It’s Ally time again! Even though my regular television programs are in full swing, I’ve still been making time for my Ally McBeal DVDs. This really was a pretty damn good show in its prime, and I kind of miss some of the quirky characters that populated each scene. Here’s a rundown of the past few episodes that I’ve seen.
1×09 — “The Dirty Joke”: I didn’t really understand all the fuss about Ally’s joke. Yes, it was dirty, but wasn’t that the whole point??? And Renee’s joke about the armless, legless woman being tossed into the ocean with the guy saying, “You’re screwed now!” wasn’t dirty at all. It was tasteless, that’s for sure. But dirty?? No way. I’ve got to hand it to Ally, though. There’s no way I would ever be able to get up on stage in a crowded bar and tell any kind of joke.
1×10 — “Boy to the World”: This is one of my favorite Ally eps by far. The cross-dressing prostitute was such a terrific character, and the young man who played him/her was actually very good-looking. He could pass as both a male and a female, so that was a wonderful bit of casting there. The story was just so damn sad, too. Just as Ally got him a job at Cage & Fish that could put him on the path out of jail/prostitution, he couldn’t resist going back to the streets. Some people are like that, I guess. Oh, and what was up with Renee being interested in John Cage? I didn’t remember that at all. Wow, talk about opposites attracting…!
1×11 — “Silver Bells”: The only thing I really liked about this episode was Richard singing “I Love You More Today Than Yesterday” to Whipper. I really like that song, and loved that they were able to work it into an ep. It’s too bad that the lighting during that scene really caught his face in a bad way and made me think how Greg Germann could benefit from acne scar removal products. That was highly distracting! Aside from Richard’s serenade, this one was kind of boring. As if the whole polygamy lawsuit had a chance in hell of succeeding…. yeah, right. At least that case led to Georgia, Billy, and Ally sitting down to discuss their dysfunctional threesome. They actually had a fairly interesting dynamic now that I think about it. I don’t know if I could be in Georgia’s shoes and keep my jealousy in check. Kudos to her.
1×12 — “Cro-Magnon”: Ugh, there were so many things to hate about this episode, beginning with that awful dancing baby! I don’t know how anyone could have thought that seemed like a good idea. The male model thing was a bit ridiculous, too. I’m surprised all the double entendres and the clearly phallic clay pieces during the sculpting class made it past the 1998 censors. Wow. And Ally was attracted to a 19-year-old client? Nice. I guess this makes her feelings towards the James Marsden character in Season 5 a bit more in character and understandable.