In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)

Your Own Kind 

An interracial high school couple is the target of a racist sniper on the Sparta High School field.


Dick Martin


James Lee Barrett (developed for television by), Denise Nicholas | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carroll O'Connor ... Sheriff William O. 'Bill' Gillespie
Carl Weathers ... Chief Hampton Forbes
Alan Autry ... Capt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner
David Hart ... Sgt. Parker Williams
Hugh O'Connor ... Lt. Lonnie Jamison
Crystal Fox ... Sgt. Luann Corbin
Denise Nicholas ... Harriet DeLong
Juliet Tablak Juliet Tablak ... Marissa Rask
RonReaco Lee ... David Collins
Dee Shaw ... Sgt. Dee Shepard
Harvey E. Lee Jr. Harvey E. Lee Jr. ... Officer Covey
Mark Johnson Mark Johnson ... Cpl. Luke Everett
Dan Biggers Dan Biggers ... Dr. Frank Robb
Terry Beaver Terry Beaver ... Charlie Rask
Marguerite Hannah Marguerite Hannah ... Mrs. Collins


Harriet Delong helps open a new art gallery on the Sparta square to benefit pregnant teenagers, as the Sparta High School track team prepares for an upcoming meet with Capt. Bubba Skinner and Lt. Lonnie Jamison as volunteer coaches. The team is racially mixed, evidencing the peaceful "new South" of the time. During a practice, Marissa Rask, a Caucasian girl, and David Collins, an African-American boy, embrace and kiss. The moment is cut short by a sniper's bullet into Marissa's back. The sniper turns out to be ultra-racist Brent Lunay (episode #5.15, "Odessa"), who is seen by Skip Coopersmith leaving the area. Marissa may not walk again. The high school principal accuses Lonnie of neglect in allowing the shooting to occur. A major question for investigators is: who was the target? Written by richardann

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Release Date:

16 December 1993 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Covington, Georgia, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Dick Martin's last directing gig. See more »

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