In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)
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Pilot: Part 2 

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




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Episode credited cast:
Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)
Officer V. L. 'Bubba' Skinner
Althea Tibbs
David Hart ...
Officer Parker Williams
Officer Junior Abernathy (as Christian LeBlanc)
Mayor Jim Findlay
Scott LaPierre
Dr. Bridgers
Willie Jones
Jill Carroll ...
Barbara Giles
Gillespie's Girlfriend (as Maggie Blye)
Harold LaPierre
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adams ...
Mary Elizabeth Blackmon ...
Nan Woodall


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 richardann

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery






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6 March 1988 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


During the chase at the end of the episode: A bar can be seen along the lower length of the passenger side of the truck ~ to protect both vehicles. 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.
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