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Ally McBeal Season 4 Episodes

23 Episodes 2000 - 2001

Episode 1

Sex, Lies and Second Thoughts

Mon, Oct 23, 2000 60 mins

Robert Downey Jr. joins the cast in the fourth-season opener as a proposal from Brian sends Ally in search of a therapist. Meanwhile, Cage represents a friend (Audrey Wasilewski) seeking to annul her six-year marriage, which emphasized companionship over passion. Raditz: Ken Lerner. Keebler: Michael Weatherly. Judge: Aloma Wright. Brian: Tim Dutton.

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Episode 2

Girls Night Out

Mon, Oct 30, 2000 60 mins

Ally resolves to be proactive in her social life; John is attracted to his client (Marcia Cross), who's accused of sexual harassment; Richard strains to keep his client's personal secret as Mark approaches her socially. Cindy: Lisa Edelstein. Brian: Tim Dutton. Judge Rancor: Jack Shearer. Judge Walsh: Albert Hall. Mark: James LeGros.

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Episode 3

Two's a Crowd

Mon, Nov 6, 2000 60 mins

Part 1 of two. A self-help guru (Florence Henderson) is indicted for bad advice; Ally sees opportunities abound as she shares a mutual attraction with an older attorney (William Russ); Mark finally learns what's up with Cindy (Lisa Edelstein). Jonathan: Michael Vartan. Wanda: Jill Holden. Spickett: Matt Malloy. Andrea: Terry Urdang. Mark: James LeGros.

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Episode 4

Without a Net

Mon, Nov 13, 2000 60 mins

A former law-school classmate (Jami Gertz) sues Ally for defamation; Larry (Robert Downey Jr.) meets Ally's colleagues; Mark and Cindy visit a therapist (Louie Anderson) suggested by John. Jeffrey Osborne has a cameo. Michael: William Russ. Jonathan: Michael Vartan. Harrod: Don McManus. Cindy: Lisa Edelstein. Mark: James LeGros.

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Episode 5

The Last Virgin

Mon, Nov 20, 2000 60 mins

Ling offers assistance when Ally frets about her first kiss with Larry, who turns out to be the opposing counsel after Ally is hired by the prude who sued her. Kimmy: Jami Gertz. Pederson: Kevin Cooney. Larry: Robert Downey Jr. Judge Walsh: Albert Hall.

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Episode 6

'Tis the Season

Mon, Nov 27, 2000 60 mins

The firm represents a fired newscaster who told the truth about Santa; Ally learns why Christmas depresses Larry; John lies to Kimmy and her mother (Jami Gertz, Marlo Thomas). Macy Gray sings "Winter Wonderland." Stevens: Peter Mackenzie. Jacob: Emmett Shoemaker. Stark: Dakin Matthews. Stone: Gerry Becker. Judge: Albert Hall.

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Episode 7

Love on Holiday

Mon, Dec 4, 2000 60 mins

Elaine prompts a sexual-harrassment suit against the firm; John takes a stand against Kimmy's mother (Marlo Thomas); Nelle and Ling bet on who's more desired at a charity auction, where Richard garners surprising attention. Daniel: Jason Marsden. Kimmy: Jami Gertz. Barrett: Boyd Kestner. Milter: John Michael Higgins. Paul: Marc Brett. Judge Harris: Francesca P. Roberts.

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Episode 8

The Man with the Bag

Mon, Dec 11, 2000 60 mins

Nelle's teacher father (William Windom) is fired because he believes he's Santa Claus; a surprise visit from Larry's ex (Famke Janssen) coincides with the firm's Christmas party. Judge: Jack Shearer. Schulman: Michael Tomlinson. Joley: Dan Martin. Mathers: Christopher Nieman. Nelle: Portia de Rossi. John: Peter MacNicol.

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Episode 9

Reasons to Believe

Mon, Jan 8, 2001 60 mins

Anne Heche plays a woman with Tourette's who's on trial for murder, with John assisting her lawyer (Paul Dooley), whose wife (Anne Haney) wants to divorce him for taking the case. Dr. Walters: Gregg Daniel. DA: Richard McGonagle. Trish Gail: Jan Hoag. Larry: Robert Downey Jr. Mark: James LeGros.

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Episode 10

The Ex Files

Mon, Jan 15, 2001 60 mins

Larry's ex (Famke Janssen) wants to move with their son to Canada; Ling's friend suspects her fiancé still loves Ling; Melanie (Anne Heche) is fired from her teaching job. Lisa: Jean Louisa Kelly. Randy: Jeremy Davidson. Judge Kopesky: Daniel Von Bargen. Milter: John Michael Higgins. Stiles: Brooks Almy. Lucy: Madison McReynolds.

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Episode 11

Mr. Bo

Mon, Jan 22, 2001 60 mins

Melanie's homeless friend (Richard Jenkins) distrusts John; Ally objects to a client who fired a worker based on looks; Chubby Checker plays the bar for a twist contest that Elaine is determined to win. Melanie: Anne Heche. Adams: Chayanne. Jerry Hill: Brenda Strong. Jessica Pipp: Jenica Bergere. Stone: Gerry Becker. Judge Walsh: Albert Hall.

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Episode 12

Hats Off to Larry

Mon, Feb 5, 2001 60 mins

Larry's son (David Dorfman) visits; transsexual Cindy McCauliff wants to sue to get married; Nelle's dancer friend (Chayanne) seeks to stop another from doing his moves. Cindy: Lisa Edelstein. Inez: Constance Marie. Rick: Todd Eckert. Jacobs: James Eckhouse. Judge Graves: Rosemary Forsyth. Judge Walsh: Albert Hall. Larry: Robert Downey Jr.

