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young, orphaned woman from Germany named Hilla, who moved to the USA
after her family was killed in the war from a firebombing, turns up on
the mortician's table as an apparent suicide on her 19th birthday,
However, Sam believes it may have been murder.
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TV Guide Synopsis
Name of the
Person Leaped Into
Outfits Worn in the Episode
Guest Cast Notes
who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes
members who have passed away
Production # 65424
TV Guide Synopsis:
leaps into a mortician who becomes obsessed with preserving the memory
of a young woman by proving she didn't commit suicide. Roger: William
Cain. Stephanie: Marcia Cross. Aggie: Deborah Strang. Sam: Scott Bakula.
March 7, 1990 (Wednesday)
Riven Rock, Massachusetts, USA
November 9, 1957
Name of the
Person Leaped Into:
Melvin Spooner, a moritican/coroner for the small town
"Moonglow: Theme from Picnic" by Morris Stoloff
"Love Theme from Picnic" by George Dunning
(1955) plays a little later in her room.
Sam plays the same song (Moonglow) in two different scenes on Hilla's
phonograph. The second time, Al says it's a "beautiful melody; haunting,
beautiful. I used to like to play that on rainy nights, sittin' in
front of a roaring fire by the fireplace." This song also played in "Genesis".
Handlink: Second version
We find out that Sam knows German, one of his seven modern languages,
when he reads "Meine Leibe für evig“ from Hilla's mother's locket,
which he translates to "My love for ever" (but it's actually "My love
Al reinforces his fear of dead people by leaving when Sam performs the
autopsy and when the beautician, Aggie, comes.
Cigars: He has a cigar in his hand for the first four visits with Sam, but
never smokes them.
Worn in the Episode:
First appearance: Grey dress shirt, black and white vest with a swirled
pattern, thin silver tie, white dress pants with a cream belt.
Second through fourth appearance: Burnt Sienna dress shirt, with
puffy arms, black-and-brown patterned vest; thin tie that matches vest;
black dress pants; black belt with silver buckle.
Fifth appearance: White dress shirt with blue pinstripes, black
dress pants, black belt with silver buckle, metal clip in place of a
Sixth appearnce: Blue shirt, dark pants, dark-blue vest, white
overcoat, silver shoes, white fedora with a black band.
The comic book "Up Against
a Stone Wall" (#9 in the series) is a sequel
to this episode!
This episode is the second of two episodes that have snow in it (the
first being the one that precedes it, "Freedom."
Al tells Sam this isn't Laura, he's talking about the film "Laura" from
1944 about a private detective who falls in love with a woman whose
murder he is investigating.
episode, despite winning an award, was overshadowed by negative press
from parts of the gay community. Some felt that writing a gay character
as the villan was the wrong thing to do.
Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell as Al Calavicci
William Cain as Roger Truesdale
Marcia Cross as Stephanie Haywood
Robert Duncan McNeill as Greg Truesdale
Deborah Strang as Aggie the beautician
W. K. Stratton as Sheriff Lyle Roundtree
Hal Bokar - Groundskeeper
Suzanne Tegman - Hilla Danner
Marvyn Byrkett - Melvin (Mirror image)
Guest Cast Notes:
Robert Duncan McNeill, from the live-action "Masters of the Universe" movie appears here. A year later, he guest stared in an episode of "Star
Trek: The Next Generation" called 'The First Duty' (episode # 5.19) on
March 28, 1992, playing Cadet (First Class) Nicholas Locarno. Later, he
stared in "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995-2001) as Lt. Tom Paris.
who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes:
W. K. Stratton plays Larry Stanton III in the three 'Trilogy' episodes
as well as Dr. Berger in 'Genesis'. He also voices two different radio dispatchers in "Hurricane" and "Black On White On Fire."
who have passed away (as of the date the synopsis was
Hal Bokar - April 17, 1990 (not too long after the episode aired)
Christopher T. Welch
Music by - Mike Post
- Deborah Pratt
Co-Producers - Paul Brown, Jeff
Gourson, Chris Ruppenthal
Produced by - Harker Wade
Written by - Paul Brown
Christopher T. Welch
Associate Producer - David Bellisario
Director of Photography - Michael Watkins
Production Designer - Cameron Birnie
Edited by - Alec Smight
Unit Production Manager - Ron Grow
First Assistant Director - Paul Sirmons
Second Assistant Director - Rob Mendel
Casting by - Ellen Lubin Sanitsky
Set Decorator - Robert L. Zilliox
Costume Designer - Jean-Pierre Dorleac
Costume Supervisors - David Rawley, Donna Roberts-Orme
Sound Mixer - Mark Hopkins McNabb
Stunt Co-ordinator - Diamond Farnsworth
Contributing Musical Composers - Velton Ray Bunch and Jerry Grant
Panaflex® Camera and Lenses by PANAVISION®
Supervising Sound Editor - Paul Clay
Music Editor - Tom gleason
Copyright © 1990 by Universal City Studios, Inc. All rights reserved.
Country of first publication United States of Amercia. Univeral City
Studios, Inc. is the author of this motion picture for purposes of the
Berne Convention and all national laws giving effect thereto.
The charcters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictitious, and
any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely
This is one of the most dramatic and touching episodes of "Quantum
Leap" and sits highly on my own personal rankings. It plays out like a
murder mystery, with Sam trying to discover if Hilla committed suicide
or was murdered by any number of the people she knew the best. Scott
and Dean, as usual, exhibit their excellent acting abilities in this
Sam (after Hilla's burial, reading from a Mark Twain book): "Warm
summer sun, shine kindly here. Warm southern wind, blow softly here.
Green sod above, lie light, lie light. Good night, dear heart. Good
night, good night."
When Lyle and Sam are arguing over whether or not they should search
for a gun in the icy water at the dock, at Melvin's office. There is
great camera work with the conversation half taking place in front of a
mirror while Lyle pretty much sums up the entire episode.
How does Sam keep on seeing flashes of Hilla before he has seen her
films or read her diary? There's no indication that Melvin knew Hilla
or of any psycho-synergising.
Hilla's passport number is missing from her passport.
Sam and his mirror image have a hard time staying in sync.
Was Hilla meant to die? Why didn't Sam leap in prior to the murder?
Sam: "She's dead."
Lyle: "Melvin, you should've been a detective instead of a mortician."
Sam (voiceover while driving a hearse): "Whenever I quantum leap, I get
to see what it's like to walk in another man's shoes, and sometimes
what it's like to drive in his car."
Sam: "I've got feelings."
Al: "'Feelings'? That's a song! You've got no evidence. You got no gun,
you got no bullet. You got nothing."
Lyle: "Nobody owns me, Melvin... except maybe my wife."
You can come out
now Al, it's over.
You would have made a great Dr. Watson Al.
Talking to the stiffs again, Melvin?
-- Aggie, catching Sam talking to Al
Paul Brown won the 1991 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Television Episode Teleplay