Ally McBeal

Season 2 Episode 15

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Aired Unknown Feb 22, 1999 on FOX
9.0
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When we last saw Ally she was in shock over her encounter with Billy. Ally realizes her life is in crisis and that everything she does from this moment on could mean a lifetime of happiness or bitter disappointment. That's when she makes a decision not to be passive and do something about her life.moreless

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  • A show-stopping, honestly written and acted episode.

    9.3
    This is one of the better episodes David E. Kelley cranked out during his Practice/Ally years. The showdown many fans waited and waited for between Billy and Ally finally took place. And in a great place for it to happen was in a therapist's office - especially a therapist placed by Tracy Ullman. Her short run on the show was quite good, and the episode is a fine example.



    The acting is also quite superb, with both Flockhart and Bellows outstanding and wonderfully vulnerable during the showdown.



    It is a rarely seen combo of good writing and acting on television, and while this show had many down moments, this episode is most certainly one of the up.moreless
Brian Kirchoff

Brian Kirchoff

Waiter (uncredited)

Guest Star

Tracey Ullman

Tracey Ullman

Dr. Tracy Clark

Recurring Role

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Dr. Greg Butters

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Tracy: Can I be blunt?
      Ally: No. Just continue to kid glove me.

    • Billy: ...Love is wasted on you, Ally, cause you'll always be unhappy. That's why I left!

    • Tracy: So you didn't...?
      Ally: We didn't have sex. No.
      Tracy: None? What about the democratic definition?
      Ally: All we did was kiss. Once. And then my pea-sized brain went into panic mode.
      Tracy: OK. First things first: you gotta dump Greg.
      Ally: Why?
      Tracy: This is obviously about you and Billy, whether the two of you are right for each other. And we can't have it muddled up with Greg. We gotta clear that deck.
      Ally: But what about, like you say, what if Greg is really the guy and I, and I'm afraid of falling in love so on some unconscious level I'm looking to screw that up and am grabbing on to Billy… I mean, what if, like you said, this is really about me loving Greg?
      Tracy: Oh… bugger! I forgot about that! This is what happens when I don't take notes.
      Ally: Damn it! This isn't funny anymore! Do you even get the concept of love? You, you probably time relationships with the stick of gum and spit when the flavour's gone. It goes a little deeper than that and I'm beginning to wonder if you do.
      Tracy: You think I don't know love, Ally? The greatest love of my life – I sent him away. 11 years, 3 months and two days ago.
      Ally: I'm sorry.
      Tracy: He asked me if I believed in immortality, asked if I was afraid I'd burn if I got too close to happiness. I remember it as if it was last night.
      Ally: It was last night. On cable. That's what Paul Henreid said to Bette Davis in "Now Voyager".
      Tracy (laughing): Bugger! You saw it. Oh well…

    • Ally: I know he is bluffing.
      Tracy: That's what men do, they bluff women into bed and then they go throw with it the bastards!

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