List of Matlock episodes

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Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith, that ran from September 23, 1986 to May 8, 1992 on NBC and from November 5, 1992 to May 7, 1995 on ABC. A total of 9 seasons and 194 episodes were produced.

Seasons[edit]

Season 1: 1986–1987[edit]

Linda Purl, who portrayed Charlene Matlock, departed the cast at the end of the season.

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1 1 "Diary of a Perfect Murder" Robert Day Dean Hargrove March 3, 1986 (1986-03-03) 8600
Ben Matlock (Andy Griffith) and his daughter Charlene (Lori Lethin) defend TV journalist Steve Emerson (Steve Inwood) is accused of killing Linda Coolidge (Katherine Cannon), his ex-wife.

Note: It originally aired as a two-hour series premiere during the Spring of the 1986–87 network TV season, with subsequent airings air in two parts. In this TV movie it mentions that Ben's mom is still alive, but in latter episodes it says that his mom died when he was young.

Other guest stars: Billy Green Bush as Billy Ray Webber, Lawrence Pressman as Nelson White, Dennis Lipscomb as Les McCall, Alice Hirson as Hazel (Matlock's secretary), Richard Newton as Judge Reynolds, Robin Thomas Grossman as Prosecutor Burton Hawkins, Darrell Zwerling as Dr. Farnsworth, Peter White I as Attorney Harvey Ravanelle, James McEachin as Lt. Frank Daniels, Al Ruscio as Ernie "The Tailor" Marzell
2 2 "The Judge" Christopher Hibler Robert Hamilton September 23, 1986 (1986-09-23) 8601
The episode starts out with Kevin Meredith (played by Brian Lane Green) and Joanne Leigh (played by Bobbie Eakes) kissing in a room with Carter Addison (played by Dick Van Dyke) watching them through the window with a pair of binoculars. He finally comes to the conclusion that his lover is cheating on him. He walks over to their apartment room, lets himself in, and waits for Kevin to go take a shower, before entering the bedroom, covering Joanne's mouth and then stabbing her to death in her bed. He leaves the knife on the floor, goes back out into the hall and calls the front desk, saying, "There is a woman screaming for help. Something terrible has happened". Then he takes his bag with the bloody clothes in it. Kevin comes out of the shower and finds a knife with blood all over it. He picks up the knife, looks over at the bed and sees Joanne dead, and then someone at the apartment comes in and sees him holding the murder weapon. It turns out Carter Addison is the judge presiding over the trial. Matlock becomes very suspicious when Carter asks him to step and have the son of another lawyer they are both familiar with take his place. Later in the episode Carter goes back and burns the bag with all of his bloody clothes in it. Matlock, however, beat him to it. He had replacements put there by Tyler Hudson and is able to present the real clothes in court. The prosecution then moves for dismissal.

Other guest stars: Richard Newton as Judge Richard Cooksey, Richard McKenzie as Lt. Rupert Davis, and Toni Sawyer as Mrs. Meredith, Richard Wright as Harry Hobson, Brian Lane Green as Kevin Meredith, Piper Laurie as Claire Leigh, Bobbie Eakes as Joanne Leigh, Michael Durrell as D.A. Lloyd Burgess

Note: This is the premiere episode. Linda Purl replaced Lori Lethin in the role of Charlene Matlock.
3 3 "The Stripper" Daniel Haller Teleplay by: Michael Petryni
Story by: Rick Mittleman
September 30, 1986 (1986-09-30) 8602
After being fired from one job after another because of her ex-husband, Jason Hardiman, Carla Evans has had to resort to stripping at a local club. She takes her son there and has him read a book in another room while she performs. Then, her ex-husband shows up, and threatens to take her son away by going to court. She threatens him in front of witnesses, saying, "I'm not going to stand still for this. I'm warning you". So when Jason Hardiman ends in the hospital after being shot, she is the prime suspect. Matlock, who represented her ex-husband in the divorce hearings five years ago, offers to defend her on the house after he found out what a liar her ex-husband was. When Carla Evans is released from jail, Jason Hardiman is murdered in the hospital, and once again, Carla is the suspect in a murder case after the night nurse, Ms. Jackson, identified her from the hallway and from a security camera video. Charlene tackles that by bringing up the point that she was not wearing her glasses when she identified the defendant from the hallway. Matlock notices in another video that the woman that killed Jason Hardiman buttoned their trench coat like a man, left over right. When Helen Shelly is called to the stand, she says she was with Doug Templitt on the night Jason Hardiman was shot and when someone entered the hospital room and killed Jason Hardiman. Because they spend so much time together, Matlock assumes that she grabbed Doug's trench coat by accident. Matlock then thinks they have a case of confused identity, so he tells a joke he heard Doug tell while going undercover at the club – "One time a woman went into a barroom with a duck under her arm. The bartender walks over and says, 'Where did you get the pig?' and the woman says, 'It's a duck,' and the bartender says, 'I was talking to the pig.' " Helen says, "Duck, I was talking to the duck" in Doug's voice. It turns out that Helen Shelly and Doug Templitt are one and the same person, but two personalities. When Matlock asks Doug who killed Jason Hardiman, he says it was Helen. In Doug's words, Carla "was everything Helen wanted to be but couldn't". Jason wanted to humiliate, degrade, and take her child away from Carla. Doug would not let Helen kill Carla because he loved Carla. Guest stars: David Froman as Lt. Bob Brooks, Robin Thomas Grossman as Prosecutor Burton Hawkins, Kerrie Keane as Carla Evans, Anne Hanes as Nurse Jackson, John Carter as Jason Hardiman, Gary Frank as Doug Templitt\Helen Shelly, Jennifer Rhoades as Gracie Fielder, Wayne Heffles as Wayne Cornell, Michael Faustino as Jimmy Hardiman, Richard Newton as Judge Richard Cooksey
4 4 "The Affair" John Llewellyn Moxey Paul Savage October 7, 1986 (1986-10-07) 8603
With the encouragement of Charlene, who used to go out with her boyfriend, his mother asks both Matlock and Charlene to take the case of the Spanish maid Sonia Cardenas who was accused of killing her husband, Richard Ward, leaving Ben with some worries. Christina says her husband was a womanizer and the woman was another one of his dalliances and she wants to make it public. Tyler also follows the man who was once Sonia's boyfriend, who was later hospitalized with broken bones and a concussion. Matlock wants to know who killed the patriarch as Matlock primarily focused on the family, which includes the woman who hired him and his son. Guest Stars: Kevin Conroy as Clark Harrison, Ron Ulstad as Sgt. Maguire, Ivan Bonar as a Judge, Phillip Sterling as a Prosecutor, Jeff Conaway as Daniel Ward, Carolyn Seymour as Christina Harrison Ward, Marsha Hunt as Aunt Harriet, John Christy Ewing as Richard Ward, Alina Cenal as Mrs. Rodriquez, Jenny Beck as Lila Harrison, Max Segar as Forbes The Butler
5 5 "The Seduction" Nicholas Sgarro Anne Collins October 14, 1986 (1986-10-14) 8604
Matlock defends Brad Bingham (John Beck), an aging football star with a reputation as a womanizer, who was about to be eliminated from the team. Charlene is opposed to her father's decision, as she believes everything the tabloids have to say about Brad. In addition years ago, he had a short relationship with her friend, Ellen Hawley, who nearly committed suicide after they broke up. Brad also asked Tyler to talk to Johnny Mack (Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr.), a bouncer in a bar. Tyler was being jumped by him, on the table and then pushed right through the hall, and onto the box; Johnny finally decided to talk. As the case opens, Charlene realizes that not everything that's printed in the papers is true and maybe Ellen wasn't being honest with her, especially that a call girl hired to make Brad take the blame, nearly convinces her that he is. Other guest stars: Nancy Stafford as Caryn Nelson/Caroline Nathan (She would play Michelle Thomas, the following year), Richard McKenzie as Lt. Rupert Davis, Betty Lynn as Sarah (Ben's secretary), Robin Thomas Grossman as Prosecutor Burton Hawkins, Joshua Bryant as Dave Edwards, Alex Hyde-White as Vincient Hyland, Shannon Wilcox as Marsha Barnes, David Froman as Lt. Bob Brooks
6 6 "The Don: Part 1" Nicholas Sgarro Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Dean Hargrove & Joel Steiger
October 28, 1986 (1986-10-28) 8606
Ben and Charlene take the controversial case of a Mafia don Nicholas Baron (José Ferrer) accused of murdering a business rival Donald Kovack (Charles Howerton); Charlene is attracted to the man's son Paul Baron (Joe Penny). Other guest stars: Betty Lynn as Sarah (Ben's secretary), Johnny Silver as Eddie Alonzo, Joe Penny as Paul Baron, José Ferrer as Nicholas Baron, Doran Clark as Cathy Baron, Mark La Mura as Dr. Daniel Baron, William Conrad as D.A. James L. McShane (precursor to Jake and The Fatman), Alan Campbell as Palmer (James L. McShane's assistant), James McEachin as Lt. Frank Daniels, Joseph Hacker as Phillip Kovack, Claude Earl Jones as Mr. Henderson, Ron Karabatsos as Dave Christopher, Sheree North as Alice Jenkins, Dominic Oliver as Roy Vincient, Joan Roberts as Mrs. Kovack, Tom McCleister as a Metro Cop, Lucille Meredith as Judge Irene Sawyer
7 7 "The Don: Part 2" Leo Penn Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Dean Hargrove & Joel Steiger
November 4, 1986 (1986-11-04) 8607
Matlock continues to defend a mafia don, who investigates a suspect closer to home than Baron would want, Charlene blows her chance at a relationship with Paul when she cannot separate the man from the legend. Guest Stars: Joe Penny, José Ferrer, Doran Clark, Mark La Mura, William Conrad, Alan Campbell , James McEachin, Ron Karabatsos, Joan Roberts, Sheree North, Arthur Adams as Mr. Johnson
8 8 "The Sisters" Alan Cooke Doc Barnett November 11, 1986 (1986-11-11) 8609
Sisters Julia (Gail O'Grady) and Emily (Diane Behrens) execute a clever and cold-hearted plan to murder their wealthy aunt Esther and frame her husband Harold Scully. Ben reluctantly agrees to defend the annoying Scully and is faced with the challenge of breaking the seemingly airtight alibi of the sisters, and the strong bond between them. Other guest stars: James McEachin as Lt. Frank Daniels, Gene Ross as Harold Scully, Oceana Marr as Esther Scully, Bruno Alexander as a Detective, Lee Paul as Caretaker James Henderson, Michael Durrell as D.A. Lloyd Burgess, Conchata Ferrell as Mrs. Reece
9 9 "The Cop" Daniel Haller Teleplay by: Robert Schlitt
Story by: Joel Steiger, Robert Schlitt, & Dean Hargrove
November 15, 1986 (1986-11-15) 8610
Police detective Joe Peters (Héctor Elizondo) has been framed of taking bribes and murdering a fence, and was to be believed in the death of another cop Harry Landers (Asher Brauner). When the subject came about, one of the other police officers of Atlanta was more involved than they should have been. Other guest stars: James Handy as a Prosecutor, James McEachin as Lt. Frank Daniels, Robert Donner as a Truck Driver, John Lehne as Captain Braddock, Lucille Meredith as Judge Irene Sawyer, John Mariano as Eddie Leeds, Charles Cypher as Tom Coyle, Andrew Bloch as Michael Danello, Justin Williams as Donnie Styles
10 10 "The Angel" Larry Elikann Robin Bernheim November 25, 1986 (1986-11-25) 8605
After Charlene tells Matlock that she is already working for other people, he reluctantly represents the free-spirited popular rocker Margaret Danello (a.k.a. Angel), a young lady who has been accused of killing her manager Lou Pearson (Stewart Moss). Because of her alcohol induced black-out, she can't present an alibi. That evening, Matlock gets very furious when Angel continues to ignore her lawyer's orders at keeping her temper. Fortunately, she learns to take his advice to heart before she gets convicted of this murder. Other guest stars: Karl Lizer as Angel (as Cassie Phillips in season 2), Jonathan Frakes as D.A. Park, Kip Gilman as Sonny Hutton, Richard McKenzie as Lt. Rueben Davis, Julia Cobb as Janice Pearson, John Chappell as Rupert, Betty McGuire as Mrs. Hoffman, Gary Werntz as Trashcan Reed, Charles Hoyes as Snake Barker
11 11 "The Professor" Bill Duke Donald Ross December 2, 1986 (1986-12-02) 8608
Ben's old law professor, Erskine Tate (Don Porter) is arrested on charges of committing vehicular homicide. The man claims to have no recollection of what happened. Ben defends him. Ben suspects the man's assistant and two of his students of being behind the whole thing. He has to figure out why. Other guest stars: James McEachin as Lt. Frank Daniels, Michael Durrell as D.A. Lloyd Burgess, Christopher McDonald as Eric Lane, Daniel Davis as James Billings, and Henry G. Sanders as Pat Gaines, Nicholas Cascone as Wesley Wallace, and Richard Newton as Judge Richard Cooksey
12 12 "Santa Claus" Daniel Haller Teleplay by: Robert Schlitt
Story by: Joel Steiger & Dean Hargrove
December 9, 1986 (1986-12-09) 8612
At Christmas time, a heartless businessman wants to evict the residents of an apartment building he owns. He tangles with a resident named Tom McCabe who just happens to be working as a street Santa. Later, a man wearing a Santa suit enters the businessman's office building and kills him. Later someone enters the Santa's apartment and tangles with him. Later, three of the businessman's people find him dead. Ben offers to defend the Santa. He suspects that one of the associates is the killer cause a piece of evidence against the Santa was found near the body and he believes who ever broke into the Santa's apartment took it and planted it there. Guest stars: David Froman as Lt. Bob Brooks, Michael Durrell as D.A. Lloyd Burgess, Pat Hingle as Tom McCabe, Barry Jenner as Mark Harris, Betty Lynn as Sarah (Ben's secretary), Andrew Masset as Dan Paulson, Grainger Hines as Carl Lang, Linden Chiles as Alan Rollins, Charlotte Stewart as Mrs. Pellmen, Terri Treas as Annie Harris, Richard Newton as Judge Richard Cooksey, Sean McGuirk as a Detective, Gary Bergher as Duke Mitchell
13 13 "The Chef" Bob Sweeney Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: David R. Toddman, Joel Steiger, & Dean Hargrove
January 6, 1987 (1987-01-06) 8611
Matlock defends TV cooking-show hostess Victoria Edwards who is charged with murder in the on-camera death of a guest chef, who happens to be her ex-husband, Michael Edwards, whose success came in no small measure from appropriating her recipes and expertise during their 12-year marriage. Guest stars: James McEachin as Lt. Frank Daniels, Roddy McDowall as Christopher Hoyt, Allan Arbus as Peter Leonie, Ray Reinhardt as Stefan Lichtman, Lee Garlington as Paula, Nancy Lane as Leslie, Craig Claiborne as Michael Edwards, Michael Durrell as D.A. Lloyd Burgess, Cathryn Damon as Victoria Edwards, Jeff Austin as a Police Officer, Joseph Burke as a Bakery Manager, Richard Newton as Judge Richard Cooksey
14 14 "The Author" Michael O'Herlihy Gerald Sanoff January 13, 1987 (1987-01-13) 8613
When a woman (Audra Lindley) in a small town writes a book whose characters are actual people in the town. When it becomes a best seller, the press converge on the town to interview them, and some of them threaten the woman. When the local reverend Deluca (John O'Leary) goes to visit her, someone takes a shot at her, but kills the reverend. The police investigate and it leads them to one of the town's doctors Dr. Phillip Eagen, who was depicted in the book as being a druggie. He denies it and threatened the woman. Ben comes to defend him and he starts by checking some of the other people depicted in the book, but learns none of them have reason to kill her. Later, Ben discovers a different motive and suspect for the killing. Other guest stars: Michael Durrell as D.A. Lloyd Burgess, Parker Stevenson as Dr. Phillip Eagen, Guy Stockwell as Chief Johnson, Stanley Kamel as Jeweler Mark Douglas, Brion James as Mr. Grock, John Schuck as Reporter Carl Burke, Kay Freeman as Majorie Sawyer, Eddie Quillan as David Sears, Richard Newton as Judge Richard Crooksey, Audrey Lindley as Mary Ann Newton, Elizabeth Savage as Barbara Gleason, Louise Claire Clark as Jessie Peters
15 15 "The Rat Pack" Nicholas Sgarro Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Joel Steiger & Dean Hargrove
January 20, 1987 (1987-01-20) 8614
After a night out in town, Debra O'Keefe (Shawn Weatherly) was found dead in a bathtub. The case against her boyfriend (Timothy Busfield) looks weak, especially when an eyewitness points the finger at him. After corporate lawyers ask him to plead guilty, Matlock travels to Beverly Hills to defend the case. The more Matlock believes in Adam Gardner's innocence and the more he learns about the victim, the greater the motive his client has, especially when it comes to the love letters that were alternated between the victim and John Sinclair (Greg Evigan), Adam's assumed best friend.

