Quantum Leap

Season 3 Episode 1

The Leap Home

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Sep 28, 1990 on NBC
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Episode Summary


November 25, 1969: As himself at the age of 16, Sam experiences an emotional leap when has the opportunity to both win the high school basketball championship and save his family from their sad fates.

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  • A Happy Leap,and a Touching Goodbye

    Sam leaps Home,as himself,as his 16 year-old self.This is without a doubt Sam's happiest Leaps.This episode has become one of my Top Favorites.Sam thinks that he is there to prevent his Families coming tragedies.In the original history,his Father had died way too soon.His Sister marries an abusive alcoholic,and his Brother Tom goes to Vietnam,and is killed in action.But alas,it is not so.Al tells Sam that he is there to win the Championship Basketball Game that according to Ziggy,his(Sam's team) had originally lost.Sam however does not see it that way.In his attempts to right the wrong in his Family,he begs his Father to quit smoking,and not to eat the fatty foods which would effect his health,and ccause him to die early.He warns his brother Tom not to go to Vietnam,where he was killed.Tom makes a deal with Sam:that if Sam wins the the Basketball Game,he(Tom) will crawl in the deepest hole in Vietnam on a certain date.The most heart-wrenching scene comes when Sam tells his Sister Katie that she will marry an abusive alcoholic.He tells her about the future,and when he proceeds to prove it(he sings a song that has not been written at that present time)Katie cries.Seeing Katie cry Sam reluctantly tells her that he made up the whole story,and runs out into the field.Sam is understandily frustrated that he can't put right his own families tragedy.He has a similar feeling that Al had felt when his wife Beth remarried.Al helps Sam realise that he should be happy with spending time,in this time period with his Family.Sam realises,Al is correct.After spending Thanksgiving with his Family,Sam plays,and wins the Basketball Championship Game,but not before mowing a good-bye to his Father.He would soon Leap.moreless
  • Sam finally leaps home, but as his 16-year-old self. Ziggy theorizes that Sam's there to win a basketball game, thus greatly improving the futures of all involved in that game. However, aware of the tragic fate of his family, Sam's more concerned with chmoreless

    This is easily one of my favorite episodes of Quantum Leap. Sam is confronted with the fact that, in spite of all the other lives he has saved or improved, he may not be able to save the lives of those that matter most to him. So great is Sam's frustration that he considers giving up his mission. In this we see Sam's humanity. He's getting tired of fixing everyone elses' lives, while his world seems to crumble around him. I personally always liked displays of humanity in fantasy settings, so this really made me like this episode. Sam is just a normal guy stuck in the stream of time, fixing everyone else's problems, but he can't seem to help those he loves. He obviously does the right thing (not exactly the best season opener if the main character gives up), but at least it shows that Sam has to win a personal battle to do what must be done. In conclusion, The Leap Home is a supurb episode. If you saw this review, you will like this episode.moreless
  • The episode where QL finally became for me the best american drama of it`s time.

    50 words huh ?!? guess this is why i`m not a full time reviewer! This is my favourite epsiode of Quantum Leap, everytime i watch it the feeling of sadness as Sam`s realisation he can`t stay home is heartbreaking. This is cliche but this is the show you must watch!
Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell

Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci

Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula

Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • John Beckett: You stayed after practice to shoot baskets, didn't you?
      Sam: Uh, yeah, I guess I did.
      John Beckett: Well, I admire your dedication, but, uh, you got chores to do, Son.
      Sam: Won't happen again.
      John Beckett: The hell it won't.

    • Al: The mind of a mature man in the persona of a 16-year-old at the height of his sexual powers. The possibilities are just mind-boggling. They would be if you didn't run away.
      Sam: Well, what would you do if you ran into a girl that you had a crush on 25 years ago? Don't answer that.

    • Sam: I can save Tom.
      Al: I don't think so, Sam. You can't change something that isn't meant to be changed.
      Sam: Look, I can try.
      Al: Like I did with Beth? Even though we tried, Beth still married that stupid lawyer. And I came home to an empty house.

    • Sam: Look, Al. I've been leaping, around putting right whatever God or fate or time or whoever it is that's leaping me around wants put right. Why?
      Al: Well, you got a lot of Boy Scout in you, Sam.
      Sam: No.
      Al: And, well, because, with luck, one of these leaps might be your leap home.
      Sam: I am home.

    • John Beckett: Well, since the milking's done, guess I might as well eat breakfast.
      Sam: Right here on the table, Dad. Fruit, skim milk, some bran cereal. A healthy well-balanced breakfast.
      John Beckett: For a hippie.

    • Sam: It's all like a dream, Al.
      Al: Well, you better enjoy it before you wake up.

    • Al: Cheerleaders. I'll bet you Lisa's the one with the cute pompoms.
      Sam: They don't have... (glares)

    • Tom Beckett: Sam, in BUD/S, they pushed us to the limit and then beyond until we collapsed. They did it to show us that we have our limits. Now maybe that's what Vietnam is doing for America. Showing us our limits. That's not a lost cause.
      Sam: Is it enough to die for?

    • Sam: Well, after the Beetles split up...
      Katey: The Beetles split up?!
      Sam: Yeah, after that happens, Paul goes and starts a band called Wings, and they have a few good hits...
      Katey: What happens to John? He's my favorite.
      Sam: Well... John...
      Al: (appearing behind him) Don't tell her.
      Sam: Uh... well, in a couple of years, John writes one of my favorite songs.

    • Al: Sam, you're not changing anything. Your father still does in '72. Tom still gets killed in Vietnam and Katey still marries Chuck. You're not changing their future, Sam. All you're doing is making their present miserable.

    • Al: I know it hurts, Sam. But you did the right thing.
      Sam: I always do. I always do the right thing, Al. And what does it get me? Why can I... save strangers and not the people I love?
      Al: I don't know.
      Sam: Well, I'm not going to do it anymore, Al. I'm not gonna do it. (yelling at the sky) You hear that?! Whoever you are, wherever you are! I'm not doing it anymore. I quit. I quit.

    • Al: Feel better?
      Sam: No. No, I don't feel better. It's not fair, Al. I mean, come on, it's not fair.
      Al: Well, I think, uh... I think it's damn fair.
      Sam: What?
      Al: I'd give anything to see my father and my sister for a few days. To be able to talk with them again. Laugh with them. Tell them how much I love them. I'd give anything to have what you have, Sam. Anything.

    • Al: (about Tom) You know he's right, Sam. A good jump hook can melt a woman's heart.

    • Coach Donnelly: Defense! Defense! Not patty cakes, defense!
      Al: Patty Cake? That's high five! That's called high five! And why are you yelling "defense"? You should put them into a press! I feel like Dennis Hopper in Hoosiers.

    • No Nose: The game's over, jerk.
      Al: Hey, don't t listen to senza beak there. You got plenty of time.

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