The finale was tremendously sad and much less satisfying than it might have been had Downey, Jr.’s situation been different. But the writers deserve credit for coming up with a decent story under pressure. After losing one of the most loved characters of any season of Ally, it could not have been fun rewriting that episode.
The Wedding introduced Josh Groban to an unsuspecting public. He of the golden throat made his television debut as Malcolm Wyatt, a teenager suing a girl for reneging on her promise to go to the prom with him. Ally was his lawyer. Since the girl was represented by Larry Paul, who had abruptly left for Detroit to be with his son, the case was dropped. In the end, a brokenhearted Ally had a talk with the ghost of her dead boyfriend, Billy, who convinced her to go to the prom as Malcolm’s date. Encouraged by Ally, Malcolm found the courage to take the stage at the prom to sing “You’re Still You”. The episode ended on a hopeful note, putting forth the message to never stop believing in love.
It took years for this and other seasons of Ally McBeal to be made available on DVD. Getting the rights to the great wealth of music used in the show was difficult. Now that the sets are out the only quibble I have is the lack of extras. It would have been nice if behind the scenes footage or insights from the writers or producers had been included.
Many long running TV shows have a special season or two: those that can be watched and enjoyed even if one is not familiar with what went before. Season Four of Ally McBeal is just such a season.