Other guest stars: Erwin Fuller as Judge Sean Black, William Bogert as Mr. Wallingford, Jimmy Baio as Mark Williams, Gregory Itzin as Carl Richardson, Jack Rader as L.A. Lawyer, James A. Watson Jr. as Prosecutor, Rex Ryon as Buster, James V. Christy as Jimmy, and Herb Edelman as Arthur Rydell.

Note: Linda Purl does not appear in this episode. Purl's ex-husband, Desi Arnaz Jr., guest stars.
16 16 "The Nurse" Charles S. Dubin Robert Hamilton February 3, 1987 (1987-02-03) 8615
While Kathy Warren (Lise Cutter), a private nurse for the St. John is on duty, a man she was taking care of had died. When it was murder, Nurse Warren is the prime suspect. Matlock and the woman get into an elevator, at the courthouse, where it has a malfunction. He plans to hire this woman, offering her $250,000 engagement ring for a fee. Matlock also goes to an arraignment hearing with Kathy and finds out the woman he was stuck with in the elevator is the new A.D.A., Julie March. Later, Lacey St. John tells Julie that the ring was stolen from their house, that something is not right in the home of St. John's and that somebody is lying.

Other guest stars: David Froman as lt. Bob Brooks, Christine Rose as Lacey ST. John, Billy Zane as Eric Dawson, Laurie O'Brien as Barbara Warren, Jo De Winter as Ruth Delamey, Jason Wingreen as Judge Arthur Beaumont, Robert Broyley as Peter St. John, Paul Reid Roman as Marcus Scott

Note: Julie Sommars makes her first appearance as Julie March.
17 17 "The Convict" Daniel Haller Marvin Kupfer February 10, 1987 (1987-02-10) 8616
A man Ben defended seven years ago for killing his friend and business associate, but lost the case, was granted parole. Shortly after, some men try to kill him, but he defends himself and kills one of the men. The others claim he attacked the man he killed and would be charged with murder. Ben offers to defend him and eventually learns the attempt on his life and the murder he was convicted of may be linked. Tyler goes undercover in the prison and places himself with a cellmate of the man who was murdered. Tyler also delivers evidence to Matlock that not only proves Matthews is being really honest, but also who was really behind the murder Matthews was convicted of seven years ago. Guest stars: David Froman as Lt. Bob Brooks, Lucille Meredith as Judge Irene Sawyer, Arnold F. Turner as Officer Green, Robert Walden as Roger Bundy, Robert Pine as Sam Dolen, Nick Cassavetes as Foley, Robin Thomas Grossman as Prosecutor Burton Hawkins, Erik Stern as Wayne Lashley, David L. Lander as Eli Walsh, Larry Wilcox as Lester Matthews, Joe Prami as John Colter, Lee Purcell as Andrea Colter
18 18 "The Court-Martial: Part 1" Charles S. Dubin Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Joel Steiger & Dean Hargrove
February 17, 1987 (1987-02-17) 8617
A sinister Army Officer (Richard Green) pushes his guys too hard, esp. one of the private's friends, Lt. Bobby Thomas (Philip Bailey), who died of a ruptured appendix, then, the officer had died alone, afterwards. Matlock's friend (Dana Elcar) was hired by him to defend his own son (Tony Becker) with the charge of the Army Officer's murder. Charlene also helps, but, Matlock also begs Tyler to join in the Army because Chris' father and Gen. Connors (Robert Mandan) both had to go all the way to the pentagon to get Tyler's & Chris' platoon. In the midst of the hearing, the defendant is gone.
19 19 "The Court-Martial: Part 2" Charles S. Dubin Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Joel Steiger & Dean Hargrove
February 24, 1987 (1987-02-24) 8618
As Matlock brought the defendant back (Tony Becker), the only important witness vanishes. Matlock also discovers a lieutenant (Cliff De Young) along with four other officers dealing in illegal situations. Tyler finds out about the drug scheme, while Charlene investigates to narrow down one of the officers, and Matlock finally put the pieces together in solving an military case. He learned an awful lot about the Army.
20 20 "The Therapist" Christopher Hibler Robert Hamilton March 3, 1987 (1987-03-03) 8619
A popular actor (Steve Bond) is accused of killing the man who headed the sex therapy clinic (Kevin Hagen), where Brett was residing, and Matlock takes on the case. Ben's temporary thorn in his side is Cassie Phillips, a law student he once made an off-hand comment to about finding a job as a lawyer's assistant, she took him very seriously than he thought, while taking advantage of him in not doing the job he asked her to do. Tyler told Matlock that Cassie was kidnapped at the clinic, pretending Kimberly Bradshaw (Deborah Wakeham) was not there. Note: Though Linda Purl does not appear in this episode, her voice is heard. Charlene tells her father that she is handling a case in Philadelphia. Kari Lizer makes her first appearance as Cassie Phillips.
21 21 "The People vs. Matlock" Charles S. Dubin Robert Hamilton March 24, 1987 (1987-03-24) 8620
Matlock's daughter Charlene decides to move to Philadelphia to set up her own law practice. While defending the city's union boss (Richard Kuss), who has been accused of murdering his head rival, Matlock is disgusted when juror #7 (Alan Blumenfeld) comes to announce he was paid off by Matlock to vote in an unusual matter. Fortunately for Matlock, with the help of Julie (Julie Sommars), while being accused for jury tampering, she understood he would never take on a bribe when she helps him become innocent, as his client was being railroaded by the same man who tried to put him away. Note: This is Linda Purl's final episode (who left the show due to dispute over the role of her character).{{May 18, 1987 interview in PEOPLE Magazine}} The following season, she is replaced by Nancy Stafford.
22 22 "The Photographer" Bob Sweeney Robin Bernheim March 31, 1987 (1987-03-31) 8621
A young lady with a juvenile record, Amy Adler (Julie Ronnie) was fired for not showing up to work on time, and was being charged for the murder of her photographer's boss (Jack Heller). When that happened, she persisted Matlock to represent her. Despite not having an interest on pro bono cases, a case about her catches his interest and he is happy to help her out. After heading back to the studio and picking up some supplies, Amy is beaten up by a man (Scott Burkholder), causing her best dress to get ruined. Tyler comes to rescue her and heard she took the man's picture. Note: Though departed from the cast one episode before, Linda Purl is still featured in the opening credits.
23 23 "The Reporter" Charles S. Dubin Robert Hamilton May 5, 1987 (1987-05-05) 8622
When a house blows up and a body is found which appears to be that of the owner. The police investigate and think that the man's wife (Caryn Richman) is a suspect. When she is arrested, a reporter (David Carpenter) tells Ben about her and when he offers to defend her, the reporter hopes to get a story. When they look into the man's background, they discover a lot of irregularities. And even the neighbor saw some peculiar things on the night of the explosion. Note: Andy Griffith is the main cast member to appear in this episode.
24 24 "The Doctors" Tony Mordente Dean Hargrove, Robin Bernheim & Joel Steiger May 12, 1987 (1987-05-12) 8623
An evil, head physician, Dr. David Westlake (Ben Piazza) caused a lot of trouble towards his medical students. One of his students had planned to kill him, when all the questioning falls on Dr. Bruce Jacobs (Jay Avocone), who fled at the scene of the crime. Matlock, who has a pain in his hip, decides to take the case on a busy, yet, explanatory handsome physician. Note: Daniel Roebuck guest stars as Dr. Bobby Jacobs. He will play various roles before playing Cliff Lewis on the ABC version.

Season 2: 1987–1988[edit]

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1 25 "The Billionaire: Part 1" Christopher Hibler Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Dean Hargrove & Joel Steiger
September 22, 1987
A British business man and wealthy patriarch Albert gordon (Don Murray) is found dead. American lawyer, Michelle Thomas, who as going to spend time with Albert Gordon, finds him dead, yet one of his three sons Eric Gordon (Greg Evigan) was charged for the murder of his father. His sister Laura Gordon (Michelle Greene) believes of her brother's innocence to set up a mock trial, hoping something the truth did not get, will come out, and Matlock travels all the way to England to represent Eric.

Other guest stars: Preston Lockwood as Judge Woolsey, David McCallum as Phil Dudley, Ronald Pickup as Sir Alec Moore, Claire Oberman as Fiona Maxwell, Alan Downer as Stanley Douglas, Linal Haft as Robert Harris, John Guasie as Stevenson Davies, Jane How as Sybill Gordon, Barrie Ingham as Butler, Richard Riding as Nicky, Bruce Greenwood as Mitchell Gordon

Notes: This is the first appearance of Michelle Thomas. Nancy Stafford takes the place of Linda Purl in the opening credits. The episode was filmed in England.
2 26 "The Billionaire: Part 2" Christopher Hibler Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Dean Hargrove & Joel Steiger
September 22, 1987
Matlock was very devastated over the death of Fiona Maxwell (Claire Oberman) and asks Tyler to find the person who was behind it. When Robert Harris was in a scheme that took advantage of Albert (Don Murray), where Theona came in, he hired Tyler to crack the safe. In the end, Matlock asked Michelle to replace his daughter Charlene to become an equal partner to him.

Other guest stars: Preston Lockwood as Judge Woolsey, Leon Greene as Inspector Liggett, David McCallum as Phil Dudley, Ronald Pickup as Sir Alec Moore, Jane How as Sybill Gordon, Alan Downer as Stanley Douglas, Linal Haft as Robert Harris, Barrie Ingham as Butler, Lindy Whiteford as Maid, Oliver Parker as Man at Butler's school, John Guasie as Stevenson Davies, Richard Riding as Nicky, Bruce Greenwood as Mitchell Gordon

Note: Kari Lizer does not appear in this episode. This episode was filmed in England.
3 27 "Blind Justice" Christian I. Nyby II Sam Bernard September 29, 1987
When Michelle's old collegemate (Kathleen Lloyd) is accused of killing her volatile husband (Greg Mullavey), Michelle is more than happy to take the case. Matlock later finds out that the actual killer was Clay's blind friend (David Ogden Stiers), but discovers he has quite a time proving how a blind man managed to carry off a near-perfect murder. Note: Greg Mullavey guest starred with David Ogden Stiers on one episode of M*A*S*H, entitled "Major Ego," (season 7).
4 28 "The Annihilator" Christopher Hibler Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Rift Fournier
October 13, 1987
Matlock reluctantly agrees to represent a famous wrestler (Dick Butkus) when he is accused of killing a long-time rival (Lee Paul), but only when Cassie begs him to. The key witness in the case is a young girl (Marta Kober) who was a die-hard fan of the dead wrestler, but whose story might not be completely accurate.
5 29 "The Husband" Tony Mordente Teleplay by: Robert Schlitt
Story by: Leigh Vance & Robert Schlitt
October 20, 1987
Matlock is more than happy to defend Cassie's friend, Judy Benson (Christopher Norris), because he is intrigued to find out that her husband Kevin Benson (Terrence E. McNally) had another wife Diane Benson (Sherry Hursey), and a third wife Elizabeth Benson (Nancy Franglone).

