"In the Heat of the Night"
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Season: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8
Year: 1988 | 1989 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot: Part 1

6 March 1988
Virgil Tibbs permanently joins the Sparta police department in time to investigate the murder of a young woman.

Season 1, Episode 2: Pilot: Part 2

6 March 1988
Gillespie and Tibbs learn to get used to each other's working habits and bond as workers and friends to solve the murder.

Season 1, Episode 3: Road Kill

15 March 1988
While the Sparta police hunt down a randomly shooting troublemaker, a philandering husband uses his mischief to cover his murder of his wife.

Season 1, Episode 4: Fate

22 March 1988
Racial tensions boil over in Sparta when a married, white woman has an extramarital affair with a black businessman.

Season 1, Episode 5: Blind Spot: Part 1

29 March 1988
As Det. Tibbs deals with an old rival coming back to Sparta to open a major factory, two locksmiths pay the price for discovering that tycoon's secret other business.

Season 1, Episode 6: Blind Spot: Part 2

5 April 1988
Chief Gillespie and Det. Tibbs face spiraling drug trade violence in Sparta as they hunt down the kingpins responsible.

Season 1, Episode 7: A Necessary Evil

12 April 1988
Gillespie and Tibb's reluctant investigation of a bigamy case becomes absurd with the accused's half dozen wives, and serious when he is found dead in his cell.

Carroll O'Connor ... Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie

Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)

Alan Autry ... Sgt. V. L. 'Bubba' Skinner

Anne-Marie Johnson ... Althea Tibbs
David Hart ... Officer Parker Williams

Christian Jules Le Blanc ... Patrolman Junior Abernathy (as Christian Le Blanc)

Jennifer Bassey ... Eugete Davenport
David Orange ... Henley Davenport

Julia Montgomery ... Elmyra Carroway

Ted Lange ... James 'J.J.' Jeffson
Zita Mack ... Bea Jeffson

Carol Sutton ... Lucille Jeffson
Alozia St. Julien ... Ellie Anne Jeffson
Janee Michelle ... Arlene Jeffson
Juanita Brooks ... Raynette Jeffson
Valerie Thibodeaux ... Sudie Jeffson
Hugh O'Connor ... Cpl. Lonnie Jamison
Danny Hanemann ... Rumley (as Daniel Hanemann)

Chuck Hicks ... Charlie (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 8: ...And Then You Die

3 May 1988
During a manhunt for a wanton random murdering fugitive , the criminal takes Althea Tibbs and a young boy hostage.

Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: Don't Look Back: Part 1

4 December 1988
A young woman is murdered in the exact same manner to a notorious murder Chief Gillespie investigated 20 years ago and he is threatened as well.

Season 2, Episode 2: Don't Look Back: Part 2

4 December 1988
Tension is created between Tibbs & Gillespie when Tibbs is nominated to be the new Chief of Police. The party responsible for the murder is found to be surprisingly close.

Season 2, Episode 3: The Family Secret

6 December 1988
After a prominent businessman is mysteriously murdered, evidence of incestuous relationships with his daughter and granddaughter are uncovered.

Season 2, Episode 4: The Hammer and the Glove

13 December 1988
Virgil's ex-partner, who was also Althea's ex-lover, comes to Sparta for a reunion nobody will forget.

Season 2, Episode 5: Prisoners

20 December 1988
When Officer Sweet's first bust, his best friend from childhood, dies in the Newman County Jail under mysterious circumstances, he presses Gillespie to investigate the matter.

Season 2, Episode 6: Hot Nights

27 December 1988
Bubba Skinner enters into a whirlwind romance with a seductive author passing through Sparta.

Season 2, Episode 7: Gunshots

3 January 1989
Virgil Tibbs shoots and kills a robbery suspect during a foot pursuit, unaware that it was a girl.

Season 2, Episode 8: Country Mouse, City Mouse

10 January 1989
Bubba's nephew and Virgil's visiting niece become friendly and are chased by a dangerous criminal thought to have died in an explosion.

