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Black on White on Fire - August 11, 1965 

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

Director:

Joe Napolitano

Writers:

Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Deborah Pratt
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Scott Bakula ... Dr. Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell ... Admiral Al Calavicci
Gregory Millar Gregory Millar ... Lonnie Harper
Corie Henninger Corie Henninger ... Susan Brewster
Sami Chester Sami Chester ... Bebe
Ron Taylor ... Papa David Harper
Marc Alaimo ... Police Captain Paul Brewster
LaVerne Anderson LaVerne Anderson ... Sheri
CCH Pounder ... Mama Harper
Montrose Hagins ... Matty
Cheryl Francis Harrington ... Young Woman
Jon Berry Jon Berry ... Police Sniper
Garon Grigsby ... Ray Harper
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Storyline

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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TV-PG
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Trivia

The character of Mama Harper (the mother of Scott Bakula's character, Ray) was played by CCH Pounder. She later went on to work with Scott Bakula in NCIS NOLA, as Coroner Loretta Wade. See more »

Goofs

Captain Paul Brewster refers to Malcolm X in the present tense. However, he was assassinated on February 21, 1965, almost six months before the Watts riots. See more »

Quotes

[Lonnie has taken Susan hostage, but after releasing her, he is shot by a police sniper]
Susan Brewster: No! He let me go! He let me go!
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Soundtracks

The Tracks of My Tears
(uncredited)
Written by Smokey Robinson, Warren Moore and Marvin Tarplin
Performed by The Miracles (1965)
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So Relevant
16 January 2021 | by fatless99See all my reviews

This episode is incredible and so relevant today considering the violent rioting of the past year, has a great message and incredible acting from all cast members and especially the guest stars in the episode. this may be the most intense, action packed, and yet a powerful episode with a message, Quantum Leap has produced.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1990 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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