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 wants to transform Max into a star author, but he isn't terribly comfortable with her methods.
Lester's first love lures him into trouble; Andrea is attracted to a newsman producing a story at Chadwick.
Nell and Max clash over whether an arch-conservative politician should be allowed to voice his hate-filled rhetoric 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 convince a wealthy alumna to donate $10 million to Chadwick without requiring it to go co-ed.
Max and Andrea reflect on their past relationship as Max tries to talk Nell and Josh out of their separate student-teacher affairs.
Max gives a lecture on activism that inspires a gifted student to delay her studies in order to help refugees in Pakistan.
Angry about not getting an A for a grade, a wealthy student hires a high-powered law firm to sue Max for punitive damages.
Andrea feels guilty when she misses the signs that one of her students is emotionally disturbed; Erica reveals her new gender to her ex-wife.
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 about his own sobriety when his sponsor falls off the wagon after 22 years; Lester wants Max to join a temple and have a bar mitzvah.
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.
Having taken on additional responsibilities as department chair, Max is forced to team-teach with Andrea Haskell; Max meets his new assistant.
A college professor and father of two (Richard Dreyfuss) is passed over for a long-overdue promotion.