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In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Gillespie: Whatcha hit him with?
Tibbs: Hit whom?
Gillespie: "Whom"? "Whom"? Well, you a northern boy? What's a northern boy like you doing all the way down here?

Chief Gillespie: I got the motive which is money and the body which is dead.

Gillespie: "Virgil"? That's a funny name for a n***er boy to come from Philadelphia. What do they call you up there?
Virgil Tibbs: They call me MISTER TIBBS!

Chief Gillespie: Mr. Tibbs! Well Mr. Woods take Mr. Tibbs! Take him down to the depot and I mean boy like now!

[last lines]
Chief Gillespie: You take care, y'hear?
Virgil Tibbs: Yeah.

Mayor Webb Schubert: Bill... what's made you change your mind about Tibbs?
Gillespie: Who says I have?
Mayor Webb Schubert: [referring to Tibbs slapping Endicott] Last Chief we had... he'd have shot Tibbs one second after he slapped Endicott, claim self-defense.

Gillespie: [on telephone to Tibbs' chief] I do want to thank you for offering such a powerful piece of manpower as Virgil Tibbs.

Mrs. Leslie Colbert: I came by to make it as clear as I possibly can: that I do not want the Negro officer taken off this case.
Mayor Webb Schubert: Negro officer?
Chief Gillespie: Yeah, well he, uh... he comes from up North, you see, and he was, uh, kinda... passing through...
Mrs. Leslie Colbert: I don't care what he is. If it wasn't for him, your impartial chief of police would still have the wrong man behind bars. I want that officer given a free hand, otherwise I will pack up my husband's engineers... and leave you... to yourselves.

Chief Gillespie: Just once in my life, I'm gonna own my temper. I'm telling you that you're gonna stay here. You're gonna stay here if I have to go inside and call your chief of police and have him remind you of what he told you to do. But I don't think I have to do that, you see? No, because you're so damn smart. You're smarter than any white man. You're just gonna stay here and show us all. You've got such a big head that you could never live with yourself unless you could put us all to shame. You wanna know something, Virgil? I don't think that you could let an opportunity like that pass by.

[upon the suggestion that he may have murdered Colbert, Endicott slaps Tibbs across the face. Tibbs promptly slaps him back. Endicott is positively shocked]
Eric Endicott: Gillespie?
Chief Gillespie: Yeah.
Eric Endicott: You saw it.
Chief Gillespie: I saw it.
Eric Endicott: Well, what are you gonna do about it?
Chief Gillespie: I don't know.
Eric Endicott: I'll remember that.
[to Tibbs]
Eric Endicott: There was a time when I could've had you shot.

[after Chief Gillespie convinced Virgil Tibbs to stay in town and finish the investigation, they both go to a mechanic's place to get Tibbs a car]
Chief Gillespie: Jess.
[Jess, a black mechanic, appears from under the car he is working on]
Chief Gillespie: Jess, this is, uh... This is Virgil. He's working for me. Give him something that runs. You fix him up, you hear.
Jess: What I fix runs. Who pays.
Chief Gillespie: Police.
[to Tibbs:]
Chief Gillespie: Well, you know where to find me.
[after Gillespie has left, Jess looks Virgil and his suit up and down]
Jess: What you doin' here, man.
Virgil Tibbs: Policeman.
Jess: You're a policeman here in Sparta.
Virgil Tibbs: They've got a murder they don't know what to do with. They need a whipping boy.
Jess: You got a roof.
Virgil Tibbs: No. I'll find a Motel.
[Jess chuckles and picks up Virgil's suitcase]
Jess: Viola... We got company.

Gillespie: You look at bodies all the time in Philadelphia. Why can't you look at this one?
Tibbs: Why can't you look at it for yourself?
Gillespie: Because I'm not an expert. OFFICER!

Gillespie: How much they pay you to do their police work?
Tibbs: A hundred and sixty-two dollars, and thirty-nine cents per week.
Gillespie: A hundred and sixty-two dollars and thirty-nine cents a week? Well boy! Sam, you take him outside but treat him nice, because a man that makes a hundred and sixty-two dollars and thirty-nine cents a week, we do not want to ruffle him!

Tibbs: You're making a big mistake.
Chief Gillespie: Don't you bet against it.

Chief Gillespie: [regarding Sam Wood's status as a suspect] We have the motive which is money, and the body which is dead!
Tibbs: Sam didn't kill Colbert!
Chief Gillespie: What makes you so sure?
Tibbs: Because Colbert was killed HERE, driven back to town in his own car and dumped on the street. Sam couldn't have driven two cars!

Gillespie: Now, look. I got no wife. I got no kids. Boy, I got a town that don't want me. And I got an air conditioner that I have to oil myself, and a desk with a busted leg. And on top of that, I got this, uh... place. Now, don't you think that'd drive a man to takin' a few drinks? I'll tell you a secret. Nobody comes here. Never.


