An Army lieutenant pushes his men too hard. Someone stabs him in the back, and he dies. The Army charges one of the soldiers in his company, Ben defends him, and Charlene and Tyler help. During a preliminary hearing the accused disappears.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tyler Hudson (as Kene Holliday)
Pvt. Chris Hughes
Maj. Jeffrey Hamilton
Army Col. Steven McRea
Lt. Jim Lynch
Arthur Hughes
Nancy Lamont
Col. Miles
Lt. Ray Walters
Captain Bill Campbell
Sgt. Wilson
Robert Mandan ...
General Connors
Paula Campbell


A sadistic Army lieutenant pushes his men too hard. After a late-night poker game inside a back room of the officers' club, someone stabs him in the back with a bayonet, and he dies. The Army charges one of the soldiers in his company. The father of the accused is an old friend of Ben, so he hires Ben to defend his son. Ben investigates at the post, Tyler goes undercover, and Charlene lends a hand at a nearby night spot. Curious circumstances come to light. Before a preliminary hearing reconvenes, the defendant disappears. Written by DocRushing

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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17 February 1987 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


During this story, Ben can't figure out why he's getting saluted by a number of the soldiers on the post. In reality, the soldiers would *not* salute someone in civilian clothing, unless he were someone they recognized as an officer (and, most of the time, not even then). The person that Ben asks about this says that perhaps they assumed he (Matlock) was a government official, but again they would only do that for someone like the President, the Sec. of Defense or the Army. See more »


Featured in Matlock: The Vendetta (1989) See more »

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