"One Little Heart"     Trilogy Part I

Leap Date:

August 8, 1955

Episode Adopted by: M. J. Cogburn
Additional info provided by: Deborah Hendryx


In the first of a three-part saga, Sam leaps into the father of young Abagail Fuller, a girl accused by a local townswoman, Leta Aider, of killing her husband and daughter. Leta is the only survivor of her family and believes Abagail to be cursed.


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AIRING DATE: November 17, 1992 (Tuesday)

PLACE: Potterville, Louisiana

DATE: August 8, 1955

LEAPEE: Sheriff Clayton Fuller



James Whitmore Jr. – Clayton Fuller / Mirror

Stephen Lee – Bo Loman

Kimberly Cullum – Abagail Fuller

Fran Bennett – Marie Beth Billings

Travis Fine – Will Kinman

Max Wright – Doctor Kinman

Mary Gordon Murry – Leta Aider

Heather Lauren Olsen – Violet Aider

Meg Foster – Laura Fuller


W.K. Stratton also appeared in the episodes "Genesis", "Good Night, Dear Heart," and the trilogy episodes "For Your Love," and "The Last Door."


Mockingbird (A lullaby) – depending on the time in the show, it can be anywhere from sweet and calming to eerie and odd.



Bart Aider:

Abagail Fuller was the last person to see him alive. When Sam Leaped in, he found Bart dead of what appeared to be a blow to the head, but the local doctor pronounced it to have been a heart attack. The question was did the blow happen before or after?

Leta Aider:
Her daughter, Violet was presumed dead in 1953 and her husband was killed two years later, and Leta believed Abagail Fuller was responsible for both deaths.

Violet Aider:
Next to Abagail fuller, she was the prettiest girl in the parish in 1953, but she vanished after the two girls had an argument over a locket. The entire parish searched for her until they found hre bloody sweater and decided a pack of wild dogs roaming in the area must have killed her. They destroyed the dogs and Sheriff Clayton Fuller closed the case.

Abagail Fuller:
The whole town believed this little girl was cursed crazy because her mother and grandmother were "touched". When Sam leaped into her father Clayton, Abagail had just found the body of Bart Aider, father of Violet, a girl Abagail had been accused of murdering two years before. The girls had gotten into a fight over a locket, and Abagail said Violet had run off and that was the last she had seen of her. Violet’s body was never found, but her bloody sweater was. Clayton was the sheriff, and he closed the case, saying a pack of wild dogs must have killed the girl. Violet’s mother Leta never stopped haranguing Abagail, insisting she killed Violet. And when her husband Bart died under mysterious circumstances, she believed Abagail killed him, too. Leta tried to get Abagail to admit she killed Violet, and then set the Fuller house on fire, hoping to kill Abagail. Sam rescued Abagail and Leaped just before Clayton was killed.

Clayton Fuller:
Sam found himself as this Louisiana sheriff with a murder investigation on his hands. He and his daughter Abagail were going to die in a house fire on August 9, 1955, unless Sam changed history. The fire was started by Leta Aider, who had lured Abagail to the house in hopes of getting the child to confess the murder of her daughter. Sam rescued Abagail and leaped seconds before Clayton died.

Laura Blanchette Fuller:
Clayton Fuller’s wife. After Sam leaped into Clayton, he was under the impression that Laura was dead., but saw a "vision" of her when a gust of wind blew closed his bedroom door. He found out from Abagail that the night Violet Aider died, Laura and Clayton had a terrible argument and she left. Sam found out that she had been committed to Peach Hill Home fore the Mentally Ill that night. He visited and found her uncommunicative, rocking in a chair and staring into space, though she did seem to notice Al.

Reta Blanchette:
Laura Fuller’s mother killed all of her children except Laura after she lost her husband and her money. Then she cut her own throat. The local story was that she preferred to kill her babies than to see them starve. Mr. Devareaux, who found the carnage, said she’d lost her mind. The local legend had it that the family had one cursed child every generation. First Reta, then Laura, now Abagail. Later it came out the reason Laura wasn’t killed was that she had slipped down between the beds and was not seen by her mother.

Marie Beth Billings: She worked as the housekeeper for the Fuller family for thirty years.

Willis Gunerson Kinman:
Will Kinman was the son of a local doctor, and spoke with a stutter.

Doc Kinman:
Doctor in a small Louisiana town where Sam found himself as sheriff. He couldn’t determine the cause of death of Bart Aider, and had to have the coroner from Shreveport come in. His son is Will Kinman.

Bo Loman:
Clayton Fuller’s deputy who also helped to take Bart Aider’s body to Doc Kinman.

Lawrence (Larry) Stanton III:
A small town Louisiana lawyer.


