The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
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A guy whom Hart and Ford know shows up looking for them. They're not there but Tom is. He tells Tom that he's having problems with his landlord. Tom suggests that he not pay the rent. Later... See full summary »

Director:

Gilbert Moses

Writers:

John Jay Osborn Jr. (based on the novel by), James Bridges (developed for television by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
John Houseman ... Professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.
James Stephens ... James T. Hart
Tom Fitzsimmons Tom Fitzsimmons ... Franklin Ford III
James Keane ... Willis Bell
Andra Millian ... Laura Kiernan
Michael Tucci ... Gerald Golden
Diana Douglas ... Professor Tyler
Clare Kirkconnell ... Rita Harriman
Peter Nelson Peter Nelson ... Tom Ford
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Vivian Conway (as Penny Johnson)
Lainie Kazan ... Rose Samuels
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Goodman ... Eddie
Betty Harford Betty Harford ... Mrs. Nottingham
Lisa Pescia
Steven Peterman ... Soloway
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A guy whom Hart and Ford know shows up looking for them. They're not there but Tom is. He tells Tom that he's having problems with his landlord. Tom suggests that he not pay the rent. Later he shows up claiming that because of Tom he got thrown out. He then lodges a complaint and Tom is facing censure for his actions. While Hart tries to help Tom, Ford is not exactly willing to help. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 1985 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Tom Ford is in deep trouble...and Franklin seems to be enjoying it.
26 March 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The first two episodes of season 3 of "The Paper Chase" had a lot going on in them--several different parallel stories. However, with "Free Advice" there is just one plot and it involves sibling rivalry.

At the beginning of the episode, Tom Ford is alone at his brother and Hart's apartment. Eddie (John Goodman) knocks on the door....he's upset at the condition of his apartment and the landlord is raising his rent on top of anything. While this obviously is NOT a lawyer-client meeting, Tom stupidly remarks that it was him, he'd stop paying rent.

Some time later, Eddie's been tossed out of his apartment--and he blames Tom. While the state Bar Association doesn't think there's a case, an irresponsible assistant DA decides to prosecute...and Golden defends Tom. Oddly, however, Franklin does nothing....and seems to enjoy seeing his brother in trouble. Can this sick sibling rivalry been worked out somehow?

This episode is a must-see for people who have problems with a sibling...but it still is worth seeing and entertaining throughout.


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