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 ...
Young Woman
Jon Berry ...
Police Sniper
Ray Harper
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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9 November 1990 (USA)  »

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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 »

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Beginning of a New Era
5 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For two and a half seasons, I have loved "Quantum Leap." The way that the show can constantly keep bringing in new characters and situations, and almost every time make it seem as if it was impossible for Sam to complete the task given to him by Ziggy. I think that this episode begins the start of what made the rest of the season so interesting. "Quantum Leap" was famous for a number of things, but up to this point twists were not one of them. They have always brought controversial content on the show, but this is the first time the ending ends up not being so happy when (spoiler) his brother dies. This is brought back up in "Last Dance Before An Execution," and, to a point, the Season finale. Also, I'm very happy this was the last episode the creators of "Quantum Leap" used that bad stock footage. It was only used in two episodes, this and "Miss Deep South," but both of the episodes had stock footage so bad it was laughable.

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