Matlock/The Scrooge

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The Scrooge
Season 4, Episode 13
Airdate December 19, 1989
Teleplay by Anne Collins
Story by Joel Steiger
Directed by Harvey Laidman
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The Scrooge is the thirteenth episode of the fourth season of Matlock, and the eightieth episode overall.

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

and Clarence Gilyard, Jr. (Conrad McMasters)

Special Guest Star: Peter Michael Goetz (Steven Abbott)

Guest Stars (in alphabetical order): Brooke Bundy (Sharon Lister), Mary Cadorette (Kathy Williams), Michael Durrell (D.A. Lloyd Burgess), David Froman (Lt. Bob Brooks), Ron Hale (Eldon Williams), Bill Kalmenson (Stewart Lister), Thomas Ryan (Carl Lister), Jason Wingreen (Judge Arthur Beaumont)

Special Appearance by: Don Knotts (Les Calhoun)

Co-Starring: Sean Baca (Street Kid #2), T.J. Evans (Matthew), Tim Eyster (Street Kid #1), Larenz Tate (Street Kid #3)

Featuring: Mark Cheat (Forensics Person), Santa Claus (Himself), Danny Goldring (Mo), Deedee Michaels (Sister Marie), Ray Templin (Piano Player)


Plot Overview

Matlock tries to instill the Christmas spirit in his grumpy neighbor and client, a toy store owner accused of killing his business partner. At Ray Templin's Bar, Conrad explains to Les about the Christmas party, where all of Matlock's associates were planning to attend when Matlock must stay at the police station and asking his client to start giving for the holidays, rather than just doing business.


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