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Cliff's old college chum Craig Browning is defending Cameron Ivers on charges of vehicular manslaughter, and is being blackmailed about an affair he had to plead his client a certain way. Craig hires Cliff to meet the blackmailer to keep his hands clean, but when Scott Aston turns out dead, suspicion turns to Cliff, who needs to find the real killers. With Jerri's help, they manage to find out that Aston worked for John Robinson and Mark Reeves, two men who frequently like to get one-up on Ivers in the business world, and that the woman Craig has been having an affair with was their secretary. Matlock prepares for his fortieth reunion by dieting to fit into his old choral suit.moreless
Matlock and Jerri head out to the beach with Billy and Cliff as Cliff prepares for an upcoming triathlon. Once there, Matlock is surprised to run into retired F.B.I. agent Ed Wingate, who is investigating a case of his own. While Matlock keeps himself busy occasionally running into Ed, Cliff throws himself into the competition, and Billy throws himself at Anita Montrose, the real estate agent who rented them the beach house they're staying at. When one of the people Ed is investigating is found dead, Matlock agrees to defend his old friend.moreless
While Cliff, Jerri and Billy plan to throw Matlock a surprise party for his birthday, Matlock goes to the city to pick up barbecue. While there, his car breaks down, he's mugged, the phone eats his last quarter ... and by the time he is rescued by activist Stan Johnson and returned to his car, it's half-stripped and they've stolen his barbecue. Matlock is very impressed by the young man, and when he's accused of trying to kill the landlord of the apartment complex he lives in, Matlock steps in to defend him and to stand up to the landlord, who is a very respected man in the legal community.moreless
Matlock is the unlikely witness when a boat blows up killing Judge Michael Stern. Had it not been for Matlock's sea-sickness, he would have been on the boat. Convinced that someone was out to get him and not Judge Stern, Ben, Cliff and Jerri take a look through some of Ben's old cases to find out who did it, and Ben takes on the case of the man accused of the crime, a former lawyer who had been disbarred for jury tampering exactly five years earlier.moreless
Jeri's sister Rachel comes to Atlanta looking for help when she is fired from her job as a nurse after a doctor blames her for a mistake that cost a surgery patient her kidney. When the doctor is murdered, Rachel is blamed with the crime and Matlock agrees to defend her.moreless
Katie Clark is a hot new prosecutor in town, fresh from St. Louis, but originally from Atlanta. Her first case involves prosecuting a building contractor who has been accused of murdering one of his employees, who just happens to be Clark's former lover. Despite his reservations about Clark prosecuting a former lover, Matlock agrees to let her continue on the case, impressed by her desire to not allow her personal past to affect her judgment.moreless
Matlock takes the case of an ex-convict when he's arrested for robbing a bank he had robbed years before. Matt Ahern saw the whole thing, but the young boy isn't willing to tell the truth unless Matlock promises to get his father out of jail.
A radio personality is accused of killing his partner, but Matlock suspects the victim's girlfriend. The only problem is that she seems to have an airtight alibi - Ray's neighbor, Mr. Yates, watched her find the body.
When Julie March returns to Atlanta from Los Angeles for a legal conference, a former snitch calls her to the jailhouse to tell her that he lied in one of her cases. Julie convinces Ben to defend the man whom she imprisoned for murder based on the snitch's testimony.
When Cliff's friend is accused of murdering Melissa, a woman he met through the dating service Perfect Harmony, he and Matlock take the case and Jerri goes undercover to investigate by setting herself up as one of the dates.
A basketball coach is accused of murdering an influential booster.
Michael defends U.S. senatorial candidate Carol Davis when she's accused of murdering tabloid editor Ross Buckley. Jerri goes undercover at the paper to prove that someone there may have had an even bigger motive than Carol.
An eccentric millionaire tells Matlock that he couldn't solve the perfect murder if it were handed to him on a silver platter. To prove his point, he kills Matlock's friend, detective Bob Brooks, and successfully frames another man for the crime.
When Matlock defends an attorney accused of murdering her boss, he also uncovers a history of sexual harassment involving the law firm.
Matlock defends a journalist who killed an underworld figure in self-defense after meeting with him for an interview.