Quantum Leap

Season 3 Episode 13

Future Boy

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Mar 13, 1991 on NBC
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Episode Summary

October 6, 1957: Sam leaps Kenny Sharp, better known as "Future Boy", sidekick to Moe Stein's "Captain Galaxy", host of the kid's show, "Time Patrol," who also happens to be building a time machine in his basement. Unless Sam can prevent Moe's daughter from attempting to have her father committed, Moe is destined to be killed as he tries to hop a freight train.moreless

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  • Richard Herd

    It's Herd's performance as the eccentric (and possibly just plain crazy) Moe Stein that really makes this one worth watching. There's a ridiculous scene where he jumps through a window late in the episode, but I was willing to forgive that due to how great Herd is here. You're fascinated by his imagination (his theory on time travel is very similar to Sam's), but also worried that he may be pushing things too far, not to mention how the close minded masses viewed people with vivid imaginations at that time. It's a shame Herd didn't get any kind of awards recognition for his work here.moreless
Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell

Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci

Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula

Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett

Richard Herd

Richard Herd

Moe Stein / Capt. Galaxy

Guest Star

Debra Stricklin

Debra Stricklin

Irene Kiner

Guest Star

George Wyner

George Wyner

Ben Harris

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • At the end of the episode a letter from Sam as a little boy is read asking what is Captain Galaxy's theory on time travel. Captain Galaxy starts talking about a "string" theory, which is the same string theory that Sam uses for Quantum Leaping. When Sam and Moe "travel through time", Moe refers to it as a Time Leap, yet another instance of Captain Galaxy inspiring Sam's Quantum Leap project.

    • When they are recording the television show at the begining of the episode, the director is standing in front of the camera and the recording light is off. When the camera angle is switched we see the camera taping the show now has the recording light on and the director is not standing in front of it. This switches back and forth a few times.

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  • NOTES (1)


    • Before leaping out the window, Moe calls out "I'll see you in the future!", a famous line from all three movies in the "Back to the Future" movie trilogy, also about a man sent back in time trying to get back to the present.

    • While looking for him in his home, Sam calls Moe's name several times, after which he calls out to Larry and Curly in jest after he doesn't get any answer.

      Larry, Curly, and Moe are the names of the famous "Three Stooges", a popular television and movie franchise.

    • Moe corrects Sam after he talks about William Shakespeare's "Macbeth", telling him to refer to it as "The Scottish Play" instead, telling him it is bad luck to call it "Macbeth".

      This, according to both professional and amateur actors, is actually true. An old theatre superstition says to never refer to Macbeth by its actual name because it brings bad luck. If actors do so, even on accident, they are encouraged to correct their mistake by undergoing various superstitious remedies, such as turning around in a doorway three times, saying the title under their breath a given number of times, or any other various actions that may reverse the ill omen.

      Luckily, Sam isn't asked to do any such thing.