The Sparta Police uncover the shocking living conditions of a high school student, after Althea Tibbs asks them to investigate the residence after the girl's fifth truancy.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)
David Hart ...
Hugh O'Connor ...
Deborah Hobart ...
Colleen Craven
Pierrette Grace ...
Jana Craven
Dan Biggers ...
Bill Luhrs ...
Frank Craven
Scott Brian Higgs ...
Randy Calhoun (as Scott Higgs)
Officer Luann Corbin (as Crystal Fox)
Robin Florence ...


Althea Tibbs gets concerned when student Jana Craven gets caught skipping school for the fifth time. Althea is worried about her home life so she tries to get in touch with the girl's parents but is unsuccessful. Chief Gillespie and Althea are surprised to find no furniture, no appliances and no parents when they show up at Jana's home. When Chief Gillespie sends out several officers to Jana's house to find any evidence on where her parents could have gone, they instead find a body buried in the basement who turns out to be the girl's father. Jana's mother Colleen Craven is still no where to be found. With an ambitious district attorney who is eager to charge Jana with the murder, Chief Gillespie and Detective Virgil Tibbs travels to Jackson, Mississippi to question Jana's uncle on his sister Colleen's whereabouts. Written by mts77

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Drama | Crime | Mystery





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20 February 1990 (USA)  »

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Officer Parker Williams: Bubba, it's always down in the basement.
Lt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner: What is always in the basement?
Officer Parker Williams: The crazy mother, the deformed child, the head in the hatbox. You name it, Bubba, it's always down in the basement!
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Here And Now
Written by Terry Steele and David Elliott
Performed by Luther Vandross
Heard in the radio in the Tibbs' kitchen
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