The Associates (1979)

Season 1 Episode 7

Eliot's Revenge

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Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Mar 27, 1980 on ABC
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Eliot's Revenge
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Bass and Marshall's new case has them representing a newspaper that wants to print information about the defense department, but can't because the government got a restraining order. Eliot's uneasy about the case, since the government's attorney is his tyrannical Harvard law professor, Charles W. Kingsfield. Eliot was so afraid of him that he developed a stutter -- which the professor made light of in front of the class, and which caused Eliot to earn the nickname "Porky." Old colleagues Mr. Marshall and Kingsfield come to blows when Marshall accuses Kingsfield of being a senile teacher and Kingsfield accuses Marshall of being a greedy pig surrounded by toadies. Eliot plans to ask Mr. Marshall to take him off, until Kingsfield sees him again and calls him by his old class nickname. In court, Kingsfield tries to break Eliot down by reminding him of his stuttering. The others help him press on when his voice falters, but before Eliot can finish his motion, the case ends abruptly when the judge learns another newspaper beat theirs to the punch by printing what the government wanted secret. Eliot, who was winning and wants to finish Kingsfield off, childishly begs the judge to continue the case anyway, but it fails, and now his former professor accuses him of lacking etiquette. Eliot gains his command of speech back, and uses it to tell Kingsfield off. Eliot later apologizes, to which Kingsfield admits he's proud to have taught him how to speak, if not how to behave.moreless

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    John Houseman

    John Houseman

    Prof. [Charles W.] Kingsfield [Jr.]

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    Raleigh Bond

    Raleigh Bond

    The Judge

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