The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
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Hart Goes Home 

Hart goes home to Minnesota for his sister Vicky's wedding, even though he has extra work due to Kingsfield. Since Golden has assigned Harriman to cover for Hart, Hart spends a lot of time ... See full summary »


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James Bridges (developed for television by), John Jay Osborn Jr. (based on the novel by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Houseman ... Professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.
James Stephens ... James T. Hart
Tom Fitzsimmons ... Franklin Ford III
James Keane ... Willis Bell (credit only)
Michael Tucci ... Gerald Golden
Andra Millian ... Laura Kiernan (credit only)
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Vivian Conway (as Penny Johnson) (credit only)
Clare Kirkconnell ... Rita Harriman
Marilyn Jones Marilyn Jones ... Vicky Hart
Allyn Ann McLerie ... Mrs. Emily Hart
Cooper Huckabee ... Dooley
James Karen ... Mr. Pearson
Dana Elcar ... Mr. Sam Hart
John Walcutt ... Vicky's Fiance
Raleigh Bond Raleigh Bond ... The Minister


Hart goes home to Minnesota for his sister Vicky's wedding, even though he has extra work due to Kingsfield. Since Golden has assigned Harriman to cover for Hart, Hart spends a lot of time on the phone with Harriman, and not so much time visiting with his family. Although his parents can see this is due to Hart's responsibilities, his younger sister views it as Hart's lack of interest in being with his family. When Kingsfield telephones the Hart's residence, Mrs. Hart answers, and goes on and on about "her Jimmy", much to Hart's embarrassment. ....(Continuity alert: Upon Hart's return to school, it appears that Ford has switched bedrooms with Hart!) Written by JEFJR

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This episode supposedly takes place at Hart's home in Minnesota, but the exterior shots all clearly show the mountains of California. See more »

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Despite a change of locale, Hart STILL is pretty annoying.
9 October 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When "The Paper Chase" debuted on CBS in the late 1970s, James Hart was shown as a student who somehow maintained his humanity and decency in law school despite the pressures. However, the show was dropped after a season and was, oddly, picked up several years later and on Showtime. Not surprisingly, there was a huge change in cast and the show just wasn't the same. To me, however, the worst change was in Hart. He was no longer the nice guy he'd been in the original show and it was much more difficult to care for this now intense, often angry and often abrasive guy. He wasn't as bad as Golden, but was not among the most unlikable students in the cast. I think in hindsight this was a huge mistake--and "Hart Goes Home" is yet another example of how the guy has changed.

Hart's sister is getting married and he's planning on attending the wedding. However, around the same time he's been working on a project with Professor Kingsfield. And, when the two things he's working on come into conflict, Hart seems more interested in impressing the professor and family clearly takes a back seat. After all, it's only his sister's wedding!

While I didn't like Hart in this one (everyone was too nice to him-- someone should have dumped a pale of manure on his head when he went to visit his family on the farm), I did like how it illustrated how people in some lines of work slowly lose themselves and what they once loved. Well worth seeing--even if the guy was a major jerk.

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10 July 1984 (USA) See more »

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