In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)
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A Problem Too Personal 

Harriet Delong's son is implicated in the investigation of an armed robbery committed by her ex-husband.


Winrich Kolbe


James Lee Barrett (developed for television by), Carroll O'Connor (as Matt Harris) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carroll O'Connor ... Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie
Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)
Alan Autry ... Lt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner
Anne-Marie Johnson ... Althea Tibbs
David Hart ... Officer Parker Williams
Geoffrey Thorne ... Cpl. Wilson Sweet
Hugh O'Connor ... Sgt. Lonnie Jamison
John Wesley ... Vic Glendon
Rugg Williams ... Eugene Glendon
Dabbs Greer ... J. L. Lambry
Denise Nicholas ... Harriet DeLong
Crystal Fox ... Officer LuAnn Corbin
Wilbur Fitzgerald ... Dist. Atty. Gerard Darnelle
Tonea Stewart ... Aunt Etta
Ron Culbreth Ron Culbreth ... Sheriff Will McComb


Harriet Delong's son is implicated in the investigation of an armed robbery committed by her ex-husband.

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Per the eulogy near the beginning, Gillespie's late wife Anna was born in Italy in 1926 and died in 1950. See more »


Sweet and Parker make severe tactical police errors at the alarm call. First, neither radioed they had arrived. Next, after Parker is fired upon by an automatic weapon, he challenges the gun thug by announcing "police" rather than using cover to fire upon the gun thug. Sweet makes this same error when he confronts the same gun thug and is shot due to his incompetence. What they should have done, since there was no one else in the warehouse, once it was learned there was at least one automatic weapon in play was to secure the perimeter and wait for additional units. Police need not verbally challenge a suspect that is firing a weapon or in possession of a weapon in a position from which it could be fired. See more »

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A pound of flesh
20 November 2020 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A robbery takes place on what was pay day at Dabbs Greer's factory that is partially foiled by Sparta PD responding to a silent alarm. John Wesley is arrested Randall Cobb is badly wounded and Gerald Brown escapes with a lot of loot. The robbery was Wesley's idea he was the paymaster there at one time and he was also at one time Denise Nicholas's husband and father of their son Rug Williams.

As Carroll O'Connor explains the citizens of Sparta want a pound of flesh because one of the factory employees was killed and if Wesley is all they have at trial that's what they'll take.

In the meantime Rugg Williams hooks up with Brown out of some misplaced loyalty to his father. The whole thing could end Denise Nicholas's political career.

This is another good one with kudos going out to Denise Nicholas and Gerald Brown.

Also to Dabbs Greer who is one vindictive old man.

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Release Date:

20 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Covington, Georgia, USA

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1.33 : 1
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