Ally represents a woman whose husband wishes to annul their marriage on the grounds that he is a "sexaholic" and was incompetent when he agreed to go through with the wedding.
Greg Butters escorts Ally to her front door. Ally declines to invite Greg inside, fearing he might strike up a duet with Renee. The pair hold a look… and Ally experiences a fantasy in which their tongues extend and entwine. A short time later, Ally tells Renee that Greg would like the relationship to evolve slowly. The concept appeals to Ally so much that she experiences another fantasy… one in which she literally walks on air. When Ally returns to the office, she learns that a group of environmentalists is suing Ling over a housing project she is developing. Since the activists claim that trees have rights, Ling has decided to sue the environment.
Fish tells Ally about Kimberly Goodman, whose husband wishes to annul their marriage. The husband claims he is a "sexaholic" and was incompetent at the time of the ceremony.
After setting up another date with Greg, Ally concludes she cannot deal with her happiness and must seek therapy. Cage invites her to share his appointment with Tracy. Unfortunately, Tracy turns out to be unavailable. Instead, the pair meet with Dr. Nickle. But the chemistry just isn’t the same, and Ally decides to wait until Tracy returns.
In Fish’s office, Kimberly Goodman states how very much she would like to prevent a judge from ruling that her husband agreed to their marriage in an act of insanity.
Fish asks Ling if they are taking their relationship seriously. He points out that, although they have been dating for four months, they have yet to have sex. Ling explains that she enjoys foreplay… and proceeds to run her tongue up Fish’s index finger. Fish finds the sensation quite erotic. Later, Nelle observes that Ling never says the word "sex." She refers to the act instead as "it." Ling tells Nelle that whenever she says the word "sex," it drives men, and even some women, completely crazy. Nelle convinces her to say the word… and realizes that she is telling the truth.
In court, Kimberly Goodman’s husband, Stanley, takes the witness stand. Fish points out that Stanley’s claim is an obvious attempt to escape making alimony payments.
Ally and Cage decide to use one another for therapy. During their "session," Ally describes a dream in which a female executive announces that she has been elected as a role model. Ally responds by biting off the executive’s nose. Ally tells Cage that she craves dependency, and as a result, it makes her feel like a failure.
In court, Dr. Kyle Hubbell, a psychiatrist, claims that sex addicts suffer from a compulsive disorder. He believes that Stanley, who was abused as a child, experiences bouts of powerlessness…which extends to his decision to marry Kimberly. Afterward, Ally tells her colleagues that Stanley has a chance of winning the case.
When Kimberly takes the witness stand, she testifies that she knew about her husband’s affairs for a year and a half. But she took no legal action because of her two children. She and Stanley sought counseling. Unfortunately, Stanley attempted to sleep with the counselor. Eventually, Kimberly realized her husband was addicted to sex, and she filed for divorce. Only then did Stanley attempt to nullify the marriage.
Cage tells Ally that he cancelled his date with Nelle, as he now believes she has a spontaneity fetish. He plans on going to Nelle after everyone has left the office. Unfortunately, Nelle overhears his plan, creating a certain amount of pressure. Nonetheless, Cage sets his idea in motion. That night, he enters Nelle’s office and gives her a seductive gaze. Nelle steps out of her dress, and Cage advances. But when Nelle unstraps her bra, Cage’s eyes bulge and he runs from the room.
Cage rushes to Ally and tells her what transpired. Ally assures him that everyone experiences the same type of panic from time to time. Cage tells her that the moment "felt wrong."
In court, Ally and Attorney Wilson deliver their closing arguments. Ally gives an impassioned final statement, chastising Stanley for subjecting his wife and children to public embarrassment. The gallery erupts in applause. Judge Harris agrees with her argument, and denies the annulment petition.
Cage approaches Nelle in her office. He apologizes for his previous behavior. He tells her that she represents the kind of girl who would never go out with him in high school. So when he does go out with her, it’s as if he is living out a fantasy. However, he feels as if that is all he is doing. Nelle concludes that Cage has met someone else and leaves the room.
As Ally and Greg walk through the streets of Boston, Greg states that he likes the concept of marriage—and plans on getting married only once. This brings a slight smile to Ally’s face.
- 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
- Lisa Thornhill as Kimberly Goodman
- Caroline Aaron as Laura Dipson
- Vyto Ruginis as Mr. Goodman
- Francesca P. Roberts as Judge Cynthia Harris
- Christopher John Fields as Mr. Goodman's Attorney
- Joel Brooks as Dr. Hubbell