Fools Night Out is the 3rd episode of Season Two of Ally McBeal.


Ally plays mediator when a minister breaks up with his church’s choir singer. A client sues a plastic surgeon’s nurse for misrepresenting her natural breasts as implants.



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
with Peter MacNicol as John Cage
and Gil Bellows as Billy Thomas

Special Appearances by


Portia de Rossi as Nelle Porter
Lucy Liu as Ling Woo

Guest Starring

Jennifer Holliday as Lisa Knowles
Harrison Page as Reverend Mark Newman
Gerry Becker as Attorney Myron Stone
Kayren Ann Butler as Jody Silverman
Lydia Look as Leigh Woo


Ling tells Georgia and Fish that she intends to sue a nurse who worked for a cosmetic surgeon. The conversation is interrupted when Mark Newman, Fish’s minister, arrives at the firm. In private, Newman tells Fish that he ended a relationship with the music supervisor of the church choir, Lisa Knowels. Ever since, the songs Lisa has been singing during services are about broken hearts and lost love. Newman believes his congregation is oblivious to the fact that the songs are directed towards him. He also believes he cannot fire Lisa, since the move could be perceived as retaliatory. Fish promises Newman he will drop by the church to observe.

Ling’s case moves to the deposition phase. It becomes apparent that Ling purchased implants as a Christmas gift for her sister. She did so after a plastic surgeon showed off his nurse’s breasts, under the pretense that they were implants. But Ling maintains that she and her sister were duped, as the nurse’s breasts were, in fact, natural. As the plastic surgeon who performed the procedure is now penniless, Ling is suing the nurse, Jackie Silverman, for damages.

Fish drags Ally and Renee to his minister’s church. The threesome listen as Lisa Knowels belts out Al Green’s "So Tired of Bein’ Alone." Lisa’s performance is so powerful, it connects with those in the audience who are also tired of being lonely. Afterward, Cage asks Ally to be a mediator, believing that she can "tap into her despair."

As the deposition continues, Jackie Silverman admits that the plastic surgeon sometimes represented her as someone he had performed work on . Afterwards, Georgia states that the firm may have solid grounds for a case if they claim misrepresentation. Silverman’s attorney, Michael Stone, tells Billy and Georgia that if they compare their clients’ breasts, side by side, they can give informed advice as how to proceed. Billy wholeheartedly embraces the idea. His sudden enthusiasm is not lost on Georgia.

Ally approaches Lisa about her choice of music. During their conversation, Ally realizes that her situation with Billy-working side by side with a man who broke her heart-is very much like Lisa’s relationship to the minister. Lisa maintains that expressing her feelings through music is her only salvation and the church represents her only forum to do so. Later, Ally confronts Newman about the manner in which he broke up with Lisa (a sudden change of heart with no advance warning). Afterward, as Ally walks down a Boston street, she suddenly stops in her tracks. She realizes that her break-up with Billy had nothing to do with his leaving for Michigan.

Jackie Silverman and Ling’s sister, Leigh, disrobe in Billy’s office. Stone and Billy inspect both women’s breasts as Georgia attempts to contain her dismay at the absurdity of the situation. Billy, Stone and Georgia all conclude that the implant surgery was done well. Georgia announces that the lawsuit will not proceed.

Ally tells Georgia that Lisa’s situation suddenly made her realize that Billy went to Michigan to get away from her. And she also realizes that Billy met someone who was in Michigan at the time. Putting two and two together, she concludes that Billy and Georgia met while Ally was still dating Billy. Georgia admits this is true.

Nelle insults Ling when she suggests that she is an unpopular person. As a result, Nelle believes Ling deliberately picks fights so she can lay the blame on a battle. Hurt and vulnerable, Ling walks off. Fish catches up with Ling. He tells her that she is not disliked by everyone. He admits that he enjoys her company and asks her out to dinner.

Georgia tells Billy that Ally knows of their affair in Michigan. She also tells him that she fears he may drop her just like he dropped Ally years earlier.

Ally convinces Lisa that it would be better if she sang her pop songs at the bar instead of at church. She also arranges for Lisa to sit down with Mark to discuss their feelings. Eventually, Mark admits that although he fell in love with Lisa, marrying her would have been a mistake, because he would have held no passion for her in his heart.

Billy tells Ally he knew he would end up marrying Georgia ten minutes after they met. But he insists that nothing happened between them until after he and Ally broke up. Ally turns to Billy and accuses him of destroying the idea that there was hope-and that, perhaps, the one love she thought she had in her life never really existed.

At the bar, Lisa takes the stage and mesmerizes the crowd with her take on "Fools Fall In Love."





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