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Episode 13

Reach Out and Touch

Mon, Feb 12, 2001 60 mins

Barry Manilow (in a cameo) further links John and Melanie; Richard hires a rainmaker (Taye Diggs), who's thrust into arguing for annulling the marriage of an admitted nymphomaniac (Missi Pyle). Hooper: Kevin Rahm. Compton: Gregory Jbara. Milter: John Michael Higgins. Mathers: Christopher Neiman. Melanie: Anne Heche. Judge Walsh: Albert Hall. John: Peter MacNicol.

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Episode 14

Boys Town

Mon, Feb 19, 2001 60 mins

Jackson defends---and Renee prosecutes---a woman (Kelly Lynch) who fired all her male employees; John and Richard see a therapist (Fred Willard) about their strained friendship; Ally tries to mend fences between Mark and Elaine. Judge Brattle: Mary-Pat Green. Mackey: Bradley White. Jackson: Taye Diggs. Renee: Lisa Nicole Carson. Richard: Greg Germann.

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Episode 15

Falling Up

Mon, Feb 26, 2001 60 mins

Separate therapists (Rhea Perlman, Fred Willard) give Ally doubts about Larry; John and Melanie hit a stumbling block; a wily opponent (Wallace Shawn) throws John. Bennett: Eric Lutes. Mary: Clare Carey. Melanie: Anne Heche. Judge Walsh: Albert Hall. Sister Alice: Kathryn Joosten. Jackson: Taye Diggs. Renee: Lisa Nicole Carson.

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Episode 16

The Getaway

Mon, Mar 19, 2001 60 mins

Richard talks John into a brief vacation in L.A., where their impromptu itinerary includes meeting new women (Bernadette Peters, Alexandra Holden)---and court appearances. Flight Attendant: Mo Collins. DA Whoopal: Eyal Podell. Bork: Robert LuPone. Frankie: Robert Catrini. Judge: Thomas Kopache. Evans: Michael Storer. John: Peter MacNicol. Richard: Greg Germann.

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Episode 17

The Pursuit of Unhappiness

Mon, Mar 26, 2001 60 mins

Elaine asks Ally to help cover an infidelity; a son claims his father's good cheer is bad business; Jackson and Larry clash over building a pre-nup for a betrothed couple. Henry: Josef Sommer. Breen: Victor McCay. Kenneth: William R. Moses. Julie: Jenjer Vick Robin. Edith: Kathleen Nolan. Mathers: Christopher Neiman. Jackson: Taye Diggs. Elaine: Jane Krakowski.

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Episode 18

The Obstacle Course

Mon, Apr 16, 2001 60 mins

John's L.A. woman (Bernadette Peters) visits; Ally and Larry oppose each other in a suit over a romance broken by appearances; Jackson admits feelings for Ling. McGrath: Arturo Gil. Rebecca: Ann Cusack. Sylvie: Meta Golding. Michael: David Batiste. Milter: John Michael Higgins. Judge Walsh: Albert Hall. Jackson: Taye Diggs. Ling: Lucy Liu.

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Episode 19

In Search of Barry White

Mon, Apr 23, 2001 60 mins

John struggles to find his muse as he and Larry face off in court over human cloning; Ling sees Jackson in a bothersome new light; Nelle hooks Elaine into online romance. Stoller: Patrick Breen. Marian: Julie White. Dr. Harris: Leslie Jordan. Judge Walsh: Albert Hall. Jackson: Taye Diggs. Larry: Robert Downey Jr.

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Episode 20

Cloudy Skies, Chance of Parade

Mon, Apr 30, 2001 60 mins

Larry defends Sting in a suit brought by a fan's husband; a Streisand impersonator protests his nose job; Richard makes a move on Cindy Margolis to make Ling jealous. Melissa: Cheri Oteri. Louis: Paul Reubens. Harold: Jim Bailey. Corretta: Regina Hall. Dr. Hobey: Scott Klace. Mathers: Christopher Neiman. Milter: John Michael Higgins. Walsh: Albert Hall. Larry: Robert Downey Jr.

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Episode 21

Queen Bee

Mon, May 7, 2001 60 mins

An ad-agency owner (Christine Lahti) is sued for ruling her all-male staff with her sexuality; two choir members vocalize their mutual animosity for each other over the minister they've dated. Lisa: Jennifer Holliday. Buttons: B.J. Crosby. Rev. Newman: Harrison Page. Helene: Cleo King. Jacobs: Blair Hickey. Mathers: Christopher Neiman. Judge Walsh: Albert Hall. Kensington: Maurice Godin. Jackson: Taye Diggs. Ling: Lucy Liu.

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Episode 22

Home Again

Mon, May 14, 2001 60 mins

Ally meets Larry's ex-wife (Gail O'Grady) at an inopportune moment; Richard tries to keep a magazine from publishing nude photos of his L.A. friend Jane (Alexandra Holden). Jeannie: Jill Clayburgh. Corretta: Regina Hall. Nicole: Elena Lyons. Lyne: Mark Tymchyshyn. Judge: Stanley Anderson. Richard: Greg Germann. John: Peter MacNicol.

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Episode 23

The Wedding

Mon, May 21, 2001 60 mins

Ally has visions as she represents a high-school boy (Josh Groban) with a broken heart; and the sunniness of Richard's new assistant unveils a darkness within the firm. Dr. Harris: Leslie Jordan. Jane: Alexandra Holden. Corretta: Regina Hall. Jeannie: Jill Clayburgh. George: James Naughton. Young Ally: Talia-Lynn Prairie. Andrea: Paityn James. Richard: Greg Germann.

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