Mar. 06, 1988
60 min.
CBS TV Network

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In the Heat of the Night - 03x01 Rape

3x01 Rape

First Aired: Oct. 24, 1989 on CBS
Summary: A fellow teacher rapes Althea, who recognizes his voice but doesn't see his face, and his wife provides him with an alibi.

Main Characters in this Episode

Guest Stars

Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie played by Carroll O'Connor
Sgt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner played by Alan Autry
Officer Wilson Sweet played by Geoffrey Thorne
Cpl. Lonnie Jamison played by Hugh O'Connor
Stephen Ainslee played by Ken Marshall
Linda Ainslee played by Stacy Ray
D.A. Gerard Daniels played by Wilbur Fitzgerald
The Doctor played by Louis Fox

Episode Quotes

Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs: I hate what he did to you.
Althea Tibbs: You hate it? At least you got to punch him out! I'm the one with the medications and the ointments in my body! I'm the one waiting to see what kind of diseases I might have!
Sgt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner: Come here. [Motions Stephen to come closer] . Don't you mess with me. I'll wrap you up in that piano wire and drag you out of here if I have to. Or maybe you'd me to tell this class how you assaulted a certain teacher at this school huh?
Stephen Ainslee: [Looks surprised and starts to talk]
Sgt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner: Get along.
Sgt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner: Well then, Mister Ainsley, tell me this. Why in the world do you think that Mrs Tibbs positively identified you as the man who raped her, huh?
Stephen Ainslee: I don't know. Maybe she's disturbed or having some sort of hysterical reaction or something.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: I think I'm going to have "some sort of hysterical reaction or something" if I don't get you out of my sight.
Sgt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner: Only too glad to leave.
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: But you're not leaving.
Stephen Ainslee: Where we going?
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Where we going? Bubba, tell him where he's going.
Sgt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner: Why, you're going to a cell.


  • This was Wilbur Fitzgerald's first appearance as the district attorney. Interestingly, his last name in this episode was Daniels but in later appearances his name would be changed to Darnelle.
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