Other guest stars: Julie Sommars as Julie March, Lucille Meredith as Judge Irene Sawyer, Gordon Pinkey as Lt. Mark Herrmann, Natalie Core as Mrs. Berino, H. Richard Greene as Clark Benson

Note: Kene Holliday does not appear in this episode.
6 30 "The Power Brokers: Part 1" Charles S. Dubin Robert Hamilton October 27, 1987
Matlock travels to Washington, D.C. and reluctantly takes on the case of Melinda Stuart (Isabella Hofmann), who was accused of killing her source. When Tyler gets dragged by an FBI Agent Paul Davies (Alan Fudge), before Matlock, he yelled at the agent not to ruin his tuxedo, when it was already ruined. For Melinda to plead guilty, she would rather be listening to what Agent Davies has to say, than herself listening to him.
7 31 "The Power Brokers: Part 2" Charles S. Dubin Robert Hamilton November 3, 1987
Matlock's up the creek when his client, Melinda, makes a confession and retraces his steps. Tyler searches for Clarissa Irwin (Nancy Dussault) who's staying at the spa in Texas, under heavy sedation. Note: Kari Lizer does not appear in this episode.
8 32 "The Network" Christopher Hibler Teleplay by: Phillip Mishkin
Story by: Dean Hargrove & Joel Steiger
December 1, 1987
Matlock and Michelle both travel to Los Angeles to defend a television executive (Granville Van Dusen) accused of murdering his boss.

Guest stars: ALF, Betty White, Jason Bateman, Corbin Bernsen, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Cameron Mitchell as Lane Lockletter, Frank Collison as Unshaven Man, Mark Schneider as D.A. David Clark, John McCahn as Lt. Wallace, Aneta Corsaut as Ida Stillman, Mie Hunt as Judge Judith Nagata

Note: Kari Lizer and Kene Holliday do not appear in this episode.
9 33 "The Best Friend" Tony Mordente Gerald Sanoff December 8, 1987
A writer is found dead (James Mulholland) and Vanessa (Nana Visitor) is charged for his murder, yet Matlock takes on the case. Obviously, Matlock also finds out about his client who is guilty of the murder she is responsible for committing, he arranges a plan to implicate her best friend, Sarah (Katherine Cannon), with the crime, knowing that Vanessa will not let her friend take the blame for something she did. After Tyler, who tried to look up all the files, before Lamont (Grant Heslov), which had nothing, Tyler found Douglas Manuscript file in one of the books, and gave it to Lamont to copy and print it out, when he burned it. Note: Kari Lizer does not appear in this episode.
10 34 "The Country Boy" Charles S. Dubin Doc Barnett December 15, 1987
Matlock's favorite country singer of all, Jimmy le Grand (David Carradine), has been accused of a hit-and-run by Kitty Carroll (Candy Clark), which killed her sister Luann. It is revealed that she left him because of his alcohol abuse. When that happens, Matlock immediately defends him and to house the country legend in his place. However, he soon finds out that Jimmy is a very difficult person and has an alcoholic personality. Note: Kari Lizer does not appear in this episode.
11 35 "The Gift" Tony Mordente Robert Schlitt December 22, 1987
Matlock defends a Santa accused of murder – Brian Emerson (Bryan Cranston). Maggie Crowley (Lise Hilboldt), Brian's ex-wife, was murdered at 5 minutes past 10:00. She was hosting a Christmas party populated by Santa Clauses. Matlock also plays father Christmas to Wendy Crowley (Jandi Swanson), Maggie and Brian's daughter, and spreads some Christmas Cheer on a judge who has lost his Christmas spirit. After Tyler was hit in the head, Philip Tracy (Howard George), whose wife left him seven years ago, confesses that he had gone to the party that night to have it out with Maggie, and that he made all those threatening phone calls to Maggie because of what Maggie had done to his wife. He also says that he was so mad, he could have killed Maggie himself, "but someone beat me to it". He also tells Tyler that he got a good look at the guy who committed the murder. Tyler then brings back Tracy's wife Miriam (Judith Baldwin) as a Christmas gift. Her husband said, "Why did you come here?" Miriam replied, "He said you still loved me". Philip replied back to his wife, "But you left me!" Miriam then replied, "You sent me away." Finally, Philip tells Miriam, "I thought you don't want me anymore."
12 36 "The Gambler" Tony Mordente Robert Hamilton December 29, 1987
Matlock defends a police Lieutenant (Bruce Weitz) against a murder charge in Las Vegas. Laura Norwood (Marg Helgenberger), the victim, was killed on the evening of the 19th, between 10:30 and 11:30. She was staying on the 6th floor of a hotel run by Lewis Devlin (Ken Kercheval), in the Princess Suite. Note: Andy Griffith is the only main cast member to appear in this episode.
13 37 "The Body" Charles S. Dubin Gerald Sanoff January 5, 1988
Matlock is more than happy to defend the woman (Penelope Windust) who was accused of killing the aerobics instructor, Christie Huntley (Michelle Zeitlin), who work at a spa, who slept with her husband. Matlock later notices that Christine's death had nothing to do with who she slept with, when it had everything to do with why she slept with them. Note: Kari Lizer does not appear in this episode.
14 38 "The Reunion" Charles S. Dubin Mary Ann Kasica & Michael Scheff January 12, 1988
Matlock attends a law school class reunion with his oldest classmates (Richard Roat, Bill Hayes and Fredd Wayne), but the reunion was short-lived when one of them was murdered, one of them was framed, and Matlock has no choice other than to prove that a classmate had murdered another one. He also assigns Michelle and Tyler to follow the people who killed Warren. Note: Kari Lizer does not appear in this episode.
15 39 "The Gigolo" Tony Mordente Stephen Black & Henry Stern January 19, 1988
When one's married lover (Jane Hallaren) had ran by a car, Matlock defends Scott Lazar (Steven Memel) for this murder.

Other guest stars: Julie Sommars as Julie March, Roy Fegan as Lt. Snell, Jason Wingreen as Judge Arthur Beaumont, David Froman as Lt. Bob Brooks, Chad Dee Block as Judge Archibald Smith, Sheilia Shaw as Letitia, Penny Fuller as Barbara Raymond, Gerald Prendergast as Dash Harrison, Jane Hallaren as Laura Frazier, William Prince as Garland Frazier

Note: Kari Lizer does not appear in this episode.
16 40 "The Umpire" Harvey S. Laidman Phil Mishkin January 26, 1988
Matlock defends an Insurance Salesman (Richard Kline) accused of killing his boss after a disputed play during a softball game in which the boss was the umpire. Note: Kari Lizer does not appear in this episode.
17 41 "The Investigation: Part 1" Christopher Hibler Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Dean Hargrove & Joel Steiger
February 2, 1988
A popular mobster (John Randolph) is about to be exposed. After the politician subpoenaed the mobster's son, Craig Gentry (Shaun Cassidy), the politician is murdered (Stan Ivar), and Craig is arrested for his murdered. When that happened, he refused to go to his father, when he came to Matlock. With the encouragement of Cassie, Tyler enters into the bar. Before he questions Juanita Martinez (Maria O'Brien) about one of the guys who works for the Martinez gang, who shot the building, that day, a bartender (Anthony Torrell) throws Tyler on the ground. As soon as Matlock enters into the bar where Tyler went, he was looking for Mickey Morrison (Geoffrey Lewis), who was found dead, before Matlock was assaulted in the head.
18 42 "The Investigation: Part 2" Christopher Hibler Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Dean Hargrove & Joel Steiger
February 9, 1988
As the investigation continues, Matlock, who was assaulted, goes on with the case. Gentry (Shaun Cassidy) continues to turn his back on his father (John Randolph), Tyler returns to the same bar, continues to be thrown on the ground (twice), especially for asking Juanita Martinez (Maria O'Brien) about her night of the murders of both Morrison (Geoffrey Lewis) and Congressman Pete McGuiness (Stan Ivar). The Gentry Family nearly got caught in the middle of the mob war with the Hernandez family, Matlock notices that somebody is pressing the buttons.
19 43 "The Hucksters" Charles S. Dubin Teleplay by: Phil Mishkin
Story by: Dean Hargrove & Joel Steiger
February 16, 1988
At a television station, Matlock and Michelle both need to prove that Hal Simpson (Rob Winniger) didn't kill Robert Ullman (Robert Lesser), a scheming huckster. Note: Kari Lizer does not appear in this episode. When this episode aired originally you could call and vote for each of the three suspects, 1. Jane Barnes (Beth Broderick), 2. Don Ridgely (Michael Flynn), 3. Stephen Spector (James A. Watson Jr.). All you had to pay was fifty cents and the suspect with the most calls was the murderer, and the proceeds were donated to charity.
20 44 "The Lovelorn" Christopher Hibler Max Eisenberg February 23, 1988
Matlock and Michelle both represent the man (Jerry Houser) accused of killing the relationship columnist (Natalija Nogulich) whose response led to the end of the relationship. Note: Kene Holliday does not appear in this episode.
21 45 "The Genius" Frank Thackery Lincoln Kibbee March 15, 1988
Matlock's nephew (Bill Mumy) is charged with the murder of his boss (Gerald Hiken), in a high-tech computer firm to clear his name. Note: This is the last episode to feature Kari Lizer.
22 46 "The Magician" March 22, 1988
Matlock attends a magic show with Julie (Julie March) one night, then, afterwards, Daniel Fontaine (Michael E. Knight) was framed for the murder of his lover/partner (Kim Johnston Ulrich), who was devious as she was beautiful. When the game of pool was over, Tyler questioned Jimmy (Peter Freschette) about his tiny gig with the Magic Castle. His contact with that company, set Tyler up, led both of them in jail, and Tyler is furious because Jimmy said to him it was Arthur Wolff (Michael Halsey) who told him to. Note: Though departed from the cast one episode before this one, Kari Lizer is still featured in the opening credits.
23 47 "The Fisherman" Harvey S. Laidman Marvin Kupfer March 29, 1988
Matlock defends both the Vietnamese fisherman (Dana Lee) and his own son (Jason Scott Lee), after a prejudiced fisherman (S.A. Griffin) was murdered on the boat. Together, both the father and son had words. More than the fisherman Matlock is defending, as he becomes a prime key of the racist townspeople.
24 48 "The Heiress" Leo Penn Diana Kopald Marcus May 3, 1988
When Allison Tate (Jill Carroll) was just a little girl, she found out about the body of her parents, who were eventually killed by an intruder. After she reached 21, she searched for Marsha Gold (Melinda O. Fee) who was dead in the same manner, her parents were married, years before. When she was put back into the Linder Sanitarium, where she resided, since the murder of her parents, Bob Rainer (Mason Adams) (her father's former business partner, who was her surrogate uncle) hires Matlock to prove that Allison is not guilty of this murder, who in turn has a quarrel with Warren Kreitzer (Brian Benben), an insurance attorney who was about to head on vacation, but will do whatever he has to protect Allison. Note: Nancy Stafford does not appear in this episode.

Season 3: 1988–1989[edit]

  • This is Kene Holliday's final season, in the role of Tyler Hudson. His appearances will also be reduced.
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1 49 "The Lemon" Leo Penn Diana Kopald Marcus November 29, 1988
Matlock's new neighbor (Don Knotts) gets confused when he was faced with two competitive car salesmen, and got framed for the murder of one T.J. Cassidy (John McCann), who sold him a lemon. Note: This is the first appearance of Don Knotts in the role of Les Calhoun. It was the first time in over twenty years Griffith and Knotts had worked together (since The Andy Griffith Show). Though Julie Sommars officially joins the cast as Julie March, she does not appear in this episode.
2 50 "The Ambassador: Part 1" Christopher Hibler Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Dean Hargrove & Joel Steiger
December 6, 1988
British ambassador Anthony Stewart (Neil Dickson) is charged with the murder of his lover's husband (Charles Bateman). When he has diplomatic immunity, he was accompanied by Alex Winthrop (Daniel Roebuck) who in turn called Matlock to travel to New York City to represent him.

Other guest stars: John Rubinstein as Dr. Douglas Clark, David Ogden Stiers as Thomas Baldwin, Michael C. Gwynne as Lt. Rosetti, Albert Hall as a prosecutor, Don Knotts as Les Calhoun, Akio Mitamura as Judge Raymond Kawai

Note: Nancy Stafford and Julie Sommars do not appear in this episode.
3 51 "The Ambassador: Part 2" Christopher Hibler Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Dean Hargrove & Joel Steiger
December 13, 1988
After Stewart (Neil Dickson) is nearly killed in a hit and run accident, Matlock notices that the only way to get him off is to locate the woman (Lisa Hartman) who accused the client of this crime.

