Sam leaps into Eddie Ellroy, a 19 year old college student staying with his brother’s family during the Cuban missile crisis. Eddie’s brother Mac sells fallout shelters, but is destined to kill his neighbor the next night during a panic the next night at the height of people’s fears about nuclear war. Sam is shocked at how terrified people are about the future, and must find a way to save his brother from this fate.Continue reading Quantum Leap – Nuclear Family [3.21]
Sam leaps into Terry Sammis, a professional wrestler who is just starting out. He tag teams with his brother Ronny, who is fated to die of a heart attack during an upcoming title match. Normally consigned to “playing” bad guys for arranged matches, this title match represents an opportunity for Ronny to honor a promise made to his dead brother, who was also a wrestler. Because of how personally important it is, Sam has a difficult time convincing Ronny not to wrestle. In the end, Sam takes on the opponent by himself, refusing to “tag out” with his brother, and is eventually able to win against a far stronger and more experienced opponent. Thanks to his victory he is able to convince his brother to get checked out with a doctor, ultimately saving his life.Continue reading Quantum Leap – Heart of a Champion [3.20]
Sam leaps into Jesus Ortega, a death row inmate with only 48 hours to live. A lawyer from the prosecutor’s office, Tearsa Lorrea, secretly helps Jesus, believing him and his fellow defendant, Raul Casta, are innocent. Sam and Al help her to dig up new evidence, but it only confirms that Jesus is guilty. Immediately prior to his execution, Al discovers the truth and has Sam confess to the murder but exonerate Raul, as the real Jesus committed the crime on his own. He also helps to expose the corrupt District Attorney (and gubernatorial candidate). Sam leaps just before Jesus is executed.
Teleplay by Deborah Pratt. Story by Bill Bigelow & Donald P. Bellisario & Deborah Pratt. Directed by Michael Watkins.
Previous Episode: A Hunting We Will Go • Next Episode: Heart of a ChampionContinue reading Quantum Leap – Last Dance Before an Execution [3.19]
Sam leaps into Gordon O’Reilly, a bounty hunter bringing a fugitive named Diane Frost to “justice”. Sam wrestles with whether Diane is actually innocent even as he struggles to prevent her escaping. All this is complicated by the fact that the two are becoming attracted to each other…except it might just be an act Diane is putting on to help her get away. In the end, Sam saves Diane’s life from her former boss and a corrupt police officer, and Diane goes on to a career as a bounty hunter herself.Continue reading Quantum Leap – A Hunting We Will Go [3.18]
Sam leaps into Geoffrey “Tonic” Mole, the lead singer of a 1970’s hard rock band, who is fated to be murdered by an unknown assailant in a couple of days. Al has several competing theories about the guilty party. A suspicious fan turns out to be Tonic’s illegitimate son, and a conflict with a bandmate winds up being a red herring. The real culprit is revealed to be the band’s producer, Dwayne, who was worried about being caught embezzling the band’s money. Before he leaps, Sam helps Tonic establish a new relationship with his son, and help kick off his son’s own musical career.Continue reading Quantum Leap – Glitter Rock [3.17]
Sam leaps into the owner of a brothel in New Orleans, Gilbert Labonte, in 1961. He learns that one of his girls, Gina, is pregnant and has run away from her abusive husband. Finding that he is powerless to do anything about the situation legally, Sam is eventually able to manufacture false but compromising evidence against the husband in order to drive him away from Gina. At the same time, Gina learns to stand up for herself.
Written by Tommy Thompson. Directed by Chris Ruppenthal
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Sam leaps into piano player Chuck Danner, who is really Joey DeNardo, a man on the run after having witnessed a murder years earlier He is found by his ex-girlfriend Lorraine whom he disappeared on due to the murder. Sam and the accident-prone Lorraine discover that their lives are in danger, and eventually realize that Lorraine’s new fiancé is actually the murderer, who started the relationship with Lorraine to track Joey down.Continue reading Quantum Leap – Piano Man [3.15]
The Avengers, before they were Marvel superheroes, were light-hearted spies on British TV. Dapper agent John Steed, played by Patrick Macnee, had numerous partners over the show’s run, but the most famous of these was scientific genius and martial arts expert Mrs. Emma Peel, played by Diana Rigg.Continue reading The Avengers 16 – The Complete Emma Peel Megaset – The Positive Negative Man, Murdersville, Mission…Highly Improbable, The Forget-Me Knot
Sam leaps into Rod “the Bod” McCarty, a Chippendales dancer who becomes connected to a deaf waitress and dancing hopeful named Diana. Diana is fated to get into prostitution and die of AIDS. Al believes Sam’s job is to get her to return home to Wyoming, but Sam is convinced he is there to help her become a successful dancer in spite of her disability. In the end, Sam is able to help Diana get hired as part of a dance company.Continue reading Quantum Leap – Private Dancer [3.14]
The Avengers, before they were Marvel superheroes, were light-hearted spies on British TV. Dapper agent John Steed, played by Patrick Macnee, had numerous partners over the show’s run, but the most famous of these was scientific genius and martial arts expert Mrs. Emma Peel, played by Diana Rigg.Continue reading The Avengers 15 – The Complete Emma Peel Megaset – The £50,000 Breakfast, Dead Man’s Treasure, You Have Just Been Murdered