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Story of Love is the 5th episode of Season Two of Ally McBeal.

Synopsis

Ally defends a woman who threw her best friend into a garbage canister after learning she had stolen away her boyfriend. An accident befalls Cage’s beloved frog.

Plot

As Ally walks along a Boston street, she encounters a distraught woman, Hannah, sitting on the sidewalk. Feeling sorry for the stranger, Ally offers her assistance. Hannah’s rude attitude rubs Ally the wrong way, and the two have a heated conversation. Ally finally gives up and begins walking away. Hannah responds by throwing her handbag, which knocks Ally off her feet. Ally retaliates with a spin kick. A police officer observes the exchange and places them both under arrest.

Meanwhile, Cage continues training his beloved pet frog, Stefan, for an upcoming competition. Nelle screams when she sees the creature, and swats it with a file folder. She apologizes for her action, explaining that she finds frogs repulsive.

Ally and Hannah end up sharing the same jail cell. Hannah laments that she is in the process of being sued for assault. She reveals that she threw her best friend into a garbage dumpster when she discovered she was having an affair with her boyfriend. Shortly thereafter, the pair is released from jail. Ally offers to represent Hannah in court, in exchange for Hannah’s promise that she will not file a lawsuit against her. Hannah accepts the offer. In court, Judge Snipp informs Ally that Hannah fired three of her previous lawyers so she could win another continuance. Ally quickly makes a motion to be dismissed from the case. But the judge insists she cannot withdraw.

George tells Elaine that he has decided to start up his own magazine. He requests that Ally be allowed to handle the paperwork. But Elaine explains that Richard and Nelle are better suited to handle corporate work. Despite Elaine’s advice, George approaches Ally and requests her assistance with forming the corporation.

Ally and George meet to discuss drafting paperwork for the corporation. George suddenly confesses that he invented a reason to be in a room alone with Ally. The revelation makes Ally uncomfortable. Though her attraction to George is obvious, she feels it would be improper for her to encourage a relationship (because of Elaine).

Stefan the frog gets loose inside the unisex bathroom. Billy, Fish and Georgia debate over who should corral the creature. Fish makes an attempt, but the amphibian leaps into a toilet bowl. Suddenly, the toilet flushes. Cage enters the bathroom, the remote in his hand. Billy, Fish and Georgia make a hasty exit, dreading the thought of revealing the horrible truth. Fish eventually gathers the courage to tell Cage what happened. Cage is devastated by the news.

In court, Laura Payne describes how Hannah assaulted her and then dropped her inside a garbage canister. Shortly thereafter, Ally examines Hannah on the witness stand. Hannah states that she was acting out her own hurt when she tossed Laura into the trash. She also expresses her desire to forgive Laura for her actions. Suddenly, Oren Koolie, the ten-year-old genius, steps from beneath the plaintiff’s table. As the jury listens, Oren makes reference to a previous occasion when Ally kicked him.

Nelle apologizes to Cage for treating his frog so harshly. She explains that when she was a little girl, she had a hamster named Millie, whom she adored. But one day, her brother’s Argentine Horned Frog entered the terrarium and consumed her beloved. She never forgave the frog for its action.

Cage decides to hold a memorial service for Stefan. In private, Fish worries that he and his colleagues will not be able to keep a straight face during the eulogy. So he and Elaine compose a mock service, hoping it will prepare everyone for the worst. But when the moment of truth comes, they find Cage’s sad farewell hysterically funny, and must fight their urge to laugh out loud. Later, Nelle buys Cage a new pet frog. Cage takes an immediate liking to the little creature… and decides to name it Millie.

When Laura’s attorney, Yvette Rose, delivers her closing statement, Ally cannot ignore the parallels between Hannah’s situation and her relationship to George and Elaine. She nonetheless gives a convincing closing argument of her own, one that chastises Oren Koolie for his behavior in court. This causes Oren to cry. The jury rules in favor of the plaintiff… and fines Hannah the sum of one dollar.

George approaches Ally and states that he is unwilling to just walk away. Elaine overhears the conversation, and later asks Ally not to take away the man she loves. Later, George again approaches Ally in her office. He promises to leave if Ally states she does not feel a little of what he feels towards her. Ally replies that she does not share his feelings. With that, George exits the room.


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

Special Appearance By

John Ritter as George Madison

Recurring cast

Portia de Rossi as Nelle Porter

Guest starring

Josh Evans as Oren Koolie
LaTanya Richardson as Attorney Yvette Rose
Kristin Dattilo as Laura Payne
Eric Christmas as Judge Maynard Snipp
Natasha Gregson Wagner as Hannah Puck
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