In the Heat of the Night

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When Philadelphia detective Virgil Tibbs (Howard Rollins) returns to his hometown of Sparta, Mississippi, for his mother’s funeral, Police Chief William Gillespie (Carroll O’Connor) convinces the black officer to remain in the South to help in Gillespie’s efforts to overcome his department’s reputation of racism and incompetence. While Tibbs and Gillespie must each pull through friction related to their new arrangement, the team proves to be an effective crime-fighting force.

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  • 9/25 12:00PMStranger in Town
    "Gillespie suspects that JoAnn's new cook is connected to the murder of a young prostitute. But Virgil suspects the culprit maybe a local pimp who has been intimidating the women."
  • 9/26 12:00PMTear Down the Walls
    "A minister who was integrating his church(by inviting Virgil and Althea to attend services)is poisoned."
  • 9/27 12:00PMA Trip Upstate
    "In this thought provoking episode. Gillespie is surprised when a man he arrested asks to see him on the eve of his execution. He must confront his feelings about the death penalty when the prisoner asks him to witness his death."
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Ep 1: Pilot: Part 1

Virgil Tibbs returns to Sparta and joins the police force as chief of detectives. His arrival is met with resistance from police chief Bill Gillespie - who resents having an officer hired without his approval. Virgil has trouble adjusting to the small, antiquated police force. Tibbs' first case is a racially charged murder case that is soon complicated when the suspect is murdered in his cell. Aired: 3/6/1988

Ep 2: Pilot: Part 2

The investigation into the brutal murders of a young girl and the suspect in her death, leads Tibbs and Gillespie to the son of one of Sparta's wealthiest and most influential citizens. As they come closer to the truth things become dangerous for Virgil. Aired: 3/6/1988

Ep 3: Road Kill

The affair between the husband of a wealthy woman and her distant cousin leads to her murder. Virgil immediately suspects the pair. But he has a difficult time persuading Gillespie, who is a longtime friend of the man and Bubba, who has been seeing the cousin. Bubba and Virgil clash again and Virgil is frustrated when the Chief rejects his theory about the crime. Aired: 3/15/1988

Ep 4: Fate

Racial tensions run high when a married white woman has an affair with a black businessman from New York. Meanwhile Virgil is not happy when the Chief enlists his aid in tracking down Bubba's cousin, a suspected moonshiner. Aired: 3/22/1988

Ep 5: Blind Spot: Part 1

Virgil refuses to let go of a grudge against a wealthy former classmate who cheated him out of a scholarship. The man has promised city leaders that he will move his business to Sparta, but not all of his business interests are legal. The nephew of an old friend of Gillespie's finds his life in danger after he steals drugs stored in the businessman's mansion. Aired: 3/29/1988

Ep 6: Blind Spot: Part 2

An angry Gillespie seeks answers when an old friend is shot. And Virgil narrowly escapes death after trying to ascertain the real reason behind an old adversary's return to Sparta. Nan finds herself in danger after she finds out the truth about her new love. Aired: 4/5/1988

Ep 7: A Necessary Evil

In this humorous episode Virgil and the Chief arrest a man for bigamy. It soon becomes a polygamy case after an endless parade of wives come to visit their husband. Aired: 4/12/1988

Ep 8: ...And Then You Die

The Sparta police search for a killer and his girlfriend. But the case becomes personal when they take Althea and the grandson of one of the victims hostage. Aired: 5/3/1988

Ep 9: Don't Look Back: Part 1

A copycat recreates a shocking unsolved murder from the past. Gillespie feels threatened after Ted Marcus suggests that Virgil should become the Chief. The situation becomes more tense after Virgil criticizes Parker and Bubba's actions. Aired: 12/4/1988

Ep 10: Don't Look Back: Part 2

Tibbs, Gillespie and Bubba pursue different leads in a bizarre murder case and the Chief realizes that the killer has plans for him. Aired: 12/4/1988

Ep 11: The Family Secret

The murder of well-respected man turns up a shocking secret about his family. Aired: 12/6/1988

