2x13 "Another Mother"


Leap Date:

September 30, 1981


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


Synopsis:

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
Place
Leap Date

Name of the Person Leaped Into
Broadcast Date
Synopsis & Review
Music

Project Trivia
Sam Trivia
Al Trivia

Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode
Al's Women
Miscellaneous Trivia
Guest Stars
Guest Cast Notes
Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes

Say What?
Quotable Quotes
Best Scene
Production Credits
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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.

 


Place:
Scottsdale
, Arizona



Leap Date:
September 30, 1981




Name of the Person Leaped Into:
Linda Bruckner



Broadcast Date:
January 10, 1990 - Wednesday



Synopsis & Review:

Sam leaps into a suburban kitchen wearing a woman's shirt and pants, to the sound of food cooking on a stove, a radio, a barking dog, and two children arguing over a Queen T-shirt. Meanwhile, a little girl tugging at the bottom of Sam's shirt tells him that the dog, Wookie, ate her doll's head. Wookie yanks on a cloth on the kitchen counter, bringing a plate of breakfast smashing down onto the floor. The oldest of the children, a boy, snatches the T-shirt away from the girl he's been arguing with, and she kicks him in the shin. The two children turn to Sam and complain about the other, referring to him as "Mom", much to Sam's dismay as he realizes he is a mother.


It's September 30, 1981, and Sam has leaped into Linda Bruckner (played by Molly Meeker), a divorced mother of three who lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. The older children, Kevin and Susan, continue to argue over the T-shirt, while Wookie eats the spilled breakfast. Sam studies the reflection of Linda in a small mirror stuck to the fridge, then, remembering how his parents kept order when he was young and fought with his siblings, yells at the arguing Kevin and Susan, who have now torn the T-shirt in two, to be quiet. This gets their attention, and Sam angrily yanks the radio out of its socket. Kevin is stunned and impressed, and Sam tells them that the T-shirt now belongs to no one. [Expand/Collapse Plot]

Suddenly the youngest girl, Teresa, asks where her mother is, and Sam realizes that she can see him and not Linda. Teresa hides behind Kevin, and says she wants her mommy. Sam tries to laugh it off, but Teresa gets scared and runs out of the living room. Kevin and Susan wonder what is wrong with Teresa, and Sam asks Susan to check on her. Kevin makes a joke about the effect of parents yelling at their children, and Sam tells him to go to school. However, Kevin points out that Sam has not served breakfast yet, and Sam starts making toast. Kevin apologizes to Sam, and tells him he knows that the divorce has been tough on him, but the hard part is over. He adds that the "bimbo" his dad ran off with is punishment enough. Kevin tells Sam that it's time to think of himself and that he's proud of him for getting his real estate license and moving on with his life.

Susan returns to the living room, and tells Sam that Teresa is saying that their mother is a strange man dressed in her mother's clothes. Kevin blames it on residual flashbacks from their mother's hippie days. Susan has convinced Teresa to come out and take another look, but Teresa still insists that their mother is a man, and so is "the guy in the yucky shirt". Sam realizes that Teresa can also see Al, who has just appeared. Kevin and Susan are more confused than ever and Teresa runs out of the room once more. Sam asks Susan to check on her again, but Susan has to leave for school. She reminds Sam about carpooling the Girl Scouts and going to a fitting for her soccer uniform that afternoon, then leaves. Kevin protests to Sam that his swim meet is also that afternoon and Sam has to be there. Sam asks again about Teresa, but Kevin has to leave for school, so Sam will have to deal with her himself. Kevin tells Sam that he should wear a dress to the house he's showing later, and leaves.

After Kevin leaves, Al tells Sam that according to Ziggy, children under five exist in a "natural alpha state", which is why Teresa can see them. Al talks about young children and animals being pure of heart, while Sam tries to write down everything he has to do today so he doesn't forget anything. Al explains to Sam that Teresa only sees the truth, which is a problem because the truth is that her mother is gone. From her bedroom, Teresa calls out for her mother not to hide from her, and Al tells Sam that they'll have to tell her the truth.

