Quantum Leap

Season 5 Episode 6

Star Light, Star Bright

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Oct 27, 1992 on NBC
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Episode Summary

May 21, 1966: Sam leaps into a 79-year-old man whose son wants to have him committed when he claims to have seen UFOs. Sam is kept busy as he tries to keep the family together, prevent the future drug overdose of "his" grandson, and avoid the sinister plans of the military, all before the next anticipated UFO sighting.moreless

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  • Pretty Good Episode

    I just watched this episode and I think that it was a pretty good episode. Sam had to try to convince hie famliy that he wasn't making up the ufo's that he saw. He also had to stop the man he lept into grandson's from overdosing from drus. The ending of this episode was really cool when they gae Sam the truth serum and Sam told the agents his real name and other things. I also liked the very end of this episode when Sam, the dad, the grandson and both of the agents saw the spaceship. Overall this episode was pretty good.moreless
Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell

Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci

Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula

Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett

Joshua Cox

Joshua Cox

Officer Milardi

Guest Star

Morgan Weisser

Morgan Weisser

Tim Stoddard

Guest Star

Guy Boyd

Guy Boyd

John Stoddard

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Al makes reference to Sam's leap into Lee Harvey Oswald.

    • In this episode it is revealed that Sam's SSN is 563-86-9801, which according to the government means that he was born in California, yet it other episodes it is clear that he was born and raised in Indiana.

    • Sam plays "Glory, Glory Hallelujah" in the style of Jimi Hendrix.

    • Several musician references are made throughout the episode, including Tim and Sam's favorites: Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, and Jimi Hendrix, as well as several musicians who succumbed to drug overdose: Jimi Hendrix (mentioned again), Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones, and Elvis Presley.

      Woodstock, the famous concert in upstate New York in 1969, is mentioned as well.

    • Joshua Cox (Officer Milardi) is best known for his recurring role as David Corwin on the acclaimed science fiction drama Babylon 5.

    • In the opening teaser, when Sam says "Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!", his lips visibly do not match.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Hardy: When you're riding alone in the car, don't you ever rehearse conversations or things you wish you've said?
      Meadows: Yeah, sure I do, but he's not in a car. He's on a public dock. And, I usually don't wave my arms around and pace back and forth like a caged animal. Next thing you know, he'll be foaming at the mouth.

    • Tim: Grandpa, you're the last real Space Cadet.
      Sam: You have no idea.

  • NOTES (2)

    • In this episode. we learn quite a bit about Sam's persoanl information due to the effects of Sodium Pentothal:

      Full Name: Dr. Samuel Beckett
      Birthdate: 08/08/53
      Parents Names: John Samuel Beckett and Thelma Louise Beckett
      Social Security Number: 563-86-9801
      Department of Defense Umbra Number: 004-002-02-016 (this is an Operative's Clearance Code - meaning Sam is an operative of the United States government)

      Interestingly enough, Sam believes the present to be May 1, 1999 and that he is in New Mexico. Sam would think he is in New Mexico - the project's building is located there, and technically speaking, so is his body. The exact date of "the present" would be unknown to Sam, but his knowing this date offers the conjecture that he is somehow aware of the passage of time within the present.

      This fact is supported throughout the series; Sam knows how many years he has been leaping, as well as how many years may pass between leaps.

    • This is one of the several episodes from the series that proves, to the characters, the factuality of urban legends and supernatural phenomena. Other episodes include:
      "A Portrait for Troian" (ghosts) from Season Two, as well as
      "Temptation Eyes" (psychics),
      "Ghost Ship" (The Bermuda Triangle),
      "It's a Wonderful Leap" (angels), and
      "The Curse of Ptah-hotep" (mummies) from Season Four, and
      "Blood Moon" (vampires) and
      "The Beast Within" ("Bigfoot") from Season Five.


    • Al makes reference to "Brando in One-Eyed Jacks."

      One Eyed Jacks was a 1961 western film starring Marlon Brando about two baditos who come to terms after a botched robbery. The film's main subtext is the distance caused by fathers and their sons, a recurring theme in "Star Light, Star Bright."

    • When Dr. Hardy says he and Meadows are part of a special project for the government, Al says "and Watergate was a special project too."

      Watergate was a famous scandal in 1972 that led to the resignation of Richard Nixon, who was implicated by an act of treasonous espionage.

    • Meadows: Yeah, Alice in Wonderland's coherent too, but that doesn't mean I believe in grinning cats who disappear.

      Alice in Wonderland is a famous children's novel written by Lewis Carroll. It concerns the story of Alice, who, after stepping through her bedroom mirror, is transported to a magical world. She meets a character known as the Cheshire Cat, which acts as a guide and speaks in riddles. The cat is characterized by its large grin and ability to disappear.

      In a way, Alice's journey parallels Sam's leaping through time.

    • Al tells Sam that when Max appeared in the Waiting Room, he assumed we was abducted by a UFO. Al says he told the man that he and Gooshie were from the planet Halitosis.

      Halotosis is a disease which causes bad breath. It is assumed that Gooshie, who had always been referred to as "having bad breath" does, in fact, have halitosis.

    • Al, implying UFOs are fictitious, makes reference to the famous line "Beam me up, Scotty."

      The line was made famous by the 1966 science-fiction television series Star Trek.

    • Al refers to Hardy and Meadows as "Dr. Jekyll and Major Hyde", a clear reference to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

      The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a literary classic novella by Robert Louis Stevenson about a doctor, Henry Jekyll, who creates a serum to control the wild impulses of man. When he himself takes the potion too soon, he finds that his inner rage and anger manifest to become Mr. Edward Hyde, a vicious serial killer in Victorian London.

      In pop culture slang, "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" is used to discribe someone who has wild polar behavior or "mood swings."

    • Sam's mother's full name is revealed to be Thelma Louise Beckett, quite possibly a reference to the 1991 film Thelma & Louise.

    • Episode Title: Star Light, Star Bright.

      This comes from the famous children's rhyme based upon wishing upon a star:

      "Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight; Wish I may, wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight."

    • Plot Point: Project Blue Book
      Sam mentions Project Blue Book. Project Blue Book was an Air Force study on UFOs and their potential threat to America. It lasted from 1952 to 1970. This episode takes the stance that the government is highly involved in the search for extra-terrestrial life, and that they will look for proof using force and aggression if necessary.