Quantum Leap

Season 2 Episode 13

Another Mother

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Jan 10, 1990 on NBC
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Another Mother

September 30, 1981: As a divorced mother of three, Sam's job of preventing his teenage son from running away, never to be seen again, is made more interesting by the fact that his youngest daughter can see both him as himself as well as Al.

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  • Sam leaps into a suburban, divorced mother of three. His hosts teenage son is going to run away, only to be kidnapped, raped and brutally murdered by two men. Meanwhile, the youngest child knows that Sam is not really her mother and can see Al.moreless

    Sam leaps into a suburban woman, divorced and with three kids to care for. The teenage son is being pressured by his Dungeon and Dragon-playing friends to lose his virginity. In the original history, his friends play a cruel joke on him, causing him to run away and get kidnapped by two violent sexual predators. We learn that Al was not a virgin at 16, but Sam was. Making things more complicated, the youngest daughter not only knows that Sam is not her mother, but can also see Al. Overall, this is a great episode. I did find it odd that Sam overtly dislikes Dungeons and Dragons, which is never really explained. Also, most of the kids that I knew who played Dungeons and Dragons were nowhere near as popular or cruel as these teenagers were.

    It is never really fully explained, but apparently their are two men driving around town looking for someone to kidnap and (it is implied) rape and then murder. They are not especially well developed villains and what they [in the original history] did with the teenage runaway is only broadly implied.

    These are very dark themes for Quantum Leap,

    especially given the fact the the scenes with the youngest child are much more lighter.moreless
Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell

Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci

Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula

Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Trivia: After Al informs Dave that he'll be a virgin for another six years, he disappears in an odd sparkly gold effect not previously or subsequently seen on the series.

    • After Sam burns the pot roast, Al's reflection can be seen for several seconds on the oven door.

    • Kevin's name is not actually revealed until Sam mentions it. He had no way of knowing it.

    • In the beginning of the episode the dog knocks over a plate of eggs and sausage, but just a split second later you can see the plate sitting back up on the counter it had just been pulled from.

    • Susan in this episode is watching an episode of Magnum, P.I. on Wednesday, September 30, 1981. The second season of Magnum began on Thursday, October 8, 1981.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Sam: (voiceover) I know I fought with my brother and sister. It's the law of sibling survival. But somehow I always remember Mom and Dad bringing us under control with a kind but firm word. (to the kids) Quiet!

    • Sam: What's the worst thing you can remember about being 15?
      Al: Who, me?
      Sam: Yeah.
      Al: Getting busted by her parents just as I was...
      Sam: Al, Al. I doubt that this has anything to do with sex.
      Al: Well, of course it... what else could it be about?

    • Sam: He's supposed to be inexperienced. He's 15.
      Al: I kno... I'll have you know when I was fif...
      Sam: The fact that you were a practicing pervert at the age of five has nothing to do with the rest of the world.
      Al: Words of wisdom from the world's most sexually backward teenager.

    • Sam: No. No, I'm not going to encourage a 15-year-old boy to have sexual intercourse.
      Teresa: What's secular undercourse?
      Al: Uh, it's a game grown-ups play.

    • Sam: Al, what if we teach him about romance?
      Al: Romance?
      Sam: I'm sure you've heard of it. The art of making someone fall in love with you.

    • Susan: Mom, I'm gonna miss Magnum.
      Sam: It's gonna run for the next eight years, okay? I think you got a little time.

    • David: Man, with a mother like that, I'd still be a virgin too.
      Al: (checking his handlink) You are still a virgin, pimple-puss. And you're gonna be a virgin for another six years.

    • Sam: Al, you think... maybe... you think maybe you could center in on Kevin just to...
      Al: What?
      Sam: Just--just to be with him.
      Al: But I can't do anything. He won't even know I'm there.
      Sam: I'll know.

    • Al: (to one of Kevin's abductors) You lay one hand on this kid, you slime bag, and I'll kill you. I don't know how, but I'll kill ya.

    • Sam: I was a virgin when I was 16.
      Kevin: You're a girl. You're supposed to be.

  • NOTES (6)

    • This is the first episode in which both Al and Sam are revealed to a sub character in the plot of the story as themselves.

    • Although he was previously heard by Miz Melanie Trafford in "The Color of Truth" and by Troian Claridge and Jimmy Giovanni in "A Portrait for Troian", this is the first episode in which Al is seen by someone other than Sam.

    • The little girl in this episode, Teresa, is played by Donald P. Bellisario's daughter Troian.

    • Magnum, P.I. which plays on a television in the background of this episode was created and produced by Quantum Leap's creator Donald P. Bellisario. Bellisario once said that he wanted to do an episode where Sam leaps into Thomas Magnum, but this never came about. The episode Susan is watching is "The Black Orchid", presumably a repeat since the episode premiered in April of 1981.

    • The opening aerial shots in this episode are the same ones used in the opening of Poltergeist (1982)

    • The series' familiar prologue makes its debut with this episode, but with a different unidentified male narrator and different music. Second season episodes before this episode feature scenes from the episode that preceded it with narration by Sam. Subsequent episodes will feature the female narrator until the end of the series.


    • Kevin: You see before you a classic example of the devastating effects brought about when parents brutally yell at their impressionable children. There's the signpost up ahead...
      Referencing the opening narration of the TV series The Twilight Zone, as spoken by series creator Rod Serling. Like Quantum Leap, TZ was an anthology, although it had no continuing character. The series used fantasy and s.f. to entertain and sometimes explore the issues of the day such as racism, pacifism, and the Vietnam War.

    • Kevin: Yeah, sending Susan is like sending Jaws to get the kids out of the pool.
      Referencing the shark from the 1975 movie Jaws, and its 1978 sequel. The movie, based on the novel by Peter Benchley, concerns a Great White Shark that attacks a small new England tourist and fishing community, and the efforts to kill it.

    • Kevin: Definitely too much Sesame Street.
      Referencing the long-running PBS children's series featuring Jim Henson's Muppet creations such as Big Bird, Burt and Ernie, Elmo, Oscar, and many more. The Muppets interact with live actors and pass on valuable lessons to children.

    • Wookiee the Dog
      Referencing the race of large fur-covered humanoid aliens seen in the Star Wars movies. Chewbacca is their primary on-screen representative, and appears in all three movies in the first trilogy (although only two of them, A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, would have aired in the episode's timeframe).

    • Many references are made to "Demons and Dragons," a game which the bullies of the show seem to enjoy. They make references to "points" and becoming a "wizard," both of which seem to be sexual in nature. It should be noted that this seems to be an attack on Dungeons & Dragons, though the game does not advocate such behavior in any way.