As the show opens, the gang is working late at the office. They are discussing their latest case, that of a senator who is being sued by his wife's ex-husband for breaking up their marriage. Richard wants to argue to the judge that the senator cannot be sued while he is in office, but Ally tells him that if the President can be sued in office, there is no reason why the senator can't. Ally begins explaining what she thinks they should do, and Billy chimes in. They go back and forth, each finishing a part of the sentence. Georgia notices how Ally and Billy seem to know exactly what the other wants to say. Billy and Ally are afraid that if they use Richard's argument, they will risk losing their credibility, which could hurt their chances of winningthe case. John says that is why Richard should argue it in court, because with respect to the law he has no credibility. After Richard leaves the room, Georgia says, "This is the highest profile case we've ever had. Media will be in the room. Richard is going to stand up and argue points of law?" Everyone in the room pinches the bridge of their nose.
next day, Richard isin the unisex, preparing
for the case. He momentarily hears the bells John is always talking about. John comes crashing out of one of the
stalls and says he's still having trouble with his dismounts. He tries to help Richard prepare for the case, and
tells him that when he first rises in front of the judge, he should button his jacket. This is a sign of respect
for the judge, John says.
In Ally's office, Ally tells the senator that they will try to get a stay until after his term. The senator's wife wonders how the case can even go forward, since marriages break up all the time. Billy tells her about the case of an ex-wife who sued her husband's mistress and was awarded a million dollars by a jury.
In the unisex, Ally and Georgia are touching up their make-up, and Ally remarks that she thinks the case is stupid. Georgia says, "Why is it stupid? If somebody busts up a marriage, why shouldn't she take responsibility?" Ally reminds her that it was a "he" who broke up the marriage. The two then discuss the prosecuting attorney, Anna Flint. Georgia says she's heard that Anna has an amazing smile, and juries fall in love with her. Ally says she's heard otherwise. They hear someone flush a toilet, and they look behind them to see who it was. It's John, holding his remote-control toilet flusher.
In the courtroom, Ally and Georgia are introduced to Anna Flint. When she smiles, Ally says to herself, "Wow, that IS a smile." When the court session begins, Richard rises before the judge and buttons his jacket. He argues to the judge that the Supreme Court screwed up when they ruled that the President can be sued in office, and he says the Supreme Court is "old" and "out of it." Ally, John, Billy and Georgia all pinch the bridge of their nose.
Richard argues that the Supreme Court's decision was bad, and a few people in the back of the courtroom applaud. However, the judge doesn't buy his argument, and schedules the trial for tomorrow morning. Richard says, "Please note 'Damn it' for the record." After court is adjourned, Anna Flint goes over to Ally and asks her if she thinks it's appropriate for her to wear such a short skirt in a courtroom. Ally responds by saying, "we all know they aren't real." Anna asks what she is referring to, and Ally says, "Those teeth."
The next day in court,
the man who has sued the senator, Mr. Bepp, is on the stand, being questioned by Ms. Flint. He says that he and
his wife had a happy marriage until the senator invaded their marriage, thereby ending it. He also says his wife
told him she loved him, and that she couldn't imagine not ever being with him forever. Next, Ally questions Mr.
Bepp. She tells him that many times, when someone is trying to end a relationship, they flatter the other person
in the process. Mr. Bepp tells her that there is no denying the fact that the senator pursued a married woman.
Ally asks him, "What about the man who doesn't try to pursue the woman, and yet he's attracted to her?"
As she says this, Georgia looks over at Billy. "And certainly, if the woman was also attracted, maybe she,
too, fell in love just by being near him. Can't really blame the guy there, can you?" Ally says. Georgia
looks over at Ally. Ally then says, suppose two people were attracted to each other but stayed away from each other,
and maybe even denied their attraction; but there is no denying that they love each other. "Have they committed
any offense?" she asks Mr. Bepp. He says no, as long as they don't act on it. Ally asks him where the man
crosses the line. "Is it a smile? An extended gaze, an admission of the attraction itself? Isn't it difficult
to draw that line?" she asks him.
Back at the office, Georgia is obviously not happy. She slams her folders down on a desk. Billy goes over to her and tries to talk to her, but she tells him to shut up. She apologizes, looks at him, and tells him again to shut up. He asks her to come with him so they can speak in private, and they go into his office. Georgia tells Billy that every time she thinks she's making progress, she realizes that Ally and Billy haven't. Billy says Ally was only trying to defend a client, and tells Georgia to go out and get herself a new haircut, and says he's getting sick of this. Georgia tells him he yells when he knows he's wrong. "I do not!" Billy yells. John and Richard creep up to the door and eavesdrop on their argument. Georgia says to Billy, "Why are we lying about this? You're still in love with her." Billy says nothing in return. Georgia leaves, and tells Richard that she's off the case. Billy goes over to Ally and tells her he needs her for a second. They go into her office, and he yells at her, saying that whatever is between them, she should leave it out of the courtroom. What she did in there was unprofessional and out of line, he says. He storms out, and Elaine says to Ally, "Whatever it was, I'm sorry I missed it." John remarks to Richard, "This office is fraught with emotional volatility." Ally storms into Billy's office and yells at him for yanking her into her office, unloading on her and then leaving without letting her have her say. Billy calls her a wacko, and she responds by saying that she's not the one having tantrums.
