In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)

Judgment Day 

A prominent judge's wife threatens to reveal a skeleton in his closet unless he grants her a lucrative divorce.


Larry Hagman

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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 ... Capt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner (credit only)
Anne-Marie Johnson ... Althea Tibbs (credit only)
David Hart ... Cpl. Parker Williams
Geoffrey Thorne ... Sgt. Wilson Sweet
Hugh O'Connor ... Lt. Lonnie Jamison
Denise Nicholas ... Harriet DeLong
Ken Kercheval ... Judge Lawton Gray
Sherilyn Wolter Sherilyn Wolter ... Councilwoman Roslyn Douglas
Lois Chiles ... Muriel Gray
Crystal Fox ... Cpl. Luann Corbin
Dee Shaw Dee Shaw ... Cpl. Dee Shepard
Wilbur Fitzgerald ... Dist. Atty. Gerard Darnelle
Lee Freeman Lee Freeman ... Eleanor Brooks


Judge Lawton Gray is running for Congress, but his wife Muriel is an alcoholic. Muriel's personal assistant, Eleanor Brooks, spies the judge kissing Sparta Town Councilwoman Roslyn Douglas and tells Muriel about it. When Muriel confronts her husband with this information, he sets up a scheme that thickens the plot into a witches' brew. Written by richardann

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Release Date:

20 January 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The pickup has a flat tire and when the man gets out and looks at his watch it is about 10:50 PM. He then walks at a regular pace on the street. The judge's clock strikes 1 AM just before the man shows up. Later, an officer says the truck was found 10 miles away from the Judge's house. To cover 10 miles in 100 minutes (1.66 hours) means he would have to walk at about 8.5 MPH. An average walking speed for an older person such as the one shown is around 3 MPH, and "racewalkers" can only do between 8 and 9 MPH, so the man could not have covered that distance in the amount of time available. See more »

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