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Just Looking is the 8th episode of Season Two of Ally McBeal.

Synopsis

Cage and Fish go undercover at Ling’s mud wrestling club; Ally gets stuck in the unisex toilet; Georgia finds herself attracted to a man she once dated.

Plot

An overwrought Ling enters the office complex in search of Nelle. It turns out that Ling’s mud wrestling club has been slapped with a nuisance legal claim. A group called MOPE, or Mothers Opposed to Pornographic Entertainment, is seeking to close the establishment for good. As the judge will most likely schedule a hearing, someone from the firm must go undercover on a fact-finding mission. Cage and Fish eagerly volunteer for the assignment.

Elaine shows Billy and Cage her newest invention: a high-tech toilet. It features a seat warmer, an auto-flusher and a seat that raises and lowers at the push of a button and all of the functions are controlled by the same remote.

As Georgia walks through a court corridor, she bumps into Raymond Brown, an old boyfriend. Raymond, it turns out, is quite the eligible bachelor and is representing the women of MOPE in court. As the case gets underway, Raymond handles himself in an impressive manner, managing to attract the attention of both Ally and Georgia. Afterwards, Ally tells Georgia that Raymond is very cute. Georgia explains that she and Raymond went out on one date, but found they had few similar interests. Georgia offers to arrange a date between Ally and Raymond. Later, one of the MOPE members, Marie Stokes, insists that mud wrestling is degrading to women. During cross-examination, Nelle points out that R-rated movies often feature steamy sex scenes. Stokes views movies as something entirely different, as actresses who perform love scenes are paid a great deal of money for their work and are therefore not degraded.

Ally enters the stall inside the unisex. As she starts to sit down, the toilet seat suddenly rises and she plunges into the bowl and to her horror, she finds she cannot extricate herself. Meanwhile, Georgia and Billy distract Raymond from entering the unisex as firefighters come to Ally’s rescue. Cage is horrified when the firemen conclude that the only way to free Ally is to crack open his beloved toilet seat.

Meanwhile, Cage and Fish make their way inside Ling’s mud wrestling club. Fish outbids the other men in the audience for a chance to square off against one of the extremely attractive female wrestlers. As the match gets underway, Fish delights at tickling his opponent’s wattle.

Billy, Georgia, Ally and Raymond make their way to the bar. Raymond asks Ally to dance. She declines, as she has yet to recover from the toilet incident. Georgia volunteers instead, and the pair head out onto the dance floor. Ally begins to suspect that the two of them may still be attracted to one another.

When Cage and Fish return to the office, they announce that there is no nudity or sexual contact inside the mud wrestling club, just men ogling buxom and wet women. On the witness stand, Ling defends her operation insisting the mud wrestlers make good money by teasing the opposite sex who are at the mercy of their "dumb stick." She also insists that women are already exploited by everything from the high heel shoe to painted eyelashes. But Nelle counters that mud wrestling clubs do not help the problem. She refuses to deliver the summation, as she suspects that Ling no longer believes that she can sell the case to the jury.

Georgia admits to Ally that she misses the little "date highs" she would get back in the days before her marriage. Ally warns her that what she is doing with Raymond is a version of an affair.

Nelle calls Jack Clooney, a male stripper, to the witness stand. Jack is surprisingly an attorney. However, he prefers the life of a dancer because of the money and because of the gratification he receives from the way women respond to his looks. He insists his line of work is not degrading.

Raymond approaches Ally and asks her out on another date. Ally declines the offer.

Nelle asks Fish to deliver the closing argument. She believes his gender, and his experience in the mud wrestling club, will give them an advantage, especially since the judge is a man. In court, Fish argues that being in a room filled with other ogling men is a liberating experience, as sexual desire is not deviant behavior; it’s normal. The judge agrees with Fish, and Ling wins the case.

Inside the courthouse, Raymond and Georgia end up in the same elevator. Raymond states that out of all the bad dates he has gone through in his life, the one he had with Georgia was the most intriguing. He then hits the elevator’s stop button and asks Georgia for one kiss just so he will know what it would have been like if they had pursued the relationship. However, Georgia talks him out of the idea. With that, Raymond lets the elevator run but moments later, Georgia hits the stop button. She quickly changes her mind once more, and turns it back on. Moments later, Raymond hits the button, stopping the elevator. He leans in for a kiss. As they inch closer, the elevator doors open. The two pull apart, not having kissed and they go their separate ways.

Script

Full transcript can be found here.

Music

List of music in the episode can be found here.

Starring

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

Recurring cast

Portia de Rossi as Nelle Porter
Lucy Liu as Ling Woo

Guest starring

Justin Theroux as Raymond Brown
Tony Plana as Judge Warren Figueroa
Christine Ebersole as Marie Stokes
Eric Scott Woods as Jack Clooney
Reese Selley as Fireman
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