Drawing The Lines

Episode: 8

Production Code: AM108

First Air Date: November 10, 1997

Writer: David E. Kelley

Director: Mel Damski

# of Times Richard said Bygones: 2

Recurring Characters:

Jennifer Higgin
Caroline Poop

Guest Stars:

Cristine Rose as Marci Hatfield
Stan Ivar as Jason Hatfield
Mark Metcalf as the Hatfield's Lawyer


Hmmm, this one’s about sex and money, sex appeal and attention, sex and friendship, and of course, the most logical correlation of them all, sex and coffee. Never would have known it’s sweeps, would you?

Despite the fact that The Biscuit unblushingly picks his nose in front of her, socialite Marci Hatfield allows Ally and Georgia to represent her. You see, she’s been feeling somewhat TRUMPed as of late, what with her husband trying to enforce some pre-nup.

Marci is basically a good and decent person, but Richard Fish, like Eddie Haskell before him, can be a bad influence on nearly anyone. Though all three women are uneasy with the notion, at Richard’s insistence they consent to using compromising photographs that assist in the negotiation process.

In the other seedy world of office politics, Elaine’s had just about all she can take of the future Baywatch star/delivery girl who is monopolizing all the men’s attention with her tight jeans and fit to perfection T-shirt; that’s supposed to be my job, she muses silently. Caroline Poop arrives as the nosy secretary’s tough talking attorney and encourages Elaine to organize a walkout with other disgusted female employees.

Ally’s not buying these alleged grounds for a suit at all, she confronts Elaine; in a conversation that finally humanized the frizzy blonde’s identity, the actress deserves more like it. Ally is convinced Elaine’s only real complaint is that she’s not the center of focus, Ally’s a renowned expert on this particular infliction.

Inevitably, Elaine’s powerplay fails dismally with unanimous refusals to join in her protest. With as much dignity as possible, the busybody faces everyone and announces that she’s sort of victorious simply for being heard.

Probably the most famous scene in the unconventional series short life occurs in this episode when Ally instructs Georgia on how to savor her frothy morning cappuccino. like a new type of foreplay. Witnessing this was Billy, and memories of having sex with the minuscule lawyer come rushing back to him, he even goes so far as to tell a confused Ally that he misses her. Naturally the born neurotic does the only thing a girl can do at such a weak moment, she goes home and drowns herself in a tub of ice cream.

First thing the next day Billy agrees to Ally’s suggestion that certain discussions will have to remain off-limits between them if they intend to keep their friendship legit. Of course Billy does still provide the cappuccino in the vain hope of another delectable show.

Changing her mind more times than a contestant on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Ally goes with her girls’ prerogative and flip flops all the way back to Billy’s office that night to tell him that maybe friends shouldn’t live in a dictatorship.

AM-108 ©1998 Almost Human

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