Quantum Leap (1989–1993)

So Help Me God - July 29, 1957 

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


Andy Cadiff


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Deborah Pratt




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Bakula ... Dr. Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell ... Admiral Al Calavicci
Byrne Piven ... Captain Colton Cotter
Tyra Ferrell ... Delilah 'Lila' Berry
Kathleen Noone ... Sadie Cotter
Ketty Lester Ketty Lester ... Myrtle
John Apicella ... Sheriff Dixon
Stacy Ray ... Sugee Dancey
John Shepard John Shepard ... Bo Parsons
William Schallert ... Judge Eugene Haller
Robert Dryer ... Chigger
Scotch Byerley Scotch Byerley ... Clerk
Heather Lee ... Woman gossip
Travis Michael Holder ... Leonard Dancey
Phillip Persons Phillip Persons ... Coroner


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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Release Date:

29 November 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode takes place in Twelve Oaks County, Louisiana from July 29 to August 4, 1957. See more »


The judge mentions Twelve Oaks parish. This parish does not actually exist in Louisiana, and as Louisiana is the only state in the US without counties, would not be available in any other state. 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 Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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