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

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Cast

Episode credited cast:
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 Leblanc ... Officer Junior Abernathy (as Christian LeBlanc)
Dennis Lipscomb ... Mayor Jim Findlay
Doug Savant ... Scott LaPierre
Mills Watson ... Dr. Bridgers
David Harris ... Willie Jones
Jill Carroll ... Barbara Giles
Margaret Blye ... Gillespie's Girlfriend (as Maggie Blye)
Kevin McCarthy ... Harold LaPierre
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adams Robert Adams ... Meese
Mary Elizabeth Blackmon Mary Elizabeth Blackmon ... Nan Woodall
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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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Trivia

This episode, and the previous one, In the Heat of the Night: Pilot: Part 1 (1988), originally aired as a TV movie. The producers of the series later edited the film into episodes of the show. 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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Amazing Grace
Written by John Newton
Sung at funeral
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