In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)

A Baby Called Rocket 

Luann tries desperately to adopt a baby that was abandoned in a crack house raid.


Paul Chavez


James Lee Barrett (developed for television by), Gina Barnett | 1 more credit »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carroll O'Connor ... Sheriff William O. 'Bill' Gillespie
Carl Weathers ... Chief Hampton Forbes
Alan Autry ... Capt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner (credit only)
David Hart ... Sgt. Parker Williams
Hugh O'Connor ... Lt. Lonnie Jamison
Crystal Fox ... Sgt. Luann Corbin
Denise Nicholas ... Harriet DeLong
Marla Gibbs ... Lilly Baker
Renée Humphrey ... Cassie Green
Aaron Amara Davis Aaron Amara Davis ... Ned (as Aaron A. Davis)
Saundra Dunson-Franks Saundra Dunson-Franks ... Dahlia Corbin (as Saundra Franks)
John Davis Chandler ... Barton Stone (as John Chandler)
Dee Shaw ... Sgt. Dee Shepard
Harvey E. Lee Jr. Harvey E. Lee Jr. ... Cpl. Ken Covey
Mark Johnson Mark Johnson ... Cpl. Luke Everett


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There is a drive-by shooting in the Bottoms that almost hits Ned, an African-American youth. Parker Williams and Luann Corbin investigate and find an abandoned biracial infant boy in the house. Luann is attracted to the infant, and child welfare worker Lilly Baker asks her to take the boy for a few days until permanent foster care can be arranged. Chief Hampton Forbes questions slumlord Barton Stone about the wretched condition of the house and threatens to begin proceedings to take the property from him. Stone is killed. The investigation turns up the infant's Caucasian mother, Cassie Green, who accuses Ned of being the father of her child, Rocket. Luann becomes increasingly more attached to Rocket and is distressed that child welfare policy favors returning abandoned children to their natural parents. Written by richardann

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25 October 1993 (USA) See more »

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