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Season 2

4 Dec. 1988
Don't Look Back: Part 1
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.
4 Dec. 1988
Don't Look Back: Part 2
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.
6 Dec. 1988
The Family Secret
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 ...
13 Dec. 1988
The Hammer and the Glove
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, ...
20 Dec. 1988
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 ...
27 Dec. 1988
Hot Nights
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 ...
3 Jan. 1989
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.
10 Jan. 1989
Country Mouse, City Mouse
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.
17 Jan. 1989
Stranger in Town
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 ...
31 Jan. 1989
Tear Down the Walls
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.
7 Feb. 1989
A Trip Upstate
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, ...
14 Feb. 1989
A.K.A. Kelly Kay
Joanne St. John must confront something that she thought she left behind in the past, when a escaped convict comes to Sparta looking for her.
21 Feb. 1989
These Things Take Time
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, ...
7 Mar. 1989
The Sparta P.D. is on the lookout for a burglar who is terrorizing the small town by targeting senior citizens that happen to be women who live alone, in which the main suspect is a city councilwoman's son.
14 Mar. 1989
The Creek
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.
21 Mar. 1989
Sister, Sister
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.
28 Mar. 1989
An intense strike at a local factory leads to the police having to investigate a couple of murders during a rare snowy period in Sparta.
4 Apr. 1989
A woman accuses Sgt. Bubba Skinner as her attacker after she leaves a bar. Then a second woman comes forward to accuse Sgt. Bubba Skinner of rape. Meanwhile, Chief Gillespie goes up against a driven district attorney who plans to use the case for the good of his career.
25 Apr. 1989
Fifteen Forever
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.
2 May 1989
Ladybug, Ladybug
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.
9 May 1989
The Pig Woman of Sparta
Two reclusive neighbors seem to know more than they're saying as the Sparta PD begins digging up bodies in the woods, unearthing an old family secret.
16 May 1989
The Chief's men pay him a surprise visit only to find his home ransacked, Joanne unconscious and Chief Gillespie missing. Detective Virgil Tibbs suspects that Capt. Tom Dugan knows more about the Chief's disappearance.

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