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

Director:

Michael Ray Rhodes (as Michael Rhodes)

Writers:

James Lee Barrett (developer), Nancy Bond | 1 more credit »

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Cast

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
Lois Nettleton ... Joanne St. John (credit only)
David Hart ... Officer Parker Williams
Geoffrey Thorne ... Officer Wilson Sweet
Hugh O'Connor ... Cpl. Lonnie Jamison
Rose Weaver ... Louise Hughes
A.J. Johnson ... Shawna Hughes
Czerny Miller Czerny Miller ... Martin Campbell
Tony Evans Tony Evans ... Dan Mackey
Johnny Popwell Johnny Popwell ... Vice Principal Rivers
Ed Grady ... Morris Maynor
Dan Biggers Dan Biggers ... Dr. Frank Robb
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

TV-PG
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Covington, Georgia, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie: Well, I'm sorry to let him out of jail. I believe I hate him.
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Soundtracks

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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