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This episode features Elizabeth Logan. Supreme Court Justice Reynolds pays a visit to campus to commemorate a milestone anniversary of women being admitted to the law school. During a ... See full summary »


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John Jay Osborn Jr. (based on the novel by), James Bridges (developed for television by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Houseman ... Professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.
James Stephens ... James T. Hart
Tom Fitzsimmons ... Franklin Ford III
Robert Ginty ... Thomas Craig Anderson
James Keane ... Willis Bell
Jonathan Segal Jonathan Segal ... Jonathan Brooks
Francine Tacker Francine Tacker ... Elizabeth Logan
Deka Beaudine ... Asheley Brooks (credit only)
Alan Napier ... Justice Allen Reynolds
Teresa Baxter Teresa Baxter ... Helen McMillan
Debbie Zipp ... Nancy Poleto
Beth Raines Beth Raines ... Carly
Betty Harford Betty Harford ... Mrs. Nottingham
Jessica Salem Jessica Salem ... Adele Mallison
Monica MacLean Monica MacLean ... Ellen


This episode features Elizabeth Logan. Supreme Court Justice Reynolds pays a visit to campus to commemorate a milestone anniversary of women being admitted to the law school. During a question and answer session in Kingsfield's class, Logan confronts the judge as to why he has never hired a female law clerk. Professor Kingsfield attempts to stifle her, yet she persists, but does not get an answer from the judge. News of Logan's audacity quickly spreads across campus, and to national women's activist organizations, who send a bunch of demonstrators/hecklers to campus for the judge's celebratory speech. Much to Logan's dismay, the outsiders have turned it into an embarrassing circus. Written by JEFJR

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Release Date:

5 December 1978 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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For unknown reasons, the director's name does not appear in the opening credits of the segment. There are no reports indicating that the credit omission was on purpose or a post-production error. See more »

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Very interesting but the episode misses the mark...
6 March 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When you see this episode today, your reaction might very well be VERY different from the typical viewer of 1978. At the time, it was intended as a nice little commentary about feminism and intolerance--whereas today, it seems dated and a bit sexist.

A distinguished member of the Supreme Court (Alan Napier) is visiting the campus to help celebrate the anniversary of the law school admitting women. Although seen by many as a very progressive man, the Justice is confronted, reasonably, by Logan who asks him why he's never had a female law clerk. However, Professor Kingsfield is angered by her question and announces that the question and answer session is terminated. However, this is not the end of this and the local feminist groups all mobilize to confront him and end up disrupting the ceremonies.

The point that political action groups often lose site of civility is well made in this show. However, it's weird how Kingsfield reacts, as Logan's question is not at all unreasonable and she definitely had a point. Simply answering the question and facing his own actions would have solved the issue! But, because it was nice to see the very distinguished Alan Napier in a role OTHER than Batman's butler and because it's good to see them address extremism, it's well worth seeing.

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