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Ally McBeal

Season 1 Episode 4

The Affair

Aired Unknown Sep 29, 1997 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Ally is asked to be a pallbearer at the funeral of her ex-law professor. The widow, Katherine Dawson, invites her to give the eulogy, but Ally's initial reluctance betrays the reason. In a moment of complete vulnerability, she confesses to Billy who supports her by agreeing to attend the funeral with her. This unnerves Georgia, and Cheanie, who are both feeling threatened when they realize Billy is helping Ally out during a difficult time in her life. Georgia confronts Billy, and Cheanie confronts Ally, who refuses to tell him why she's been upset lately. He doesn't understand why she chooses to confide in Billy over him.moreless

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    Tate Donovan

    Tate Donovan

    Ronald Cheanie

    Guest Star

    Jerry Hardin

    Jerry Hardin


    Guest Star

    Brett Cullen

    Brett Cullen

    Professor James Dawson

    Guest Star

    Vonda Shepard

    Vonda Shepard


    Recurring Role

    Peter MacNicol

    Peter MacNicol

    John Cage

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • It was mentioned a lot that James Dawson had two daughters, yet you only see the one. I mean the affair was four years ago so the child, already born then, should be old enough to attend the funeral and yet you see Kathy Baker sitting next to only one girl

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Richard: Reunions are meant to allow the more successful graduates... to inform the less successful that that's what they are -- less than.

      • Ally: Whoever I'll end up with... assuming I end up with anybody, I cheated on him too.
        Renée: How do you cheat on a stranger?
        Ally: Easy. Whoever I marry deserves somebody who puts a value on fidelity. Obviously more than I do.
        Renée: If you didn't value it, you wouldn't beat yourself up about it.

      • Katherine: James wasn't a womanizer. It wouldn't be like him to stray... unless it was for something special.
        Ally: Well, as-- as accusations go, at least that's a flattering... one.

      • (in Ally's office)
        Ally: How did you know I was here?
        Billy: You usually work through things with work. And I didn't figure you'd be with Cheanie. I'm sorry about that.
        Ally: Oh, hey, for the best.
        Billy: Really?
        Ally: There were so many ways... he just wasn't you. (corrects herself) Right-- wasn't right.

      • Richard: One of the keys to life... the fast-forward. Every movie has its lousy parts. The trick is to fast-forward through them. As time passes, you'll look back and say, 'Oh, that little adultery thing.' You fast-forward to then right now. And you're over it.
        Ally: Fast-forward?
        Richard: It's the Fish way.
        Ally: That's your best one yet, Richard.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Ally: Elaine, you look like Hannibal Lector.

        Hannibal Lector is fictional character created by author Thomas Harris. He's a brilliant and cultured psychiatrist turned into a cannibalistic serial murderer. When he's imprisoned in the movies about him, he wears a mask to prevent him from biting anyone or anything.