"In the Heat of the Night: Murder Most Ancient (#3.3)" (1989)
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: You had to hit Conlan last night did ya?
Lt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner: He was a very provocative man Chief.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Well I hate to speak ill of the just departed but he did have the most disgusting manners of any man I've ever seen. I'm surprised he lasted long as he did in the State of Mississippi.

Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: That woman's grief is truly heart wrenching.
[sarcastically]

Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: The kind and the cruel kill in equal quantities.
Althea Tibbs: Now, who said that, chief?
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Oh, I forget. It's old stuff. I've begun to take credit for it myself.

Cpl. Wilson Sweet: After we left the living room, Conlan stayed behind for a while.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Yeah? Well?
Cpl. Wilson Sweet: They looked at each other in a special way.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: You can't deduce much from a look unless it's followed by jumpin' on the couch. Was it?
Cpl. Wilson Sweet: No, sir, they stayed standing, but it looked intimate.


"In the Heat of the Night: Accused (#2.18)" (1989)
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: It's a pity when you were teaching that kid the scriptures you couldn't put in a word for safe driving.
[laughs]
Sgt. V. L. 'Bubba' Skinner: Yea.

D.A. Dutton: What the hell is going on with this department?
Officer Parker Williams: Chief, it's Mister District Attorney Dutton.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Yea, so it appears Parker. Thank you.

D.A. Dutton: I don't see this as a joke Chief Gillespie.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: You come in and address me with a joke and that's the way I'm gonna respond to you.

Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: You mean Bubba Skinner? He just left here.
D.A. Dutton: He left ? You turned him loose?
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: No sir, Judge McCurtin over at the court turned him loose. Known as due process of law. I'm sure they taught you something about that before you left Ole Miss.


"In the Heat of the Night: First Girl (#3.4)" (1989)
Harriet DeLong: Another murder? Why, we seem to be averaging over one of those a week.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Well, Miss DeLong, that figure is countywide, isn't it?
Harriet DeLong: What's the answer, chief? What do we do about murder?
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: It's awful hard to stop it. You know, the man contemplating murder hardly ever advises us of his intentions.

Officer Christine Rankin: It was always my Aunt Edie in Kenard. She's all I have, outside of all of you.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: All of us?
Officer Christine Rankin: Yea, I always make a family wherever I go. Like the in school, in the academy, now here on the job - y'all.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Well, I'd say you could do a whole lot worse than us. I think, as a family, we're decent enough. Sober without being stuffy and willing to stand by you.

Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: [Praying at Officer Rankin's graveside] Lord, I didn't know this child, and she didn't know me. But in her mind, I belonged to her, so I'm thinking it was your will. If only for one day.
[pause]
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Serene in your presence, Lord, I do believe. And I'm here grieving , grieving for this child of mine. Help me with my sorrow.


"In the Heat of the Night: Triangle (#3.12)" (1990)
Lt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner: [as Chief hands his gun to Bubba] What am I supposed to do? Look friendly?
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: If you can.

Cpl. Wilson Sweet: No gun Chief?
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Why? You have one.

Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Well, old crimes never die. They just move to Sparta Mississippi.
Lt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner: Yup.
[Hands Chief his gun back]
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Thank you Bubba.


"In the Heat of the Night: Stranger in Town (#2.9)" (1989)
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: All right, all right, you hold it now. Cuz in another minute we're both going to be swimming in the middle of Lake Silly here.
Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs: [laughs]

Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Well don't give me the mad look. You can only go so far browbeating a kid then you don't get more you get less.

Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: I don't think there is anything more to be gained by this discussion. I'm going to go see a woman about some cornbread and a bowl of beans.
Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs: [to Himself as Gillespie is leaving] Lord I wish I had something I could throw.


"In the Heat of the Night: Intruders (#2.14)" (1989)
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: [Gillespie answers ringing phone] OK. We'll be there. Bye.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: [Puts hat on]
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Well Virgil, smile, the night may turn out to be pretty good yet. Come on.
[Chief and Tibbs leaves the station]

Sgt. V. L. 'Bubba' Skinner: Room Service!
[Forces door open to room]
Andy White: [Startled in the bed ] What in the hell?
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Well, well, well, I do believe that is young Andrew White there in the bed.
Andy White: I suppose this is how you boys get your kicks, huh?
Sgt. V. L. 'Bubba' Skinner: Oh no little turd it ain't. Actually it embarrasses the hell out of me.

Melinda Mason: I feel so ashamed.
Andy White: That's alright honey. You can get up and put some clothes on anytime. I'm sure these boys will close their eyes.
Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs: Why don't you shut up, stop showing off, tell me where you got this?
[Holds out a necklace]
Andy White: [Sits silently while staring at the necklace]
Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs: Yea, we found it in that pigpen you call "a room" hidden.
Andy White: Yea, that's right, hidden from the maid. She will steal anything she'll get her hands on.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Question is where did you steal it, Useless?


"In the Heat of the Night: Rape (#3.1)" (1989)
Linda Ainslee: Am I supposed to dissolve into a puddle of tears here? Sorry, you lose again.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: I know what you are. You're an accomplice. You're a sadistic silent partner, and you make me sick. You make me sick!
[goes out the door]
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: You-make-me-sick!

