Matlock defends Ellen Barrett, a reporter who claims to have killed a mobster in self-defence. However, the police are not convinced by her story and neither is Matlock when some things don't add up.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Matlock
Cliff Lewis
Jerri Stone
Sydney Bennett ...
Carrie Gelardi
Frank Jefferies
Brad Gelardi
D.D.A. Peter Haskins
Clarence Litton
Helen Halsey ...
Ingrid Jefferies
David Lenthall ...
Det. Marks
Al Wiggins ...
Judge Clagett
Ellen Barrett
Billy Lewis
Marshall Botvinick ...
Jason Michael Terwilliger
Rod Gilson ...
Jury Foreman


In part 1, a writer is accused of murdering someone who knew she had plagiarized a book for a prize winning series of articles. An old friend of Ben's calls the police to report she has killed someone to see if he'll take the case. Billy suddenly finds a land developer who keeps offering money to buy his sister's house, but he won't sell it for less than a million dollars, much to Cliff's annoyance. Written by Purl Diver

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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13 October 1994 (USA)  »

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In syndication, this episode was divided into two parts, episodes 1 and 2 of season 9. See more »


When Ben first meets the D.A. they argue about a phone call made by the victim to the defendant's home and debate if the victim actually made it, since there is no record from the victim's hotel room. For some reason it never occurs to either of them to subpoena the defendant's phone records, to determine from what number she got the call. See more »

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6 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was in this episode! This episode consisted of 2 parts and I was in a scene with Daniel Roebuck and Andy! It was awesome! of coarse I was only an extra. I remember Daniel telling me about how grateful he was just to be working and that he knew of others who had much more talent. He was, and I guess still is to this day, one of the most humble actors I have ever had the pleasure of meeting! Andy was just awesome as well! I remember him apologizing to the director a few times when he did not know his lines. He was an absolute professional! I did not make it easy though because I was sitting at the eatery we were filming and had a potato, a fork, and a make shift salad there on our table. I drew a face in the potato and held it up just before the director said action and exclaimed to the people at my table, "Hey look it's Mr. Potato Head." Everyone laughed just as the director said "action." Andy then turned and looked at me and smiled! It was one of the best days of my life!

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