Teresa comes back into the living room, and asks Sam and Al where her mother is. Al kneels down and tells her that her mother had to go away for a while, but will be back soon. Sam introduces himself and Al to Teresa and tells her that everyone will pretend Sam is her mother for the next few days. Teresa asks why, and Al has to consult the handlink to come up with a suitable answer. He tells her it's so that her big brother Kevin can win his swim meet. Teresa asks Al if he and Sam are angels, to which Al says "yes" and Sam simultaneously says "no". Al offers to prove that he and Sam are angels by holding out his hand for Teresa to touch. Her hand goes right through Al's, and she delightedly runs back and forth through him with a giggle.

Sam tells Teresa that he and Sam are angels who will help Kevin win his swim meet, to which he promises her that her mother will come back. Teresa gives Sam her doll to fix and then asks Al to read her a story. Sam tells her that Al can read her a story, but she must hold the book and turn the pages. Teresa agrees. Al tells her to pick a book and he will come soon and read it to her.

After Teresa leaves the room, Sam asks Al why he is really there. Al says he does not want to say it in front of Teresa, but sometime in the next twenty-four hours Kevin will run away from home and disappear without a trace. In six months, his clothes will be found in an abandoned van, but his body will never be found, and Linda will never allow the case to be closed. Meanwhile, a van is shown crossing the state line into Arizona.

Later, Sam has changed into a floor-length skirt and blouse. He asks Al why he would leap into a mother, and Al explains that the father is away having a mid-life crisis. Sam stresses over everything he has to do today. Al responds that being a mother is never easy, but tells Sam he has to figure out why his fifteen-year-old son is going to run away. Sam asks Al about the worst thing he can remember about being fifteen. Al starts telling him about being with a girl and getting caught by her parents, but Sam doubts that Kevin's disappearance has anything to do with sex. He realizes that he can't follow Kevin around all day, but Al can. Al says he is happy to read stories to Teresa, but refuses to follow Kevin around. As Sam tries to convince Al to do it, the front door opens behind him and Rafaella (played by Alina Cenal), the maid, walks in. Al leaves to check on Kevin, and Rafaella asks Sam if someone named Al is coming over for dinner.

At the Indian Grove High School, Kevin and some other students are admiring and joking about one of the female students. Al is nearby, listening in on the conversation. One of the boys suggests that Kevin should try and score with Jackie Arnett (played by Allison Barron), a pretty girl who is sitting across the quad and reading a textbook. Kevin tells them that Jackie isn't his type, and explains that she lives a couple of blocks away from him and the two of them are friends. The other boys joke that Jackie has had many encounters with boys at their school, which Kevin quickly denies. They make fun of him for defending her, but he insists that Jackie isn't like that, which impresses Al. The other boys announce a challenge, daring Kevin to score with Jackie, but Al senses a set-up and returns to Sam. One of the boys crosses the quad and starts talking to Jackie.

Back at the Bruckner house, Sam tells Al that he's not going to help a fifteen-year-old learn how to seduce a girl, but Al argues that Sam doesn't have a choice, as Kevin is inexperienced with the opposite sex and needs help standing up to his friends. He tells Sam that Kevin is genuinely interested in Jackie, but that his friends are going to set him up somehow, which will cause Kevin to run away. Despite Al's insistence that Kevin defended Jackie to his friends because he really likes her, Sam says he is not going to encourage Kevin to have sexual intercourse.

Teresa, who has returned from the bedroom, asks Sam and Al what sexual intercourse is, although she has trouble pronouncing the words. Al starts to explain to her that it is a game that adults play, but Sam quickly intervenes and tells Teresa that they should wash up for dinner. He suggests to Al that maybe they could teach Kevin about romance instead. Opening the oven door, Sam realizes that he has burned that night's dinner, and Al hopes that Sam is better at romance than he is at cooking. Sam tells Teresa that they should pick up Kevin and Susan and go out for dinner, and Teresa excitedly asks for pizza. Meanwhile, the van from the earlier scene is shown getting closer to Scottsdale.

