Despite the occasional health-r more… A white Southern police chief and a black detective put aside racial animosity to solve crimes in a Mississippi hamlet. The plot revolved around a shocking copycat murder of one that Gillespie had investigated 20 years earlier. In Part Two, it is shown that Norman Luft and Jessica Franks, two of Trundel's most trusted employees, facilitated not only Natalie's murder—but also the murder of the man they hired to kill her. It was about the caucasion sheriff in a small southern town Sparta, Mississippi and his dealings with a chief of detectives who also happens to be Afro-American. Joined the show in the sixth season. LuAnn would remain a prominent character throughout the rest of the series, although Crystal Fox was listed in the ending credits as a guest star until season seven where she finally appeared in the opening credits. After being checked by the set doctor, it was discovered that he needed sextuple heart bypass surgery, due to years of heavy smoking.
Season 2 Episode 5: Prisoners When everyone is congratulating Sweet on his first bust. He considered suicide shortly before Christmas 1989, prompting his stay in rehab. Dianne Ladd played the first one, and Elizabeth Ashley played the second one! Here are some interesting fact about the show. At the end of Season 3, she announces her pregnancy, something she and Virgil had been trying for quite some time, and in the Season 4 premiere, it is revealed that not only is she pregnant, but pregnant with twins. Bubba and Virgil clash again and Virgil is frustrated when the Chief rejects his theory about the crime.
But after visiting her son Tyrell in prison, whereupon he tells her that the shooting that left him wheelchair-bound was not Virgil's fault, her memory of the incident returns, and the episode ends with Virgil and Ruda happily reconciled. The nephew of an old friend of Gillespie's finds his life in danger after he steals drugs stored in the businessman's mansion. Gillespie is a tough but honorable small city police chief. Officer Charlie Peake 1989—1995 Played Officer Ken Covey. 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. Gillespie looks into his story, while Virgil and the boys track down the shooter.
The City Council objects and Lonnie goes to check on the enterprise. The series ran on the network until May 19, 1992, then was shown on until its finale after an eighth season, on May 16, 1995. Gillespie eventually falls in love with and marries Harriet DeLong, the much younger black city Councilwoman. 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. She moves back to Philadelphia with their twins to be near her parents.
In the meantime, Georgia returns to Gulfport and is murdered. 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. At first somewhat resentful of Virgil Tibbs, Gillespie later becomes very close to Virgil and the rest of the Tibbs family. She enjoyed her role as Harriet, but was bothered about the lack of black writers on the show. Chief Forbes serves as best man. Althea fears Virgil's career could suffer if he is found guilty.
Later Eugene, who is aware of what his father and his friends' plans were, tries to help out the guy who escaped but nearly loses his life behind it. Rollins' final appearance on the series was February 2, 1994. Meanwhile the other officers monitor the situation with Lawyer Epp and his mafia associates. In the early episodes, there was an emphasis on grisly murders or other crimes, rather than the lives of the -era characters, for which the series later became known. Former Spartan Wade Hatton returns to Sparta hoping to make sense of his life and rekindle his relationship with Sarah Hallisey. Meanwhile two young criminals involve a mentally handicapped young man in a terrible crime.
She is the owner of the Magnolia Cafe, a popular eatery in Sparta as seen in the show's opening and Gillespie's love interest. Gone was , who portrayed Officer Junior Abernathy and added were two new regular characters—Joanne St. He returns to Sparta after the death of his mother and is offered a job as Chief of Detectives and the rank of Captain with the city police department. Royce January 14, 1992 1992-01-14 4805 A doctor plots to eliminate his wife — and his mistress. Former Spartan Wade Hatton returns to Sparta hoping to make sense of his life and rekindle his relationship with Sarah Hallisey.
When the stunned teacher denies the charges, the force must find the truth amid a dirty reporter's sensationalist stories, a frustrated school board, and an angry mob ready to deliver their own brand of justice. Parker can be seen holding his tea jar with a Christmas bow stuck on it. Parker is dismayed when he recognizes one of the ladies. Other cases include Parker's being accused of police brutality, and the return of Parker's stepfather, Roy Ebersole , first seen in Season 6 and his lady friend Miss Roda. A humorous episode about a polygamist with an equally healthy appetite for food as well as women ends up dead, suspected to be poisoned by one of his many wives.
In Season 1, Bubba's rank seemed to be patrolman but is never explicitly stated. He also has the distinction as only the cast member who never missed an episode. This angered the production staff members, which felt they were burning up fax machines with the changes. The chief gives Parker a new radar gun - and soon comes to regret it. He soon teams up with a street wise cop to take down the drug ring. When the boy ends up shooting himself while fighting with Virgil for the gun used in the robberies, Ruda cuts herself off from the rest of the family. Culbreth appeared on nine episodes as Sheriff McComb.
Mayor Findlay himself has an ulterior motive for hiring Tibbs: he wants to have some kind of record on civil rights in order to run for Congress, and hiring Tibbs to integrate the Sparta police department would help to overcome the local squad's reputation of being racist and underskilled - and it also benefits him. Colmer is eventually written in as a recurring character. A white Southern police chief and a black detective put aside racial animosity to solve crimes in a Mississippi hamlet. Officer Randy Goode helps keep the bad guys at bay by playing them a little tune on the guitar. She is worried that her children will grow up without their father. However, following this episode the two become close friends.