Ep 12: The Hammer and the Glove

Virgil is delighted when Matthew his former partner from Philadelphia comes to visit. But he soon learns his friend has another purpose for coming to Sparta. Althea is uncomfortable because she and Matthew were romantically involved before she met Virgil and she realizes that he is unwilling to accept the fact that she chose Virgil over him. Meanwhile the F.B.I. enlist Sparta P.D.'s aid in hiding a witness. Aired: 12/13/1988

Ep 13: Prisoners

Sweet risks his life to prove that the Sheriff of a neighboring county is guilty of the racially motivated murder of a young man that Sweet was friends with in high school. Aired: 12/20/1988

Ep 14: Hot Nights

Bubba is seduced by an alluring writer who has more on her mind than romance. Bill and Virgil worry that he is in over his head. Bubba tries to protect her from her estranged husband, but things get complicated after she shoots someone. Aired: 12/27/1988

Ep 15: Gunshot

Virgil is forced to shoot a suspect in an armed robbery. He has trouble dealing with the consequences of his actions, after he realizes the person he shot was a teenaged girl - and no one can locate the gun he believed she was pointing at him. Aired: 1/3/1989

Ep 16: Country Mouse, City Mouse

Virgil's visiting niece and Bubba's nephew team up in an effort to escape the boredom of small town life. But they get more excitement than they bargained for when they cross paths with a dangerous parolee. Aired: 1/10/1989

Ep 17: Stranger in Town

Gillespie suspects that JoAnn's new cook is connected to the murder of a young prostitute. But Virgil suspects the culprit maybe a local pimp who has been intimidating the women. Aired: 1/17/1989

Ep 18: Tear Down the Walls

A minister who was integrating his church(by inviting Virgil and Althea to attend services)is poisoned. Aired: 1/31/1989

Ep 19: A Trip Upstate

In this thought provoking episode. Gillespie is surprised when a man he arrested asks to see him on the eve of his execution. He must confront his feelings about the death penalty when the prisoner asks him to witness his death. Aired: 2/7/1989

Ep 20: Aka Kelly Kay

The past comes back to haunt JoAnn in the form of an escaped convict. Aired: 2/14/1989

Ep 21: These Things Take Time

A teenage mother from an impoverished family is arrested for murder after her infant is found dead, but Virgil believes there is more to the case than meets the eye. Meanwhile Althea believes the situation could have been prevented if the school had offered sex education classes. Aired: 2/21/1989

Ep 22: Intruders

The police search for a burglar who preys on elderly women. And the prime suspect is the son of a city councilwoman. Aired: 3/7/1989

Ep 23: The Creek

The investigation of a possible assault brings back nightmarish and confusing childhood memories for Virgil. Aired: 3/14/1989

Ep 24: Sister, Sister

A vivacious socialites return to Sparta delights her ailing father and childhood friend Virgil, but her sister is less than thrilled at her homecoming. After their father is poisoned the jealous siblings become suspects in his murder. Aired: 3/21/1989

Ep 25: Walkout

A bitter strike leads to a murder investigation on a snowy day in Sparta. Aired: 3/28/1989

Ep 26: Accused

Bubba tries to rescue a woman from a rapist, but she mistakes him for her attacker. Gillespie tangles with an ambitious district attorney who plans to use the case to further his career. Aired: 4/4/1989

Ep 27: Fifteen Forever

Sparta grieves after a drunk driver causes a fatal crash with high school cheerleaders on their way home from a game. While the officers try to find other driver, Althea tries to help the victim's families deal with their loss. The accident brings back painful memories for retired officer Tom Dugan. Meanwhile, district attorney Dutton accuses the department of being inadequate. Aired: 4/25/1989

Ep 28: Lady Bug, Lady Bug

With the Chief in Quantico Bubba and Virgil try to catch a serial arsonist. Things get complicated after a man dies in one of the fires. And Councilwoman White stirs things up by appointing Tom Dugan acting chief of police in Gillespie's absence. Aired: 5/2/1989