Later, Sam returns home with the three kids, and tells Susan to get her books and soccer uniform from the car before going inside. Susan argues that she is going to miss Magnum, P.I., and Sam responds that it's going to be on for the next eight years. He then tells her to take Teresa inside and help her wash the ice cream off her face. Teresa wants to stay with Sam instead, and Sam asks her to take his purse into the house, which she does, following Susan inside. Meanwhile, Kevin has been silent, and doesn't seem like himself. Sam asks him if he's okay, and Kevin says he's fine as he gets out of the car. Sam follows Kevin into the garage, and offers to play a game of ping pong with him. Kevin is confused, knowing that his mother hates ping pong. Sam insists on having a game, and the two begin to play.

Sam tells Kevin that when his dad wanted to talk to him about something important, it was over a ping pong table. Kevin wonders what Sam wants to talk about. Sam says he can tell something is wrong and asks if Kevin is too cool to talk to his mother. Kevin says it's just "guy stuff", and Sam tells him he might know more about girls than Kevin thinks. Awkwardly, he tries to talk about what a girl likes to hear from a boy and then asks Kevin if he knows where to put his hands when dancing with a girl. Kevin is becoming uncomfortable with the conversation, but before Sam can continue, Teresa appears covered in fingerpaint, as is Wookie. Sam takes Teresa back into the house to clean her up, and yells at Wookie to get off the couch.

On a road leading to Scottsdale, the van is shown following a school bus. Two students get off the bus, but before the two men in the van can approach them, a car pulls over and the students get in.

That evening at Jackie's house, Kevin's school friends are trying to convince Jackie to go along with their plan to mess with Kevin, calling it an "initiation". Jackie thinks it sounds mean, but they assure her that Kevin will find it funny. One of the boys hints that as class president, whoever he takes to the upcoming school mardi gras will be crowned queen. Jackie reluctantly agrees to go along with their scheme, and the boys excitedly plan to invite Kevin over to Jackie's house later that night.

Susan is in the living room watching Magnum, P.I. when Kevin comes in. He jokes about what Susan sees in Tom Selleck and then awkwardly asks her what a boy who likes her would have to do to get her attention. Susan says that she's eleven and doesn't has to deal with that stuff, but tells him that a boy who likes her wouldn't be the school joke. Kevin angrily turns off the TV and leaves the room, and Susan leaves to go watch TV at her friend's house next door. Kevin is about to leave too, when Sam walks in carrying Teresa, who has just had a bath. Sam wants to know where Kevin is going. Kevin says he's going out with his friends to watch Raiders Of The Lost Ark and tries to convince Sam that he told him about it the night before. Sam, knowing what'll happen to Kevin, wants him to stay home tonight. Kevin argues that Susan wants to go out and opens the front door to leave, but Sam refuses to let him out of the house. Kevin closes the door in frustration and angrily tells Sam he's going to his room.

Upstairs, Kevin climbs out of his bedroom window, leaving the stereo on to cover his escape. He drops to the ground and rides away on his bicycle. The van, which was parked down the street, starts moving and follows Kevin.

Sam is trying to put Teresa to bed, but Teresa wants him to sing her a lullaby like her mother does. Al appears and sits down to sing to Teresa while Sam goes into Kevin's room to turn off the stereo. Al sings "The Inch Worm" to Teresa and smiles as she falls asleep. Sam calls Al out into the hall, and Al starts talking about having never wanted to have a child before. Sam interrupts him and tells Al that Kevin snuck out. He blames himself for not letting Kevin out of the house. Al says that it's not Sam's fault, because Kevin's friends are manipulating him over Jackie Arnett. Al looks up Jackie's address on the handlink so Sam can go and find Kevin, and offers to stay at the house and watch Teresa.However, since Al is just a hologram, Sam decides to bring Susan back home and call Rafaella over to watch the girls while he goes out to find Kevin.

