In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)
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A Depraved Heart 

Bubba Skinner is determined to have a womanizing real estate agent charged with attempted murder after the man knowingly infected Bubba's friend with HIV.


Harry Harris


James Lee Barrett (developed for television by), Cynthia Deming | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carroll O'Connor ... Sheriff William O. 'Bill' Gillespie
Carl Weathers ... Chief Hampton Forbes
Alan Autry ... Capt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner
David Hart ... Sgt. Parker Williams
Hugh O'Connor ... Lt. Lonnie Jamison
Crystal Fox ... Sgt. Luann Corbin
Denise Nicholas ... Harriet DeLong
Lisa Rieffel ... Lori Foster
Tony Higgins Tony Higgins ... David Monroe
Sonny Shroyer ... Dwight Foster
Mary Ann Hagan ... Tamara Naylor
Kerry Maher Kerry Maher ... Carl Naylor
Dee Shaw Dee Shaw ... Sgt. Dee Shepard
Harvey E. Lee Jr. Harvey E. Lee Jr. ... Officer Covey
Mark Johnson Mark Johnson ... Cpl. Luke Everett


As Lori Foster breaks into David Monroe's house and steals a bottle of AZT, prescription medication for AIDS, she is seen by a next-door neighbor who reports it to the police. At the same time, Monroe romances Tamara Naylor while showing her a home for sale. They are spied by Tamara's husband Carl. When questioned, Lori accuses Monroe of murder for willfully infecting her with HIV. After reflection, District Attorney Darnelle agrees to try the case as evidence of a "depraved heart." Before charges can be filed, Monroe is killed by two gunshots through the window by an unknown assailant. The investigation reveals AIDS as a gift that keeps on giving. Written by richardann

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Sonny Shroyer appears as a citizen in this show that takes place in Mississippi but was filmed in Georgia. He was best known as Georgia Deputy Enos Strate from The Dukes of Hazzard (1979). See more »

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One man epidemic
22 October 2020 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When Alan Autry catches young friend Mary Ann Hagan stealing AZT medicine from womanizing real estate salesman Tony Higgins, it breaks his heart to learn she has AIDS.

It enrages him to hear that Higgins hasbecome th local typhoid Mary as his womanizing spreads it in Sparta.

No law apparently covers it, but DA Wilbur Fitzgerald decides he can do something and will charge Higgins with some truly reckless behavior. But before that someone pumps two bullets in him mand we have a case of murder which is a certainly identidiable crime.

With Detective Tibbs on leave of absence, Alan Autry investigates this one with a great deal of heartbreak.

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23 September 1993 (USA) See more »

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