While playing poker with old buddies, Max learns of something he did when he was drinking that one friend still cannot forgive.
A renowned scholar (Peter O'Toole) tries to lure Max into a position at Harvard; Max's father announces he will be remarried, to a younger woman (Anne Jackson) who is Christian.
A literary agent (Marsha Mason) wants to transform Max into a superstar author.
Lester's first love lures him into trouble; Andrea is attracted to a newsman producing a story at Chadwick.
Nell and Max spar over whether a hate-filled politician should be allowed to speak at Chadwick.
Max feels pressured when he joins the town's planning committee and realizes he must cast the swing vote on a heated issue.
Max stirs controversy when his newly completed novel about his alter ego circulates among his colleagues and students.
Max's ailing father (Eli Wallach) persuades the family to sneak him out of the hospital to revisit memories.
Max tries to persuade a wealthy alumna (Joanna Kerns) to donate $10 million to the college.
Max tries to persuade Nell and Josh to cease their separate teacher-student affairs.
Max gives a lecture on activism that inspires a gifted student to delay her studies in order to help refugees in Pakistan.
A wealthy student sues Max over her lowered grade.
Andrea feels guilty when she misses signs that one of her students is emotionally disturbed.
A student files discrimination charges against Andrea; mother/daughter weekend intensifies Nell's feelings of loss about her mother.
Max and Judith learn that a college friend publicly misrepresented her role in the civil-rights movement.
Max is jealous when his son seems to prefer spending time with his friend's father; Andrea learns that several students plagiarized an assignment.
Max worries for his own sobriety when his sponsor abandons his resolve.
Max is jealous when his favorite student chooses Andrea as his thesis adviser.
Max's outrage at Chadwick College's choice for an honored alumna spurs the entire campus into heated debate.
Max must team-teach a class with his least favorite colleague.
A college professor and father of two (Richard Dreyfuss) is passed over for a long-overdue promotion.