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By mts77:
Prosper Hoag returns to Sparta despite death threats after being granted parole from prison for being involved in a tragic accident that took the lives of three kids and crippled two others. Many residents and especially the parents of the kids that were involved in the accident are angered that Hoag is coming back to Sparta. Not too long after Prosper Hoag is back home, someone murders him. The Sparta P.D.'s investigation leads them to many willing suspects that would want Prosper Hoag dead.
By richardann:
Writer Jacqueline Holt is ticketed by Bubba Skinner for running a red light and is immediately attracted to him. Jackie stays in Sparta to work on a book, renting a cabin outside town. The first evening, she calls Bubba to report a prowler, saying that her dangerous ex-husband, Frank Van Dorn, is after her with a gun. When Bubba responds to the call, the romance begins. Frank calls Jackie, threatening to harm her, so Bubba teaches her to fire a revolver. Bubba spends so much time with Jackie he gets behind in his duties. One night Bubba is awakened by gunshots, runs downstairs and finds Jackie standing over a dead man who is not Frank. Instead, the victim is Tom Anderson, a private investigator/bounty hunter who is after Frank. In despair, Bubba turns in his badge.
By richardann:
Harley Eaton's watermelon patch is raided and vandalized by Cowboy Habersham, Donnie Cole and their rowdy friends. At Brewer's Pond the men engage in a swimming contest with a greased watermelon. After the game is over, the couples pair up and leave the pond. The next day Donnie is missing. Rumor says that Donnie has been romancing Cowboy's wife, Marlene, and that Cowboy is indifferent to the situation. Marlene is a waitress at a cafe owned by Cal Sims, who has offered a generous amount to buy Cowboy's sporting goods store. Sheriff Bill Gillespie and Chief Hampton Forbes cooperate in the investigation.
By mts77:
Althea's old high school friend Regina Cambell from Philadelphia comes to Sparta to visit her. Althea ends up playing matchmaker for Officer Wilson Sweet and Regina. Meanwhile, the Sparta P.D. traces a hit and run victim found on the side of the road back to Philadelphia and he was found the day Althea's friend Regina arrived in Sparta.
By richardann:
Judge Lawton Gray is running for Congress, but his wife Muriel is an alcoholic. Muriel's personal assistant, Eleanor Brooks, spies the judge kissing Sparta Town Councilwoman Roslyn Douglas and tells Muriel about it. When Muriel confronts her husband with this information, he sets up a scheme that thickens the plot into a witches' brew.
By anonymous:
With Detective Virgil Tibbs out of town in New Orleans doing some work for the F.B.I., Agent Phil Trundle asks for Chief Bill Gillispie's help in dealing with an ex-prizefighter named Conrad 'King' Baylor, who once chauffeured for the mob but who is now trying to sell his silence to his former mob boss instead of testifying for the F.B.I.
By anonymous:
Sgt. Bubba Skinner and Detective Virgil Tibbs must team up to stop a serial arsonist while Chief Gillispie is in Quantico. Meanwhile, retired Capt. Tom Dugan is officially appointed acting chief by Councilwoman Lorraine White, which doesn't go over too well in the police department.
By richardann:
Julie Lofton reports to the Sparta police that she heard a disturbance in her neighbor's apartment, but she can't recognize the man who was there because she is blind. The police find nothing in the apartment to go on. However, Julie says she can positively identify the man's voice, but the district attorney is reluctant to proceed without a dead body.
By richardann:
Follow-up to "Even Nice People" (#6.20). In the previous episode Ron Griff was killed in the act of setting fire to Lana Farren's house. Now Carl DeLissa turns himself in to the Sparta police to secure a plea bargain. He offers to give up all claim to Sparta assets in exchange for a suspended sentence, which the doddering old Judge Cully grants. Newly freed, DeLissa tries to extort money from the mob-related land developers for his silence, which proves to be a most dangerous game.
By richardann:
Dr. Frank Robb, the county coroner, reports several suspicious deaths by morphine overdose at Newton General Hospital to Chief Bill Gillespie. In addition, a considerable quantity of narcotics is missing from the hospital pharmacy. Cora Lucas, Aunt Ruda Gibson's roommate in the hospital is the latest victim. Suspicion falls on Dr. Lambert, who has access to hospital narcotics and has attended each of the dead patients, as well as Ruda Gibson. Virgil Tibbs is convinced his Aunt Ruda knows more than she is willing to admit about the situation.
By richardann:
Candace Sloan, a young African-American woman lawyer, makes a claim against the estate of Horace Sloan Sr. At probate three decades earlier, the executor, Horace Jr., cheated Candace's family out of their promised heritage. The white heirs balk at reopening the will, although Horace Jr. is in favor of awarding the full amount. In a struggle with his son Lamar, Horace Jr. dies unintentionally. Lamar stages a break-in to cover his father's death and the theft of the will. In the investigation the heirs blame Candace for the break-in.
By mts77:
When the Sparta P.D. finds a young woman, Raylynn Walker, dead in a dumpster at the Big T truck stop, they soon uncover that the truck stop is actually running a prostitution business on the side, which would lead to Raylynn's murder. During the investigation, Officer Parker Williams runs into a old high school friend working as a prostitute at the truck stop. Chief Gillespie is shocked at Judd Walker's reaction to his daughter's death and the uncertainty surrounding the welfare of his young granddaughter. Meanwhile, Althea's parents are in town to see the babies and Virgil is in disagreement with his father-in-law on what to name the twins. A suspect that the Sparta P.D. arrested who was last seen with Raylynn, ends up giving some helpful information on who is behind the prostitution racket, which also leads to the person responsible for Raylynn Walker's murder.
By shepherd1138:
When angry Judd Walker throws his young, pregnant and unmarried daughter, Raylynn, out of her home, the desperate girl turns to truck-stop prostitution to support herself and her baby daughter. But after Raylynn's body is found tossed into a dumpster, her bitter father is left to wrestle with guilt and the fate of his granddaughter, while the Sparta PD search for Raylynn's killer.
By richardann:
Edgar Van Buren holds an annual high-stakes poker game at his home, featuring booze, drugs, and women. His wife Annabelle stays in her suite during the weekend to protect the dignity of her home. This year a close friend of Annabelle, Dalton Sykes, is invited to talk business with Edgar. But Edgar is murdered during the party, and his paramour, Laverne Carter, is the chief suspect.
By richardann:
A drunk driver, eighteen-year-old Holly Maynard, runs down a skateboarder, ten-year-old Deenia Larson, and flees the scene. Eddie the ice cream man reports the incident to the police. Holly confesses the hit-and-run to her mother Cynthia, pleading for help. Driving recklessly to leave town, Holly is arrested for DUI and speeding. When her car is identified and Deenia dies in the hospital, a charge of vehicular manslaughter is added. Irate citizens demonstrate against Holly outside City Hall. A judge orders Holly undergo a psychological examination, but the Sparta City Council has no funds for such things. A psychiatrist friend of Sheriff Gillespie, Dr. Atwill, offers his service pro bono, but the treatment comes too late for the devastated Holly.
By richardann:
Ex-madam Maybelle Cheseboro returns to Sparta to set up a phone-sex operation under the guise of a communications business. The City Council objects and Lonnie goes to check on the enterprise. One of the most vocal opponents, city planner Drew Ward, takes one of Maybelle's women, Jessica Lund, to a motel where she dies of an epileptic seizure. Lindy, who sat next to Jessica at the phone shop, tries to extort money from Ward. Chief Forbes investigates while Sheriff Gillespie renews an old acquaintance with Maybelle.
By Brian Washington :
When Gillespie returns home from being away at a police convention, Virgil, Bubba and rest of the squad go to his house to give him a surprise welcome home party. When they arrive they find the house in shambles and Joanne unconscious with a bullet wound. However, the bigger shock is that the chief is missing. Even though it looks as if the chief was kidnapped by African-Americans, Virgil and Bubba soon suspect that acting chief Tom Duggan had something to do with it, but their investigation is thwarted by an FBI agent. She then reveals that Duggan is an FBI operative investigating the activities of a white supremacist organization called the Brotherhood of Aryan People (BOAP), who have recruited his Godson. Now, Duggan's life is in danger because the group think he is now a liability.
