In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)
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Pilot: Part 2 

Gillespie and Tibbs learn to get used to each other's working habits and bond as workers and friends to solve the murder.

Director:

David Hemmings

Writers:

James Lee Barrett (developed for television by), James Lee Barrett

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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 ... Officer V. L. 'Bubba' Skinner
Anne-Marie Johnson ... Althea Tibbs
David Hart ... Officer Parker Williams
Christian Jules Le Blanc ... Officer Junior Abernathy (as Christian LeBlanc)
Dennis Lipscomb ... Mayor Jim Findlay
Doug Savant ... Scott LaPierre
Mills Watson ... Dr. Bridgers
David Harris ... Willie Jones (as Davis Harris) (credit only)
Jill Carroll ... Barbara Giles
Margaret Blye ... Gillespie's Girlfriend (as Maggie Blye)
Kevin McCarthy ... Harold LaPierre
Helene Udy ... Anne Strictland
Peter Gabb Peter Gabb ... Horace Goode
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Storyline

Continuation of Episode #1.1. "Pilot: Part 1" Nan Woodall, the murder victim in the previous episode, is buried and the community is devastated. While investigating Nan's and Willie Jones' murders, Virgil is badly beaten by redneck thugs. Surprisingly, Chief Gillespie is sympathetic and cooperative, and he dresses down every police officer who is reluctant to work with Virgil Tibbs. The case leads into the seamy side of life in Sparta, including orgies and pornographic videotapes. Working together, Tibbs begins to carve out a place in the department, and Gillespie turns out to be a superb, insightful investigator. Written by richardann

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Certificate:

TV-PG
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hammond, Louisiana, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Because of a post-production error, in the syndicated version of the two-part pilot, four credits appear in the opening credits of part one but not part two. They are for composer Dick DeBenedictis, cinematographer Brianne Murphy, production designer William Hiney (as Bill Hiney) and editor Jack Harnish. See more »

Goofs

When Red Jack's truck starts to pass Detective Tibbs' squad car, the driver's door of the car is undamaged. Moments later, the door is badly dented, before there is any contact between the two vehicles. See more »

Quotes

Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs: I guess you know everything about everybody here in this town, huh.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Virgil, if I was to sell all I know to one of them little newspapers at the checkout stand at the supermarket I'd have my fortune made. At the same time there be a whole lot of murders mayhem massacres and suicides.
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Crazy Credits

Because of a post-production error, in the syndicated version of the two-part pilot, four credits appear in the opening credits of part one but not part two. They are for composer Dick DeBenedictis, cinematographer Brianne Murphy, production designer William Hiney (as Bill Hiney) and editor Jack Harnish. See more »

Soundtracks

Amazing Grace
Written by John Newton
Sung at funeral
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