Quantum Leap

Season 5 Episode 14

Dr. Ruth

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Jan 19, 1993 on NBC
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Episode Summary

April 25, 1985: While Sam is in 1985, running her radio talk show, playing matchmaker to her producers, and trying to help a young secretary who's being sexually harassed by her boss, Dr. Ruth Westheimer spends her time in the Waiting Room, counseling Al on his feelings towards his five wives, as well as his relationship with Tina.moreless

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Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell

Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci

Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula

Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • This is the first time we get to see what a leap looks like from the waiting room.

    • When Sam asks Al to check Ziggy's records for a girl called Annie, Al tells him it won't be easy because there where 6,280 girls named Annie living in Manhattan in 1984.

      This, however, would have no relevance; Sam leaps into 1985.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (3)

    • As Sam leaped into a woman in the previous episode, this marks the first time we see Sam leap into women twice in a row.

    • It is never explained why it is that the person in the waiting room is replaced immediately, while Sam can be bouncing around in time for a while between leaps (as we hear in season 1), but maybe it just happens to be that this specific leap was immediate and Sam isn't bouncing for very long this time.

    • This is Sam's only leap into a still-living real-life celebrity. On two other occasions Sam has leaped into deceased figures (Lee Harvey Oswald, Elvis Presley).


    • When Sam as Dr. Ruth is telling Annie's boss about filing a sexual harrassment suit, a lady in the elevator calls to a woman named Anita. Anita then asks her friend if she heard what was said.

      This is alluding to Anita Hill, who is best known for accusing Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his 1991 Senate confirmation hearing.