Ep 29: The Pig Woman of Sparta

It seems that a serial killer has been burying his victims in a wooded area owned by a wealthy hermit that Virgil refers to as "Sparta's Howard Hughes". Suspicion immediately falls on an eccentric woman who lives in the woods with her pigs and chases away trespassers with a shotgun. The officers ask the landowner's disturbed son for help and Bubba is surprised to find that a woman he attended high school with is working as the man's "nurse". Also Parker and Sweet compete with one another to solve the case. Aired: 5/9/1989

Ep 30: Missing

Gillespie is kidnapped and Virgil believes that Tom Dugan is involved. Aired: 5/16/1989

Ep 40: King's Ransom

The F.B.I. tries to talk an ex-boxer into testifying against a mobster he once worked for, but the fighter sees the situation as an opportunity for blackmail. Aired: 1/2/1989

Ep 31: Rape

Virgil struggles to help Althea after she is raped by a fellow teacher. Darnell does not think they can get a conviction because the man's wife has given him an alibi. Virgil tries to control his anger - until the man returns to intimidate Althea. And Gillespie tries to convince the wife to tell the truth. Aired: 10/24/1989

Ep 32: Fairest of Them All

A beauty contest is marred by blackmail and the ambitious mother of a contestant. Aired: 10/31/1989

Ep 33: Murder Most Ancient

An unhappy wife asks her lover to place a bomb in her abusive husband's truck. Aired: 11/7/1989

Ep 34: First Girl

Sparta P.D. gets its first black policewoman. Aired: 11/14/1989

Ep 35: Crackdown

Someone is selling crack to teenagers and Sweet tries desperately to save a young addict. Aired: 11/21/1989

Ep 36: Anniversary

After being released by his captors, the chief discovers that his abduction is part of a plot to assassinate a visiting civil rights leader. Aired: 11/28/1989

Ep 37: Time of the Stranger

After a private investigator searching for a missing child is found dead, the evidence points to a local dance teacher - a neighbor that Parker has become very fond of. Aired: 12/5/1989

Ep 38: Vengeance

An outlaw family seeks revenge against Bubba after he is forced to shoot one of them during a holdup. The chief wants him to stay out of sight until they are arrested - a suggestion that does not set well with Bubba. Aired: 12/12/1989

Ep 39: My Name Is Hank

A young refugee claims to be the son of a Sparta cop who died in the war. But quickly becomes a suspect in a murder/robbery after he accepts a ride with the criminals who actually committed the crime. Gillespie looks into his story, while Virgil and the boys track down the shooter. Meanwhile, the young man’s presence triggers a surprisingly bitter reaction from Parker, who views him as a painful reminder of the war. Aired: 12/19/1989

Ep 41: Epitaph for a Lady

A longtime friend of the Chief makes threats against a doctor he believes is responsible for his wife's death .When the doctor is killed he becomes the prime suspect. But Gillespie doubts his guilt - even after he confesses. Aired: 1/16/1990

Ep 42: Triangle

A man murders his wife and her lover after he catches them together, then flees to a remote cabin with his daughter who does not know what he has done. The chief and the boys hope to talk him into surrendering without resorting to violence. Aired: 1/23/1990

Ep 43: Hello in There

Bubba refuses to believe that a former teammate embezzled funds from the bank where he worked. And sets out to prove that his friend was framed and murdered. Harriet hopes that art therapy can help the man's traumatized son, who becomes a target himself when the killer realizes he witnessed the crime. Aired: 1/30/1990

Ep 44: December Days

The Sparta police investigate a suspicious death in a nursing home. Aired: 2/13/1990

Ep 45: A Loss of Innocence

Darnell plans on indicting a teenager for murder after her father is found in the basement and her mother turns up missing. But Gillespie and his men don't believe she is guilty. Aired: 2/20/1990

