3x18 "A Hunting We Will Go"

Leap Date:

June 18, 1976

Episode Adopted by: MikeKraken (2004) & Stacie Wilcox (2024)
Additional info provided by: Brian Greene


Sam becomes a bounty hunter taking a difficult woman back to justice...or perhaps her death? He has to decipher her stories to find out if she is telling the truth or just making up tall-tales to set her free. Al also gives Sam his five stages of love in this episode.


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TV Guide Synopsis
Leap Date

Name of the Person Leaped Into
Broadcast Date
Synopsis & Review

Project Trivia
Al Trivia

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

Miscellaneous Trivia
Guest Stars
Guest Cast Notes
Say What?
Quotable Quotes
Best Scene
Production Credits


Production # 66424

TV Guide Synopsis:
Sam may just mutiny when he's a bounty hunter being broadsided by a rambunctious woman (Jane Sibbett), who may or may not have stolen $1 million. Rodney: Ken Marshall. Sheriff Michaels: Cliff Bemis. Jack: Michael McCarty. Bill: Dale Swann. Sam: Scott Bakula.

Various locations in Arkansas

Leap Date:

June 18, 1976


Name of the Person Leaped Into:

Gordon O'Reilly, third bounty hunter on the Diane Frost case

Broadcast Date:
April 17, 1991 - Wednesday

Synopsis & Review:

Sam leaps into a phone booth as bounty hunter Gordon O'Reilly. He is handcuffed to a blonde who screams for help, saying Sam is her ex husband who is going to kill her. Two men rough Sam up. Oh boy!

The men say they are going to get the sheriff, but the blonde convinces them to reach in Sam's pocket for the key instead. The man pulls out a warrant for the blonde. She is wanted for embezzlement, and Sam is a bounty hunter.

With that cleared up, Sam resumes his call with sheriff Michaels. He says he'll meet them at the Dacatur bus station. Al arrives and tells Sam that in the OH they didn't make it to Decatur. Sam is Gordon O’Reilly, bounty hunter, and the woman is Diane Frost. Al says that Diane looks exactly like his 5th wife Maxine. Diane forged her boss's name on 1 million dollars worth of checks. Sam's host is her 3rd bounty hunter on the case (the other two were severely injured in their pursuit).

Sam brings Diane on the bus. She claims she's not be any more trouble and apologizes. During the night she hangs out the window with motion sickness. Al comes to tell Sam that Diane is innocent and he is there to clear her name. But Ziggy said there's a 99.9% chance that she stole the money. (Al is biased because she reminds him of Maxine, who he divorced because he was 99.9% sure was cheating on him. After the divorce, he found out he was wrong and she was innocent. So since Maxine wasn't guilty, Diane must not be either) Sam says that's the stupidest thing he's ever heard.

Ziggy says that tonight Diane and Sam’s host get killed. The official history says Diane shot Gordon, then was killed herself while trying to escape. Diane steals a cowboys hat and throws it out the window, causing the man to fight with Sam and the bus driver to throw them off. Sam doesn't think things can get any worse, when a thunderstorm starts.

They find their way into a barn, and she tries to seduce him, and ends up loose. They chase each other around the loft, and end up falling into a pile of manure. (If it's pouring outside, why don't they go outside to wash off?) He ties her up in a chair. Al says that Sam is falling in love with her. They argue about her guilt, and Sam says that for the 1st time, Ziggy might be right about this. (It's funny for Sam to acknowledge how often Ziggy gets things wrong!) They go to sleep in the hay. Diane explains to Sam that she was framed by her boss, and is really innocent. Sam says that's for a judge and jury to decide, but she says her boss Rodney owns the judge and jury in Decatur.

The sheriff and Rodney learn from the bus driver that they were kicked off.

Sam and Diane try to hitch a ride. She convinces him that they aren't getting picked up because of the handcuffs and he stupidly takes them off. Diane unbuttons her top to get someone to stop, but then has them leave Sam behind in a puddle. Al comes and centers on Diane, who is just around the corner. He says the driver must have kicked her out when he smelled the manure.

