The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
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Mistaken Identity 

Ford becomes the victim of identify theft and is arrested by police and jailed. Although friends Hart, Golden, and even Kingsfield rescue him, his brush with reality leaves his presumption of the rectitude of the legal system badly shaken.

Director:

James Stephens

Writers:

John Jay Osborn Jr. (based on the novel by), James Bridges (developed for television by) | 1 more credit »
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John Houseman ... Professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.
James Stephens ... James T. Hart
Tom Fitzsimmons ... Franklin Ford III
James Keane ... Willis Bell (credit only)
Andra Millian ... Laura Kiernan (credit only)
Michael Tucci ... Gerald Golden
Diana Douglas ... Professor Tyler (credit only)
Clare Kirkconnell ... Rita Harriman (as Clare Kirkconnel)
Peter Nelson ... Tom Ford
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Vivian Conway (as Penny Johnson) (credit only)
Lainie Kazan ... Rose Samuels (credit only)
Betty Harford Betty Harford ... Mrs. Nottingham (credit only)
Peter Hobbs
Tony Burton
Meg Bennett
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Ford becomes the victim of identify theft and is arrested by police and jailed. Although friends Hart, Golden, and even Kingsfield rescue him, his brush with reality leaves his presumption of the rectitude of the legal system badly shaken.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1986 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A neat plot idea....but chock full of holes.
7 June 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The idea behind "Mistaken Identity" is a very interesting one. However, its execution was seriously flawed...so much that it mostly undoes the good of the episode.

Ford is on his way for a date. However, he's pulled over by police and soon he's under arrest--as the cops think he's wanted in California! Once arrested, the police hold him for days...and his friends have no idea where he is. Once they learn, Golden comes to help him.

Okay...let's talk about the problems. First, according to the previous episodes, Ford is from a VERY prominent family of lawyers who control an ultra-prestigious law firm. Yet, inexplicably, he never phones his father nor his father's firm. Considering he's in jail and is under arrest, you'd assume this would be who he called. But instead, he talks (briefly) to the girlfriend he's planning on seeing and tries (unsuccessfully) to call Hart. Even if he didn't contact his father's firm, why not call some OTHER firm??!! Second, when Ford is threatened by a deputy and two thugs, his reaction is illogical in every way...so much so that it's not even worth explaining. Third, after being stuck in jail for some time, he meets with Golden. Golden reminds him he's NOT a criminal lawyer yet Ford retains him as his attorney. Huh?? No wonder he ends up spending so much time in jail!

Overall, I'd say this episode (along with the previous one) was incredibly weak.


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