In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)
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Judgment Day 

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


Larry Hagman


James Lee Barrett (developed for television by), Mitchell Schneider | 1 more credit »


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 ... Cpl. Dee Shepard
Wilbur Fitzgerald ... Dist. Atty. Gerard Darnelle
Lee Freeman ... Eleanor Brooks


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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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A Dallas (1978) connection. Guest star Ken Kercheval (Cliff Barnes) is directed by Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing) in this segment. See more »


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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Kind of a strange ending
24 February 2020 | by mlowry-29164See all my reviews

One thing about "In the Heat of the Night" the show never had a shortage of beautiful women. This episode guest starred the older but still lovely Lois Chiles (The Great Gatsby), sexy Sherilyn Wolter (General Hospital) and of course the show's attractive regulars Anne-Marie Johnson and Denise Nicholas. This episode also was a reunion for "Dallas" cast members Ken Kercheval as the Judge and Larry Hagman who directed this episode. This entry was about the Judge who is running for Congress but he can't control his alcoholic wife. Meanwhile he's having an affair with a sexy councilwoman. Not hard to figure out how this episode will play out. Of course there's gonna be a murder and in the end the scheme becomes unraveled. My problem with this episode is the show ends abruptly with the Judge being arrested. Kind of open ended in my opinion, I guess they ran out of time. Still overall it was pretty good with the usual southern charm and drama.

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20 January 1993 (USA) See more »

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