will appear on Ally McBeal
this season as Dr. Shirley Grouper, a doctor who teaches a course on how to keep a man happy. The episode is tentatively scheduled to air on Nov. 6. Meanwhile, the cast of the David E. Kelley
dramedy are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Robert Downey Jr.
, who begins work on the series later this week playing a love interest for Calista Flockhart
. "[I called] David going, 'Don't you think Elaine needs to meet him,' " Jane Krakowski
, who plays kooky Elaine, tells Access Hollywood
. "He's mainly here for Calista's character, but hopefully I'll get to fall in a few doors and eavesdrop."