Quantum Leap

Season 2 Episode 11

A Portrait for Troian

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Dec 13, 1989 on NBC
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Episode Summary

February 7, 1971: Sam leaps into a renowned parapsychologist where he must prevent a young widow from joining her husband at the bottom of a lake, while proving that she's not crazy, despite her claims of hearing her dead husband's voice calling to her.

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  • Prequil to the Evil Leaper

    After seeing this episode for the 1st time in probably 15 years, it dawned on me that this is a prequil to the Evil Leaper trilogy. Carolyn Seymour played "Lucretia Borgia" /Mrs. Stoltz in this episode then turned around and was the evil Zoey later on. She seems to be a ghost in this one as well. She has been dead for 150 years.
  • Confused about the ending?

    At the end of this episode (from 12/13/89), Sam leaps into a high school kid in a drag race. In the next episode (Animal Frat - from 1/3/90), they refer back to the high school episode and show scenes from it. Where/When did it air? Did that episode air on 12/20/89? If so, why is it not listed here or included on the DVDs? If it never aired, what happened to it? Did they decide not to put it on the air for some reason?moreless
  • Creepy Episode

    In this episode of Quantum Leap, Sam was a ghost hunter. The episode was good but some of the parts were creepy. The brother was creepy and so was the maid. The ending was very good but I thought that it was predictable. Overall the episode was good. I liked it
Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell

Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci

Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula

Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett

Donald P. Bellisario

Donald P. Bellisario

Timothy Mintz / Mirror

Guest Star

Deborah Pratt

Deborah Pratt

Troian Giovanni Claridge

Guest Star

Robert Torti

Robert Torti

Jimmy Giovanni

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Jimmy and Sam are on the phone when Troian finds the painting for the first time and screams. Both actors jump the cue and start running towards Troian's rooms slightly before she screams.

    • Mrs. Little: I think you'll find this is Nathaniel Claridge's wife...and this is his butler.

      During this line, the actor playing the dead Julian in the foreground can be seen breathing, and his feet move slightly.

    • This episode was filmed at the Greystoke Estate in Beverly Hills. The same location was used in countless other television shows and movies, such as the 1990s mini-series remake of "Dark Shadows."

    • You have to watch closely for this one, it's barely perceptible. When Sam pulls back the cover on the dead woman, she has a slight smile on her face and just before they cut away, the left corner of her mouth goes up ever so slightly.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Al: I'm not into necrophilia.
      Sam: Finally something sexual he's not into.

    • Al: That lake has claimed more victims than unwanted kitty cats!

    • Al: [telling Gooshie to center him on Troian] What? I don't want to hear we can't get a lock! Tell Ziggy if he dosn't center me on Troian right now, I'm gonna feed his sex century microchip [ Al is centered on Troian] to Tina's crocodile!

    • Sam: What happened? Did the storm knock the power out?
      Jimmy: No, it was the boogeyman.

    • Al: Well, who wouldn't in a place like this. It reminds me of an abandoned house in my old neighborhood that was so scary nobody would ever go near it. It was the perfect place for me to take Myra Boicek to... go bump in the night.
      Sam: Al, just give me the data.

    • Miss Stoltz: I told her you'd drive into town in the morning and pick them up.
      Sam: That's a very good idea. The storm is getting nasty.
      Miss Stoltz: It has nothing to do with the storm. Strangers aren't welcome here.

    • Troian: Dr. Mintz has finally got proof.
      Jimmy: [to Sam] Well, I'll just bet you do. Quack.

    • Sam: We should head for cover. [Troian goes into the mausoleum] In there is not exactly what I had in mind.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This is one of the several episodes from the series that proves, to the characters, the factuality of urban legends and supernatural phenomena. Other episodes include:
      "Temptation Eyes" (psychics),
      "Ghost Ship" (The Bermuda Triangle),
      "It's a Wonderful Leap" (angels), and
      "The Curse of Ptah-hotep" (mummies) from Season Four, and
      "Star Light, Star Bright" (UFO's) and
      "Blood Moon" (vampires) and
      "The Beast Within" ("Bigfoot") from Season Five.

    • The voice of Julian Claridge was supplied by Dean Stockwell.

    • This episode was very much a family affair for Quantum Leap. Troian is played by Deborah Pratt, who wrote many episodes of Quantum Leap and is married to creator Donald P. Bellisario, whose daughter's name is Troian. Bellisario himself played Sam's mirror image in this episode.


    • "A Portrait for Troian" is very reminiscent of "Dark Shadows," which aired from 1966 to 1971, the same time period in which the "Quantum Leap" episode took place.

    • In this episode, Al refers to Ms. Stoltz as "Lucretia Borgia".

      Historically, Lucrezia (or Lucretia) Borgia was the alleged daughter of Pope Alexander VI.

      In many artworks, novels and films, she is portrayed as a devilish femme fatale, known to ruthlessly murder those who threatened her in subtle and treacherous ways.

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