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The Defenders Season 4

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Season 04, Episode 01 The Seven Hundred-Year Old Gang (1)

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Sep 24, 1964
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The Seven Hundred-Year Old Gang (1) Sep 24, 1964 The police uncover a bootlegging operation run by elderly David Marcus (Jack Gilford).

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Season 04, Episode 02 The Seven Hundred-Year Old Gang (2)

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Oct 1, 1964
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The Seven Hundred-Year Old Gang (2) Oct 1, 1964 The DA, fearing his political future will be ruined if he prosecutes an elderly winemaker, begs Preston for a postponement of the trial.

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Season 04, Episode 03 Hero of the People

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Oct 8, 1964
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Hero of the People Oct 8, 1964 Lonely Harry Obermayer glories in his sudden fame when he falsely confesses to the murder of a narcotics peddler.

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Season 04, Episode 04 Go-Between

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Oct 15, 1964
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Go-Between Oct 15, 1964 When his son is kidnapped, Presidential candidate Matthew J. Ritter (Arthur Hill) turns to Preston - instead of the police - for help.

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Season 04, Episode 05 Conflict of Interests

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Oct 22, 1964
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Conflict of Interests Oct 22, 1964 Representing a British drama critic in a libel suit, the Prestons' ingenuity is taxed by a clever - and very attractive - opposing attorney (Cloris Leachman).

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Season 04, Episode 06 The Man Who . . .

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Oct 29, 1964
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The Man Who . . . Oct 29, 1964 Lawrence Preston runs for political office. In the end, of course, he loses. He realizes he lost because he offered no alternative to the other candidate. E. G. Marshall's final speech to the winning candidate said it was a choice between Tweedlee and Tweedledum.

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Season 04, Episode 07 Turning Point

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Nov 5, 1964
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Turning Point Nov 5, 1964 Hostile silence greets Ken as he investigates a murder for which a young man has already been executed.

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Season 04, Episode 08 A Taste of Ashes

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Nov 12, 1964
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A Taste of Ashes Nov 12, 1964 Preston defends two men charged with committing murder to save their own lives.

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Season 04, Episode 09 Comeback

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Nov 26, 1964
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Comeback Nov 26, 1964 A once-famous actress, Madeline Flanders (Viveca Lindfors) making her comeback is accused of drunken driving and hit and run. Preston, one of her old fans, defends her.

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Season 04, Episode 10 The Siege

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Dec 3, 1964
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The Siege Dec 3, 1964 Preston is threatened by gun-wielding Gary Degan (Robert Redford), an escaped convict who insists he's innocent - and that Preston is responsible for his conviction.

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Season 04, Episode 11 Whitewash

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Dec 10, 1964
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Whitewash Dec 10, 1964 Charged with extortion, city councilman Juan Espejo (Ricardo Montalban) insists the indictment is a maneuver to discredit Puerto Ricans in public office.

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Season 04, Episode 12 A Voice Loud and Clear

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Dec 17, 1964
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A Voice Loud and Clear Dec 17, 1964 On trial for murder, religious visionary Bethany Windell (Shirley Knight) offers an unusual motive: she killed when ordered to by strange voices.

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Season 04, Episode 13 King of the Hill

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Dec 31, 1964
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King of the Hill Dec 31, 1964 Real-estate kingpin Mark Vronis's shady past may prove to be his undoing when he's charged with smuggling narcotics.

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Season 04, Episode 14 Whipping Boy

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Jan 7, 1965
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Whipping Boy Jan 7, 1965 Ken is retained by accused child beater Christine Knox (Madlyn Rhue), a young divorcee who claims her son fell down a flight of stairs.

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Season 04, Episode 15 Eyewitness

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Jan 14, 1965
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Eyewitness Jan 14, 1965 Examination of the public's responsibility in law enforcement. Preston defends two teenagers charged with beating an elderly man to death - while 27 witnesses looked on.

