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Quantum Leap: The Color of Truth - August 8, 1955

August 8, 1955: Sam leaps into the life of Jesse Tyler, an aging African-American chauffeur, Sam must face discrimination in the South while trying to prevent the death of Jesse's employer, Miss Melanie.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x7
Production Number: 65013
Airdate: Wednesday May 03rd, 1989

Director: Mike Vejar
Writer: Deborah Pratt

Alternate Airdates:

Ireland Mar 07, 1998
France Mar 07, 1998
United Kingdom Mar 07, 1998

Guest Stars
Royce D. ApplegateRoyce D. Applegate
As Sheriff Blount
Michael D. RobertsMichael D. Roberts
As Willis Trafford
Susan FrenchSusan French
As Miz Melanie Trafford
James IngersollJames Ingersoll
As Clayton Trafford
Kimberly BaileyKimberly Bailey
As Nell Tyler

Co-Guest Stars
Howard Matthew JohnsonHoward Matthew Johnson
As Jesse Tyler / Mirror
Michael Krueger (1)Michael Krueger (1)
As Billy Joe Bob Blount
Jeff TylerJeff Tyler
As Toad
Jane AbbottJane Abbott
As Miz Patty
Elyse DonalsonElyse Donalson
As Nurse Ethel
Christopher J. KeeneChristopher J. Keene
As Doctor (Doctor Parker)
J.T. SolomonJ.T. Solomon
As Effie
Main Cast
Scott BakulaScott Bakula
As Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett
Dean StockwellDean Stockwell
As Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci


Sam finds himself in a diner in the Deep South. He casually sits down and gets something to eat. Everyone looks at him in shock and Sam looks into the mirror to realize he's an elderly black man. Two local boys come over but the waitress intervenes and tells him to take Miss Melanie's lunch to her...

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Episode Notes
The leap date of this episode is exactly the same as "Trilogy Part I (One Little Heart) - August 8, 1955". Both episodes begin on Sam's second birthday.

This is the first episode of the series in which Al is heard by someone other than Sam. However, he would not be seen by another person until "Another Mother - September 30, 1981".

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Dean StockwellWe Shall Overcome 

Episode Quotes
Sam: If the truth be known, once I got into it, quantum leaping turned out to be a lot of fun. So far, I've been able to save two lives, one ball game, and a pig. I fought for the faith of a nun and against the mob, put together three couples, a father and daughter, and the lyrics for "Peggy Sue." Like I said, stepping into someone else's shoes can be a lot of fun.

Sam: Of all the people I've leaped into, Jesse should have been the strangers. But there was something very comfortable about him—like putting on a pair of your favorite shoes or a jacket you've broken in just right.

Al: I've seen things that would curl your hair. No pun intended.

Clayton: I swear, you got ears like a hawk.
Miz Melanie Trafford: I'm old, not dead.

Nell Tyler: I'm gonna sit at that counter some day... and I'm gonna drink from the white fountain and, and ride in the front of the bus and do all the things that make white folks mad.
Sam: Is that why you wanna do it, to make 'em mad?
Nell Tyler: Yep, and 'cause it's right.

Sam: I'd heard of chitlins, of course. I thought they were one of those rare Southern delicacies that taste as good as they sound. I never realized they were pig intestines. The smell was like something that had been kept around too long in autopsy class.

Al: (reciting his chitlins recipe) Now, uh, what am I forgetting?
Sam: How sick this is making me.

Sam: (to Al) Are you crazy?
Willis Trafford: Not as crazy as you are. Or at least that's what people are gonna say if they see you in here talkin' to yourself.

Sam: "Blacks." That's what we'll be called instead of "Negroes."
Miz Melanie Trafford: What in God's name's wrong with being called a niggra?
Sam: Maybe it's just a little too close to "nigger."

Sam: I've gone crazy? Miz Melny, I'm not the the one burning crosses in the front of people's homes.

Sam: You can't, it's too hot today
Miz Melanie Trafford: I'm not gonna melt.

Doctor Parker: I can't help her. It's against the law.
Sam: To hell with the law!

Sam: Al, you're getting a little paranoid.
Al: Sam, how do you think I've lived this long?

Al: Sam, she had to have heard me.
Sam: That's great, Al.
Al: Just think of the possibility. I mean, if I reached Miz Melany, then maybe, just maybe... I can reach other women. Younger women. What? What?
Sam: Is sex all you ever think about?
Al: Well, except when I'm pulling you out of the fire, yes.

Al: Pull off into the cemetery, dammit!
Miz Melanie Trafford: Thank you, Charles. You didn't have to swear.

Miz Melanie Trafford: My relationship with Mr. Tyler is my business. Now you go mind yours, and I'll see you for supper.
Clayton: (submissively) Yes, ma'am.
(He walks away)
Sam: Thank you.
Miz Melanie Trafford: Sometimes I think they switched babies on me.
(Sam laughs)

Sam: Miz Melny, once you have seen the light, you can not go back into the darkness.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDonald P. Bellisario
Executive ProducerDonald P. Bellisario
Supervising ProducerJohn Hill
ProducerHarker Wade
Co-ProducerDeborah Pratt
Associate ProducerJeff Gourson  |  David Bellisario
EditorMario Digregorio
CastingMelissa Skoff
Unit Production ManagerPaul Cajero
First Assistant DirectorBruce Humphrey
Second Assistant DirectorRobert Villar
MusicMike Post
Music EditorMark Green
Set DecoratorRobert L. Zilliox
Director of PhotographyRoy H. Wagner
Stunt CoordinatorDiamond Farnsworth
Art DirectorCameron Birnie
Sound EditorSam Gemette
Sound MixerRon L. Collins
Executive Story EditorPaul Brown (2)
Costume SupervisorDavid Rawley
Main Title ThemeMike Post
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