Quantum Leap

Season 1 Episode 4

The Right Hand of God

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Apr 07, 1989 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

October 24, 1974: Having leaped into Kid Cody, a boxer on the take, Sam has to win the championship to fund a new church for his trainers, a group of nuns. Sam must face the bookie who expects him to take a dive in the final round, and, with the help of several trainers, streaking, and Al's appearance in the ring to guide his punches, Sam wins the bout and finances the chapel.moreless

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  • Sam leaps into "Kid" Cody, a boxer owned by nuns who want him to win a big upcoming fight to help fund their new church; that lives with a topless go-go dancer; and who is being pressured by a heavy to take a dive in the fight. A nice, likeable tale...moreless

    Although maybe not ultimately ranking as one of the series classics, I really enjoyed "The Right Hand of God".

    BBC Two here in the United Kingdom ran the series through several times – sometimes starting a run and getting a few episodes in before abandoning it; as such, they showed "The Right Hand of God" quite a few times, and I ended up having quite a few off-air recordings of it; I became really familiar with the episode as a result.

    There are some nice guest performances in this one, such as Teri Copley as the dizzy but kind hearted topless dancer Dixie, and Michelle Joyner as Sister Angela, the nun who finds her faith tested.

    Bellisario always likes to weave religious tones into his various shows, and they are very prominent here; even beyond the obvious Nun element, Sam several times looks up to the sky wondering what joke God is pulling on him this time.

    It's not really a spoiler to say that ultimately Sam wins the big fight, we all knew he would all along. I like how Al "ghost fights" with Sam to help him win win (thankfully, after Al also teaching Sam how to fly the jet in the Pilot, they didn't overuse this plot idea of Al always being the solution to Sam's current predicament).

    Watching this episode through on DVD to review, I maybe didn't enjoy it as much as I used to, but most of that is probably due to (as mentioned above) how familiar I am with the story, so it held little real surprises for me this time. But I still really like this episode, and rate it a decent 9.5 out of 10.moreless
Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell

Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci

Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula

Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Sam lands the blow that knocks out his opponent, he smiles broadly at Al and we can see he doesn't have his mouth guard in. When Sam is declared the winner and raises his arms in victory, the mouth guard is back.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Sam: Give me a break sister, just five minutes.
      Sister Angela: How did you ever get to be a prize fighter?
      Sam: I just kinda fell into it.

    • Dixie: Roscoe, you come between us and a jelly-filled, sugar-glazed, and sprinkles on top one more time, and I'll bust your nose. (Slams the door in his face)
      (Crunching sound)
      Roscoe: Ugh! Damnit! Oh! You broke my nose! Ugh!
      Dixie: (Turning back to Sam and smiling) You want a beer?

    • Sam: (Thinking to himself) Great. I'm on the take, wear polyester clothes, and live above a bar in an apartment decorated like a gym. If I have a roommate, he probably has cauliflower ears.

    • Sam: (Looking up at the sky) Hope you know what you're doing.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This would be the final TV performance of Nancy Kulp, who was most famous for her role of Miss Hathaway on The Beverly Hillbillies. Miss Kulp died in 1991.

    • Guy Stockwell, who plays Jake Edwards, is the older brother of Al's Dean Stockwell.

    • When Sam is in the bar, there's a news report on TV about Nixon and the Watergate scandal, which was featured at the end of the previous episode.

    • Al says that Ziggy had calculated that Sam should have leaped into Texas in the 50's. Sam quips that the current leap might be a little pitstop before that one. Prophetically, the next episode takes place in Texas in 1956.


    • When Sam is in the limo with Mr. Edwards, he tells him he doesn't want to end up like Charlie, saying, "I could have been a contender, instead of a bum". This is a reference to the movie On The Waterfront, in which Marlon Brando plays a former prize-fighter.