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Ally McBeal - Season 3 Part 1 [DVD] [1998]

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  • Actors: Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski, Vonda Shepard, Peter MacNicol
  • Writers: David E. Kelley
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Oct. 2002
  • Run Time: 462 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006IXCF
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,216 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Episodes 1 to 11 in the third season of the popular legal comedy show. In 'Car Wash' Ally helps a young couple get married, and then realises that she has recently become intimately acquainted with the groom. 'Buried Pleasures' finds Cage trying to make Nelle's dreams come true by giving her a good spanking. 'Seeing Green' has the nuerotic Ms McBeal suffering from hallucinations featuring soul sensation Al Green. 'Heat Wave' sees the zany legal associates discussing faked orgasms and Billy bleaching his hair blond. In 'Troubled Water' Ally confronts her parents over an incident which took place when she was young. 'Changes' has Georgia catch Billy in the arms of another women. 'Saving Santa' finds Cage acting as the legal representative for a recently-dismissed superstore Santa. 'Blue Christmas' puts Elaine in the hot seat when she discovers a baby abandoned in a manger and tries to obtain custody. 'Out in the Cold' sees Ling prosecuted for running an underage escort service. 'Just Friends' has Ally dream about Cage and begin to suspect that he might be the man for her. And finally, in 'Over the Rainbow', Georgia sues the firm over the break-up of her and Billy's marriage.


In David E Kelley's Boston law drama, Ally McBeal, his lawyers' private and work lives are always inextricably linked. Nobody does anything in the "Cage and Fish" firm without their colleagues knowing about it, including going to the toilet. Kelley is as willing as always to embrace implausible coincidence in his storylines for the pay-off of maintaining the high pace and dramatic neatness.

Our anti-heroine Ally McBeal starts her third season with a wet, wordless fling in a car wash with Jason Gedrick, and it's no surprise that Ally ends up facing Gedrick at the altar when a client asks her to be bridesmaid. With the entire firm invited along as guests, can she keep quiet about the groom? Well, you know Ally--she may not have any lasting success in the romance department but it's a subject she feels very strongly about. The third season sees fewer CGI expressions of Ally's thoughts and imagination, but the drama is just as colourful. Billy's increasing concerns over the balance of male and female power manifests itself in his newly dyed blond hair and his hiring of six PVC-clad women to follow him around boosting his testosterone. Other highlights include Ally exploring her lesbian side with Ling, Elaine posing as John's "fluffer" to banish his sexual insecurities and an explosive Thanksgiving party at Ally's. There are plotlines within Series 3 which stretch plausibility, such as finding out that Ally's dad is the man Georgia's been snogging to forget her husband's metamorphosis into a blonde-haired, sexist egomaniac. Ally McBeal does have the tendency to descend into sickening sentimental tosh, like all the "child inside" nonsense in Episode 11, but that aside, it continues to provide escapist entertainment of the first order. --Emma Perry --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Having bought all of the first four seasons (and watched all but the last few of S4), I consider season 3 to be the best. The characters are all well-established, but have not - as is remarked by Greg Germann in an interview - lost their sharp edges which make them so funny. The show is by (very quick) turns outrageous, hilarious, romantic, sad, sexy, ridiculous and even serious on occasion. The dancing baby is gone, fortunately (that always irritated me), but Ally is still merrily hallucinating and bouncing with alarming frequency between men (would you bet on a steady relationship with her?).
The other characters are all nicely developed in this series. In the first series, some characters - such as Elaine - were background, but here they almost all appear in well-rounded glory. Billy in particular comes out of the woodwork - previously, he was not much more than a reference point for Ally's past and normalcy in the crazy office, but now he cuts his own swathe through the plot - there's a new man in town, and no-one knows what's going on!
This show is superb entertainment. It's a bit more risqué than previous series too (check it out before you let your kids watch it), and the all-round excellence of the scripts, the performances and the production make it shine.
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Well, she's stopped falling over, playing with her hair and being "snappish" with everyone. In this series Ally seems to have 'got a grip', and more interesting characters have been woven in to spice things up (particularly the VERY spicy Taye Diggs.
In my opinion the series started well and took a bit of a dive towards the end of Series 1. The good news is, since mid Series 2 its just been getting better and better. Enjoy!
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great chick viewing even after all these years
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By A Customer on 11 Aug. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Season 3 witnesses Ally's tumultuous love life become even more hilarious. She manages to date a father and his son in the space of one episode with amusing results. However in this season she meats her match in Larry Paul (Robert Downey Jnr). It is in her interactions with Larry that this season is at it's best. Robert Downey Jnr shines in this role, he is made for the part. Taye Diggs also brightens our screens in this season.The rest of the cast are also excellent with some really strong storylines for them. All in all well worth watching.
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