Georgia is sitting in the bar having a drink, and Ally comes in and talks to her. She asks Georgia if she thinks she is trying to break up their marriage. Georgia responds, "I think you can do things without trying, Ally." Ally tells Georgia that she is only competing with history, and says that Billy isn't going to leave her. Even if he was considering it, she says, Georgia would at least see a hint of it. Georgia says she hasn't been looking for that hint, and Ally says, "But I have." Ally tells Georgia that even if Billy were to betray her, she wouldn't, because they are friends. Georgia asks Ally that if she and Billy were stranded on a deserted island together, where no one would ever find out, would anything happen? Ally says no.
Back in court, Ms. Flint is questioning one of the senator's staff members,
Mr. Colson. She asks him if he's sure the senator pursued Mr. Bepp's wife. He tells her that they were working
late one night at the office, and there was a boombox on, playing a song, and the senator asked Mrs. Bepp to dance
with him for the rest of her life. John then questions Mr. Colson, and asks
him if it's true that the song playing on the boom box that night was "Someday We'll Be Together" by
The Supremes. Mr. Colson says yes. John goes over to a boombox, turns it on, and that song begins playing. He asks
Mr. Colson if he has ever been swept up by a song--for example, if he's ever heard a song on the radio while he
was driving, and it made him drive faster. He then attempts to demonstrate the senator's actions, and goes over
to Ms. Flint and asks her to dance. She says no, and objects. John apologizes, saying the music moved him and that
he didn't mean anything by it.
That night at home, Ally admits to Renee that she lied to Georgia. Renee says this means that Georgia was right, and Ally says no, that she would never break up their marriage. Suddenly, the dancing baby runs into the room and throws a spear at Ally. She ducks, and it hits the wall. Renee tells Ally it's time for some therapy, but Ally tells her, "I like being a mess. It's who I am."
The next day, John warns Ally about Ms. Flint. He says she will try to
get her into a sidebar, and then she will smile at the jury. When this happens, he says, Ally must smile, too.
John also tells her to ignore the "oooga-chucka infant" if he runs into the room.
Ally goes into Billy's office, where he and Georgia are waiting for her. No one says anything for a moment, and then Ally says, "Think John Elroy will retire now that he got a Super Bowl ring?" Georgia responds by saying that rings are only symbolic. Billy tells Ally that he and Georgia were up all night talking. He says he told Georgia that he still loves Ally, and that he will always love her. They grew up together, and she will always be a part of him. But his feelings for her won't compromise his love for Georgia, he says. He tells Ally that he and Georgia went to a therapist, and the therapist wants to talk to Ally. Ally says that's the most ridiculous thing she's ever heard, and Georgia says, "Maybe not the most ridiculous." Georgia then says she can't go on like this, and says she thinks Billy and Ally should get together and get it out of their systems. She leaves, and Billy tells Ally that's not an appropriate solution. "It's not the way I'd go," Ally says, and she leaves to go to court.
Back in court, Ms. Flint wants to call the senator's wife to the stand. Ally objects, and calls a sidebar. Ally and Ms. Flint each explain their point of view, and they both turn on their best smile for the judge and jury.
That night, Billy and Georgia are in their bedroom. Billy says that Richard wants them there for the senator's testimony tomorrow. He then tells Georgia that what she said to him earlier really offended him. He asks her how many husbands admit to their wives that they still love their ex-girlfriends. He says that when the senator's wife was married to Mr. Bepp, she thought she was happy. But she was wrong, because something better came along. He tells her that he and Ally loved each other deeply, but when he chose Georgia, he didn't just marry the first woman he fell in love with--he married the person he fell most in love with. He yells, "What's stopping me? We don't have kids. If she loves me, and I love her, what's stopping me?" Georgia responds, "Good question!" Billy says, "If you don't know the answer, then you don't know me," and he walks out of the room.
Renee and Ally are having a sleepover in Ally's bed, and Ally says she knows Billy and Georgia are talking about her. Renee tells her she's just thinking about Georgia's proposition. Ally hears the dancing baby run into the room, and she sees his hands raise up from behind the bed.
The next day in court, Ally is questioning the senator, who admits he was probably infatuated with Mrs. Bepp when he asked her to dance. He says he didn't scheme to break up a marriage--he just fell in love. Next, Ms. Flint asks him if he placed a tape of a Nat King Cole song in Mrs. Bepp's in-box. He says yes, and she plays the tape. The song is "He'll Have To Go." As she continues to question him, the jury begins laughing, because John and Ally are dancing to the song. Ms. Flint objects, and the judge tells them to stop.
Ally and Renee are in Ally's office having lunch, and Renee asks her
if she has considered Georgia's offer. "How often do you get the forbidden fruit served on a silver platter?"
Renee asks. Ally says she hasn't seriously considered it. Georgia comes in and apologizes for the way she acted.
Ally begins her closing argument by saying that she agrees with everything Ms. Flint said. She admits the senator was wrong. But she also says that if two people love each other so powerfully, they will end up together. She walks over to the senator and his wife, to indicate she is talking about them, but she is looking at Billy and Georgia. "These two--they're the ones who are meant to be," she says. She tells the jury that "marriage is and should be a sanctity, and the one over there--it is," and she again looks over at Billy and Georgia.
Billy tells Georgia that he believes Ally's closing argument, whether or not Georgia or the jury does. "I'm meant to be with the woman I'm with," he says. "I guess I'd like for you to know it," Georgia says. "I do," he tells her. Ally watches them from the stairs above.
In court, the jury finds in favor of the senator. John goes over to Ms. Flint and touches her neck."You touched my wattle--you little perv!" she says.
That night, John and Richard, and Billy and Georgia, are
walking home together. Ally is walking home by herself.
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