In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)

Conspiracy of One 

Virgil Tibbs finds himself on both sides of the law when he is asked to handle the probate of a verbally abusive alcoholic woman, whose death may not have been an accident.


Joe Gannon


James Lee Barrett (developed for television by), Joe Gannon | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carroll O'Connor ... Sheriff William O. 'Bill' Gillespie
Carl Weathers ... Chief Hampton Forbes
Alan Autry ... Capt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner (credit only)
David Hart ... Sgt. Parker Williams
Hugh O'Connor ... Lt. Lonnie Jamison
Crystal Fox ... Sgt. Luann Corbin
Denise Nicholas ... Harriet DeLong
Stephen Nichols ... Chuck Booker
Tonea Stewart ... Aunt Etta Kibbey
Tim Ware ... Ben Taylor
Jan Taylor Hendricks Jan Taylor Hendricks ... Abby Booker (as Janice Marilyn Taylor)
Wilbur Fitzgerald ... Dist. Atty. Gerard Darnelle (as Wilbur T. Fitzgerald)
Wallace Merck ... City Councilman E.H. 'Holley' Colmer
Dan Biggers Dan Biggers ... Dr. Frank Robb
Ginnie Randall Ginnie Randall ... Judge Walker


Council member Holly Colmer heatedly insists that Chief Forbes separate Virgil Tibbs from the Sparta Police Department. Virgil is now an attorney in the law firm of Ben Taylor. At a party given by Taylor, Abby Booker fights with her husband Chuck. On their way home Chuck purposely unbuckles Abby's seat belt and drives into a tree, killing his wife. A moonshiner, Goody Tate, witnesses the incident. Virgil is suspicious and, much to Taylor's chagrin, assists the police in their investigation. Virgil refuses to represent Booker and resigns from the firm. He must decide if he is a detective or a lawyer. Written by richardann

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Release Date:

2 February 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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In the opening scene of the episode you can notice Gary Massey Agency and its true form and not dressed up to represent the Magnolia Cafe. See more »

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