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Season 7

16 Sep. 1993
Child's Play
Many changes come to Sparta. Virgil Tibbs has left the Sparta Police Department and he, Althea and their twins have returned to Philadelphia, PA so Virgil can complete his law school studies. Bill Gillespie has been voted out as chief and is replaced by FBI Agent Hampton Forbes from Memphis, TN. Forbes inherits the case of a reclusive man who is murdered as he is awaiting trial for manslaughter.
 
18 Sep. 1993
Hatton's Turn: Part 1
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.
 
18 Sep. 1993
Hatton's Turn: Part 2
Gillespie and Forbes become fast friends when both police forces team up and solve the triple murder. Attorney Wade Hatton returns to Sparta and hopes to rekindle a romance from the past with Sarah Hallisey.
 
23 Sep. 1993
A Depraved Heart
Bubba Skinner is determined to have a womanizing real estate agent charged with attempted murder after the man knowingly infected Bubba's friend with HIV.
 
30 Sep. 1993
Incident at Brewer's Pond
A local drunk kills the man he believed was having an affair with his wife.
 
14 Oct. 1993
A Love Lost
When Lana's ex-boyfriend comes to Sparta, dim-witted Randy Calhoun stumbles upon the real reason for his visit: an illegal gun running operation.
 
28 Oct. 1993
Singin' the Blues
Luann moonlights as a singer at her boyfriend's new nightclub and she unwittingly uncovers a drug dealing operation run by the bartender.
 
4 Nov. 1993
Virgil Tibbs: Attorney at Law
Virgil Tibbs returns to Sparta with a law degree, news of his failed marriage and a murder suspect to defend.
 
10 Nov. 1993
Every Man's Family
Bubba travels to Atlanta, GA in an attempt to improve his drug addicted nephew's quality of life.
 
25 Oct. 1993
A Baby Called Rocket
Luann tries desperately to adopt a baby that was abandoned in a crack house raid.
 
9 Dec. 1993
Little Girl Lost
A hit-and-run accident caused by an alcoholic teenager claims the life of a 10-year-old girl.
 
16 Dec. 1993
Your Own Kind
An interracial high school couple is the target of a racist sniper on the Sparta High School field.
 
6 Jan. 1994
Good Cop, Bad Cop
Virgil defends Parker Williams when he is accused of police brutality during an arrest involving Parker's ex-fiance.
 
12 Jan. 1994
Maybelle Returns
Former madam Maybelle Chesboro returns to Sparta and opens up a phone sex operation disguised as a communications business.
 
19 Jan. 1994
The Last Round
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 ...
 
26 Jan. 1994
Ches and the Grand Lady
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.
 
2 Feb. 1994
Conspiracy of One
Virgil Tibbs finds himself on both sides of the law when he is asked to handle the probate of a verbally abusive alcoholic woman, whose death may not have been an accident.
 
9 Feb. 1994
The Rabbi
A synagogue comes to Sparta and is quickly vandalized and robbed. The Rabbi does not believe Sheriff Gillespie is worthy of investigating the incident.
 
9 Mar. 1994
Hard Choices
Eugene Glendon is accused of committing a robbery after he tries to persuade the real suspect not to go through with it.
 
16 Mar. 1994
Time's Long Shadow
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.
 
30 Mar. 1994
Poor Relations
In a somewhat comical episode, Parker's stepfather returns to Sparta with his new wife and runs Parker out of house and home. Among Roy's possessions is an ornate painting, the value of which Roy is unaware.
 
4 May 1994
Dangerous Engagement
A newspaper misprint makes Bill Gillespie the target of an escaped killer in the days leading up to he and Harriet's wedding. Bill and Harriet are married in a beautiful, simple ceremony with Chief Forbes serving as best man.
 
11 May 1994
Give Me Your Life: Part 1
Sparta Police and the Newman County Sheriff's Department join forces to investigate the antics of a religious cult that has taken up residence in an abandoned school building.
 
11 May 1994
Give Me Your Life: Part 2
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.
 

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