Ep 46: Bubba's Baby

Someone abandons a baby at Bubba's door. Aired: 2/27/1990

Ep 47: Home Is Where the Heart Is

Maybelle the madam returns to Sparta with her " nieces ".And sets up shop just out of Gillespie's jurisdiction. Her return is not without controversy and soon one of her most vocal critics is found murdered. Aired: 3/6/1990

Ep 48: An Angry Woman

First the mother, then the father of two young children are murdered. Althea takes responsibility for the children. The killings appear to be related to a shady trucking firm. Aired: 3/13/1990

Ep 49: Indiscretions

Althea does not realize that an old friend from Philly is hiding a dark secret, nor does Sweet who has fallen in love with the woman. Aired: 3/20/1990

Ep 50: Night of the Killing

Racial tensions run high when a white cabbie is murdered in the bottoms. Aired: 3/27/1990

Ep 51: Citizen Trundel: Part 1

Harriet's sister is murdered on the orders of the wealthy white man who fathered her child. Aired: 5/1/1990

Ep 52: Citizen Trundel: Part 2

Willins reveals Trundel's motive; and Sweet finds---and Trundel's wife sees---the missing photo. Aired: 5/8/1990

Ep 53: Brotherly Love: Part 1

Tibbs travels to Philadelphia to uncover the truth behind the apparent suicide of a friend who had knowledge of a police cover-up. Aired: 9/18/1990

Ep 54: Brotherly Love: Part 2

Tibbs goes home to Philadelphia, where he's implicated in a cop's murder while probing his own cop friend's apparent suicide---all with Althea about to give birth. Aired: 9/18/1990

Ep 55: Lessons Learned

Gillespie sends Parker to confirm suspicions that a local truck stop is really a front for a prostitution business. When a young prostitute is found dead Gillespie is shocked at her father’s reaction. Parker is dismayed when he recognizes one of the ladies. Aired: 9/25/1990

Ep 56: Perversions of Justice

A mild mannered school teacher is accused of child molestation. Aired: 10/2/1990

Ep 57: ...And Justice for Some

Gillespie and his officers are outraged when a drug courier who ran down the son of Virgil's next door neighbor makes a deal with the F.B.I. to avoid prosecution. Aired: 10/23/1990

Ep 58: Heart of Gold

Bubba is reunited with his high school sweetheart, but his happiness is short lived after she resorts to murder to silence an attorney who was threatening to stop her from inheriting her late husband's estate. Aired: 10/30/1990

Ep 59: Quick Fix (Long Version/Short Version)

The investigation into the death of an abandoned infant leads to a mentally handicapped teenager. Aired: 11/6/1990

Ep 60: Homecoming

A lawyer has personal reasons for trying to gain early release for a man who was sent to prison after an accident he caused while drinking and driving. Aired: 11/13/1990

Ep 61: A Problem Too Personal

Harriet and Eugene are devastated after Gene's father is arrested for murder. Aired: 11/20/1990

Ep 62: A Final Arrangement

Sweet is heartbroken when an elderly woman who befriended him is murdered in her bookstore. Aired: 11/27/1990

Ep 63: Family Matters

Virgil's dream of a better relationship with his Aunt Ruda and her son is shattered when his cousin takes part in a string of burglaries that result in murder. Aired: 12/4/1990

Ep 64: Bounty Hunter

Gillespie receives word that a former Spartan is wanted for the murder of a socialite in Houston. But a ruthless bounty hunter, sent by the victim's jealous husband is already in Sparta and sees the man's sister as a means to locate his quarry. Aired: 12/11/1990

Ep 65: Blessings

In this Christmas episode the officers share memories with a reporter from the Sparta Herald. Aired: 12/18/1990

Ep 66: Shine on Sparta Moon

A bottle of spiked moonshine leads to an accident that claims the life of one teen and blinds another. Aired: 1/8/1991

Ep 67: Execution of Trust

A psychiatrist tells Gillespie that one of her patients has confessed to a crime that another man is about to be executed for, but she refuses to divulge his identity. Aired: 1/15/1991

