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"Double Identity"

Leap Dates:

November 8, 1965
November 9, 1965

Episode adopted by: Albingo
Additional info provided by: Brian Greene


Sam Beckett leaps into the life of Frankie LaPalma, a Mafia hitman in love with with the mob boss's girlfriend, Teresa.

Don Geno is on to him and no amout of "Volare" can get him out of it.

Meanwhile, Al and the project are trying again to retrieve him and they speculate that Sam must duplicate the events of his leap-in for the retrieval process to work.

Then in a second leap within the same situation, Sam has to put things right in an entirely different way.


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TV Guide Synopsis
Leap Date

Name of the Person Leaped Into

Music Artists
Project Trivia
Al's Women
Miscellaneous Trivia

Kiss with History
Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode

Broadcast Date
Guest Stars
Guest Cast Notes
Guests Who Appeared in Other Episodes of Quantum Leap
Personal Review
Best Scenes
Say What?
Quotable Quotes


Production # 65001

TV Guide Synopsis:
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore. But when you're a hit man fooling around with a mobster's girl in 1965 like Sam (Scott Bakula), that's a mess. Teresa: Terri Garber. Geno: Michael Genovese. Tony: Joe Santos. Observer: Dean Stockwell.

Broadcast Date:
April 21, 1989

Name of the Person Leaped Into:
First leap: Frankie LaPalma
Second leap: Don Geno Frascetti

Leap Dates:
First leap: Monday, November 8, 1965
Second leap: Tuesday, November 9, 1965

Brooklyn, New York

"Stop in the Name of Love" by The Supremes is playing in the barbershop.

"Hang On Sloopy" by the McCoys, a song about mismatched lovers.

"Volare" by Domenico Modugno

Project Trivia:
It's very hot in the imaging chamber, as Al uses a fan frequently.

We never see the imaging chamber door in this episode. Also there are no 'whooshing noises' to indicate that the imaging door has actually opened.

Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode:
1. Green, Orange, & White Hawaiian shirt

2. Fur Coat, Fur Hat, Red & Black scarf

Al's Women:
Al mentions a Hannah Gretz who was one of Al's first lady friends. She was Al's fourth grade classmate, who he terrorized by dipping her pigtails into the inkwells. He did this until he figured out that it was more fun to take her into the schools cloakroom.

Al observes a bridesmaid as well.

Miscellaneous Trivia:
Doctor Zhivago" is playing at the cinema when Sam and Frankie's family walks down the street. Dr Zhivago was one of the biggest films of 1965, and is ironically also about a love triangle.

This is the first time a reversed room was not utilized for the mirror shot. 

Kiss With History:
The northeast blackout of 1965 was a significant disruption in the supply of electricity on Tuesday, November 9, 1965, affecting parts of Ontario in Canada and Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont in the United States. Over 30 million people and 80,000 square miles (207,000 km2) were left without electricity for up to 13 hours.

Regular Cast:
Scott Bakula (Sam)
Dean Stockwell (Al)

Guest Stars:
Terri Garber as Teresa Pacci
Michael Genovese as Don
Geno Frascati
Joe Santos as Tony LaPalma
Tom Silardi as
Segundo LaPalma 
Page Mosely as Francesco ‘Frankie’ LaPalma (Mirror image)

Nick Casavettes as Primo LaPalma
Harriet Medin as Nonna
Margolis as Adriano
Dean Fortunato as Father Sebastian
Mancini as Al
Joseph Svezia as Student
John Hostetter as Burt

Michael Franco as Charlie
Patricia Veselich as Angela

Guest Cast Notes:
Michael Genovese later went on to appear in the hit hospital drama ER.

Terri Garber is most famous for playing Leslie Carrington in the soap Dynasty from 1987-88.

Nick Cassavetes has a long filmography that stretches 30 years, and appeared in the film Blow with Johnny Depp.

Guests Who Appeared in Other Episodes of Quantum Leap:
Michael Genovese also appeared in "Mirror Image" as Mr. Collins.


Donald P. Bellisario

Aaron Lipstadt

Donald P. Bellisario

Reviewer Summary: 
Sam leaps into 1965 as hitman Frankie LaPalma, working for Mafia leader Don Geno Frascetti. Frankie has been seeing Don Geno's wife Teresa without his knowledge. 