Other guest stars: John Rubinstein as Dr. Douglas Clark, David Ogden Stiers as Thomas Baldwin, Michael C. Gwynne as Lt. Rosetti, Albert Hall as a prosecutor, Akio Mitamura as Judge Raymond Kawai

Note: Nancy Stafford and Julie Sommars do not appear in this episode.
4 52 "The Mistress" Harvey S. Laidman Robert Hamilton December 20, 1988
Matlock and Julie both agree to defend the jealous woman (Pamela Galloway) who's charged of murdering her husband. Note: Nancy Stafford and Kene Holliday do not appear in this episode.
5 53 "The D.J." Tony Mordente Bill Dana January 3, 1989
Michelle's poetic, corruptive boyfriend, Arthur Saxon (S.A. Griffin) has a job as a DJ at a radio station, who later, got framed for the murder of his arch rival, Robby Moore (Robert Krantz). When Arthur got arrested, Michelle asks Matlock to take the case. Note: Julie Sommars and Kene Holliday do not appear in this episode.
6 54 "The Captain" Frank Thackery Lincoln Kibbee January 10, 1989
Matlock's old friend, Capt. Edward Hanna (Richard Herd), was once a fine cop and had a lot of experience. Unfortunately, his actions over the years have netted him with the nickname 'The Mad Hatter'. One day, Sgt. Jerry Reese (Joe Urla) is accused of killing one of Hanna's partners, Off. Jim Shanley (David Niedorf), after he referred to him as such. Everybody, especially Reese himself, knew his police boss was guilty of murder, which led to Sgt. Reese writing a list of names of the people Officer Hanna had killed. Note: Andy Griffith is the only main cast member to appear in this episode.
7 55 "The Vendetta" David Solomon Robert Schlitt January 17, 1989
When the brother of the dead convict (Mitchell Laurance) holds Michelle hostage, both Tyler and Julie must not allow Ned Billings to kill Matlock. Note: This episode is featured in an anthology-style, reviewing the pilot episode "The Diary of a Perfect Murder", season two episodes "Blind Justice" and the 2-part "The Investigation", followed by the rest of the season one episodes "The People Vs. Matlock", "The Stripper", "The Court-Martial", "The Seduction", and "The Sisters" – all episodes as to explain how Michelle, Julie and Tyler enjoyed working for Matlock. It concludes with "The Professor", the only episode within the context of trying to find out why Ned's brother had hung himself in jail, after he was found guilty for the murder. Andy Griffith appears briefly at the end of the episode.
8 56 "The Mayor: Part 1" Harvey S. Laidman Teleplay by: Robert Schlitt
Story by: Dean Hargrove & Joel Steiger
January 31, 1989
When a man (Tony Maggio) is determined to bring back the sixties is accused of murdering the mayor, Matlock travels to Chicago to represent him.

Other guest stars: Georg Stanford Brown as Judge Stuart Franklin, Ford Rainey as Judge Donald Powell, Mel Stewart as Sgt. Lou Marshall

Note: Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode.
9 57 "The Mayor: Part 2" Harvey S. Laidman Teleplay by: Robert Schlitt
Story by: Dean Hargrove & Joel Steiger
February 7, 1989
After Paul O'Neill (Tony Soper) found Jackie Chan (Evan C. Kim) dead, he fled to Matlock in asking him for money to go to Texas to follow Eddie Lomax (Alan Stock), knowing he'd be the real killer, before his own murder in prison. In Chicago, Matlock notices that the real estate scam is responsible for everything, and enlists the mayor's wife as his main ally.

Other guest stars: Georg Stanford Brown, Ford Rainey, Mel Stewart, Leonard Donato as an Assistant D.A.

Note: Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode.
10 58 "The Black Widow" Christopher Hibler Gerald Sanoff February 14, 1989
Being convicted for seven years for killing his wife Ann (Debra Stipe), Ken Wilson (Jeff Allin) approaches the same woman in Los Angeles, only to discover that she is still alive and changed her name to Kelly Manning. When the wife of an obsessive convictee is dead a second time, Ken's this time being arrested for that murder. In Atlanta, Les is more than happy with his new girlfriend Bernice, whom he met at Ray Templin's bar. Note: Julie Sommars and Nancy Stafford do not appear in this episode.
11 59 "The Other Woman" Robert Scheerer Phil Mishkin February 21, 1989
After an abusive and controlling man (Peter Mark Richman) is murdered, his wife's therapist (James Sloyan) is arrested for the crime and Matlock takes the case. He begins to noticed that Erin Whitley (Nana Visitor) had a series of psychiatric problems, and is shocked to finally discover the identity of the killer. Note: Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode.
12 60 "The Starlet" Harvey S. Laidman Marvin Kupfer February 28, 1989
Matlock's old friend (Anne Francis) besought him to prove that her daughter (Rebecca Staab) did not murder her rival Morgan Girard (Nia Peeples). Note: Kene Holliday does not appear in this episode.
13 61 "The Psychic" Beth Austin Teleplay by: Beth Ronald & Ronald Austin
Story by: Sue Downey
March 7, 1989
Matlock agrees to take on the case of Jennifer Holtz (Camilla More), a psychic who claims to have seen the murder before it ever took place. Note: Kene Holliday does not appear in this episode.
14 62 "The Thief: Part 1" Harvey S. Laidman Gerald Sanoff March 28, 1989
A coin dealer (John Harkins) finds out that a man who had been working for is stealing. Michael begs Rob Casey (Tom Henschel) to give him all of his coins back or Michael will press charges against Rob. When the employee was found dead, he was charged for his murder. Matlock represents the boss, as is Linda, the private investigator (Cindy Morgan), whom Tyler is less than happy after his boss hired her, himself, for the time being. Tyler's also very suspicious of Linda's plots.

Guest star: Henry G. Sanders as Mitchell Sands

Note: Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode.
15 63 "The Thief: Part 2" Harvey S. Laidman Gerald Sanoff April 4, 1989
Matlock and Tyler both found out that part of Linda's deception is in location of the kidnapping of her own son. While Tyler finds the son, Matlock finds the rare coins he needs to put together to close the case.

Guest star: Henry G. Sanders as Mitchell Sands

Note: Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode.
16 64 "The Thoroughbred" Leo Penn Mary Ann Kasica
Michael Scheff
April 18, 1989
When Sandra Taylor (Susan Walden), the manager of a thoroughbred farm is murder, her father (Claude Akins) strongly insist Matlock, that he represent the mentally handicapped young man (Don Swayze) accused of the murder.
17 65 "The Model" Tony Mordente Robert Schlitt April 25, 1989
Matlock has the breakthrough in the case he was struggling with. He then gets hit by a car, and needs to start the whole thing from scratch. Despite of his busy work, his nurse (Diane Shalet) wasn't very pleased to watch him work, while he's been ordered to rest, something his nurse been telling him about. Note: Julie Sommars and Kene Holliday do not appear in this episode.
18 66 "The Cult" Harvey S. Laidman Marvin Kupfer May 2, 1989
An outraged parent (Jack Dodson) arrives from Chicago to Atlanta in pursuit of looking for his son (Wallace Langham), who was grabbed by the cult. Dennis told his father to leave him alone, because the cult was his place, as he turned his back on his father. The head of the cult, Joshua Bradbury (Roger Davis) encourages William to accept his son's decision by leaving him alone. Austin refuses to go anywhere else without his son, and the police escort William outside the mansion, yelling, threatening Mr. Bradbury he will have his head torn off. In the mansion, Dennis learned there was a shot, but then tells the police that his father had shot him. When the father had found out Dennis has signed his trust fund and his life's savings over to the cult, Matlock confronts him, and is shocked to hear Dennis deny his father. Matlock goes to an expert in de-programming cult victims, who tells him that Dennis may believe he saw his father, but he is probably so brain-washed by the cult that he can't really be sure what he saw. Under Matlock's orders, Tyler infiltrates the cult, but he might be getting himself in over his head when he seems to be falling for their line. Note: Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode.
19 67 "The Blues Singer" Leo Penn Joel Stieger May 9, 1989
An iconic blues singer (Joe Seneca) is charged with murder, Matlock must defend Eddie Haynes, a man he once idolized. Note: Julie Sommars and Kene Holliday do not appear in this episode.
20 68 "The Priest" Harvey S. Laidman Max Eisenberg May 16, 1989
After a local mobster (Robert Miranda) is accused of murdering a priest (Leo Penn), Alex Winthrop (Daniel Roebuck) from New York, visits Matlock in Atlanta, for help with the case because he knows that he can't do it on his own. It doesn't take long before Matlock realises that the church is covering something up. Note: Kene Holliday was officially fired from the show, after being three months sober, from his long battle against drugs and alcohol.[citation needed] Nancy Stafford and Julie Sommars do not appear in this episode.

Season 4: 1989–1990[edit]

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1 69 "The Hunting Party: Part 1" Robert Scheerer Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Dean Hargrove & Joel Steiger
September 19, 1989
Matlock travels to Manteo, North Carolina, to defend Spencer Hamilton (Jeff Wincott), the brother of Frank, who was killed in a duck-hunting accident. After Ryan Bartell (Jeff Lester) was shot, immediately after Spencer's brother, Matlock also was approached by a handsome young sheriff, Conrad McMasters, to find evidence in killing Ryan.

Other guest stars: R.G. Armstrong as Sherrif Dalton Parks, Fred Thompson as Gordon Lewis, Terri Hanauer as Prosecutor Melissa Lyle, and Richard Newton as Judge Richard Cooksey, and Lee Lively as Judge Stone.

Note: This is the first appearance of Conrad McMasters. Clarence Gilyard, Jr. takes the place of Kene Holliday in the opening credits. Nancy Stafford appears briefly at the beginning, while Julie Sommars does not appear. The episode was filmed in Andy Griffith's hometown of Manteo, North Carolina.
2 70 "The Hunting Party: Part 2" Robert Scheerer Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Dean Hargrove & Joel Steiger
September 19, 1989
After Conrad calmed Matlock down, realizing he was framed for all the dope that he had in his car, he investigates the three guys who killed Bartell, each of whom were all liars. In the end, Matlock hired Conrad as a full-time partner and private investigator in Atlanta, after leaving his hometown of Manteo, North Carolina.

Guest stars: R.G. Armstrong as Sherrif Dalton Parks, Fred Thompson as Gordon Lewis, Terri Hanauer as Prosecutor Melissa Lyle, Lee Lively as Judge Stone

Note: This episode was filmed in Andy Griffith's hometown of Manteo, North Carolina. Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode.
3 71 "The Good Boy" Christopher Hibler David Hoffman & Leslie Daryl Zerg September 26, 1989
A woman's son (Brian Bloom) who resents that his mom (Leslie Bevis) has a new husband (John Calvin) and doesn't hide it. Her husband feeling that her son needs to be straightened out, wants to send him to a military school. But when he refuses, her husband tells him that unless he goes, his mother is going to know what he has been doing. So he kills him. Eventually, his mother is arrested and Ben defends her. Note: Julie Sommars and Clarence Gilyard Jr. do not appear in this episode.
4 72 "The Best Seller" Christopher Hibler Robert Schlitt October 10, 1989
While Matlock is in Texas, for a lawyer's convention, Julie defends Phillip Slayton (Don Galloway), the man accused of killing his wife. Note: Kene Holliday makes an appearance as Tyler Hudson. The opening credits for this episode are also the same as in the whole third season. Nancy Stafford does not appear in this episode.
5 73 "The Ex" Harvey S. Laidman Diana Kopald Marcus October 17, 1989
Julie goes to Baltimore to defend the guy (Alan Fudge), who accused of killing the newspaper editor (Bruce Kirby) who used his name in the air. Julie asks Matlock if Conrad's there to do some investigation, when he has too many things to do, leaving Matlock to do most of his investigative work with Julie, who was with her divorced husband (Barry Jenner). Note: Nancy Stafford and Clarence Gilyard Jr. do not appear in this episode.
6 74 "The Clown" Leo Penn Lincoln Kibbee October 24, 1989
Homer Fleming (Hy Anzell), the clown, asks Ben Matlock to represent him, while he's accused of killing his partner, Simon (Raye Birk). When Conrad told Matlock he was interested in doing investigative work, while attending the circus, Matlock finds out that everybody had a good mind of hating Simon Le Simple. Note: Nancy Stafford and Julie Sommars do not appear in this episode.
7 75 "The Star" Seymour Robbie Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Joyce Burditt, Dean Hargrove & Joel Steiger
October 31, 1989
Sexy actress, Catherine McKay (Anita Morris), who had her first and only blockbuster movie in her career. When one of the actors stabbed her for real, Noel Bishop (Dennis Christopher), is accused of her murder. Note: Nancy Stafford and Julie Sommars do not appear in this episode.
8 76 "The Con Man" Leo Penn Gerald Sanoff November 7, 1989
When a client (James Eckhouse) of Ben's is taken by some con artists, he decides to get back at them. When one of them is killed and when another one decides to testify against him Ben defends him. Michelle tries to work on another member of the team and is taken with him. Note: Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode.
9 77 "The Prisoner: Part 1" Harvey S. Laidman Teleplay by: Gerald Sanoff
Story by: Marvin Kupfer & Gerald Sanoff
November 14, 1989
After John Jackson (Michael Champion) was accused of murdering Rudy Chambers (Bob Minor), there is a prison Riot and The prisoners take control of the jail. The Attorney General Peter Garner asks Matlock to go to the prison because the prisoners want to try John Jackson of murder in a kangaroo court. So, Ben goes and meets Steve Mazarowski who is going to be the Prosecuting attorney and tells him that Tiny (Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr.), will be with him at all times and will be his bodyguard. When Lenny Marcus (David Payme) who saw who murdered Chambers will not testify Ben and Tiny later find him murdered.

