Quantum Leap

Season 4 Episode 21

Stand Up

Aired Friday 12:00 AM May 13, 1992 on NBC
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Episode Summary

April 30, 1959: Sam, as the singing half of a comedy team, soon finds that trying to convince two people that they're truly in love is no laughing matter, especially when one of them is the object of a sleazy casino owner's desire.

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  • Good episode

    Not my all time favorite, but funny in a lot of ways. I'd have loved it if they'd included Scott singing all of "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" instead of just part of it. He has such a wonderful voice.
Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell

Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci

Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula

Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett

Robert Miranda

Robert Miranda

Carlo DeGrigorio

Guest Star

Amy Yasbeck

Amy Yasbeck

Frankie Washarskie

Guest Star

Mark Lonow

Mark Lonow

Lou Collins

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When the club owner is yelling at Sam and Frankie, Mack exits the room to yell at him because he could hear him through the door.

      However, prior to the argument, Frankie was leaning against the same door and talking loudly to Sam, yet Mack didn't hear her.

    • Sam leaps into the middle of a sketch with Mack, and the first thing Sam hears is Mack say "and what did the cop say?", to which Sam looks around confused.

      Mack then sets the joke up again for Sam, only to lead into the puchline by asking "so, what did you say?", completely changing the punchline of the joke, a feat which would have been equally as hard for the man Sam has leaped into.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Sam: I thought you said he loved her.
      Al: Yeah, well, he does. It's the Woody Allen theory. "I don't like myself, so if you like me, you must be a horrible person"... (Wondering) ...or maybe that's the Groucho Marx theory.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode's two main guest stars, Bob Saget and Amy Yasbeck, have steady careers as comedians outside of this episode.

      Saget is best known for his role as Danny Tanner on the family sitcom Full House as well as his long-standing career as a stand-up comedian and comedy writer.

      Yasbeck has starred in such projects as Problem Child and Problem Child 2, but is perhaps best known for her role as Casey Davenport on the television sitcom Wings.


    • Al: It's the Woody Allen theory. "I don't like myself, so if you like me, you must be a horrible person"... (Wondering) ...or maybe that's the Groucho Marx theory.

      Woody Allen is an acclaimed film writer, director, and actor known for his portrayals of nerdy, neurotic men, usually with low self-esteem. Groucho Marx was a member of the famous Marx Brothers, a group of brother comedians that appeared in vaudeville, stage plays, film, and television. Each had their own persona while performing, and Groucho was the "surly fast-talking one."

    • Two notable allusions: Mack calls Frankie "Sigmund Freud" and Sam calls Al "Dr. Jung."

      Sigmund Freud was a world-renown psychotherapist who specialized in the workings of the subconscious mind; his most notable contribution to pop culture is the "Freudian Slip," where an individual blurts out what they were thinking during conversation. Ironically, Freud's work often involved repressed sexual desires, and Mack, who has a intimate attraction to Frankie but is afraid to admit it, is calling her Freud, a possible Freudian Slip.

      Dr. Carl Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and founder of analytical psychology. Jung and Freud's works are considered the basis of modern Psychology.

    • During this episode, several famous comedy acts are mentioned by name and are used to inspire the trio's act in Las Vegas:
      Laurel & Hardy, Abbott & Costello, Martin & Lewis, Burns & Allen, the Three Stooges, Elaine May and Mike Nichols, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and Fannie Bryce.

      Sam, in particular, parodies Steve Allen's "Man on the Street" act while interviewing Frankie and Mack as they portray "Supergirl and Superman".

    • Frankie calls Mack "Joe Louis on a bad night."

      Joe Louis was a heavyweight boxing champion who held his title for 11 years with 25 successful defenses. In 2005, he was named the greatest heavyweight of all time by the International Boxing Research Organization.

    • Just before Sam leaps out in the episode's end, Al says "Say goodnight, Gracie" and casually flicks his cigar ashes.

      This is a direct homage to George Burns, a famous comedian who would do the same thing when "signing off" in his act with Gracie Allen, his wife, also a comedian.

      (In the beginning of their partnership, Gracie played the straight character and George had the funny lines. When George realized Gracie got more laughs, he switched their roles.

      Non-coincidentally, Al says this is the same thing that Mack and Frankie do after Sam leaps out. Clearly George Burns and Gracie Allen are the basis for Mack and Frankie, although creative liberties are taken.)

    • Al calls one of DeGrigorio's henchman "the Terminator."

      The Terminator is a famous 1984 science fiction film in which a cyborg travels back in time to kill his enemy's mother before she gives birth to humanity's savior, who defeats the cyborgs in a genocidal war.

      The cyborg (commonly called The Terminator by fans, although he is never referred to by this in the film) is played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, well known body builder turned actor turned politician.

      Al is implying the henchman is a large, scary killing machine.

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