Quantum Leap

Season 4 Episode 20

The Curse of Ptah-Hotep

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Apr 22, 1992 on NBC



  • Allusions

    • When Sam tells Al that he remembers that workers who built tombs would sometimes put in secret doorways, he then surmises that they could just as easily put a door "hidden in plain view." Al compares this to "The Purloined Letter."

      The Purloined Letter is a famous short story by Edgar Allan Poe about a man who, after stealing a valuable letter in which he uses to blackmail the Queen of England, disguises it as a "normal letter" and places it on his fireplace mantle, making it hidden to those "looking for it."

      Like in The Purloined Letter, Sam reveals the disguise for what it really is and then uses the discovery to further the plot.