Our Rating: ★★★☆☆
L Factor: Major lesbian content – 2 episodes
Short Take: Flakey Ally McBeal and her law office cohorts.
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Year: 1997
Duration: 60 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Mel Damski
Writer: David E. Kelley
Starring: Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski, Peter MacNicol, Vonda Shepard, Lisa Nicole Carson, Portia de Rossi, Lucy Liu, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Gil Bellows, Albert Hall

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Ally McBeal

Ally McBeal was an American television comedy that originally ran from 1997 to 2002. Set in a Boston law office, it was notable for Ally’s fantasy sequences, and it focused on the personal lives of the lawyers and staff in the office.  One memorable fantasy was the popular dancing baby. Out lesbian Portia de Rossi (Ellen’s wife) played another of the attorneys.  Two episodes are of interest:

207 Happy Trails
Air date: November 9, 1998
Ally (Calista Flockhart) had a bad date the night before with Fitzie (Rob Schneider). When he shows up at work the next day, she asks Elaine (Jane Krakowski) to help her. First Ally pretends to be dead. When that doesn’t work, Elaine plants a big kiss on Ally’s lips, but Fitzie doesn’t buy it. “I’m not falling for that lesbian trick. You think you’re the first woman I’ve courted who’s pretended to be either dead or gay? Get in line!”

302 Buried Pleasures
Air date: November 1, 1999
Ling (Lucy Liu) asks Ally if she’s ever kissed a woman. It’s kind of an odd conversation, and when Ling then asks her to dinner, it feels like a date. Ally tells Renee (Lisa Nicole Carson) that Ling was hitting on her. “Gay women, for whatever reason, love me.” Renee points out that Ling isn’t gay, but Allie says that maybe Ling is bisexual.

Allie contemplates the idea of kissing another woman and decides that the idea “doesn’t gross me out.” She is nervous, but Renee jokes, “Relax, you’re a perfectly normal dyke … kidding!”

Meanwhile, Ling reveals to Richard (Greg Germann) that she had “an erotic gay dream.” She says she considers herself pretty homophobic, but not as bad as he is. He doesn’t mind the thought of watching two women, but is disgusted at the though of two men together. Ling gets tired of his joking, “I’m scared. I don’t want to end up with a woman.”

So Ling talks to Nelle (Portia de Rossi), who tells her that’s she’s not the first heterosexual woman to fantasize about kissing another woman.  At dinner, Ling reveals to Ally that the dream was about kissing her. The both decide that they will stick with guys for now, but then share a hot dance together. When it comes time to say goodbye at the end of the night, it looks like Ally really did want a kiss.

The next day, neither can think about anything else, so finally they share a real kiss, long and slow in Ally’s office. Then another one. Both really enjoyed it but decide that it was a one time thing. (AB)