"A Song for the Soul"

Leap Date:

April 7, 1963

Episode Adopted by: M.J. Cogburn <aka> QLDamsel


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!


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AIR DATE: February 26, 1992

PLACE: Chicago, Illinois

DATE: April 7, 1963

LEAPEE: Cheree

Tiffany Jameson – Cheree / Leapee

Tamara Townsend – Lynelle Walters

T’keyah "Crystal" Keymah – Paula

Harrison Page – Reverend Walters

Eric LaSalle – Bobby Lee

G. Smokey Campbell – Rainey -- Bobby Lee’s Music Asst.

Clyde Jones – Raghead Teen #1

Tommy Morgan – Raghead Teen #2

Christopher M. Brown – Raghead Teen #3


SONGS (as sung by the cast)
"My Boyfriend’s Back" – sung by The Dovettes

"Right On Time" – sung by Church Choir

"Walk In The Light" – sung by Church Choir

"Do You Love Me?" – sung by The Dovettes

"Heat Wave" – sung by The Dovettes

"The Sparrow" – sung by Lynelle Walters



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 Walters:
Lynelle is one third of a singing group called The Dovettes. She’s 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.

Reverend Walters:
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, it’s hard to come in with the knowledge of steps and words to a song while performing. It’s even harder to keep from doing a head bob when dancing.

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, it’s interesting to see that he’s 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
String tie
Multicolored vest with silver backing
Red suit pants
Red belt


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. It’s a wonderful story and those who don’t get misty-eyed at the end are completely insane! I love this episode. It shows more than just Sam’s legs!


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 daughter’s safety and well-being was grounded in as much reality as the walk we had back home.

There was only one little part that seemed the best to me:

SAM: Al, I think I figured out why I’m here.

AL: There’s a 90% chance that your here to keep Lynelle out of show business.

SAM: Wrong.

AL: Wrong?

SAM: Wrong. I think that I’m 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… Ziggy… no, no…

SAM: Ziggy has been *known* to be *wrong*. (does a head nod that’s precious)

AL: But we have to trust Ziggy’s statistics over yours.

SAM: Why?

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 don’t you bring your fine brown body over here?

PAULA: I don’t 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.

AL: Oh… not so good.

SAM: Time sure does fly when you have fun, huh?
AL: You should have quit while you were ahead.


REV. WALTERS: Hallelujah!

AL: 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, I’m right. I’m here to help Reverend Walters support his daughter to … to… to accept her and understand her.

AL: So, how you gonna do that?

SAM: Ehhh… well, I don’t know. I mean, maybe… maybe you know… if he heard how good they were… no no no no… then I’d have to sing!

AL: So?

SAM: So, first I don’t know any of the songs or the routines and secondly, I’m 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… "Do you 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 right.

PAULA: Damn, Cheree! You dance like a white girl!


AL: Ziggy says this whole thing is going to be a catastrophe.

SAM: Ziggy should have a little more faith in human nature.

AL: Ziggy says that’s 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 can handle.


The ending is precisely the best scene in this episode – point blank. Hearing a man say that he’s 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 ending… don’t care what you say!

Why should I feel discouraged?

Why should the shadows fall?

Why should my heart feel lonely

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… he watches me.

I sing because I’m happy

I sing because I’m free

His eye is on the sparrow

And I know he watches… he watches me.

Yes, I know he watches… he watches me.

*sniffle and dry tear*

as sung by Tamara Townsend (Lynelle Walters)



Executive Producer:
Donald P. Bellisario

Written By:
Deborah Pratt

Directed By:
Michael Watkins

Theme by:
Mike Post

Music By:
Velton Ray Bunch

Co-Executive Producers:
Deborah Pratt
Michael Zinberg

Supervising Producer:
Harker Wade

Produced By:
Jeff Gourson
Tommy Thompson
Chris Ruppenthal
Paul Brown

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