"The Curse of Ptah-Hotep"

Leap Date:

March 2, 1957

Episode Adopted by: Becky
Additional info provided by: Lou Davidson


Strange accidents begin to happen when Sam leaps into an archaeologist who has uncovered the tomb of Egyptian pharaoh Ptah-Hotep. As the legend begins to take face, the curse will bring forth a sandstorm that will bury the site of Sam's camp - and the tomb - forever.


Audio from this episode


Leap Date

Project Date
Name of the Person Leaped Into

Music Artists
Project Trivia
Sam Trivia
Al Trivia

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

Miscellaneous Trivia
Kiss with History

Broadcast Date
Guest Stars
Guest Cast Notes
Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes
Cast members who have passed away
Personal Review
Best Lines
Best Scenes
Say what? (things in the episode that make no sense)
Quotable Quotes




Place: Tomb of Ptah-Hotep; in Egypt

Name of the Person Leaped Into: Dale Conway

Leap Date: March 2, 1957

Broadcast Date: April 22, 1992


Sam Trivia:
Sam knew about Ptah-Hotep’s tomb and the sarcophagus being made of gold. He remembers that Howard Carter is the one who discovered King Tut’s tomb. Sam can read Hieroglyphics.


Al Trivia:
Al calls a camel a horse. He says that he once dated an Egyptian girl who though she was the reincarnation of Cleopatra. Al starts talking about the walls closing in and then he begins to get claustrophobic.


Project Trivia:
Al reports that Ziggy can’t do a special comparison search because some chip is acting up. The imaging chamber door won’t open because of the chip. At the end you learn that the problem was not a malfunctioning chip, but a new program that Ziggy got from Egypt. Al can’t walk through a wall into a dark room and see anything. It would just be black and he would not bump in to anything since he’s a hologram.


Miscellaneous Trivia:
Al appears in this episode 14 times. He uses the imaging chamber door twice. When talking about a hidden door in the tomb of Ptah-Hotep, Al compares it to "The Peorloin Letter" by Edgar Allen Poe.


Al’s Outfits Worn in the Episode:
Al has only one outfit in this episode, it is a red suit with a read shirt that has different shades of red in different shapes.


Writers: Chris Ruppenthal

Director: Joe Napolitano

Producers: Jeff Gourson, Tommy Thompson, Chris Ruppenthal, Paul Brown

Regular Cast: Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell


Guest Stars:
John Kapelos (Dr. Mustafa El Razul)

Lisa Darr (Ginny Will)
Chaim Girafi (Ali)
Ali Dean (Gamal)
Rodger LaRue (Dale Conway/Mirror)


Best Line:
Sam: "This is a chance of a lifetime." Al: "So is inventing a time machine. But, but, you know quit while your ahead."


Best Scene:
The best scene is when Sam sends Al back into the tomb to what is happening. Al sees what happens to Dr. Razul when he is stuck in with the body of Ptah-Hotep. When Al comes back there is a look of complete fear on his face.


Quotable Quotes:

"He is, I feel it."

"Man, what an ugly horse. What a gorgeous women."

"They were swallowed up without a trace."

"For anyone who will disturb the tomb of King Ptah-Hotep, death will swallow him."

"I can see them, too. Genius has death wish. Noble prize winner is really a knuckle head."

Al: "Sam, Sam, Sam I don’t like it here."
Sam: "Why don’t you go upstairs?"
Al: "Uh, good idea. I’ll meet you top side."

"Sam, it’s the curse."

"It’s not the curse."

"Dr. Conway, my dear friend, you are a student of Egypt, but you’re not one of its sons. And until you have heard what I’ve heard, and seen what I’ve seen. I would not expect you to believe that such a thing as a curse could be true. But it is."

"3500 year old dead men do not just get up and walk around."

Sam: "Al, if you can’t be helpful, why don’t you leave, ok."
Al: "Helpful, I’m being helpful. I’m keeping you company down here in the tomb of king Heebie-Jeebies."
Sam: "It’s just a room."
Al: "Yeah, it’s a room, how about the canary, how about Ali, how about the car. Those were just coincidences I suppose."
Sam: "That’s right."
Al: "Yeah, unless they were planned."

"If I were you I would sleep with my eyes open tonight."

"Happy hunting."

Sam: "Maybe, maybe, I’m over thinking this whole thing."
Al: "And this just occurred to you?"

"Give her an oscar and lets get the hell out of here."

"He’s killing him. Ptah-Hotep is killing him."

Al: "She had a really nice asp..."


Personal Review:
This episode is very interesting. I like the fact that you get to see a side of Al that you don’t normally see. Al is actually scared; he’s terrified in this episode. Overall, the episode is very entertaining and a great mystery to figure out.

Back to top