Season 2, Episode 9: Stranger in Town

17 January 1989
The investigation of a prostitute's murder is complicated when a traveling cook comes to Sparta and starts working at the Cafe.

Season 2, Episode 10: Tear Down the Walls

31 January 1989
A skeleton in the closet of a local pastor surfaces after he mysteriously drops dead during a church service.

Season 2, Episode 11: A Trip Upstate

7 February 1989
Gillespie is asked by a condemned prisoner to be present at his execution.

Carroll O'Connor ... Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie

Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)

Alan Autry ... Sgt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner

Anne-Marie Johnson ... Althea Tibbs (credit only)

Lois Nettleton ... Joanne St. John
David Hart ... Officer Parker Williams

Geoffrey Thorne ... Officer Wilson Sweet
Hugh O'Connor ... Cpl. Lonnie Jamison
Paul Benjamin ... George Brownlow

Christopher Allport ... D.A. Dutton

James Gammon ... Sheriff Ketch Monroe
Marc Clement ... Warden J. Emory Cloris
David Dwyer ... Melvin Nally
Randal Patrick ... Lenny Cowes (as Randall Patrick)
Rand Hopkins ... Salesman
Emily Woodward ... Girl in Boat
Tom Key ... Guard
John Webb ... Officer John

Iva Franks Singer ... Woman shot in bank (uncredited)

Season 2, Episode 12: A.K.A. Kelly Kay

14 February 1989
Joanne must reveal a painful part of her past to Gillespie after a long lost acquointance escapes from prison.

Season 2, Episode 13: These Things Take Time

21 February 1989
Tibbs tries to help a teenage mother who was abandoned by her baby's father.

Season 2, Episode 14: Intruders

7 March 1989
The son of a city councilwoman is accused of a string of robbery/murders.

Season 2, Episode 15: The Creek

14 March 1989
Virgil is disturbed by the investigation of a battered woman.

Season 2, Episode 16: Sister, Sister

21 March 1989
Sibling rivalry between two sisters intensifies when their bedridden father dies.

Season 2, Episode 17: Walkout

28 March 1989
Sparta becomes a battleground in the midst of a violent union strike.

Season 2, Episode 18: Accused

4 April 1989
Bubba and Virgil bond as friends and coworkers when Bubba is accused of rape by two different women.

Season 2, Episode 19: Fifteen Forever

25 April 1989
The town of Sparta grieves when a horrific drunk driving accident claims the lives of the entire Sparta High School cheerleading squad.

Carroll O'Connor ... Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie (credit only)

Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)

Alan Autry ... Sgt. V. L. 'Bubba' Skinner

Anne-Marie Johnson ... Althea Tibbs

Lois Nettleton ... Joanne St. John
David Hart ... Officer Parker Williams

Geoffrey Thorne ... Officer Wilson Sweet
Hugh O'Connor ... Cpl. Lonnie Jamison (credit only)

Joe Don Baker ... Tom Dugan

Christopher Allport ... D.A. Myron Dutton

Belinda Montgomery ... Nora Womack
Benji Wilhoite ... Buddy Womack
Robin Florence ... Amanda Womack

Steve Boles ... Buck Spivey
Joey Thrower ... Stoker Reeves
Paul Armbruster ... Dr. Grieger
Ken Strong ... Counterman
Danny Nelson ... Gina's Father
Alveda King ... Gaylee's Mother (as Alveda King Beal)
Bob Bass ... Ball Player (uncredited)

Randall Franks ... Officer Randy Goode (uncredited)

Tim Ware ... Clyde Reeves (uncredited)

Season 2, Episode 20: Ladybug, Ladybug

2 May 1989
A handicapped woman tricks her boyfriend into murdering her husband.

Season 2, Episode 21: The Pig Woman of Sparta

9 May 1989
A crabby and reclusive woman shoots and kills anyone who sets foot onto her property.

Season 2, Episode 22: Missing

16 May 1989
Chief Gillespie returns from a convention, only to be kidnapped and presumed dead.

Season 3


Season 3, Episode 1: Rape

24 October 1989
When Althea is raped by a colleague, Gillespie and the Sparta PD must solve the case before a furious Virgil gets revenge on his own.

