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The Buddies is the twelfth episode of the fourth season of Matlock, and the seventy-ninth episode overall.
Guest Stars (in alphabetical order): George Coe (Dr. Lucas Sinclair), Leland Crooke (Ignition Bomb Dealer), David Froman (Lt. Bob Brooks), Hugh Gillin (Assemblyman Bud Carlson), Arnold Johnson (Calvin Stokes), Fritz Weaver (Pastor James Hubert)
Co-Starring: Jill Andre (Deputy D.A. Hudson), Ed Beechner (Young Carlson), Beth Black (Hitchhiker), Buddy Bryan (Assistant D.A. Taft), Thomas Robert Burke (Young Kingsley), Isabel Cooley (Judge Webber), Kat Ellis (Carlson's Aide), Robin Gordon (Ellen Kingsley), Gerald Hopkins (Young Hubert), Stephen McDonough (Young Sinclair), Richard Newton (Judge Cooksey), Ray Templin (Piano Player), Ed Williams (Mr. Morgan)
One of Matlock's old fishing buddies, on his death bed, implores the lawyer to look into an old murder case, suspecting that another of their group was the killer and Conrad investigate three of Matlock's old friends, one who nearly killed his boss himself with an ignition bomb in Matlock's car.