The Color of Truth
Episode 6 of 8 within Season One. Item 6 of 95 overall.
Production number 65013.
Deborah Pratt - Writer
Michael Vejar - Director
61 votes

August 08,1955: In the life of Jesse Tyler, an aging black man, Sam must face discrimin- ation in the South while trying to prevent the death of an elderly white woman.

Actions motivated by his own belief in equality cause violent reactions, as Sam tries to convince one of the pillars of the community to change her views on racism and the futility of trying to change a society for the better.

original airdate--May 03,1989   rating--10.6 million

network: NBC

music: "Quantum Leap Theme Song" by Mike Post & Velton Ray Bunch

  1. "We Shall Overcome" by Dean Stockwell 


Leapee--Jessie Tyler

Place--Red Dog Alabama


Goofs: 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.

Trivia: Many of the scripts were based on movies. This one was very similar to Driving Miss Daisy with an elderly white southern widow and her elderly black chauffeur.


Opening narration by Scott Bakula

It all started when a time travel experiment I was conducting went..."a little caca". In the blink of a cosmic clock, I went from quantum physicist to Air Force test-pilot. Which could have been fun...if I knew how to fly. Fortunately, I had help – an observer from the project named Al. Unfortunately, Al's a hologram, so all he can lend is moral support. Anyway, here I am, bouncing around in time, putting things right that once went wrong, a sort of time traveling Lone Ranger, with Al as my Tonto. And I don't even need a mask... ("Oh Boy")

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regional titles

De kleur van de waarheid
The Color of Truth
Miss Melny et son chauffeur
Gegen den Strom
An Dath na Fírinne
Il colore della veritý
El color de la Verdad