Issac was the house servant slave/valet of Olivia Barrett Covington, Sam's great-grandmother in the episode titled "The Leap Between the States" in Season 5.
|Servant slave of the Covington plantation and secret contact in the smuggling of escaped slaves via The Underground Railroad during the U.S. Civil War|
written in episode as ancestor of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
|Related to:||Olivia Barrett Covington (owner and lifelong friend)|
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr <great-grandson>
|Appeared on:||Quantum Leap|
|Episodes appeared in:||"The Leap Between The States"|
|Character played by:||Michael D. Roberts|
Issac King was a servant slave of the Covington family plantation, owned by Olivia Barrett Covington, Sam Beckett's great-grandmother, the family heir and American Civil War widow who owned the plantation in 1862 in Virginia, where Sam leaps into in the episode of Quantum Leap titled "The Leap Between The States" in Season 5. The part of Issac is played by character actor Michael D. Roberts, who also appears in the episode titled "The Color of Truth", where he appears as black chauffer Willis Tyler.
After being found by a black runaway slave family, Sam, who leaps into his great-grandfather Capt. John Beckett, a Union Army officer, winds up at the Covington plantation, getting hid by Issac, who was secretly, without Olivia's knowledge, was harboring escaped slaves and aiding them in a trek to the North via The Underground Railroad. Montgomery, after discovering Issac and some slaves which he was hiding with Sam in the Covington barn, tries to use the situation to make an unwanted advance upon Olivia Barrett Covington (Kate McNeil), the plantation owner who is Sam's great-grandmother. After getting some soldiers of Montgomery who were supposed to be guarding Issac, who they planned to hang, and Sam, who was supposed to be their POW, drunk on some 1821 vintage Brandy, and knocking them unconscious, the two Sam, and Issac are able to subdue the lecherous Montgomery, save each other as well as Olivia, and flee the plantation.
When finally able to flee the plantation after subduing Montgomery after Sam knocks him out in a fistfight, Issac says, "Today, I finally feel like a king!", from which he takes his surname; in the storyline, he had a son named Emanuel, who in turn has a son of his own - Martin Luther King Sr. Therefore Isaac is the great-grandfather of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., after the King family settled in the state of Georgia.