In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)

Perversions of Justice 

Tempers flare in Sparta when an elementary school teacher is accused of molesting one of his students.


Harry Harris


James Lee Barrett (developed for television by), John Ball (novel) | 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
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Leonard Grissom
Brian Lando Brian Lando ... Jimmy Dillard
Ronnie Claire Edwards ... Lorraine Reeves
Denise Nicholas ... Harriet DeLong
Wynn Hollingsworth Wynn Hollingsworth ... Jeff Dillard
Ray McKinnon ... Jethro Puller
Wilbur Fitzgerald ... Dist. Atty. Gerard Darnelle
Ginny Parker Ginny Parker ... Mrs. Poole


Jimmy Dillard is a young boy who says that his teacher, Leonard Grissom, had molested him several times at the school. When Chief Gillespie and Detective Tibbs investigate the case, they come upon many inconsistencies with Jimmy's story. Jeff Dillard, who is Jimmy's father, grows frustrated with the progress of the police investigation into his boy's claims of molestation and also the new editor of the Sparta Herald is attacking the Sparta P.D. in the newspaper for its lack of movement against the teacher. Many in the town are outraged that the teacher is just on suspension and one night Grissom's house is shot at while he sleeps. Chief Gillespie eventually gets the actual story from Jimmy on whether his accusations are true or not, but nonetheless the outcome for Leonard Grissom is unfortunate. Written by mts77

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Release Date:

2 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Covington, Georgia, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Was that it?
Jimmy Dillard: [Begins to cry]
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Well I declare. I do declare. Come on we'll walk on a little bit further to our faces dry off.
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