In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)

Poor Relations 

In a somewhat comical episode, Parker's stepfather returns to Sparta with his new wife and runs Parker out of house and home. Among Roy's possessions is an ornate painting, the value of which Roy is unaware.


Reza Badiyi


James Lee Barrett (developer), Carroll O'Connor | 4 more credits »

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Episode credited cast:
Carroll O'Connor ... Sheriff William O. 'Bill' Gillespie
Carl Weathers ... Chief Hampton Forbes
Alan Autry ... Capt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner (credit only)
David Hart ... Sgt. Parker Williams
Hugh O'Connor ... Lt. Lonnie Jamison
Crystal Fox ... Sgt. Luann Corbin
Denise Nicholas ... Harriet DeLong
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Black Charles Black ... Councilman Grover Dorsey
Taurean Blacque ... Victor Dufoxe
Robert Brown ... Oscar Vollen
Michelle Benjamin Cooper Michelle Benjamin Cooper ... Player Lady
Christopher Curry ... Bitsy Mergere
Deborah Duke Deborah Duke ... Dealer Lady
Pat Hingle ... Daddy Roy Eversole
Mark Johnson Mark Johnson ... Cpl. Luke Everett


Follow-up to Episode #6.14, "A Step Removed". Daddy Roy Eversole, Sgt. Parker Williams' shiftless step-father, returns to Sparta with his current love, Roda, and breaks into Parker's house. As the police arrive to investigate, Roy unloads a painting under the watchful eye of Oscar Vollen, master art thief. Oscar summons his henchman, Bitsy Mergere, to help retrieve the painting. Sheriff Bill Gillespie reminds Roy that he was not welcome in Sparta, and recognizes the painting as a valuable art object. Victor Dufoxe, a tough insurance investigator, follows the painting to Sparta from Miami where it was stolen. The plot is a spoof with a touch of Keystone Crooks, and a classic family squabble. Written by richardann

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Release Date:

30 March 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Welcome To Sparta City Sign points out the Population of Sparta Being 30,000. See more »


About 11 minutes into the show where the two men are talking on pay telephones side by side, when it cuts to the man in black on the right and he turns you can see the boom mic up where it says phone. See more »

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