Other guest stars: David Paymer as Lenny Marcus, Daniel Quinn as Art Spring, Troy Evans as Dick Henderson, Terry Bozeman as Attorney General Peter Garner, Colin Hamilton as Ed Harper, Louis Hacsi as Charlie Hauk, Ji-Tu Cumbuka as Jerry Stone, and David Carradine as Steve Mazarowski, Ron Taylor as Deacon Holmes (Steve Mazaroswki's prisoner bodyguard), Conor O"Farrell as Billy Castell, Richard Zobell as Val Delaney, John Lehne as Newman (the prisoner judge), Wilfredo Hernández as C.J.

Note: Nancy Stafford and Julie Sommars do not appear in this episode.
10 78 "The Prisoner: Part 2" Harvey S. Laidman Teleplay by: Gerald Sanoff
Story by: Marvin Kupfer & Gerald Sanoff
November 21, 1989
While Matlock finds the weapon that indicates the deaths of both Chambers' and Marcus' in jail, Conrad works outside of jail to clear the guard and to keep Ben safe.

Guest stars: Daniel Quinn, Troy Evans, Terry Bozeman, David Carradine, Ron Taylor, Colin Hamilton, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, John Lehne, Michael Mederios as Jim Beck, Conor O"Farrell as Billy Castell, Richard Zobell, John Toles-Bey as Mike Saunders, Anthony Charnota as Red, Greg Rusin as Greenwood Guard

Note: Nancy Stafford and Julie Sommars do not appear in this episode.
11 79 "The Fugitive" Tony Mordente Bruce Shelly & Reed Shelly November 28, 1989
Matlock knew Drew Carey (Tim Ryan) since he was a little boy. He is actually being framed for the murder of his uncle (David Tress), prior to his crazy temper tantrums. Matlock thought Drew was a nice person, when Drew himself turned into a corrupt, young man, who refused to follow his lawyer's orders suspecting that Valerie (Terri Garber) (a young woman who married her husband) actually had done it, when she was having an affair with a construction worker. Despite Drew finding himself innocent for not killing his uncle, Judge Sawyer (Lucille Meredith) also sentenced him to an indefinite community service, due to his behavioral problems, both inside and outside the court. Note: Nancy Stafford and Clarence Gilyard Jr. do not appear in this episode.
12 80 "The Buddies" Frank Thackery Phil Mishkin December 12, 1989
It's November 1955. Four of Ben's collegemates were spending some time during their vacation, when they picked up a hitchhiker (Beth Black), who subsequently dies. Her death is blamed on a poor black local named Calvin Stokes (Arnold Johnson). Almost 35 years later, one of them (who had left before the girl died) informs Ben of this fact in a posthumous letter, and begs the Atlanta attorney to find out the truth of what happened. Over dinner, Ben confronts the survivors, who deny everything. Later, after Conrad briefs his boss on the investigation so far, Ben starts his car, and an ignition bomb explodes. Conrad pulls Ben out and saves his boss's life. Conrad then investigates the three friends, one of whom, apparently, almost killed Matlock. Note: Nancy Stafford and Julie Sommars do not appear in this episode.
13 81 "The Scrooge" Harvey S. Laidman Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Joel Steiger
December 19, 1989
After Steven's partner (Thomas Ryan), who happened to be the scrooge of a store owner, is killed, he was accused of his murder, leaving Matlock to defend him. Conrad told Les about the Christmas party he and the rest of Matlock's associates were going to attend to, when Matlock's already at the police station to tell Steven (Peter Michael Goetz) that he must give a lot at Christmas, rather than doing business.
14 82 "The Witness" Tony Mordente Susan Woollen January 2, 1990
Before heading off to California, Matlock passes his first case to Michelle, who's boss's paperboy (Michael Mantell) was arrested for the murder, when in fact, Sandra Townsend (Caitlin Clarke), who's an old friend of Michelle's actually did it, when her ex-boyfriend threatens to expose her love life. At first, Michelle hated to do that to Sandra, after putting her on the stand, but she did, and her old classmate had connived her in not confessing to it. Note: Kene Holliday makes an appearance as Tyler Hudson, which is his final appearance. The opening credits for this episode are also the same as in the whole third season. Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode.
15 83 "The Student" Burt Brinckerhoff Teleplay by: Gerald Sanoff
Story by: Marvin Kupfer
January 9, 1990
An English professor, John Gallagher (Dennis Boutsikaris), gives everybody A's, except for Mark Carter (Steven Eckholdt), who was accused of cheating on his test. Marcy (Debbie Barker) asked the professor about having an affair with another woman, which he confesses to her about. While he is typing up the students' grades on his computer, one of the students killed him, and it is up to Matlock and his associates to prove who the real killer was. Note: Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode.
16 84 "The Talk Show" Robert Scheerer David Hoffman & Leslie Daryl Zerg January 16, 1990
After Dan Galloway (James Harper) fired the executive producer and humiliated three women on the air, he gets murdered, and the suspects are not running short. Almost everybody wanted the guy dead, but it's Matlock's job to prove whether Marla (Kathryn Leigh Scott), Leanne (Leann Hunley) or Katherine (Samantha Eggar) was found guilty of his murder. Note: Julie Sommars and Clarence Gilyard Jr. do not appear in this episode.
17 85 "The Victim" Robert Scheerer Michael Marks January 23, 1990
Matlock has to take the case of Alex Gordon (Alan Toy), the paraplegic man who actually killed his wife (Patrie Allen). When Michelle and Conrad both visited Alex's house, to overhear the conversation of their boss' client (who was innocent), he explicitly yelled at them, telling their boss' client to leave. Note: Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode.
18 86 "The Kidnapper" Frank Thackery Joyce Burditt February 6, 1990
Michelle and Conrad search through Matlock's old cases to find out who actually held Matlock hostage. Note: This episode is featured in an anthology-style reviewing the season one episodes "The Judge", the two-part "The Don", then concluding with "The Sisters", all within the context of trying to find out who kidnapped Ben. Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode.
19 87 "The Pro" Burt Brinckerhoff Max Eisenberg February 13, 1990
When a young, bastardized tennis player, Dave Travis (Vincent Van Patten) was found guilty of murdering Victor Tomassio (Jason Tomlins), Matlock has to defend Dave, in Atlanta, before his life gets slightly tainted. He did not do it, anyways, which it was actually self-defense. In Los Angeles, Michelle and Conrad both ask Travis's tennis players some questions that'll release his name.
20 88 "The Informer: Part 1" Harvey S. Laidman Teleplay by: Gerald Sanoff
Story by: Sam Rolfe & Gerald Sanoff
February 20, 1990
A jealous, hotshot lawyer, David O'Malley (Richard Masur) hires Matlock to represent him, after O'Malley is accused of killing Sam Chandler (John Anderson), a client whom O'Malley recently discovered to be having an affair with O'Malley's wife(Katherine Cannon). Note: Nancy Stafford and Julie Sommars do not appear in this episode.
21 89 "The Informer: Part 2" Harvey S. Laidman Teleplay by: Gerald Sanoff
Story by: Sam Rolfe & Gerald Sanoff
February 27, 1990
After Matlock's client, O'Malley, fired Angela Page (Lynn Whitfield), for telling her not to go to the memorial of Chandler, she goes to Conrad to help her find the informer that will track down his murderer. Note: Nancy Stafford and Julie Sommars do not appear in this episode.
22 90 "The D.A." Russ Mayberry Diana Kopald Marcus March 20, 1990
After successfully getting a man convicted of killing his wife's lover, Julie is threatened by the man's brother and becomes the target of a stalker. Note: Nancy Stafford does not appear in this episode.
23 91 "The Blackmailer" Christopher Hibler Gerald Sanoff May 1, 1990
Matlock defends Peter Dolan (Peter Haskell), a state senator accused of murdering Ron Winfield (Ray Buktenica), a comic strip artist who was going to go public on Dolan's affair with another senator's wife. Note: Clarence Gilyard Jr. does not appear in this episode.
24 92 "The Cookie Monster" Harvey S. Laidman Michele S. Chodos & Bonnie L. DeSouza May 8, 1990
As Katie White (Lynne Cormack) plans to work for a number of smaller companies, she dies of allergic reaction to hazelnuts. When all else fails for her, Matlock decides to defend Bobby Neil (Bobby Neil). While running undercover, Conrad gets kicked in the head by an Illegal Alien (Raymond Cruz), who gets fired and is asked by Conrad if he stole the equipment and the cookie dough, those things he didn't do, who also asks him about jumping him last night, when he explained everything to him, that he did do. Note: Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode.

Season 5: 1990–1991[edit]

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1 93 "The Mother" Robert Scheerer Michael Marks September 18, 1990
For Phyllis Todd (Shirley Knight) who did not want her daughter (Beth Toussaint) to be found guilty (which, of course she was), she confessed to the murder of Frank Larson (James O'Sullivan) who her daughter had an affair with. Also, Conrad bets Michelle that she can't seduce Ben.
2 94 "Nowhere To Turn: Part 1" Harvey S. Laidman Anne Collins, Dean Hargrove & Joel Steiger September 25, 1990
When the popular Los Angeles judge Raymond Price who already charged Matlock for his contempt in court, he is soon found dead and Matlock needs to defend himself for his murder, while in Los Angeles.

Guest stars: Richard Newton as Judge Richard Cooksey (Uncredited), James Cromwell as Judge Raymond Price, Will Jeffries as D.A. Ferber, David Hayward as Lt. Judd Myerson, Joe Regalbuto as Arthur Prescott, Earl Boen as Judge George Clayton, J. Kenneth Campbell as Scott Walker, Rob Steinberg as A.D.A. O'Connor, Diane Shalet as Mrs. Hawkins, Don Calfa as Andrew Sloan, Charles Siebert as Dr. Gilbert Lehman, Miguel Sandoval as Carlos Berman, Roger Aaron Brown as Daryl Wilson, and Robert Clotworthy as Prosecutor in L.A.

Note: Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode. Originally aired as a "Matlock Movie Mystery".
3 95 "Nowhere To Turn: Part 2" Harvey S. Laidman Anne Collins, Dean Hargrove & Joel Steiger September 25, 1990
While Michelle continues to defend Matlock for the murder of Judge Price, Conrad gets a job as a bartender, but failed to cooperate with the FBI, which led to his temporary arrest.

Guest stars: David Hayward as Lt. Judd Myerson, Joe Regalbuto as Arthur Prescott, Earl Boen as Judge George Clayton, J. Kenneth Campbell as Scott Walker, Rob Steinberg as A.D.A. O'Connor, Diane Shalet as Mrs. Hawkins, Don Calfa as Andrew Sloan, Charles Siebert as Dr. Gilbert Lenman, Miguel Sandoval as Carlos Berman, Roger Aaron Brown as Daryl Wilson, and Robert Clotworthy as Prosecutor in L.A.

Note: Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode. Originally aired as a Matlock Movie Mystery.
4 96 "The Madam" Leo Penn Gerald Sanoff October 2, 1990
A madam (Maureen Arthur) was accused of killing one of the call girls, Matlock agrees to take on the case. Note: Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode.
5 97 "The Personal Trainer" Burt Brinckerhoff Lincoln Kibbee October 9, 1990
Matlock's roofer and Joanna's husband (George DiCenzo) was taken into custody for the murder of the personal trainer, Harry Slade (Peter Marc Jacobson). Matlock is happy to take on the case, as George would promise to fix his lawyer's roof. It wasn't all that simple of a case when Harry was sleeping with four other women in his life, especially his wife (Leslie Easterbrook). Note: Julie Sommars and Clarence Gilyard Jr. do not appear in this episode.
6 98 "The Narc" Harvey S. Laidman Phil Mishkin October 23, 1990
After Det. Ed Tobias (Robert Ginty) was exposing his co-workers to the top brass (they sold the drugs they didn't turn in), he was murdered. Lt. Bob Brooks (David Froman) asks Matlock to defend the accused killer (Titus Welliver), the only one on the squad, who wasn't on the take. While playing baseball with Conrad, Matlock is happy to defend Bauer, esp. if Bauer is a nasty as his friends were, because he knew what they were doing and kept quiet. Note: Nancy Stafford and Julie Sommars do not appear in this episode.
7 99 "The Secret: Part 1" Leo Penn Gerald Sanoff October 30, 1990
Thinking that somebody is from the bookie's past is the guilty party, Matlock takes on the case of the singing gambler (Ron Taylor) who was accused of killing his bookie (Brett Porter). Note: Nancy Stafford and Julie Sommars do not appear in this episode.
8 100 "The Secret: Part 2" Leo Penn Gerald Sanoff November 6, 1990
Matlock sends Conrad to Chicago to collect the evidence that will prove Tyler's innocence. Note: Nancy Stafford and Julie Sommars do not appear in this episode.
9 101 "The Brothers" Christopher Hibler Anne Collins & Gerald Sanoff November 13, 1990
A popular, brilliant plastic surgeon (Kristoffer Tabori) got into a loud argument with his partner (David Haskell), about ending their own business, just before he was murdered. Lowell is the immediate suspect, until Matlock meets his twin brother, Gary (also played by Kristoffer Tabori). Note: Nancy Stafford does not appear in this episode.
10 102 "The Cover Girl" Christopher Hibler Max Eisenberg November 20, 1990
Conrad is happy to introduce Matlock to his new girlfriend, Carla Royce (Shari Headley). When her boss (Tricia O'Neil) is murdered, Conrad and Carla both asked Matlock to take on the case of the photographer (Michael Harris), at Carla's bequest.
11 103 "The Biker" Harvey S. Laidman Bruce Shelly & Reed Shelly November 27, 1990
A popular actor with a bad reputation (Stephen Meadows) is murdered whilst heading unto the premiere, a judge friend of Matlock's (Paul Lambert) asks Matlock to defend the son (Stephen Nichols), a biker who had been fired from his job previously. Nicky also gets into a fight with Conrad, and all the other bikers as Matlock's car come over and he begs Nicky to either get in his car or face life in prison.

