Quantum Leap

Season 1 Episode 2

Genesis (2)

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Mar 26, 1989 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary


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.


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  • Still stuck in 1956, Sam is daunted by the fact that he is expected to pilot the experimental X-2 jet any day now. Later, he leaps, but instead of returning home, finds himself as a baseball player in 1968. A good conclusion to this Pilot story...moreless

    (Review continued from Part 1)

    As this very decent Pilot continues, Sam is faced with the prospect of having to fly an experimental jet – despite the fact that he doesn't know how to fly. This leads to a great sequence as Al "ghost pilot"s him.

    For a TV budget, I find the setting of 1950s era to be quite good (grainy stock footage, as noted in my review for Part 1, aside); I also like how, after the initial opening sequence of Part 1, we see very little of the 'present day' in the series, bar a couple of future exceptions. (By the way, 'present day' loosely seems to have been about 1995, although it was never over-definite).

    After the completion of this first "mission", Sam leaps into a Texas baseball player in 1968. After the main meat of the story, this leap seems a bit limp and tacked on; it feels very much like a "…and look what sorts of other adventures Sam might have, folks", and only really serves as an opportunity to address some of the technical elements of the series.

    It does, however, allow for the wonderful scene where Sam phones home, to hear his late father's voice - although I felt that the dubbing of the actor playing Young Sam's voice with Bakula's own, to be too noticeable and distracting from the scene. (By the way, the phoning-deceased-partent-while-travelling-though-time idea wasn't unique to 'Quantum Leap', the character Jetto does similar in the episode 'Summer of '45' of the criminally short-lived 'The Highwayman', which was produced a year before this Pilot; I think there are also a couple of other smilar examples in TV history).

    The phone call sequence saves the limp and rather pointless 'baseball leap' from marring the Pilot too badly; and as a result, this remains a very respectable and watchable Pilot to the great series. Like Part 1, I give this half 9 out of 10.moreless
  • Conclusion of Pilot

    This episode was the conclusion of the pilot episode. I thought that it was as good as the first episode. Sam Beckett even got to talk to his dead father and I thought that that scene was very nice. The leap out sequence was good and I can't wait to see the next episode. Overall- Good Conclusion
Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula

Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett

Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell

Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci

John Allen Nelson

John Allen Nelson

Captain "Bird Dog" Birdell

Guest Star

W.K. Stratton

W.K. Stratton

Dr. Berger

Guest Star

Newell Alexander

Newell Alexander

Young Sam

Guest Star

Dennis Wolfberg

Dennis Wolfberg


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Al: All right. One end of this string represents your birth. The other end, your death. You tie the ends together, and your life is a loop. Ball the loop... and the days of your life touch each other out of sequence. Therefore, leaping from one point of the string to another...
      Sam: Would move you backward or forward within your own lifetime.
      Al: Which is our project--Quantum Leap!

    • Sam: Al! I wish you would stop doing that.
      Al: What?
      Sam: Walking through things.
      Al: Well, you want me to walk around something that isn't even here? All right, I'll walk around it.

    • Sam: There's gotta be another way.
      Al: The next one's only got a 52% chance of working.
      Sam: I'll take it.
      Al: It required you to be at ground zero during an atomic detonation. You asked.
      Sam: What else have you got?
      Al: This isn't a shopping list, you know. The odds drop into the low teens after that. Your best shot is freezing the brain until all electrical activity has ceased.
      Sam: That's called death.
      Al: I never said it would be easy.

    • (after Bird Dog sings "Yellow Rose of Texas" on radio)
      Weird Ernie: If you don't clear this radio, Captain Birdell, the only yellow rose you'll be seeing will be the one I'll shove up your afterburners.

    • Sam: Where the hell were you?
      Al: I was at the Lakers game. It went into overtime.
      Sam: A ball game? I nearly died because you were at a ball game?
      Al: It wasn't just a ball game. It was a play-off game. At the party later, I met this dish named Martha.
      Sam: I guess I can thank God you didn't spend the night with this Martha.
      Al: Well, I did.

    • Al: Come on, I hate to miss the game.
      Sam: You already know how it's going to end.
      Al: I knew how it was gonna end when I took Brenda into the filing room. I still took her.

    • Sam: Why didn't I leap all the way?
      Al: Twelve years in a blink isn't bad, pal. A couple more of those you'll be back home.
      Sam: If I leap forward again. What if I leap back?
      Al: That is always possible.
      Sam: In other words, I could be bouncing around in time forever?
      Al: No. Nobody lives forever.

    • Sam: Who created this Ziggy?
      Al: You. Quantum Leap is your project, Sam. You're the genius behind it. At least you were before your brain got magna-foozled.
      Sam: No, no. See, I'm a medical doctor. I found that much out.
      Al: You hold six doctorates, Sam. Medicine is just one of them. Your special gift was quantum physics. Time magazine even called you the next Einstein. The truth is... if there's one guy who could figure how to bring you back... it's you.
      Sam: And I can't even remember my name.
      Al: (finally relents) It's Beckett. Sam Beckett.

    • Sam: You know, maybe this quantum leaping isn't such a bad deal after all. Getting a second chance to put things right, to make the world a better place. Who knows what I can accomplish before I'm done.

    • Al: You're gonna fly to center.
      Sam: Fox flied out to center. I'm not Fox.
      Al: (chuckles) Yeah, well, you're not Roy Hobbs either.

    • Sportscaster: (advertising a funeral home) When it comes to that final out in life, whether you pop out, ground out or fly out, remember: Shneck and Shneck will always be there to bring you home.

  • NOTES (2)


    • The reference to Roy Hobbs, as well as the bolt of lightning after Al makes the comment, are references to the movie The Natural.