The Sparta Police Department welcome their first female officer.



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Episode credited cast:
Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)
Althea Tibbs (credit only)
David Hart ...
Hugh O'Connor ...
Sheryl Lynn Piland ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Officer Luann Corbin (as Crystal Fox)
Lance Bosworth
Melvin Lemmon (as Thom Gossom)
Randy Hall ...
Al Bosworth
Freddie Hendricks ...
Abe Collins
Patty Mack ...


Chief Bill Gillespie introduces Officer Christine Rankin to the Sparta City Council as the first African American woman to serve in the police department. Officer Rankin is sent out on a case almost immediately. Written by richardann

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery





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14 November 1989 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bubba, Lonnie and Sweet all get promoted in this episode. Bubba is promoted to lieutenant, Lonnie to sergeant and Sweet to corporal. See more »


Although Officer Luann Corbin, played by actress Crystal R. Fox, is introduced at the end of this episode as having just been brought that day from Jackson, Mississippi, to become the newest member of the Sparta Police Department, Fox is listed in the closing credits of the previous episode, "Murder Most Ancient", and was shown sitting in character at her desk in the office of the Sparta PD. See more »


Officer Christine Rankin: It was always my Aunt Edie in Kenard. She's all I have, outside of all of you.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: All of us?
Officer Christine Rankin: Yea, I always make a family wherever I go. Like the in school, in the academy, now here on the job - y'all.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Well, I'd say you could do a whole lot worse than us. I think, as a family, we're decent enough. Sober without being stuffy and willing to stand by you.
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