"Another Mother"

Leap Date:

September 30, 1981

Episode adopted by: Rose E.
Additional info provided by: Brian Greene


As a mother of a teenager, a preteen, and a toddler, Sam must prevent the kidnapping and disppearance of her son while at the same time managing all the duties of a Mom! To complicate matters, the toddler, Teresa, can see Al and knows that Sam is not her mother.

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This episode has a novel sequel featuring Teresa as a young woman and is Al's Place Bartender's favorite episode!


TV Guide Synopsis
Leap Date

Name of the Person Leaped Into

Project Trivia
Sam Trivia
Al Trivia

Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode
Al's Women
Miscellaneous Trivia

Broadcast Date
Guest Stars
Guest Cast Notes
Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes
Personal Review
Best Lines
Best Scenes

Say What?
Quotable Quotes


Production # 65415

TV Guide Synopsis:
Sam leaps into a woman with three kids, one a troubled teenager who will run away, never to return, unless Sam and Al can prevent it. Kevin: Michael Stoyanov. Susan: Olivia Burnett. Teresa: Troian Bellisario. Teddy: Andrew Held. Al: Dean Stockwell.


, Arizona

Leap Date:
September 30, 1981

Name of the Person Leaped Into:
Linda Bruckner

Broadcast Date:
January 10, 1990 - Wednesday

"Call Me" by Blondie
"Give Me the Night" by George Benson
"Shake It Up" by The Cars
"He's So Shy" by The Pointer Sisters

Al sings song "Inchworm" to Theresa. This was originally from the movie "Hans Christian Andersen" who starred and was sung by Danny Kaye. Also featured on Sesame Street which is Teresa's favorite show.

Project Trivia:
The building seen in the new Saga Sell as being part of Project Quantum Leap is what remains of the British Pavilion from Expo '67 in Montreal, Canada. 

A photo of the actual building used:

Project Quantum Leap from the Saga Sell:

Sam Trivia:
Sam says he was a virgin when he was 16.

Al tells Sam that he knows Judo, Karate, Tae Kwan Do and Muay Thai… Sam doesn’t remember who Bruce Lee is.

For the first time, Sam senses when he is about to leap in this episode.


Al Trivia:
He enjoys the parental experience he is getting with Teresa.

When Al was 15 he was getting busted by her parents just as he was about to… 

Al sings a song about an Inch worm and arithmetic song to Teresa to put her to sleep. 

Al tells Sam that if a guy defends a girl’s honor, he likes her.

Al’s Outfits Worn in the Episode:
The first outfit worn by Al in this episode is a light green shirt, emerald green hat, emerald green pants, lime green tie with half circles cut along the edges of the tie. 

The second outfit worn by Al is a grey suit with a burgundy shirt and a gold tie.

Al's Women:
When he was 15, Al and a girl got busted by her parents just as he was about to...


Miscellaneous Trivia:
The Quantum Leap saga sell introduction began with this episode, replacing the flashbacks of the previously aired episode. It was narrated by Lance LeGault, who was in "How The Tess Was Won.". In the next episode, his voice was replaced by Deborah Pratt and would remain this way until the end of the series.

Al pops in 9 times in this episode. 

Al uses the imaging chamber once in this episode. 

The dog in this episode is named Wookie. 

Sam and Al discover that kids under 5 can see them because they exist in a natural alpha state and are innocent and pure of heart. 

Teresa asks for her Mommy at the same time as her real-life mother's name appears on-screen as a credit.

Kevin and his friends play Demon and Dragons. 

Susan is watching Magnum, P.I. 

Kevin wears classic ‘80s clothes, plaid black and white top shirt with a red and black horizontal striped shirt. 

Teresa’s doll has a band aid on her forehead.


