Quantum Leap

Season 2 Episode 22

M.I.A.

4
Aired Friday 12:00 AM May 09, 1990 on NBC
9.5
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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.

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  • Al Feels,and Sam Saves

    10
    In this episode,we learn more about Al than in previous episode.In this episode we learn that the woman that Sam thinks he is suppose to prevent from marrying another Man when her husband is M.I.A.(this episodes title) is actually Al's wife Beth.Al did'nt tell Sam this because he thought that he could have another chance to change his(Al's life).Sam believes that this is not the reason that he has leaped in this time.He is correct.Sam's real purpose is to save the life of an undercover detective.I feel for Al in this episode,like no other.Sam saves the Detective.Al gets to spend the remaining Leap with his wife Beth,who although cannot see,or hear Al,and Al cannot touch her can still feel her inwardly.Happily though they will both reunite in the final episode,thanks to Sam's final leap.moreless
  • Possibly the best episode in the series, and definitely the best "Al" episode.

    10
    Wow...Dean Stockwell should have gotten an Emmy for his performance here. Sam leaps into the body of an undercover cop in the same city as Al's first wife, Beth, and Al becomes convinced that Sam is there to keep his younger self (who is MIA in Vietnam) and her together. Unfortunately, Sam is there for another reason.



    When Al cries at the end, "God, I love her..." I nearly lost it myself, and I never cry over TV shows. Everyone has already mentioned how the stupid DVD does not have "Georgia on my Mind" which does to some extent ruin the last moments, but seeing Al, as a hologram, dancing with Beth is such a beautiful moment. This is one of those must-see episodes.moreless
  • One of the best.

    10
    This is the episode which really gives us an insight into Al and why he is the way he is. For 2 seasons, they built him up to be something of a pig when it came to relationships with women and then knocked it all down with this one. His desperation to get back the only woman he's ever truly loved is heartbreaking to watch and that final scene always brings tears to my eyes, no matter how many times I watch it.



    Dean Stockwell gave a fantastic performance in this episode. I really felt for him, particularly in the scene where he is walking around Beth's house alone.



    Another thing that I have to give a thumbs up for is the soundtrack to the episode. Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye are both favourites of mine, and this episode is the thing that began my love affair with Ray Charles.



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  • Sam leaps in to a Police Officer and according to Al, his mission is to stop a woman from marrying a lawyer while her husband is MIA in Vietnam. This episode has one of the most beautiful scenes at the end involving 'Georgia on my Mind' and Al.moreless

    10
    This episode is one of the reasons this show is so great. Emotional resonance, great story telling. In short, the perfect quantum Leap.

    From the beginning, we are drawn into Al's obsession with stopping a woman from marrying a Lawyer, as her husband is MIA in Vietnam. Al seems to be too emotionally involved in this leap.

    The performances of Dean Stockwell and Scott Bakula are amazing, but in the end, Dean steals this show.

    This is one of the best episodes of Quantum Leap, and is a must see for any fan.

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  • Very good Episode

    9.2
    I just watched this episode of Quantum Leap off of the second season dvd and I thought that it was one of the best episodes in the whole season. I know that the song Georgia On My Mind isn't at the end of the episode on the dvd that I have but to me the episode was still good. I thought that it was sad and heartwarming when Al and Beth got to dance at the end. We didn't know that Al's first wife had left him because she thought that he was dead so it was good to learn that. Overall this was an excellent episode of Quantum Leap.moreless
Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell

Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci

Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula

Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett

Susan Diol

Susan Diol

Beth Calavicci

Guest Star

Norman Large

Norman Large

Dirk Simon

Guest Star

Dan Ziskie

Dan Ziskie

Sergeant Riley

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Al and Beth Calavicci are dancing at the end, Beth and Al are touching which is imposible because Al is a hologram. According to the episode script, this was a miracle granted by the higher power in control of Quantum Leap, and Beth actually acknowledges Al's presence as the episode ends.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Sam: What did Jake do wrong that I'm here to put right?
      Al: You mean besides putting on your panty girdle backwards?

    • Sam: But don't you think all these coincidences are a little strange... if--if he doesn't want Beth and Dirk to fall in love?
      Al: If he is the only one at work here. But you seem to be forgetting about... (points downward) him.
      Sam: I don't believe in the devil, Al.
      Al: Yeah, well, maybe you would if you were locked up in a tiger cage that was too small for you to stand up in and too narrow for you to sit down in, where you had to exist on... on weevil-infested rice and any rainwater you could catch in your mouth. And the only thing that kept you alive was the memory of the woman you love. And if you survive that, when you come home, you find out that your wife has run off with some other guy! There's a devil, Sam, and he's trying to destroy Beth's life.

    • Sam: Al, if you close that door, don't ever open it again.

    • Al: God, I love her. Beth is the only woman I really ever loved. She's the only one I ever wanted to grow old with. That's why all my marriages never worked after that. Sam, if you're lucky, life is gonna give you one shot at true love. And Beth was mine.

    • Al: I want you to wait for me, Beth. Don't give up, honey. Because I'm alive out there. And I'm only alive because of our love. And someday... Oh, Beth. Someday, I'm gonna come back home to you.

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