In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)

Citizen Trundel: Part 1 

Harriet Delong's sister is killed in a murder ordered by her married lover, the wealthiest man in Sparta. Harriet accuses the police department of not properly bringing the mam to justice.


Leo Penn


John Ball (novel), Carroll O'Connor (as Matt Harris)

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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)
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
Denise Nicholas ... Harriet DeLong
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maxine Barnett Maxine Barnett ... Maid
Dan Biggers Dan Biggers ... Dr. Frank Robb
Stuart Culpepper Stuart Culpepper ... Judge Colter
Wilbur Fitzgerald ... Dist. Atty. Gerard Darnelle
Crystal Fox ... Officer Luann Corbin
Tom Key ... Norman Luft
Charles Landress ... Steven Romero


Councilwoman Harriet DeLong's sister, Natalie, is found murdered in her home and Harriet is definitely sure of the person behind the killing. Chief Bill Gillespie is concerned for Harriet's safety and orders police protection for her in which she is not too pleased about. Detective Tibbs notices that Chief Gillespie seems to know more about this case than he is willing to tell him. A break comes in the case when Sgt. Jamison sees two employees at Trundel Allied Industries that match up to the description of suspects that Natalie DeLong's neighbor gave to the Sparta police, when he witnessed two men leaving her house the night of the murder. Chief Gillespie finally reveals to Detective Tibbs that person who he believed ordered Harriet's sister murder is a wealthy and powerful New Orleans business magnate by the name of V.J. Trundel and his connection to Natalie Delong. Meanwhile, Harriet DeLong is outraged that the suspect being held in the connection to her sister's murder has been ... Written by mts77

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Release Date:

1 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Covington, Georgia, USA

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1.33 : 1
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When Jamison strikes Turkus with his baton while Turkus is laying on the ground, the baton bends, indicating that it's made out of rubber. See more »

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