Black on White on Fire – August 11, 1965


We often talk on this show about Quantum Leap episodes that haven’t aged well, especially with our more socially-conscious 2018 sensibilities. Here’s one that is – all too unfortunately – very timely. It almost feels like it could have been written today.

Sam leaps into Ray Harper, a young black medical student living in Watts, Los Angeles on August 11, 1965 – the day the Watts Riots begin. As Ray, Sam must help provide medical care to Watts citizens affected by the riots while trying to keep his white fiancé, Kim, safe. He also has to deal with Ray’s militant brother, Lonnie, who wants Ray to abandon his plans of leaving Watts with Kim for a medical internship in Boston, stay in Watts and help his own people.

L.A. actor, LaMont Anthony Hendrix joins us to discuss the episode – his first episode of QL ever. Check out his IMDB page, and also his forthcoming albums, Sgt. Peppers and the Lonely Hearts Club Band (per his requested bio.)

We frequently use these references: Beyond the Mirror Image: The Observer’s Guide to Quantum Leap, available at

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