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"Memphis Melody"
QL episode 5x21 - Sam leaps into Elvis

Sam, as leapee and future rock n' roll/pop music icon Elvis, must help a struggling female musician, while ensuring that history concerning Elvis's career isn't changed in "Memphis Melody".

Episode No.   Season
96 5x21 Five
Episode Information
Original Broadcast Date April 20, 1993
Network: NBC-TV
IMDB: IMDb logo Memphis Melody
Written by: Robin Jill Bernheim
Directed by: James Whitmore, Jr.
Leap Information
Leap Date: July 3, 1954
Place: Memphis, Tennessee
Leapee: Elvis Presley
Chronological Information
Preceded by: "The Leap Between The States"
Followed by: "Mirror Image"
(Season 5/Series finale)

Memphis Melody was the 21st episode of Season 5 of Quantum Leap, also the 96th episode in the series. Written by Robin Jill Bernheim, the episode, which was directed by James Whitmore, Jr., premiered on NBC-TV on April 20, 1993.


While impersonating the King, Elvis Presley, Sam must save a Memphis Belle from a bad marriage.


July 3, 1954: As future pop/rock music icon Elvis Presley in Memphis (the leapee is played by Michael St. Gerard in uncredited cameo appearance), Sam, as Elvis as he prepares for his first recordings for Sun Records and it's label owner and record producer Sam Phillips (Garn Stephens), must help a struggling female musician named Sue Anne Winters (Mary Elizabeth McGlynn) make wise decisions concerning her troubled marriage and not give up on her musical career, while, at the same time, ensure that he doesn't prevent the soon to be future "king of rock 'n' roll" from being discovered by Phillips, and that music history isn't changed as a result.


Project QL Trivia:
  • Al says he is going to see Elvis perform back in the waiting room. Wouldn’t he actually be seeing and hearing Sam play.
About Sam:
  • Sam was an Elvis fanatic.
  • Sam programmed all of Elvis’s hits into Ziggy’s data bank and would drive Al crazy by singing them for days.
  • Sam says "Oh boy!" once this episode.
Al Trivia:
  • Al says "Oh boy!" twice this episode.
  • Al has a cigar all four times he appeared.
  • John Boyd West plays his own father, Red West.
  • Scott Bakula’s daughter Chelsy plays the little girl in Taylor’s diner.
  • When Scott Bakula is singing "Amazing Grace" his little girl looks at him out of the corner of her eye with a smile.

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