Ally McBeal

The WORST episodes of Ally McBeal

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Ally McBeal is a young attorney who joins a prestigious law firm with a highly sexual environment and whose staff includes Ally's ex-boyfriend. The series contains fantasy sequences, flashbacks and voiceovers to reveal what Ally is really thinking. Many episodes contain an appearance by singer Vonda Shepard, who performed the show's theme song.

Last Updated: 5/19/2022Network: FOX
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Sideshow
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6.26
294 votes

#1 - Sideshow

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/22/1999

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.

Directors: Alex Graves
The Affair
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6.57
413 votes

#2 - The Affair

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/29/1997

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.

Directors: Arlene Sanford
Troubled Water
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6.74
286 votes

#3 - Troubled Water

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/22/1999

"I have sought this, only dreamed thee..." The day before Thanksgiving, Billy goes completely crazy, driving Georgia to kiss "George" in the bar. Ally invites everyone over to her place for a holiday dinner that proves to be explosive, at the very least. Ally cannot take any more of this chaos and makes an emergency appointment with Tracey. Ally's other guests exit her apartment to finish dinner at Fish's place.

Directors: Joanna Kerns
Changes
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6.74
289 votes

#4 - Changes

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/29/1999

Richard and Ling officially break up. Billy and Cage represent a sexy, middle-aged woman who's suing her employees for sexual harassment. The woman, Robin Jones, claims that the staff of her magazine held a "sick out" and delayed the May publication because they didn't want to work for a "nymph," which led to her being fired. After they lose the case, she and Billy argue over his chauvinism, but settle their differences with a kiss... just as Georgia walks in on them.

Directors: Arlene Sanford
Heat Wave
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6.77
255 votes

#5 - Heat Wave

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/15/1999

"I think I'm gonna love you for a long, long time..." Risa, the bride whose wedding Ally destroyed, decides to sue Ally for intentional infliction of emotional distress. The amount is enough to keep Ally working for Risa for the rest of her life. Ally tries to get Risa's ex-fiancé, Joel, to help her, but he tells her that he really did love Risa and that Ally ruined his life.

Directors: Alex Graves
Seeing Green
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6.79
290 votes

#6 - Seeing Green

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/8/1999

Ally is plagued with hallucinations of Al Green. She talks about these hallucinations with Dr. Shirley Flott, who is seeing patients while Dr. Tracy is away. Shirley has no patience for Ally's daydreams and wants desperately to put her on Prozac. Wrestling with the idea of going on medication leads Ally to question what is so wrong about hallucinations: they bring her comfort and keep her in perspective? Meanwhile, Nelle and John defend a boy suspended for impulsively kissing one of the most beautiful girls in his class. During all this, Billy has had a series of "off the book" appointments and refuses to tell anyone, including Georgia, where he's going.

Directors: Peter MacNicol
The Green Monster
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6.85
262 votes

#7 - The Green Monster

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired 5/10/1999

Fish and Cage find themselves representing the soon to be ex-wife of a philanderer who is suing not just for divorce but for property damages as well. The case has loser written all over it and Cage is insisting they settle while Fish is convinced they can win it. Since Ally's indiscretion with Billy, Greg has been ignoring Ally's phone calls and spending more time in the company of other women. Ally feels terrible that a great guy seems to be getting away. Billy does not like the attention that Georgia is enjoying form the other men in the office since she changed her wardrobe appearance.

Directors: Michael Schultz
One Hundred Tears Away
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6.96
356 votes

#8 - One Hundred Tears Away

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/20/1997

Ally is arrested for aggravated assault and attempted shoplifting. Renee bails her out, but word spreads quickly, and Ally is brought before the State Bar Review Board. A litany of her recent travails is read aloud, and Ally must contend with her unconventional past catching up with her.

Directors: Sandy Smolan
Happy Birthday, Baby
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6.96
331 votes

#9 - Happy Birthday, Baby

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/6/1998

Ally is in denial about her birthday but her co-workers aren't. Elaine orchestrates a party at the bar and asks Dr. Greg Butters to sing a romantic ballad dedicated to Ally. He does, and knocks the socks off everyone in the room. Renee is especially moved, and jumps up on stage to join him in a seductive duet. Meanwhile, in the courtroom, Ally is forced to take the position for a new client that his foot fetish qualifies him as temporarily insane. Renee, as the opposing district attorney, maintains that sneaking into a would-be date's apartment uninvited to tickle her feet is breaking and entering.

Directors: Thomas Schlamme
The Blame Game
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6.98
356 votes

#10 - The Blame Game

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/19/1998

Ally has a chance encounter with Glenn, the well-endowed artists' model, at a local Starbucks, and makes it very clear that she is irritated with him. On the legal side, John Cage takes on a wrongful death case that Fish is convinced will reap big bucks for the firm. Two adult siblings are suing an airline after their father is killed in a plane crash.

