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Quantum Leap: So Help Me God - July 29, 1957

July 29, 1957: Sam defends a woman accused of murdering the son of the most powerful man in Louisiana.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x9
Production Number: 65410
Airdate: Wednesday November 29th, 1989

Director: Andy Cadiff
Writer: Deborah Pratt

Guest Stars
Byrne PivenByrne Piven
As Captain Colbert Cotter
John ApicellaJohn Apicella
As Sheriff Dixon
John ShepardJohn Shepard
As Bo Parsons
Kathleen NooneKathleen Noone
As Sadie Cotter
Ketty LesterKetty Lester
As Myrtle
Stacy RayStacy Ray
As Miss Sugee Dancey
Tyra FerrellTyra Ferrell
As Lila Berry
William SchallertWilliam Schallert
As Judge Eugene Haller

Co-Guest Stars
Robert DryerRobert Dryer
As Chigger
Heather LeeHeather Lee
As Woman Gossip
Travis Michael HolderTravis Michael Holder
As Leonard Dancey / Mirror
Philip PersonsPhilip Persons
As Coroner
Cal GibsonCal Gibson
As Gardener
Main Cast
Scott BakulaScott Bakula
As Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett
Dean StockwellDean Stockwell
As Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci
Episode Notes
Byrne Piven (Captain Cotter) was the father of Jeremy Piven.

Houston Palmer Cotter was killed on June 15, 1957.

Episode Quotes
Sam: Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? (8) This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. (9) A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. (10) I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded, but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.

Sam: (fervently) It doesn't make what he did right.

Al: The best Ziggy can come up with is that you're here to play...Oh, play Rhett Butler...

Sam: Did he rape you?
Lila: Some would say so. Some not.
Sam: What would you say?

Lila: Me and my momma buried seven
brothers and sisters in that bayou that Miss Sadie took me out of. I wasn't giving no one no reason to send me I let him. Is that rape?

Sam: No! No way!

Sam: (narrating) Please God, Let me say something legal.

Sugee Dancey: I'm going to bake you a pecan pie....and let you play Rhett Butler tonight...Fiddle dee dee.

Sam: (reading from the Bible, Galations Chapter 5:7-10) I am confident you will not take the wrong view, "but the man who is unsettling your mind, whoever he may be, must bear God's judgement.

Lila: In the name of Jesus? How can they say he did that?
Sam: They can say it because you won't defend yourself!

Lila: Now I know how the Christians felt.
Sam: No one's going to throw you to the lions.

Sugee: If Papa were alive, he'd die.

Sam: Well, that being the case, Your Honour, since the law requires a trial by a jury of one's peers, we have no choice but to reluctantly accept these white jurors as Lila's equals.

Al: Well I thought so too but then I remembered what you said about her eyes.
Sam: About losing myself in them?
Al: Well, no. Me, maybe. You, never. But you saw the truth in them. That's probably why you got this job.

Bo: I object.
Judge Haller: You can't expect a man to plead his case with his fly open, Bo.

Myrtle: It's funny how the mind can turn things around and make it seem right.

Myrtle: I suppose love no longer could soften the back of his hand.

Lila: I suppose the electric chair is kind of a modern day stake for a modern day witch.

Sadie: Those who don't know, shouldn't talk.

Lila: Chilvalry is not dead. Just waiting in the wings.

Sam: What did he say?
Al: He said, "I'm a lawyer. Take me to your leader." Imagine it! The first alien contact and it's a lawyer.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDonald P. Bellisario
Executive ProducerDonald P. Bellisario
Main Title ThemeMike Post
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