In the Heat of the Night

Season 3 Episode 2

Rape

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 24, 1989 on NBC
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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.moreless

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  • RAPE IS NO FUN

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    ANY COWARD OF A MAN THAT RAPE'S A WOMAN

    ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S THE

    VIRGIL TIBBS WIFE

    YOU A DEAD DUMB DUCK BUT

    SHE GOT HIM BACK IN THE END
  • Powerful

    9.8
    Althea is raped by a new teacher where she works. The sight of her as Bubba discovers her, amidst the thrased kitchen, is haunting. He can only breathlessly ask, "Is he still in this house?"



    Althea is traumatized further after the man's wife alibis him. We explore how Althea stops trusting all men, referring to them all as zippers. Virgil struggles with how to cope and lead her though it.



    Gillespie's encounter with the wife is so pivotal. She knows that they've moved from town to town after he commits rapes along the way. Gillespie knows how much of an enabler she's been. He calls her on it, and his repeated departure line, "You make me sick, you make me sick, you...make me...sick," rings true.



    A bit of a pat ending, as the rapist goes back to Althea's home, only to be caught red handed, after the wife does the right thing. But it is a harrowing, powerful hour of television.moreless
Carroll O'Connor

Carroll O'Connor

Chief Bill Gillespie

Howard Rollins

Howard Rollins

Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs

Alan Autry

Alan Autry

Captain Bubba Skinner

Anne-Marie Johnson

Anne-Marie Johnson

Althea Tibbs

David Hart

David Hart

Sgt. Parker Williams

Geoffrey Thorne (I)

Geoffrey Thorne (I)

Officer Wilson Sweet

Stacy Ray

Stacy Ray

Linda Ainsley

Guest Star

Louis Fox

Louis Fox

The Doctor

Guest Star

Walter Franks

Walter Franks

Edward

Guest Star

Wilbur Fitzgerald

Wilbur Fitzgerald

D.A. Gerard Darnelle

Recurring Role

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    • When this episode was first shown, before it began they showed a few scenes that showed how Gillespie who has been kidnapped in the previous season's finale, was released and would meet with everyone and Virgil would say they don't know what happened or why?

    • Interstingly, this was the first episode broadcast for the season. Executive producer, and star, Caroll O' Connor felt the issue was so powerful that he decided to lead off with this episode rather than the continuation of the storyline of Gillespie's kidnapping.

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