By richardann:
Two enforcers from New Orleans, Rene Balcer and Tony Bressak, trace Brian Moseley to Sparta to collect a huge gambling debt (actually stolen money). Brian's father, Warren Moseley, wants to settle the debt, but his brother, Louis Moseley, resents the perceived overindulgence. In this variation on the story of the prodigal son the innocent definitely suffer more than the guilty.
By mts77:
Rochelle Conlan grows tired of the abuse from her wealthy husband Clarence Conlan. She and her lover, Roscoe Jeffrey, come up with a scheme to get rid of him, but her plan goes awry when the evidence seems to point to Rochelle's stepson, John Conlan, as the one responsible for the murder. Afterwards, she and Roscoe are at odds on how to resolve this issue. The Sparta P.D. ends up using a clever ruse to catch the true perpetrators of this crime.
By mts77:
While hitchhiking his way to Sparta to see Chief Bill Gillespie, a Vietnamese teenager named Hank is eyewitness to an armed robbery which results in murder. Hank tells the Chief that he is fathered by an old friend of his, but evidence is soon found to put doubt on the boy's claim. Meanwhile, the presence of Hank brings on some painful memories for Parker of his time served during the Vietnam War. The Sparta P.D. nabs one of the suspects involved with the deadly robbery, while on the lookout for the dangerous shooter who remains on the loose.
By mts77:
When white cab driver Mike Cystak is found murdered in the Bottoms and the $1500 in cash he had with him missing, there is fear that racial tensions in Sparta could reach a breaking point. Officer Parker Williams arrives on the scene of the murder and catches a black man named William Jackson next to the victim with blood on his hand and sleeve, and he has around the same amount of money in his wallet that is missing from the dead cabbie. Chief Gillespie and Detective Tibbs clash over whether Jackson is the prime suspect in Cystak's death. Chief Gillespie believes that William Jackson is innocent while Detective Tibbs is confident that he is the one responsible for the crime. The Bottoms informant Jimmy Dawes gives some vital information that helps the Sparta P.D. in solving this case.
By richardann:
Follow-up to episode "A Problem Too Personal" (#4.9). Harriet's ex-husband Vic Glennon is tried for felony murder, although he did not fire his weapon or harm anyone. Harriet must decide how much public support to show for Vic and how to deal with their son Gene.
By richardann:
As the city of Sparta plans to celebrate its first registered African American voter, Odessa Robbins, memories of the civil rights struggles bring tense feelings between members of the community. As an old time Southern policeman, Bill Gillespie is conflicted, especially because Harriet DeLong was integral to the civil strife and is central to the celebration. The resolution of the conflict is unexpected.
By mts77:
Virgil is worried about his good friend, Thomas Spiers, when he gets involved in a shady building project that he invested his life savings into. Detective Tibbs uncovers that the person behind the mall project, Micheal Lawrence, is being investigated for previous failed construction projects in which he never returned the investors money. When Thomas Spiers finds out about the investigation into Lawrence's business ventures, he becomes enraged and goes to Lawrence's house to demand his money back, but Spiers is shot and killed in the process. Micheal Lawrence claims it was self defense, but Detective Tibbs is determined to prove that his friend was murdered.
By mts77:
Jimmy Dillard is a young boy who says that his teacher, Leonard Grissom, had molested him several times at the school. When Chief Gillespie and Detective Tibbs investigate the case, they come upon many inconsistencies with Jimmy's story. Jeff Dillard, who is Jimmy's father, grows frustrated with the progress of the police investigation into his boy's claims of molestation and also the new editor of the Sparta Herald is attacking the Sparta P.D. in the newspaper for its lack of movement against the teacher. Many in the town are outraged that the teacher is just on suspension and one night Grissom's house is shot at while he sleeps. Chief Gillespie eventually gets the actual story from Jimmy on whether his accusations are true or not, but nonetheless the outcome for Leonard Grissom is unfortunate.
By richardann:
Philadelphia police lieutenant Virgil Tibbs and his wife Althea have returned to Sparta to attend the funeral of Virgil's mother. While in town and unknown to Chief Bill Gillespie, Virgil is offered the position of Chief of Detectives. At the same time, a white girl is found murdered in the Bottoms, which allows Virgil the opportunity to begin work. The police force is rife with racism and devoid of proper police procedures. An African-American man, Willie Jones, is brought in on flimsy evidence. Before Virgil can investigate, Jones is found hanged in his cell. Gillespie and Tibbs are at complete loggerheads over how to proceed with the investigation and institute measures to clean up the department.
By richardann:
Continuation of Episode #1.1. "Pilot: Part 1" Nan Woodall, the murder victim in the previous episode, is buried and the community is devastated. While investigating Nan's and Willie Jones' murders, Virgil is badly beaten by redneck thugs. Surprisingly, Chief Gillespie is sympathetic and cooperative, and he dresses down every police officer who is reluctant to work with Virgil Tibbs. The case leads into the seamy side of life in Sparta, including orgies and pornographic videotapes. Working together, Tibbs begins to carve out a place in the department, and Gillespie turns out to be a superb, insightful investigator.
By richardann:
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.
By richardann:
Officer Wilson Sweet apprehends a holdup man, Eric Gray, running away from a store. Eric, a school friend of Sweet, confesses that he broke out of Butler County jail, where he had been beaten by the brutal Sheriff Ed Thompson, a close friend of Chief Bill Gillespie. Thompson and two deputies transfer Eric from the Sparta jail, with the prisoner frantically declaring that he will be killed in Butler County. The next day Bubba Skinner gets word that Eric died during the night. The coroner's x-rays show the cause of death as blunt force trauma. Bill and Sweet feel individually responsible. Eric's sister Jenny blames Sweet, although Mrs. Gray absolves him of any blame. Bill and Virgil Tibbs resolve to avenge the offense, but Sweet rashly takes matters into his own hands, placing himself in great danger.
By richardann:
Rebecca Lewis and Mark Meyers have a lover's quarrel in a secluded place along the river bank. Suddenly Rebecca dashes away and throws herself off the river bridge, plunging to her death. Foolishly, Mark does not consult his friend and law school colleague, Virgil Tibbs, but instead tries to hide all traces of his being there. Unbeknown to Mark, however, a witness is found who places him at the scene, and Virgil has no choice but to arrest his friend.
By richardann:
Fishing at the lake on his day off, Bubba Skinner discovers a newborn infant buried near the shore. The investigation turns toward the two Mastin girls, Kitty and Willa, as the baby was buried in a shoebox traced to their father George. Eighteen-year-old Willa is retarded and was thought to have been getting shots to prevent pregnancy, but fourteen-year-old Kitty stopped giving the shots because they were painful. The father of the infant turns out to be a neighbor, handyman Tucker Carnes. What is the best thing now for Willa and her family?
By mts77:
Althea Tibbs is raped by fellow teacher Stephen Ainslee after she comes home from grocery shopping. Althea says it was Stephen Ainslee that raped her even though she never saw his face but she recognized his voice. Detective Virgil Tibbs has problems coming to grips on how his wife could let something like this happen to her which infuriates Althea. Linda Ainslee, who is Stephen's wife, tells the Sparta P.D. at the time of the rape, her husband Stephen was at home with her which further complicates the charge against him. Stephen ends up threatening and harassing Althea about keeping quiet. When Virgil finds out about this, it sends him over the edge in which a confrontation ensues between him and the teacher. Chief Gillespie works on trying to convince Linda Ainslee to come clean about her husband's actions.
By richardann:
Shots are fired at night from a moving pickup, rousing all the gun control advocates. Sonny Mims has a gun store, which belongs in reality to his wife Margaret who is a drunk. Sonny is having an affair with Margaret's cousin, Pauline Slade, and vows he will ask for a divorce. Pauline persuades Sonny to kill Margaret under the guise of a random shooting, which he does. Chief Gillespie, Virgil Tibbs and Bubba Skinner have a shouting match over details of the investigation. Pauline plays up to Bubba to get information, which makes Sonny jealous. Evidence points to Joe Ed Thaxton, who fired the original shots from his pickup, but the lead goes nowhere. Pauline and Sonny set their sights on slow-witted Gilmore Hodges, which leads to a deeper quagmire.
