Quantum Leap

Season 2 Episode 18

Pool Hall Blues

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Mar 14, 1990 on NBC
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Pool Hall Blues
September 4, 1954: In order to help his granddaughter save a small bar from the slimy loan shark holding a note on the place, Sam has to play pool like a pro...with a little help from Al and Ziggy.

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  • There's nothing groundbreaking in this episode, but it's well written and has some great elements.

    "Pool Hall Blues" gives Al a chance to share with Sam another tidbit of his personal history when Sam Leaps into the life of Charlie "Black Magic" Waters, a professional pool shark that Al spent several months with back when he ran away from the orphanage. "Black Magic" taught Al a little bit about pool, which in turn allows Al to show Sam a trick or two he'll need to beat a slimy loan shark at the game.

    This episode shows how quickly Sam can pick up skills on the fly (in this case, shooting an expert game of pool), even when he can't rely on his photographic memory to memorize a script or piece of music or playbook. Granted, Al is available with Ziggy to show Sam where and how to shoot, but Sam quickly figures out how much force to give to his shot.

    Maybe I'm just partial to episodes set in the 50's, or episodes where Sam is Leapt into a character out of his element (in this case, a black pool shark), but this is probably one of my favorite episodes. Also of note is Scott Bakula demonstrating his wonderful vocal talents when he joins "Black Magic"'s granddaughter in an impromptu duet at the piano. (Seems like his memory's recovered quite a bit since he Leaped into the blind pianist during "Blind Faith")moreless
Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell

Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci

Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula

Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett

J.W. Smith

J.W. Smith

Eddie Davies

Guest Star

Teddy Wilson

Teddy Wilson

Jimmy Grady

Guest Star

Ken Foree

Ken Foree

The Brush

Guest Star

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Sam is singing at the piano with Violet he's wearing a clean white undershirt. But when he gets up to talk to Al the front of his undershirt is drenched with sweat.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Grady: Son, do you know who you are playing? This is Charlie "Black Magic" Walters. The greatest pool player in the world-including Chicago.

    • Al: Oh, Sam, not the head again. Every time we leap in, we gotta go talk in the men's room. It's disgusting.
      Sam: Can you think of a better place to talk?
      Al: The ladies' room.

    • Sam: You know, uh, I kinda woke up with this great idea this morning. Uh, I think I know how we can keep the club without havin' to play Eddie.
      Violet: It doesn't involve a cement mixer or anything?

    • Sam: (to a black loan officer in 1954) You've made it. Maybe it took you twice as long, but you've made it. And being the first bears some responsibility to those who are trying to make it behind you.

    • Sam: You feelin' blue?
      Violet: It's good for the singin'.
      Sam: Hard on the soul.

    • Violet: Hot tonight, Eddie?
      Eddie: That depends on what game I'm playin'.
      Violet: The one I have in mind is pretty old.
      Eddie: Yeah, I think I know that one. I've been waitin' a long time to play it.

    • Sam: (to Al, after Al shows him the geometry of the pool table) Pythagoras, we are gonna shoot some pool!

    • Grady: Sweet shot, now you're hot. Magic's on the Nine.
      Eddie: I told you to shut up!
      Grady: Well, telling don't mean doing.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music: Stormy Weather (Billie Holliday, sung by Shari Headley), He'll Be There (Velton Ray Bunch, Jerry Grant, sung by Scott Bakula and Shari Headley)