Sgt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner: Say Chief, What you say I take the music man for an old time ride before I bring him in , huh?
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Bubba, Please leave that kind of talk in the past. Will you just go get the man?
Sgt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner: Yes sir.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: And don't touch him more than you have to make a lawful arrest.
Sgt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner: Yea.
[Turns to walk away]
Sgt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner: . Yea.

Sgt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner: Well then, Mister Ainsley, tell me this. Why in the world do you think that Mrs Tibbs positively identified you as the man who raped her, huh?
Stephen Ainslee: I don't know. Maybe she's disturbed or having some sort of hysterical reaction or something.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: I think I'm going to have "some sort of hysterical reaction or something" if I don't get you out of my sight.
Sgt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner: Only too glad to leave.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: But you're not leaving.
Stephen Ainslee: Where we going?
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Where we going? Bubba, tell him where he's going.
Sgt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner: Why, you're going to a cell.


"In the Heat of the Night: Anniversary (#3.6)" (1989)
Officer Parker Williams: Guess what?
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Parker, don't make me guess. I got a headache growing right here.
Officer Parker Williams: Yes, sir. I'm sorry.

Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Take this incredible, disgraceful man to jail.


"In the Heat of the Night: The Creek (#2.15)" (1989)
Officer Parker Williams: Uh Chief, that Phillip Casey is on the phone and he's whopping mad.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: [Chief Gillespie picks up the phone] Mr Casey, Chief Gillespie here.
Phillip Casey: [Phone conversation not heard] .
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Wait a minute, Detective Tibbs did what?
[pause]
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: I see.
[pause]
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Just hold it now I'll take it up with Detective Tibbs when he comes in.
[pause]
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Mister Casey, don't get yourself all excited, it isn't good for you.
[pause]
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: If you want to make any charges, go on over to the District Attorney and make them. You do whatever you feel is right for you to do. We are going to keep on doing what we feel is right for us to do here. Bye.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Something wrong with that fella.
Officer Parker Williams: That's telling him Chief.

Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Now, I talked with Mrs. Tibbs about you.
Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs: Why?
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: [Angrily] Because I wanted. That's why.


"In the Heat of the Night: The Family Secret (#2.3)" (1988)
Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs: You're not going to like it.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: When has that ever stopped you before?

Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: I'm sorry.
Claudia Merrill: Yeah, he was sorry too, he said he was sorry every time, sometimes he even cried. Can you cry?


"In the Heat of the Night: Perversions of Justice (#4.4)" (1990)
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Was that it?
Jimmy Dillard: [Begins to cry]
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Well I declare. I do declare. Come on we'll walk on a little bit further to our faces dry off.

Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Well that sounds like attempted murder Elroy. I'm surprised at you.
Elroy Baines: Weren't no attempted murder. If I aimed to kill that boy he'd be in the ground.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: What did you aim to do?
Elroy Baines: I was trying to scare him. Let him know we don't need his kind in this town.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: You and your shotgun are not the voice of this town. Jamison I want you to book this knothead for disharging a firearm in a dangerous manner, felonious assault, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest. And think up one or two more things.
Sgt. Lonnie Jamison: Yes sir. Come on Elroy.


"In the Heat of the Night: An Angry Woman (#3.18)" (1990)
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Jamison I want this boy don't you dare kill him!


"In the Heat of the Night: My Name Is Hank (#3.9)" (1989)
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Now, you take a squirrel. He may seem to run out to the end of a limb that goes nowhere, that tapers off into nothin'. But he in't there. He ran out a foot or two along that limb and then he doubled back on the blind side and he really never left the place where you first saw him. Think about that.
Lt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner: I don' wanna.


"In the Heat of the Night: These Things Take Time (#2.13)" (1989)
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Well, I'm sorry to let him out of jail. I believe I hate him.


"In the Heat of the Night: Tear Down the Walls (#2.10)" (1989)
Ed Rowen: You know what I see? I see a black man that I would not care to see at any time, at any place.
Sgt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner: [Nods to Chief Gilispie to see if he needs to step in the office]
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: [Chief nods to Sgt. Skinner to come in the office]
Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs: Yeah, I see a man that I feel the exact same way, not because he's a white man, but because he's a maggot.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: [Chief steps in to break up a fight between Rowen and Tibbs]
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Easy! Easy! Hold it! Bubba, arrest Mr. Rowen for assault and being a maggot.
Sgt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner: Oh, we're real tough on maggots round here.


"In the Heat of the Night: Pilot: Part 2 (#1.2)" (1988)
Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs: I guess you know everything about everybody here in this town, huh.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Virgil, if I was to sell all I know to one of them little newspapers at the checkout stand at the supermarket I'd have my fortune made. At the same time there be a whole lot of murders mayhem massacres and suicides.


"In the Heat of the Night: Grow Old Along with Me (#8.4)" (1995)
[last lines]
Sheriff William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: My condolences, Ms. Ryan.