By mts77:
Virgil's vengeful aunt, Ruda Gibson, is the only eyewitness to a fatal shooting involving Capt. Bubba Skinner and a young black robbery suspect. Bubba insists that he never shot the suspect, but Virgil's Aunt Ruda alleges she didn't see anything but murder. Meanwhile, the Sparta Herald runs a hit piece on this matter in their paper attacking Gillespie's tenure as chief. Bubba asks for Althea's help in talking to Ruda about coming forward about what she witnessed on that fateful night. Ruda Gibson wrestles with the decision to talk to the Sparta P.D., since this tragic incident is similar to what happened to her own son and the outcome has a definite impact on the strained relationship with her nephew, Virgil Tibbs.
By richardann:
Ramon Salazar, a political refugee from El Salvador, escapes from a Newman County road gang and seeks sanctuary in the local monastery. Father DiMarco protects Ramon and prohibits even his good friend Chief Gillespie from arresting the fugitive.
By richardann:
Troy Davis asks Luann Corbin to sing at the new nightclub he manages. Drug dealer Brent Shaw coerces Troy into hiring a new bartender and offers Troy free drugs to hook him again. Troy hires the bartender but declines the drugs. Luann is a huge success at the club. She notices that the bartender is dealing and overhears plans for a big delivery. Luann reports everything to the Sparta police but is conflicted about Troy. Is he really clean?
By anonymous:
Sibling rivalry is at the core of this episode, when Detective Virgil Tibbs' childhood friend comes back home to Sparta to see about her ill father, although she doesn't exactly get a warm reception from her sister for her visit. The sisters then become murder suspects when their father is poisoned.
By richardann:
Warning shots are fired at Captain Bubba Skinner and Mary Ellen Lasso at a remote picnic area. Investigation shows they have wandered onto a prime location for marijuana growth. The weed is so rich it is called "Sparta Gold" and is harvested mainly for export.
By richardann:
In the red light district of the Bottoms, Topaz/Roberta Strutt finds her friend Charmaine Rogers murdered. The Sparta police are called to investigate. Virgil Tibbs rousts a high profile pimp, Atticus Paul, for trying to take over Sparta's prostitution trade. Overhearing a discussion of the case in the Magnolia Cafe, attorney Royce Johnson is appalled. The owner of the Magnolia and Bill Gillespie's lady friend, Joanne St. John, hires drifter Clay Caulder as the new short order cook, which is not to Bill's liking. In a sweep of the Bottoms, Bill and Virgil find Clay with a sixteen-year-old hooker. Bill, of course, considers Clay the likely suspect in Charmaine's murder, but Virgil naturally likes Atticus for the deed.
By richardann:
Blues man Ches Collins (Bobby Short) sings a song in his nightclub act that recounts the 1948 murder of Louis Sweet, Sgt. Wilson Sweet's (Geoffrey Thorne) grandfather. Neither Louis' body nor his brand-new Packard sedan was ever found. The only official witness to the crime, Delbert Mueller (Roy Lind), is at death's door but will not reveal any further details. The sheriff who took Mueller's original statement, Nathan Bedford (James Best), knows more than he will say, which frustrates Sgt. Sweet's quest for the truth.
By anonymous:
Detective Virgil Tibbs and Althea get invited to attend services by a minister who is trying to integrate his all white church, but soon afterward Gillespie and Tibbs must investigate what's behind the mysterious poisoning of the minister.
By richardann:
Virgil Tibbs spots young woman, Lauren Casey, on the bank of the creek half in, half out of the water. She has been beaten badly. Taken to the hospital, Lauren describes a black man as the attacker, who is similar to a local man, Jimmy Dawes. Brought in for questioning, Dawes is released for lack of evidence. Bill Gillespie does not believe Lauren. Throughout the investigation, Virgil suffers horrifying flashbacks to his childhood along the creek. Bill solves the case with the help of Althea.
By richardann:
A magnificent statue of a Confederate officer is unveiled in the Sparta town square, the gift of the well respected Merrill family, Stuart and Bernice, who are in attendance with their granddaughter Mary Lynn. Bill Gillespie and his inamorata, Joanne St. John, are there along with Bubba Skinner. Embarrassingly, Claudia Merrill, Stuart and Bernice's daughter and Mary Lynn's mother, is not at the ceremony because she is "indisposed" (drunk) at home. That evening Stuart is murdered in his art glass studio, which is a shambles of broken art objects. Gillespie and Virgil Tibbs question Bernice, who blames Claudia. At the police station, Claudia confesses to the murder, but refuses to reveal her motive. Against Gillespie's advice, Virgil probes the case, which proves more sordid than anyone imagines.
By richardann:
Matthew Pogue, Virgil Tibbs' former partner in Philadelphia, arrives in Sparta. Now a private investigator, Matt tries to entice Virgil to work with him in their old mode of "hammer and glove." At the station, FBI agent McGraw asks Chief Gillespie for cooperation in protecting an important witness. At the Tibbs' dinner party, Althea tells Joanne that she had a history with Matt before Virgil came along. During the night, Matt slips out, steals a car and kills two FBI agents and their witness. When the crime is discovered, Matt offers to help Virgil with forensics, which gives him the opportunity to doctor the evidence. Later Matt invades McGraw's motel room and murders him in revenge. The solution to the case is devastating.
By mts77:
When sleazy property owner Keen Philbrick is found murdered in the backseat of his car, the Sparta P.D. soon afterward arrest two of his tenants for the crime. But when the investigation moves forward, Philbrick's dealings with dope pushers might have been the reason for his demise. Bottoms informant Jimmy Dawes gives the Chief the info on who is really behind the slumlord's murder.
By richardann:
Angela Dolphy, Chief Forbes's fiancée, is in Sparta from Memphis for a week to entice Forbes to change professions before they get married. The chief arranges a dinner with Bill Gillespie and Harriet DeLong to coax Angela to relocate to Sparta. An example of Forbes's work is the new boxing program for at risk young men. Unfortunately, the finest boxer, African-American Kevin "Cat" Brooks, is involved with a professional burglar, Caucasian Dennis Cantrell, in a series of home invasions and robberies. Forbes and Angela must come to terms with their personal goals and the impact on their relationship.
By Bill Weichand:
Hampton Forbes is crushed to discover that his young boxing protoge is the prime suspect in a strig of robberies, one of which resulted in murder. His life is further complicated when his girlfriend visits from Memphis and forces him to choose between the love of his life and the life he loves.
By mts77:
Chief Gillespie and Detective Tibbs along with Father DiMarco stand trial together for conspiracy to obstruct justice charges, which deals with failing to turn over escaped prisoner Ramon Salazar who fled a county work detail. Meanwhile, the Sparta P.D. finds there is more to Councilman Waters determination to get Gillespie fired from the police force, when they run surveillance on a prominent Sparta businessman's home.
By richardann:
Senatorial candidate George Deschamps, a racist bigot leftover from a former era, sets up a fake assassination attempt on himself to garner sympathy and votes. Meanwhile, Chris Pastore, a campaign worker, is having an affair with Deschamps' wife. The assassination plan is risky, and Pastore is critically injured. Is it an accident or on purpose?
By richardann:
Lt. Lonnie Jameson is sadly reunited with a Sparta High School girlfriend, Francie Miller, when her younger brother Jimmy is beaten up by her boyfriend, Nick Crews. Lonnie's investigation leads to charges of child abuse (infant neglect) against Francie and an intense hunt for Crews.
By richardann:
Cyrus Chambers threatens to sell his business and leave for an extended trip with his wife Irene, to the dismay of his junior partner, Tom Dalton, who is having a torrid affair with Irene. Chambers also has financial problems with his illegitimate African-American daughter, Faith Todd. Subsequent events bring disaster and redemption.
