Judge Carter Addison murders his cheating mistress and frames her lover. Then the judge presides over the man's trial with Ben Matlock as the defense counsel.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Tyler Hudson (as Kene Holliday)
Judge Carter Addison
Kevin Meredith (as Brian L. Green)
Kit McDonough
Claire Leigh
Mrs. Meredith
Richard Newton ...
Richard Wright ...
Harry Hobson
Joanne Leigh (as Bobbi Eakes)
Bailiff (as Kahlil Wheaton)


Charlene tells Ben she wants to do some pro bono work. Ben says OK. And she already has a case. A young man is charged with killing his girlfriend. They were in her apartment and he went into the bathroom to shower. He came out she was dead stabbed, he picked up the knife and the security came in. It seems like someone called the desk and told him something was going on in the apartment. At the hearing the judge whom Ben knows asks him if he would be willing to let the son of someone they know who is starting to take over this case since Ben is not being paid. But Ben says he's sticking with it. Ben later goes over the girl's background and learns that she's from the working class so they wonder how can she afford the apartment among other things. They also learn that she may have been seeing another man who could be older who smoked a pipe and drank a certain cognac. Ben then goes back to the judge whom he knows smokes a pipe. He then meets him at the bar and orders the cognac and he... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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23 September 1986 (USA)  »

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Actor Linda Purl replaces Lori Lethin (who appeared only in the pilot) as Ben's daughter, Charlene. See more »


When Judge Addison was attempting to burn the clothes in the garbage can, he lit a rag with his lighter. However, the rag instantly flared up, which it would not do without some sort of accelerant. See more »


Featured in Matlock: The Kidnapper (1990) See more »

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Matlock to defend a client framed by the presiding judge
27 June 2006 | by (Atlanta, GA (USA)) – See all my reviews

This is the first Matlock. It might have been better if the murderer -played by Dick van Dyke- would not have been shown committing the crime. It appeared to be a little too constructed, really. I mean, why should the presiding judge -here: the murderer- ask Matlock to step down on a case? Because he is afraid of Matlock? nay! It has been done to put the story into a 45 minute frame. However, the idea is nice and it takes into account that first degree murder does also include so called 'respectable persons' committing them. All in all it is the plot that seemed to be working for most of the Matlock cases. The routine started here, the main characters are still kind of being introduced including Matlock's very own idiosyncrasies, like cleaning the shoes on his office desk while people are around...

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