Ep 68: Child of Promise

A story of two brothers as they struggle to influence a younger sibling. The first is an honor student that Althea has great plans for, the other a dangerous drug dealer. Aired: 2/5/1991

Ep 69: Paper Castles

Virgil soon regrets telling an old friend that his new business partners are being investigated by the police. Aired: 2/12/1991

Ep 70: Laid to Waste

Parker protects a blind woman who heard her neighbors murder. Aired: 2/19/1991

Ep 71: First Deadly Sin

A serial rapist stalks Sparta. Aired: 2/26/1991

Ep 72: Just a Country Boy

Bubba travels to Los Angeles to arrest an arsonist. When the man is murdered to keep him from talking Bubba teams up with a pretty insurance investigator to solve the crime. Aired: 3/19/1991

Ep 73: No Other Road

Harriet tries to keep Eugene from giving up when his father faces the death penalty. And the police search for three suspects in connection to a robbery/murder. Aired: 3/26/1991

Ep 74: A Turning

Althea thinks Virgil needs a new line of work after seeing the aftermath of a deadly shooting at a roadhouse. Virgil finds himself in danger when they arrest the man who committed the crime. Aired: 4/30/1991

Ep 75: A Woman Much Admired

Gillespie's old flame returns to Sparta to settle some business matters and see Bill. When she is murdered he travels to Gulfport and meets his daughter Lana for the first time. Aired: 10/1/1991

Ep 76: Baby for Sale

After Bubba's cousin adopts a baby her husband is blackmailed by the child's real parents - they want him to help them steal the payroll where he works. Aired: 10/8/1991

Ep 77: Obsession

A flirtatious schoolteacher is stalked by a madman. Aired: 10/22/1991

Ep 78: Liar's Poker

A game of high stakes poker ends in murder. Aired: 10/29/1991

Ep 79: Ruda's Awakening

Virgil's Aunt Ruda is the only witness to a struggle between Bubba and a young robbery suspect that ends in the young man’s death. But her prejudice against the police -- and Virgil clouds her memory of the incident. Bubba returns to Los Angeles to testify at a murder trial and is reunited with Pat Day as they try to protect Mike from killers sent to prevent him from testifying. Aired: 11/5/1991

Ep 80: Unfinished Business

Bubba travels to L.A. to testify in an organized-crime trial and to safeguard the key witness---a young boy (Mike Chin) who saw a mobster commit a murder. Aired: 11/12/1991

Ep 81: The More Things Change

A man murders his business partner and frames the man's illegitimate daughter for the crime in an attempt to gain the man's business and his wife. Aired: 11/19/1991

Ep 82: Sweet, Sweet Blues

The lyrics to a blues song recall a murder that happened 50 years earlier. The victim - Sweet's grandfather. And the only people left with the answers are the bluesman who wrote the song and a retired sheriff. Aired: 11/26/1991

Ep 83: Sparta Gold

A deputy provides protection for a cotton grower who is running a pot growing operation. But the deputy makes a big mistake when he wounds Bubba's girlfriend. Aired: 12/3/1991

Ep 84: An Eye for an Eye

The father of a man Gerard prosecuted kidnaps the DA's daughter. Aired: 12/10/1991

Ep 85: Littlest Victim

Lonnie makes a heartbreaking discovery about a woman he dated in high school. Aired: 12/17/1991

Ep 86: The Landlord

A drug dealing slumlord is murdered by his accomplices. Aired: 1/7/1992

Ep 87: Fool for Love

A doctor plots to eliminate his wife -- and his mistress. Aired: 1/14/1992

Ep 88: Love, Honor, and Obey

Parkers investigation into a purse snatching reveals an abused woman. Aired: 2/4/1992

Ep 89: Odessa

Racists target a ceremony honoring a civil rights pioneer. Aired: 2/11/1992

Ep 90: A Time to Trust

Althea fears for one of her students after her mother's boyfriend is linked to a criminal operation that has resulted in the deaths of several truckers. Aired: 2/18/1992

