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



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Byrne Piven ...
Captain Cotter
Tyra Ferrell ...
Delilah 'Lila' Berry
Sadie Cotter
Ketty Lester ...
Sheriff Dixon
Stacy Ray ...
Sugee Dancey
John Shepard ...
Bo Parsons
Judge Eugene Haller
Robert Dryer ...
Scotch Byerley ...
Woman gossip
Leonard Dancey
Phillip Persons ...


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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29 November 1989 (USA)  »

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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 »


Sam: Leaping about in time, I've found that there are some things in life that I can't change, and there are some things that I can. To save a life, to change a heart, to make the right choice. I guess that's what life's about
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References The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (1979) See more »

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