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Tina


"The Pilot Episode"

Also titled "Genesis"   Parts I and II


Leap Dates:

September 13, 1956

Summer, 1968


Episode Adopted By: R. Joy Helvie
Additional info provided by: Deborah Hendryx

Synopsis:

Dr. Sam Beckett, being pressured by the threat of loss of funding for his time-travel project code named "Quantum Leap", decides to hop in the nuclear accelerator early...and vanishes into the past.

He awakes to discover that he is an Air Force test pilot named Tom Stratton. But that's about all he knows. He has amnesia and can only remember portions of his life. He can't even remember his last name. And to make things worse, he doesn't even have his own reflection in the mirror. Everyone sees the physical aura of Tom around Sam's body.

Enter Al, a friend from his own time that appears in the form of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear. Al informs Sam that the project has gone "a little ca-ca." Best he can tell, God or fate or time has grabbed Sam and now he must put right a wrong in the life of Tom Stratton in order to leap back home. He has to break mach 3 in the experimental X-2 jet and live, since in the original history, Tom died in the test.

Later in the episode, Sam leaps again, this time into the life of a ballplayer named Fox. Here Al tells Sam his last name, and he is able to contact his father who is still alive at the time.

 

Audio from this episode
Opening Credits Score
Ending Credits Score
Video: The String Theory

 

 


The Pilot Episode: Part I

The Pilot Episode: Part II

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The Pilot Episode" Part I

Place
Leap Date

Project Date
Name of the Person Leaped Into
Songs

Music Artists
Project Trivia
Sam Trivia
Al Trivia

Al's Women
Miscellaneous Trivia

Kiss with History
Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode
Writers
Director
Producers

Crew
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

Awards

 

"The Pilot Episode" Part I

Place: Edwards Air Force Base; Blockfield, CA

Date: September 13, 1956

Leapee: Captain Tom Stratton

 

SONGS
"Picnic/Moonglow"
"Que Sera"
"Howdy Doody"
"Hound Dog"
"Thee I Love"
A song from Velton Bunch and the Deltones
Burmashave jingle
"Ooby-Dooby"

 

KISS WITH HISTORY
Sam started idea for Trivial Pursuit
, suggests the idea of lines striping on a road, mentions electric razors and the word "nerd" before they were invented.

 

PROJECT TRIVIA
Handlink: 1/4 inch thick/flat, transparent black plastic, black data screens, few buttons

Imaging Chamber Door: invisible, manually opened/closed

Project phone #: 555-2231

any interference in the Leaping process could kill the Leaper

Al and crew cannot give Sam any information about their present that Sam does not remember

Gooshie is Ziggy’s programmer/he’s a little guy with bad breath

Ziggy is a hybrid computer

 

SAM TRIVIA
grew up on a dairy farm in Indiana

has a sister named Katie

Katie married Lieutenant Jim Bonnick

Katie, Jim, and Sam’s mother have lived in Hawaii since Sam’s father died in 1974

does not know how to fly

 

AL TRIVIA
"Be-bop-a-lu-lu" got him through some cold nights at MIT

smokes cigars

appears to Sam in the form of a neurological hologram

 

AL'S OUTFITS
1) black tux
, white coat, white scarf, silver shoes Project Star Bright pin

2) red pajamas, white robe with black & white polka dots and stripes

 

Tina (picked up on the road/not Dr. Martinez-O’Farrell)
Danessa (Lithuanian, worked in chem. lab at MIT)

 

GUEST CAST
Peggy: Jennifer Runyon
Capt. "Bird Dog" Birdell: John Allen Nelson
Dr. Berger: W.K. Stratton
Capt. Tony LaMott: Larry Poindexter
Weird Ernie: Bruce McGill
Tina: Barbra Horan
Capt. Doug Walker: David Trent
Dr. Blaustein: James F. Dean
Lucy: Lela Ivey
Gooshie: Dennis Wolfberg
Sally: Lydia Cornell
Jeanie: Christine Poor
Mikey Stratton: Christian Van Dorn
Tom Stratton (mirror image): Layne Beamer

 

GUESTS WHO APPEARED IN OTHER QUANTUM LEAP EPISODES
W.K. Stratton also appeared in the episodes "Good Night, Dear Heart," and the trilogy episodes "One Little Heart," "For Your Love," and "The Last Door."

CREW

Executive Producer:
Donald P. Bellisario

Written by:
Donald P. Bellisario

Directed by:
David Hemmings

Music by:
Mike Post

Edited by:
George R. Rohrs
Mario DiGregorio

Art Director:
Cameron Birnie

Director of Photography:
Roy H. Wagner a.s.c.

