In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)

Dangerous Engagement 

A newspaper misprint makes Bill Gillespie the target of an escaped killer in the days leading up to he and Harriet's wedding. Bill and Harriet are married in a beautiful, simple ceremony with Chief Forbes serving as best man.


Vincent McEveety (as Vince McEveety)


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


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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 (credit only)
David Hart ... Sgt. Parker Williams
Hugh O'Connor ... Lt. Lonnie Jamison
Crystal Fox ... Sgt. LuAnn Corbin
Denise Nicholas ... Harriet DeLong Gillespie
Chris McCarty ... Lucas DeFete
Liam Gannon Liam Gannon ... Father John Dalton
Ron Culbreth Ron Culbreth ... Sheriff Will McComb
Michael Mattison Michael Mattison ... Harlan
Bill Crabb Bill Crabb ... Bo the Bartender
Annie Joe Edwards Annie Joe Edwards ... Mona (as Annie-Joe)
Martha Burgess Martha Burgess ... Lacy Loomis
Dee Shaw ... Sgt. Dee Shepard


The Sparta Herald reports that Bill Gillespie and Harriet DeLong will be married in New Orleans, provoking an egg attack on Harriet's car along with well-wishers from the community. A sniper fires a rifle at the two, apparently in response to their impending marriage. But in reality the sniper, Lucas DeFete from Amarillo, Texas, has seen Bill Gillespie's picture in a newspaper which misidentifies him as Sheriff Will McComb, who sent his father Earle DeFete to death row. Lucas kills Harlan, who owns the property where the sniper has been holed up, and kills Roger Owen, an innocent citizen whose car he steals. In spite of their difficulties, Bill and Harriet resolve to be married by Abbot John Dalton at the monastery in Sparta. Written by richardann

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4 May 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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