Ally McBeal: Season 1, Episode 5

One Hundred Tears Away (20 Oct. 1997)

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Ally is arrested for assault and attempted shoplifting after an altercation with a hostile woman at a grocery store. Renee bails her out but word spreads quickly around the office. Ally is ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Dennis 'Happy' Boyle
Keene Curtis ...
Judge Henrietta Fullem
Audrie Neenan ...
Mrs. Clarkson
Judge Marshal Pink
Betty A. Bridges ...
Clerk (as Betty Bridges-Nacasio)
Daniel Hutchison ...
Officer Kenter


Ally is arrested for assault and attempted shoplifting after an altercation with a hostile woman at a grocery store. Renee bails her out but word spreads quickly around the office. Ally is brought before the State Bar Review Board where her unconventional past and eccentric behavior is held up for scrutiny. Written by skillwithaquill

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When Ally and the woman get in the altercation at the supermarket, everyone says it is over the last can of original style Pringles (in the red container). There is another can of Original Pringles only one shelf below where they take it from. See more »


Ally McBeal: I know I've got it great, really. Good job, good friends, loving family. Total freedom and long bubble baths. What else could there be?
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References Ally McBeal (1997) See more »


Walk Away Renee
Written by Mike Lookofsky (aka Mike Brown), Tony Sansone and Bob Calilli
Performed by Vonda Shepard
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Shopping Market Scene at the Beginning was Hysterical
11 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At the beginning of this episode, there is a marvelous scene in a supermarket where Ally gets into a fight with another shopper over a container of potato chips. It is a beautifully written and acted scene of comic escalation done with perfect timing. It gets the episode off to a great start and leads to all kinds of surprising developments.

I think it beautifully shows what is wrong with the "Stand your ground" laws in the U.S. You get two strong willed people in an argument and they're just going to go at it until one of them wins. The Stand your Ground laws provides a motivation for one person to quickly turn to violence.

In this case, Ally doesn't pull out a gun, but she does do something quite nasty.

This is another great first season episode.

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