Ally McBeal

Storyform for the Once in a Lifetime Episode (Season 1, Episode 15)

SYNOPSIS: "The firm takes on a case for a famous 80-year old artist who is battling his heirs for control of his estate. Ally and Billy co-council the case and find that the artist's relationship with his recently deceased wife mirrors their own. Fish intervenes in the relationship between Cage and Ally when she starts behaving in an obviously cold manner around the office."  Synopsis source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

Main Character Resolve: Steadfast
Ally McBeal maintains his essential nature while attempting to solve the story's problem.

Main Character Growth: Stop
regarding Ally McBeal, the audience is waiting for something to stop.

Main Character Approach: Do-er
Ally McBeal prefers a physical solution to his problem.

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Linear
Ally McBeal uses linear problem-solving techniques.

Story Driver: Decision
In terms of the overall plot, decisions force actions to be taken.

Story Limit: Optionlock
The story climax occurs because all options have been exhausted.

Story Outcome: Success
In terms of the overall plot, the original goal is achieved.

Story Judgment: Bad
Ally McBeal ultimately fails in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Son's Control Over His Father

Overall Story Throughline: Universe
Overall Story Concern: Present
Overall Story Issue: Work vs. Attempt
Overall Story Problem: Potentiality
Overall Story Solution: Certainty
Overall Story Symptom: Induction
Overall Story Response: Deduction
Overall Story Catalyst: Attempt
Overall Story Inhibitor: Analysis
Overall Story Benchmark: Past
Overall Story Signpost 1: Past
Overall Story Signpost 2: Progress
Overall Story Signpost 3: Future
Overall Story Signpost 4: Present

Main Character Throughline

Ally McBeal

Main Character Throughline: Physics
Main Character Concern: Learning
Main Character Issue: Analysis vs. Strategy
Main Character Problem: Production
Main Character Solution: Reduction
Main Character Symptom: Induction
Main Character Response: Deduction
Main Character Unique Ability: Preconditions
Main Character Critical Flaw: Repulsion
Main Character Benchmark: Understanding
Main Character Signpost 1: Learning
Main Character Signpost 2: Understanding
Main Character Signpost 3: Doing
Main Character Signpost 4: Obtaining

Influence Character Throughline

John Cage

Influence Character Throughline: Psychology
Influence Character Concern: Conceiving
Influence Character Issue: Expediency vs. Need
Influence Character Problem: Potentiality
Influence Character Solution: Certainty
Influence Character Symptom: Ability
Influence Character Response: Acceptance
Influence Character Unique Ability: Deficiency
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Reappraisal
Influence Character Benchmark: Conceptualizing
Influence Character Signpost 1: Conceiving
Influence Character Signpost 2: Conceptualizing
Influence Character Signpost 3: Being
Influence Character Signpost 4: Becoming

Relationship Story Throughline

Employee Dating Her Boss

Relationship Story Throughline: Mind
Relationship Story Concern: Conscious
Relationship Story Issue: Investigation vs. Doubt
Relationship Story Problem: Non-Acceptance
Relationship Story Solution: Acceptance
Relationship Story Symptom: Induction
Relationship Story Response: Deduction
Relationship Story Catalyst: Doubt
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Expediency
Relationship Story Benchmark: Memory
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Conscious
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Memory
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Subconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Preconscious

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Present
Overall Story Consequence: Conscious
Overall Story Cost: Conceiving
Overall Story Dividend: Learning
Overall Story Requirements: Past
Overall Story Prerequisites: Memory
Overall Story Preconditions: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Forewarnings: Understanding

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics

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