Quantum Leap

Season 3 Episode 16

Southern Comforts

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Apr 03, 1991 on NBC

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  • Funny moments.

    Not my favorite episode, but the beginning is cute. Poor Sam...And Al is funny. :-) What a perfect place for Al to be. LOL. It's touching the way Sam gets past his own feelings about being where he is and helps the abused young lady, Gina, and helps Marsha get out of prostitution.
  • Sam leaps into the owner of a New Orleans "house of ill fame" in the early 1960s. One of the women in the Southern brothel is on the run from someone, and is going to disappear for good, unless Sam can change history.


    OK, the episode takes places in a Southern brothel, which accounts for a great deal of sexual jokes and innuendos.

    Granted, the style of humor had to be sanitized for early 1990s, American network television, but if 'The Little Horror House in Texas' or 'The Cheyenne Social Club' were, in your view, beyond the pale, you might want to skip this episode and move on. Personally, I found some of the jokes funny, but this episode is not one of my favorite.

    Sam has to protect a woman who is hiding out in the brothel to escape an abusive husband.

    The social issue of domestic abuse is serious stuff and while the episode does highlight how difficult it was for abused women to find justice, the blue-sophomoric-humor surrounding the brothel mixed in with sobering issue of violence against women is not an entirely easy or proper fit.

    Some people might argue that prostitution is (essentially) another form of violence against women. Other people may have different views, but it is hard to determine which view is being shown in Quantum Leap.

    Earlier, when Sam leaped into a 'private dancer', prostitution was depicted more along the lines of something exploitative and degrading to women.

    Yet, in this episode the depiction is lighter, funnier and suggests that (religious objections aside) their is really nothing so bad about a brothel.

    These are two very different depictions of prostitution, which do a disservice to the messy and complicated social problem of prostitution.

    It is not a bad episode, in fact many of the jokes are funny, but it does get a bit hard to laugh too much when the issue of domestic abuse and prostitution are dealt with.