During the Christmas season, a flirtatious newspaper reporter prints an unflattering story about the Sparta Police Department.





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)
David Hart ...
Hugh O'Connor ...
Judith Robinson ...
Reporter Millie Turnby
Officer Luann Corbin (as Crystal Fox)
Johnny Popwell ...
Deborah Atkinson ...
Michelle Carpenter (archive footage)
Paul Benjamin ...
George Brownlow (archive footage)
Peter Gabb ...
Horace Goode (archive footage)


In this Christmas episode, members of the Sparta Police Department are interviewed for an article in the Sparta Herald. Reporter Millie Turnby has a preconceived notion regarding the article and spins the information to suit her agenda. Flashbacks show the SPD's growing pains after Virgil Tibbs joins the force, especially in his relationships with Chief Bill Gillespie and Sergeant Bubba Skinner. As the officers read the article at a Christmas party, Gillespie puts it and the newspaper into proper perspective. Written by richardann

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Drama | Crime | Mystery




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18 December 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Previous episodes referred to in this episode were: "Pilot Pt.1 and Pt.2." (eps.1.1 and 1.2), "Don't Look Back, Pt.1" (ep.2.1), "Gunshots" (ep.2.7), "A Trip Upstate" (ep.2.11), "Rape" (ep.3.1), "First Girl" (ep.3.4) and "Brotherly Love Pt.1" (ep.4.1). See more »


Adeste Fidelis (O Come All Ye Faithful)
Written by Frederick Oakeley and John Francis Wade
Sung by cast closing scene and portion played as part of the score
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