Season 3, Episode 2: Fairest of Them All

31 October 1989
Murder takes center stage when the Sparta PD discover that the death of a beauty pageant contestant was no accident.

Season 3, Episode 3: Murder Most Ancient

7 November 1989
A young man stands accused of his abusive father's murder.

Season 3, Episode 4: First Girl

14 November 1989
The Sparta Police Department welcome their first female officer.

Season 3, Episode 5: Crackdown

21 November 1989
Wilson Sweet puts his job on the line when he takes a personal stake in the case of a 13-year-old drug addict.

Season 3, Episode 6: Anniversary

28 November 1989
Chief Gillespie recounts the events surrounding his kidnapping and the killing of his temporary replacement.

Season 3, Episode 7: Time of the Stranger

5 December 1989
Parker becomes protective of a friend who is being trailed by a private investigator.

Season 3, Episode 8: Vengeance

12 December 1989
Bubba Skinner is trailed by the family of a man he killed during an armed robbery attempt.

Season 3, Episode 9: My Name Is Hank

19 December 1989
A Vietnamese teenager comes to town, claiming to be the son of one of Chief Gillespie's GI friends. The Chief must help the boy when he gets himself accused of the murder of a comvienence store owner.

Season 3, Episode 10: King's Ransom

2 January 1990
A former prize fighter chooses blackmail over testimony when he is called upon by the FBI to testify against an old mob boss.

Season 3, Episode 11: Epitaph for a Lady

16 January 1990
Chief Gillespie's friend stands accused of the murder of the doctor who was treating his terminally ill wife.

Season 3, Episode 12: Triangle

23 January 1990
A local man, thought to be quiet and reserved, murders his wife and her lover when he walks in on them, then holds his daughter hostage.

Season 3, Episode 13: Hello in There

30 January 1990
A young boy refuses to speak after he witnesses his father's murder.

Season 3, Episode 14: December Days

13 February 1990
When Chief Gillespie investigates a death at a nursing home, he receives assistance from another resident there who is a former cop.

Season 3, Episode 15: A Loss of Innocence

20 February 1990
The Sparta Police uncover the shocking living conditions of a high school student, after Althea Tibbs asks them to investigate the residence after the girl's fifth truancy.

Season 3, Episode 16: Bubba's Baby

27 February 1990
Bubba's former acquaintance leaves a baby on his doorstep.

Season 3, Episode 17: Home Is Where the Heart Is

6 March 1990
A minister is killed when he attempts to close down a brothel in Sparta.

Season 3, Episode 18: An Angry Woman

13 March 1990
Althea grieves when an impoverished coworker dies in a hit-and-run accident, while the Police investigate the incident.

Season 3, Episode 19: Indiscretions

20 March 1990
Althea's friend comes to town and becomes attracted to Officer Sweet while she is on the run for murdering her married lover.

Season 3, Episode 20: Night of the Killing

27 March 1990
Gillespie and Tibbs clash over who the guilty party is in the murder of a cab driver, until a local informant provides some vital information.

Season 3, Episode 21: Citizen Trundel: Part 1

1 May 1990
Harriet Delong's sister is killed in a murder ordered by her married lover, the wealthiest man in Sparta. Harriet accuses the police department of not properly bringing the mam to justice.

Season 3, Episode 22: Citizen Trundel: Part 2

8 May 1990
Through a search of the killer's house, the smoking gun is found to pin the guilty party. Bill Gillespie and Harriet Delong are asked to be godparents to the Tibbs' expectant child.

Season 4


Season 4, Episode 1: Brotherly Love: Part 1

18 September 1990
Virgil Tibbs returns to Philadelphia to investigate his best man's death and uncovers police corruption within his friend's precinct.

