Quantum Leap

Season 4 Episode 18

It's A Wonderful Leap

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Apr 01, 1992 on NBC
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Episode Summary

May 10, 1958: Sam finds himself behind the wheel of a New York taxicab, in the life of Max Greenman, a driver striving to win his own tag, a license to drive his own cab. His mission is aided with the help of a woman who claims to be a guardian angel.moreless

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Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell

Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci

Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula

Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett

Ross Partridge

Ross Partridge

Max Greenman / Mirror

Guest Star

Ed Wasser

Ed Wasser

Young Executive

Guest Star

Frank Girardeau

Frank Girardeau

Sergeant McCann

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Angela: I'm not loud, I'm Puerto Rican!

    • Sam: (narrating) Leaping around in time, I've run into many people, but never over one.

    • Angela: Are you crazy? What are you doing to me?!
      Sam: I thought you...I was trying to save your life.
      Angela: By running me down and beating me up?!
      Sam: No, no. I thought-- I thought that your heart had stopped. I was just trying to get it started again, that's all.
      Angela: Oh, why don't you back over me a couple more times?

    • Al: This flapper is beginning to get on my nerves.
      Angela: Jes, well, he gives me the jeebie beebies.
      Sam: Heebie jeebies.
      Angela: What?
      Sam: It's, "He gives me the heebie jeebies".
      Angela: You too? (To Al:) You see, you make us both sick.

    • Sam: Angela is "angel" in Spanish
      Angela: I was born Angelita, which means "little angel", but as you can see, I grew up.
      Al: Yeah, they must serve plenty of sweets in heaven.
      Angela: You are never gonna get there, so you are never gonna know!
      Al: What do you mean?! Why not?
      Angela: There's a dress code.

    • (Al appears in the cab with Sam and Angela)
      Angela: Ugh. Look what the pig dragged in.
      Sam: It's cat.
      Angela: You never lived in Puerto Rico.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This is one of the several episodes from the series that proves, to the characters, the factuality of urban legends and supernatural phenomena. Other episodes include:
      "A Portrait for Troian" (ghosts) from Season Two, as well as
      "Temptation Eyes" (psychics),
      "Ghost Ship" (The Bermuda Triangle) and
      "The Curse of Ptah-hotep" (mummies) from Season Four, and
      "Star Light, Star Bright" (UFO's),
      "Blood Moon" (vampires) and
      "The Beast Within" ("Bigfoot") from Season Five.

    • Vaughn Armstrong, who would later play the recurring character of Admiral Forrest on "Star Trek: Enterprise", which also star Scott Bakula, appears in this episode.


    • In this episode, Al refers to Angela as Charo several times.

      Charo is a Puerto Rican singer, dancer, comedienne, actress and classical guitar player known for her flamboyant stage presence and provocative outfits (mostly, of course, for her flamboyant stage presence).

    • When Angela says she would like a ride from Sam, Al suggests that they should "take her to Bellevue, and step on it."

      In the United States, Bellevue is also an informal expression for "psychiatric hospital", due to the fame of the psychiatric services of Bellevue Hospital located in New York (where the episode takes place).

    • One of the passengers in Sam's taxi (actually, the only one we see) is a young Donald Trump. During their conversation, Sam alludes to the Trump Tower that will be built next to Tiffany's in his time.

    • Episode Title: It's A Wonderful Leap
      The title of this episode is a reference to the 1946 Frank Capra movie, "It's A Wonderful Life" starring James Stewart.