In the Heat of the Night: Season 2, Episode 13

These Things Take Time (21 Feb. 1989)

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Tibbs tries to help a teenage mother who was abandoned by her baby's father.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)
Joanne St. John (credit only)
David Hart ...
Hugh O'Connor ...
Rose Weaver ...
Louise Hughes
Shawna Hughes
Czerny Miller ...
Martin Campbell
Tony Evans ...
Dan Mackey
Johnny Popwell ...
Morris Maynor
Dan Biggers ...


An pregnant African-American teen-age girl, Shawna Hughes, is caught shoplifting a jacket for her younger brother. Virgil Tibbs interrogates her, and Bill Gillespie releases her. She goes to the freight company to confront Dan Mackey, father of her child, who is unconcerned. That night she has premature contractions, sneaks out of the house, and has her baby in the woods. Unknown to Shawna, someone witnesses the birth. The dead infant is discovered at the city dump, and Althea Tibbs guesses who the mother is. Martin Campbell, Shawna's step-father, and her mother, Louise Hughes, are thoroughly supportive. When Virgil questions Shawna, she admits killing the baby, but Virgil thinks she is covering for someone. Written by richardann

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Drama | Crime | Mystery





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Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior
Words by Fanny J. Crosby (1868)
Music by William H. Doane (1868)
Sung by church choir and as part of score, closing scene
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