In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)

A Trip Upstate 

Gillespie is asked by a condemned prisoner to be present at his execution.


Jeffrey Hayden (as Jeff Hayden)


James Lee Barrett (developed for television by), Carroll O'Connor (as Matt Harris) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carroll O'Connor ... Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie
Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)
Alan Autry ... Sgt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner
Anne-Marie Johnson ... Althea Tibbs (credit only)
Lois Nettleton ... Joanne St. John
David Hart ... Officer Parker Williams
Geoffrey Thorne ... Officer Wilson Sweet
Hugh O'Connor ... Cpl. Lonnie Jamison
Paul Benjamin ... George Brownlow
Christopher Allport ... D.A. Dutton
James Gammon ... Sheriff Ketch Monroe
Marc Clement Marc Clement ... Warden J. Emory Cloris
David Dwyer ... Melvin Nally
Randal Patrick Randal Patrick ... Lenny Cowes (as Randall Patrick)
Rand Hopkins Rand Hopkins ... Salesman


Two parallel plots. (1) George Brownlow sends word to Bill Gillespie that he wants to see the Chief at Parchman prison on the day of his execution. George was the driver in a bank holdup. Two bank robbers killed a guard and a customer before Bill killed them in return. As an accomplice, George was sentenced to die. (2) Bubba Skinner and a girl are fishing on the lake when Bubba spots two murder suspects, Melvin Nally and Lenny Cowes, near a camper trailer in the park. Virgil investigates, and the two men fire on him before being captured and arrested. At Parchman, Bill sees George, who persuades Gillespie to stay until he is gone. The execution is devastating to the Chief. Back in Sparta, District Attorney Hutton wants to "snuff" the two murder suspects. Written by richardann

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Release Date:

7 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Covington, Georgia, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This segment is very similar to Naked City: Prime of Life (1963), where police detective Adam Flint, played by Paul Burke is sent to attend the execution of a murderer he apprehended. See more »

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