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 (the leapee is played by Michael St. Gerard in uncredited cameo appearance) prepares for his first recording in Memphis for Sun Records and it's label owner and record producer Sam Phillips (Gregory Itzin), Sam 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. At the same time, Sam must ensure that he doesn't prevent the soon to be future "king of rock 'n' roll" from being discovered by Phillips, so 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.
- 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. She is seen praying when Sam (Scott Bakula) is singing "Amazing Grace". She is the girl who looks at him out of the corner of her eye with a smile.