Quantum Leap

Season 3 Episode 8

The Great Spontini

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Nov 16, 1990 on NBC
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Episode Summary

May 9, 1974: Leaping into magician Harry Spontini, Sam has to prevent his estranged wife from taking their daughter away from him as she files for divorce, so she can marry her sleazy divorce attorney. He also learns that he must save his beloved daughter from a grisly fate.moreless

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Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell

Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci

Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula

Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Look carefully on the storage shelves in the mobile home and you will see a white domed case with blue and orange stripes. It is the Barbie Friend Ship, a fold-out case that on the inside looks like the interior of an airplane. It was sold in 1973, so a little girl in 1974 possibly could have owned it.

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  • NOTES (1)

    • Judging by a few factors within the episode, it appears "The Great Spontini" appears out of order during its air date and subsequent DVD release order.

      1. Based on the opening credit sequence at the end of Season 2, screen shots and clips from this episode appear, implying it was filmed to fill as an early episode, possibly as one of the first in this season.

      2. In this episode, Al breaks his handlink by hitting it too much when it refuses to work by failing to supply Sam with information. He later has a new multi-colored handlink, which first appears in the episode "The Boogieman" without explanation.

      It would seem "The Great Spontini", chronologically, would take place between "One Strobe Over the Line" and "The Boogieman".