Directors: Sandy Smolan
Pursuit of Loneliness
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6.99
228 votes

#11 - Pursuit of Loneliness

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/21/2000

Ally is pursued by Hammond, the server at her usual coffee shop, but is turned off by his forwardness. When pressed, she admits that a coffee server is not necessarily that attractive to her. She also learns he owns a chain of coffee joints. Still not impressed, Ally continues to snub Hammond, only to walk into an appeals court and find he is also a presiding judge in her case. When Ally is rude to him in court, Hammond throws her in jail for contempt. When she gets out of jail the two of them get together and kiss. Meanwhile, John begins to worry that Nelle is a snob and Billy finally kisses his assistant Sandy.

Directors: Jonathan Pontell
The Inmates (1)
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7.03
335 votes

#12 - The Inmates (1)

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/27/1998

A wealthy client is brutally murdered and the wife is implicated. Her only defense when caught red-handed is that she has no recollection of what had taken place. Billy, anxious to take on bigger cases, is the lone voice advocating for the firm taking the criminal case, but Fish and Cage ultimately decide it should be farmed out. Georgia, meanwhile, takes on a case about a heterosexual waiter suing for discrimination and wrongful dismissal when he's fired from his job for not being gay. Renee seduces a fellow attorney. (Crossover event - The Practice - 2x26 - Axe Murderer (2))

Directors: Michael Schultz
Theme of Life
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7.04
305 votes

#13 - Theme of Life

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/9/1998

Ally, Georgia and Renee sign up for a kick boxing class to relieve stress. Ally and Georgia wind up having to fight each other because they're both beginners. As they start to carp more and more at the office, all pretext towards civility drops in the ring and their matches in the class increasingly intensify. Ally takes on a case about an attractive surgeon accused of performing an unauthorized and controversial transplant procedure. Cage insists it's time for her to visit with his smile therapist and she agrees. Fish, meanwhile is in hot pursuit of Janet Reno, who is still in town, and is once again busted by Whipper, when she smells perfume on his wattle finger.

Directors: Dennie Gordon
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The Promise
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7.05
362 votes

#14 - The Promise

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/27/1997

Ally has to defend a friend of Whipper brought up on solicitation charges. She is serving as second chair to Cage, whose idiosyncrasies become increasingly apparent and mystifying to Ally as well as the other attorneys. At the same time, on a different case, a severely rotund attorney passes out from a near heart attack just outside the courtroom and Ally has to give him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

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The Playing Field
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7.05
314 votes

#15 - The Playing Field

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/16/1998

Ally is a passenger in a car accident with the firm's client Greg Butters, a handsome doctor to whom she finds herself attracted. She attempts to handle the doctor's case herself, but finds she just cannot. Ally confides in her "therapist" that she is attracted to the doctor and is enthusiastically encouraged her to use her sex appeal to take the initiative with him. Ally decides the therapist should meet the entire cast of characters in her life and talks her into showing up at the bar after work one night. Fish argues a case of sexual discrimination on behalf of a client who missed a promotion because she didn't sleep with her boss.

Directors: Jonathan Pontell
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Compromising Positions
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7.05
585 votes

#16 - Compromising Positions

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/15/1997

Fish's partner, John Cage faces fines, jail, and public humiliation. To her dismay, Ally is assigned to be a litigator. Fish invites Ally along to dinner with a very wealthy potential client, Ronald Cheanie. Unbeknownst to Ally, the dinner is really a double date with Fish and his girlfriend, Whipper. Ally is furious, but Cheanie turns out to be handsome and intelligent.

Directors: Jonathan Pontell
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The Pursuit of Unhappiness
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7.06
226 votes

#17 - The Pursuit of Unhappiness

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/26/2001

Elaine cheated on Mark and now she's trying by all means to find a way for him to forgive her. She even takes advice from Richard! But in the end she has a serious talk with Mark and she tells him she cheated because he never fully trusted her. They break up. Meanwhile, Jackson is assigned to do the pre-nup for a rich, fat and bald man. Ally puts Larry to defend to soon-to-be wife's interests, which leads into a more personal dissension between Larry and Jackson. And Ling takes the case of a man who's being sued by his own son because a blood clot has left him perpetually happy which is ruining the family business.

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Sex, Lies and Politics
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7.06
290 votes

#18 - Sex, Lies and Politics

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/1/1999

Ally is guilt ridden by her encounter with Billy. She goes to see Dr. Tracy Clark and discusses subsequent revelations, which surfaced during their session. Ally stresses over her relationship with Georgia. Should she confess all to her or keep her dirty little secret? Everything tells her to hold back, but where will she find comfort and forgiveness? Cage is working on a case in which they represent the plaintiff; a bookstore owner who lost her business after a conservative State Senator running for re-election targets her establishment, as an outlet for pornography.