By mts77:
When a young couple and their dog is enjoying a day out in the woods, they happen to come across Adah Boone better known as the 'Pig Woman', a local eccentric who lives with her beloved pigs and who seems to know information about everyone in Sparta. The couple and the dog runs off into the woods when she shoots a shotgun in the air to scare them off her land. When the young couple finds their dog again, it has found a human bone. The Sparta P.D. eventually finds dismembered skeletons on the land owned by a wealthy recluse named Simon Ware. Since Adah Boone also lives on the same property owned by him, Detective Virgil Tibbs and Acting Chief Tom Dugan must determine who is the one responsible for these bodies. Meanwhile, Officer Wilson Sweet and Officer Parker Williams compete with each other to see who can solve the case first.
By richardann:
Rabbi Hillel Feldman returns to Sparta to open a new temple in the old Methodist church, a gift to the Jewish community. The temple is vandalized by two teenagers, Kevin Powell and Pete Retson. Chief Hampton Forbes and Harriet DeLong, a high school friend of the rabbi, offer help, which Feldman accepts. However, he eschews calling in Sheriff Bill Gillespie because of old anti-Semitic feelings. The Sparta City Council are generally opposed to the temple's existence. The temple custodian, Jack Bicks, vandalizes the temple and steals a valuable Torah, which he tries to sell to the antiques store owner. Dissatisfied with the price offered, Bicks kills the store owner. Bill Gillespie must face old resentments and old sins, and try to make amends.
By richardann:
An pregnant African-American teen-age girl, Shawna Hughes, is caught shoplifting a jacket for her younger brother. Virgil Tibbs interrogates her, and Bill Gillespie releases her. She goes to the freight company to confront Dan Mackey, father of her child, who is unconcerned. That night she has premature contractions, sneaks out of the house, and has her baby in the woods. Unknown to Shawna, someone witnesses the birth. The dead infant is discovered at the city dump, and Althea Tibbs guesses who the mother is. Martin Campbell, Shawna's step-father, and her mother, Louise Hughes, are thoroughly supportive. When Virgil questions Shawna, she admits killing the baby, but Virgil thinks she is covering for someone.
By mts77:
A private investigator from New York who comes to Sparta to investigate a missing child case falls to her death after the meeting she had set up with a local dance teacher named Kate Morell, in whom Officer Parker Williams has a crush on. When Detective Virgil Tibbs questions the woman, he has a feeling that she isn't telling the whole story which doesn't go over too well with Parker.
By richardann:
Womanizer Frank Davenport is the general contractor on a large residential project in Sparta that threatens an area of slave artifacts. He is also having a torrid affair with his new secretary, Cindy Jenk, whose father Gus is a protective hot head. There are hard feelings, even fights, among the townspeople who either support or oppose stopping the construction project to save the antiquities. It is a toss-up who will get to Davenport first.
By mts77:
John Sevrance, a man regarded as docile kills his wife and her longtime lover when he returns home from work unexpectedly and catches them both in bed together. Afterwards, he tracks down his teenage daughter and takes her to the family cabin out in the woods. Chief Gillespie tries to reason with John to come out safely.
By richardann:
Harriet DeLong wants to raise Eric, her dead sister's son by magnate V. J. Trundel, but V. J.'s wife Emily also seeks custody of the boy. Follow-up to "Citizen Trundel: Part 1" (#3.21) and "Citizen Trundel: Part 2" (#3.22).
By richardann:
Follow-up to "Just a Country Boy" (#4.20), in which Bubba Skinner's prisoner was killed. Bubba is back in Los Angeles to testify in the case. Meanwhile, the Mississippi arm of the gang is investigated by Chief Bill Gillespie and the Sparta police. Bubba renews his friendship with Mike Chin and rekindles a romance with LAPD detective Pat Day.
By Brian Washington :
Bubba shoots and kills an armed robber while out shopping on his day off. It turns out that the man he killed is a member of the Wormley clan, a family of hillbillies that are notorious in the Sparta area. Soon they target Bubba for revenge and go all out to kill him.
By richardann:
Ex-Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs returns to Sparta as a full-fledged lawyer. He and his wife Althea have separated, and she has taken their twins back to live in Philadelphia. At Virgil's first appearance in court, Judge Sims appoints him to represent pro bono an accused murderer, Delbert Pike. Pike wants to plead self-defense, but a dying declaration from the victim, Eli Chambers, blames Pike directly. Notorious womanizer Pike was sleeping with Chambers' wife Amanda, who offers to testify against her lover as a witness for the prosecution.
By richardann:
Songwriter Ace McCabe accuses country/western singing star Eddy Larren of stealing his most popular hit. McCabe heckles Larren for alleged unpaid royalties and pulls a gun. McCabe is killed in the fight, and Eddy's manager, Mal Talbot, takes the blame. In the investigation Bubba Skinner must face the difference in hype and reality.
By richardann:
Movie star Geli Bendl, born Gilda Burrows, returns to Sparta to rescue her sister Laura from the Bottoms and cocaine pusher Donnie Muir. Donnie is involved with members of a drug ring from Jackson who are suspected in a murder case in Sparta. Geli calls on her friend, Sparta police Sgt. Dee Shepard, for help.
By richardann:
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?
By Tad Dibbern :
Bill Gillespie is a police chief in a small town in the American South, and later becomes sheriff of the county. As Bill tries to solve crimes and catch criminals, aided by his capable investigator Virgil Tibbs and police lieutenant Bubba Skinner, he must navigate tricky small-town politics. Racial tensions often run high in the South and this theme is frequently explored. Bill's personal life is often portrayed in this TV drama, as well.
By Brian Washington :
In a continuation of the film of the same name, Virgil Tibbs returns home to Sparta, Mississippi from Philedelphia with his wife Althea for the funeral of his mother when he is offered the position of chief of detectives for the town's mostly Caucasian police force. At first their is tension between not only Virgil and Chief Bill Gillespie, but also between Virgil and Sgt. (and later Captain) Bubba Skinner. However, not only do they learn to work together, but they all eventually become very close friends against the backdrop of the "New South".
By rcs0411@yahoo.com:
Inspired by the movie which starred Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. Howard Rollins and Caroll O'Connor are playing their respectively. Rollins plays Virgil Tibbs a detective from Philadelphia, who returns to his home of Sparta, Mississipi and is asked by a politician, who wants to use him as pawn to garner the black vote, if he wants to be the police department's Chief of Detectives. Of course, Bill Gillespie the Police Chief, who is played by O'Connor, has his reservations but somehow they learn to work together and quite well. Rollins who would have some problems, would not be there regularly, and would eventually be written off, as having his character become a lawyer and leave the police department. Gillespie would be removed as the Police Chief and would be replaced by Hampton Forbes, and would be named County Sheriff and would work with Forbes.
By richardann:
Convict Lester Sprode and his girlfriend, Audine Higgs, rob and kill store owner Miss Elnora. The crime is witnessed by Elnora's young grandson Scooter. Chief Gillespie and Detective Virgil Tibbs investigate as Althea Tibbs attends the boy. Lester and Audine go on a crime spree, robbing and killing shop owner Mr. Randall, shooting a customer at the store, and murdering a car owner when they switch cars. Lester and Audine hole up in a remote cabin. At the lake, Althea counsels Scooter as Lester and Audine take them hostage and steal Althea's car. Police road blocks force everyone back to the cabin. At Althea's urging, Audine and Scooter escape but Althea is recaptured by Lester. Gillespie and Tibbs search for clues, and Bubba Skinner steps up to the plate.
By richardann:
There is a drive-by shooting in the Bottoms that almost hits Ned, an African-American youth. Parker Williams and Luann Corbin investigate and find an abandoned biracial infant boy in the house. Luann is attracted to the infant, and child welfare worker Lilly Baker asks her to take the boy for a few days until permanent foster care can be arranged. Chief Hampton Forbes questions slumlord Barton Stone about the wretched condition of the house and threatens to begin proceedings to take the property from him. Stone is killed. The investigation turns up the infant's Caucasian mother, Cassie Green, who accuses Ned of being the father of her child, Rocket. Luann becomes increasingly more attached to Rocket and is distressed that child welfare policy favors returning abandoned children to their natural parents.
By richardann:
African-American Bishop William Prinn is forced off the road and injured on his way to Sparta. He plans to meet with Harriet DeLong's son, Eugene Glendon, to devise a strategy that will get Eugene's father, Vic Glendon, off of death row. In the hospital the bishop is somewhat uncooperative in finding the perpetrator, wishing to keep a low profile in the undertaking. Harriet is persuaded to join the campaign, although she is reluctant.
