In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)
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Blessings 

During the Christmas season, a flirtatious newspaper reporter prints an unflattering story about the Sparta Police Department.

Director:

David Soul

Writers:

John Ball (novel), Walton Dornisch

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carroll O'Connor ... Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie
Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)
Alan Autry ... Lt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner
Anne-Marie Johnson ... Althea Tibbs
David Hart ... Officer Parker Williams
Geoffrey Thorne ... Cpl. Wilson Sweet
Hugh O'Connor ... Sgt. Lonnie Jamison
Judith Robinson Judith Robinson ... Reporter Millie Turnby
Denise Nicholas ... Harriet DeLong
Crystal R. Fox ... Officer Luann Corbin (as Crystal Fox)
Tonea Stewart ... Aunt Etta Kibbey
Johnny Popwell Johnny Popwell ... Mel Levin
Deborah Atkinson Deborah Atkinson ... Michelle Carpenter (archive footage)
Paul Benjamin ... George Brownlow (archive footage)
Peter Gabb Peter Gabb ... Horace Goode (archive footage)
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Storyline

In this Christmas episode, members of the Sparta Police Department are interviewed for an article in the Sparta Herald. Reporter Millie Turnby has a preconceived notion regarding the article and spins the information to suit her agenda. Flashbacks show the SPD's growing pains after Virgil Tibbs joins the force, especially in his relationships with Chief Bill Gillespie and Sergeant Bubba Skinner. As the officers read the article at a Christmas party, Gillespie puts it and the newspaper into proper perspective. Written by richardann

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Certificate:

TV-PG
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Details

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1990 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Covington, Georgia, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Previous episodes referred to in this episode were: "Pilot Pt.1 and Pt.2." (eps.1.1 and 1.2), "Don't Look Back, Pt.1" (ep.2.1), "Gunshots" (ep.2.7), "A Trip Upstate" (ep.2.11), "Rape" (ep.3.1), "First Girl" (ep.3.4) and "Brotherly Love Pt.1" (ep.4.1). See more »

Soundtracks

Joy to the World
(traditional)
Music arranged by Lowell Mason (1836) (uncredited)
Portion played as part of score
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