A skeleton in the closet of a local pastor surfaces after he mysteriously drops dead during a church service.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)
David Hart ...
Hugh O'Connor ...
Dr. Harris Pendleton
Jon DeVries ...
Ed Rowen
J. Don Ferguson ...
Rev. Kenneth Haskell
Randy Martin ...
Lane Haskell
Dan Biggers ...
Joan Riordan ...
Claire Spence
Christina Reguli ...
Cassey Rowan


Detective Virgil Tibbs and Althea get invited to attend services by a minister who is trying to integrate his all white church, but soon afterward Gillespie and Tibbs must investigate what's behind the mysterious poisoning of the minister. Written by anonymous

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Drama | Crime | Mystery





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31 January 1989 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Ed Rowen: You know what I see? I see a black man that I would not care to see at any time, at any place.
Sgt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner: [Nods to Chief Gilispie to see if he needs to step in the office]
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: [Chief nods to Sgt. Skinner to come in the office]
Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs: Yeah, I see a man that I feel the exact same way, not because he's a white man, but because he's a maggot.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: [Chief steps in to break up a fight between Rowen and Tibbs]
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Easy! Easy! Hold it! Bubba, arrest Mr. Rowen for assault and being a maggot.
Sgt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner: Oh, we're real tough on maggots round here.
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Holy Holy Holy
Music by Reginald Heber (1826) (uncredited)
Words by John B. Dykes (1861) (uncredited)
Sung by church congregation
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