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
Did You Know?
The character of Mama Harper (the mother of Scott Bakula's character, Ray) was played by CCH Pounder. She later went on to work with Scott Bakula in NCIS NOLA, as Coroner Loretta Wade. See more
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
[Sam is embodying Ray, a black medical student whose girlfriend, Susan, is white
Raising your children is gonna be hard, no matter where you do it.
Because wherever you go, they won't fit in. They won't be black and they won't be white.
Dr. Sam Beckett
They'll be human.
Of course they'll be human, child. I'm talking about race!
Dr. Sam Beckett
I know, but, maybe, if we teach our kids to say that they're human, instead of black or white or red or yellow, maybe race won't matter.
Huh. Not in my lifetime.
Written by Smokey Robinson
and Ronald White
Performed by The Temptations
(1964) See more