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Ally McBeal - S01E14

Drama . Comedy . Fantasy

Ally and Renee are bridesmaids at a friend's wedding. They both bristle at the absurdity of the rituals performed, and swear to never do it. Richard asks Ally to flirt with a wealthy new client. To Ally's chagrin, Cage offers no protest on her behalf, admitting he's undergoing smile therapy which has renewed his appreciation for behavioral reinforcement. Ally and Georgia try a case about overturning a prison warden's decision to refuse marriage for a life-term inmate.

Episode Title: Body Language
Airs: 1998-02-2 at 09:00 pm
  • Hal Boedeker

    Unlike so many new series, Ally McBeal has a voice, a smart point of view and a promising conflict. [7 Sep 1997]

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Mike McDaniel

    The freshest new show of this or any recent TV season. [8 Sep 1997]

    Houston Chronicle Full Review
  • John Allemang

    Kelley has always had the rare talent of making his TV characters seem like real human beings, with all the flaws and contradictions and insecurities that makes us mortals so mortal. In Ally McBeal, he has taken that skill to a new level, creating a smart and sometimes daring series that is unlike any other on TV. [26 Sep 1997]

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • John Levesque

    In the wrong hands, it would be hopelessly hokey. In Kelley's hands, it's hokey and somehow meaningful, thanks mainly to his deft writing touch. [8 Sep 1997]

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Terry Kelleher

    [The first episode] is packed with potential. It is fast-paced, funny, touching, romantic and surprising. Please note that we did not add "realistic."

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    The show's energetic fearlessness in depicting someone who is fearful in her loneliness gives Ally McBeal an overriding purpose. The result is irresistible television, whether you experience it as a sexual-differences safari or as a blueprint for your own life.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mike Duffy

    This smart, imaginative romantic drama about a female attorney has quickly established itself as one of the most interesting new series in years. [29 Sep 1997]

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • Lon Grahnke

    An instantly engaging show that seamlessly delivers stimulating dramatic situations and juicy romantic comedy. [8 Sep 1997]

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • David Bianculli

    One of the new season's best and most unusual series, with a shot at true excellence within its reach. [8 Sep 1997]

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    A whimsical, cleverly conceived dramedy ... Whether 'Ally's' fantasy element can stay whimsical, without falling over into tiresome or distracting (as it did on 'Dream On'), remains to be seen. [8 Sep 1997]

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Steve Johnson

    A delightful program. [14 Sep 1997]

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    Flockhart... is a compelling presence, and the tone of the writing is both fun and thoughtful. [7 Sep 1997]

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    Even allowing that "Ally McBeal" is sort of a gimmick show, its characters still ring true; much truer than most of the characters on television. [8 Sep 1997]

    Deseret News Full Review
  • Ray Richmond

    Offbeat, engaging and smartly written ... "Ally McBeal" is the rare example of a broadcast network premiering a series that feels fresh and different, if occasionally contrived. [8 Sep 1997]

    Variety Full Review
  • Marvin Kitman

    As a law show, "McBeal" is not as good as "The Practice." It has a lot of unrealistic, implausible, even surrealistic law. What it does well is show the compassionate, human side of the law profession, outside the courtroom. [9 Feb 1998]

    Newsday Full Review
  • Robert P. Laurence

    Whether in visions of falling steel balls or in plot twists that capture the imagination without unduly stressing credulity, it's those fanciful, Kelleyish touches that make "Ally McBeal" so watchable. [8 Sep 1997]

    San Diego Union-Tribune Full Review
  • Terry Jackson

    In the premiere episode, there are times when it is difficult to believe Ally is a top-notch lawyer, given her tentative, almost little-girl nature. Then there are scenes like her frank and catty discussion with Billy's wife... that are great fun to watch. [8 Sep 1997]

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Mr. Kelley otherwise fills too much time with extraneous law cases and Ally's narrative meanderings and fantasies. ... There are sparks, though. Ms. Flockhart is an actress of considerable promise, and some of the dialogue zings home while Mr. Kelley walks his latest high wire. [7 Sep 1997]

    Dallas Morning News Full Review
  • Caryn James

    This quirky new Fox drama, with traces of wry comedy, sometimes tries so hard to be clever that it turns silly.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tom Feran

    Both different and diverting, when the self-conscious style doesn't intrude on the storytelling. [8 Sep 1997]

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • David Zurawik

    "Ally McBeal" is not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but it is bona fide quality TV. [8 Sep 1997]

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Scott Powers

    Like Mary Tyler Moore and even the master, Bob Newhart, [Flockhart is] great at reacting to what happens around her. But right now, the characters around her aren't very interesting. [8 Sep 1997]

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Irv Letofsky

    It's thin fantasy material that often stumbles over the line of cute, but it's snappy and cleverly fresh. [8 Sep 1997]

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Ally McBeal has the components of a potential guilty pleasure. Giddily romantic but also sassily sardonic, it merely needs to curb some of its more groaning indulgences. [8 Sep 1997]

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Collins

    Ally's self-involvement can make the viewer wince because of the writing and because she hasn't earned our sympathy--her predicaments often seem so false. ... And yet, because Flockhart really is a fine actress and the writing can rise to a higher level, the show has its winning moments.

    Time Full Review
  • Monica Collins

    Being allowed inside the cerebrum of Ally, I feel some sympathy for her. I like her more than I would if she were the typical TV cipher. But I don't like her enough to want to watch this flawed show about a lawyers-in-love triangle week after week. [4 Sep 1997]

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Howard Rosenberg

    This is superficiality and pseudo-hipness gussied up in gloss.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    Silly McDumb. [14 Sep 1997]

    Washington Post Full Review