In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)

A Dish Best Served Cold 

When an embezzler returns to Sparta after serving a prison sentence, quite a few people become suspects when the man is killed.


Reza Badiyi


James Lee Barrett (developed for television by), John Ball (based on characters created by) | 4 more credits »


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Episode credited cast:
Carroll O'Connor ... Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie
Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins) (credit only)
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 (credit only)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nathan Adler Nathan Adler ... Lester Meacham
Stephen Michael Ayers ... Perry Meacham
Karen Black ... Carla Ray
Wilbur Fitzgerald ... Dist. Atty. Gerard Darnelle (as Wilbur T. Fitzgerald)
Crystal Fox ... Cpl. Luann Corbin
Ed Grady ... Jimmy Ray
Barbara Howard Barbara Howard ... Connie Meacham


Etta Kibbey, Virgil Tibb's aunt, recognizes Jimmy Ray, who was in partnership with Etta's husband Marcus twenty years before and embezzled and fled with the company funds, indirectly causing Marcus' untimely death. Jimmy has come to reconcile with his estranged wife Carla, who wants no part of him. Jimmy also embezzled all of Lester Meacham's money, which left Lester a broken man. Now Lester lives with his daughter Connie and son Perry, who has sworn vengeance against Jimmy Ray. Carla variously entertains Lance Carter romantically and connives with Perry Meacham. Etta is conflicted in her feelings of outrage against Jimmy Ray and her religious principle of forgiveness. Written by richardann

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Release Date:

17 March 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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