Quantum Leap

Season 3 Episode 1

The Leap Home

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



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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.

  • Notes

    • Scott Bakula plays the role originally cast to actor Newell Alexander in the series premiere, "Genesis (2)".

    • This episode won an Emmy for makeup for the makeup done on Scott Bakula to turn him into his father John. The team consisted of Jeremy Swan, Douglas D. Kelly, Gerald Quist, and Michael Mills.

    • Scott Bakula sings John Lennon's Imagine. It is also played over the closing credits instead of the standard theme.

    • The opening prologue was shortened with this episode, and this change would be used for the remainder of the series and on first and second season episodes aired on the Sci-Fi Channel.

  • Allusions

    • Al: I feel like Dennis Hopper in Hoosiers.
      Referencing the 1986 movie starring Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper as two men working with a Indiana high school team to get them to the championship and inspire the town. Hackman plays the coach and Hopper plays Shooter, a local drunk trying to redeem himself.