Ally McBeal

Season 1 Episode 4

The Affair

Aired Unknown Sep 29, 1997 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.