Ep 91: By Means Most Foul

A restaurateur and her mechanic boyfriend plot to eliminate her husband, but their scheme backfires. Gillespie takes heat over a string of mailbox bashings. And Virgil soon regrets ignoring Parker's theory regarding where the vandals would strike next. Aired: 2/25/1992

Ep 92: Trundel's Will Be Done

V.J. Trundel's widow takes Harriet to court to gain custody of Eric. But Harriet is determined that her nephew will not be raised in the home of the man who ordered the murder of her sister. Aired: 3/3/1992

Ep 93: Moseley's Lot

Gillespie learns that the son of an old friend is a compulsive gambler. The young man wants his father to pay off his losses. But when two gangsters show up from New Orleans to collect, his jealous sibling sees the perfect opportunity to get rid of his troubled brother. Aired: 3/31/1992

Ep 94: Family Reunion

An ex-convict attempts to retrieve his loot from his wife and her new husband in this tongue-in-cheek episode. Aired: 4/20/1992

Ep 95: Sanctuary: Part 1

A political prisoner who entered the country illegally, seeks sanctuary in a monastery. Gillespie and Tibbs find themselves at odds with Sheriff McComb when they try to help the man. Aired: 5/12/1992

Ep 96: The Law on Trial: Part 2

Gillespie, Tibbs and Father DiMarco must stand trial for harboring a fugitive and obstructing justice. Althea fears Virgil's career could suffer if he is found guilty. Meanwhile the other officers monitor the situation with Lawyer Epp and his mafia associates. Aired: 5/19/1992

Ep 97: A Small War: Part 1

Big city crack dealers invade Sparta. Eugene witnesses the drive by shooting of a friend and his offer to help the police identify the shooters leaves Harriet frightened and angry at Bill. Aired: 10/28/1992

Ep 98: A Small War: Part 2

The police wage war against the big city drug dealers who have moved into Sparta. Eugene identifies the men who murdered his friend. And Bubba is teamed with and intrigued by a lady police lieutenant from Jackson. Aired: 11/4/1992

Ep 99: Brother's Keeper

Louann's ne'er-do-well brother returns home after being paroled. Aired: 11/11/1992

Ep 100: Frenzied Affair

Althea places herself in harm’s way trying to help one of her students, a disturbed and violent young man; after he is implicated in a murder case. Aired: 11/18/1992

Ep 101: Discovery

Althea has trouble dealing with the violent death of a student. Young Megan Fowler quickly finds herself yet another dangerous boyfriend and they are soon wanted by the police. Aired: 11/18/1992

Ep 102: Random's Child

Lana Gillespie comes to Sparta to claim her inheritance, but is stalked by a mobster who dated her mother. Meanwhile Harriet encourages Bill to talk to his daughter, but Lana doesn't seem to be interested. Officer Randy Goode helps keep the bad guys at bay by playing them a little tune on the guitar. Aired: 11/25/1992

Ep 103: An Occupational Hazard

A secretary takes drastic measures to protect herself from sexual harassment. Aired: 12/2/1992

Ep 104: Last Rights

Virgil fears for his Aunt Ruda's safety after several killings occur in the hospital where she is being treated. Aired: 12/9/1992

Ep 105: When the Music Stopped

Singer Eddie Larran returns to Sparta for a concert, but not everyone is a fan. An angry man insists that Eddie owes him money. And their dispute soon ends in violence. Aired: 12/16/1992

Ep 106: Flowers From a Lady

A city councilwoman becomes dangerously obsessed with Bubba. Aired: 1/6/1993

Ep 107: Private Sessions

One of Virgil's classmates from law school is arrested following the death of his former girlfriend, but the man insists that her death was the result of her relationship with her psychiatrist. Aired: 1/12/1993

Ep 108: Judgment Day

A judge schemes to get rid of his wife after she tries to blackmail him into giving her a divorce and a generous settlement by revealing a secret from his past. Aired: 1/20/1993

