Ally McBeal (TV Series 1997–2002)

Season 1


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1PilotPilot (8 Sep. 1997)
Young lawyer Ally McBeal experiences emotional turmoil when she takes a job at a firm where her childhood sweetheart and first love also works.
7.5
2Compromising PositionsCompromising Positions (15 Sep. 1997)
Ally meets the firm's other founding partner when she defends him on charges of soliciting a prostitute, and feels like a prostitute herself when Fish asks her to date a prospective client.
7.2
3The KissThe Kiss (22 Sep. 1997)
Ally has a confusing first date with client Ronald Cheanie... and teams up with Georgia to represent a television anchorwoman fired because of her age and sex.
7.3
4The AffairThe Affair (29 Sep. 1997)
Ally is asked to be a pallbearer at the funeral of her ex-law professor who also happens to be her ex-lover. The widow, thinking her husband was a great mentor for Ally, asks her to give the eulogy. Ally's reluctance leads Billy to find out the truth about her reasons for avoiding the funeral. Billy offers his support to Ally, which unnerves both Georgia and Cheanie.
7.3
5One Hundred Tears AwayOne Hundred Tears Away (20 Oct. 1997)
Ally is arrested for tripping a woman in a supermarket, then faces a Bar Association hearing on her emotional competence to practice law.
7.3
6The PromiseThe Promise (27 Oct. 1997)
Ally saves an obese man's life, only to become the object of his affection.
7.5
7The AttitudeThe Attitude (3 Nov. 1997)
Ally represents a Jewish woman seeking spiritual release from her marriage because her husband is in a permanent coma. Meanwhile, Georgia becomes the target of a senior partner's wife's insecurities.
7.3
8Drawing the LinesDrawing the Lines (10 Nov. 1997)
Billy and Georgia face a crisis of confidence in their marriage while Ally, Cage, and Georgia tackle a ridiculous divorce case. Elaine threatens to sue the firm if Fish does not meet her demands for a better working environment.
7.2
9The Dirty JokeThe Dirty Joke (17 Nov. 1997)
Attorney Caroline Poop returns to represent a beautiful delivery woman who is suing Fish and Cage for same-sex sexual harassment. Ally and Renée make a bet over who can tell a better dirty joke at the bar.
7.1
10Boy to the WorldBoy to the World (1 Dec. 1997)
Ally defends and befriends a young transvestite prostitute; Fish sues for the right to discuss his dead uncle's prejudices in a eulogy; and Cage ponders dating Ally.
7.7
11Silver BellsSilver Bells (15 Dec. 1997)
As Elaine plans the firm's musical Christmas party, a case involving a man with two wives causes Ally, Billy, and Georgia to examine their relationship; Fish deals with Whipper's holiday marriage blues; and Cage asks Ally out.
7.4
12Cro-MagnonCro-Magnon (5 Jan. 1998)
Ally struggles to get her biological clock under control when she starts having strange libidinal impulses. She, Renée, and Georgia are enamored with a particularly well-endowed male model in their sculpting class. In the office, Ally has to defend the nineteen-year-old son of a senior partner accused of assault for slugging another guy who harassed his date.
7.5
13The Blame GameThe Blame Game (19 Jan. 1998)
Ally gives Glenn, the model from the sculpting class, the cold shoulder during a chance encounter at a coffee shop. John Cage takes on a case in which the adult children of a plane crash victim sue the airline for the wrongful death of their father.
7.2
14Body LanguageBody Language (2 Feb. 1998)
Ally comes up with a "creative" strategy to convince a prison superintendant that an inmate should be allowed to marry; Whipper breaks up with Fish; and Cage undergoes "smile therapy.
7.1
15Once in a LifetimeOnce in a Lifetime (23 Feb. 1998)
Representing an artist who can't forget his dead wife conjures up ghosts of once-in-a-lifetime love for Ally and Billy; Cage worries about kissing Ally as their first date looms.
7.2
16Forbidden FruitsForbidden Fruits (2 Mar. 1998)
The firm represents a U.S. Senator accused of breaking up his wife's former marriage; Ally's legal arguments about true love get her into trouble with Georgia and Billy.
7.4
17Theme of LifeTheme of Life (9 Mar. 1998)
Ally defends a doctor accused of transplanting a pig's liver into a woman without her permission; Ally and Georgia square off in a kickboxing match; and Whipper dumps Fish for toying again with Janet Reno.
7.5
18The Playing FieldThe Playing Field (16 Mar. 1998)
Ally faces off against a child prodigy-attorney; a woman claims she is the victim of harassment because, unlike her female co-workers, she refused to use sex as a means of advancing her career.
7.2
19Happy Birthday, BabyHappy Birthday, Baby (6 Apr. 1998)
Ally is mortified when her friends throw her a surprise birthday party. A man with a foot fetish refuses to use insanity as a defense.
7.3
20The InmatesThe Inmates (27 Apr. 1998)
Billy tries to get the firm into homicide law, something Ally has trouble coping with. Ally also needs to defend Renee who broke a man's neck.
7.2
21Being ThereBeing There (4 May 1998)
John and Ally are defending Renee for her life and career. Renee is upset with John over his antics in court but, when Ally's former fling, Glenn, appears as a prosecutorial witness, John kicks her off the case. Georgia might be pregnant, but she and Billy are unsure about impending parenthood. If only Ally could find a theme song to help deal with Georgia's pregnancy.
7.1
22Alone AgainAlone Again (11 May 1998)
Cage defends a long-time convict who used a trampoline to break out of prison a month before his release; a woman intends to sue her ex-fiancé for leaving her at the alter.
7.2
23These Are the DaysThese Are the Days (18 May 1998)
John's second cousin assaults happy people. In court, his defense will be to baffle the witnesses and jury. Two men want a court order to switch their hearts, and Bobby Donnell wants Ally-to help with the case. But if Ally's imagination has any say in it, he will want her eventually.
7.5