Quantum Leap

Season 2 Episode 6

Good Morning, Peoria

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Nov 08, 1989 on NBC
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Episode Summary

September 9, 1959: Rock 'n' roll is about to become big, but not in Peoria. That is, unless Sam, as DJ Howlin' Chick Howell, can manage to keep the radio station where he's employed from being shut down by overly conservative town elders.

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  • Loved this one....

    This was a great episode. I loved the Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam impression. Scott did great job with that. :-)
  • A good episode made better if you like fifties rock 'n' roll music.

    Episodes that play with known history are always just a bit more fun, in this case Sam teaching Chubby Checker to do the Twist. Sam leaps into a DJ, Howlin' Chick Howell, and with some prompting from Al and some memory of the movie Good Morning Vietnam, he manages to create a radio show that has the kids of Peoria jumpin'. The local older townsfolk are less impressed, believing rock 'n' roll was the devil's music and the disintegration of young people's morality and society in general. Newspaper editor Beeman wants the radio station to stop playing this music and manages to get a law passed to this end.

    Enforcing it is another matter as Sam and the station owner, Rachel, barricade themselves in the studio and continue to play the music. Despite progressively dirtier tricks by Beeman and his cohorts, including the mayor and the sheriff, Sam's ingenuity wins the day.

    Beeman is reminded of the constitution and the freedom of speech via an editorial he himself wrote some years ago. Accepting defeat, Beeman is led away by his wife while the young people of the town celebrate their music being played, and Sam gets the girl.

    This episode features lots of music and Sam being an over-the-top DJ with the help of Al's usual witty remarks. An example of an episode where the bad guy is more the system rather than a person, and although Sam helps Rachel he is helping society at large.

    Some good Sam and Al moments and terrific Al costumes (always a highlight in every episode) make this an entertaining stand alone episode. No new information gained on the main characters, but worth watching.moreless
  • this episode is awesome i love how the people keep trying to stop the radio station from airing rock and roll and SAM somehow SAM keeps countering their moves.

    i loved this episode it was one of my favorites of season 2 love rock music and this was hilarious the adults couldn't even stop them from airing the rock songs SAM was just to smart for them they killed the power sam fixed the back up generator they cut the cable that brodcasted the shows sam did that weird thing on the roof sam was just invinsible they were screwed from the begining

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  • Music to my ears

    Legal issues licensing the background music to many episodes of Quantum Leap had held up the dvd release for some time. Infact prior to this, in the UK at least, only several episodes had even made it to video, due to the evocative use of period music. This episode is a classic in its 1959 setting as Rock 'n' Roll music threatens the fabric of moral American society, and without its music, it just wouldn't work. Thankfully, tracks from guest star Chubby Checker, Elvis, Chuck Berry and a host of Rock 'n' Roll stars give this episode a stirring atmosphere.moreless
Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell

Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci

Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula

Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Sam: There was a poem -- in high school, I think -- that I never forgot. Until now. I think it ended with, "And everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned; the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity."

      Sam is quoting from the poem "The Second Coming" by William Butler Yeats; the lines come not from the end of the poem but from the last section of the first stanza.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Rachel: (to Sam) If you're late tomorrow, you're fired.
      Al: Sounds like love to me.

    • Beeman: I carry a lot of weight in this town!
      Al: Yeah, and a lot of it is hanging over your belt.

    • Sam: I'd like to read you something we found in our news files dates August 16, 1945, the day after the Japanese surrendered and World War II ended, "The guns are silent now and so are many of the men whose hands once held them. Never again will they see their wives or mothers. Never again will they hear their children laugh. And never again will they smell the sweet scents of home. And for what? For what did these husbands and fathers, these brothers and sons, give their lives so many thousands of miles from home? I say it was for one word, and that word is freedom. The freedom to pray. To write. To speak. To feel. To be. As we see fit, and not as others would dictate to us. To this freedom, which has been so dearly bought for us, it is up to us, the living, to dedicate our lives and our futures... to its eternal protection." These words were written by Frederick Beeman, the editor of the Peoria Dispatch. And I sincerely hope that Mr. Beeman would see it in his heart that all we are looking for here is... a little freedom, too.

    • Sam: It's like I've been given a license to play!

    • Al: If we're going down in smoke...I'll help you pick out the records.

    • Sam: You know sometimes weird things just happen.
      Rachel: Yeah, like unemployment.

    • Al: (trying to help Sam seduce the girl) Good, Sam. Now, come on, make a move. Now, go in for the kill now, that's it, now move in real fast like you're gonna kiss her real hard but then... (Sam and Rachel are kissing deeply) looks like you've already got the hang of it... Well, geez Louise, it looks like you've got everything under control here... Maybe you should put on a long-playing record?

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