Ep 109: Falsely Accused

Sweet is the target of false accusations by two corrupt and racist car salesmen. Aired: 2/3/1993

Ep 110: A Step Removed

Parker's stepfather Roy threatens his former employer after an altercation. When the boss is murdered Roy is arrested. Aired: 2/10/1993

Ep 111: Deadly Affection

A woman asks Harriet to help her get an eviction order rescinded. The chief gives Parker a new radar gun - and soon comes to regret it. Sheriff McComb requests that Gillespie and Bubba help investigate a murder. Meanwhile Lonnie and Luann search for the boy who reported the murder. Aired: 2/17/1993

Ep 112: The Leftover Man: Part 1

A white supremacist politician plans to have his wife's lover murdered and blame it on black radicals. Aired: 3/3/1993

Ep 113: The Leftover Man: Part 2

A white supremacist politician plans to have his wife's lover murdered and blame it on black radicals. Aired: 3/3/1993

Ep 114: A Dish Best Served Cold

A swindlers homecoming upsets his wife and the families of his victims - especially Etta. Aired: 3/17/1993

Ep 115: Legacy

A son (Edward Albert) is opposed to his father's plan to give land to slave descendants. Aired: 3/24/1993

Ep 116: Even Nice People: Part 1

Corrupt developers set their sights on Lana's farm. When she refuses to sell they enlist the services of an arsonist to force her out. Aired: 4/28/1993

Ep 117: Lake Winahatchee: Part 2

Bill discovers the motivation behind a crime syndicates attempt to muscle in on Sparta and the reason they are determined to get Lana's land. Aired: 5/5/1993

Ep 118: A Correct Settling

Eugene hopes a well-known minister can save his father from Death Row. But someone runs the Reverend off the road on his way into town and the Sparta police try to protect him and track down his assailant. Meanwhile Harriet struggles with what her part in her ex-husbands appeal should be and is even more unsettled when Eugene demands that she break up with Bill. Aired: 5/12/1993

Ep 119: Child's Play

Chief Gillespie is fired by the city council and Sparta's new police chief Hampton Forbes arrives in town. Bill's last case with Sparta P.D. is a murder investigation in which a young boy has been implicated. Aired: 9/16/1993

Ep 120: Hatton's Turn: Part 1

Hampton Forbes assumes the office of Chief of Police and Bill becomes the Sheriff of Newman county. Former Spartan Wade Hatton returns to Sparta hoping to make sense of his life and rekindle his relationship with Sarah Hallisey. Bubba and Covey take the new chief on a tour of Sparta and Bill takes Wade to visit some distant cousins. Meanwhile two young criminals involve a mentally handicapped young man in a terrible crime. Aired: 9/18/1993

Ep 121: Hatton's Turn: Part 2

Wade and Sarah try to keep young Henry from being punished for a crime he did not commit and Forbes and his officers search for the two men who are really responsible. Aired: 9/18/1993

Ep 122: A Depraved Heart

The daughter of an old friend asks Bubba to arrest the man who knowingly gave her AIDS. Aired: 9/23/1993

Ep 123: Incident at Brewer's Pond

A night of revelry at a local pond turns deadly. Aired: 9/30/1993

Ep 124: A Love Lost

Lana's ex-boyfriend comes to see her and brings a load of stolen rifles with him. Aired: 10/14/1993

Ep 128: A Baby Called Rocket

A neglected baby stirs maternal feelings in Luann. Aired: 10/25/1993

Ep 125: Singin' the Blues

Luann moonlights as a singer at a nightclub and finds romance with the clubs owner. Her happiness is short-lived when she realizes that the bartender is dealing drugs. Aired: 10/28/1993

Ep 126: Virgil Tibbs: Attorney at Law

Attorney Virgil Tibbs returns to Sparta and is soon assigned his first case as a defense attorney. Aired: 11/4/1993

Ep 127: Every Man's Family

Bubba travels to Atlanta to help his nephew after the boy overdoses on drugs. He soon teams up with a street wise cop to take down the drug ring. Aired: 11/10/1993

