Young lawyer Ally McBeal experiences emotional turmoil when she takes a job at a firm where her childhood sweetheart and first love also works.
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.
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.
The widow of Ally’s former law professor asks Ally to speak at his funeral, not knowing she once had an affair with him.
100 Tears Away
Ally is arrested for tripping a woman in a supermarket, then faces a Bar Association hearing on her emotional competence to practice law.
Ally saves an obese man’s life, only to become the object of his affection.
Ally clashes with a client’s rabbi and dates a handsome District Attorney while Georgia considers suing her law firm for sex discrimination.
Drawing the Lines
The firm helps the wife of a rich man negate a prenuptial agreement; Elaine’s sexual harassment complaint comes to a head; and Ally and Billy negotiate personal boundaries in their still-tenuous friendship.
The Dirty Joke
The delivery girl sues the firm for sexual harassment; Ally tries to prove she’s no goodie-two-shoes by learning how to appreciate, and tell, dirty jokes.
Boy to the World
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.
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.
As the firm’s men plan to view a big boxing match, Ally dates a male art model with one large attribute, fights a sexual attraction to a 19-year-old client accused of assault... and is haunted by hallucinations of a dancing baby.
The Blame Game
As Ally, Cage and Georgia try a case about liability in an airplane crash, Ally is reunited with male model Glenn, her recent one-night-stand, who makes her feel guilty about using him as a sexual object.
Ally comes up with a “creative” strategy to convince a prison superintendent that an inmate should be allowed to marry; Whipper breaks up with Fish; and Cage undergoes “smile therapy.”
Once in a Lifetime
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.
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.
Theme of Life
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.
The Playing Field
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.
Happy Birthday Baby
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.
The firm joins forces with Bobby Donell and his staff when a client is accused of killing her husband; Renee is arrested for assault; a waiter alleges he was fired because he isn’t gay.
Cage defends Renee against assault charges; a home pregnancy test reveals that Georgia is pregnant.
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.
These Are the Days
Bobby Donnell asks for the firm’s help when two men seek an operation to switch hearts. Cage’s cousin is arrested for assaulting “happy people” with a paddle.
About this Show
A quirky series about a wistfully idealistic -- if perennially insecure -- lawyer and her chaotic life at a Boston firm.
Starring: Calista FlockhartGreg GermannJane KrakowskiPeter MacNicolPortia de Rossi
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