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
8.22
61 votes

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 3,1989            Leap Date-August 8,1955 

Place-Red Dog Alabama                     Leapee-Jessie Tyler

Songs: "Quantum Leap Theme Song" by Mike Post

  1. "We Shall Overcome" by Dean Stockwell 

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.

  • Al says that he was a civil rights activist. But when he sings the civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome", he sings "Deep in my arms". The lyric is "Deep in my heart".
  • The car that is run off the road and wrecked appears in a later scene, intact and parked on the side of the street in town.

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.

  • 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.

 

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

Dutch
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English
The Color of Truth
French
Miss Melny et son chauffeur
German
Gegen den Strom
Irish
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Italian
Il colore della veritư
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