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Black on White on Fire - August 11, 1965 

As a black medical student during the 1965 Watts riots, Sam must save his white fiancée.

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Papa David Harper
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Sheri
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Sam leaps into the body of Ray Harper, a promising African-American medical student who has the opportunity at an internship at a Boston hospital. Ray currently lives in Watts and it's the eve of the 1965 race riots. He's engaged to Susan, a white girl, and faces not only her father's wrath but that of his brother Lonnie and his friends. Al tells him that his purpose is to keep Ray and Susan together but there is a chance that Susan might die in the riots. As the violence and race hatred grows, both Ray and Susan must face the challenge of each communities prejudice. Written by garykmcd

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9 November 1990 (USA)  »

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Episode Writer Deborah Pratt has said the depiction and social message regarding a mixed race romance was inspired by her own interracial romance and subsequent marriage to series Creator/Producer Donald P Bellisario. See more »

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Captain Paul Brewster refers to Malcolm X in the present tense. However, he was assassinated on February 21, 1965, almost six months before the Watts riots. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Sam Beckett: Susan. You helped a lot of people today who appreciated it.
Susan Brewster: Did they, Ray? That's not what I saw in their eyes. I saw anger, and hatred. They tolerated me only because they were hurting and needed help.
Dr. Sam Beckett: That's not true.
Susan Brewster: How would you know? You're one of them!
Dr. Sam Beckett: You're tired, or you wouldn't be talking like this.
Susan Brewster: Maybe that's when the truth comes out. I can't go through life fighting people who hate me for the color of my skin.
Dr. Sam Beckett: I think that's how everybody in Watts must feel tonight.
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My Girl
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Written by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White
Performed by The Temptations (1964)
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