Ally has a confusing first date with client Ronald Cheanie and teams up with Georgia to represent a television anchorwoman fired because of her age and sex.
Ally frets over what to wear on her first official date with client Ronald Cheanie, whom she previously kissed just once. Georgia interrupts and surprises Ally by asking her to be her co-counsel in representing Barbara Cooker, a TV anchorwoman bringing a sex-discrimination lawsuit against her former station. Ally can't resist because the station's attorney is Jack Billings, whom Ally recently sued for sexual harassment. In court the next day, Ally gets her first taste of victory when they convince the judge to allow a critical piece of evidence that Billings tries to suppress. That night, dancing with Cheanie also goes well. But when Ally eagerly anticipates their goodnight kiss, Cheanie just pecks her on the cheek instead.
In her office, Ally ignores Cheanie's phone messages. In court, Cooker reads a station survey showing men in the audience have no interest in sleeping with her. Billings twists her testimony into an admission that age discrimination is acceptable in the television industry, and that she was fired because of her age, not her gender. That evening, Cheanie comes to talk to Ally but Renee interrupts to keep Ally from perpetuating her usual relationship-killing maneuvers. The next day, Ally and Georgia put Cooker back on the stand. Billings in return tries to make her suit look like recrimination for a painful divorce. Later, Cheanie finally corners Ally in her office and breaks up with her. As Fish worries about Cheanie dumping the firm as well, Billy comforts Ally with a hug and an assurance that men do indeed like her.
The next day in court, Ally gets Cooker's former boss to admit that Cooker's firing was both a compromise of his integrity and a concession to stupid viewers. Georgia, sensing the jury prefers Ally, asks her to give the closing arguments. Feeling stronger now, Ally visits Cheanie and asks him why he dumped her. To her surprise, he admits that he was afraid of falling too hard for her and fears she's the kind of person who will never be content in a relationship. Ally tells him to think again as she might be just what he's looking for. Later on, Ally converses with Georgia and they both agree that Elaine might be right about why they're so committed to Cooker's case: they're worried about getting older themselves.
That afternoon, Fish yells at Ally because Cheanie has made comments about ending his relationship with the firm as a client. Ally tells him not to worry: she and Cheanie are going out again after all. In court, Ally tells the jury that the 'idiot' viewers the television station spoke of are the jury members. She asks them to prove their intelligence by siding with Cooker. Billings, in his closing, argues that looks are a factor in television and that the jury should be realistic about this. But while the jury deliberates, Billings shows his unease by offering a settlement of $400,000 to Ally and Georgia in the street. Cooker turns it down, which makes both Ally and Fish very nervous. Then the verdict comes in and it's victory for Cooker, with $930,000 in damages. That night, Georgia, Billy, Ally and Cheanie go dancing to celebrate. Ally cannot believe she is not only double dating with Billy and Georgia, but is with a date she likes as well. For once, she is actually happy.
Full transcript can be found here.
- Richard: Everybody's alone, Ally. It's just easier to take in a relationship.
- Let's Stay Together (cover) | VONDA SHEPARD
- It's In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song) [cover] | VONDA SHEPARD
- The cheek kiss
- Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy | TCHAIKOVSKY
- Renée parodies ally
See also list of songs in the episode.
- 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
- and Gil Bellows as Billy Thomas
Special Appearance By
- Kate Jackson as Barbara Cooker
- Tate Donovan as Ronald Cheanie
- Richard Riehle as Jack Billings
- David Spielberg as TV Station Executive Colkod
- Alaina Reed Hall as Judge Elizabeth Witt
- Vonda Shepard as Herself