Quantum Leap – A Single Drop of Rain [4.9]

Sam becomes Billy Beaumont, a self-proclaimed “rainmaker” who has returned to his own drought-stricken hometown for the first time in eight years. He at first resists giving people promises but is soon swept up in the mood of jubilant optimism over the prospect of rain. At the same time, he is contending with the fact that his ex-girlfriend, who is now married to his brother, is still in love with him. Sam forces a situation where Billy’s brother Ralph is forced to fight him for his wife, showing her that Ralph genuinely loves her. Miraculously, after all of this, it starts to rain.

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Quantum Leap – The Leap Back [4.1]

After the events of Shock Theatre, Al and Sam find they have changed places, so that Al has leapt into a recently returned World War II veteran in 1945 who had been believed to be dead, while Sam has gone to the Imaging Chamber in the present. After some effort, Sam is able to leave the chamber where he is reunited with his wife Donna, who he had completely forgotten about in the process of leaping through time. Al as reconnects with his host’s girlfriend, who had gotten engaged while she thought he was dead. Her knew fiancé is enraged and attempts to kill them both, leading Sam to re-leaping in order to save Al’s life. Sam and Al thus return to their more usual positions, and Sam once again forgets that he is married to Donna.

Written by Donald P. Bellisario. Directed by Michael Zinberg

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Quantum Leap – Last Dance Before an Execution [3.19]

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.

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Doctor Who & Quantum Leap–Non-Existent Crossovers (Eighth Doctor)

Doctor Who has been on (and off) the air since 1963, with a myriad of adventures showing the Doctor and his companions traveling to endless corners of the universe.

(Daily Doctor Who #239)

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Quantum Leap – The Leap Home part 2 – Vietnam [3.2]

Sam leaps into a Navy SEAL under the command of his own brother Tom shortly before Tom is fated to die.  He is told he is there to help Tom’s upcoming secret mission (to rescue some prisoners of war) succeed, but not necessarily to save Tom himself.  Working with a Maggie Dawson, a civilian journalist eager to win a Pulitzer prize covering the war, Sam attempts to figure out how Tom was killed.  In the end, he saves Tom from a treacherous local woman, but Maggie is killed–although she wins a Pulitzer prize posthumously.  The mission also fails, and it’s revealed that one of the POW’s who might have been rescued was actually a younger Al.

Written by Michael Zinberg. Directed by Donald P. Bellisario

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Quantum Leap – The Leap Home [3.1]

Sam leaps into himself as a 16 year old, just before Thanksgiving.  Al tells him he is there to win a a big high school basketball game which will change the lives of several of the participants, but Sam is determined to use the time to improve the lives of his family:  helping his sister avoid a disastrous elopement, saving his father from an eventual heart attack, and eventually helping his brother not to die in the Vietnam war.  In the end, Sam wins the game but fails to change his family’s fate, but God or time or fate may give him another chance…

Written by Donald P. Bellisario. Directed by Joe Napolitano

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Quantum Leap – M.I.A. [2.22]

Sam leaps into Jake Rawlins, a police officer who regularly works undercover.  Al tells him that he is there to prevent a woman named Beth from falling in love with someone else while her husband is a prisoner in Vietnam (and presumed dead).  Sam becomes suspicious when Beth’s new romance seems fated.  All becomes clear when Sam realizes that Beth’s husband is Al himself.  Sam eventually figures out that his real mission is to save the life of his partner, whose life endangered by a criminal who has a grudge against him.  Al bids Beth a tearful farewell before Sam leaps away.

Written by Donald P. Bellisario. Directed by Michael Zinberg.

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100 Years, 100 Creators – Part 6

Over a few posts, I’m choosing different creators or creative teams–novelist, composer, scriptwriter, comic book artist, etc–who have influenced or inspired me, and in most cases brought me a lot of enjoyment.

Superman 2

For each year from 1919-2018, I’ll pick someone who produced something significant or recognizable from that year–based on what year it was published or released (with comic books being considered to have been released on the cover date, although I know that’s not usually true). And of course, lifetime accomplishments beyond that year will play a big role in who is chosen and who is not. Because certain years were tricky, I’ve also allowed myself to pick people who were born or even died in certain years.

Read More:  1969 – 19811994 – 2006

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Quantum Leap – Freedom [2.16]

Sam faces blatant racism again, this time as a young Native American named George Washakie, who is in jail for theft with his dying grandfather.  They break out with the intention of returning to their native land, so that the grandfather can live out his final days there.  Sam must contend with both his prejudiced lawmen as well as his own desire to seek medical care to prolong his grandfather’s life in order to fulfill his wishes.

Written by Chris Ruppenthal . Directed by Alan J. Levi

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Quantum Leap – Her Charm [2.15]

Sam leaps into FBI Agent Peter Langly, tasked with protecting witness Dana Berrenger from murder at the hands of a vindictive criminal. Because of suspicions that the criminal has an source inside the FBI, Sam improvises his own plan to save Dana, but the danger still persists.  Eventually, Sam and Dana realize that the traitor is actually Langly, his own host. Nonetheless, Sam is able to save Dana from both the criminal and from Langly himself.

Teleplay by Deborah Pratt and Donald P. Bellisario.  Story by Paul M. Belous & Robert Wolterstorff and Deborah Pratt & Donald P. Bellisario. Directed by Christopher T. Welch

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