History Series / Matlock

20th Sep '17 12:55:28 AM Maddoxsort
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* {{Crossover}}: Matlock once defended Dr. Jesse Travis from a murder charge in ''Series/DiagnosisMurder''.


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* {{Crossover}}: Matlock once defended Dr. Jesse Travis from a murder charge in ''Series/DiagnosisMurder''. Given that the latter also crossed over with ''Series/{{Mannix}}'', [[SharedUniverse one could say that the worlds of Ben Matlock and Joe Mannix are transitively connected to one another.]]
20th Sep '17 12:53:45 AM Maddoxsort
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* CringeComedy: The ENTIRETY of "The Divorce", which features two ''incredibly'' stuck-up yuppies who are [[StepfordSmiler overly upbeat]] finally coming unraveled as all their hidden grievances towards their partners come out into the open and they spend the whole episode making their insurance adjusters soil themselves as they engage in ''loads'' of destructive TantrumThrowing. Not only that, but the crime of the week isn't even a murder- it's just an ExcusePlot to get Ben in the courtroom as a the B-plot of the episode because somebody is suing him over slipping on his porch steps ([[DramaticIrony who happened to be out seeking donations and is actually a]] ConArtist).
20th Sep '17 12:36:45 AM Maddoxsort
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* JustOneLittleMistake: Ben ''loves'' pulling this trick on suspects he knows he's got beat by making it appear like he's not got a thing on them to convict them of their crime (almost always murder) until he ultimately reveals that he has all the evidence necessary to incriminate them, so that they'll be lured into a false sense of security and spend the next few minutes lying and carrying on so bad that when he finally does stop with the antics, he's kept them up for as long as he could (until the prosecutor's patience wears out, usually) and managed to take all of the interactions that the person on the stand had up until now and make them look ''wholly'' unsympathetic (unless they show genuine remorse over what they did). One time, Ben actually goes out of his way to explain that one must be incredibly careful in planning out a murder because the tiniest mistake is dooming to the culprit.



* OneLittleMistake: Ben ''loves'' pulling this trick on suspects he knows he's got beat by making it appear like he's not got a thing on them to convict them of their crime (almost always murder) until he ultimately reveals that he has all the evidence necessary to incriminate them, so that they'll be lured into a false sense of security and spend the next few minutes lying and carrying on so bad that when he finally does stop with the antics, he's kept them up for as long as he could (until the prosecutor's patience wears out, usually) and managed to take all of the interactions that the person on the stand had up until now and make them look ''wholly'' unsympathetic (unless they show genuine remorse over what they did). One time, Ben actually goes out of his way to explain that one must be incredibly careful in planning out a murder because the tiniest mistake is dooming to the culprit.
20th Sep '17 12:33:35 AM Maddoxsort
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* OneFatalMistake: Ben ''loves'' pulling this trick on suspects he knows he's got beat by making it appear like he's not got a thing on them to convict them of their crime (almost always murder) until he ultimately reveals that he has all the evidence necessary to incriminate them, so that they'll be lured into a false sense of security and spend the next few minutes lying and carrying on so bad that when he finally does stop with the antics, he's kept them up for as long as he could (until the prosecutor's patience wears out, usually) and managed to take all of the interactions that the person on the stand had up until now and make them look ''wholly'' unsympathetic (unless they show genuine remorse over what they did).

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* OneFatalMistake: OneLittleMistake: Ben ''loves'' pulling this trick on suspects he knows he's got beat by making it appear like he's not got a thing on them to convict them of their crime (almost always murder) until he ultimately reveals that he has all the evidence necessary to incriminate them, so that they'll be lured into a false sense of security and spend the next few minutes lying and carrying on so bad that when he finally does stop with the antics, he's kept them up for as long as he could (until the prosecutor's patience wears out, usually) and managed to take all of the interactions that the person on the stand had up until now and make them look ''wholly'' unsympathetic (unless they show genuine remorse over what they did).did). One time, Ben actually goes out of his way to explain that one must be incredibly careful in planning out a murder because the tiniest mistake is dooming to the culprit.
20th Sep '17 12:24:45 AM Maddoxsort
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** One of the judges in court hates swearing and got mad when Matlock let profanity fly under his watch.

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** One of the judges in court (Judge Claggett) hates swearing and got mad when Matlock let profanity fly under his watch.
20th Sep '17 12:23:43 AM Maddoxsort
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* BaitAndSwitchComment: Weaponized by Charlene in the pilot on at least two people who have been unreasonable with her. She tells them something they want to hear when they think they've managed to weasel their way out of being dragged into court, and then slaps them with a subpoena.

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* BaitAndSwitchComment: Weaponized by Charlene in the pilot on at least two people who have been unreasonable with her. She tells them something they want to hear when they think they've managed to weasel their way out of being dragged into court, and then spitefully slaps them with a subpoena.
20th Sep '17 12:22:48 AM Maddoxsort
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** [[spoiler:Julie (not the prosecutor; this Julie [[OneSteveLimit predated her debut]]) from the Season 1 episode "The Sisters" came back to exact revenge on Matlock for getting her sent to an institution for the criminally insane. Julie was a genius at psychological torture had previously manipulated her [[BreakTheCutie gentle sister]] into committing a murder with her. When they were split up upon her incarceration, her younger sister was so damaged by these events it finally [[DrivenToSuicide drove her to kill herself]] and Julie decided to attack Michelle, the closest thing to a loved one within reach (since by then Charlene had moved to Philadelphia since that fateful trial. [[DisneyVillainDeath Julie went over a banister as she tried to stab Matlock from behind and he moved out of the way. crashing to the floor below and presumably dying.]]]]
* BaitAndSwitchComment: Weaponized by Charlene in the pilot on at least two people who have been unreasonable with her. She tells them something they want to hear when they think they've managed to weasel their way out of being dragged into court, and ''then'':
--> '''Charlene''': ''(spitefully)'' [[TakeThat HERE'S A SUBPOENA.]]

