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(TV Series)

(1980)

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  • Eliot Streeter is handed a case where a newspaper reporter has printed information that the Department of Defense. It looks like he would win the case in a walk, except for a HUGE problem: opposing counsel is Professor Charles W. Kingsfield (reprising his "Paper Chase" role and using it to generate big laughs). Kingsfield meets up with Emerson Marshall, the senior partner at the law firm, to discuss their respective careers -- and the case turns into a war of insults which Marshall wins. Meanwhile, Eliot recalls taking Kingsfield's class at Harvard and developing a stutter out of fear of the big man. In fact, the stutter was so bad that he acquired the nickname "Porky" after Porky Pig. When Kingsfield leaves the meeting with Marshall, he tosses off a "How have you been ...Porky?" to Eliot. Eliot crumples up his request to be taken off the case and vows to beat Kingsfield at his own game. In the courtroom, Kingsfield uses every trick in the book to try to win an unwinnable case (the judge is also a former student of his). Finally Eliot reaches the boiling point and overcomes his stutter in a memorable lecture using words that begin with "C" (the consonant that he had been stuttering throughout the show). The judge is handed a note saying that a paper elsewhere has published the information in question, rendering the current case moot. Has Eliot really defeated Kingsfield?

    - Written by Peter Harris

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