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Pyramids on the Nile is the 14th episode of Season Two of Ally McBeal.


A company fires two employees for breaking its "date and tell" office policy. Billy grows jealous when he sees Greg and Ally kissing. Ling asks Fish to hire her as counsel.


Greg enters the firm carrying flowers and a red Valentine's Day balloon. The sight triggers one on Ally's fantasies: the dancing baby, dressed as Cupid, sprays her with arrows. Shortly thereafter, Billy sees the pair kiss.

Ling pressures Fish hire her services as counsel. She entices him by licking his finger.

Attorney Jordan and six of his high-powered colleagues meet with Cage and Nelle. They offer to settle a sexual harassment case for $125,000 for each client. Nelle and Cage reject the offer… and hold out for two million dollars. When a price cannot be agreed upon, the case goes to trial.

In court, Ally and Billy represent Myra Jacobs, who contests a will that cut her out of an estate when she remarried. Judge Hopkins rules that restrictions against remarriage are often ruled as invalid only when the intent is punitive. Ally experiences a fantasy in which her legs are literally chopped out from under her. Afterward, Billy chastises Ally for being unprepared in court. He implies it is because she was more concerned about Valentine's Day dinner with Greg than with doing her homework. Angered, Ally warns Billy to never again speak to her in such a fashion.

Nelle and Cage's client, Steve Cloves, takes the witness stand. He testifies that he met, and fell in love with, Callie Horn at his place of work. The pair had been together for three months when they were approached by the company's vice president of personnel, Mr. Forsely. When Steve and Callie admitted to the relationship, they were promptly discharged. The company enforces a strict policy called "date and tell," in which employees are required to disclose the truth should they fall into a relationship (thus insulating the company against any sexual harassment claims). Cloves admits that when he chose not to disclose the relationship, he knew he was violating policy.

Fish announces that Ling has been hired to work at the firm. Georgia, Billy and Ally are incredulous. The threesome confront Cage, who refuses to interfere with Fish's decision. Fish explains that Ling will be supervising the infrastructure handling her corporate ventures… which will bring a great deal of money into the firm.

In court, Attorney Jordan questions Leon Abbott, a lawyer who specializes in sexual harassment cases. He testifies that Cobb Co.'s policy is not only excellent, it is similar to ones used by many major companies. Later, Nelle approaches Callie and Steve… and asks them to consider the settlement offer. Neither she nor Cage feels confident about winning the case, as the opposition has effectively established themselves as the victims. But Callie and Steve refuse to change their minds. Later, in an inspired move, Cage asks Ling to testify in the case.

Billy fears that if Ling becomes the firm's biggest client, she will eventually become the boss. He arranges to have drinks with Ally so they can discuss the issue. At a restaurant, the topic shifts from business to relationships. Billy confesses that he could barely keep his composure when he saw Greg and Ally kissing. He states that he will never love anyone in the same way that he loves Ally. When Ally leaves the restaurant, she runs home as fast as she can.

Renee questions Ally about her feelings for Greg and Billy. Ally states that she loves Greg. But from a place deep inside her being, she also states that she loves Billy.

When Ling takes the witness stand, she testifies about her sexual harassment suit against the manufacturing plant where she once worked (which involved the sexually harassing thoughts of others). Afterward, Cage tells Callie and Steve that the other side withdrew its settlement offer.

Ally discovers Billy sitting in her office. He tells her that when Fish hired Ling, he considered leaving the firm. But he suddenly realized how much he would miss Ally. Ally reminds Billy that he is married to Georgia.

During his final statement, Cage tells the jury that Steve and Callie were fired for attempting to keep their private life between themselves. As a result, they lost everything. The jury finds in favor of the plaintiffs, and Cobb Co. is ordered to pay Steve and Callie $942,000.

Ling arouses Fish with a "hair tickle," in which she softly brushes her hair against his skin.

Ally arranges to have dinner with Greg. When she hangs up the phone, she sees Billy standing in her office doorway. Ally dons her coat and walks towards Billy, coming face to face. Billy tells her that he never imagined he could meet the person of his dreams at the age of eight. Ally experiences a fantasy in which she and Billy kiss. But when she snaps back to reality, she is riding in the elevator… alone.


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
Portia de Rossi as Nelle Porter
Lucy Liu as Ling Woo
with Peter MacNicol as John Cage
and Gil Bellows as Billy Thomas

Recurring cast

Jesse L. Martin as Dr. Greg Butters

Guest starring

Conor O'Farrell as Attorney Jordan
Albert Hall as Judge Seymore Walsh
Peter Birkenhead as Steve
Kenneth Kimmins as Mr. Forsley
Larry Brandenburg as Judge Raynsford Hopkins
Bruce Nozick as Attorney
Paul Perri as Attorney Serrano
Lauren Bowles as Callie Horne
J. Karen Thomas as Karen Martin-Gray