The Associates (1979)

Season 1 Episode 1

The First Day

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Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Sep 23, 1979 on ABC
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Eliot and William Simmons meet Tucker at Harvard, and welcome him into the firm. Back in New York, William waits for Tucker and the other new associates to arrive, while Johnny talks with him about the possibility of being made partner. After Tucker and nervous Leslie, who's been escorted by her overprotective mother, get there, William introduces them, and says they and the third newcomer will have to share two offices. Leslie reminds Tucker that they previously met at a party while she was hammered. They both meet Sara, who's already claimed her office, and demands they share the other one -- which is fine with Tucker, since he's infatuated with her. During their indoctrination, Mr. Marshall pops in, and tells Eliot and William he wants to talk about making them partner, prompting them to call a hasty end to things. Mr. Marshall's got bad news; due to finances, he can only appoint one junior partner. Since he hasn't yet decided which, Eliot sucks up. Tucker feels guilty that his first case involves the firm fighting to tear down an old monument, and wishes he were representing the other side. William agrees, prompting Eliot to launch into a maudlin speech about how privileged they are to be here. After sleeping on it, Mr. Marshall appoints Eliot over William. William packs his bags, and as he's leaving a bitter man, his wife, Barbara, and son, Billy, surprise him, thinking he got it. He breaks the bad news, and they all go home. An enraged Tucker coaxes Leslie to barge into Marshall's office with him, and ask why William was canned. Marshall tells them the story of when he was courting two women, Lydia and Margaret, and had to choose one, so he married Lydia and let Margaret go. Today, she's prime minister of England.moreless

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    John Getz

    John Getz

    William Simmons

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    Madelyn Cates

    Madelyn Cates

    Mrs. Dunn

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    Sandra McCabe

    Sandra McCabe

    Barbara Simmons

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