Carroll O'Connor ... Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie

Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)

Alan Autry ... Lt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner

Anne-Marie Johnson ... Althea Tibbs
David Hart ... Officer Parker Williams

Geoffrey Thorne ... Cpl. Wilson Sweet
Hugh O'Connor ... Sgt. Lonnie Jamison

Mel Stewart ... Calvin Peterson
Andy Romano ... Off. Charles Ryan

Peter Van Norden ... Sgt. Lou D'Agostino
Jeff Hayenga ... Off. Brian Kasch (as Jeffrey Hayenga)

Bruce Kirby ... Dep. Chief Harlan Cassidy

Geoffrey Lewis ... Capt. Brad Jenkins

J.D. Hall ... Det. Dwight Walker
Olivia Virgil White ... Celia Walker (as Olivia Virgil Harper)
Ellen Holly ... Ruth Peterson

Jesse Dizon ... Ray Nuguchi
Anthony Auer ... Michael Edwards

Larry Gelman ... Desk Sergeant
Penny Santon ... Mama Cimino

Connie Sawyer ... Hannah
Bob Larkin ... Officer Roberts

Christopher Michael ... Policeman (uncredited)

C.C. Taylor ... Officer Charlie Peake (uncredited)

Ernest Thomas ... Off. Parker (uncredited)

Season 4, Episode 2: Brotherly Love: Part 2

18 September 1990
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.

Carroll O'Connor ... Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie

Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)

Alan Autry ... Lt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner

Anne-Marie Johnson ... Althea Tibbs
David Hart ... Officer Parker Williams

Geoffrey Thorne ... Cpl. Wilson Sweet
Hugh O'Connor ... Sgt. Lonnie Jamison

Mel Stewart ... Calvin Peterson
Andy Romano ... Off. Charles Ryan

Peter Van Norden ... Sgt. Lou D'Agostino
Jeff Hayenga ... Off. Brian Kasch (as Jeffrey Hayenga)

Bruce Kirby ... Dep. Chief Harlan Cassidy

Geoffrey Lewis ... Capt. Brad Jenkins

J.D. Hall ... Dwight Walker
Olivia Virgil White ... Celia Walker (as Olivia Virgil Harper)
Ellen Holly ... Ruth Peterson

Jesse Dizon ... Ray Nuguchi
Anthony Auer ... Michael Edwards

Larry Gelman ... Desk Sergeant
Penny Santon ... Mama Cimino

Connie Sawyer ... Hannah
Bob Larkin ... Officer Roberts
Patrick Culliton ... Lt. Herne (uncredited)

Ernest Thomas ... Off. Parker (uncredited)

Season 4, Episode 3: Lessons Learned

25 September 1990
A father is overcome with guilt when his daughter is killed after he disowned her.

Season 4, Episode 4: Perversions of Justice

2 October 1990
Tempers flare in Sparta when an elementary school teacher is accused of molesting one of his students.

Season 4, Episode 5: And Justice for Some

23 October 1990
Virgil's young neighbor is badly injured in a hit-and-run accident caused by a cocky drug trafficker.

Season 4, Episode 6: Heart of Gold

30 October 1990
Bubba Skinner rekindles an old romance, then finds himself hurt and confused when she stands accused of murder.

Season 4, Episode 7: Quick Fix

6 November 1990
While spending his day off fishing, Bubba's dog unearths a dead infant, found to have been born to a mentally challenged teenager.

Season 4, Episode 8: Homecoming

13 November 1990
When a paroled man returns to Sparta, the whole town becomes a suspect when the man is murdered.

Season 4, Episode 9: A Problem Too Personal

20 November 1990
Harriet Delong's son is implicated in the investigation of an armed robbery committed by her ex-husband.

Season 4, Episode 10: A Final Arrangement

27 November 1990
Wilson Sweet has a hard time believing that his good friend murdered his wife, who had been diagnosed with cancer.