At Jackie's house, Kevin and Jackie are sitting together on her couch. Kevin nervously tells her that it was nice of her to invite him over. Jackie tells him that he doesn't have to be nice to her or talk to her, because if he wants to, they can just get started. Kevin worriedly asks about her parents, but she tells him that they're out with friends and won't be home for hours. She moves closer to him and touches his leg, but Kevin is still nervous. He wants to know why Jackie is doing this and asks her if she even likes him. Jackie asks him if it matters, and he says that it does to him. She tells him to take off his clothes while she puts on another song on the stereo, and Kevin starts unbuttoning his shirt.

Jackie puts on a romantic song, then lies down on the floor near the fireplace, inviting him to join her as he takes his shirt off. The two start kissing, but Kevin breaks off the kiss, telling her he doesn't know what to do. Jackie asks him if he is a virgin, and Kevin reluctantly admits that he is. As soon as he says this, his friends burst in from the next room, laughing at Kevin's admission. Jackie also laughs at first, but stops when she sees his hurt expression. Humiliated, Kevin runs out of the house and rides away on his bike. The other boys continue to laugh and an upset Jackie calls out for Kevin to come back. Outside, Kevin passes the van on his bike, and it starts moving again to follow him.

Jackie complains to Kevin's friends that he was supposed to find the joke funny, but he was really hurt by what they did to him. Sam enters the house and Jackie tells him that Kevin left on his bike. Al appears and Sam asks him where Kevin went. Al tells him where Kevin's bike was found, and Sam leaves to try and catch up to Kevin before he disappears.

The two men in the van drive away from Scottsdale and Kevin now sits bound and gagged in the back seat trying to get free. Sam and Al are in Linda's station wagon and Al is trying to pinpoint Kevin's location with the handlink. They pass Kevin's bike, overturned on the side of the road. Al tracks Kevin down, and tells Sam he's in a vehicle three kilometers ahead of them. Sam hopefully suggests that maybe Kevin hitch-hiked, but Al somberly tells him that Kevin is in a van. Sam spots the van ahead and asks Al to go and check on Kevin. Al responds that he won't be able to do anything, but agrees to go.

Al appears in the back of the van and is relieved to find Kevin still alive. He tells Kevin to hang in there. One of the men in the front of the van starts crawling menacingly toward Kevin as Al watches in helpless disgust. Sam is right behind them now and starts honking his horn and the man returns to the front seat. Sam tries to pull up alongside the van, but has to swerve back to avoid an oncoming truck. He tries again and this time manages to run the van off the road and into the scrub, where the van stops. The driver of the van checks his rear view mirror and smiles as he sees a reflection of Linda getting out of the car. Sam approaches the van, but as the driver gets out, the other man grabs Sam's arms, pinning them behind his back. The driver rips open Sam's blouse, but Sam fights out of the other man's grip, knocking the two men down with experienced fighting moves. Sam is stunned to discover that he knows how to fight, and Al tells him he knows judo, karate, muay thai, and tae kwon do. One of the men pulls a knife, but Sam takes him out with a roundhouse kick. With the two men unconscious, Sam quickly opens the van and rescues Kevin. Kevin is surprised to see Sam, and tells him that he wasn't running away. Sam says he knows that and the two of them embrace. Kevin asks Sam how he knocked the two men out and Sam replies, "Girl Scouts."

