of a Champion"
July 23, 1955
Episode adopted by: RoseAnn Erks
Additional info provided by: Ron Stewart
When he leaps into half of the "Battling
Rooskies" tag team wrestling duo, Sam must find a way to keep his brother from
wrestling...or it will result in a heart attack. Meanwhile, the wife of a jealous wrestler
tries to seduce Sam.
from this episode
Name of the Person Leaped Into
Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode
Kiss with History
Guest Cast Notes
Guests who appeared in
other Quantum Leap episodes
Cast members who have passed away
Say what? (things in the episode that make no sense)
Name of the Person Leaped Into: Terry
Sammis (aka "Nikolai")
July 23, 1955
Date: May 8, 1991
Some country music plays in part of the episode
Sam is a doctor and he remembers the problems that can occur from rheumatic fever and all
the complications that it can have. Sam knows nothing about wrestling.
Carl is busy watch the 3 Stooges. The doctors exam only consists of checking
the blood pressure and listen to his breathing. Al appeared in the episode 8 times. The
chamber door opens twice during the episode.
Als Outfits Worn in the Episode:
The first outfit that Al is wearing is a royal blue shirt, black pants, and silver vest
with red, pink, blue, white, and black colors mixed in it. The second outfit that Al wears
in this episode is a lime green shirt, emerald green hat, and emerald green pants.
Regular Cast: Scott Bakula,
Jerry Bossard (Ronny Sammis)
Don Hood (Lamar the Promoter)
Deborah Wakeham (Sheri Shilo)
Angela Paton (Lottie Sammis)
Rance Howard (Doctor)
Terry Funk (Carl Shilo)
Susan Isaacs (Myra)
Tim De Zarn (Stan)
Don Dolan (Referee)
Jeff Hochendoner (Terry Sammis)
Jay S. York (Executioner)
John Kidwell (Hank Sammis)
Rance Howard played David Sheridan on Babylon 5. He is the father of Ron Howard.
Angela Paton played Harriet Anderson on Falcon
Crest and Mrs. Thompson on The Tom Show.
Deborah Wakeham played Joyce Carter on Danger
Guests who appeared in other
Quantum Leap Episodes:
Susan Isaacs appeared in the episode The Last Gunfighter as Lucy.
"You know Sam, hes probably all talk. Hes probably just all talk. Yeah,
maybe hes not all talk Sam. I think Ill step down."
The best scene is right before Sam leaps. Carls wife is nursing her husband after
the match and she is bending over. Sam goes to knock her over but kicking her butt. Sam
leaps before he makes contact.
"He knows how long the matches are going to be before they start? How long and
whos going to win. All except the title matches, then its every man for
"Cheer up little brother. At least we
won this time."
"The leaping little poster eater."
"To you Im a doctor, to them
Im a wrestler."
"These are the kind of guys that keep
those fishing programs on the air."
"If I want to see violence, Ill
watch the news."
"Hes letting himself in."
"Brain. What brain?"
"I dont feel really smart right
This episode is an excellent example of peoples view of wrestling in the 50s.
The wrestling business wanted you to believe that it was real. Later it came out that they
wanted to be considered as entertainment. The episode helps people to realize that just
because you dont feel sick, doesnt mean your not. A simple doctors exam
may not find out that something is wrong unless they do a more detailed exam. This episode
is very entertaining to watch. There are some very humorous parts and some serious parts
in this episode. Over all it is an excellent episode of Quantum Leap.