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.



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Episode cast overview:
Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)
David Hart ...
Officer Parker Williams
Officer Wilson Sweet
Hugh O'Connor ...
Cpl. Lonnie Jamison
Stacy Ray ...
D.A. Gerard Daniels
Louis Fox ...
The Doctor
Walter Franks ...
Heather Binion ...
Robby Preddy ...


Althea Tibbs is raped by fellow teacher Stephen Ainslee after she comes home from grocery shopping. Althea says it was Stephen Ainslee that raped her even though she never saw his face but she recognized his voice. Detective Virgil Tibbs has problems coming to grips on how his wife could let something like this happen to her which infuriates Althea. Linda Ainslee, who is Stephen's wife, tells the Sparta P.D. at the time of the rape, her husband Stephen was at home with her which further complicates the charge against him. Stephen ends up threatening and harassing Althea about keeping quiet. When Virgil finds out about this, it sends him over the edge in which a confrontation ensues between him and the teacher. Chief Gillespie works on trying to convince Linda Ainslee to come clean about her husband's actions. Written by mts77

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery





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24 October 1989 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was Wilbur Fitzgerald's first appearance as the district attorney. Interestingly, his last name in this episode was Daniels but in later appearances his name would be changed to Darnelle. See more »


Stephen Ainslee: What's going on?
Sgt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner: Why don't we talk about that someplace else, huh?
[Begins to talk quietly]
Stephen Ainslee: Is it Linda? Did something happen to my wife?
Sgt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner: You know what happened, and it sure as hell wasn't with your wife now come on lets go.
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America the Beautiful
Written by Katharine Lee Bates
Tune by Samuel A. Ward
Sung by Sparta school choir at awards ceremony
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22 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

I see where it states it was in Conyers GA. However in observing the show- there was a highway sign outside the supposed police station- when Bubba came out to tell about the rapist given bail and released, that stated Highway 43. There is no Highway 43 in or even near Conyers. So could part of it been filmed elsewhere? Now there is a Highway 43 on the Eastern side of Georgia in Thompson Georgia. Also there is one in Mississippi where the series is "supposed to be located. There is a Highway 443 near Conyers (if I miss looked) but it isn't actually in town but just outside the city limits. If you would review the show and see if you see what I am talking about and "maybe" correcting you story of my understanding.

Lastly it is ridiculous to require 10 lines when something would take 5.

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