Matlock/The Hunting Party

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The Hunting Party
Season 4, Episodes 1 & 2
Airdate September 19, 1989
Teleplay by Anne Collins
Story by Dean Hargrove &
Joel Steiger
Directed by Robert Scheerer
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The Hunting Party is the first and second episodes of the fourth season of Matlock, and the sixty-eighth and sixty-ninth episodes overall.

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

and Clarence Gilyard, Jr. (Conrad McMasters)

Special Guest Star: Fred Dalton Thompson (Gordon Lewis)

Guest Stars (in alphabetical order): R.G. Armstrong (Sheriff Dalton Parkes), Casey Biggs (Ernie D'Amato), Terri Hanauer (District Attorney), Steven Keats (Lee Kramer), Jeff Lester (Ryan Bartell), Christopher McDonald (David Channing), Jeff Wincott (Spencer Hamilton)

Co-Starring: Della Basnight (Della Basnight), Joe Inscoe (Jack Rose), Lee Lively (Judge Stone), Ted Manson (Ed Tucker), Richard Newton (Judge Cooksey), Hartley Silver (Horton Garrett), Ken Strong (Bartender), Rob Treveiler (Airport Worker)

Featuring: Steve Aronson (Clarence), David Austin (Restaurant Customer), Cora Mae Basnight (Mama), James Basnight, Jr. (Jimmy Basnight), St. Clair Basnight, Jr. (St. Clair Basnight), Page Morrow (Caroline), George Spence (Foreman), Wilton C. Wescott (Preacher)


Plot Overview

A hot-tempered soldier travels to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to learn the truth about the alleged hunting accident that killed his brother. He's soon accused of killing the man he suspected of killing his brother, and Matlock travels to defend him at the request of a Four-Star General. Ben has his hands full keeping his client in check, preventing him from threatening witnesses he believes are lying, and he also finds himself framed from drug possession. Fortunately, a friendly, young, deputy sheriff, Conrad McMasters, is on Matlock's side.

Ben's certain that the two dead men, Ryan Bartell and Frank Hamilton, were part of a criminal conspiracy, and with the help of his new friend Conrad, sets out to prove it, after he calmed Matlock down, who was framed to have all the drugs in his car. Once vacationing was over, Matlock hires Conrad to become a full-time private investigator and partner in Atlanta.


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