Ally McBeal

Season 4 Episode 13

Reach Out And Touch

Aired Unknown Feb 12, 2001 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Ally has hallucinations with Barry Manilow. Richard assigns Ling to work with Jackson Duper, the firm's newest lawyer. When they meet, Ling discovers that Jackson slept with her in the past under a fake name. They have to handle a double case of a man who wants his marriage annulled because his wife is a nymphomaniac and cheated on him 106 times and is suing the minister for having a torrid affair with her. Between the unisex bathroom, Elaine's vibra and Melanie's Tourette, Jackson is going crazy with his new job and questions his future in the firm. Meanwhile, John proposes to Melanie but Melanie doesn't want to be institutionalized.moreless

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    Barry Manilow

    Barry Manilow


    Guest Star

    Kevin Rahm

    Kevin Rahm

    Clayton Hooper

    Guest Star

    Gregory Jbara

    Gregory Jbara

    Reverend Compton

    Guest Star

    Anne Heche

    Anne Heche

    Melanie West

    Recurring Role

    Taye Diggs

    Taye Diggs

    Jackson Duper

    Recurring Role

    Albert Hall

    Albert Hall

    Judge Seymore Walsh

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (9)

      • John: How did you...?
        Melanie: Oh, Ling helped me.
        Ling: I can do anything.
        Nelle: I got Barry White!

      • Ling: Did you come to work here because of me?
        Jackson: I don't remember.

      • Nelle: Ghosts are like men, unless you're vicious they just keep haunting you.

      • Ally: How's Sam? Aw, aw... will you send him my love? Right. How's Jamie? Aw, aw... will you send her the measles? No, no, no, don't... don't send her the measles, because that would mean that you'd have to get too close.

      • Jackson: Richard, Ling and I got biblical one evening after we met in a bar.
        Richard: Biblical... you what, prayed together?
        Jackson: Well, if by "prayed" you mean on your knees...
        Ling: Hey!

      • Mr. Milter: I'm not... clear how you can then be suing my client, Reverend Compton, for interfering in a marital relationship if you claim that no such relationship existed.
        Mr. Hooper: Well, maybe there would have been if he hadn't inserted his fat wet Episcopalian tongue into the bride's mouth.

      • John: For my sexual persona I've always gone to Barry White, but for my solitude, it's always been Barry Manilow.

      • Ling: You're not going to get all weird again now that Larry's gone, are you?
        Ally: Ling, I never stopped being weird.

      • Renée: What's the matter?
        Ally: I... he... um...
        Renée: What?
        Ally: ... I was hallucinating.
        Renée: What? You saw Larry?
        Ally: No.
        Renée: Al Green?
        Ally: No.
        Renée: Gloria Gaynor?
        Ally: No.
        Renée: Then who? Who'd you see?
        Ally: Barry Manilow. Call 911.

    • NOTES (5)

      • Robert Downey Jr. (Larry Paul) does not appear in this episode, but can be heard by voice.

      • Featured Music:
        "Weekend in New England" performed by Vonda Shepard and Barry Manilow
        "This One's for You" by Barry Manilow
        "Even Now" by Barry Manilow
        "Somewhere Down the Road" performed by Barry Manilow and Vonda Shepard
        "It's a Miracle" performed by Barry Manilow
        "Somewhere Down the Road" performed by Vonda Shepard

      • Featured Music:
        "It's a Miracle" by Barry Manilow
        "Somewhere Down the Road" by Barry Manilow

      • The existence of the coed bathroom being seen in this show is mentioned in "Boy Meets World" episode "Ain't College Great?" when the college there has them.

      • Introduction of Taye Diggs, who was meant to become a regular in 5th season but left at the end of this season along with several cast members.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Episode Title: "Reach Out and Touch"
        The episode title is a song "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)." It was the debut solo single for Motown legend Diana Ross, released in April 1970.