A father struggles to come to grips with his son's suicide.



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Episode cast overview:
James Stephens ...
Tom Fitzsimmons ...
Franklin Ford III (credit only)
Gerald Golden (credit only)
Andra Millian ...
Laura Kiernan
Vivian Conway (as Penny Johnson)
Clare Kirkconnell ...
Rita Harriman (credit only)
John Friedrich ...
Marshall Weatherly
John Lehne ...
David Weatherly
Sandy Simpson ...


A father struggles to come to grips with his son's suicide.

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14 August 1984 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Good, but the singing is pretty dreadful
9 October 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I appreciated this episode of "The Paper Chase" because, sadly, things like this do occur. At my oldest daughter's university, they had a similar situation where a student killed himself--most likely due to the very high pressure of being in a elite school.

When the show begins, a first-year student in the dorm is found dead--having hung himself in his room. Soon the dead guy's father arrives on campus looking for answers. He is not on a vendetta or anything...he just wants to understand WHY. The remainder of the show consists of the man allowing friends and associates of his dead son to talk and tell him about his last days. What I appreciated is that it didn't blame people--even with the father, he did perhaps pressure his son but he was not some stereotypical jerk.

Worth seeing and very good EXCEPT for the songs. They sounded as if they were performed on a sound stage and really seemed like filler.

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