An American businessman based in London is killed. His son would be charged, tried, and convicted for the crime. His sister believing in her brother's innocence decides to stage a mock trial hoping that something that they missed will be revealed, and she hires Ben to defend him.
A writer is found shot to death while he was writing a tell-all book about Georgia's most prominent political family, the Douglases. James Douglas' ex-wife, Vanessa, is accused of the murder but Matlock agrees to defend her.
When a country singer who's a drinker makes a spectacle of himself, his wife decides to leave him. Her sister backs the decision, but then is later found victim of a hit and run. The singer is subsequently arrested and accused of the murder, but Ben decides to defend him.
Ben has a reunion with some friends from law school who are partners in a law firm. The senior partner is killed and one of the partners is accused of killing him. Ben offers to defend him and he learns that the victim was not exactly liked by the other partners so he thinks one of them killed him.
One of Ben's clients is the son of a mobster but he has chosen to cut all ties with his father, even change his name and not tell anyone about it. But a politician finds out and subpoenas him to appear before a commission. Later the politician is killed and he is arrested. Eventually his father shows up and tries to fix it but Ben tries to solve legally. Ben crosses paths with a couple of other organizations who may have wanted the man dead also.
Matlock decides to continue with the case even though he was the victim of a violent assault. When Tyler returns to the same bar to enquire the whereabouts of Juanita Martinez (Maria O'Brien) on the night of the murders, he meets with physical resistance and ends up lying on the floor. The Gentry Family almost ended up in the middle of the mob war with the Hernandez family.
An unscrupulous head of a pyramid scheme selling face cream, dies during a stage infomercial interview. One of the salespeople he swindled, Hal, is blamed for the murder. Ben takes the case despite Hal's lack of funds.
A man pays an angry visit to the Advice Column writer counselor whom he believes ruined his marriage with the advice she gave to his wife. He picks up a desk lamp and threatens her. When she's found dead, murdered with that same lamp, Ben agrees to defend him. The lawyer discovers that the dead woman's own marriage situation was quite unusual, possibly revealing a different suspect and motive.