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Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci
Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett
Sam's Driver's License Reads as follows:
#5738457 EXP 1998
Date of Birth: 08/08/53
SEX: M HAIR: BRN EYES: GRN HEIGHT:6-00 WEIGHT: 175
P.O. BOX 555
STALLIONS SPRINGS NM
87501 is an actual zip code for Santa Fe, NM.
Despite being the series finale, this episode marks the time that Al and Sam interact the least. The two only share a single scene together.
In typical Quantum Leap style, you can visibly see several instances where character lines heard differ from what we see them say:
Sam and "Gooshie" both say Stawpah's back condition was caused by slate while their lips say "coal".
Before he leaps, Sam says "I have a wrong to set right for Al" while his lips say "I have a wrong to set right first."
Nearly every guest star in this episode appeared in a previous episode of Quantum Leap:
Susan Diol (Beth Calavicci) reprises her role from M.I.A. (Season 2)
James Whitmore Jr. (Police Captain) was, in addition to directing multiple episodes of Quantum Leap, Bob Crockett in 8 1/2 Months (Season Three) and Clayton Fuller/Mirror in Trilogy: Part 1 (Season 5),
Brad Silverman (Pete) was Jimmy/Mirror in both Jimmy and Deliver Us from Evil (Season 2 and 5, respectively),
Richard Herd (Ziggy Ziganovich) was Moe Stein in Future Boy (Season 3),
J. D. Daniels (Kid #1) was Josh in A Tale of Two Sweeties (Season 5),
John D'Aquino (Tonchi) was Frank LaMotta in Jimmy and Deliver Us from Evil (Season 2 and 5, repectively),
Dan Butler (Mutta) was Frank Dorleac in Southern Comforts (Season 3),
Michael Bellisario (Kid #2) was Martin, Jr. in A Tale of Two Sweeties (Season 5), Mike Genovese (Mr. Collins) was Don Geno Frascotti in Double Identity (Season 1), and
Bruce McGill (Bartender Al) was Weird Ernie in Genisis, the pilot episode of Quantum Leap.
Sam encounters several characters that have the same names as people who work at Project Quantum Leap, including a fellow leaper named "Gooshie" (the head programmer of PQL), a miner named "Ziggy" (the Supercomputer at PQL) and a bartender named "Al" (the Observer at PQL and Sam's best friend).
When Sam leaps to talk to Beth, the background song she is dancing to is "Georgia on My Mind" by Ray Charles. The song was excluded from the Season 2 episode ("M.I.A.") as originally aired when Universal released it on DVD; however, the song DOES appear in this episode on the DVD release.
In addition to Al creating shadows, he often walks up/down steps, hills, and his clothes even blow in the wind! Since he isn't even really there, how can this be explained?
I was also wondering about the size of the imaging chamber - the distance he walks at times means it must be the size of a football stadium!
Sam asks Al if when he leaps he turns all blue with energy and Al says he doesn't know because he's gone before he does. But in the episode "Good Morning Peoria," when on the radio station roof Al turns blue with energy and says he's leaping but Sam says he's not and just reacting to the energy from the satellite or whatever they were by on the roof. So both Sam and Al knew what it looked like to leap before this.
Throughout the series Al casts a shadow as any person standing in the same light would, except when he is walking through something. Then there is no shadow. Throughout the series: If children and animals see Sam as Sam and never who he is replacing why does Al, the person connected to Sams brain, see who he Leaps into? I.e. "What Price Gloria" Sam leaps into a beautiful woman (Samantha Stormer) and Al keeps talking about how beautiful Samantha is and says "If you weren't my best friend I'd...".
Sam: You're not just a bartender.
Al the bartender: That's true...I own the place too.
Al the bartender: The lives you touched, touched others, and those, others. You've done a lot of good, Sam Beckett, and you can do a lot more.
Sam: I know an Al who says "ca-ca."
Al the bartender: You let too much time go by and you could lose touch with reality.
Al the bartender: Where would you like to go, Sam?
Sam: Stawpah was a leaper!
Bearded Gooshie: Stawpah was Ukrainian.
Ziggy Ziganovich: [about the computer Ziggy] Not much of a looker, huh?
Sam I wouldn't let her hear you say that.
Al: (in the Imaging Chamber) Gooshie, this isn't working, I'm getting dizzy!
Sam: I was born roughly the same time I came through that door.
End Note: Dr. Sam Beckett Never Returned Home
Though it has not been verified, it has been suggested there was a third ending to the episode which leaves the door open for a subsequent movie.
After NBC cancelled the show, Donald Bellisario tried many things to try to get the show renewed. He even tried to get a stand alone movie approved in hopes to drum-up a second series.
We find out that Sam's birthday is August 8, 1953 which is remarkably similar to the birthday of Donald P. Bellisario, the show's creator, August 8, 1935.
Scott Bakula (Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett), Dean Stockwell (Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci), Dennis Wolfberg (Gooshie) and Bruce McGill (Al the bartender) are the only actors to appear in both the first and the last episodes of the series.
There were originally two endings to season 5:
1. The one that aired;
2. The one that aired, with the addition of a picture of Al and his family.
Most of the characters in this episode also appeared in previous QL episdoes. This was not originally set up to be the final episode, but a season end to another series that would have Sam leaping more into the future.
In the original network airing there were some crude jokes that everyone laughed at. These jokes have been taken out.
Bruce McGill also appeared in the first episode of the series (although presumably as a different character), adding a nice touch of synchronicity.
While in the bar, Sam watches television and sees the opening credits of Captain Z-RO, a fifties black-and-white television series that featured the time-travel. This is a parallel to one of Sam's previous leaps.
The original arrangement of the QL theme makes its only season five appearance in this episode, which uses an opening sequence edited mixing elements of the second, third, fourth, and fifth season openers.
At the end of the episode, Sam leaps back to the house of Al's first wife, Beth, and tells her that Al is alive. This was his second chance to set right what went wrong in Al's life, an alternate ending to the original outcome of Episode 31, "M.I.A.".
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