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When Gillespie and Harriet are shot at, they attribute it to opposition to their marriage. DeFete: Chris McCarty. Father D'Alton: Liam Gannon. McComb: Ron Culbreth. Harriet: Denise Nicholas. Gillespie: Carroll O'Connor. Forbes: Carl Weathers.
In the series pilot, Det. Virgil Tibbs (Howard Rollins) returns to Sparta, Miss., for his mother's funeral, and is asked by the mayor to stay as chief of detectives. Part 1 of two. Gillespie: Carroll O'Connor. Harold LaPeer: Kevin McCarthy. Scott LaPeer: D (more…)
A local councilman and a New York conglomerate both want to buy the local newspaper, but the representative from New York appears to have the inside track. Evie Summers: Nana Visitor. Andy Summers: Robin Strand. Tolliver Morgan: Stocker Fontelieu. Tibbs: H (more…)
Conclusion. Gillespie orders a 24-hour guard at the hospital, where Vincent's men fail to tie up loose ends; and the police learn the DEA has nothing on Epson (Bill Sadler). Steve Vincent: Michael Spound. Buddy: Cameron Dye. Barbara: Jill Carroll.
Gillespie learns some surprising news and says a painful goodbye when a former flame (Stella Stevens) returns to Sparta. Lana: Christine Elise. Ramon: George DiCenzo. Ken: Tony Mockus. Gillespie: Carroll O'Connor. Tibbs: Howard Rollins. Sweet: Geoffrey Tho (more…)
A baby's natural father (Rick Dean) threatens to challenge the adoption unless the new dad (Mark Rolston)---married to Bubba's cousin---aids in a theft. Patty: Beth Burns. Candice: Glenn Younger. Ralph: Jack Swanson. Bubba: Alan Autry.
The too ardent admirer (Bill McKinney) of a socially active teacher is determined to make her pay for her wicked ways. Kessler: David Butler. Tibbs: Howard Rollins. Sweet: Geoffrey Thorne. Bubba: Alan Autry. Gillespie: Carroll O'Connor.
When a philanthropist is murdered in his home, the prime suspect is a prostitute (Kim Lankford)---who was found intoxicated at his side. Annabelle: Tippi Hedren. Sykes: John Saxon. Cantrell: David Dunard. Ogelvy: Thom McFadden. Bubba: Alan Autry.
A boy overhears the murder of his grandmother and later meets the killer face to face, while under the care of Althea (Anne-Marie Johnson). Lester: Will Bledsoe. Audine: Mariska Hargitay. Miss Elnora: Pat Perkins. Bates: Jerry Marshall. Tibbs: Howard Rolli (more…)
Gillespie and Tibbs investigate a young woman's murder that is identical in pattern to a 20-year-old case, and Gillespie is targeted as the next victim. Part 1 of two. Marie: Iman. Luke: Thomas Ian Griffith. Joann St. John: Lois Nettleton. Gillespie: Carro (more…)
Conclusion. Gillespie and Tibbs discover missing pieces in the puzzling murder case involving voodoo rituals, and then invent a plan to draw the murderer out. Marie: Iman. Luke: Thomas Ian Griffith. Joanne St. John: Lois Nettleton. Tibbs: Howard Rollins.
Gillespie has trouble accepting the evidence in the murder of a friend and leader, who didn't have an enemy in the world---outside his family. Claudia: Susan Blakely. Bernice: Muriel Moore. Mary Lynn: Suzanne Ventulett. Stuart: Wallace Wilkinson.
Althea holds a secret about Tibbs' former partner, who's only too happy to help out when things go awry in the protection of a Federal witness. Matthew: Michael Warren. McGraw: Hugh Gillin. Mrs. Sherman: Ellen Heard. Henry: Cliff Brand.
Sweet's first felony bust is a boyhood friend who claims he broke out of a neighboring county jail to escape a brutal sheriff who's an old pal of Gillespie's. Lisa: Shelley Robertson. Randall: Daryl Wilcher. Mrs. Gray: Tonea Stewart. Sweet: Geoffrey Thorne (more…)
The town's abuzz about Bubba and a big-city writer staying near town to work in quiet---and avoid her ex, who desperately wants her back. Jackie: Barbara Stock. Huell: Ralph Pace. Frank: Peter Thomasson. Tom: Bill Ash. Bubba: Alan Autry.
Tibbs becomes a stranger after killing a robbery suspect who appeared to have a gun---which was nowhere to be found at the scene. Hannah: Ketty Lester. Jimmy: Afemo Omilami. Albert: De'voreaux White. Frank: Danny Nelson.
While the police investigate the death of a paroled robber with a number of enemies, Bubba's nephew and Althea's niece are becoming fast friends. Nicole: Traci Wolfe. Bobby: Mitchell Anderson. Willie: Mickey Jones. Tibbs: Howard Rollins.
A drifter becomes a lifesaver for Joann, but Gillespie thinks the man may have killed a prostitute, although Tibbs is convinced someone else did it. Topaz: Renee Jones. Clay: Eric Pierpoint. Atticus: Maceo Walker. Gillespie: Carroll O'Connor.
Not everyone at an all-white church supports the minister when he invites the Tibbses to attend a service. Howard Rollins, Carroll O'Connor. Ed Rowen: Jon DeVries. Claire: Joan Riordan. Harris: Roberts Blossom. Lane: Randall Martin.
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