Directors: Arlene Sanford
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Car Wash
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7.07
266 votes

#19 - Car Wash

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/25/1999

"There are no mistakes in love..." Without ever engaging in conversation, Ally has a steamy fling with a guy who works at the car wash. Back at the office, Fish assigns her to a case in which a big client's daughter, Risa, is trying to save her wedding. Her minister refuses to perform the service (which is two days away) because he walked in on Risa having sex with a man who is not her fiancé although Risa claims it was just one last fling. Now Risa fears that she will have to tell her fiancé everything. Because of all the female sexual activity in the office, John becomes insecure about his sexual ability. As a result of his insecurities he "loses" the spirit of Barry White. Meanwhile, Renee quits her job to open her own practice. Inspired by Renee's new freedom, Whipper joins the firm as counsel.

Directors: Billy Dickson
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Buried Pleasures
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7.08
263 votes

#20 - Buried Pleasures

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/1/1999

The men in the office just call her, "The Yummy One..." Ling's curiosity is piqued when she dreams about kissing Ally. Under the pretense of becoming better friends, Ling and Ally go on a "date". Meanwhile, Cage overhears Nelle talking about her fantasy, which sends him back into the depths of sexual insecurity. It seems everyone in the office is pre-occupied with the topic of sex and Billy and Renee feel they are the only people actually working. Renee defends a woman who is accused of sexual harassment by her female co-workers. The co-workers claim that she has turned the office into a sexual arena and is suing. Billy represents the company, but finds that he and Renee do not see eye to eye on the case or on the issue of a woman's sexuality in general.

Directors: Mel Damski
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Cro-Magnon
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7.09
322 votes

#21 - Cro-Magnon

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/5/1998

Ally is shocked to discover that her biological clock is ticking, unleashing strange libidinal impulses in her. During a sculpting class with live nude male models, she and Renee become enamored by one particular model with obviously generous endowments. Meanwhile, Ally has taken on the case of the 19-year-old son of an important client, who has been charged with assault because he slugged a guy in a bar who was verbally harassing his date. The boy tells Ally he felt justified because he warned the guy first, which serves to increase Ally's cradle robbing interest in him.

Directors: Allan Arkush
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Saving Santa
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7.09
286 votes

#22 - Saving Santa

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/13/1999

The first case Georgia brings to Renee's new firm pits them against Cage and Fish. Georgia defends Newman's, an upscale department store against Steve Mallory, who worked as the store's Santa for seventeen years. Cage represents Mallory, who claims that he was wrongfully fired because Newman wants to hire a younger, thinner Santa. Meanwhile, Ally is haunted by visions of herself as a little girl. Ally manages to bring Georgia and Billy together to talk, and Billy sees that he wants Georgia back. But Georgia is not as eager to work things out yet.

Directors: Rachel Talalay
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Pyramids on the Nile
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7.10
291 votes

#23 - Pyramids on the Nile

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/15/1999

Fish announces that the most unlikely person has been hired as the firm's latest attorney. Appeals to John Cage go nowhere as he feels he has no choice but to support his partner's decision to hire her. Sun Company, in an attempt to minimize their liability and exposure to potential sexual harassment suits when office romances go bad now require romantically involved employees to notify their supervisor of the relationship and sign a "Love Contract" which holds the company harmless if things don't work out. In the heat of the behind-closed-doors argument, Billy reveals his anger over losing the case has more to do with other feelings he is having than with the case itself. He begins to have feelings of jealousy.

Directors: Elodie Keene
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Fear of Flirting
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7.10
221 votes

#24 - Fear of Flirting

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/19/2001

Ally and Glenn continue their flirtation, which leads to their conscious avoidance of each other, which does not go unnoticed by the others at Cage and Fish. She insists he’s too much of a “boy” for her, but continues to be attracted to him. He’s drawn to her because she’s a little older. Both use Jenny’s feelings as an excuse to not date as well. John takes off for parts unknown, which worries the ladies of the firm, especially Nelle. Richard takes it in stride, and takes over John’s abandoned hole off of the unisex. Raymond is sued by a former coworker for sexual harassment, and asks Jenny to represent him...

Directors: Greg Germann
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I Know Him By Heart
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7.11
258 votes

#25 - I Know Him By Heart

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/24/1999

Ally's heart is broken and not by Billy or Greg. It's just one big stress fracture. She's come to the realization that there isn't anyone out there for her. She has her image of the perfect man, but is beginning to believe that he does not exist. Surprisingly, a pep talk from Fish leads Ally to become more proactive about her love life. Working on the, "you have to kiss a lot of frogs before finding Prince Charming theory", Ally decides to go on a dating frenzy. She also decides to go for a total hair and fashion makeover. Nelle is starting to become annoyed with John Cage because he seems to be the only one in the firm who understands Ally's imaginary love life. Nelle is worried that John and Ally feed off each other and now that she and John are a couple, she would really prefer her man to face life head on.

Directors: Jonathan Pontell
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