Quantum Leap: Season 3, Episode 7

Black on White on Fire - August 11, 1965 (9 Nov. 1990)

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



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Episode credited cast:
Gregory Millar ...
Lonnie Harper
Corie Henninger ...
Susan Bond
Sami Chester ...
Papa David Harper
Police Captain Paul Bond
LaVerne Anderson ...
Mama Harper
Montrose Hagins ...
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Jon Berry ...
Police Sniper
Ray Harper
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Ron Taylor ...


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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When Al orders Sam to keep Susan safe at Ray's home, he tells him it is apartment 218. However, when police later break into the same apartment in order to save Susan from Lonnie, the number of the door is clearly 217. See more »


Dr. Sam Beckett: [Speaking as Ray] 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.
Mama Harper: Heh, not in my lifetime!
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18 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is my least favorite episode of Quantum Leap. Its devoid of the usual intelligent and creative storyline that made me a fan. This silly episode is another over done, melodramatic, interracial love story. Unfortunately, the script and story is so embarrassingly bad that its difficult to watch. The episode takes place during the Watts Riot. But the story completely misses the point of that tragic historical event. The blacks are shown as the bad guys and racists while the whites are shown as the victims. Talk about total role reversal! All the black characters are either militant thugs or martyrs. Why couldn't the writers have written this episode where the black character is a hero? And the white girl is portrayed as this loving, kind, person who wants to help blacks but is discriminated against due to the color of her skin. Are they serious? Its absolutely asinine. And they use a talent like CCH Pounder to play a stereotypical "black mom" character who looks down on her own people rather then taking up arms against her oppressors. In one scene she holds a gun against her son's friend but wont take up arms against the whites who killed her husband. Just a shamefully bad episode.

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