Quantum Leap

Play It Again, Seymour

Season 1, Ep 9, Aired 5/17/89
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  • Episode Description
  • April 14, 1953: With looks that could double for Humphrey Bogart, Sam is Nick Allen, a private investigator looking for the murderer of his partner and, if he doesn't find the answer in time, himself. The case is solved with a number of Casablanca references as Sam launches a new pulp novelist along the way.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dean Stockwell

    Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci

  • Scott Bakula

    Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett

  • Donald P. Bellisario

  • Aaron Lipstadt

  • Tom Blomquist

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • In 1953, Sam leaps into a Bogart-lookalike private eye, whose partner has just been murdered, who is in a romance with the dead man's wife, and who is followed by an over-enthusiastic idolising paperboy. Not bad, but my least favourite of the season...

    By Jay-Spacedust, Mar 25, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Sam; Allison didn't blow anyone away. Al: How do you know? How do you know? Sam: Instinct. Al: Yeah, well my instinct tells me that that broad has you tied in knots this way and.... Sam: Your instincts got you married five times, right? Al: That... your swiss cheese brain remembers.

    • Al: Sam...you know, Allison could be the killer. Sam: No. Al: No? Why are you saying no? (Reading) Because her body could part the red army? Sam: No. Because we've got Clapper. Al: Careful, Sam. There was no cure for that in 1953.

    Notes (5)

    • Interiors for the episode were filmed at the Bradbury Building - 304 S. Broadway, Downtown, Los Angeles, California.

    • The season 1 DVD version of this episode uses the season two opening sequence.

    • The Leap-in at the end is for the episode "What Price Gloria?".

    • In season five, actor Willie Garson reappears in a more dramatic role of Lee Harvey Oswald. Paul Linke shows up again in the third season episode The Boogieman.

    • Sam's "kiss with history": Woody Allen. He is the young boy at the train station who believes Sam to be Bogart.

    Trivia (2)

    • Although Woody Allen (Allen Konigsberg) only looked about twelve or thirteen, he was actually seventeen in April of 1953.

    • Sam was born August 8 1953, but this leap takes him to April 14. His gestational age seems to have been considered part of his lifetime.

    Allusions (2)

    • Sam: Who did the readers suspect? Al: Everybody, from Joseph Stalin to Colonel Mustard Colonel Mustard is a fictional character from the board deduction game Clue, one of the six suspects of the murder being investigated in the game. This game became a comedy film with the same name in 1985.

    • Episode Title: Play It Again, Seymour This is a reference to the 1942 movie Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart which has the (misquoted) line, "Play it again, Sam."

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