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April 7, 1970: As a Navy SEAL in his own brother's squad, Sam must determine whether he is there to save Tom's life or ensure the success of the mission on which his brother was killed. Sam also finds that he could have changed another life closer to home, if only he'd known...moreless
November 25, 1969: As himself at the age of 16, Sam experiences an emotional leap when has the opportunity to both win the high school basketball championship and save his family from their sad fates.
April 1, 1969: When Sam leaps into the life of an undercover cop, Al explains that his mission is to convince a navy nurse that her MIA husband is still alive, and to prevent her from marrying a lawyer she meets on the day Sam leaps in. But a series of coincidences causes Sam to wonder about the true nature of his mission.moreless
October 3, 1954: Leaping into Sam Beederman, a mental patient who is suffering from acute depression, Sam receives an overloaded electroshock treatment, which causes his Swiss-cheesed memory to be replaced by personae from previous Leaps, all of which occurred on future dates. Al, finding himself visible to the mentally absent, must try to complete Sam's mission, and convince him to take another shock treatment, in order to leap Sam out before contact is lost forever.moreless
October 14, 1964: Since mainstreaming the mentally retarded is not yet a popular concept, Sam must help Jimmy LaMotta, the "slow" young man he's leaped into, get a job and gain his coworkers' acceptance, in order to prevent his brother from returning Jimmy to the institution where he previously lived.
August 8, 1955: In the life of Jesse Tyler, an aging black chauffeur, Sam must face discrimination in the South while trying to prevent the death of an elderly white woman. Actions motivated by his own belief in equality cause violent reactions, as Sam tries to convince one of the pillars of the community to change her views on racism and the futility of trying to change a society for the better.moreless
September 13, 1956: Although the Project Quantum Leap isn't ready yet, Sam Beckett doesn't listen to supercomputer Ziggy, hops into the Accelerator and leaps. As Tom Stratton, an Air Force test pilot, Sam finds his memory Swiss cheesed, with only enough left to know that he is not where or when he belongs. Al explains that the Project has gone awry and that the only way Sam can leap out is by flying the X-2 to Mach 3.moreless
September 13, 1956: As Tom Stratton, Sam comforts his (Tom's) wife and prevents her from having a premature birth. This is what he was sent to do, allowing him to leap home (he hopes). But instead of leaping home, he leaps into Ken Fox, a minor league baseball player in Texas at the end of the 1968 season.moreless
May 12, 1971: "Just think of someplace far away" is the advice Sam hears as he leaps into Jesus Ortega, a Cuban-American being strapped into an electric chair. A last-second stay of execution gives Sam just forty-eight hours to either prove himself innocent or fulfill his mission so that he can leap before the Big Switch is pulled, but the hardest part of this mission will be figuring out the real reason for his leap.moreless
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.
June 6, 1961: As a high school teenager, Sam must prevent his sister from marrying an abusive drinker before the wedding takes place in three days. Sam remembers that his own sister had a similar problem and he was unable to help, and he vows not to fail this time.
February 6, 1964: Although the concert pianist he leaps into is blind, a fact, which bothers his girlfriend's disapproving mother, Sam can still see. At least until an exploding flashbulb blinds him at the crucial moment: when he must rescue his girlfriend from a serial killer.
October 31, 1964: Things do more than go bump in the night when Sam leaps into Joshua Rey, a horror novelist, on Halloween. Although Ziggy claims he's there to prevent the death of a church deacon, things go awry when a string of people connected to Joshua suddenly begin to die under very strange circumstances.moreless