By richardann:
Rickie Wilson, a young circular delivery boy, witnesses a fatal beating by a local slumlord, Sonny Roper. Det/Lt Lonnie Jamison and Sgt Luanne Corbin investigate, but the incident is in county territory under Sheriff Will McComb's jurisdiction. Ricky eludes Lonnie and Luanne and flees the scene, and McComb is incensed, escalating the bad blood between the sheriff's office and the Sparta police. When Roper serves an eviction notice on a young widow, Sarah Hallisey, Harriet DeLong gets involved, against the strong advice of Chief Bill Gillespie.
By richardann:
As Lori Foster breaks into David Monroe's house and steals a bottle of AZT, prescription medication for AIDS, she is seen by a next-door neighbor who reports it to the police. At the same time, Monroe romances Tamara Naylor while showing her a home for sale. They are spied by Tamara's husband Carl. When questioned, Lori accuses Monroe of murder for willfully infecting her with HIV. After reflection, District Attorney Darnelle agrees to try the case as evidence of a "depraved heart." Before charges can be filed, Monroe is killed by two gunshots through the window by an unknown assailant. The investigation reveals AIDS as a gift that keeps on giving.
By richardann:
Etta Kibbey, Virgil Tibb's aunt, recognizes Jimmy Ray, who was in partnership with Etta's husband Marcus twenty years before and embezzled and fled with the company funds, indirectly causing Marcus' untimely death. Jimmy has come to reconcile with his estranged wife Carla, who wants no part of him. Jimmy also embezzled all of Lester Meacham's money, which left Lester a broken man. Now Lester lives with his daughter Connie and son Perry, who has sworn vengeance against Jimmy Ray. Carla variously entertains Lance Carter romantically and connives with Perry Meacham. Etta is conflicted in her feelings of outrage against Jimmy Ray and her religious principle of forgiveness.
By mts77:
Carl Tibbets finds his wife in their bookstore dead of a single gunshot wound when he shows up for work in the morning. A grief-stricken Tibbets, who is a good friend of Officer Wilson Sweet, tells him that robbery might have played a motive in his wife's killing since some money from the bookstore is gone and her car is missing. Sweet believes that his friend Carl Tibbets is telling the truth and has nothing to do with the death of his wife. When the Sparta P.D. turns up evidence that contradicts Tibbets story, the investigation starts to take a different turn.
By richardann:
Seventeen-year-old Megan Fowler is trysting at the lake with a married man, Lyle Ridley, when he is killed by an unknown assailant with a high-powered rifle. Garth Williams is an immediate suspect because he has been infatuated with Megan for some time. Buford Fowler, Megan's step-father, is implicated in the shooting because his rifle and muddy boots are found in a closet. Althea Tibbs counsels Garth during this life shattering incident.
By mts77:
Althea Tibbs gets concerned when student Jana Craven gets caught skipping school for the fifth time. Althea is worried about her home life so she tries to get in touch with the girl's parents but is unsuccessful. Chief Gillespie and Althea are surprised to find no furniture, no appliances and no parents when they show up at Jana's home. When Chief Gillespie sends out several officers to Jana's house to find any evidence on where her parents could have gone, they instead find a body buried in the basement who turns out to be the girl's father. Jana's mother Colleen Craven is still no where to be found. With an ambitious district attorney who is eager to charge Jana with the murder, Chief Gillespie and Detective Virgil Tibbs travels to Jackson, Mississippi to question Jana's uncle on his sister Colleen's whereabouts.
By richardann:
Sheriff Bill Gillespie's daughter Lana's boyfriend from Gulfport, Lee Thompson, shows up in Sparta. He is part of a gunrunning plot with sporting goods store-owner Raymond Mercer. Lana is conflicted whether or not she wants Lee around, and Bill can't help her make a decision.
By richardann:
A two-hour episode. Todd Walker abandons the body of Peggy Hatcher, whom he has raped and murdered, in a barn on the property of his grandfather, influential Judge Barton Walker. Lyle Harms, who has dated Peggy earlier, is a suspect because of a previous kidnapping. Todd stalks, kidnaps and finally rapes and kills Chelsea Clark, daughter of Felicia Clark, a dean of students at Sparta College. As the bodies are found, Sheriff Bill Gillespie and Chief Hampton Forbes pursue the serial killer in tandem, following the case to its heartbreaking, tragic conclusion. George C. Scott stars as Judge Walker.
By mts77:
Chief Hampton Forbes and Sheriff Bill Gillespie team up to catch a serial killer after he rapes and murders two young women in Sparta. During the investigation, the grandson of a prominent judge in Sparta emerges as the main suspect in the murders. Chief Forbes ends up having a personal stake in the case when his girlfriend's daughter becomes the latest victim of the deranged killer.
By richardann:
Henley Davenport is arrested for drunk & disorderly, and his sister Eugete wants him released into her custody. Elmyra Carroway, Henley's intended, argues that he should be in her care instead. James Jeffson's wife accuses him of bigamy. However, the charge escalates to polygamy when six women claim to be Mrs. James Jeffson. Things turn serious when Jeffson dies in his cell of arsenic poisoning.
By KGF Vissers:
While Sparta's police chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie celebrates a mis-trial with Harriet DeLong, they worry about her son Eugene Glendon, who is out on probation. He was tricked into waiting in his friend Byron's car while Byron bought cocaine from dealer Clay Wilson. The crack pusher gang 'the Crew' from Jackson kills both by shooting through the wall. Sparta's police investigates and tries to keep the drug pests from spreading from the city. The Crew returns to spread free drug samples, soon causing an OD wave.
By Bill Weichand:
A mistrial is declared for Gillespie & Tibbs and they are freed. Sparta Police join forces with the Jackson Police to shut down a crack house that has taken up residence in Sparta. Harriet's son resents her budding relationship with Bill Gillespie.
By richardann:
Follow-up to "A Small War: Part One" (#6.1). Crack cocaine overruns the Sparta schools. Bubba Skinner teams up with police Lt. Katherine Keller from Jackson in fighting the war on drugs. Eugene, Harriet DeLong's son, decides to cooperate with the police.
By richardann:
Sgt. Parker Williams' drunken step-father, Daddy Roy Eversole, is arrested in a bar fight, and Parker appears in court to pay the fine. Roy asks Norbert Clemens for his old job back but is thrown off the property. Roy threatens to kill Clemens. When Clemens is killed, Roy is arrested.
By mts77:
The Sparta P.D. investigates a series of big truck accidents that seem to have a common element to them. When the last driver of the fourth truck crash is autopsied, he is found to have speed in his system. Meanwhile, Althea is worried about one of her students, Shelley Hughes, when she tells about her miserable home life and that her mother's boyfriend Bobby Foster is primarily the one to blame. Althea frustrates Virgil when she vows not to let Shelley be questioned by the police and also doesn't tell Virgil pertinent information involving this case. The Sparta P.D. must work quickly to uncover who is pushing the illegal drugs to these big rig drivers.
By richardann:
Two parallel plots. (1) George Brownlow sends word to Bill Gillespie that he wants to see the Chief at Parchman prison on the day of his execution. George was the driver in a bank holdup. Two bank robbers killed a guard and a customer before Bill killed them in return. As an accomplice, George was sentenced to die. (2) Bubba Skinner and a girl are fishing on the lake when Bubba spots two murder suspects, Melvin Nally and Lenny Cowes, near a camper trailer in the park. Virgil investigates, and the two men fire on him before being captured and arrested. At Parchman, Bill sees George, who persuades Gillespie to stay until he is gone. The execution is devastating to the Chief. Back in Sparta, District Attorney Hutton wants to "snuff" the two murder suspects.
By richardann:
Georgia Farren returns to Sparta, squired by her latest love interest, Ramon Palez. She asks her former lover, Chief Bill Gillespie to assist in several legal matters concerning her real estate holdings, her husband Ken Farren, and her nineteen-year-old daughter Lana. Things are not as amicable as they seem, however, and the consequences are tragic for everyone, especially the Chief.
