In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)
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Tear Down the Walls 

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

Director:

Vincent McEveety

Writers:

James Lee Barrett (developer), Terry Erwin | 1 more credit »

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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 ... Sgt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner
Anne-Marie Johnson ... Althea Tibbs
Lois Nettleton ... Joanne St. John
David Hart ... Officer Parker Williams
Geoffrey Thorne ... Officer Wilson Sweet
Hugh O'Connor ... Cpl. Lonnie Jamison
Roberts Blossom ... Dr. Harris Pendleton
Jon DeVries Jon DeVries ... Ed Rowen
J. Don Ferguson J. Don Ferguson ... Rev. Kenneth Haskell
Randy Martin Randy Martin ... Lane Haskell
Dan Biggers Dan Biggers ... Dr. Frank Robb
Joan Riordan Joan Riordan ... Claire Spence
Christina Reguli Christina Reguli ... Cassey Rowan
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

TV-PG
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Covington, Georgia, USA

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Traditional Folk Song
Sung by church congregation
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