FOX (ended 2002)
|I always thought they one of saddest eps to be the one where her and Larry break up. Not that it is crying sad, but it made me sad. What is also sad is that seemed to be the turning point for the show. So I guess I always think about it as sad. I really liked Larry. He was one of my favorites. Why did roberts downey jr have to get in trouble again? I blame him for the show getting cancelled.|
|Billy's death was sad during the episode, but he came back so many times as a ghost it lost a bit of it's impact. So I'd have to say the series finale. It didn't really hit me till they were all out on the street and she was saying goodbye, and the last shot with them all standing there looking after her and that music playing.....very sad.|
The saddest episode in Ally McBeal is definitely "Blue Christmas". Elaine, who I consider one of the emptiest characters on the show, is finally blessed with a baby she finds on the street. Most of the episode Elaine, John and Ally fight incredibly hard in court to get a guardianship of little Elliot. Everyone in the office gets attached to him, including Ling and Nelle (to my surprise!). John, Billy and Richard even dance with him. I got really angry when Georgia backstabbed them, though, and gave away Elaine's "accomplishments" to the child care agency (that b!). Anyway...it is really sad when the mother returns asking for little Elliot back and Elaine unwillingly decides to give him up. Seriously, I thought Elaine would have been a wonderful mother and she deserved to be; she is the number one victim in the show when it comes to everything. The episode with Billy's death is quite sad (although not cry-my-eyes-out-sad) and the one where Richard and Ling kiss for the last time is also very sad though sweet. Another really sad episode is the one where the little kid from A.I. wants to sue God and hires Ling and Ally as lawyers ("guardian angels").
Runners up, in order of preference:
the minister's ex-fiancee sues him over breaking their engagement ("Fools Night Out", #26) - when Jennifer Holliday sang "Fools Fall In Love", I turned into a complete puddle
the boy dying of cancer hires Ling & Ally to sue God ("Angels & Blimps", #36) - Ling really is human, & Haley Joel Osment shows the stuff that got him an Oscar nomination later that year for "The Sixth Sense"
Elaine find a baby in a manger & wants to keep it ("Blue Christmas", #54) - I defy anyone to watch Elaine hand over that baby and not be moved to tears
a boy sues his prom date; Ally goes as his date after the case is over ("The Wedding", #90) - the boy was Josh Groban & when he sang "You're Still You" to the girl (or was he singing to Ally?), my heart broke
P.S. I couldn't include the one others have mentioned about the transvestite because I can't remember it.