Quantum Leap: Season 2, Episode 9

So Help Me God - July 29, 1957 (29 Nov. 1989)

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Sam must defend a young black woman charged with murdering the son of a powerful Southern political figure.



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Episode credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sheriff Dixon
Scotch Byerley ...
Robert Dryer ...
Tyra Ferrell ...
Delilah 'Lila' Berry
Cal Gibson ...
Leonard Dancey
Woman gossip
Ketty Lester ...
Sadie Cotter
Phillip Persons ...
Byrne Piven ...
Captain Cotter
Stacy Ray ...
Sugee Dancey
Judge Haller


Sam leaps into the body of defense attorney Leonard Dancey just as he is about to enter a plea on behalf of Lila Berry, who is charged with murder. It appears that a plea bargain had already been agreed to but when Sam asks Lila if she did it, she refuses to answer him so he enters a not guilty plea. The sudden change doesn't sit well with the DA and also with Captain Cotter, the most influential man in town and the dead man's father. It's 1957 Louisiana and Sam is appalled at the attitudes toward his client, an African-American. The all-white jury is certain to convict unless he can get Lila to tell him exactly what happened, but she is obviously protecting someone. Written by garykmcd

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In defending an African-American woman against a powerful Southern white family, the story is reminiscent of the movie To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). See more »


When Sam leaps into a host, he still retains his abilities (as was proved when he leaped in place of a blind man, while still retaining his perfect eye sight). Leonard needs glasses to see, therefore, when Sam leaped in his place, he should have problems seeing with glasses since his eye sight is perfect, but he never shows signs. See more »


Judge Haller: What is wrong with the jury?
Dr. Sam Beckett: None of them are black.
Judge Haller: You mean Negro?
Dr. Sam Beckett: Uh, yes, sir. And since my client is a Negro, it only seems fair that there be Negroes on the jury.
Bo Parsons: I object! There's never been a Negro impaneled on a jury in Louisiana.
Judge Haller: Overruled. Leonard, there's only one problem. In order to serve on a jury, you have to be a registered voter, and, uh, since there aren't any Negroes registered in this parish, I just don't see how you're gonna to put one on that jury.
Dr. Sam Beckett: Well, that being the ...
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References Perry Mason (1957) See more »

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