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Angels and Blimps is the 13th episode of Season Two of Ally McBeal.


A young leukemia sufferer wishes to sue God. Fish and Cage defend a client accused of attempted murder.


As Greg and Ally walk through a hospital corridor, they encounter Ling. She explains that she had sent the flowers to an ailing friend. When she learned that the friend expired, she traveled to the hospital to retrieve the flowers. Shortly thereafter, Greg checks on a patient, eight-year-old Eric Stall, a leukemia sufferer. When Eric sees Ally for the first time, he announces that he has seen "an angel."

Back at the office, the other attorneys react when Nelle enters the conference room wearing brown makeup over her eyes, producing the look of painted-on eyeglasses. Nelle explains that she has no meetings that day, and "just felt like it." As the attorneys return to the business at hand, Billy expresses concern over Fish and Cage's newest case: defending a client against attempted murder charges. Billy reminds the pair that they have almost no experience with criminal trials. However, Fish declares that he and Cage are prepared for the trial… and are very much a team.

Eric introduces Ally to his mother, Julie Stall. Shortly thereafter, the boy asks Ally if she could help him in his effort to sue God. Julie recounts for Ally her son's many misfortunes in life. After Eric's father died, the boy learned he had leukemia. Julie's insurance company refused to pay for an experimental drug treatment, and her church could not help. As a result, Eric became angry at God. Ally tells Julie that she doesn't think it is possible to slap the Almighty with a lawsuit. Ling interrupts the conversation. She assures Eric that he can sue Him. Afterward, Nelle informs her colleagues that Ling is an attorney. The others are stunned.

In court, Rodney Wilcox takes the witness stand. He admits to having an affair with Harvey Kent's wife, Sheila. One night, an enraged Harvey caught the pair in bed. He raised a pistol and opened fire. Rodney was struck twice, but he recovered from his injuries. Fish uses double entendre in his attempt to discredit Rodney on the stand.

Eric and his mother show up at the firm unexpectedly. Eric asks Ally if she will represent his case against God. Caught off guard, Ally agrees to do so. Shortly thereafter, Julie tells Ally that the idea has given her son's spirits a lift. Ling, however, barely remembers the little boy… and states that she has better things to do with her time than sue God. Later, Eric tells Ally that he hopes his lawsuit will give him a chance to address the Almighty face to face. But he suddenly has doubts about His existence. Ally tells the boy that there is a God. As Ling listens from the doorway, Ally recounts how, as a little girl, she begged her mother for a sister. Not long after, her mother gave birth to a girl. The child died at age five, and Ally stopped believing in God. Her parents tried very hard to change her mind. One day, Ally noticed something she had never seen before: a blimp flying in the sky. Her mother told her that the blimp was God. Later, her mother revised the story. She told Ally that "God had man make the blimp to remind people that He's up there watching." Now, every time Ally sees a blimp, she thinks of the Almighty.

In court, Renee questions Dr. Burns, who testifies that Harvey's anger never rose to the level of insanity. Fish, in his own unique way, cross-examines the doctor. He gets Burns to admit that he has been wrong in the past.

Ally convinces Ling to "come out of retirement" for Eric's lawsuit. They meet with Attorney Arthur Gale, the lawyer for Eric's church. Gale cannot take seriously the idea of taking God-and the church as God's agent-to court. But Ling makes a compelling argument when she reminds Gale that Eric's parents contributed generously to the church, and as a result, there may be a duty for the church to give back to the boy. She also states that the cost of defending the church's position in the public arena will be exorbitant. She believes it will be far cheaper in the long run to simply settle out of court. Ally is stunned when the church agrees to settle. Now that money is not an issue, an oncologist is contacted so that Eric can begin receiving the experimental drug.

During final statements, Cage recounts how, in high school, he gathered the courage to ask the most beautiful girl in his class to the prom. To his surprise, the girl replied in the affirmative. Cage walked on air for weeks afterward. But two days before the prom, the girl changed her mind. Cage then wonders what it must have been life for Harvey to have committed his life to someone… and then find them in bed with another man. He states that, at the time, Harvey must have been temporarily insane. The jury agrees, and Harvey is set free.

Eric's health takes a turn for the worse. Both Ally and Ling pay the boy a visit in his hospital room. He has heard that when it is time to die, a person will see their angel. In his dreams, Eric was Ally's angel. He tells her that, perhaps, it is time for her to find a new one. Ally tries not to dissolve into tears. Later, Greg informs the pair that Eric died. Ling stays expressionless. But as she walks off down a corridor, away from the others, tears stream down her face. As Ally walks home that night, a blimp passes overhead. The message board prints out, "Just Looking." Ally can only stare, wondering. Across the street, out of sight, Ling (who ordered the blimp) watches Ally's reaction.


Calista Flockhart as Ally McBeal
Courtney Thorne-Smith as Georgia Thomas
Greg Germann as Richard Fish
Lisa Nicole Carson as Renée Raddick
Jane Krakowski as Elaine Vassal
Vonda Shepard as Herself
Portia de Rossi as Nelle Porter
Lucy Liu as Ling Woo
with Peter MacNicol as John Cage
and Gil Bellows as Billy Thomas

Special Appearance By

Haley Joel Osment as Eric Stall

Recurring cast

Jesse L. Martin as Dr. Greg Butters

Guest starring

Mary Mara as Julie Stall
Randy Oglesby as Harvey Kent
Talia Balsam as Sheila Kent
Gary Graham as Rodney Wilcox
H. Richard Greene as Judge Paul Stewart
Fred Sanders as Dr. Burns
Keith MacKechnie as Arthur Gale