The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
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Mrs. Hart 

After a 6 month hiatus following episode 7, The Paper Chase is back with some major changes. Three new female regular characters are added, and Connie Lehman is written out of the series. .... See full summary »


Corey Allen


John Jay Osborn Jr. (based on the novel by), James Bridges (developed for television 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
Michael Tucci ... Gerald Golden
Andra Millian ... Laura Kiernan
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Vivian Conway (as Penny Johnson)
Clare Kirkconnell ... Rita Harriman
Betty Harford Betty Harford ... Mrs. Nottingham
Mark Schubb Mark Schubb ... Simms
Wortham Krimmer Wortham Krimmer ... Martin Zeiss
Jane Kaczmarek ... Connie Lehman
Sandy Simpson Sandy Simpson ... Kramer
Dee Croxton
Allison Argo Allison Argo


After a 6 month hiatus following episode 7, The Paper Chase is back with some major changes. Three new female regular characters are added, and Connie Lehman is written out of the series. ... Hart and Connie's relationship has progressed to the point where Hart considers marriage. Before Connie can sort this out, she receives a Rhodes Scholarship, and must choose between going to Europe or staying with Hart. Elsewhere, a new female 1-L moves into the dorm and becomes buddies with Bell, although he would like it to be more than that. Written by JEFJR

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22 May 1984 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Wow is Hart self-absorbed in this one.
9 October 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This episode is the sort of thing you NEVER would have seen in the original CBS version of "The Paper Chase". But, the show was re- booted and came to Showtime--so showing Hart and his girlfriend in bed and a variety of interesting expletives in this episode is what you get when a show leaves network programming. So, hold on to your hat and enjoy "Mrs. Hart".

The set-up for this particular show seems to be a bit lacking. While Hart and Leeman had been shown as a couple previously, in this one suddenly the relationship takes a HUGE jump forward--too huge to be particularly realistic. Now, after a night in bed together, Hart not only wants to marry this first-year student BUT his reasoning and timing seem very unrealistic and silly. Why MUST he marry her now (he never considers that they could marry in a year or two)? Why doesn't Hart seem to care whether his girlfriend reciprocates these feelings? Why would THE most dedicated student at the university suddenly toss his grand plans aside in a moment of weakness? And, why would Hart be so selfish and egocentric that he'd discourage Leeman from taking THE opportunity of a lifetime when it is surprisingly offered to her towards the end of the show?

The secondary plot is, at times, quite comical and involves Bell arbitrarily canceling a dorm party. After all, he is the boss of the dorm, he CAN do this. But WHY and HOW is a problem--and a prank-oriented first-year student decides to make Bell's life miserable. Later, Bell finds himself in a relationship, of sorts, with a first-year student.

Overall, this is an enjoyable episode in many ways but it's also frustrating because the writing is a bit inconsistent. Hart, usually a wonderful character, seems oddly uncharacteristic and jerky. As a result, I think it's a bit sub-par...though still enjoyable.

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