Professor Kingsfield unleashes his first-year students in the campus-wide annual scavenger hunt. In an effort to find the answers to more questions than any other study group, everyone is ... See full summary »

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Professor Kingsfield unleashes his first-year students in the campus-wide annual scavenger hunt. In an effort to find the answers to more questions than any other study group, everyone is wreaking havoc on all the campus libraries, including hiding and 'borrowing' books so that others cannot get answers. This annual ritual inflames Professor Smathers, who implores the dean to not only terminate the scavenger hunt, but to remove Kingsfield from various committees. As usual, Kingsfield ignores the dean's 'requests', but invites Smathers and the dean to the next class, where they can see the real benefit of the scavenger hunt. Written by JEFJR

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Decent, but not exactly going out in style.
30 April 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Paper Chase" was a wonderful TV series. However, it only lasted one season on CBS and was, oddly, brought back a few years later on Showtime--with a somewhat different cast. "Scavenger Hunt" is the last episode broadcast of the original CBS series--and it, like the previous episode, would make you think that maybe the writers knew the show was being canceled and didn't mind releasing a couple sub-par ones. Now I am not saying "Scavenger Hunt" was bad (the show just before it WAS) but it also seemed a bit repetitive and could have used some editing.

Professor Kingsfield has come up with a crazy assignment--a scavenger hunt for answers to 100 problems about the law. He instructs the class that there are NO RULES--and anyone with 75% or less of the questions answered would fail!! Now this right here opened up a VERY logical answer that, inexplicably, no one thought of--and should have! After all, the answer screamed out to me--get all the students to work together as a team and have each student answer 2 or 3 questions only--making it a very easy assignment and a very easy A! But instead, the students spend much of the show trying to sabotage each other--as if there were a limited number of As, Bs, etc. to be had. Call me nitpicky, but this was sloppy! I figured out how to handle the assignment instantly--so why did NONE of the students think of anything like this until near the end of the show?! The other problem I had with the show was Ford's inexplicably relationship with Bell's sister. Why Ford when gaga over her really didn't make a lot of sense, as it was completely unlike his usual reliable and reasonable self. In addition, they already did an episode where roughly the same thing happened to Bell himself earlier in season one! Despite these obvious problems, the show was fun to watch--and seeing the students sabotaging each other was rather funny. Worth seeing but a sad final episode considering how good they'd been.


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