Quantum Leap – Animal Frat [2.12]

Sam leaps into a college party-loving frat boy named Knut “Wild Thing” Wileton, shortly before some of his anti-war classmates get in trouble for going too far with their protests.  Sam must overcome prejudices against him from one in particular, an attractive girl named Elisabeth, in order to convince her that her actions are misguided.

Written by Chris Ruppenthal. Directed by Gilbert Shilton

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Quantum Leap – Portrait for Troian [2.11]

Sam leaps into Dr. Timothy Mintz, a parapsychologist hired by Troian Claridge to prove that her home is haunted by the ghost of her dead husband Julian.  Sam of course does not believe in ghosts or supernatural phenomenon, while Al is more easily spooked.  Eventually, Sam discovers that the culprit is Troian’s brother Jimmy, who is attempting to goad his sister into suicide for financial reasons.  But even with his malicious intent exposed, a final twist reveals that a ghost has played a role in the story after all.

Story by John Hill & Scott Shepherd.  Teleplay by Scott Shepherd & Donald P. Bellisario. Directed by Michael Zinberg

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Quantum Leap – Catch a Falling Star [2.10]

Sam becomes Ray Hutton, a stage actor currently cast as an understudy to a famous but unpleasant actor in the lead role in Man of La Mancha.  When he realizes that a fellow understudy is a woman he was smitten with in the past who is romantically involved with his current host, Sam becomes conflicted about completing his mission.

Written by Paul Brown. Directed by Donald P. Bellisario

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Quantum Leap – So Help Me God [2.9]

Sam leaps into young lawyer Leonard Dancey in the 1950’s, and makes the decision to defy convention by defending a black woman on trial for murdering the son of the leading citizen of a small southern town.  Sam must overcome prejudice from all sides and his defendant’s own unwillingness to speak to find out what really happened, and save his client from the electric chair.

Written by Deborah Pratt. Directed by Andy Cadiff.

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Quantum Leap – Jimmy [2.8]

Sam leaps into Jimmy LaMotta, a mentally handicapped man who is attempting to enter mainstream society with the help of his loving older brother Frank.  Sam faces prejudice and rejection from all sides as he attempts to help Jimmy succeed both at work and at home.

Written by Paul M. Belous & Robert Wolterstorff. Directed by James Whitmore jr

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Quantum Leap – Thou Shalt Not… [2.7]

Sam leaps into Rabbi David Basch, whose brother Joe is struggling to deal with the death of his teenaged son a year earlier.  Sam must act to prevent Joe’s wife Irene from having an affair, and find a way to help Joe and Irene begin to process their grief, and to help their daughter Karen to do the same.

Written by Tammy Ader . Directed by Randy Roberts.

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Quantum Leap – Good Morning, Peoria [2.6]

Sam leaps into Chick Howell, a radio deejay at a rock & roll radio station in the 1950’s.  The station is under great pressure to discontinue playing rock & roll, which some see as a bad influence, but owner Rachel Porter insists on following her dream to own the number one radio station in her town, and sees rock & roll as a way to do it.  When the music is actually outlawed by the local town council, Sam and Rachel barricade themselves in the station and continue playing their music, in an attempt to win a victory for free speech, while also responding to their attraction to each other.

Written by Chip Rupenthal. Directed by Michael Zinberg

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Quantum Leap – Blind Faith [2.5]

Sam leaps into Andrew Ross, a blind concert pianist, who is dating a shy woman named Michelle, who struggles with an overbearing mother.  Michelle is fated to die at the hands of a serial killer in a few days, and Sam must find a way to save her life while also helping her relationship with her mother to heal.

Written by Scott Shepherd. Directed by David G. Phinney

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Quantum Leap – What Price, Gloria? [2.4]

Sam leaps into a woman for the first time, becoming the very attractive Samantha Stormer, who works as a secretary for the lecherous Buddy Wright.  Her roommate, Gloria Collins, is having an affair with the married Buddy, foolishly believing that he intends to leave his wife for her.  She is destined, however, to be disappointed, and as a result to kill herself.  Sam must prevent this while helping her to realize that her life has purpose beyond finding a man.

Written by Deborah Pratt. Directed by Alan J. Levi

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Quantum Leap – The Americanization of Machiko [2.3]

Sam becomes sailor Charlie MacKenzie, who is returning to his small town in Ohio with his new and traditional bride from Japan, Machiko.  Charlie and Machiko face opposition from various people in town, including one racist veteran of World War II, and especially from Charlie’s own mother Lenore.  Things come to a point where Lenore’s insensitivity almost leads to Machiko’s death, but in the end she is saved and Lenore accepts her.

Written by Charlie Coffey. Directed by Gilbert Shilton

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