The next morning, Susan gets up after breakfast to go to school. She tells Kevin that although she picks on him sometimes, she's glad he's okay. After Susan leaves, Sam joins Kevin at the table and says he has a pretty good idea of what happened at Jackie's house the night before. Kevin is reluctant to talk to Sam about it, especially when Sam brings up the word "sex". He tells Sam that his friends found out he's a virgin and now they're going to tell everyone at school. Sam tells Kevin that he was a virgin at sixteen, and that there's no special age when anyone is supposed to lose their virginity, whether they're a boy or a girl. However, he explains that there should be a special reason, and being in love with someone is the best reason to make love. Kevin says that he never thought about it that way. Sam says there are other things to talk about before then, and tells Kevin he should just give himself some time. Kevin agrees and then get up to go to school. Before he leaves, he thanks Sam and gives him a hug. Sam tells him to have a good day.

After Kevin leaves, Al, who has been listening in, compliments Sam on how he handled the conversation. Sam asks Al why he hasn't leaped yet. Al jokes that it's because he's having so much fun with Teresa. He then says that Sam will probably leap once Kevin stands up to his friends.

At school, Kevin's friends look on as Kevin cautiously enters the cafeteria. He passes Jackie, who quickly gets up to talk to him. She apologizes, and says she understands if he doesn't want to speak to her, but that she'd really like to be his date to the mardi gras. Kevin smiles at her, and the two of them start walking together. Kevin's friends continue to ridicule Kevin for being a virgin, but Jackie responds by saying, "You've got to be kidding me," and gives Kevin a lengthy kiss in the middle of the cafeteria, drawing exclamations and applause from the other students.

Sam and Al are in Teresa's room and Al shows Teresa holographic images of dinosaurs via the handlink so she can guess their names. Sam is skeptical at first, but smiles when Teresa correctly names a Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Stegosaurus, and a Diplodocus. Suddenly, Sam senses that he is about to leap. Al takes this in for a moment, then gently tells Teresa that her mother is coming back. She asks Al if he can stay, and he tells her that he can't. She says she doesn't want him to go. Al says he doesn't want to go either, but he promises to come back someday. He puts his hand up, and Teresa puts her hand through his one more time. From across the room, Sam smiles at the two of them, and leaps. Source

Watch a motnage of scenes with Al and young Teresa here!

Personal Review by Rose E.:

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.



Loose Ends:




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

Check out this story and many others in our Novels section.







Music:

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



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:

Ziggy's explanation for why Teresa can see Sam and Al is that "kids under five exist in a natural alpha state," so they see the truth.




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.


 

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
Eric 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




Guest Cast Notes:

Michael Stoyanov as Kevin Bruckner: Michael Stoyanov was born on December 14, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for The Dark Knight (2008), Freaked (1993) and Blossom (1990). He was previously married to Carolyn Lawrence. Left Blossom (1990) in order to write for Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993), something he says he still regrets. Was a co-member of a quasi-competitive improvisation team called the Lost Generation, with John Cusack, in high school. Trained at Chicago's Second City improvisational theatre troupe. Is of Bulgarian and Ukrainian descent.

Olivia Burnette as Susan Bruckner: Olivia Burnette began her acting career at the tender age of 6. The most notable of her first acting jobs was in Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) opposite comic superstar Steve Martin. After several television appearances, Olivia was cast as the lead in the down-home series The Torkelsons (1991), playing Dorothy Jane. Olivia continued her television career with a few television movies, before being cast in The Quick and the Dead (1995), which allowed her to work with such actors as Gene Hackman, Sharon Stone and Russell Crowe. Olivia continued her work on the big screen in Eye for an Eye (1996) with director John Schlesinger, and got the opportunity to play Sally Field's daughter as well as be brutalized in a controversial scene by Kiefer Sutherland. Determined to obtain a college degree, Olivia left Los Angeles to attend the prestigious NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. She graduated with not one but two majors: Film and English. After school, she was inspired to buy the rights to a novel and adapted it into a screenplay, which is currently being shopped.
Most recently, Olivia has been seen in the hit television show CSI: NY (2004) along with Oscar nominated Gary Sinise and Emmy nominated Melina Kanakaredes, and in the naval drama NCIS (2003) with Mark Harmon. Her most recent feature film entitled Flourish (2006), which also stars Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer from the hit Fox drama House (2004), premiered at the world renowned Cinequest Film Festival 2006, as well being screened at the Cannes Film Market in 2006. She currently resides in Southern California with her husband, singer/songwriter/producer Julian Sakata, and her five year old stepson, Rain.