By mts77:
Althea Tibbs gets concerned when Eva Maffey, who is an employee of the high school, hasn't showed up for work yet. When Officer Wilson Sweet leaves her home after checking on her, he comes upon her burning wrecked car down in a creek. The Sparta P.D. are on the look out for a 18-wheeler that was seen smashing into Eva's car which killed her. Chief Gillespie believes Eva's ex-husband Carl Maffey has something to do with her death. Althea gets very emotional and worried about what will happen to Eva's two little kids. During the investigation Lt. Bubba Skinner uncovers that Carl's workplace is a front for a stolen semi-truck operation that lead to Eva Maffey's murder.
By richardann:
A psychiatrist, Dr. Lureen Allcott, has confidential information about a murder for which Ray Garrett is set to be executed in two days. Dr. Allcott is ethically, and perhaps legally, precluded from revealing any details to the authorities, but it appears that Garrett may have been wrongly accused and time is running out.
By richardann:
When District Attorney Gerard Darnelle's daughter Becky is kidnapped, he is caught between concurrent investigations (turf wars) by the Sparta police and the FBI. Benjamin Sloan is quickly identified as a likely suspect, but his motive is not clear at first. Chief Gillespie plays a wily game with the FBI in pursuing the case, but it is up to Captain Skinner, Lieutenant Jamison and their four-footed friends to wrap up the chase.
By mts77:
A cocaine transporter who is traveling through Sparta ends up in a hit and run accident with Detective Virgil Tibbs' neighbor Kevin Dawson. Afterwards, the driver of the truck Troy Caldwell shows no remorse at all for hitting the boy. Chief Gillespie thinks he has a solid case against Caldwell that will send him to prison for a long time until FBI Agent Richard Donnelly comes from Jackson to offer Troy Caldwell full immunity from all charges in exchange for his complete testimony against the New Orleans drug lord who is behind the cocaine distribution. Troy Caldwell ends up accepting the FBI deal and walks out of the Sparta jail a free man. Duwayne Dawson, who is the father of Kevin, refuses to allow this to happen.
By mts77:
Chief Bill Gillespie fears that when civil rights leader Rev. John Carter comes to Sparta that there will be an attempt on his life from the same culprits responsible for Capt. Tom Dugan's murder and Chief Gillespie's kidnapping. Detective Virgil Tibbs tries to convince Rev. John Carter to leave Sparta due to the concern for his safety but Carter insists on staying.
By Brian Washington :
A few months after his kidnapping, the FBI calls Gillespie to recap the events surrounding it and the murder of Captain Tom Duggan. In flashback, it is revealed that his kidnapping was meant as distraction by BOAP to draw attention from their main plan, to assassinate Reverend John Carter, who is coming to Sparta to commemorate a civil rights march that went through the town. First the group hired an ex-con with a grudge against the reverend, but he is killed during the attempt. The group then makes an attempt to kill Duggan's Godson because they feel he might talk. However, he survives and soon they make plans to make another attempt on Reverend Carter's life.
By mts77:
Capt. Bubba Skinner's cousin, Candace Reilly, and her husband, Kevin Reilly, adopt a baby boy from a young woman named Patty Bowden through a legal private adoption in which the couple paid $10,000 to her. The baby's natural father Waylan Davis is soon back in Sparta threatening to challenge the adoption unless he gets some money or the alarm and safe codes to Kevin's workplace. When Kevin's boss Ralph Newborn is found shot to death at his hardware store and with a large sum of money missing from the safe, Kevin's conscience eventually forces him to admit to Bubba and the Chief his exact involvement in the matter and who's responsible for Newborn's murder.
By richardann:
In this Christmas episode, members of the Sparta Police Department are interviewed for an article in the Sparta Herald. Reporter Millie Turnby has a preconceived notion regarding the article and spins the information to suit her agenda. Flashbacks show the SPD's growing pains after Virgil Tibbs joins the force, especially in his relationships with Chief Bill Gillespie and Sergeant Bubba Skinner. As the officers read the article at a Christmas party, Gillespie puts it and the newspaper into proper perspective.
By richardann:
Chief Gillespie and Miss Dee are having a quiet dinner with Virgil and Althea Tibbs when a fight breaks out. Barbara Giles and New Yorker Steve Vincent are interrupted by Buddy Trent, Barbara's erstwhile boyfriend, and three ruffians. Gillespie and Tibbs break up the mêlée. Vincent represents Ritchie Epman, a wealthy businessman, in a new enterprise in Sparta. Meanwhile, Wallace Posey and Eddie Lee, two locksmiths working at Epman's estate, discover a large shipment of uncut cocaine. They try to sneak out with a bag of coke, but two thugs, Logan and Bass, spot the men and open fire, killing Lee. Searching for the cocaine,the thugs critically wound Wallace's uncle, John Reeves, a long-time friend of Gillespie. Trying to leave Sparta, Wallace sets up a meeting with Virgil, but the two are ambushed by Logan and Bass.
By richardann:
Continuation of Episode #1.5. Virgil Tibbs was not injured in the ambush by Logan and Bass, but Wallace Posey was killed. Chief Gillespie "calls in a favor" from Rattler, a flamboyant African-American drug dealer, through unusual methods of intimidation not found in police manuals. The favor leads to the investigation of Ritchie Epman for wholesale drug trafficking and murder. In a desperate effort to tie up loose ends, Bass tries to kill John Reeves in the hospital. Bass attacks Althea, who is visiting Reeves. The climax at the hospital and at Epman's estate is powerful. Even Buddy Trent get in his licks on the side of the good guys.
By richardann:
Philadelphia Detective Dwight Walker calls Virgil Tibbs, planning to come to Sparta for the twins' birth after he wraps up a big case. Dwight sees three Philadelphia policemen break up a drug buy and kill the buyer and pusher. Dwight then is found hanged at home. Celia, Dwight's wife, asks Virgil to help find the killers. Meanwhile, Bubba Skinner is drafted to assist Althea with her Lamaze classes.
By Bill Weichand:
When Gillespie travels to Philadelphia to assist Virgil in his investigation, they are able to bring down the vigilante cops and clear his friend's name. The two return to Sparta just in time for Virgil to welcome his children, William & Sarah, into the world.
By mts77:
Cassie Chapin comes back to Sparta after the old lady she was living with in Jackson dies. She plans to blackmail her former lover Roger Selworth about the baby that she says is his. Cassie has her close friend Paul Borden inform Selworth of her intentions. Roger knows if this information ever gets out, his soon to be marriage to the affluent Elise Bennington would never happen. When Cassie and Selworth finally meet up, he ends up killing her and has Paul to get rid of Cassie's body and the baby. Lt. Bubba Skinner, who is Cassie's distant cousin, comes home to find a baby that have been left on his doorstep and afterwards Bubba gets a little teasing from Parker about being a new dad. Meanwhile, two fisherman comes across a car in a lake that ends up having Cassie's body inside. The Sparta P.D. eventually arrests a likely suspect in Cassie's murder and later finds a note left by her stating who the real father of her baby is.
By richardann:
Garage owner Brian Moss sets a truck bomb that kills Kevin Riley and by chance only injures Peter Ballard, leaving him brain-dead and on life support. Peter's wife Rebecca, who is having a torrid affair with Moss, must now decide how to care for him.
By Bill Weichand:
Jazz musician Ches Collins returns to Sparta and it is soon evident that he has a history with Cordelia, the grande dame of Sparta. Cordelia's nephew, Raoul, will stop at nothing to put and end to any hope of a union between the two. So it is up to Cordelia's other nephew, Lonnie Jameson, to put an end to Raoul's antics.
By richardann:
As the recipient of a full scholarship, Terry Johnson will be the first person in his neighborhood to go to college. Terry is torn between wanting to leave the "Bottoms" and his dope-dealing older brother Derek, and his concern for his younger brother Bobby.
By Bill Weichand:
Many changes come to Sparta. Virgil Tibbs quits the Sparta Police Department and he, Althea and their twins have moved to Philadelphia, PA so Virgil can work for the Philly PD. Bill Gillespie has been voted out as chief and is replaced by FBI Agent Carl Weathers from Memphis, TN. Forbes inherits the case of a reclusive man who is murdered as he is awaiting trial for manslaughter.