Guest Star: Ally Walker as Renee Williams

Note: Nancy Stafford does not appear in this episode.
12 104 "The Broker" Robert Scheerer Diana Kopald Marcus December 4, 1990
When a stockbroker (Robert Sampson) was murdered, his ex-partner (Jerry Hardin) calls Julie for help. Note: Nancy Stafford and Clarence Gilyard Jr. do not appear in this episode.
13 105 "The Fighter" Christopher Hibler Teleplay by: David Hoffman & Leslie Daryl Zerg
Story by: Phil Combest, David Hoffman & Leslie Daryl Zerg
December 11, 1990
Billy Leon (Ken Foree) is accused of killing Nick Underwood (Christopher Allport), the reporter who thought was he friend who announced in the paper that he was using steroids. When all else was heard, Matlock agrees to take Billy's case. Both of Matlock's associates and himself were all excited into knowing who the actual killer was when it took time to find out who did it. Note: Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode. The karate scene was recreated from an episode on The Andy Griffith Show, entitled "Barney's Uniform" (season 5).
14 106 "The Critic" Robert Scheerer Phil Mishkin January 8, 1991
Matlock knew Sam Spelvin (Geoffrey Blake) since he was only 6, so he's more than happy to consult on his client's play, Lovers and Lawyers. The critic who saw the play, John Bosley Hackett (Tony Jay), gave it 'two thumbs down'. When Hackett is murdered, Sam is arrested. Matlock is more than happy to defend his lifelong friend and defers his payment, while they wait to figure out if the play has good reviews. Ben also manages to find a few more people who would be thrilled to see the critic dead, and to see Sam's play flop.
15 107 "The Parents" Harvey S. Laidman Michael Marks January 15, 1991
Parents Howard and Amy Boggs (Allan Royal and Ann Dusenberry) have their plans answered when their only daughter Jill (Christine Elise) plans to give them her child she was carrying. After Jill changed her mind and is found dead, her parents are the number one suspects in her murder. Note: Julie Sommars and Clarence Gilyard Jr. do not appear in this episode.
16 108 "The Man Of The Year" Burt Brinckerhoff Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff
January 29, 1991
Michelle's ex-boyfriend, Arthur Saxon (S.A. Griffin), a former disc jockey who was found not guilty of killing Robby Moore, is back to emcee the event in which Matlock was honored to be "The Man of The Year." Matlock was honored to appear, too. However, the problem was that Matlock's car broke down and he had no choice other than to ask his housekeeper Mrs.McCardle (Marge Redmond) for a ride. An easy, yet short trip turns into a flat tire, a hostage situation and an afternoon in jail. Arthur decides to host the show without Matlock, having to appear in the ceremony, in a rude manner and suggested that Michelle, Julie and even himself talk about how they enjoyed working for their boss. Note: This episode is featured in an anthology-style reviewing the season three episode "The Thoroughbred", followed by the season four episode "The Ex", then concluding with season three's "The D.J."
17 109 "The Arsonist" Robert Scheerer Jim McGrath February 5, 1991
Business partners, Marvin Shea (Lawrence Dobkin) and Sid Franklin (Bill Macy) have been working associates for over 30 years. Their bank loan has been denied and are unable to pay the bill, therefore, Marv talked Sid into hiring an arsonist to collect the money, so they can rebuild all over. Before Marv has an opportunity to talk with the arsonist, once again, he was found dead outside his daughter's wedding, hence, Sid got a guilty conscious. Note: Nancy Stafford and Julie Sommars do not appear in this episode.
18 110 "The Formula" Christopher Hibler Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff
February 12, 1991
In the middle of the night, Matlock receives a phone call from a young man (Charlie Stratton) who painted his house once, claims he's been arrested for stealing the formula to cure baldness, from the company who fired his friend and stole his material. Twenty-four hours, after the murder, Matlock receives a phone call from the same young man, who has been accused of murdering the man he claims he stole the formula for. The largest problem is that what Jeff is saying doesn't make any sense. It turns out that Dr. Tim Crider (Christian Clemenson), who gave him permission to steal the formula, was never fired in the first place. Note: Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode.
19 111 "The Trial: Part 1" Frank Thackery Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff
February 19, 1991
A.D.A. Howard Wright (John Carter) is murdered in his workshop. So the attorney general approaches Matlock and asks him to take on the assignment of special prosecutor. With the help of Michelle and Conrad, Matlock investigates Wright's past, and notices the man was spending money that he could not have earned legitimately. To investigate names that Wright had left behind, Matlock finds himself embroiled in a lawsuit involving Maxwell Toys.

Guest star: Terry Bozeman as Attorney General Stuart Roberts

Note: Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode.
20 112 "The Trial: Part 2" Frank Thackery Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff
February 26, 1991
Michelle and Conrad encourages Matlock to find out what is happening with the Wright case, when Matlock is being disqualified from the final round of the competition.

Guest star: Terry Bozeman as Attorney General Stuart Roberts

Note: Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode.
21 113 "The Accident" Christopher Hibler Max Eisenberg & Lonon F. Smith March 26, 1991
Eugene Dobbs (Tom Henschel) and Nolan Wheeler (Ken Lerner) make quite the lawyer/private investigator team. Dobbs is active in all of his cases, while Wheeler does a lot of legwork. After Dobbs is unwilling to keep every promise he made to his football coach, John Kramer (Richard Grove), Dobbs meets his maker one evening at the office, while Kramer is the prime suspect. Matlock takes the case, in part to prove to Kramer that not all lawyers are schmucks like Dobbs, and in part because the list of people who want Dobbs dead is getting longer by the minute as Matlock and Conrad find an interesting link between Dobbs, the manager of a local water park and Dobbs' wife. Note: Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode.
22 114 "The Celebrity" Leo Penn Gerald Sanoff April 30, 1991
Ben and Julie both represent the one-time movie diva, who is now a cosmetics mogul, who is framed of murdering her ex-lover to prevent the publication of some revealing photos of her. Note: Nancy Stafford and Clarence Gilyard Jr. do not appear in this episode.

Season 6: 1991–1992[edit]

This is Nancy Stafford's and Julie Sommars' final season, in the roles of Michelle Thomas and Julie March, respectively. Their appearances are also reduced.

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1 115 "The Witness Killings: Part 1" Christopher Hibler Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff
October 18, 1991
Matlock heads to his hometown for a family reunion, tagging with Julie, but things get pretty chaotic when the best friend of his nephew's son has died and the rival, Russ Gifford (Cyril O'Reilly), was charged with his murder. More than that, the entire town happens to be against Matlock, as many of them would convince he's better than them, knowing he is a big city lawyer.

Other guest stars: Warren Frost as Billy Lewis, Kathleen Freeman as Lucy Lewis, Alan Fudge as Jack Sylvester, Dion Anderson as Harley Wilkes, Michael Ensign as a Doctor, Anne Haney as Aunt Elsie, Stacy Keach, Sr. as Sam Carothers

Note: This is the first episode to have an uptempo theme, which will be later used in the next season. This was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina. Nancy Stafford and Clarence Gilyard Jr. do not appear in the two-part episode.
2 116 "The Witness Killings: Part 2" Christopher Hibler Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff
October 18, 1991
When a second young man dies under normal circumstances, Matlock continues to represent Gifford, in North Carolina, who wants to prevent his hate with the town to keep it limited, while Julie makes friends with town women. In Atlanta, Conrad investigates the tattoo that connects the case together.

Guest stars: Warren Frost, Kathleen Freeman, Alan Fudge, Dion Anderson, Michael Ensign, Anne Haney, Stacy Keach, Sr., Tom Urich as a small claims judge

Note: This was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina. Nancy Stafford does not appear in this episode.
3 117 "The Strangler" Leo Penn Lincoln Kilbee October 25, 1991
A serial killer Jeffrey Spidell (Richard Gilliland) strangles his victims including Patricia Downey (Katherine Cannon) and frames Ben's Tax return guy Leo Kasbian (Steven Gilborn). Matlock takes the case as Speidel makes a point of turning Matlock as the next target...his next attempt is to ruin Matlock in public, before he is killed. Note: Nancy Stafford and Julie Sommars do not appear in this episode.
4 118 "The Nightmare" Robert Scheerer Anne Collins November 1, 1991
At a forced halt during a Wild West bus tour, Matlock bumps his head, wakes up in the era of the Old West, where he meets Wild West equivalents of his friends and acquaintances. He has to save Conrad from an angry lynch mob for being accused for the murder of his uncle, but is being frequently disturbed by Michelle, a lovely saloon girl, and Julie, the vengeance-seeking sister of the deceased.
5 119 "The Marriage Counselor" Christopher Hibler Phil Mishkin November 8, 1991
The marriage counselor, Dr. Harding Fletcher (Bryan Cranston) has been murdered, all of his suspects not only include his co-workers, but also the couples who were behaving, apparently part of his treatment taking in the female half of the couples. Note: Nancy Stafford and Julie Sommars do not appear in this episode.
6 120 "The Dame" Leo Penn David Hoffman November 15, 1991
While eating out with Julie, an opportunity meeting with a woman (Julianna McCarthy) causes Matlock to relate the story about the investigation, a long, long time ago, about a widow that Ben's father (also played by Andy Griffith) thinks may have been responsible for the death of his friend – her husband (Daniel Benzali).

Guest star: Steve Witting as Young Ben Matlock

Note: Nancy Stafford and Clarence Gilyard Jr. do not appear in this episode.
7 121 "The Suspect: Part 1" Harvey S. Laidman Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff & Joel Stieger
November 29, 1991
Matlock represents a rich widow (Brynn Thayer) is charged with her husband's murder, While Michelle helps to defend a father (Pepe Serna) accused of murdering the drug dealer who got his child hooked...a dealer who just happened to be a cop. While running undercover, Conrad gets into an accident. Note: Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode. Brynn Thayer guest-stars as Roxanne Windemere in this episode. She will play Leanne McIntyre, at the end of this season.
8 122 "The Suspect: Part 2" Harvey S. Laidman Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff & Joel Stieger
November 29, 1991
When Conrad was taken to the hospital, after suffering from broken ribs, from the car accident, the investigation continues as Michelle defends the father accused of murder a drug dealer. Note: Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode.
9 123 "The Defense" Peter Ellis II Gerald Sanoff December 6, 1991
Teenager Danny Hayes (David Kaufman) is on trial for the murder of his father. Danny honestly believed that his father was about to kill his mother as he threatened to, but the testimony of his father's best friend threatens Danny's chances at freedom. Note: Julie Sommars and Clarence Gilyard Jr. do not appear in this episode.
10 124 "The Game Show" Robert Scheerer Max Eisenberg & Lonon F. Smith December 13, 1991
The popular game show producer of It's About Time was murdered, and Matlock defends the aging host Dennis Blake at the request of the friend of Conrad's, while Michelle goes undercover as a contestant.

Guest stars: David Froman as Lt. Bob Brooks, Chuck Sloan as A.D.A. McGarth, Bruce Fairbarin as Walter Beldon, Kathleen Garrett as Marjorie Wood, Peter Haskell as Emcee Dennis Blake, Juanita Jennings as an Assistant, Arthur Rosenberg as Larry Fisher, Dana Sparks as Kari Summers, Mark L. Taylor as Norm Fisher, Steven Hack as Sheldon, Roger Keller as Game Show Contestant, Nancy Linari as Doreen, David Nelson as Kari Summers's body Guard, Caroline Schlitt as Rita, Alexander Zale as Judge Michael Alden

