Quantum Leap

Season 4 Episode 12

Running For Honor

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Aired Friday 12:00 AM Jan 15, 1992 on NBC
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  • The official Quantum Leap "gay episode".

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    Quantum Leap had lesbian villians in "One Strobe Over the Line" and "Goodnight Dear Heart", but "Running For Honor" is a noble attempt to address gay rights concerns (as the series did with civil rights and feminism) that ends up with too many questions and cop-outs.

    Sam leaps into a BMOC (Big Man on Campus) at an east coast navy college that has a 4.0 GPA, the school's race track star and dating the general's younger daughter. He seems to have it all, but for some reason is risking it to help out Philip Ashcroft, a former BMOC and Sam's host former roomate who was kicked out of the college when it was discovered that he was gay.

    In keeping with the rules of time travel, Sam is not sure if his host is gay or not. Ziggy says it is about a 88% likelyhood, but throughout the episode Sam is not sure if he is "just like" Philip (who lives in a warehouse and manages to publish an gay newspaper) or simply a shy kid helping out a friend.

    Yet either way, Sam feels that a person's "choice" of a "sexual peference" should not be grounds for discrimination, and lectures Al who is not comfortable with gays in the military (implying that in the Qunatum Leap future that gay people might be not truely free). Their are plently of interesting loss ends in the episode (i.e. when Philip decides to publish a list of all the gay cadets), but everything quickly focuses on Sam trying to prevent Philip from being the victim of a gang of navy cadets that have been bashing gays.

    The obvious message is simple; gay-bashing is wrong and the episode's theme could be read as a larger endorsement for gay rights. However, the episode has too many unanswered questions in its storyline, much of the diolgoue initially seems to be defending straight, but senititive guys to ensure that Sam does not have to leap into a host that was in a relationship.

    Incidentialy, the official Quantum Leap comic book series had a comic sequal (Up Against A Stonewall) to the episode "Good Night, Dear Heart" that took place during the Stonewall rebellion.



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