Matlock/The Best Seller

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The Best Seller
Season 4, Episode 4
Airdate October 10, 1989
Written by Robert Schlitt
Directed by Christopher Hibler
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The Best Seller is the fourth episode of the fourth season of Matlock, and the seventy-first episode overall.

Starring: Andy Griffith (Ben Matlock), Nancy Stafford (Michelle Thomas) (credit only), Julie Sommars (A.D.A. Julie March)

and Kene Holliday Tyler Hudson)

Guest Stars (in alphabetical order): Steven Anderson (D.A. David Hawkins), Eileen Barnett (Elizabeth Lyle), Wendy Fulton (Joanna Morrell), Don Galloway (Philip Slayton), Kathy Garver (Secretary), Tricia O'Neil (Cynthia Slayton), Lora Staley (Evelyn)

Special Appearance by: Don Knotts (Les Calhoun)

Co-Starring: Richard Newton (Judge Cooksey)


Plot Overview

A member of a famous author's inner circle collapses and dies after taking one of the author's allergy pills, and the author's husband stands accused of murder. The suspect is a friend of Julie's, and when she is initially unable to get a busy Matlock to defend him, she decides to help her friend by checking out the other people who are close to the novelist.


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