Sam leaps in during a Italian / Mafia wedding which is steeped in all the tradition and meaning that made occasions such as weddings so important to the Mafia. However Sam has to sing the song 'Volaire' to the guests, and although Sam can speak five languages and read two dead ones, he cannot speak Italian. However, Al appears and helps Sam with the words. Soon Sam gets accustomed to the song and starts to sing solo. 

Al tells Sam that he is there to get Frankie La Palma to leave the Mafia.

Also Al says that Ziggy has a new theory that predicts if Sam carries out a few 'minors' tasks, then he should be able to leap straight home after he completes his mission. One of them is for Sam to cause the 1965 blackout and the other is to make love to Teresa again. However, the second time, Don Geno walks in on them. Sam and Don Geno start to fight and Sam leaps. 

This time Sam becomes Don Geno just after the fight and Frankie has no memory as to what has just taken place. He thinks it is still the wedding from the day before. Sam then makes sure that Don Geno will not kill Frankie after he leaps out.

Personal Review: 
Double Identity is one of my favorite episodes of Quantum Leap. My reason for this are that I have always been a fan of mafia films i.e. The Godfather, Goodfellas etc. I think that Double Identity replicates the feelings of these films very well, and of course the second leap near the end. 

I was always a fan of episodes that were away from the usual Quantum Leap episode, such as the Evil Leaper trilogy.

Scott and Dean put in their usually high quality performance, and the rest of the cast adjusts itself admirably.

Best Scene:
Either scene is a toss up between Sam's version of Volaire and the final 'second leap' scene.

Say What?
In the mirror, a cumberbund appears that wasn't there a moment before.

Sam states that he was ten years old in '65, but according to his birthdate, he was actually twelve.

Al somehow knows what Frankie's father and Don Geno talked about outside, but Al hadn't arrived yet. Was he hanging out outside and we didn't see?

The movie theater is showing the film "Dr. Zhivago" but the movie wasn't released until 1965.

Quotable Quotes:
If I'm lyin', I'm dyin'.
-- Theresa, "Double Identity"

Oh boy, I'm supposed to speak Italian.
-- Sam, "Double Identity"

Maybe I'm here to start the unisex revolution.
-- Sam, "Double Identity"

You'd trust your leap to them?
I trust you and Ziggy ...
-- Al and Sam, "Double Identity"

Did you hear that?
That was my zipper.
-- Sam and Theresa, "Double Identity"

(Oh God he's speaking Italian. What would Frankie say? Frankie would say something in Italian.) Volare.
Uh..Sam, you just told him to fly away.
-- Sam and Al, "Double Identity"

Yeah, you know, make a noise with your voice.
-- Sam and Al, "Double Identity"

Trouble is, as soon as I put you two together, I'm outta here and the old Gino is back, and you end up like Jimmy Hoffa.
Running the teamsters?
-- Sam and Frankie, "Double Identity"

Ah-ha, so that's what you're supposed to look like in a tux.
-- Sam, "Double Identity"

Hitting Buffalo, I understand. A hair dryer in Buffalo, non capisco.
If Frankie says we do it, we do it.
If Frankie says you jump off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you jump?
No, that would be stupid.
-- Primo and Segundo reacting to Sam's request to go to Buffalo and plug in a hair dryer, as per Ziggy's instructions, "Double Identity"

A & P has a fraternity?
That's Alpha Rho, you idiot, Primo, it's Greek!
No kiddin'! I didn't know A & P Supermarkets were Greek!
-- Primo and Segundo, "Double Identity"

I'm 10, in the fourth grade. Marsha Greene sits in front of me.
And you used to dip her pigtails into the inkwells.
We didn't have inkwells.
Oh, we did. I used to dip Hanna Gretz's pigtails- until I discovered that it was a lot more fun to take Hanna into the cloakroom.
In the fourth grade?
I was socially advanced.
-- Sam and Al, "Double Identity"

As Al would say, timing is everything.  What did she call me?  Terrific ... no dummy, Frankie was terrific.
-- Sam, "Double Identity"

Whoever heard of one lousy hairdryer blacking out all of the East coast.
-- Al, "Double Identity"

At 22:15 Greenwich Mean Time, you must plug in a thousand-watt hairdryer in a house located at 111 Erie Drive, Buffalo, New York.
(incredulous) What?
--Al and Sam, "Double Identity"
~Sam: What if I'm supposed to use this [gun]?
Al: Make sure you take the safety off. "Double Identity"

This episode won an Emmy for Hairstyling for a Series in 1989. The prize went to Virginia Kerns.

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