Matlock (1986–1995)
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The Big Payoff 

Michelle works with an insurance investigator to prove that a man killed his rich wife to collect on the insurance money.


Leo Penn


Dean Hargrove (created by), Gerry Conway (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Griffith ... Ben Matlock
Nancy Stafford ... Michelle Thomas
Julie Sommars ... Julie March (credit only)
Clarence Gilyard Jr. ... Conrad McMasters
Max Alexander ... Max Sugarman
Lynne Cormack Lynne Cormack ... Grace Harker Maitland
David Froman David Froman ... Lt. Bob Brooks
Jeff Hayenga Jeff Hayenga ... Kevin Maitland (as Jeffrey Hayenga)
Franc Luz ... Richard Maitland
Bobbie Phillips ... Lisa Loomis
David Spielberg ... Peter Angelli
Lou Beatty Jr. ... Kevin's Lawyer
Nick Tate ... Bob
Randy Travis ... Billy Wheeler
Sandy Dell ... Female Model


Michelle works with an insurance investigator to prove that a man killed his rich wife to collect on the insurance money.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

28 February 1992 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


First acting credit for Randy Travis in TV or film. See more »


Referenced in Matlock: The Mark (1993) See more »


Nobody's Darling But Mine
Written by Jimmie Davis (uncredited)
Sung by Randy Travis and Andy Griffith
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A nice start...
23 March 2018 | by desert_dilbertSee all my reviews

This episode starts with a wonderful scene of Sandy Dell. What a shame, this woman has never done anything more salacious than this in Hollywood.

After this scene, we meet a fat man. Orca fat. ("Free Willy" as a human.)

The freed Willy then meets...Bobbie Phillips! (One of the women who went topless in the movie, "Showgirls." Rrrow!)

Mr. Willy goes on to meet others, blah blah, Randy Travis somehow shows up (Don't see his live show anymore, he's so old his voice is gone, but enjoy all his recorded works as well as this episode where he sings several numbers from the Country American Songbook) and things happen.

Like most episodes, someone is credited at the start but isn't in the episode. The 'Milk Carton Star of the Week' is of course, Julie Sommars. Another shame.

If only time travel were possible, someone could've influenced the career of her and Sandy in the 70's and had them perform like almost all women, topless in some silly movie or another. Alas, both Sandy and Julie evaded this industry norm time period and left us with, well, period. Appearances on lame-o television series and little else.

Then, maybe also someone could've influenced Nancy Stafford (and perhaps Lisa Whelchel and Kim Fields) to do some of the tawdry T&A movies of the '80's or '90's. That would've been nice!

So, enjoy this episode for the first 30 seconds or so as well as Randy being, well, Randy, in his prime!

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