Mar. 06, 1988
60 min.
CBS TV Network

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In the Heat of the Night - 03x04 First Girl

3x04 First Girl

First Aired: Nov. 14, 1989 on CBS
Summary: The first woman police officer in Sparta's force is killed during a case in which Gillespie apprehends a murderous drug dealer.

Main Characters in this Episode

Guest Stars

Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie played by Carroll O'Connor
Lt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner played by Alan Autry
Cpl. Wilson Sweet played by Geoffrey Thorne
Sgt. Lonnie Jamison played by Hugh O'Connor
Officer Christine Rankin played by Sheryl Lynn Piland
Melva played by Patty Mack
Officer Luann Corbin played by Crystal R. Fox
John Reeve played by Lou Walker


  • Goof (continuity error): Although Officer Luann Corbin, played by actress Crystal R. Fox, is introduced at the end of this episode as having just been brought that day from Jackson, Mississippi, to become the newest member of the Sparta Police Department, Fox is listed in the closing credits of the previous episode, "Murder Most Ancient", and was shown sitting in character at her desk in the office of the Sparta PD.


  • It is mentioned for the first time that Virgil's official rank with the Sparta police is captain.
  • This marked the debuts of Denise Nicholas and Crystal R. Fox in the roles of Councilwoman Harriet DeLong and policewoman Luann Corbin respectively.
  • Bubba, Lonnie and Sweet all get promoted in this episode. Bubba is promoted to lieutenant, Lonnie to sergeant and Sweet to corporal.
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