Season 4, Episode 11: Family Matters

4 December 1990
Virgil's cousin is accused of a string of robberies in the midst of him trying to bring some peace back to the family.

Season 4, Episode 12: Bounty Hunter

11 December 1990
Bubba's friend is put in danger when a bounty hunter is on the trail of her brother.

Season 4, Episode 13: Blessings

18 December 1990
During the Christmas season, a flirtatious newspaper reporter prints an unflattering story about the Sparta Police Department.

Carroll O'Connor ... Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie

Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)

Alan Autry ... Lt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner

Anne-Marie Johnson ... Althea Tibbs
David Hart ... Officer Parker Williams

Geoffrey Thorne ... Cpl. Wilson Sweet
Hugh O'Connor ... Sgt. Lonnie Jamison
Judith Robinson ... Reporter Millie Turnby

Denise Nicholas ... Harriet DeLong

Crystal R. Fox ... Officer Luann Corbin (as Crystal Fox)

Tonea Stewart ... Aunt Etta Kibbey
Johnny Popwell ... Mel Levin
Deborah Atkinson ... Michelle Carpenter (archive footage)
Paul Benjamin ... George Brownlow (archive footage)
Peter Gabb ... Horace Goode (archive footage)

Thom Gossom Jr. ... Ted Marcus (archive footage) (as Thom Gossom)
Kathy Payne ... Bonnie (archive footage)
Sheryl Lynn Piland ... Officer Christine Rankin (archive footage) (as Sherly Lynn Piland)
Alice Heffernan-Sneed ... Admitting Nurse Sylvia Mays (archive footage) (as Alice Sneed)

Randall Franks ... Officer Randy Goode (uncredited)
Randy Hall ... Al Bosworth (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dee Shaw ... Officer Dee Shepard (uncredited)

Season 4, Episode 14: Shine on Sparta Moon

8 January 1991
A teenage girl is killed and her boyfriend blinded in a car accident caused by spiked moonshine.

Season 4, Episode 15: An Execution of Trust

15 January 1991
A psychiatrist, bound by her own rule of confidentiality, holds information proving that a man about to be executed for murder may actually be innocent.

Season 4, Episode 16: Child of Promise

5 February 1991
A promising high school student is determined to encourage his younger brother to make positive choices in his life.

Season 4, Episode 17: Paper Castles

12 February 1991
Virgil puts himself in a compromising position when he uses inside information to inform a friend that he was cheated when he invested in a building project.

Season 4, Episode 18: Laid to Waste

19 February 1991
Parker finds himself attracted to the main witness of a murder investigation, a beautiful blind girl who overheard her neighbor's murder.

Season 4, Episode 19: First Deadly Sin

26 February 1991
Althea's colleague is the latest victim of a serial rapist who preys on single, blonde women.

Season 4, Episode 20: Just a Country Boy

19 March 1991
Bubba travels to Los Angeles to extradite a prisoner to Sparta to stand trial and finds himself the target of the man's accusers.

Carroll O'Connor ... Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie

Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)

Alan Autry ... Lt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner

Anne-Marie Johnson ... Althea Tibbs (credit only)
David Hart ... Officer Parker Williams

Geoffrey Thorne ... Cpl. Wilson Sweet
Hugh O'Connor ... Sgt. Lonnie Jamison

Debra Stipe ... Pat Day (as Debra Sandlund)

Chi Muoi Lo ... Mike (as Chi-Muoi Lo)

Franklin Cover ... Tommy Vincent

Raymond Forchion ... Wallace Fannoy

Will Leskin ... Stan Garish
Bill Zuckert ... Judge Clint

José Ramón Rosario ... LA Asst. DA Benito Rey (as José Rosario)
William Flatley ... Detective Lt. Waldec
Daryl Wilcher ... Bob Fannoy

