The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice 

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 »


Larry Elikann (uncredited)


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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A flawed jewel
28 May 2016 | by sscheiberSee all my reviews

I agree with the comments from planktonrules. This episode epitomizes attempts by the series (especially in the first season) to address legitimate controversial questions with intelligence and balance. Kingsfield's original anger with Logan's question is a study in overreaction. Out of character. I wish they'd found another approach to set matters in motion. That said, the way the plot unfolds is disturbingly realistic and disturbingly familiar. That things got out of control and away from the original point is inevitable in such volatile situations. We see it all the time in the world around us. The last scene adds believable closure to the story. To have left it out would have have cheated the audience of a more optimistic perspective in solving such problems.

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