• Publication date: July 19, 2009

The Lusty Law Firm is Back for a Second Season Cage & Fish�s Offices Welcome a Fresh Member and New Exploits

Ally McBeal is back for another round of laughs and suspense in season two of the Emmy and Golden Globe awarded hit series. McBeal, depicted by current �Brothers & Sisters� cast member Calista Flockhart is an outlandish lawyer employed at the fictional legal firm Cage & Fish. Interoffice sexual encounters, romance, and fighting create constant conflicts and peculiar, yet humorous situations.

Ally McBeal is back for another round of laughs and suspense in season two of the Emmy and Golden Globe awarded hit series. McBeal, depicted by current �Brothers & Sisters� cast member Calista Flockhart is an outlandish lawyer employed at the fictional legal firm Cage & Fish. Interoffice sexual encounters, romance, and fighting create constant conflicts and peculiar, yet humorous situations. Season two introduces viewers to the then unknown and beautiful Lucy Liu, who would soon forge a big screen career in flicks such as �Kill Bill� and �Charlie�s Angels: Full Throttle� (both released in 2003). The show is created by producer David E. Kelly, whose list of hit television programs is unprecedented, including successes like �Picket Fences,� �Chicago Hope,� �The Practice,� �Boston Public,� and �Boston Legal.�

For those new to the series here is some background information. Ally is a graduate of Harvard Law School who, ironically, is not very interested in law. Her primary motivation for studying law was to follow in the footsteps of her then boyfriend, Billy (Gil Bellows). However when Billy completed his studies and found work in a distant location, his relationship with Ally came to an end. In the interim Billy married Georgia (Courtney Thorne-Smith), who works at the same firm as her husband.

After years of being apart Ally and Billy are coincidently reunited when a former law school pal, Richard Fish (Greg Germann) hires her to work at his firm. This places McBeal in an awkward position since she still has strong feeling for Billy, feelings that she must resist acting upon � especially in the presence of Georgia. With a ticking biological clock Ally is constantly on the prowl for the right man; a recurring gag throughout the series is that each time Ally encounters the theoretical �Mr. Right� she falls over upon meeting him. This oddity is coupled with aural hallucinations of popular songs or visual hallucinations, often involving late 90s web sensation The Dancing Baby.

This season kicks off with Ally and John Cage (Peter MacNicol) defending a woman in her late 30s who is accused of committing statutory rape upon a 16-year-old boy. Viewers are also welcomed to the visually stunning Ling Woo (Lucy Liu), a client of the firm who repeatedly seeks its assistance in filing seemingly frivolous lawsuits. When the firm discovers that Lucy has a law degree she is soon invited to join the practice. Meanwhile, Ally finds herself defending a restaurant owner who fed his patrons horsemeat.

Ally faces a moral and emotional dilemma when one of her favorite instructors becomes terminally ill and seeks her help to remain in a drug-induced coma for the duration of his life. She must also tangle with the pleasure and guilt of engaging in a kiss with Billy; subsequently, her guilt drives her into therapy sessions that she begs Billy to attend. More hearts are broken when John�s new pet frog, Sterfan is dropped into a toilet, rescued, but then destined to death when his colleagues accidentally consume him for dinner.

�Ally McBeal� was awarded two Emmys and three Golden Globes. Additionally the program was nominated for 94 other awards. At the show�s peak it attracted an impressive 13.8 million viewers per week, gaining a loyal following of television junkies.