By mts77:
Councilwoman Harriet DeLong's sister, Natalie, is found murdered in her home and Harriet is definitely sure of the person behind the killing. Chief Bill Gillespie is concerned for Harriet's safety and orders police protection for her in which she is not too pleased about. Detective Tibbs notices that Chief Gillespie seems to know more about this case than he is willing to tell him. A break comes in the case when Sgt. Jamison sees two employees at Trundel Allied Industries that match up to the description of suspects that Natalie DeLong's neighbor gave to the Sparta police, when he witnessed two men leaving her house the night of the murder. Chief Gillespie finally reveals to Detective Tibbs that person who he believed ordered Harriet's sister murder is a wealthy and powerful New Orleans business magnate by the name of V.J. Trundel and his connection to Natalie Delong. Meanwhile, Harriet DeLong is outraged that the suspect being held in the connection to her sister's murder has been granted bail by Judge Colter and she vows to get him struck off the bench. Harriet also tells Chief Gillespie that she wants him off the case and to have the state police take it over.
By mts77:
Part two of episode #3.21. There is a major turn in the Trundel case when the suspect Jay Turkus who recently was released on bail was found murdered in his ransacked home and it is apparent that someone was looking for that photo he had taken from Natalie's house the night he killed her. Natalie DeLong's friend Burt Willins ends up giving the Sparta P.D. some valuable information on what may have been V.J. Trundel's motive in the murder of Natalie DeLong. Meanwhile, in a search of Jay Turkus' home, Officer Sweet finds that elusive missing photo that shows Natalie and V.J. Trundel together. Chief Gillespie and Detective Tibbs ends up arresting a couple of V.J. Trundel's associates who actually was responsible in setting up the murder of Natalie DeLong. Chief Gillespie knows that V.J. Trundel will never see the inside of a courtroom for his crime, but in the conclusion, Trundel will end up paying for it in a very surprising way.
By richardann:
Council member Holly Colmer heatedly insists that Chief Forbes separate Virgil Tibbs from the Sparta Police Department. Virgil is now an attorney in the law firm of Ben Taylor. At a party given by Taylor, Abby Booker fights with her husband Chuck. On their way home Chuck purposely unbuckles Abby's seat belt and drives into a tree, killing his wife. A moonshiner, Goody Tate, witnesses the incident. Virgil is suspicious and, much to Taylor's chagrin, assists the police in their investigation. Virgil refuses to represent Booker and resigns from the firm. He must decide if he is a detective or a lawyer.
By anonymous:
Detective Virgil Tibbs' niece from Philadelphia comes to Sparta to visit but soon becomes bored with the happenings of small town life until she meets Bubba's nephew. They both get a little more adventure than they hoped for when they come across a dangerous ex-con who is out on parole.
By mts77:
Officer Wilson Sweet recognizes symptoms of the crack epidemic in a teenage girl caught trying to pawn items taken from her parents' home. Sweet has a personal connection to this case because he had a cousin who died due to the drug. Chief Gillespie tells Sweet to stay off the case because of his emotional involvement to it. Sweet disobeys the Chief's orders and goes after the drug dealer who supplied the crack to the girl.
By richardann:
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.
By mts77:
Chief Bill Gillespie probes a elderly woman's suspicious death at the Munson Manor nursing home. Dr. Robb insists that the death was an accident but the victim's nephew Richard Pooley charges it was negligence to cause his aunt to die, while another resident at the home says it was murder. Chief Gillespie gets some assistance in his investigation from Tom 'Mac' McCauley, who is a retired policeman living at the nursing home.
By Bill Weichand:
Virgil enlists the help of Dr. Levi Atwill to help bring Althea out of her funk and return to her teaching job. The murder investigation is complicated when the dead student's ex-girlfriend acquires yet another boyfriend who murders her stepfather and seriously injured one of Gillespie's good friends.
By richardann:
It is 1968. A young woman, Billie Jo Bradley, is murdered and her heart cut out. Her husband, Bo Bradley, is later executed for the crime. Now it is 1988, and Sparta is preparing to celebrate its 150th centennial. Curiously, another young woman, Michelle Carpenter, is murdered and her heart removed. Newspaper editor Reed Nicholson, who was suspected in the earlier murder, comes under suspicion again. Chief Bill Gillespie is anonymously threatened, and Virgil Tibbs is attacked during the investigation. The case may connected to Marie Babineaux, the local voodoo queen.
By richardann:
Continuation of "Don't Look Back Part 1" (#2.1). Chief Gillespie receives a human heart in a gift box. Voodoo queen Marie Babineaux is brought in for questioning, but released for lack of evidence. Newspaper editor Reed Nicholson is murdered. The chief and Virgil Tibbs work at detente in conducting the investigation.
By mts77:
Chief Gillespie tries to comfort his old friend Amos Haber after his wife dies. Amos tells Gillespie he believes that the doctor's misdiagnosis lead to his wife's death. A very distraught Haber goes after the doctor and threatens his life in public. When the doctor turns up dead later, Amos Haber is arrested for the murder. The Chief's friend later confesses to the murder and the rifle that was used in the crime has Amos Haber's fingerprints all over it. Even with this mounting evidence against his old friend, Chief Gillespie continues to believe in his innocence.
By richardann:
Big land developers from New Orleans, with reputed connections to the mob, want to buy a large tract of land near Sparta for a reservoir and housing development. By chance, Lana Farren's (Bill Gillespie's daughter) property is a major part of the plan, but she does not want to sell. To make the deal work, Sparta real estate agent Betty Simms and lawyer Alvin P. Epp conspire with arsonist Ron Griff to torch Lana's house.
By richardann:
Matt Skinner, Bubba's nephew, is in critical condition in an Atlanta hospital, overdosed on heroin. Bubba flies to Atlanta. Heroin is found in Matt's apartment, and his pusher, Derrick, tries to collect for past sales. Bubba follows Derrick and almost blows undercover Atlanta police officer Walker Harris' cover. Bubba puts Matt in rehab and takes a leave of absence from the Sparta police to help his nephew and find Derrick's supplier. Bubba and Walker team up.
By richardann:
Bill Gillespie's and Harriet DeLong's quiet evening at a local nightclub is disturbed by Bob Pinkney and Al Merck, who insult the couple with racist remarks. When the men are asked to leave, they cause a drunken disturbance outside, and Sweet arrests them. Pinkney tries unsuccessfully to bribe Sweet, then accuses Sweet of soliciting a bribe. The investigation leads down several trails to an unexpected conclusion.
By mts77:
Virgil Tibbs visits his Aunt Ruda in hopes of reconciling family differences. He convinces Aunt Ruda to come over to his home for a nice family get together that also includes his Aunt Etta, who Ruda is estranged from. Meanwhile, there are a string of robberies in Sparta, with the last one resulting in a murder of a janitor on the night shift. The Sparta P.D.'s investigation leads to Virgil's cousin, Tyrell Gibson, as an accomplice in the crimes. Detective Tibbs convinces his Aunt Ruda to tell him where her son Tyrell is hiding out. When Virgil shows up at the abandoned warehouse, he reasons with his cousin to turn himself in safely, but the situation turns tragic when there is a struggle for Tyrell's gun. Afterwards, Virgil's already shaky relationship with his Aunt Ruda is put in jeopardy.
By richardann:
After fourteen years in prison for armed robbery, Roy Paxton arrives in Sparta, looking for his son Laine and his ex-wife Vidalia, who is holding $750,000 loot. Roy kills an insurance investigator to cover his tracks, but he is no match for Chief Gillespie and the Sparta police. The episode alternates between drama and light spoofery.
By anonymous:
When an affluent married white woman have an affair with a black businessman from New York, racial tensions reach a breaking point in Sparta. Also, Detective Tibbs isn't too thrilled when Chief Gillespie gets his help in searching for Bubba's cousin who is a suspect in a moonshining operation.