Ep 129: Little Girl Lost

Tragic story of an alcoholic teen who accidentally kills a little girl while she is drinking and driving. Aired: 12/9/1993

Ep 130: Your Own Kind

A sniper fells a girl involved in an interracial romance. Aired: 12/16/1993

Ep 131: Good Cop, Bad Cop

Virgil defends Parker after he is falsely accused of police brutality by a drug dealer. The prosecution's main witness - the man's girlfriend, who was once engaged to Parker. Aired: 1/6/1994

Ep 132: Maybelle Returns

Maybelle's new phone sex business is a great success - until one her girls decides to moonlight as a prostitute. Aired: 1/12/1994

Ep 133: The Last Round

Forbes is delighted when his fiancée Angela comes to see him, but is disappointed when he realizes that they have very different plans for the future. Aired: 1/19/1994

Ep 134: Ches and the Grand Lady

Lonnie must protect his Aunt Cordelia when her cherished friendship with Ches Collins angers one of his cousins. Aired: 1/26/1994

Ep 135: Conspiracy of One

Virgil accepts a position at a prominent law firm. But as a former police officer he feels conflicting emotions when he realizes that one of their clients is guilty of murder. Aired: 2/2/1994

Ep 136: The Rabbi

A Rabbi returns to Sparta after many years. Racists vandalize his synagogue and soon after their Torah is stolen. Forbes investigates but the Rabbi refuses to trust Bill because of his inaction while investigating a hate crime many years ago. Aired: 2/9/1994

Ep 137: Hard Choices

Eugene tries to protect a friend who was an unwilling accomplice to a robbery and in doing so endangers his probation -- and his life. Aired: 3/9/1994

Ep 138: Time's Long Shadow

Harriet tries to stop an arrogant developer from destroying an important archeological site. Aired: 3/16/1994

Ep 139: Poor Relations

Comedic episode in which Parker's ne'er-do-well stepfather returns to Sparta with a new wife, a stolen painting and two inept art thieves who are determined to steal the painting back. Aired: 3/30/1994

Ep 140: Dangerous Engagement

Bill and Harriet's wedding plans are interrupted by a sniper who mistakes Bill for Sheriff McComb. Aired: 5/4/1994

Ep 141: A Matter of Justice: Part 1

The daughter of a close friend of Forbes is murdered and the officers must prove that the deranged grandson of a retired judge is guilty. Aired: 10/21/1994

Ep 142: A Matter of Justice: Part 2

The disappearances of two college coeds, one a personal friend of police chief Forbes, are linked to the grandson of a judge. Aired: 10/21/1994

Ep 143: Who Was Geli Bendl?: Part 1

A famous Italian actress returns to Sparta to take care of some unfinished business and rescue her younger sister from a life of drugs and poverty. Aired: 12/9/1994

Ep 144: Who Was Geli Bendl?: Part 2

A Sparta-born actress of mixed parentage wants to rescue her sister from a dead-end life with a ne'er-do-well boyfriend. Aired: 12/9/1994

Ep 145: By Duty Bound: Part 1

Acting Sheriff Gillespie must decide whether he should run for sheriff or retire from law enforcement. It soon becomes apparent that the other candidate is corrupt and dangerous. Aired: 2/17/1995

Ep 146: By Duty Bound: Part 2

The shady dealings of a sheriff candidate are underscored by his right-hand man, who murders a witness to their insurance scam and his pregnant mistress. Aired: 2/17/1995

Ep 147: Grow Old Along with Me: Part 1

Ex-cop Tom Harwood's happiness with his new bride is threatened by an old flame who sees an opportunity for blackmail. Aired: 5/16/1995

Ep 148: Grow Old Along with Me: Part 2

The ex-flame of an ex-cop threatens to expose him after he marries a wealthy woman, but the wife decides to do away with the old girlfriend rather than buy her silence. Aired: 5/16/1995