Song for the Soul"
April 7, 1963
Episode Adopted by: M.J. Cogburn
Sam leaps into a member of a teenage singing
group...Supreme's style! He is there to prevent one of the other girls in the group from
signing a contract with a man who has a hidden agenda. Can Sam fix things so that she can
still sing professionally and keep the relationship between her and her father alive?
Great songs and great soul in this episode!
from this episode
Name of the Person Leaped Into
Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode
Kiss with History
Guest Cast Notes
Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes
Cast members who have passed away
Say what? (things in the episode that make no sense)
February 26, 1992
DATE: April 7, 1963
Tiffany Jameson Cheree / Leapee
Tamara Townsend Lynelle Walters
Harrison Page Reverend Walters
Eric LaSalle Bobby Lee
G. Smokey Campbell Rainey -- Bobby
Lees Music Asst.
Clyde Jones Raghead Teen #1
Tommy Morgan Raghead Teen #2
Christopher M. Brown Raghead Teen #3
SONGS (as sung by
"My Boyfriends Back" sung by The Dovettes
"Right On Time" sung by Church Choir
"Walk In The Light" sung by
"Do You Love Me?" sung by
"Heat Wave" sung by The
"The Sparrow" sung by
MISCELLANEOUS TRIVIA OF OTHER
Cheree and her friends had formed a Supremes-style singing group called The Dovettes.
Cheree/Sam had to keep one of the members, Lynelle Walters, from signing her life away to
a sleazy promoter named Bobby Lee.
She is one third of The Dovettes who stood up for herself throughout the episode. She
tried her best to tell her friend, Lynelle, that lying down for a man was not the way to
make it into show business.
Lynelle is one third of a singing group called The Dovettes. Shes destined to run
away from home on April 9, 1963, unless Sam can prevent it. If she did run away, she would
end up in a slave contract with a sleazy promoter named Bobby Lee.
He is a Chicago Baptist minister and widower father of Lynelle. His wife, Sylvia, died of
unknown causes in 1958. Lynelle hated her father because he was stern and she believed her
mother died because she hated her husband, but Sylvia was dying, and had tried to leave
the family when she found out her prognosis. In the original history, Lynelle ran away and
they never spoke again. He died after the church burned down in 1972. Sam brought the two
together, and it could be inferred her presence helped keep him going after the fire.
Robert Z. "Bobby" Lee:
A shady Chicago promoter who wanted to sign The Dovettes Lynelle Walters in
particular to a contract. Eventually, he ends up doing twenty years for statutory
rape of a thirteen-year-old girl.
When leaping into any situation, its hard to come in with the knowledge of steps and
words to a song while performing. Its even harder to keep from doing a head bob when
Throughout most of the episode, Sam is afraid to sing and does a lot of lip singing
or at least it looks like it.
When teaching moves to Sam and the girls for their finale, its interesting to see
that hes doing his own little dance while they are dancing to the song.
1) Tan jacket
Tan suit pants
Dark sparkling shirt
Dark sparking tie
Square with oval opal pin on his lapel.
2) Red fedora hat
Light blue shirt
Multicolored vest with silver backing
Red suit pants
1) Black strap tea length dress
2) Red and white poodle skirt, white top with
red cuffs, brown jacket
3) Flowery sundress with bows on shoulders
4) Light blue dress with pumps to match.
5) Long pink sparkly performing dress.
This is a perfect story of how a father and daughter are split apart by a death
in a family and then a putting your trust in your offspring brings them back together.
Its a wonderful story and those who dont get misty-eyed at the end are
completely insane! I love this episode. It shows more than just Sams legs!
SAMS FIRST THOUGHTS OF THE LEAP:
Quantum leaping has taught me a lot about people and I knew right away I liked this
man. Even with all of his blustering and bravado, Reverend Walters was saying everything I
had wanted to say since this leap had started and his concern for his daughters
safety and well-being was grounded in as much reality as the walk we had back home.
SAM'S BEST LINES/AL'S BEST LINES:
There was only one little part that seemed the best to me:
SAM: Al, I think I figured out why
AL: Theres a 90% chance that
your here to keep Lynelle out of show business.
SAM: Wrong. I think that Im here to make sure that her father supports her
and if I can do that
that will keep their relationship in tact.
AL: No, no
SAM: Ziggy has been *known* to be
*wrong*. (does a head nod thats precious)
AL: But we have to trust Ziggys
statistics over yours.
AL: Why? Because Ziggy keeps better records.
TEEN #2: Hey baby, come over here and talk to me.
PAULA: Who in the heck would want to talk to
your ugly behind?
TEEN #2: You talking to me, Paula? Hey come
on and why dont you bring your fine brown body over here?
PAULA: I dont talk to night crawlers so
you can just crawl back into whatever cave you came from.
SAM: What do you know?
LYNELLE: Know about what?
SAM: Whatdoya know? You still have this old
picture of us.
AL: Good recovery, Sam.
LYNELLE: I just had that printed last week.
not so good.
SAM: Time sure does fly when you have fun,
AL: You should have quit while you were ahead.
REV. WALTERS: Hallelujah!
REV. WALTERS: Glory, hallelujah!
AL: Glory, hallelujah! All it takes is
one good preacher to let you know that the devil is out to get you.
SAM: Well, then, Im right. Im here to help Reverend Walters support his
to accept her and understand her.
AL: So, how you gonna do that?
well, I dont know. I
maybe you know
if he heard how good they were
no no no
then Id have to sing!
SAM: So, first I dont know any of the
songs or the routines and secondly, Im a man and not a sixteen-year-old girl!
AL: That never stopped you before.
AL: Well, I do. I can teach you some moves.
SAM: You can teach me some moves? (laughing)
AL: I was in the Regal Theatre in its hey
day. I remember the Marvelettes, Smokey, Martha and the Vandellas, James Brown the
hardest working man in show business. You have to remember to keep your harmony tight and
remember to say
(song cuts him off with
love me?" in the background)
Video look: The girls are being shown
the moves that Al is giving to Sam and the girls are having a hard time getting the moves
PAULA: Damn, Cheree! You dance like a
AL: Ziggy says this whole thing is going
to be a catastrophe.
SAM: Ziggy should have a little more faith in
AL: Ziggy says thats the problem.
SAM: A prophet name Gibran once said,
hold your children with open arms and they will always know they can come home to you.
SAM: God only gives us what he thinks we
The ending is precisely the best scene in this episode point blank. Hearing a man
say that hes lost his daughter to the music industry and then for her to come in
singing "The Sparrow" is enough to make me cry every single time especially when
they tell each other that they love each other. There is nothing better than a happy
dont care what you say!
Why should I feel discouraged?
Why should the shadows fall?
Why should my heart feel
and long for heaven and home?
When Jesus is my portion
A constant friend is he
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know he watches
I sing because Im happy
I sing because Im free
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know he watches
Yes, I know he watches
he watches me.
*sniffle and dry tear*
as sung by Tamara Townsend
Donald P. Bellisario
Velton Ray Bunch