Matlock

Season 3 Episode 18

The Cult

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 02, 1989 on ABC
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When William Austin comes to Atlanta from Chicago and heads to the cult that has ensnared his son Dennis, Dennis tells him to leave him alone, the cult is his home now, and that he is no longer his father. The leader of the cult, Joshua Bradbury, tells Austin that he needs to accept Dennis' decision, and to leave him alone. Austin refuses to leave without his son, and Bradbury has the police escort Austin (who threatens to take off Bradbury's head) out of mansion. Dennis observes someone shooting Joshua, then tells police he sees his father fleeing the scene of the crime. William Austin heads to Matlock for help in defending himself. After learning that Dennis has signed his trust fund and his life's savings over to the cult, Matlock confronts him, and is shocked to hear Dennis deny his father. Matlock goes to a renowned expert in de-programming cult victims, who tells him that Dennis may believe he saw his father, but he is probably so brain-washed by the cult that he can't really be sure what he saw. Under Matlock's orders, Tyler infiltrates the cult, but he might be getting himself in over his head when he seems to be falling for their line.

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Earl Boen

Earl Boen

Patrick Morrison

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Roger Davis

Roger Davis

Joshua Bradbury

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Jack Dodson

Jack Dodson

Dennis Austin

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Albert Hall

Albert Hall

Assistant D.A. Corbalis

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Richard Newton

Richard Newton

Judge Richard Cooksey

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Ray Templin

Ray Templin

Piano Player

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