Troian Bellisario as Teresa Bruckner
: Troian Bellisario, daughter of producers Donald P. Bellisario and Deborah Pratt, made her film debut at the age of 3 in Last Rites (1988). She made several TV and movie appearances in her teens (most of the TV appearances were in shows produced by her father) before attending the University of Southern California. She rose to worldwide prominence as Spencer in the hit TV series, Pretty Little Liars (2010). Spouse is Patrick J. Adams (Suits).
Children: Elliot Rowena Adams and Aurora Adams. Parents: Donald P. Bellisario and Deborah Pratt. Relatives: Nicholas Bellisario (Sibling), Michael Bellisario (Half Sibling), David Bellisario (Half Sibling), and Julie B. Watson (Half Sibling).
Dean Stockwell warned Deborah Pratt on-set that she should let her be a little girl and not to force her into acting. She later chose the acting profession on her own.

Allison Barron as Jackie Arnett: Allison Barron was born on October 3, 1963 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for Night of the Demons (1988), A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985) and Patriot Games (1992).

Andrew Held as Teddy: Andrew Held is known for Quantum Leap (1989), Blue Skies (1988) and Beauty and the Beast (1987).

Larron Tate as Ox: Larron Tate is a producer with 25 years of experience, both in front and behind the camera. He began his career as an actor while attending UCLA, where he obtained a degree in theater, film and television. Upon graduating, he segued from a career as a working actor to one as a writer. Larron was accepted into the 20th Century Fox Diversity Writing Program where he earned the opportunity to write for the television series Best Damn Sports Show. This start would lead to writing assignments with Warner Brothers Studio in television and Universal Studios in film. With brothers, Larenz Tate and Lahmard Tate, Larron helped launch TateMen Entertainment, a growing multi-media company committed to offering quality content for film, television and digital platforms. While overseeing the company's day to day operations, Larron also serves as lead producer. TateMen projects include the films: Business Ethics, Deuces, Beta Test; and the hit scripted audio series, Bronzeville.

Kevin Telles as David: Kevin Telles was born on December 3, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Life Goes On (1989), Quantum Leap (1989) and Party Camp (1987).

Eric Welch as Paul: Eric Welch is known for Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker (1991), Quantum Leap (1989) and Desire and Hell at Sunset Motel (1991).

Terrence Evans as Stick: Terrence Evans was born on June 20, 1934 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was an actor, known for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). He was married to Heidi. He died on August 7, 2015 in Burbank, California, USA.

Michael Kenmerling as Lemule: Michael Kemmerling is known for Forrest Gump (1994), Quantum Leap (1989) and The Equalizer (1985).

Alina Cenal as Rafaella: Alina Cenal is known for Quantum Leap (1989), The Shield (2002) and Nuri (2023).

Molly Meeker as Linda Bruckner (Mirror image): Molly Meeker is known for Quantum Leap (1989) and The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting (2003).

