Quantum Leap

NBC (ended 1993)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 22

    Mirror Image

    Aired 5/5/93

  • S 5 : Ep 21

    Memphis Melody

    Aired 4/20/93

  • S 5 : Ep 20

    The Leap Between The States

    Aired 3/30/93

  • S 5 : Ep 19

    The Beast Within

    Aired 3/16/93

  • S 5 : Ep 18

    Goodbye Norma Jean

    Aired 3/2/93

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dean Stockwell

    Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci

  • Scott Bakula

    Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett

  • Dennis Wolfberg


  • Robert Brooks Mendel

  • Irene Olga Lopez


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  • show Description
  • "Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. He woke to find himself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not his own and driven by an unknown force to change history for the better. His only guide on this journey is Al, an observer from his own time, who appears in the form of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear. And so Dr. Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong, and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home."moreless

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  • Quotes (393)

    • Sam: Given enough time, you can get used to anything. Even a nightmare.

    • Al: Isn't it great? I mean, isn't this just great? Brings back so many old memories. Hey, have they got "Be-Bop-A-Lula" on there? Got me through some long cold nights at MIT. "Be-Bop" and a little Lithuanian girl named Danesa.

    • Sam: (looking up) Please, God. I'd like to wake up now.

    • Al: My name is Albert... Albert what, I can't tell you because it's restricted. Most of what you're gonna wanna know is restricted. So it'll be easier for us if you don't ask a lot of questions. Sam: What are you? Al: That's a question, Sam.

    • Sam: What's my last name? Al: If you can't remember, I can't tell you. Sam: It's important. Al: But it's also on top of Ziggy's no-no list, double-starred. Sam: Why? Al: I can't tell you that either. Sam: Well what the hell can you tell me? Al: Basically, what you already know--that you're, uh, part of a time travel experiment... that went a little caca. Sam: "A little ca-ca?" How little ca-ca? Al: Well, you're here, which is a biggie. I mean, that's a first. It's Nobel Prize time.

    • Al: All right. One end of this string represents your birth. The other end, your death. You tie the ends together, and your life is a loop. Ball the loop... and the days of your life touch each other out of sequence. Therefore, leaping from one point of the string to another... Sam: Would move you backward or forward within your own lifetime. Al: Which is our project--Quantum Leap!

    • Sam: Al! I wish you would stop doing that. Al: What? Sam: Walking through things. Al: Well, you want me to walk around something that isn't even here? All right, I'll walk around it.

    • Sam: There's gotta be another way. Al: The next one's only got a 52% chance of working. Sam: I'll take it. Al: It required you to be at ground zero during an atomic detonation. You asked. Sam: What else have you got? Al: This isn't a shopping list, you know. The odds drop into the low teens after that. Your best shot is freezing the brain until all electrical activity has ceased. Sam: That's called death. Al: I never said it would be easy.

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    Notes (239)

    • The futuristic sound of the engine of Al's car at the very beginning of the story, is taken from that of K.I.T.T.'s in Knight Rider. The sound of Al's car accelerating also incorporates K.I.T.T.'s turbo boost sound, with a couple of other effects mixed in.

    • Injoke: Sam mentions that his sister's second husband was Lt. Jim Bonnick, and the couple moved to Hawaii. This is an injoke to Bellisario's previous program, Magnum P.I.. Jim Bonnick was a con-man played by Jeff MacKay, and who was a lookalike for series regular Lt. McReynolds (also played by MacKay). Hawaii was the setting for the series.

    • Filmed with the assistance of the Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base.

    • When NBC reran this episode in the summer of 1989 with the other season 1 episodes, they cut it down to 90 minutes by cutting out the Ken Fox storyline and cutting from the leap out of Tom Stratton directly into the leap-in preview of the next episode.

    • Scott Bakula (Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett), Dean Stockwell (Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci), Dennis Wolfberg (Gooshie) and Bruce McGill (Weird Ernie) all appear in both the first and the last episodes of the series.

    • No episode title was shown during the two-hour airing of this episode. It simply went by the title "Quantum Leap." For syndication, the episode is cut into two one-hour segments. The break occurs just after the point where Peggy kisses Sam and then realizes something is different. Some other two-part versions, such as the one shown several times by BBC Two in the United Kingdom, make the break between episodes as Sam gazes in awe at the X-2 jet; Part 2 resumes in the same scene, as Al appaears.

    • The short opening sequence for this episode is replaced by the fourth season opening sequence when aired on the Sci-Fi Channel.

    • Scott Bakula dubs Adam Affonso's voice for the actor's two lines of dialogue when he portrays a young Sam.

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    Trivia (204)

    • Trivia: When Sam first wakes up, the song in the background is Que Sera Sera. A particularly relevant line in that song is "The future's not ours to see..."

    • When Peg and Tom are doing the shower/mirror scene the head movements made by Peg are not the same as in the mirror.

    • When Al, dressed in his Egyptian outfit, is being dragged out of the imaging chamber we can't see the people that are touching him. This conflicts with later episodes like "Shock Theater" that shows when Al touches something or someone they become visible to Sam.

    • When Sam lands the blow that knocks out his opponent, he smiles broadly at Al and we can see he doesn't have his mouth guard in. When Sam is declared the winner and raises his arms in victory, the mouth guard is back.

    • According to this episode, Sam influences Buddy Holly to change the lyrics from "piggy, suey" to "Peggy Sue," thus setting up Buddy's future hit song. However, this is not the origin of the song's name. The song's name was originally Cindy Lou, named after Holly's niece, and was later changed to Peggy Sue upon request of Crickets drummer Jerry Allison. Jerry wanted the song to be named after his girlfriend Peggy Sue Gerron to make up for a recent fight. The two later married.

    • Although Sam is not wearing glasses when he looks the mirror, Doc Daniel Young's reflection is.

    • While getting a shave from Don Gino, the soap pattern is very different between Sam and the mirror image.

    • In the leap in at the end of the previous episode Sam leaps into Jesse already sitting at the lunch counter.  At the beginning of this episode Sam leaps in at the door walking into the restaurant.

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    Allusions (136)

    • The reference to Roy Hobbs, as well as the bolt of lightning after Al makes the comment, are references to the movie The Natural.

    • When Sam is in the limo with Mr. Edwards, he tells him he doesn't want to end up like Charlie, saying, "I could have been a contender, instead of a bum". This is a reference to the movie On The Waterfront, in which Marlon Brando plays a former prize-fighter.

    • Sam: Bonanza was never like this. Referencing the Bonanza TV series (1959-1973). Bonanza chronicled the adventures of the Cartwright family who owned a large ranch, the Ponderosa, in Nevada, in the 1860s.

    • The character "Buddy" in this episode turns out to be Buddy Holly, and his song 'Peggy Sue' becomes one of his greatest hits.

    • Episode Title: How The Tess Was Won The title of this episode is a reference to the 1962 movie, "How The West Was Won" starring Henry Fonda.

    • When Sam admires how well Frankie looks in his tuxedo, he does a quick James Bond impression, especially the trademark gun drawing and shooting that is at the beginning of every MGM/UA James Bond movie.

    • Al: It was incredible. Real Twilight Zone stuff. He is referring to The Twilight Zone show, a series with science fiction, horror or fantasy tales. The original Twilight Zone series aired from 1959 with host Rod Serling, and continued in 1985 with Charles Aidman and Robin Ward in 1985, and went back in 2002 for just one season, hosted by Forest Whitaker.

    • Sam: I feel like the Wicked Witch of the West Referencing L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz novel and the sequels, and the 1939 film version where Margaret Hamilton plays the Wicked Witch of the West.

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