main index




Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
YMMV: In the Heat of the Night
  • Adaptation Displacement
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    Gillespie: Virgil? ... You take care, y'hear?
  • Jerkass Woobie: Gillespie.
    "Now, look. I got no wife. I got no kids. Boy, I got a town that don't want me. And I got an air conditioner that I have to oil myself, and a desk with a busted leg. And on top of that, I got this, Now, don't you think that'd drive a man to takin' a few drinks? I'll tell you a secret. Nobody comes here. Never."
  • Moment Of Awesome: In addition to declaring the page quote to a skeptical Gillespie in the beginning (in response to "Jus' what do they call you up there, anyhow?"), Tibbs also strikes back at a bigot for hitting him. For an audience in 1967, this was really daring for an African-American.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Norman Jewison wanted the song on the diner jukebox to be "Li'l Red Riding Hood" by Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs, but they couldn't get the rights (licensing pop songs for movies being almost unheard of in 1967), so composer Quincy Jones and lyricists Alan & Marilyn Bergman wrote the new but very similar "Foul Owl on the Prowl" for the diner scene.

TV Series
  • Funny Moments: An episode in which they arrest a serial polygamist, who used his charm and career as a travelling Bible salesman to maintain what turns out to be at least seven or eight households... all of whom descend upon the Sparta jail en masse bearing goodies... then he gets poisoned.
    J.J.: Well, you know what the Lord saysgo forth and multiply!
    Gillespie: But I don't think He meant for you to do that by yourself.

TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from
Privacy Policy