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Season 04, Episode 16 The Silent Killers

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Jan 21, 1965
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The Silent Killers Jan 21, 1965 The Prestons' defense of an accused murderer focuses on one question: is circumstantial evidence enough to justify capital punishment?

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Season 04, Episode 17 Death on Wheels

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Jan 28, 1965
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Death on Wheels Jan 28, 1965 An emotionally disturbed man (Leslie Nielsen) seeks the Prestons' aid after he kills a pedestrian in an auto accident. The courtroom plea: temporary insanity.

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Season 04, Episode 18 The Unwritten Law

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Feb 4, 1965
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The Unwritten Law Feb 4, 1965 Indicted for murdering his wife's lover, Leo Rolf (David Opatoshu) guarantees Preston that an "unwritten law" assures him acquittal.

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Season 04, Episode 19 The Objector

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Feb 11, 1965
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The Objector Feb 11, 1965 The rules governing conscientious objection are examined in this episode. Roger Bailey (Brandon de Wilde) tries to obtain a draft deferment on religious grounds - although he practices no formal religion.

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Season 04, Episode 20 Fires of the Mind

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Feb 18, 1965
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Fires of the Mind Feb 18, 1965 After taking LSD, mentally disturbed Robert Kraft commits suicide while experiencing a hallucinatory reaction—and Dr. Byron Saul (Pleasence), who's been treating Kraft with the drug, is charged with manslaughter.

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Season 04, Episode 21 No-Knock

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Feb 25, 1965
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No-Knock Feb 25, 1965 Armed with a no-knock warrant, a plainclothes man enters Willie Drucker's apartment - and is killed by the suspected numbers racketeer.

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Season 04, Episode 22 The Merry-Go-Round Murder

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Mar 4, 1965
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The Merry-Go-Round Murder Mar 4, 1965 Governess Winnie Benedette (Ruth White), overzealous efforts to shield her young charge from his parents' divorce proceedings leads to tragedy.

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Season 04, Episode 23 Nobody Asks What Side You're On . . .

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Mar 11, 1965
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Nobody Asks What Side You're On . . . Mar 11, 1965 While the police close in on a molester, columnist Marla Edwards (Lee Grant) flees to her car - where a man hides in the back seat.

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Season 04, Episode 24 Impeachment

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Mar 18, 1965
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Impeachment Mar 18, 1965 Gov. William Defoe's declaration of independence from a corrupt political machine may prove costly: the party bosses are after his resignation - or impeachment.

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Season 04, Episode 25 The Sworn Twelve

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Mar 25, 1965
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The Sworn Twelve Mar 25, 1965 Preston tries to secure a new trial for his client when he receives an anonymous letter charging impropriety in the jury room.

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Season 04, Episode 26 A Matter of Law and Disorder

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Apr 8, 1965
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A Matter of Law and Disorder Apr 8, 1965 Charged with manslaughter for shooting a teenager, Peter Dowling (Pat Hingle) claims self-defense - but the boy was unarmed.

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Season 04, Episode 27 Youths and Maidens on an Evening Walk

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Apr 15, 1965
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Youths and Maidens on an Evening Walk Apr 15, 1965 In her bumbling efforts to attract the attention of a famous director, stage-struck Bertha Schlock (Joan Darling) assaults a policeman.

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Season 04, Episode 28 The Prosecutor

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Apr 29, 1965
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The Prosecutor Apr 29, 1965 Charles Parker (Larry Blyden) has second thoughts about prosecuting a suspected murderer when the Prestons - defense attorneys in the case - offer him a position with their law firm.

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Season 04, Episode 29 The Bum's Rush

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May 6, 1965
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The Bum's Rush May 6, 1965 The Prestons are assigned to defend murder suspect Charlie Barry (Tom Bosley), a vagrant who is apathetically resigned to his fate.

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Season 04, Episode 30 Only a Child

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May 13, 1965
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Only a Child May 13, 1965 Suing for damages after his son's accidental death, Bill Andrews (Robert Duval) finds that the amount he can collect won't even cover the cost of his wife's psychiatric care.

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