Supervising Producer:
John Hill

Co-producer:
Deborah Pratt

Produced by:
Harker Wade

Associate Producer:
David Bellisario

Unit Production Manager:
Will Beaudine, Jr.

1st Assistant Director:
Tom Connors

2nd Assistant Director:
Jim Turley
Bob Webb

Casting:
Maryann Kohler

Set Director:
Robert L. Zilliox

Costumes:
Jean-Pierre Dorleac

Costume Supervisors:
David Rawley
Donna Roberts-Orme

Make-up:
Steve Gautier

Hairstylist:
Virginia Kearns

Sound Mixer:
Ron L. Collins

2nd Unit Director:
David Jones

Sound Editor:
Vic Lackey

Music Editor:
Susan Mick

Panaflex camera and lenses by PANAVISION

Air Force Technical Advisor:
Chuck Davis

"Howdy Doody" courtesy of National Broadcasting Co.

Titles & optical effects:
Howard Anderson Company

Grateful appreciation to:
Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base

 


 

 

This episode is available on DVD and VHS!

 

"The Pilot Episode" Part II

Place
Leap Date

Name of the Person Leaped Into
Songs

Music Artists
Project Trivia
Sam Trivia
Al Trivia

Al's Women
Miscellaneous Trivia

Kiss with History
Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode
Writers
Director
Producers

Crew
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

Awards

 

"The Pilot Episode" Part II

 

SONGS
"Yellow Rose of Texas"

 

KISS WITH HISTORY
Sam teaches Peggy a modern way of breathing during labor

 

PROJECT TRIVIA
Handlink: 1/4 inch thick/flat, transparent black plastic, black data screens, few buttons

Project Quantum Leap is in New Mexico

The Imaging Chamber is a large cavern

Dogs can see Sam and Al

When Sam leaps from one place to another, it’s simultaneous. But for the Project, the time between varies (this time was six days)

Ziggy is referred to as a "he"; he can be depressed; he has a big ego

 

SAM TRIVIA
is a medical doctor; went to pre-med

created Ziggy; Quantum Leap is his project

holds 6 doctorates; quantum physics is his specialty

TIME Magazine called him the next Einstein

full name is Sam Beckett

His grandmother (or mother; John called her "Mom") won a blue ribbon 10 years in a row at the Elk Ridge County Fair for her pumpkin pie

His great uncle’s name is John; he moved to Australia when Sam’s father was just a boy

 

AL TRIVIA
is an ex-astronaut

has an ex-wife

 

AL'S OUTFITS, PART II
1) pink & red dress shirt
, black fedora, black tie, silver slacks

2) gray suit, peach dress shirt

3) silver bomber jacket, purple dress shirt, black slacks, silver shoes

 

AL'S WOMEN
Martha (met at a party; took to Lakers playoff)
Brenda (took her into the fileroom)

 

GUEST CAST
John Beckett: Newell Alexander
Coach: Lee DeBroux
Sportscaster: Doug Cox
Umpire: Hank Robinson
Old Man: Patrick Cranshaw
Batboy: Brent Chalem
Young Sam: Adam Affonso
Matt: Mike Greenwood
Clyde: Dave Duensing
Barnes: David Dawson
Pepper: Kevin Johnson
Tim Fox (mirror image): Ken Martin

Executive Producer:
Donald P. Bellisario

Written by:
Donald P. Bellisario

Directed by:
David Hemmings

Music by:
Mike Post

Edited by:
George R. Rohrs
Mario DiGregorio

Art Director:
Cameron Birnie

Director of Photography:
Roy H. Wagner a.s.c.

Supervising Producer:
John Hill

Co-producer:
Deborah Pratt

Produced by:
Harker Wade

Associate Producer:
David Bellisario

Unit Production Manager:
Will Beaudine, Jr.

1st Assistant Director:
Tom Connors

2nd Assistant Director:
Jim Turley
Bob Webb

Casting:
Maryann Kohler

Set Director:
Robert L. Zilliox

Costumes:
Jean-Pierre Dorleac

Costume Supervisors:
David Rawley
Donna Roberts-Orme

Make-up:
Steve Gautier

Hairstylist:
Virginia Kearns

Sound Mixer:
Ron L. Collins

2nd Unit Director:
David Jones

Sound Editor:
Vic Lackey

Music Editor:
Susan Mick

Panaflex camera and lenses by PANAVISION

Air Force Technical Advisor:
Chuck Davis

"Howdy Doody" courtesy of National Broadcasting Co.

Titles & optical effects:
Howard Anderson Company

Grateful appreciation to:
Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base


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