Ally McBeal

Season 4 Episode 9

Reasons to Believe

Aired Unknown Jan 08, 2001 on FOX
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Episode Summary

"The" Nicholas Engbloom comes to Cage & Fish looking for John to help him with a murder case. Melanie West suffers with Tourette's syndrome and accidentally ran over her boyfriend. She claims to have done it on purpose, only not to be humiliated as she has been her whole life. John convinces her to tell the truth and they win the case. While handling the West case, Nicholas finds himself involved in a divorce case. His wife wants to end their long time marriage because he won't retire and she feels like she can't compete with his work. After his wife almost dies, Nicholas abandons the practice, this time forever. Meanwhile, Richard teaches Mark how to use a "sex song" in order to please Elaine in bed, and John asks Melanie on a date.moreless

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    Paul Dooley

    Paul Dooley

    Nicholas Engblom

    Guest Star

    Anne Haney

    Anne Haney

    Brandy Engblom

    Guest Star

    Richard McGonagle

    Richard McGonagle

    District Attorney Moon

    Guest Star

    Anne Heche

    Anne Heche

    Melanie West

    Recurring Role

    Albert Hall

    Albert Hall

    Judge Seymore Walsh

    Recurring Role

    Renée Elise Goldsberry

    Renée Elise Goldsberry

    Ikette #1

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (13)

      • John: Dancing is a quiet thing. If you're going to speak, let it be involuntary.

      • Nelle: If this keeps up, you and I are going to have to be friends.
        Renée: It'll never come to that.
        Nelle: Promise?
        Renée: You'd don't fool me. If I offered you some of my jelly roll you'd step right up.
        Nelle: How would you know? You've never offered.

      • Larry: Brandy, is the case over?
        Brandy: I don't like the word "over." I prefer the word "retired." There's big points in that word too, Nicholas.
        Nicholas: Yes, there are.
        Brandy: Larry, the case is over.

      • Nicholas: This is my real fear, John. If I'm at home all day, she'll finally figure out that I'm not good enough for her.

      • Melanie: I guess a crime of passion just makes me seem more human.
        John: No, it doesn't.

      • Larry: I used to think I was Johnny Mathis in a prior life until I found out he's not dead.

      • John: You want to tell me why you're smiling?
        Melanie: You're quite funny.

      • Elaine: How was it with Larry, y'know, the first?
        Ally: Oh, it was so incredibly... private.

      • Richard: You need a sex song.
        Mark: A sex song?
        Richard: Yeah, John uses Barry White, I use Tom Jones. Does it help me, Lingo?
        Ling: Amazing.

      • Nicholas: I'm afraid of retirement... more than you could ever know. I'm just scared of... going dead inside. It's not that I don't love you, but it's not enough.

      • Larry: Hold on! Let's start out in nice civil tones and then build toward the anger.

      • Richard: Oh, listen, I've been meaning to ask: how's Elaine in bed? It's just, y'know, I've always wanted to find out I've just been too afraid of, uh, catching something.

      • Melanie: I'd rather be thought of as a cold-blooded murderer than crazy, and if that makes me insane, I still don't want to plead it.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Featured Music:
        "Reason to Believe" performed by Vonda Shepard
        "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" by Johnny Mathis
        "It's Not Unusual" by Tom Jones
        "Respect" by Aretha Franklin
        "Come See About Me" by Diana Ross and the Supremes
        "Respect" performed by Lisa Nicole Carson
        "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" performed by Vonda Shepard

      • In Canada, this episode was aired on March 5, 2001 and not today due to The American Music Awards that aired.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Episode Title: "Reasons to Believe"
        The episode title is also a song written by American folk singer Tim Hardin and recorded by such artists as Rod Stewart and Johnny Cash.