Mary Pat Gleason ... Hostess

Julie Inouye ... Nurse

Jay Arlen Jones ... Ticket Man
Frank Lugo ... Cesar
Gregory McKinney ... Reporter Allie Jones (as Greg McKinney)
Bob Penny ... Alvin P. Epp
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw ... DNK Club Manager (uncredited)

Randall Franks ... Officer Randy Goode (uncredited)
Brett Porter ... Det. Ned Mills (uncredited)
Dylan Riggs ... Tanner (uncredited)

C.C. Taylor ... Officer Charlie Peake (uncredited)

Mikki Val ... Secretary (uncredited)

Season 4, Episode 21: No Other Road

26 March 1991
Harriet's son tries to have his father's death row conviction overturned.

Season 4, Episode 22: A Turning

30 April 1991
Althea is starting to feel the strain of being the wife of one police officer and the daughter of another.

Season 5


Season 5, Episode 1: A Woman Much Admired

1 October 1991
Gillespie receives a life altering shock when an old flame comes for a visit and is later murdered.

Season 5, Episode 2: Baby for Sale

8 October 1991
Bubba discovers that his cousins have adopted their baby under questionable circumstances.

Season 5, Episode 3: Obsession

22 October 1991
A promiscuous high school teacher is stalked by her dangerous ex-boyfriend.

Season 5, Episode 4: Liar's Poker

29 October 1991
A man hosting his annual high stakes poker game is murdered.

Season 5, Episode 5: Ruda's Awakening

5 November 1991
When Virgil's estranged aunt is eyewitness to a teenager killed in a botched arrest, her resentment for Virgil clouds her better judgement as to what really happened.

Season 5, Episode 6: Unfinished Business

12 November 1991
Bubba returns to Los Angeles to tie up some loose ends from his last trip there.

Carroll O'Connor ... Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie

Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)

Alan Autry ... Capt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner

Anne-Marie Johnson ... Althea Tibbs
David Hart ... Cpl. Parker Williams

Geoffrey Thorne ... Sgt. Wilson Sweet
Hugh O'Connor ... Lt. Lonnie Jamison

Debra Stipe ... Pat Day (as Debra Sandlund)

Chi Muoi Lo ... Mike Chin (as Chi-Muoi Lo)

Joe Rosario ... LA D.A. Benito Ray
Brett Porter ... Det. Ned Mills
William Flatley ... Detective Lt. Waldec

Franklin Cover ... Tommy Vincent
George Shannon ... Boni

Wilbur Fitzgerald ... Dist. Atty. Gerard Darnelle

Tonea Stewart ... Aunt Etta Kibbey
Liam Gannon ... Father McBride

Marco Sanchez ... Emelio Suarez
Steve Boyum ... Pelzer

Shaun Toub ... Cabby
Marta Waller ... Cheryl Thomas
Daryl Wilcher ... Bob Fannoy
Bill Zuckert ... Judge Clint

Jack Betts ... Attorney Mark Harris
Gary Pagett ... Arthur the Night Security Man
John Edd Thompson ... Baliff (as John E. Thompson)
Nat Adler ... Alvin P. Epp

Gregory Alpert ... Pizza Guy (uncredited)
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw ... Louis Locky (uncredited)

Crystal R. Fox ... Officer Luann Corbin (uncredited)

Randall Franks ... Officer Randy Goode (uncredited)

Season 5, Episode 7: The More Things Change

19 November 1991
When a businessman is killed, his entire family become suspects.

Season 5, Episode 8: Sweet, Sweet Blues

26 November 1991
A local jazz musician reveals information about the murder of Officer Sweet's grandfather, which reopens the 40-year-old case.

Season 5, Episode 9: Sparta Gold

3 December 1991
Bubba stumbles upon a marijuana growing operation, later found to be led by a Sheriff's Office deputy.

Season 5, Episode 10: An Eye for an Eye

10 December 1991
D.A. Darnell's daughter is kidnapped by the father of a man Darnelle sent to prison, who committed suicide.

Season 5, Episode 11: The Littlest Victim

17 December 1991
Lonnie Jamison is saddened to discover that his high school girlfriend is now an impoverished, single mother.