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** [[spoiler:Julie (not the prosecutor; this Julie [[OneSteveLimit predated her debut]]) from the Season 1 episode "The Sisters" came back to exact revenge on Matlock for getting her sent to an institution for the criminally insane. Julie was a genius at psychological torture and had previously manipulated her [[BreakTheCutie gentle sister]] Emily into committing a murder with her. When they were split up upon her incarceration, her younger sister was so damaged by these events it finally [[DrivenToSuicide drove her Emily to kill herself]] herself offscreen]] and Julie decided to attack Michelle, the closest thing to a loved one within reach (since by then Charlene had moved to Philadelphia since that fateful trial. [[DisneyVillainDeath Julie went over a banister as she tried to stab Matlock from behind and he moved out of the way. way, crashing to the floor below and presumably dying.]]]]
* BaitAndSwitchComment: Weaponized by Charlene in the pilot on at least two people who have been unreasonable with her. She tells them something they want to hear when they think they've managed to weasel their way out of being dragged into court, and ''then'':
--> '''Charlene''': ''(spitefully)'' [[TakeThat HERE'S A SUBPOENA.]]
then slaps them with a subpoena.
20th Sep '17 12:20:24 AM Maddoxsort
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Benjamin Layton Matlock is a [[SimpleCountryLawyer folksy]] [[GoodOlBoy Southerner]] with a moral code from before TheSixties and a sense of justice. (One episode has him reveal that he grew up [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow in a North Carolina town that no longer exists]].) He currently practices law in Atlanta, Georgia, which in the time this series was running was one of the least Southern places in the DeepSouth. He defends his clients with help from a private detective friend, {{Courtroom Antic}}s (done folksily), and finding out who actually did it. (In one movie, Matlock actually kept the case going until he found out who did the murder, even though his client was actually cleared and the prosecutor ready to drop the case.)

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Benjamin Layton Leighton Matlock is a [[SimpleCountryLawyer folksy]] [[GoodOlBoy Southerner]] with a moral code from before TheSixties and a sense of justice. (One episode has him reveal that he grew up [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow in a North Carolina town that no longer exists]].) He currently practices law in Atlanta, Georgia, which in the time this series was running was one of the least Southern places in the DeepSouth. He defends his clients with help from a private detective friend, {{Courtroom Antic}}s (done folksily), and finding out who actually did it. (In one movie, Matlock actually kept the case going until he found out who did the murder, even though his client was actually cleared and the prosecutor ready to drop the case.)


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* HeldBackInSchool: In "The Court Martial", Matlock confides that he repeated the third grade as a way of saying that sometimes success doesn't come easy.


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* OneFatalMistake: Ben ''loves'' pulling this trick on suspects he knows he's got beat by making it appear like he's not got a thing on them to convict them of their crime (almost always murder) until he ultimately reveals that he has all the evidence necessary to incriminate them, so that they'll be lured into a false sense of security and spend the next few minutes lying and carrying on so bad that when he finally does stop with the antics, he's kept them up for as long as he could (until the prosecutor's patience wears out, usually) and managed to take all of the interactions that the person on the stand had up until now and make them look ''wholly'' unsympathetic (unless they show genuine remorse over what they did).


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* ThePerryMasonMethod: You'll find that Matlock regularly engages in nutty courtroom antics just to erode the credibility of a witness when it finally comes time to pull the wool over their eyes.
7th Sep '17 12:17:09 PM Alvin
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* GilliganCut: Matlock, about to go on a fishing trip, gets a letter calling him in for jury duty. Matlock remarks, that as a prominent defense attorney, there's a snowball's chance in hell he'd be selected. Cut to Matlock sitting in the jury box. An example of ArtisticLicenseLaw, as in most of the United States and all Canadian provinces lawyer's are ineligible for jury duty.

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* GilliganCut: Matlock, about to go on a fishing trip, gets a letter calling him in for jury duty. Matlock remarks, that as a prominent defense attorney, there's a snowball's chance in hell he'd be selected. Cut to Matlock sitting in the jury box. An example of ArtisticLicenseLaw, as in most of the United States and all Canadian provinces lawyer's lawyers are ineligible for jury duty.
6th Sep '17 8:21:14 AM johnsmithxxi
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* NotHelpingYourCase: Matlock has several clients who work this trope. However, his client in "The Fugitive" takes the cake. He frequently interjects in court, knocks out the bailiff and flees the courthouse. Ultimately, Matlock shows his client was framed-for-murder. [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure The judge, citing the extreme stress Matlock's client was under, recommends a lengthy term of community services instead of the "many years" in prison his actions would usually receive.]]
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