Stefan the Frog -
Bright lime green tree frog seen on episodes of
the legal dramedy ALLY MCBEAL/FOX/1997-2002.
Stefan was the personal pet and mascot of John
Cage (Peter MacNicol), the eccentric partner of
the law firm of Cage/Fish & Associates.
To the bemusement of his coworkers, Cage let the
tiny little frog rest on his head and wander
over his face (his way of releasing tension).
On one episode, Stefan jumped out of the office
lounge toilet bowl while a female worker
(Georgia) was sitting on it. Frantic, she tossed
the frog at another female employee who just
entered the bathroom. She, in turn, threw it
against the door.
Suddenly racked with guilt over their "game of
killer catch," they gave it CPR. His tiny little
body barely responding to their lifesaving
attempts, they rushed the frog to the hospital.
Luckily, it survived (diagnosed with swelling of
When Cage was told what precipitated the frog
throwing event, he inquired "Was it a clean
bowl?" (a reference to his fastidiousness in the
On occasion, Cage serenaded Stefan with the
lyrics "Be a frog, be a frog." After all of
Stephan's travails, he was accidentally killed
and cooked when a waiter in a Chinese restaurant
thought the frog was to be part of the main
course. "It tastes like chicken," said one of
the lawyer's (Ling) as she continued to chow
down on Stefan with her chopsticks. See also
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