Season 5, Episode 12: The Landlord

7 January 1992
When a slumlord is mysteriously murdered, it is implied that he had dealings with dope pushers. Until informant Jimmy Dawes provides some vital information.

Season 5, Episode 13: Fool for Love

14 January 1992
When a doctor's disabled wife discovers his affair with one of his patients, he takes matters into his own hands to correct the situation.

Season 5, Episode 14: Love, Honor and Obey

4 February 1992
Parker's friend takes matters into her own hands when she is fed up with her husband's physical abuse.

Season 5, Episode 15: Odessa

11 February 1992
Sparta Police is on guard to control racial tension when a ceremony is held to honor the first black woman who registered to vote in Sparta.

Season 5, Episode 16: A Time to Trust

18 February 1992
The stepfather of one of Althea's students is implicated in a drug trafficking investigation.

Season 5, Episode 17: By Means Most Foul

25 February 1992
When a woman plots to kill her husband in order to continue her torrid love affair, things don't go exactly as planned.

Season 5, Episode 18: Trundel's Will Be Done

3 March 1992
The wife of Harriet's sister's lover seeks custody of Harriet's nephew, the product of her late husband's affair.

Carroll O'Connor ... Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie (also archive footage)

Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (also archive footage) (as Howard Rollins)

Alan Autry ... Capt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner

Anne-Marie Johnson ... Althea Tibbs
David Hart ... Cpl. Parker Williams

Geoffrey Thorne ... Sgt. Wilson Sweet
Hugh O'Connor ... Lt. Lonnie Jamison
Karen Carlson ... Sarah Hallisey
Nicolas Cowan ... Eric DeLong
Joe Dorsey ... Mr. Jenkins

Crystal R. Fox ... Officer Luann Corbin (credit only) (as Crystal Fox)

Randall Franks ... Officer Randy Goode
Larry Gamell Jr. ... Trundel's Accomplice (archive footage)
Michael D. Johnson ... Charles
Tom Key ... Norman Luft (archive footage)
Jeffrey Lowery ... Asst. Atty. General (archive footage)
Czerny Miller ... Chauffeur

Denise Nicholas ... Harriet DeLong
Jonathan Proby ... Young Eric DeLong (archive footage)
Dee Shaw ... Cpl. Dee Shepard

Adair Simon ... Emily Trundel (also archive footage)

Marco St. John ... Jay Turkus (archive footage)

Tonea Stewart ... Aunt Etta Kibbey
Laura Whyte ... Judge Whitley
Joseph Wilkins ... Pilot (archive footage)

Jordan Williams ... Victor 'V.J.' Trundel (archive footage)
Walter Wulff ... Herb Fitzsimmons

Season 5, Episode 19: Moseley's Lot

31 March 1992
The son of a local electrical contractor resents the fact that his father is always bailing his younger brother out of financial messes.

Season 5, Episode 20: Family Reunion

20 April 1992
A paroled robber returns to Sparta in search of a $750,000 stash.

Season 5, Episode 21: Sanctuary

12 May 1992
Gillespie & Tibbs, along with the abbot of a local monastery, stand accused of harboring a fugitive who escaped from a chain gang.

Season 5, Episode 22: The Law on Trial

19 May 1992
The trio receive an outpouring of support from the town and the police department in the days leading up to their trial. Romance is in the air for Bill Gillespie and Harriet Delong.

Season 6


Season 6, Episode 1: A Small War: Part 1

28 October 1992
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.

Season 6, Episode 2: A Small War: Part 2

4 November 1992
Despite his disdain for Bill Gillespie, Harriet's son Eugene helps the Sparta Police bring down the crack house after he is an eyewitness to his best friend's drug-related murder.

Season 6, Episode 3: Brother's Keeper

11 November 1992
Luann is furious when her slacker brother returns and is immediately accused of robbing a shady sports bar. Her mother is in denial and insists her son has changed.