Virgil arranges to speak with Mama Caleba (Beah Richards), an old black woman who runs a store and does abortions on the side. She admits to arranging an abortion for Delores Purdy (Quentin Dean), who walks into the store just as Virgil and Mama are talking. Delores panics and races back outside into the arms of Ralph Henshaw (Anthony James), just as her brother Lloyd (link=nm0666247]) drives up with a half dozen or so good old boys. As they advance toward Virgil with their guns, pipes, brass knuckles, and bottles of booze, Virgil stops them by telling Lloyd to look into Delores' purse where he'll find the $100 she got from Ralph for the abortion. 'He got her to tell you that Sam Wood did it,' Virgil explains. 'He made a fool out of you, Purdy.' Against Delores' screams that Virgil is a 'stinking liar', Lloyd does as Virgil says and finds the money. As Lloyd turns his gun on Ralph, Ralph shoots him. In the chaos that follows, Virgil grabs Ralph's gun and holds the group at bay. Later, in Gillespie's office, Ralph confesses to accidentally killing Colbert when he attempted to rob him to get the money for Delores' abortion. In the final scene, Gillespie gives Virgil a lift to the train station. They shake hands and say goodbye to each other. As Virgil begins to board the train, Gillespie says, 'You take care, y'hear?' Virgil replies, 'Yeah,' boards the train, and the train starts heading north.