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 Tommy York, a naval student who is a popular athlete on the track field, in the 1960’s. Sam must prevent the death of Tommy’s former roommate, Phillip Ashcroft, who was expelled for being gay. Phillip was apparently murdered by bigoted students at their academy, but Sam eventually realizes that Phillip really committed suicide in order to frame his school tormentors. Sam prevents Phillip’s death and helps him find a way forward, while also exposing the bullies who have been causing his problems. There are significant questions throughout the story as to whether or not Tommy York himself is gay, but this is left unknown.
Continuing here our rundown of my 60 Favorite Fictional Artificial Intelligences.
This means things like robots, holograms, sentient computers, and so on from movies, TV shows, comics or books.
You can have a look here for Part One, which includes some of the rationale for this list, as well as some of the explanations and qualifications.Continue reading Top 60 Favorite Fictional A.I.’s – Part Two [48-37]
Sam leaps into Joe Furlow, a young actor who is involved in a romantic relationship with an older woman named Jane Lindhurst. Jane’s family are eager for her to return home from New York, believing that her relationship is doomed. Jane is a gifted but insecure singer, and Sam believes he is there to help her pursue her dreams rather than settle into the life that is expected of her.Continue reading Quantum Leap – The Play’s the Thing [4.]
Sam leaps into a prisoner on a chain gang, Chance Clarence Cole, who attempts to escape while handcuffed to fellow prisoner Jaspar Boone. To save Jaspar’s life, Sam allows them to be recaptured, but finds that they are both victims of horrible abuse by the prison guards and warden. When Sam and Jaspar realize that one of the guards is actually responsible for the crimes that Jaspar is jailed for (and willing to kill to keep the secret) they have to escape once more.Continue reading Quantum Leap – Unchained [4.10]
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.Continue reading Quantum Leap – A Single Drop of Rain [4.9]
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 Frank Bianca, a popular hairdresser in 1980’s Beverly Hills. When Frank’s girlfriend’s son Kyle witnesses a drug-related murder, Sam finds himself trying to convince the boy’s mother, Laura, that they have to go to the police. Laura refuses, especially since Kyle’s father was actually killed in retaliation for testifying against another murderer. Nonetheless, Laura and Kyle are fated to be killed over the incident. Sam and Al eventually realize that the police officer Sam has been relating to is the actual murderer, before discovering that one of Frank’s co-workers, a woman named Chloe, is the real force behind the criminal activity. The situation is bleak but Sam and Laura are able to stop Chloe. Frank and Laura get engaged as Sam leaps.Continue reading Quantum Leap – Permanent Wave [4.5]
Sam leaps into Clyde (no last name given) just as he is being inducted into the Ku Klux Klan. Sam is revolted and soon discovers that Clyde himself is conflicted about it, feeling pressured to join because of his family. Sam soon discovers that he is there to prevent the forthcoming lynching of a young black activist named Nathaniel Simpson. His efforts to prevent violence ultimately fail, and in the end Sam is only able to save Nathaniel by insisting he be hung next to him–something the Klansmen, particulalry his father-in-law, are unwilling to do.Continue reading Quantum Leap – Justice [4.4]
Sam leaps into Archie Necaise, a Mississippi sheriff working with his girlfriend Cissy (a Red Cross nurse) trying to help people evacuate in the face of the onset of the devastating Hurricane Camille. Sam must prevent Cissy’s death in the storm, while also helping others in his role as sheriff. Eventually, Sam and Al realize that Cissy was not killed by the storm but by Archie’s jealous ex-girlfriend, desperate to win Archie back. Sam is able to save Cissy and also help spur her on to doing the work to become a psychotherapist.Continue reading Quantum Leap – Hurricane [4.3]