Billy is experiencing hallucinations, he goes to a doctor and finds out his has a brain tumor. It's benign, so they plan on removing it in a few days, after Billy wraps up his current case.... See full summary »



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Billy is experiencing hallucinations, he goes to a doctor and finds out his has a brain tumor. It's benign, so they plan on removing it in a few days, after Billy wraps up his current case. During his summation, Billy collapses and is rushed to the hospital. Ally goes back to the firm, and informs everyone of Billy's death. Nell breaks up with Cage. Written by Jesse Sanchez

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27 March 2000 (USA)  »

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Roy Brocksmith's final acting role. See more »


Billy Alan Thomas: What I'm trying to say: Love is the only thing that counts. I've loved her since I was 8 years old. We've never been apart, not a single day. And I will love her for all my days. And that's all that counts. It's all that will ever count. All my heart forever. I... uh need to... rest.
[sits down on floor, then collapses]
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Beautiful Billy Boy
11 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From the first episode, this series promised to be about Ally and Billy and their love. Billy and Ally were childhood sweethearts and Billy broke Ally's heart when he went off to college and married another woman. Now they were working together at the same firm. Would Ally win Billy back from his wife Georgia? That was the original premise, but the series ran wild with quirky and bizarre and lovable characters that the original premise was soon forgotten and Billy became a secondary character. He underwent a drastic personality change in season two that reduced him from romantic lead to just another quirky, but not particularly likable, character. Suddenly making this sensitive and handsome man to be a man chauvinist was funny, but pretty much destroyed the premise of the show. I think showing that his behavior was the result of a brain tumor was a pretty clever way to explain things. It allowed the series to return to its original romantic premise and to allow Ally to love him again.

(Extra Spoiler alert: Don't read the next paragraph if you haven't watched the show yet. It will totally ruin it for you.)

The newspapers at the time said that Gil Bellows was leaving the show to explore feature film opportunities. It made it sound that he wanted to leave the show. It would be interesting to know if that was true. He seemed pretty happy with the show before that.

I thought the death of Billy was handled in a fantastic way. He got to do a terrific scene before dying and his death was natural and totally believable. The script had set us up to believe that he was going to have a brain operation, so one expected him to die in the hospital. Instead, he dies in the courtroom during a summary of a case. This was the perfect way to end it.

Ally McBeal is wildly uneven with half the episodes being great and half the episode being only just cute or silly. Three or four shows in every season are really original and thrilling. This is one of the three or four shows per year that make Ally McBeal one of the best television series ever.

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