Note: Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode.
11 125 "The Foursome" Harvey S. Laidman Diana Kopald Marcus December 20, 1991
Matlock reluctantly represent Ellis Blake (Mitch Ryan), a millionaire who's accused of murdering his daughter's fiancee, Jeffrey Holden (Russ Anderson), a golf caddy who supplemented his living by double-crossing the men he caddied for. In the same approach, Matlock is tolerating a young, new district attorney, Lauren Richmond (Amy Stock-Poynton), who's absolutely too sweet in telling the truth. Note: Nancy Stafford does not appear in this episode.
12 126 "The Picture: Part 1" Leo Penn Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff & Joel Stieger
January 17, 1992
Ben's disagreeable cousin Diana Huntington (Christina Pickles) comes to Matlock's house and tells him her husband (Reiner Schone) has left her, for another woman, hence, she asked him to locate Jack, while using a doctored photograph to help find him. Later, someone driving Diana's car while Jack was jogging, hits him, therefore, Diana's being charged for his murder and Matlock reluctantly represents her. Note: Nancy Stafford and Julie Sommars do not appear in this episode.
13 127 "The Picture: Part 2" Leo Penn Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff & Joel Stieger
January 24, 1992
Matlock successfully defends his cousin Diana Huntington on charges of murdering her husband, when all is said and done, he still can't stand her. Note: Nancy Stafford and Julie Sommars do not appear in this episode.
14 128 "The Outcast: Part 1" Frank Thackery Robert Schlitt February 7, 1992
After confusing a case and mixing up with a client's name, Matlock has decided to retire from the law business and goes fishing out of town. After he saw a hitchhiker, he gave a lift to dies mysteriously, but continues to investigate the case.
15 129 "The Outcast: Part 2" Frank Thackery Robert Schlitt February 7, 1992
When Conrad takes a job working in a farm, he gets shot after entering in a motel, and Matlock must take him to a hospital. When the town has none, Matlock specifically asks Alice (Sylvia Short) to rescue his investigator who suffered from a gunshot wound. In the end, Matlock and Conrad both returned to Atlanta for the entire friends and employees to throw a welcome back party for Matlock.
16 130 "The Big Payoff" Leo Penn Teleplay by: Gerry Conway
Story by: Joel Stieger
February 28, 1992
Before Matlock hires Billy Wheeler (Randy Travis) to paint Ben's house, Michelle works with an insurance investigator (Max Alexander) who'll prove that a man killed his rich wife (Lynne Cormack) to collect on the insurance money. Note: Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode.
17 131 "The Abduction" Robert Scheerer Lincoln Kibbee March 6, 1992
Matlock has done everything he could to preserve lawyer/client confidentially, yet Michelle was kidnapped by a group of mobsters, who force information from Matlock, he has to weigh his professional ethics against her life. Note: Julie Sommars does not appear in this episode.
18 132 "Mr. Awesome" Harvey S. Laidman William T. Conway April 17, 1992
When the waitress of an ex-boyfriend (John D'Aquino) was murdered, Conrad begs Matlock to defend Anne Johnson (Marilyn Jones) to represent her, who realizes that Dwayne was a womanizer and not a very nice guy. It is not that long before Matlock notices that her son Jimmy (Jordan Christopher Michael) is the key to the entire case. Note: Nancy Stafford and Julie Sommars do not appear in this episode.
19 133 "The Evening News: Part 1" Harvey S. Laidman Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff
April 24, 1992
Billy Finley (Bill Winkler) is constantly the butt of his co-workers jokes, and is fired after he makes a fool out of himself on two different stories, one with Matlock, the other with politician Joe Bivins (Jim Jansen). Shortly after, the body of another fired co-worker, Doug Levitt (Leon Russom), is found, and Billy is the first suspect. Matlock agrees to defend Billy, who then makes another scene as he confronts Diane Becker (Mary Gordon Murray) at the office, accusing her of being behind the second prank, which ended up getting him fired. What Matlock doesn't realize is that Levitt faked his own death, and he and Becker were involved in a scheme to make a lot of money by airing incorrect news regarding a report by the zoning commission. While Conrad keeps an eye on their third partner, Nelson Adelson (Stuart Margolin), Matlock is also trying to get out of a ticket for failure to stop at a stop sign. Note: Nancy Stafford and Julie Sommars do not appear in this episode.
20 134 "The Evening News: Part 2" Harvey S. Laidman Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff
May 1, 1992
The real murderer winds up being murdered himself, which does not help Matlock's client (Bill Winkler) much...not only that, but there's a real estate scam looming in the wings that also affects the case. Note: Nancy Stafford and Julie Sommars do not appear in this episode.
21 135 "The Assassination: Part 1" Christopher Hibler Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger
May 8, 1992
While the local mayor is Assainated, Matlock's Daughter Leanne McIntyre comes to town to prove the case. The case takes a different turn when Judge Arthur Eller is accused of murdering a local man's wife, and Matlock and Leanne have to work out their relationship together to clear Eller of Murder.

Guest Stars: Eddie Jones as Chief Colin Young and Daniel Roebuck as Prosecutor Mr. Sodowsky

Note: This is the first appearance of Brynn Thayer as Leanne MacIntyre, and Don Knotts's final appearance as Les Calhoun.
22 136 "The Assassination: Part 2" Christopher Hibler Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger
May 8, 1992
Matlock and Leanne continue to try to clear Eller of Murder.

Guest star: Eddie Jones as Chief Colin Young

Note: This is the final episode to air on NBC. This episode also marks the final appearances of Nancy Stafford and Julie Sommars, who both left to show to spend more time with their husbands and children, and did not want to be relocated, since Matlock would move production in North Carolina.

Season 7: 1992–1993[edit]

This is Clarence Gilyard Jr.'s final season in the role of Conrad McMasters. His appearances will also be reduced.

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1 137 "The Vacation: Part 1" Harvey Laidman Gerry Conway November 5, 1992
Ben and Leanne head to the beach where Leanne reunites with three friends from college, and Ben reunites with someone from his past who just happens to be the brother of the woman whose heart Ben "broke" years earlier. Note: This is the first appearance of Daniel Roebuck as Cliff Lewis and Warren Frost in a recurring role as Cliff's dad Billy Lewis, and is the first episode to air on ABC. The uptempo theme song returned for this season. Clarence Gilyard Jr. does not appear in this episode.
2 138 "The Vacation: Part 2" Harvey Laidman Gerry Conway November 5, 1992
Leanne's reunion with her old friends turns problematic when she soon begins to suspect one of them of murder. Billy Lewis (Warren Frost) is determined to get back at Ben for breaking his sister Lucy's heart years earlier.
3 139 "The Legacy: Part 1" Harvey S. Laidman Teleplay by: D.O'Brien
Story by: Gerald Sanoff
November 19, 1992
After Brian Martell is arrested and charged with the murder of Arthur Kendall, Ben decides to get involved because, years earlier, his father Charlie (Andy Griffith) had been a suspect in the murder of Arthur's father Jake – a murder Brian's father Lee was convicted of. Brian is convinced that Ben is doing it to make up for Lee spending years in prison for a crime that Charlie Matlock committed. Note: Daniel Roebuck does not appear in this episode.
4 140 "The Legacy: Part 2" Harvey S. Laidman Teleplay by: D.O'Brien
Story by: Gerald Sanoff
November 19, 1992
Ben, Leanne, and Conrad continue to try to free Brian Martell of murder. Note: Daniel Roebuck does not appear in this episode.
5 141 "The Ghost" Harvey S. Laidman Gerry Conway January 14, 1993
A murder victim returns from the dead as a ghost and asks Matlock to defend his wife, who is charged with his death.

Guest star: Diana Taylor as Assistant D.A. Ms. Harrington

Note: Daniel Roebuck does not appear in this episode.
6 142 "The Class" Harvey S. Laidman Teleplay by D.O'Brien
Story by: Joel Steiger
January 21, 1993
Ben discusses his career and the idea of "The Perfect Murder" with a law class. But when one of the students vanishes, the university thinks Ben's speech sparked an extracurricular Murder.

Guest Star: David Kaufman as Danny Hayes

Note: Daniel Roebuck and Clarence Gilyard Jr. do not appear in this episode.
7 143 "The Singer" Harvey S. Laidman Robert Brennen January 28, 1993
When a producer is accused of murdering his country singer client, Ben comes to his defense.

Guest stars: Jason Beghe as Lt. Pat Rutledge, Peter Jurasik as Steve Fisher, Joyce Leigh Bowden as Kathy Westfall, Fredric Lehne as John Page, Terry Loughlin as Judge Edwards, Grayce Spence as Judge Drake, Tod Brenner as a Detective, and Diana Taylor as Prosecutor Ms. Harrington

Note: Daniel Roebuck and Clarence Gilyard Jr. did not appear in this episode.
8 144 "The Mark" Harvey S. Laidman Robert Schlitt February 4, 1993
When Billy Wheeler (Randy Travis) returns to Atlanta with a $250,000 lottery ticket, he is swindled out of his money by a beautiful con artist, who soon turns up dead with, Billy Wheeler being framed for murder. Ben and Leanne have to try to clear his name.
9 145 "The Juror" Frank Thackery Gerald Sanoff February 11, 1993
Ben is planning a birthday fishing trip with Leanne, but when he is called up for jury duty. puts a damper on their trip. Despite his convictions that no lawyer would want him on their jury. Ben ends up being juror number six, and while everyone else on the jury wants to convict Travis Spaulding of the murder of his wife. Ben alone thinks they need to take a closer look at the evidence before sentencing the man to death. Unfortunately, tempers flare in the jury room as the jurors soon become divided between guilty and innocent.

Guest star: Fred Thompson as Prosecutor McGonigal

Note: Brynn Thayer, Daniel Roebuck, and Clarence Gilyard Jr. did not appear in this episode.
10 146 "The Fortune: Part 1" Leo Penn Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Joel Steiger
February 18, 1993
The nephew of a eccentric millionaire is accused of murdering his uncle after they were seen arguing and Cliff is sent to work in the uncle's zoo in order to gather information to exonerate him. Meanwhile Billy persuades Ben to defend him in court after he becomes involved in an investment scheme gone awry.

Guest stars: Warren Frost as Billy Lewis, H. Richard Greene as Ron Welker, Assistant D.A. Ms. Harrington, Jordan Rhoades as Lt. Harmon Andrews

Note: Clarence Gilyard Jr. is absent from this episode.
11 147 "The Fortune: Part 2" Leo Penn Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Joel Steiger
February 18, 1993
Ben, Leanne, and Cliff continue to try and exonerate the nephew of murder.

Guest stars: Warren Frost as Billy Lewis, H. Richard Greene as Ron Welker, Diana Taylor as Assistant D.A. Ms. Harrington, Jordan Rhoades as Lt. Harmon Andrews

Note: Clarence Gilyard Jr. does not appear in this episode.
12 148 "The Debt" Christopher Hibler Richard Collins March 18, 1993
When Leanne's ex-husband Peter MacIntyre (Robert Desiderio) is charged with the murder of his friend and boss, once the truth comes out about Peter's possible motive in the killing. Ben despises hid ex-son-in-law more than ever. Note: Daniel Roebuck and Clarence Gilyard Jr. do not appear in this episode.
13 149 "The Revenge" Frank Thackery Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff
March 25, 1993
Ben witnesses a robbery at a convenience store, but things start happening that made him look like he's losing it, including messing with his papers, sending him to wrong parties, and submitting phony pictures of his hind end to newspapers. Ben begins to realize that someone is trying to set him up. He, Cliff, and Conrad look into some of his old cases, trying to figure out which recently released killer is out to get him. It turns out to be Cissy Lockwood (Bonnie Burroughs) from the episode "Mr. Awesome". Note:Brynn Thayer does not appear in this episode. This episode features clips from the season five episodes "The Cover Girl" and "The Personal Trainer" and the season six episode "Mr. Awesome". Brynn Thayer does not appear in this episode.
14 150 "The Obsession" Christopher Hibler Max Eisenberg and Lonon F. Smith April 1, 1993
Even from his hospital bed Ben can't get the case of a TV star accused of killing a therapist out of his mind.
15 151 "The Divorce" Leo Penn William T. Conway April 8, 1993
Duncan and Clara Farmington seemed to have the perfect marriage. Now they want the perfect Divorce What starts out as a simple division of property turns nasty as Leanne represents the wife and Ben the husband. At the same time Ben is being sued for millions by a con artist who faked getting hurt at Ben's house.

Guest star: James Stephens as Duncan Farmington

Note: Clarence Gilyard Jr. does not appear in this episode.
16 152 "The Final Affair: Part 1" Frank Thackery Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff
April 29, 1993
Ben invites homeless man Lenny to live with him while trying to find out if the archbishop was meant to die in a plot including an ex-football player, his wife, her lover, and the Mafia.

Guest star: Jordan Rhoades as Lt. Harmon Andrews

Note: Daniel Roebuck does not appear in this episode.
17 153 "The Final Affair: Part 2" Frank Thackery Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff
April 29, 1993
Ben invites homeless man Lenny to live with him while trying to find out if the archbishop was meant to die in a plot including an ex-football player, his wife, her lover, and the Mafia.

Guest star: Jordan Rhoades as Lt. Harmon Andrews

Note: Daniel Roebuck does not appear in this episode. This episode marks the final appearance of Clarence Gilyard Jr., as he was leaving the show to sign with CBS, which offered him the chance to debut as a main character on Walker, Texas Ranger.
18 154 "The Competition" Leo Penn Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff
May 6, 1993
Matlock refuses to believe that a young piano player committed suicide, nor does the father of the girl who hires Ben to find out what really happened.

Guest Stars: Warren Frost as Billy Lewis, and Leo Penn as Russ Lewis (Billy Lewis's brother)

Note: Clarence Gilyard Jr. does not appear in this episode.

Season 8: 1993–1994[edit]

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1 155 "The Play" Christoper Hibler Phil Mishkin September 23, 1993
After an actress in The Last Cry of the Hounds is murdered, Ben agrees to represent the director of a local community play... on the condition that the director not cut him out of the play.
2 156 "The Fatal Seduction: Part 1" Christopher Hibler Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger
September 30, 1993
Ben, Leanne, and Cliff go to North Carolina to attend Billy's sister Lucy Lewis's funeral. While there, they end up getting involved in a pair ofmurders connected to two young women. As a way to catch them, Leanne sets a trap using Cliff as bait.
3 157 "The Fatal Seduction: Part 2" Christopher Hibler Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger
October 7, 1993
Ben and Leanne are convinced that Carrie and Ashley are guilty of not only extortion but murder as well, but the two girls seem to have airtight alibis.
4 158 "The Diner" Frank Thackery Max Eisenberg and Lonon F. Smith October 14, 1993
Ben takes Leanne to meet Martha Jordan, the wife of his very first Client back in 1962. Stan Shaw was the cook at the local diner where he was accused of killing the local sheriff after a disagreement in the diner. Charlie Matlock (Andy Griffith) pushed his son Ben (Steve Witting) who had recently quit his job as a District Attorney to take the case, but not everyone in town was happy with the Matlocks siding with the black cook accused of killing the white sheriff . Despite Cyrus Jordan's attempts to get the Matlocks to drop his case for their own safety, father and son were determined to prove that Cyrus never killed anyone. Note: Daniel Roebuck does not appear in this episode.
5 159 "The View" Christopher Hibler Teleplay by: Joel Steiger
Story by: Gerald Sanoff
October 28, 1993
While out of town at a Wedding, an ill Ben witnesses a man attack a woman from the window of the hotel and learns the next day that the woman has been murdered. He's convinced that the man murdered the woman, and has a hard time convincing the police that the man he saw through the window was not the woman's husband, whom Matlock had also seen through the window earlier that day. Note: Clarence Gilyard Jr. appears as Conrad McMasters (even though he left the show to go to Walker Texas Ranger). It is Conrad McMasters last appearance. Daniel Roebuck does not appear in this episode.
6 160 "The Last Laugh" Russ Mayberry Milton Berle and Stephen Lord November 4, 1993
A Comedian named Harvey Chase (Milton Berle) becomes Accused of murdering another comic who insulted him. Guest star: Diana Taylor as Assistant D.A. Ms. Harrington
7 161 "The Capital Offense" Robert Scheerer Brian Alan Lane November 11, 1993
Ben continues his five-year struggle to save a con artist from the electric chair.

