The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
1 user

Decisions: Part 1 

Although part of "The Third Year" this episode takes as Hart's second year of law school winds down. Golden is interviewing for a clerkship at the Supreme Court but I struggling to get on ... See full summary »


Ralph Senensky


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


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
Andra Millian ... Laura Kiernan
Michael Tucci ... Gerald Golden
Diana Douglas ... Professor Tyler
Clare Kirkconnell ... Rita Harriman
Peter Nelson ... Tom Ford
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Vivian Conway (as Penny Johnson) (credit only)
Lainie Kazan ... Rose Samuels (credit only)
Betty Harford Betty Harford ... Mrs. Nottingham
Joel Polis
Peter White ... Paul Woods
Sandy Simpson ... Kramer


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Although part of "The Third Year" this episode takes as Hart's second year of law school winds down. Golden is interviewing for a clerkship at the Supreme Court but I struggling to get on with the task of recommending to Kingsfield his successor as president. Rita Harriman wants the job very badly but so does Hart. Ford has mixed feelings about whether he wants his "perfect" younger brother to follow him to this school. Kingsfield becomes involved with trying to persuade a former head of the Securities and Exchange Commision to give up her desire to spend more time with her grandchildren and instead join the faculty. Golden has some misgivings about whether clerking at the Supreme Court is really the best direction for his career. Written by KMjvet

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis



User Reviews

a transitional episode.
26 March 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Sequentially, "Decisions: Part 1" should have come at the end of the second season of "The Paper Chase". This is because the show is set right before Golden's graduation...and he's stuck making choices. First, he has two choices for his first job post-law school...and one is very prestigious and the other feels more interesting. And, he needs to nominate a successor to head "Law Review"....and the students are all vying for this job. Ford's brother is now applying to law school...and Ford is not happy as he feels an inferiority complex concerning his younger brother. And finally, Kingsfield is trying to get a lady to join the faculty...but she is very reticent.

This is a very good episode for Golden (Michael Tucci). Up until now, he's mostly been tough, annoying and a bit like a guy with Asperger's....with little in the way of social skills. Here, however, he's vulnerable...and his dilemma about his first job is a great he needs to learn what is more important...prestige or personal satisfaction. Overall, you can really see the many changes Showtime had in store for the series...and they look very interesting.

By the way, if you read Tucci's IMDB profile, you can see that this episode hit really close to home as Tucci WAS an assistant district attorney...and found he hated the job!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.




Release Date:

11 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed