Matlock: Season 2, Episode 5

The Power Brokers: Part 1 (27 Oct. 1987)

TV Episode  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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Ben defends a popular columnist framed for the murder of a source.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kari Lizer ...
Tyler Hudson (as Kene Holliday)
Sen. Lambert Crawford
Robert Irwin
Clarissa Irwin
Judge Hollis D. Dunaway
Paul Davies
Gerry Gibson ...
Tom Shuford
Dana Gladstone ...
Prosecutor Hobbs
Melinda Stuart
Michael Fitzmorris
Bert Kramer ...
Police Lieutenant Norris
Jeanna Michaels ...
Karen Wyler


Ben defends a popular columnist framed for the murder of a source.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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Entertained right to (and especially at) the end
24 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Extra efforts always seem to be made in those "two-parters" within the "Matlock" series. "The Power Brokers" was particularly special, considering its unique plot and the presence of heavies such as Ralph Bellamy, George Gaynes, and "Columbo"-famed Robert Culp. There is a specific element which draws my attention time after time upon repeated viewings: the priceless conclusion of the interplay between Matlock and the judge at its very end. Considering the circumstances and more appreciated when observing their relationship throughout the story, the writers could not have scripted a better tag to the finale. Although I give this episode no more than 7 of 10, I found the humor, excitement, and overall cleverness of that final dialogue to be more entertaining and inspiring than certain scenes of other episodes which I happen to rate even higher. The writing and directorial staff, Andy Griffith, and George Gaynes deserve extra credit for making this enjoyable twist occur.

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