So Help Me God
Episode 9 of 22 within Season Two. Item 17 of 95 overall.
Production number 65410.
Deborah Pratt - Writer
Andy Cadiff - Director
7.79
45 votes

Though he can't remember much more than habeas corpus, Sam finds himself the defense attorney for a young black woman accused of murdering the son of the most powerful man in a small Louisiana town.

original airdate--November 29,1989      Leap Date-July 29,1957

Place-Twelve Oaks,Louisiana                   Leapee-Leonard Dancey

music--"Quantum Leap Theme Song" by Mike Post

 

Goof: When Sam leaps into a host, he still retains his abilities (as was proved when he leaped in place of a blind man, while still retaining his perfect eye sight). Leonard needs glasses to see, therefore, when Sam leaped in his place, he should have problems seeing with glasses since his eye sight is perfect, but he never shows signs.

Trivia: In defending an African-American woman against a powerful Southern white family, the story is reminiscent of the movie To Kill a Mockingbird.

  • The Bible verse the Sam reads to Myrtle is Galatians 5: 7 - 10.
  • The title is used in the swearing in of the President of the United States or when someone takes an oath in court or for an affidavit/sworn statement.

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")

[Voice of Deborah Pratt] "Theorizing that one could time travel within one's own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett lead an elite group of scientists into the desert to develop a top secret project known as Quantum Leap. Pressured to prove his theories or lose funding, Dr. Beckett prematurely stepped into the project's accelerator and vanished. He awoke to find himself in the past, suffering from partial amnesia and facing a mirror image that was not his own. Fortunately, contact with his own time was maintained through brainwave transmissions with Al, the project observer who appeared in the form of a hologram that only Dr. Beckett can see and hear. Trapped in the past, Dr. Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, bringing things right that once went wrong and hoping that each time that his next leap will be the leap home." 

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regional titles

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English
So Help Me God
French
Que Dieu me punisse
German
Einer gegen alle
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Italian
Giuro di dire rutta la veritư
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