Ally McBeal: Season 4 (2000 - 2001)


Season 4
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Air date: Oct 23, 2000

Robert Downey Jr. joins the cast in the fourth-season opener as a proposal from Brian sends Ally in search of a therapist. Meanwhile, Cage represents a friend (Audrey Wasilewski) seeking to annul her six-year marriage, which emphasized companionship over passion. Raditz: Ken Lerner. Keebler: Michael Weatherly. Judge: Aloma Wright. Brian: Tim Dutton.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2000

Ally resolves to be proactive in her social life; John is attracted to his client (Marcia Cross), who's accused of sexual harassment; Richard strains to keep his client's personal secret as Mark approaches her socially. Cindy: Lisa Edelstein. Brian: Tim Dutton. Judge Rancor: Jack Shearer. Judge Walsh: Albert Hall. Mark: James LeGros.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2000

Part 1 of two. A self-help guru (Florence Henderson) is indicted for bad advice; Ally sees opportunities abound as she shares a mutual attraction with an older attorney (William Russ); Mark finally learns what's up with Cindy (Lisa Edelstein). Jonathan: Michael Vartan. Wanda: Jill Holden. Spickett: Matt Malloy. Andrea: Terry Urdang. Mark: James LeGros.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2000

A former law-school classmate (Jami Gertz) sues Ally for defamation; Larry (Robert Downey Jr.) meets Ally's colleagues; Mark and Cindy visit a therapist (Louie Anderson) suggested by John. Jeffrey Osborne has a cameo. Michael: William Russ. Jonathan: Michael Vartan. Harrod: Don McManus. Cindy: Lisa Edelstein. Mark: James LeGros.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2000

Ling offers assistance when Ally frets about her first kiss with Larry, who turns out to be the opposing counsel after Ally is hired by the prude who sued her. Kimmy: Jami Gertz. Pederson: Kevin Cooney. Larry: Robert Downey Jr. Judge Walsh: Albert Hall.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2000

The firm represents a fired newscaster who told the truth about Santa; Ally learns why Christmas depresses Larry; John lies to Kimmy and her mother (Jami Gertz, Marlo Thomas). Macy Gray sings "Winter Wonderland." Stevens: Peter Mackenzie. Jacob: Emmett Shoemaker. Stark: Dakin Matthews. Stone: Gerry Becker. Judge: Albert Hall.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2000

Elaine prompts a sexual-harrassment suit against the firm; John takes a stand against Kimmy's mother (Marlo Thomas); Nelle and Ling bet on who's more desired at a charity auction, where Richard garners surprising attention. Daniel: Jason Marsden. Kimmy: Jami Gertz. Barrett: Boyd Kestner. Milter: John Michael Higgins. Paul: Marc Brett. Judge Harris: Francesca P. Roberts.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2000

Nelle's teacher father (William Windom) is fired because he believes he's Santa Claus; a surprise visit from Larry's ex (Famke Janssen) coincides with the firm's Christmas party. Judge: Jack Shearer. Schulman: Michael Tomlinson. Joley: Dan Martin. Mathers: Christopher Nieman. Nelle: Portia de Rossi. John: Peter MacNicol.

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Air date: Jan 8, 2001

Anne Heche plays a woman with Tourette's who's on trial for murder, with John assisting her lawyer (Paul Dooley), whose wife (Anne Haney) wants to divorce him for taking the case. Dr. Walters: Gregg Daniel. DA: Richard McGonagle. Trish Gail: Jan Hoag. Larry: Robert Downey Jr. Mark: James LeGros.

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Air date: Jan 15, 2001

Larry's ex (Famke Janssen) wants to move with their son to Canada; Ling's friend suspects her fiancé still loves Ling; Melanie (Anne Heche) is fired from her teaching job. Lisa: Jean Louisa Kelly. Randy: Jeremy Davidson. Judge Kopesky: Daniel Von Bargen. Milter: John Michael Higgins. Stiles: Brooks Almy. Lucy: Madison McReynolds.

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Critic Reviews for Ally McBeal Season 4

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5)

Downey's "Ally" portrayal of lawyer Larry Paul is one of the high points of current television. He takes the romantic byplay David E. Kelly has written for Larry and Calista Flockhart's Ally and runs with it.

Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…

That's what's so confounding about Robert Downey Jr. This guy seems like the world's biggest screw-up, and yet he's been turning in some of the most winning performances seen on TV all season.

Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Mr. Downey's astonishing work on ''Ally McBeal'' may be as good as anything anyone has done on a television series

Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Fortunately, the arrival of Downey to play Flockhart's new guy provides an instant change of course that's much easier to accept... Downey brings, dare one say, sanity and stability to a series that has been revelling in inane nuttiness.

Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…

The Fox series Ally McBeal, after an offputting, oddball last season, is back in the romantic comedy groove, helped in no small part by the temporary addition of rehabbing actor Robert Downey Jr. to an already great cast.

Apr 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Creator David E. Kelley's slapstick musical paean to the modern working woman reached a pinnacle of excellence in its fourth season... a study in how to push your series' lead to her breaking point without ringing a single false note.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Oh, it's still over-the-top and tacky... But "Ally" is offbeat and loony again instead of just plain stupid and tawdry. And Downey deserves a great deal of credit for the show's revival.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Downey is a real actor who is selling the character rather than playing for a sitcom punch line. His presence gives the hour a dramatic ballast it desperately lacked.

Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…

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