Sam leaps into Katie McBain, as she is in the hospital dealing with the aftermath of being raped. Katie’s assailant was a popular and well-regarded young man that Katie had been on a date with, Kevin Wentworth. Sam believes he is there to help Katie bring charges against Kevin, something he is able to do after being able to convince the reluctant District Attorney. When Sam failes to leap, he realizes he will have to testify as Katie, something he feels unable to do. Al figures out a way for Katie and Sam to see and hear each other, so that Sam can become a proxy for Katie to testify. When Kevin is exonerated anyway, Sam wonders what he he was actually there to do…until Kevin shows up at night and tries to attack Katie again, and Sam is able to beat him to an inch of his life.Continue reading Quantum Leap – Raped [4.6]
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 ZinbergContinue reading Quantum Leap – The Leap Back [4.1]
Sam leaps into high profile fashion photographer Karl Granson. One of the fashion models. He learns that one of the fashion models, Edie, is fated to die of a drug overdose in a couple of days. She is being pressured by her agent, Helen Le Baron, to use the drugs as a means of coping with the grueling demands of modeling. Sam helps Edie to detox from the drugs, but she is almost killed when Helen gives her the drugs secretly. In the end, Sam is able to save her life.
Written by Chris Ruppenthal. Directed by Michael ZinbergContinue reading Quantum Leap – One Strobe Over the Line [3.4]
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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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.
Sam leaps into a bouncer who is romantically involved with Bunny, a stripper, right in the middle of the pair of them kidnapping a baby. Bunny has claimed that the baby is hers, but Sam eventually discovers the truth that she is taking the baby from the baby’s mean and brutal father. The father is a criminal, and threatens their lives as they attempt to get across state lines and return the baby to her mother.
Written by Julie Brown and Paul Brown. Directed by Michael Zinberg.
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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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.Continue reading Quantum Leap – Good Morning, Peoria [2.6]