Guest star: Diana Taylor as Assistant D.A. Ms. Harrington

Note: Daniel Roebuck does not appear in this episode.
8 162 "The Haunted: Part 1" Harvey S. Laidman Teleplay by: Gerry Conway
Story by: Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger
November 18, 1993
While Cliff investigates a suit of Medical malpractice and ends up getting more involved then he should with his client, Ben investigated the case of the mysterious Rod Greenwood, who happens to bear an eerie resemblance to a dead business man. Soon Cliff and Ben realize their cases are tied together.
9 163 "The Haunted: Part 2" Harvey S. Laidman Teleplay by: Gerry Conway
Story by: Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger
November 18, 1993
Ben and Cliff continue to investigate both of their cases together.
10 164 "The Conspiracy" Leo Penn Gerlad Sanoff and Joel Steiger November 25, 1993
Ben defends a lawyer accused of murdering an associate who'd accused him of botching a lawsuit involving toxic waste polluters.
11 165 "Matlock's Bad, Bad, Bad, Dream" Russ Mayberry Robin Madden December 2, 1993
Ben dreams that he, Leanne, Cliff and Billy are in 1932 and are involved with the murder of a sax player.
12 166 "The Defendant" Leo Penn David Hoffman December 16, 1993
Leanne falls for Ben's new client, a philanthropist named Gil Stoddard (Richard Gilliland) accused of murdering his business partner. Note: Daniel Roebuck does not appear in this episode.
13 167 "The Kidnapping: Part 1" Christopher Hibler Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger
January 13, 1994
Abductors try to kidnap Leanne and instead kidnap Billy Lewis and hold him for ransom. Guest star: Diana Taylor as Assistant D.A. Ms. Harrington
14 168 "The Kidnapping: Part 2" Christopher Hibler Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger
January 20, 1994
FBI Agent Ed Wingate (J. Kenneth Campbell) who was in charge of Billy's kidnapping is charged with murdering another FBI Agent. Guest Star: Diana Taylor as Assistant D.A. Ms. Harrington
15 169 "The Temptation" Harvey S. Laidman Gerald Sanoff January 27, 1994
A Thug tries to make Leanne fall in love with him by using her journal that he stole from her house. Note: Daniel Roebuck does not appear in this episode.
16 170 "The Crook" Leo Penn Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger February 3, 1994
Ben agrees to defend Wally McDaniels, a fellow choir member, after he is arrested for killing the man who turned him into the police for stealing rare books. Guest star: Jordan Rhoades as Lt. Harmon Andrews
17 171 "The Murder Game" Frank Thackery Teleplay by: Robert Schlitt
Story by: Gerald Sanoff, Joel Steiger, and Don Ross
February 10, 1994
Matlock reluctantly agrees to spend the weekend as part of a murder mystery with Cliff, Leanne, and three other people who each paid $10,000 for the privilege of matching wits with the famous Ben Matlock. When the pretend victim turns up dead, they know that one of the three paying visitors killed him. Leanne has her father keep the three suspects occupied with stories of previous cases while she and Cliff investigate. Note: This episode features clips from the season six episode "The Critic" and the season four episodes "The Talk Show" and "The Con Man".
18 172 "Brennen" Robert Scheerer Teleplay by: Michael McGuire
Story by: Gerald Sanoff, Joel Steiger, and Michael McGuire
February 17, 1994
Ben vies with a formidable A.D.A Michael Brennen (George Dzundza). while defending a client accused of killing a city councilwoman, and discovers a secret hiding in the D.A.'s past that is affecting his judgment in this case. Guest stars: Lee Lively as Judge Caldwell, Wayne Tippit as A.D.A. Jerry Carlilse
19 173 "The P.I." Christopher Hibler J.I. Henderson March 3, 1994
In a backdoor pilot, after Ben briefly meets Jesse Morgan (Tracy Nelson) in the teaser, the remainder is set in Los Angeles and centered entirely on Jesse and her father (George Peppard) with no Matlock characters even mentioned.

Guest star: Jonathan Banks as Jack Starling

Note: Brynn Thayer and Daniel Roebuck do not appear in this episode.
20 174 "The Godfather" Christopher Hibler Richard Collins April 28, 1994
Ben reluctantly agrees to host a reception from his goddaughter's wedding at Leanne's prompting, but when one of the best men is murdered after the bachelor party, Ben agrees to defend the brother of the bride when he is accused of murder. The Case is hindered by cheating lovers, a bad history between the victim and the accused, and an increasing number of uninvited guests at Ben's house.
21 175 "The Idol: Part 1" Frank Thackery Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger
May 19, 1994
Sam Haskins (Scott N. Stevens), an aspiring young lawyer who is a fan of Matlock, is accused of having murdered a P.I. who tried to blackmail him with spicy pictures. Guest star: John Beck as Paul Cox
22 176 "The Idol: Part 2" Frank Thackery Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger
May 19, 1994
Matlock continues to try to free Sam Haskins. Guest star: John Beck as Paul Cox

Season 9: 1994–1995[edit]

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1 177 "The Accused: Part 1" Christopher Hibler Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger
October 13, 1994
Matlock defends a journalist who killed an underworld figure in self defense after meeting with him for an interview. Note: This is Jerri Stone's first appearance.
2 178 "The Accused: Part 2" Christopher Hibler Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger
October 13, 1994
Matlock continues trying to free a journalist accused of murder to cover up her previous plagerism.
3 179 "The Scandal" Frank Thackery Brian Alan Lee October 20, 1994
When Ben defends attorney Lisa Swift (Melora Hardin) accused of murdering her boss Bruce Parnelee (David Purdham), he also uncovers a history of sexual harassment involving the law firm. Guest star: Diana Taylor as Assistant D.A. Ms. Harrington, Eugene Casassa as Judge Stillwell
4 180 "The Dare" Leo Penn Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger October 27, 1994
A millionaire named Malcolm Engle (Terry O'Quinn), who is bent on revenge, is going to murder one of Matlock's closest friends, Bob Brooks (David Froman), and dares the lawyer to prove he did murdered him.
5 181 "The Tabloid" Christopher Hibler Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger
November 3, 1994
Matlock defends a senatorial candidate accused of murdering a tabloid paper editor. Senatorial candidate Carol Davis (Tricia O'Neil) has a photo taken of her which embarrasses her, and when she confronts Ross Buckley, the editor-in-chief of the National Informer, she finds him dead. The murder weapon turns up at her house, and she is accused of his murder. The real killer was Chet Sellers, a photographer at the paper and a high school dropout, who discovered that Ross and Reverend Wesley Masters were conspiring together concerning a picture he had taken, and he killed him.
6 182 "The Coach" Russ Mayberry William T. Conway November 10, 1994
A basketball coach is accused of murdering an influential booster. Ben decides to take his case. Guest star: Diana Taylor as Assistant D.A. Ms. Harrington
7 183 "The Dating Game" Robert Scheerer Barry M. Scholnick November 17, 1994
When Cliff's friend Fred is accused of murdering Melissa, a woman he met through a dating service, he and Ben take the case, and Jerri goes undercover to investigate. She sets herself up as one of the dates, much to the frustration of a local police officer. Unfortunately, she has better luck then she hoped, as one of her dates is a killer in disguise.
8 184 "The Confession" Robert Scheerer Teleplay by: Robert Schlitt
Story by: Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger
December 1, 1994
Julie March returns from L.A. for a legal conference, and when a former snitch calls her to the jailhouse and admits that she lied, Julie convinces Ben to defend the man, an admitted thief who had one rule...never break into a house when anyone is home. After Jerri Stone (Carol Huston) talks with Susan Kellogg, a woman who lost her daughter to a hit-and-run driver around the same time that Brenda Chaney was murdered, Ben realizes there may be more to this case then meets the eye. Julie also tells him that she's been proposed to and is thinking about getting married again, and asks him what he thinks she should do, and she tells him she's always had feelings for him. At the end of the episode she says that she decided not to get married yet. Guest Star: Julie Sommars as Julie March
9 185 "Dead Air" Christopher Hibler Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger
December 8, 1994
A radio personality is accused of killing his partner, but Ben suspects the victim's girlfriend. The only problem is that she seems to have an airtight alibi - Ray's neighbor, Mr. Yates, watched her "find" the body.
10 186 "The Getaway" Leo Penn Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger January 5, 1995
Ben takes the case of an ex-convict when he's arrested for robbing a bank he had robbed years before. Matt Ahem saw the whole thing, but the young boy isn't willing to tell the truth unless Ben promises to get his father out of jail.
11 187 "The Verdict" Leo Penn Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger
January 12, 1995
Katie Clark (Jane Sibbett) is a hot new prosecutor in town, fresh from St. Louis, but originally from Atlanta. Her first case involves prosecuting a building contractor Jack Gibson Josh Taylor who has been accused of murdering one of his employees, who just happens to be Clark's former lover, Ben agrees to let her continue on the case, impressed by her desire to not allow her personal past with Gibson get in the way of duty.

Guest star: Brandon Douglas plays Mike Gibson

Note: This might have been a possible backdoor pilot. Daniel Roebuck and Carol Huston do not appear in this episode.
12 188 "The Deadly Dose" Robert Scheerer Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger
February 2, 1995
Jerri's sister Rachael (Annie Fitzgerald) comes to Atlanta looking for help when she is fired from her job as a nurse after a doctor blames her for a mistake that cost a surgery patient her kidney. When the doctor is murdered, Rachael is blambed with the crime, and Ben agrees to defend her.
13 189 "The Target" Frank Thackery Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger February 9, 1995
Matlock is the unlikely witness when a boat blows up killing Judge Michael Sterns (Robert D. Raiford). Had it not been for Ben's sea-sickness, he would have been on the boat. Convinced that someone was out to get him and not Judge Sterns, Ben, Cliff, and Jerri take a look through some of Matlock's old cases, including Jeffrey Spidell (Richard Gilliland) from the season six episode The "Strangler". It turns out that Jeffrey Spidell is the one who is trying to kill him. Note: This episode has clips from the following episodes, "The Strangler" (season 6), "The Class" (season 7), and "The View" (season 8).
14 190 "The Assault" Christopher Hibler Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger
February 16, 1995
While Cliff, Jerri, and Billy plan to throw Ben a surprise party for his birthday, Ben agrees to pick up Barbecue. While there, his car breaks down, he's mugged, the phone eats his last quarter... and by the time he is rescued by activist Stan Johnson (Christopher Birt) and returned to his car, it's half-stripped and they've stolen his barbecue. Ben is very impressed by the young man, and when he's accused of trying to kill the landlord of the apartment complex he lives in, Ben steps in to defend him and to stand up to the landlord George Mitchell (H. Richard Greene), who is very a very respected man in the legal community. Guest star: James McEachin as Hollis Greeley
15 191 "The Heist: Part 1" Leo Penn Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger
April 27, 1995
Ben and Jerri head out to the beach with Billy and Cliff and as Cliff is preparing for an upcoming triathlon. Once there, Ben is surprised to run into Ex-F.B.I. Agent Ed Wingate (J. Kenneth Campbell), who is investigating a case of his own. While Ben keeps himself busy occasionally running into Ed, Cliff throws himself into the completion, and Billy throws himself at Anita Montrose, the real estate agent who rented them the beach house they're staying in. Guest star: Jason Beghe as Thomas Creighton
16 192 "The Heist: Part 2" Leo Penn Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger
April 27, 1995
When one of the people who Wingate is investigating is found dead, Ben agrees to defend his old friend. Guest star: Jason Beghe as Thomas Creighton
17 193 "The Scam: Part 1" Frank Thackery Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger
May 7, 1995
Cliff's old college chum Craig Browning is defending Cameron Ivers on charges of vehicular manslaughter, and is being blackmailed about an affair he had and plead his client a certain way. Craig hires Cliff to meet the blackmailer to keep his hands clean, but when Scott Astons is found dead, suspicion turns to Cliff, who needs to find the real killers. With Jerri's help, they manage to find out that Aston worked for John Robinson and Mark Reeves, two men who frequently like to get one-up on Ivers in the Business world, and that the women Craig has been having an affair with the secretary. Ben prepares for his fortieth reunion by dieting to fit into his old choral suit.
18 194 "The Scam: Part 2" Frank Thackery Teleplay by: Anne Collins
Story by: Gerald Sanoff and Joel Steiger
May 7, 1995
When Cameron Ivers is killed in a hit and run accident, Ben decides to take a closer look at Robinson and Reeves, hoping that if he can tie them to Cameron Ivers' death he'll be able to tie them to Scott Aston's death and clear Cliff. After gathering together a number of people Scott Aston had been investigating who were susposed to be dead, Ben heads to florida where he finds Chuck Ratner, and Cliff and Jerri learn that the people are all connected because they all turned down the same kind of life insurance. Ben continues his quest to lose weight in time for his reunion, but decides to fire his personal trainer.

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