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. Written by
Did You Know?
At the end the Chief and Tibbs have a minor disagreement when Gillespie suggests he not put up a picture of Martin Luther King, Jr. Tibbs counters by pointing out there is a painting of Robert E. Lee already in the office. In Mississippi and some other Southern states, the third Monday in January is officially celebrated as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert E. Lee Day, as both men had birthdays at the same time. See more
The fictional community of Sparta, MS, was located somewhere in northwest Mississippi. The map in Gillespie office is for New Orleans, LA. The show (at least when it started) was filmed in a community outside of New Orleans., some 250 miles away. See more
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.
Written by John Newton
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