Sam leaps into Dylan Powell, an aging television reporter who has gained notoriety for receiving anonymous tips regarding the activities of serial killer in San Francisco in 1985. Sam meets Tamlyn Matsuda, an apparent psychic who is assisting the police with their investigation, but who is fated to be the murderer’s next victim. Tamlyn’s unusual abilities are real, and soon she can see Sam for who he really is and even seems to be able to detect the presence of Al. Sam and Tamlyn fall in love and begin a relationship. On the day of Tamlyn’s predicted death approaches, Sam discovers that the killer is his own cameraman, Ross Tyler. Sam saves Tamlyn and defeats Ross (who takes his own life). Sam says a tender goodbye to Tamlyn as he leaps away.
Sam leaps into Bobo, a chimpanzee training for the space program in 1961. Sam struggles at both being a chimp and an astronaut-in-training, while he attempts to prevent Bobo’s death at the hands of a scientist doing questionable work about the effectiveness of human crash helmets. In the end, Sam is able to save both Bobo and another chimp, and helping the scientist to have a change in heart.Continue reading Quantum Leap – The Wrong Stuff [4.7]
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 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]
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 Melvin Spooner, a mortician who also acts as the coroner in a small town in Massachusetts, who is investigating the death of a young German woman named Hilla Doehner. Her death is apparently a suicide, but Sam comes to believe its murder and that he is there to bring her killer to justice.
Written by Paul Brown. Directed by Christopher T. Welch.
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Sam leaps into Eddie Vega, a high school football star, shortly before a championship game which his friend Chuey is fated to purposely lose. He discovers that this is because Chuey’s landlord is pressuring his family for money. Sam has to figure out how to help Chuey do the right thing and avoid throwing away his future.
Written by Paul Brown and Donald P. Bellisario. Directed by John Cullum.
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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 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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As stuntman Chad Stone, Sam must discovers that he is present in 1976 as stuntman Chad Stone to prevent his younger brother from dying on an unsafe film set. Chad’s actual talent is as a musician, but because his father, also a stuntman, doesn’t respect that vocation, Chad attempts to find approval by doing stunts before he’s ready. Sam is able to saveContinue reading Quantum Leap – Disco Inferno [2.2]