The director James Whitmore, Jr. is actually the person in the mirror that Sam leaps into! That’s one way to become a star!


Leaping over a dead body holding an oar that could have caused the damage is disconcerting.

Throughout most of the episode, Sam is afraid that a little girl who is gentle and calm could have killed a man, namely, Bart Aider.


Al doesn’t like dead people – it is just re-iterated in this episode as he comes into the room where Bart Aider’s body is placed for doing an autopsy.



1) Light blue shirt
Pink neon shiny tie
Multicolored (pink, red and blue) vest
Blue suit pants
Black belt.

2) White suit
Black string tie
Talisman on lapel.


1) Light gray sheriff’s attire.

I love the Trilogy. I always have. It’s one of the best stories that is out there involving so many people in a leap! It’s great and I don’t care how many times I see it… I always see something new… and this time was no different! Small nuisances always make the show even better!

Leaping in Time has brought me into many strange new encounters but coming face to face with a dead man is probably my least favorite. It happened if I remember correctly, twice before and each time the same words echo through my brain. ‘I’m late. I’m too late.’


Al’s Best Line:
Ohhhhhh… noo… dead people. I don’t like dead people.

Sam’s Best Line:
It’s okay to talk to people who have gone away. It helps to keep them in your hearts.



Bo: So what are you gonna tell Leta?

Sam: That he’s dead.

Bo: Yeah, she damn near ripped your ears off the last time you brought Bart home when he was alive.

Sam: Well, maybe we should get the autopsy started before we call her.

Bo: Not an ice cube chance in hell. The boys don’t got a phone and Doc Kinman and Daisy are out in the boonies delivering that baby. Do you think that woman can drop that baby after delivering sixteen?

Sam: Sixteen?

Bo: Sixteen – seventeen?

(Talk about a strong woman! WOW!)


Abagail: Daddy?

Sam: Yeah?

Abagail: Tell me all the ways that you love me.

Sam: Well… I love you like the stars love the sky… like the sea loves the sand… like the flowers love the bees.

Abagail: I love you daddy.


Al: Sweet kid. That’s such a great age around 9 or 10.

Sam: Shhhh!

Al: So who’s gonna hear me? When is the last time a hologram woke someone up?


Al: You’re a male, of the Caucasian persuasion, fortyish, and you’re a … what is this… er… Sheriff… you’re a Sheriff of a small town.

Sam: Al… Al… I know that okay? My last name is Fuller, I’ve got a daughter named Abagail. Now tell me something I don’t know.


Al: How do you know that someone pushed him?

Sam: I don’t know anything and I won’t know anything until the town doctor comes back and does an autopsy OR you and Ziggy get me some data!

Al: Hey… hey… take it easy will ya!
Sam: I can’t take it easy. I’m too frustrated ok? I’ve been trying to get answer all day and I can’t get any from anybody today – especially you!

Al: Ok. Just a sec. I’m doing the best I can, you know.



# 1: When Sam sees the vision of Laura Blanchette Fuller standing in the hallway beyond his bedroom door! AWESOME effects!

# 2: When Sam tells Al about the Blanchette family… it’s interesting to see the reactions!

Al: Clayton’s wife isn’t dead.

Sam: What?

Al: She’s in a private aslym just off Parish Road called Peach Hill for the mentally ill.

Sam: That’s great Al. She’ll be able to give us some answers.

Al: Yeah, if she’s not too mentally ill.

Sam: Listen Al, I need you to have Ziggy find out what happened to Laura’s family. The Blanchette family. Blanchette.

Al: Whaddaya mean, what happened to them?

Sam: Well… except for Abagail’s mother, Laura, they were all murdered.

Al: By who?

Sam: Laura’s mother -- Reta Blanchette and then killed herself.

Al: Get outta here! She killed her own kids?

Sam: Yeah, she… she slit their throat then she… slit her own throat.

Al: This is too weird. Well, we know that Laura’s still alive. No wonder she’s in the nut house. Where you going?

Sam: To meet my wife.

# 3: Sam leaping into the arms of a beautiful woman making love to her.



Executive Producer:
Donald P. Bellisario

Written By:
Deborah Pratt

Directed By:

James Whitmore, Jr.

Theme by:
Mike Post

Music By:
Velton Ray Bunch

Co-Executive Producers:
Deborah Pratt
Chas. Floyd Johnson

Supervising Producer:
Richard C. Okie

Harker Wade

Tommy Thompson

Produced By:
Robin Jill Bernheim


Production Designer:
Cameron Birnie

Set Decorator:
Robert L. Zilliox

Art Director:
Ellen Dambros-Williams

Costume Designers:

Jean-Pierre Dorleac
Jacqueline Saint Anne

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