By anonymous:
Sparta is in grief when a drunk driver causes a fatal car crash with high school cheerleaders on their way home after a game. Althea tries to counsel the victim's families to cope with their loss, while the Sparta P. D. is searching for the other driver. Acting Chief Tom Dugan has to deal with bad memories that come back to him due to this tragedy. Also the police department is up against D.A. Dutton after he accuses them of not properly handling the investigation.
By richardann:
Two plots are interconnected. The first concerns a serial rapist who preys on young, single blond women. The second concerns a teacher who tutors a prospective seminarian in her spare time. In each case the perpetrator is caught, and Chief Gillespie wraps up the episode by revealing what is the first deadly sin.
By richardann:
Chief Bill Gillespie introduces Officer Christine Rankin to the Sparta City Council as the first African American woman to serve in the police department. Officer Rankin is sent out on a case almost immediately.
By richardann:
Serena Grimes is attacked and her car stolen by a man and a woman. When Bubba Skinner consoles her after the incident, she mistakes his good intentions for something more personal. She sends him flowers at the police station as her affection becomes an obsession.
By mts77:
Chief Hampton Forbes is concerned when a county child services worker visits the Church of the Celestial Influence and is unsettled by the appearance of a girl she sees there. When the Chief sends Capt. Bubba Skinner and Sgt. Parker Williams out to the church to investigate further, they come across the same girl in which they notice she has bruises on herself. After the girl has been taken to the hospital, Chief Hampton learns that the girl, Clarice Finch, has been sexually abused while at the church. Clarice later informs the doctor at the hospital that she is not the only one being abused at the church. Meanwhile, a break comes in the investigation when a member of the church is apprehended at the Sparta airport receiving a shipment of boxes filled with downers that are used on the Celestials. When the leader of the Church of the Celestial Influence, Marcantony Appfel, refuses to allow the Sparta P.D. to check on the rest of the children inside his church, Chief Hampton realizes he has a perilous hostage situation on his hands. Back from his honeymoon in New Orleans with Harriet DeLong, Sheriff Bill Gillespie gives the Chief some assistance in dealing with this serious matter. Chief Hampton Forbes decides that the only viable option left to save the children inside the church is to attempt a dangerous rescue mission.
By Bill Weichand:
The investigation uncovers evidence of statutory rape and drug dealing within the cult. It is further complicated by the actions of an overly aggressive newspaper reporter, as well as the discovery of school age children being members of the cult. But in the end, teamwork pays off and everyone is driven out.
By richardann:
Sgt. Parker Williams sees his ex-fiancée, Beverly Ross, and her new love, Ned Phelps, buying cocaine from a suspected drug dealer. Parker stakes out Beverly's home and reports her for holding. Before police back-up arrives, Parker bursts in and fights with Phelps, who goes down seriously wounded. In the hospital, Phelps accuses Parker of attempted murder, which Beverly corroborates. District Attorney Darnelle has to file charges against Parker before the grand jury, which indicts on Beverly's perjured testimony. Parker asks Virgil Tibbs to defend him.
By richardann:
Two hour episode. Ex-cop John Ryan marries wealthy widow Pauline Medford, with Sheriff Bill Gillespie as best man. Drunken Trina Mallin, one-time girlfriend of Ryan, almost breaks up the ceremony. She tries to extort $50,000 from him to keep quiet about a long ago incident. Trina's present lover and bankrupt lawyer, Tommy Harwood, wants her to leave Sparta with him, but she has other plans. John and Pauline set up Trina as a DUI driver, inadvertently causing a fatal accident. Trina is charged with vehicular manslaughter. Gillespie and Chief Hampton Forbes cooperate in the investigation.
By anonymous:
Detective Virgil Tibbs responds to an armed robbery in which he is confronted with shooting a suspect. Afterwards, Virgil has problems coming to grips with results of his actions because the person he shot happened to be a teenage girl and to make things worse, the gun Virgil believed that was aimed at him cannot be found.
By richardann:
Juvenile criminal Zack Hayes and his sidekick Lambert return to Sparta for revenge. They lure Justin Coates into driving his car to a convenience store holdup that turns into a murder. Eugene Glendon, Harriet DeLong's son, arrives to persuade Justin to leave the scene as shots are fired. Racist store owner Carl Buford accuses Eugene of being involved in the incident. Eugene's friend, Daphne Gordon, provides a false alibi, which the police quickly disprove.
By Bill Weichand:
Gillespie gets the last laugh against the city council when he is named Newman County Sheriff to replace an ailing Will McComb, who has suffered a heart attack. As county sheriff, Gillespie's first case is that of a triple murder, where the investigation points to a good natured, mentally challenged teenage boy.
By richardann:
Continuation of Episode #7.2. Chief Hampton Forbes investigates his first case in Sparta. Coley Hiffern and Nat Bream take Henry Ulmer to a remote location to kill him, but Nat cannot go through with it. After Henry escapes Coley kills Nat and steals Henry's car. When Henry is arrested, Wade Hatton refuses to act as his attorney, preferring to let Sarah Hallisey defend the young man. Coley hijacks a car and kills the driver. Henry confesses to being on the scene of the robbery/murder and blames it on Indian Tilly for spreading the rumors about the great sums of money in the victims' home. Forbes and Gillespie forge strong bonds of joint action in the investigation.
By richardann:
Recently widowed Christine Millings ignites an old flame with Bubba Skinner, who gives her a gold heart-shaped locket. Christine's attorney is murdered, and Bubba is conflicted when it appears that Christine may have been involved with the lawyer. The locket plays a decisive part in resolving the plot.
By mts77:
Lt. Bubba Skinner doubts the evidence surrounding the suicide of Daryl Tyler, an old high school buddy and former football teammate of his. Daryl's 8 year old son has been mute ever since witnessing his father's death. Councilwoman Harriet DeLong tries art therapy on the boy in order to break his silence.
By mts77:
Maybelle Cheseboro is the madam of a traveling bordello who is getting harassed by Reverend Soames. One night Soames is shot to death after he had been caught lurking outside the windows of Maybelle's bordello. While Detective Tibbs agrees with the district attorney that Maybelle is the prime suspect, Chief Gillespie believes a closer look should be taken at the reverend's wife, Beverly Soames. During the course of Chief Gillespie's and Detective Tibbs investigation, they happen to come across a second murder which has to be solved.
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Copyright: Copyright 1967 by The Mirisch Corporation of Delaware (on print)
Full list of actors of In the Heat of the Night:
1 Lane Bradbury in the movie In the Heat of the Night Lane Bradbury 1988
2 Martha Burgess in the movie In the Heat of the Night Martha Burgess 1988
3 Beth (I) Burns in the movie In the Heat of the Night Beth (I) Burns 1988
4 Sharron Cain in the movie In the Heat of the Night Sharron Cain 1988
5 Challen Cates in the movie In the Heat of the Night Challen Cates 1988
6 Barbara Chaney in the movie In the Heat of the Night Barbara Chaney 1988
7 Paige Conner in the movie In the Heat of the Night Paige Conner 1988
8 Linda (I) Cook in the movie In the Heat of the Night Linda (I) Cook 1988
9 Alex Datcher in the movie In the Heat of the Night Alex Datcher 1988
10 Kim (II) Dixon in the movie In the Heat of the Night Kim (II) Dixon 1988
11 Deborah Duke in the movie In the Heat of the Night Deborah Duke 1988
12 Tammy Amerson in the movie In the Heat of the Night Tammy Amerson 1988
13 Blanche Baker in the movie In the Heat of the Night Blanche Baker 1988
14 Dana Barron in the movie In the Heat of the Night Dana Barron 1988
15 Stephanie Belt in the movie In the Heat of the Night Stephanie Belt 1988
16 Shilla Benning in the movie In the Heat of the Night Shilla Benning 1988
17 Melanie Blake in the movie In the Heat of the Night Melanie Blake 1988
18 Susan Blakely in the movie In the Heat of the Night Susan Blakely 1988
19 Kathryn Firago in the movie In the Heat of the Night Kathryn Firago 1988
20 Laurie Franks in the movie In the Heat of the Night Laurie Franks 1988
21 Pat Fuleihan in the movie In the Heat of the Night Pat Fuleihan 1988
22 Pamela Garmon in the movie In the Heat of the Night Pamela Garmon 1988
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