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Car Wash is the premiere of Season Three of Ally McBeal.


Ally has sex with a hunky stranger in a car wash who turns out to be the fiancé of her client; John loses touch with his inner Barry White and Whipper joins Renee in private practice.


Ally, soaking wet, drops by the office on a Saturday and runs into John Cage. He inquires about her appearance and she recounts her unbelievably steamy trip to the car wash. She was in the car, driving it through the wash, when suddenly the passenger door opened, spraying her with water. A gorgeous guy (Special Guest Jason Gedrick) sat down, leaned over and the two began passionately kissing. Next thing Ally knew, she was being pulled out of the car and made love to right there in the rinse cycle. Ally admits to John that she’s never felt such pure lust. Ally’s experience troubles John, because he’s always believed that women need an emotional connection with their partners to enjoy sex. Ally’s torrid tale throws a kink into his entire belief system and also adds to his current problem: he’s lost touch with his “inner Barry White.”

The next day, Richard gives Ally an important case involving the daughter of their biggest client. It’s days before her lavish wedding and the family priest (Special Guest Ray Walston) is rescinding his offer to perform the ceremony. The bride, Risa (Special Guest Tracy Middendorf), reluctantly tells Ally the reason: The minister caught her having sex with someone other than her fiancé. She begs Ally to fix the situation, without revealing her secret.

When the court refuses to intervene, Ally, Richard and Risa appeal directly to the Reverend. It’s then that Risa confesses why she had the fling. The groom-to-be is a terrible lover and she wanted one last chance at exciting, invigorating sex before becoming totally faithful. The Reverend relents, and Risa is so thankful she insists that Ally be one of her bridesmaids. At the elaborate ceremony, Ally is shocked to discover that the groom, Joel, is none other than car wash guy! Ally interrupts the proceedings, and inadvertently announces to the entire congregation that she slept with the groom. After a private conversation, the bride and groom decide to proceed. After all, the bride had a last minute fling herself. However, Ally, no longer a bridesmaid, interrupts again. She pulls Risa aside to tell her what a great lover Joel was, which makes Ally believe he is only after Risa’s money. Filled with anger and doubt, Risa calls off the ceremony. And her powerful father fires the firm.

Elsewhere, Whipper visits Renee and asks if she can join her in private practice. The two soon begin interviewing male associates – making them show off their bodies in order to get the job. And back at the firm, Elaine gives John a hand, so to speak, in getting his mojo back on track.


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 Appearances By

Barry White as Himself
Ray Walston as Minister Breyer
Dyan Cannon as Whipper Cone

Guest starring

Jason Gedrick as Joel
Tracy Middendorf as Risa Helms
Albert Hall as Judge Seymore Walsh
Edith Varon as Joel's Mother
Richmond Shepard as Joel's Father
Lillian Byrd as Mrs. Helms
Alec Murdock as Mr. Helms
Freeman Michaels as Daniel