Quantum Leap

Season 2 Episode 20

Maybe Baby

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Apr 04, 1990 on NBC
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March 11, 1963: Babysitting a kidnapped tot and a flaky, compulsively lying stripper keeps Sam busy as they cross Texas, on the run from the legal father and a squad of cops.

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  • A rather mediocre episode for Season Two, and one that has Sam acting completely unlike himself.

    Following close on the heels of "Leaping In Without a Net" is "Maybe Baby" in the march of mediocrity for Quantum Leap's second season. In this episode, Sam aids a stripper in kidnapping a baby and racing it across the state line, despite protests from Al that this isn't what he's here to do.

    Now granted, Ziggy turns out to be wrong about this particular Leap, but it's odd for Sam to be so trusting to someone who's proven herself untrustworthy. (He catches the stripper in several lies) This is also the first time that Ziggy's been way off base with the available data for a Leap, and there's no explanation for why. All in all, it was a rather odd episode for the series, and not one of my favorites.moreless
Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell

Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci

Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula

Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett

Julie Brown

Julie Brown

Bunny O'Hare

Guest Star

Jimmie Ray Weeks

Jimmie Ray Weeks

Sheriff Barnes

Guest Star

Travis McKenna

Travis McKenna

Deputy Sheriff Sutton

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Although this episode takes place in 1963, the Barbie doll that Bunny buys looks like a #4 ponytail from 1960. The white box that the doll was in wasn't her original box. It's one of the foldable boxes in which dealers display Barbies during doll shows.
      The vinyl cases shown were from 1968 (showing a doll with long straight hair and a yellow striped outfit) and 1969 (which looked like a wavy blue frame around a doll in a dress). Even though it is commonplace now to give Barbie dolls to baby girls, it was unheard of in 1963.

    • When Al is trying to calm the baby down, he appears to grab a sock out of the laundry basket and puts it on his hand, which he shouldn't be able to do because he's a hologram. However, he is actually pulling off his own sock which, like him, remains a hologram and in the future. Additionally, the laundry basket has white clothes and Al has a red sock.

    • When Sam is examining his reflection, he says "I've got a gold tooth." His reflection's mouth doesn't move during this line.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Al: Why's everyone applauding? Did I miss something?
      Sam: Bunny just stripped for gas money.
      Al: So, she stripped. What do ya mean... She stripped! And I missed it! Sam, I'm the Observer on this project and I should have been here to observe it.

  • NOTES (0)


    • This episode is named after the '50s rock song Maybe Baby, by Buddy Holly. Sam also met and influenced Buddy Holly in the Season 1 episode How the Tess Was Won.

      Whether by coincidence or not, Buddy Holly also had a hit song entitled Oh Boy.

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