Virgil's cousin is accused of a string of robberies in the midst of him trying to bring some peace back to the family.







Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie
... Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)
... Lt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner
... Althea Tibbs
David Hart ... Officer Parker Williams
... Cpl. Wilson Sweet
Hugh O'Connor ... Sgt. Lonnie Jamison
Fran Bennett ... Ruda Gibson - Virgil's Aunt
... Officer Luann Corbin
... Aunt Etta Kibbey
... Wade Baxter
Michael Burgess ... Tyrell Gibson
... Mrs. Johnson
... Austin
... Jebb Gray


Virgil Tibbs visits his Aunt Ruda in hopes of reconciling family differences. He convinces Aunt Ruda to come over to his home for a nice family get together that also includes his Aunt Etta, who Ruda is estranged from. Meanwhile, there are a string of robberies in Sparta, with the last one resulting in a murder of a janitor on the night shift. The Sparta P.D.'s investigation leads to Virgil's cousin, Tyrell Gibson, as an accomplice in the crimes. Detective Tibbs convinces his Aunt Ruda to tell him where her son Tyrell is hiding out. When Virgil shows up at the abandoned warehouse, he reasons with his cousin to turn himself in safely, but the situation turns tragic when there is a struggle for Tyrell's gun. Afterwards, Virgil's already shaky relationship with his Aunt Ruda is put in jeopardy. Written by mts77

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4 December 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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