Deborah Pratt

Joseph L. Scanlan

Harker Wade

Paul Brown, Jeff Gourson, Chris Ruppenthal



Regular Cast:
Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell


Guest Stars:
Michael Stoyanov as Kevin Bruckner
Olivia Burnette as Susan Bruckner
Troian Bellisario as Teresa Bruckner
Allison Barron as Jackie Arnett
Andrew Held as Teddy
Larron Tate as Ox
Kevin Telles as David
Erin Welch as Paul
Terrence Evans as Stick
Michael Kenmerling as Lemule
Alina Cenal as Rafaella
Molly Meeker as Linda Bruckner (Mirror image)
Lance LeGault as Saga-Sell Narrator (only episode)


Guest Cast Notes:
Michael Stoyanov was regularly on Blossom. 

Olivia Burnette was a regular on The Torkelsons and The Torkelsons Almost Home.

Troian Bellisario (Teresa) is the daughter of Don Bellisario and Deborah Pratt. Dean Stockwell warned Deborah Pratt on-set that she should let her be a little girl and not to force her into acting. When she grew up, Troian decided to begin an acting career and is well know for her role in "Pretty Little Liars."


Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap Episodes:
Olivia Burnette appeared as Sam’s little sister Katie in "The Leap Home Part

Lance LeGault as Saga-Sell Narrator also appeared in "How The Tess Was Won."


Personal Review:
This is my favorite episode of Quantum Leap. Since I was very young when Quantum Leap started I could not remember all the episodes. But over the years that Quantum Leap has not been on, one episode has stuck in my mind, Another Mother. The episode was really good and very powerful.


Best Line:
Kevin: "Mom, How?"
Sam: "Girl Scouts. Come on."
Kevin: "Girl Scouts? Awesome."


Best Scene:
The best scene is when Sam and Kevin are talking and playing ping pong in the garage, Teresa comes to the door with Wooky. Teresa tells Sam that she and Wooky made a painting. Teresa and Wooky are both covered in splatters of paint.


Worst thing about the episode:
Al never went back to see Teresa like he promised he would, in any other episode of Quantum Leap. However, in the novel "Angels Unaware," Al does revisit the character! 


Say What?
At the beginning of the episode, the dog pulls a plate of food onto the floor. In the next shot, the plate is back on the counter.

A boom microphone appears briefly in the scene as Sam and Al stand up when talking with Teresa.

The song "Shake It Up" was not released until November in 1981.

Al's reflection can be seen in the oven door in a kitchen scene.

Instead of just saying "Gooshie, center me on Kevin", Al asks for Jackie's address.

Ziggy has records of when Ox lost his virginity. This seems unlikely!

Sam's shirt bounces back and forth betwen being tucked and untucked in the fight scene towards the end. 

Kevin gets bruised in the van. However the next day he is magically healed.

Quotable Quotes:
The fact that you were a practicing pervert at the age of 5 has nothing to do with the rest of the world!
-- Sam to Al, "Another Mother"

Mom . . . How?
Girl Scouts.
-- Kevin and Sam, "Another Mother"

Knowledge by gender, jerk.
-- Susan, "Another Mother"

Advice from the world's most sexually backward teenager!
-- Al to Sam, "Another Mother"

If you hurt him you scumbag, I'll kill you.  I don't know how but I'll kill you.
-- Al, "Another Mother"

Sam, me and Wookie made a painting.
-- Theresa, "Another Mother"

I'm glad you're enjoying this positive parenting experience but...
-- Sam to Al, "Another Mother"

That's not my mommy, that's a man! ... and so's the guy in the yucky shirt.
-- Theresa, "Another Mother"

Angel Sam is the Doll Elf.
-- Al, "Another Mother"

They don't give degrees to the hopelessly *stupid*.
-- Kevin, "Another Mother"

Your laundry's done.
-- Al, "Another Mother"

Inch worm...
-- Al, "Another Mother"

Are you angels?
This is angel Sam, and I'm angel Al.
-- Teresa, Al and Sam, "Another Mother"
~Susan: Mom, I'm gonna miss Magnum!
Sam: It's gonna run for the next eight years, okay? I think you got a little time. "Another Mother"

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