The Paper Chase: Season 2, Episode 9

Tempest in a Pothole (29 May 1984)

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The hapless Willis Bell takes a spill on his bicycle and breaks an arm, then he sues the city, alleging negligence in street maintenance. He reluctantly subpoenas Kingsfield, who saw the ... See full summary »

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James Stephens ...
Tom Fitzsimmons ...
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Andra Millian ...
Laura Kiernan
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Vivian Conway
Clare Kirkconnell ...
Rita Harriman
Betty Harford ...
Mrs. Nottingham
Arthur Rosenberg ...
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Michael Prince ...
Dean Perry
Steven Peterman ...
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Faye Michael Nuell ...
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Jane Hallaren ...
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Steve Fifield
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The hapless Willis Bell takes a spill on his bicycle and breaks an arm, then he sues the city, alleging negligence in street maintenance. He reluctantly subpoenas Kingsfield, who saw the accident. All of Bell's dorm mates pull for him -- all except Soloway, his personal "doubting Thomas". Written by JEFJR

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Why was this such a difficult case?!
9 October 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The main theme in this case involves an injury Bell receives when he's riding his bike. He hits a pot hole and his bike is badly damaged-- but more importantly, his arm is injured and he loses a job because of this. Very clearly he's been injured and just as clearly the city bears some responsibility to compensate him because of the state of the road. However, and this really annoyed me, the show presented this as if Bell probably did not have a case and he really had to scramble to put on a good argument to win in court. I don't understand this and I think ANYONE who has never been to law school could have presented a more intelligent case than Bell (with help from his other second-year friends) and the case sure seemed cut and dry, so they say. Likewise, when Kingsfield was subpoenaed to testify (since he witnessed the accident), this was made to seem very wild and amazing because he was subpoenaed--but ANYONE witnessing an accident would be called in to court to testify. And, the cross-examination of the man by Bell was, quite simply, incompetent. And these folks are all supposed to be going to the best law school in America?! Weakly written but enjoyable enough.


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