The students pair off (via random draw) for 'Moot Court', a courtroom-like competition. Hart lucks out, as his partner is close friend and fellow study group member Logan. Bell is not so ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Stephens ...
Tom Fitzsimmons ...
Jonathan Segal ...
Jonathan Brooks (credit only)
Francine Tacker ...
Elizabeth Logan
Asheley Brooks (credit only)
Raymond Livingston
Betty Harford ...
Mrs. Nottingham
Gagarian (as Stanley De Santis)
Kenneth F. Graham ...
Chief Judge
Student (as Thomas W. Babson)


The students pair off (via random draw) for 'Moot Court', a courtroom-like competition. Hart lucks out, as his partner is close friend and fellow study group member Logan. Bell is not so lucky, as his partner is Raymond Livingston. Livingston, fresh off an undergraduate career at West Point, believes in the 'strong body, strong mind' approach, so he and Bell are up at dawn for calisthenics and jogging every day before studying. Meanwhile, all the intense 1-on-1 studying time with Logan causes Hart to examine his personal feelings for her. Predictably, the final 2 teams in the competition are Hart/Logan and Bell/Livingston. Written by JEFJR

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21 November 1978 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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A great chance for Glynn Turman to redeem himself after starring in "J.D.'s Revenge"
6 March 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Earlier in the 1970s, the excellent actor Glynn Turman starred in an utterly horrible little film called "J.D.'s Revenge". It's embarrassingly bad--so bad that you can't help but laugh at its ineptitude. Fortunately, however, in this episode of "The Paper Chase", Turman is able to prove he COULD act and it made for one of the best episodes of the series.

This show is about 'Moot Court'--a competition where first-year contract law students get to argue cases in a competition. Not surprisingly, when Logan and Hart are paired, they are great--which leads to some embarrassing behavior by Hart. But the main focus is on Bell (James Keane) and his partner, Livingston (Turman). Bell has zero interest in the competition and just wants to get it over with as soon as possible. But Livingston is a West Point graduate who is used to winning and insists that Bell MUST do his very best as they WILL win. While Bell does prove that he is indeed very capable, in the process he comes to hate Livingston and Moot Court.

The show is full of great character studies. Livingston is very interesting and the previously slouchy and unimpressive Bell (who was almost a caricature) comes into his own. The only complaint I have about this and most other shows in the series is that you never see the guest star again in other episodes--which, if you think about it, makes no sense. Still, exquisitely written and very memorable.

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