Although this was not the final episode of the series to air, it seems like it was intended to be the series finale, as the ending scenes of the episode have Matlock taking one last, lone look at a dark, empty courtroom before turning and walking away.
The same shot of the hotel is used twice, as it shows the exact same two people walking by in the same motions at two different times.
Matlock only appears in the opening scene for this episode, which was filmed after the remainder of the pilot was shot.
This episode was George Peppard's last appearance in a vehicle of any form. It was a pilot for a series that was supposed to feature him.
Like many episodes set in the past, this episode does not feature Matlock's mother in any way except to comment that he learned to cook from her. This suggests that she has passed away, but in early episodes of the series, Matlock would often speak with his mother on the telephone.
When Cliff first meets Matlock, Matlock wonders if they've ever met before. This is probably due to the fact that Daniel Roebock, who played Cliff, has already played other characters on this show before.
Brynn Thayer would later be a regular as Ben Matlock's daughter Leanne MacIntyre.
The idea of Matlock traveling to the past in a dream state was later used in season eight's Matlock's 'Bad, Bad, Bad Dream'.
After leaving Ginny Wright's home, Michelle and Matlock talk about how Howard Wright was defending a man accused of breaking into Maxwell Toys. Wright was not defending the man, he was prosecuting him.
All of the stories Michelle is telling Conrad occurred during season 1. However, Nancy Stafford (Michelle) did not join the series until season 2.
In the original airing of 'The Judge', Matlock's client's name was Kevin Meredith. When Michelle tells the story to Conrad, his name is Jim Meredith. In the original airing of 'The Sisters', the uncle's first name is Harold, but when Michelle talks to Conrad, she calls him Howard.
Manteo has a town police force, so any crimes would be investigated and charged by those officers. The sheriff's department would not normally be involved in criminal matters that occur within the city limits of Manteo but would instead focus on matters in Dare County instead.
Matlock mistakenly says that Eddie Haynes is in the Smithsonian Institute; it is the Smithsonian Institution.
Koskoff paid Matlock with an 1804 silver dollar and an 1836 gobrect proof.
Matlock's full name is revealed in this episode to be Benjamin Leighton Matlock.
In this episode, the full name of Don Knotts' character is revealed to be Leslie Calhoun.
In the original airing of this episode, there was a 1-900 number so viewer can choose who was the actual killer. Therefore, there were three different endings shot for this episode. The text of NBC's statement on the show is as follows:
A killer's fate is in your hands. Now, you decide who killed Robert Ullman. Call in now. If you think Jane Barnes killed Robert Ullman, call this number; if you think Don Ridgley killed Robert Ullman call this number and if you think Stephen Spector killed Robert Ullman call this number. Your vote will help decide how this episode should end. Jot down these numbers. The lines are open now. All calls received during the next seven minutes will be counted. You decide who killed Robert Ullman. There will be a 50 cent charge for each call. NBC's proceeds will be donated to charity and your call will be answered by recorded announcement. Children should ask their parents' permission to call. Call in and stay tuned to see who America believes killed Robert Ullman.
The DVD release contains a choice to play the episode as originally aired or to select an ending from the three choices.
Matlock sang "Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia," briefly, before receiving a phone call from Washington, D.C. He would sing the entire song in 'The Hunting Party', after Matlock made a trip to Manteo, North Carolina.
When Matlock invites Michelle to come back to the States and work for him as a junior partner in his law office, he explains that his daughter Charlene had left to join a law firm in Philadelphia.
The date that the victim was murdered was 2nd February 1987.