Ally McBeal: Season 2 (1998 - 1999)


Season 2
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Air date: Sep 14, 1998

A new associate (Portia de Rossi) joins the firm; and Ally defends a thirtysomething woman who, two years ago, had a fling with a 16-year-old---to whom Ally now finds herself drawn. Jason: Richard Lee Jackson. Laura: Caitlin Dulany. Dr. Tracy Clark: Tracey Ullman. Ally: Calista Flockhart.

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Air date: Sep 21, 1998

Ally's dislike of Nelle comes to a head over their first case together. Meanwhile, John defends a restaurateur. Wick: Wayne Newton. Judge Peters: David Ogden Stiers. Ling Woo: Lucy Liu. Ally: Calista Flockhart. Nelle: Portia de Rossi.

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Air date: Sep 28, 1998

A case involving a choir singer (Jennifer Holliday) and her minister ex-lover hits too close to home for Ally, who's reminded of her breakup with Billy. Mark Newman: Harrison Page. Ling: Lucy Liu. Leigh Woo: Lydia Look. Ally: Calista Flockhart.

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Air date: Oct 19, 1998

Ally and Georgia represent an editor (John Ritter) in a wrongful dismissal suit, but a different case is made when the judge regulates Ally's skirt length. Judge Walsh: Albert Hall. Catherine Hollings: Claudette Nevins. Ally: Calista Flockhart.

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Air date: Oct 26, 1998

The defense of a jilted woman (Natasha Gregson Wagner) charged with assaulting her ex's new love hits home for Ally, whose loyalty to Elaine makes her reluctant to accept George's advances. George: John Ritter. Emily: Kristin Dattilo. Elaine: Jane Krakowski. Ally: Calista Flockhart.

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Air date: Nov 2, 1998

Ally and John represent a nun (Kellie Waymire) who was dismissed after having an affair. Meanwhile, Renee contemplates renewing an old love affair; and Whipper (Dyan Cannon) admits to missing Richard. Matt Griffin: Richard T. Jones. Sister Helen McCarthy: Jessica Harper. Renee: Lisa Nicole Carson.

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Air date: Nov 9, 1998

Ally has a hard time rejecting a man (Rob Schneider) who won't take the hint. Meanwhile, Georgia and Billy represent a woman (Melanie Chartoff) fired for her unusual color. Kevin Spicer: John Fleck. Ally: Calista Flockhart.

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Air date: Nov 16, 1998

Ling turns to the firm when a local group threatens to shut down her mud-wrestling club. Meanwhile, Ally develops an interest in the opposing counsel (Justin Theroux), who once dated Georgia. Marie Stokes: Christine Ebersole. Ling: Lucy Liu. Ally: Calista Flockhart.

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Air date: Nov 23, 1998

Matters of the heart complicate the lives of the Cage and Fish gang, with Ling suing an employee for having "sexual thoughts" and Elaine smarting over a breakup. Ralph Witton: Neil Giuntoli. Ben: Shawn Michael Howard. Wallace: Bob Glouberman. Ally: Calista Flockhart. Ling: Lucy Liu.

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Air date: Dec 14, 1998

At Christmastime, the firm faces losing its biggest client, a bond trader (Mark Linn-Baker). Meanwhile, Renee's old flame (Richard T. Jones) returns. Jackson Poile: John de Lancie. Ally: Calista Flockhart. Renee: Lisa Nicole Carson. Richard: Greg Germann.

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Critic Reviews for Ally McBeal Season 2

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Fox's once female-friendly -- even empowering -- drama has become a wretchedly misogynist, petty, and completely anti-woman endeavor.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

You know a character has gotten into your consciousness, or under your skin, when you talk about her as if she were a real person, and even a friend. I can't quite take it that far. Something about Ally McBeal bugs me.

Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Writer/creator David E. Kelley uses all of this not only to craft pungent, sophisticated comedy, but to expose emotional truths.

Apr 16, 2018 | Full Review…

In its present, second season, McBeal has turned into the sort of squirmy embarrassment its detractors said it was all along and those of us who found it an amusing divertissement always hoped it would never become.

Apr 16, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

The writing remained as sharp as the debut year, but benefited by excellent additions to the cast.

Mar 13, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Some of the show's serious turns this year explored new ground -- Cage's realization that Ally is only happy in her fantasy world -- but other times "Ally" rehashed old topics ad infinitum.

Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Instead of being a moderately off-kilter drama with comedic elements, the show has become a wildly off-kilter comedy with dramatic elements. It's still an entertaining show. But it has fallen victim to the "can-you-top-this?" syndrome.

Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…

There's nothing radical or complex about the twee, self-indulgent sludge which passes for plot in [Ally McBeal].

Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…

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