In the Heat of the Night: Season 5, Episode 5

Ruda's Awakening (5 Nov. 1991)

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Virgil's vengeful aunt, Ruda Gibson, is the only eyewitness to a fatal shooting involving Capt. Bubba Skinner and a young black robbery suspect. Bubba insists that he never shot the suspect... See full summary »

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Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)
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David Hart ...
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Hugh O'Connor ...
Fran Bennett ...
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Officer Luann Corbin (as Crystal Fox)
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Dan Biggers ...
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Jethro Puller
Michael Burgess ...
Chris Lobban ...
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Joe Neffin (as Robb Edward Morrris)
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Virgil's vengeful aunt, Ruda Gibson, is the only eyewitness to a fatal shooting involving Capt. Bubba Skinner and a young black robbery suspect. Bubba insists that he never shot the suspect, but Virgil's Aunt Ruda alleges she didn't see anything but murder. Meanwhile, the Sparta Herald runs a hit piece on this matter in their paper attacking Gillespie's tenure as chief. Bubba asks for Althea's help in talking to Ruda about coming forward about what she witnessed on that fateful night. Ruda Gibson wrestles with the decision to talk to the Sparta P.D., since this tragic incident is similar to what happened to her own son and the outcome has a definite impact on the strained relationship with her nephew, Virgil Tibbs. Written by mts77

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There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood
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19th century American melody, Cleansing Fountain
Words by William Cowper (c. 1771)
Sung by African Zion AME Church choir
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