In the Heat of the Night

Season 2 Episode 17


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 28, 1989 on NBC

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  • A Tale Of Adultery, Race Relations and Labor Unions

    Workers (who are white) at the local factory on strike, prompting the owner to bring in some "scabs" (who are black) to cross the picket line.

    In addition to economic hardship and some racial tensions, two people are murdered; the head of the labor union and rising black politician.

    In the end, the murders were not tied to the labor dispute, but the less political act of adultery.

    In the end, labor and management reach an agreement, but the racial conflict still lingers.

    The scabs (who are as poor as the white workers, if not more so) will probably be out of work, with no labor union or politician or take up their cause.

    The episode's examination of white versus black blue collar workers in the South is quite interesting.

    Its not a subject American network TV shows were eager to deal with.

    Alas, the actual murder mystery isnt especially interesting and is forced to wrap itself off pretty quickly.