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Worlds Without Love is the 6th episode of Season Two of Ally McBeal.

Synopsis

A nun sues for damages after she is fired for breaking her vow of celibacy. Renée reconnects with someone from her past. Cage’s once-thought-dead frog reappears.

Plot

Ally and Cage meet with Chrissa Long, an attractive nun who wishes to sue for damages because she was fired after she broke her vow of celibacy. Neither of the attorneys believes Chrissa has much of a case, but they decide to proceed nonetheless.

Outside of a courtroom, Renee bumps into Matt Griffin. There is an awkward but friendly exchange between the pair. Later, Renee tells Ally that Matt is her "Billy."

In court, Chrissa describes how she met, and fell in love with, a man named Peter. The pair met when Chrissa was performing charity work such as painting walls at a homeless shelter run by Peter. As time went by, neither Chrissa nor Peter could deny the obvious attraction between each of them. Yet, both knew they could not act upon their desires. One night, as they were painting a room at the shelter, they found themselves staring at one another and Peter leaned in and kissed Chrissa and the two eventually made love. The courtroom grows silent then suddenly, the stillness is broken when Ally blows her nose. Judge Whipper Cone calls Ally into chambers where she accuses Ally of resorting to stunts. She also inquires about Richard and asks if he is dating anyone.

Renee again encounters Matt in a court corridor. Matt reveals that his marriage has been on the decline. He asks Renee if she would like to get something to drink.

As Georgia sits on the toilet inside the unisex, she hears a noise emanating from the water below. She stands, and then bends over for a better look inside the bowl. Suddenly, Stefan the frog leaps from the water and lands on her nose. Georgia hurls the creature, which lands in Nelle’s hair. The pair throw the frog back and forth until it lands on a stall door. The attorneys determine that the frog is still alive, and manage to sneak it out of the firm without alerting Cage.

Renee and Matt meet and discuss old times. She is not anxious to resume their former relationship. She gives Matt a small kiss on the cheek and begins to walk away. Matt takes Renee’s hand and asks if he can call her. Renee responds with a firm 'no.'

In court, Sister Helen tells Attorney Henry Nixon that Chrissa does not really regret having the affair. She reveals that the relationship ended only when Peter dumped Chrissa. This comes as a complete surprise to Ally.

A veterinarian stabilizes Stephan’s vital signs, but the frog lapses into a coma and is placed on a respirator. The attorneys debate amongst themselves if they should tell Cage about the frog’s reappearance.

Ally approaches Whipper and informs her that Fish’s relationship with Ling isn’t very serious. She encourages the judge to act before it’s too late. Shortly thereafter, Fish eventually summons enough courage to tell Cage about Stephan.

Ally approaches Sister Helen at the monastery, but the nun quickly ends any notion of a settlement. When the conversation ends, Ally notices a nearby confession. She enters the booth and tells the priest she is only "about a quarter Catholic." She then proceeds to confess sleeping with any man and also confesses to bedding another lover because of the size of a portion of his anatomy.

Fish escorts Ling back to his townhouse. Ling opens the bedroom door only to view Whipper’s naked buttocks and both women scream. Mortified, Whipper grabs her clothes and quickly exits. Later, Ling informs Nelle that she intends to sue Fish of infliction of emotional distress. Nelle explains that Whipper was once Fish’s girlfriend, and was seeking reconciliation. Despite that Ling remains adamant. Nelle further informs her that she cannot sue a member of her own firm.

Matt pays Renee an unexpected visit. Renee reminds him that he is married and shouldn’t have come to her apartment. Matt leans over and kisses Renee. She returns the kiss and their passion escalates.

Ally enters Whipper’s chambers. A humiliated Whipper insists she did nothing wrong, and was merely attempting to surprise Fish. Ally tells Whipper to close her eyes and envision the perfect man. Whipper plays along and closes her eyes. Ally then tells her to imagine spending every day of the rest of her life with that same person. Whipper reacts, horrified. Nixon interrupts their conversation. He explains that the church has decided to offer Chrissa her job back. Sister Helen explains that Chrissa confessed the affair to Father O’Riley, who, it turns out, has been videotaping parishioner’s confessions using hidden video cameras. O’Riley, who has aspirations of becoming a television producer, has been trying to sell the tape to the Fox network as the 'World’s Naughtiest Confessions.' Ally turns a shade of ivory white as she realizes her confession about her sex life may end up on national television.

Cage notices a skin rash on Georgia’s face, and inquires if Stephan jumped on her. Nelle and Georgia confess that the frog was conscious and healthy when it first surfaced in the toilet. It was only after the women batted the frog about that it lost consciousness.

Renee informs Ally about her affair with Matt. But she is unsure if she wants to pursue the relationship.

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

Special Appearances By

Richard T. Jones as Matt Griffin
Dyan Cannon as Whipper Cone

Recurring cast

Portia de Rossi as Nelle Porter
Lucy Liu as Ling Woo

Guest starring

Lee Wilkof as District Attorney Nixon
Kellie Waymire as Chrissa
Jessica Harper as Sister Helen
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