Matlock: Season 4, Episode 14

The Witness (2 Jan. 1990)

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Prominent attorney Sandra Townsend leads a double life by "playing the field" and living on the edge. She winds up being blackmailed by her boyfriend to stay in the relationship, and he has... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
A.D.A. Julie March (credit only)
Tyler Hudson (as Kene Holliday)
Gene Butler ...
Michael Caliguire
Sandra Townsend (as Caitlin Clark)
David Froman ...
Jimmy Newton
Assistant D.A. John
Rick Allen
Detective Bristol
Assistant D.A. Hunter
Stephen Bruton ...
Jeames Higgins ...
Al Maines ...


Prominent attorney Sandra Townsend leads a double life by "playing the field" and living on the edge. She winds up being blackmailed by her boyfriend to stay in the relationship, and he has the compromising pictures to seal the deal. She plots to murder him and frame an innocent bar patron who vowed to get even after her boyfriend throws him out of the nightclub. Ben's assistant, Michelle is given the job of defending the accused, and in the process is reacquainted with old friend, Sandra Townsend. As the sole "witness" to the crime, Townsend must face Michelle in court and challenges her to prove the events happened otherwise. Written by tcpreacher

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A Michelle Episode, But Not a Very Good One..
22 May 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This episode is a rare "Michelle-centric" episode (wherein Ben is not around much and Michelle gets to do the heavy lifting) so that alone makes it worthy of mention. Unfortunately, the episode itself is offensive, if not downright misogynistic, and Michelle comes off as condescending, puritanical, and judgmental for condemning her (former) friend and law school classmate's lifestyle choice (as a love'em and leave'em woman who leads a double life and USES men for sex) BEFORE the trial has even begun.

The trial itself is a snoozer since Michelle's friend has essentially no defense once her alternate persona has been unmasked, and on the stand she doesn't prove a tough nut to crack at all, contrary to what she tells Michelle before the final scene. Most interesting aspect is that the guest star who plays the woman, Caitlin Clarke, is the young woman from Dragonslayer! I had no idea until I looked at her credits. Sadly, she appears to have died of cancer in 2004 at the much too young age of 52. RIP.

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