In the Heat of the Night: Season 5, Episode 20

Family Reunion (20 Apr. 1992)

TV Episode  |   |  Drama, Crime, Mystery
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A paroled robber returns to Sparta in search of a $750,000 stash.



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Episode credited cast:
Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)
David Hart ...
Hugh O'Connor ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Paxton
Officer Luann Corbin (as Crystal Fox)
Coach Linton
Terry Hobbs ...
Laine Paxton
Charlie Hunter ...
Carl Purdy
Michael Montgomery ...
Mr. Martini


After fourteen years in prison for armed robbery, Roy Paxton arrives in Sparta, looking for his son Laine and his ex-wife Vidalia, who is holding $750,000 loot. Roy kills an insurance investigator to cover his tracks, but he is no match for Chief Gillespie and the Sparta police. The episode alternates between drama and light spoofery. Written by richardann

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Drama | Crime | Mystery




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20 April 1992 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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After hitting Carl Purdy over the head and depositing him on the sofa, Roy Paxton reaches out the door and picks up Purdy's shotgun. When viewed from the exterior camera, he only has the shotgun in his hand. When they switch to a camera inside the room, Paxton suddenly has both the shotgun and a baseball bat in his hand. See more »


(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song
(1975) (uncredited)
Written by Chips Moman and Larry Butler
Portion sung in the shower by character Ron Bryson
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