Lance LeGault as Saga-Sell Narrator: Lance LeGault was born as William Lance Legault on May 2, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois. LeGault grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois and graduated from Chillicothe Township High School in 1955. Lance began his acting career as a stunt double for Elvis Presley; he appears in the 1960s Presley vehicles Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), Kissin' Cousins (1964), Viva Las Vegas (1964) and Roustabout (1964). With his tall, lean, compact build, strong, intense and commanding screen presence, and highly distinctive deep, gravelly voice, LeGault has been frequently cast as various stern and severe military types in both movies and television series, alike. His most memorable film roles include Iago in the Shakespearean rock opera Catch My Soul (1974), evil pimp Burt in the offbeat French Quarter (1978), vicious hired-killer Vince in Coma (1978), formidable card sharp Doc Palmer in the made-for-TV Western The Gambler (1974), the austere Colonel Glass in the hilarious comedy Stripes (1981), steely prison guard security chief Lieutenant Barnes in the terrific Fast-Walking (1982) and the strict Reverend Bates in Nightmare Beach (1989). LeGault had recurring roles on several television series in the 1980s: outstanding as the cunning and antagonistic Colonel Roderick Decker on The A-Team (1983), ramrod Colonel Buck Greene on Magnum, P.I. (1980) and rugged cowboy bounty hunter Alamo Joe Rogan on Werewolf (1987). Among the many television series Lance has had guest spots on are Land of the Giants (1968), Gunsmoke (1955), Wonder Woman (1975), Barbary Coast (1975), The Rockford Files (1974), The Incredible Hulk (1977), Battlestar Galactica (1978), The Dukes of Hazzard (1979), Dallas (1978), Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979), Voyagers! (1982), Dynasty (1981), Knight Rider (1982), Airwolf (1984), Murder, She Wrote (1984), MacGyver (1985), Major Dad (1989), Quantum Leap (1989) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). Outside of his acting gigs in both films and television series, LeGault also worked as a lounge and nightclub singer (he even recorded a self-titled album in 1970). In addition, Lance did voice work for cartoons and video games as well as the narrator of the tour audiotape for Elvis Presley's Graceland Mansion and Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Lance LeGault died at age 77 of heart failure on September 10, 2012 at his home in Los Angeles, California.



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

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

Brian J. Williams was an uncredited stunt double for Michael Kemmerling in "Another Mother", uncredited stunt double for J.C. Quin in "Unchained", played Cadet #2 in "Running For Honor" and played Drowning Veteran in "Nowhere to Run."
 



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.
Awesome.
-- 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?
Yes.
No.
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"


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.





Production Credits:


Music by: Mike Post
Supervising Producers: Deborah Pratt, Paul M. Belous, Robert Wolterstorff
Co-producers: Paul  Brown, Jeff Gourson, Chris Ruppenthal
Produced by: Harker Wade
Created by: Donald P. Bellisario
Written by:
Deborah Pratt
Directed by: Joseph L. Scanlan


Executive Producer: Donald P. Bellisario
Associate Producers: 
David Bellisario
Director of Photography: Michael Watkins
Production Designer: Cameron Birnie
Edited by: N. Mario Di Gregorio
Unit Production Manager: Ron Grow
First Assistant Director: Paul Sirmons
Second Assistant Director: Rob Mendel
Casting by: Ellen Lubin Sanitsky
Set Director: Robert L. Zilliox
Costume Designer: Jean-Pierre Dorleac
Costume Supervisors: David Rawley & Donna Roberts-Orme
Sound Mixer: Mark Hopkins McNabb
Stunt Coordinator: Diamond Farnsworth
Contributing Musical Composers: Velton Ray Bunch and Jerry Grant
Sound Editor: Paul Clay
Music Editor: Tom Gleason

Panaflex   Camera and Lenses by: Panavision

This motion picture is protected under laws of the United States and other countries. Unauthorized duplication, distribution or exhibition may result in civil liability and criminal prosecution.

Copyright 1990 by Universal City Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons living or dead is purely coincidental.

Bellisarius Productions and Universal, an MCA Company



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In the twenty-first installment of The Quantum Leap Podcast, Albie and Heather discuss Season two, Episode thirteen “Another Mother”. There are first impressions, an episode recap, thoughts and opinions, listener feedback, and an amazing interview with Velton Ray Bunch, the composer of Quantum Leap. Not one, but two essays:  from David and Donnie, to finish up our What Quantum Leap Means to Me essay giveaway. Also, an article from Hayden McQueenie.

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