Therapist: ...a phone call.
      Ally: A phone call.

    • John: Well where is she? She calls a meeting and she doesn't show up.
      Wilson: Easy little guy.

    • Ally: You know Richard I don't have any time.
      Richard: Why? Because Maddie is missing her friends?
      Ally: (angry) Maddie is cracking up!
      Richard: It could be genetic.

    • (While Ally and Maddie are packing, the dancing baby appears, wearing a NY baseball outfit; Rudy Gulliani, ex-mayor, Hillary & Bill Clinton also appear)
      Ally: Oh, no. (to the dancing baby) What, what, you think you're funny? No, no, no, no! (to half-naked Rudy Gulliani) And you, it's not your moment, OK? (to Hillary Clinton) And you, you're not even from New York! (Hillary makes an angry face as Bill laughs.)

    • John: This is ridiculous.
      Reverend: The harness keeps me from falling; the tug wakes me up. So I won't miss a bit!
      John: Am I the best man or the designated rope tugger?

    • Reverend: Not to worry. The robe will cover the harness. If I should black out, just give it a quick short tip up.

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