Quantum Leap: Season 1, Episode 7

The Color of Truth - August 8, 1955 (3 May 1989)

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As the black chauffeur of an elderly southern woman, Sam must overcome prejudice to prevent the death of a black woman.


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Episode cast overview:
Susan French ...
Miz Melny Trafford
Sheriff Blount
Willis Tyler
James Ingersoll ...
Clayton Trafford
Nell Tyler
Michael Kruger ...
Billy Joe Bob
Jeff Tyler ...
Miz Patty
Elyse Donalson ...
Nurse Ethel
Howard Matthew Johnson ...
Jesse Tyler (as Howard Johnson)
Christopher J. Keene ...
J.T. Solomon ...


Sam leaps into the body of an elderly black man, Jesse Tyler, in the US South. It's 1955 and racism is institutionalized. Not realizing initially that he is black, Sam commits a major error when he takes a seat in the local diner, raising the ire of a couple of local rednecks. Sam learns that Jesse is chauffeur to Miss Melny Trafford, a highly respected local citizen. The US civil rights movement has yet to begin, but Sam decides he's going to take action. Written by garykmcd

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3 May 1989 (USA)  »

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The episode is often said to have been inspired by the 1989 movie Driving Miss Daisy. However, the episode first aired several months prior to the release of the movie. The movie was based on a theatrical play of the same name, so it's likely the latter was what inspired the episode. See more »


As hologram Al is trying to convince Miz Melny Trafford not to get in the car, you can see his shadow on the ground and the car door. See more »


Miz Melny Trafford: [Being attended] What are you doin'?
Dr. Sam Beckett: I'm just checkin' to see if you're all right.
Miz Melny Trafford: Since when did you get a medical degree?
Dr. Sam Beckett: Well, I've done some doctoring in my time.
Miz Melny Trafford: Well, I'll thank you to please keep your colored voodoo to yourself!
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


We Shall Overcome
Written by Charles Albert Tindley
Performed by Dean Stockwell
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