They make their way to a motel and call sheriff Michaels, who will meet them here in an hour. Sam checks them into a room so they can wash up, and Diane steals a gun shaped lighter.  The woman at the desk isn't phased by their smell, and thinks they are honeymooner's.

After washing up and eating, Diane watches Wonder Woman on TV. She says she always wanted to get into law enforcement. Sam laughs that that's hard for a criminal to do. She admits to forging the checks, but says Rodney stole the money from retirees, including her mother. She was his accountant and when she realized what was happening, he forged the checks to get his clients their money back.  She says the money is hidden. He says if she doesn't go back to Decatur with him she will be killed (that should have been a weird statement for her but she didn't react to it at all), she says if she does go back she's as good as dead anyways.

She convinces him to let her help him run lintanent on his sore back. They end up kissing, but she stops when she realizes he still doesn't trust her. He was right not to, because she tries to escape out the bathroom window. Sam catches up to her but she pulls the lighter gin on him (which he doesn't know isn't real). She handcuffs him to the railing, then reveals it's a lighter. She pays the desk clerk for the lighter (proving she's not really a crook) before Sam escapes and the sheriff arrives. He takes Diane in his police car.al arrives and says Diane still does, in 20 minutes.  She gets shot trying to escape.

Al centers on Diane to see where she is, and Sam follows after in a truck (whose truck did he just steal??)  Rodney is in the car with Diane, trying to get the location of the money. The sheriff says if she tells them where the money is, he'll let her go. She says the money is in Travel Town in a train. She says she'll have to show them which one. Al goes back and tells Sam where to go. Sam explains to Al that she isn't really a crook, and they realize that she didn't kill Gordon the 1st time either, Rodney and the sheriff did.

Diane leads theen around Travel Town then leads a chase through the trains. The sheriff threatens to kill her mother. She gives them the money, and Al yells to Sam that she only has about 20 seconds before she gets shot. Sam pushes her out of the way just in time and they all fight. Sam ends up holding the fake gun on the men, who realize that but he ultimately apprehends them. It's revealed that what was in the bag is already addressed and stamped letters for the retirees (with a million dollars in cash?)

Al says that the charges are dropped on Diane, and Rodney and the sheriff get 15 years. Sam and Diane kiss again, and he suggests she could be a bounty hunter. Al says she goes on to be one of the best bounty hunters in the business. Sam leaps. Synopsis by Stacie Wilcox

Personal Review by MikeKraken:

When Sam leaps into a bounty hunter, he finds himself cuffed to a woman charged with embezzlement who seems to be quite adept at escaping her captors. Did she really sign one million dollars worth of cheques to frame her boss? Ziggy says that's a 99.9% probability of being true, but Al thinks otherwise.

This is one of the more humorous episodes, with the serious drama not presenting itself until toward the end of the show. There's not much to say about this episode, except that we learn about one of Al's wives. It's good for a few laughs, but that's about it. I found this one more aimed at being comedic than the normal mix that Quantum Leap has.


"Nights on Broadway" by The Beegees plays briefly when Sam switches on a TV. It is being covered by Donny and Marie Osmond on their show of the same name.

Project Trivia:

Handlink: colored cubes / gummy bear version

Al Trivia:

His fifth wife, Maxine, looks like Diane Frost. He met Maxine in Jersey City in a tattoo parlor. He divorced her because he was "99.9% sure" that she was cheating on him with a marine, but found out after the divorce that she wasn't.

Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode:

First, second, and third appearances: Red tie, red vest, darker red on front, black on back, silver pendant on left breast, lighter red shirt, black slacks; watch, unlit cigar. (Imaging Chamber Door only used to leave the third time)

Fourth and fifth appearances: White dress coat with silver design lines down the front, blue dress shirt, dark dress pants, unlit cigar, string tie with silver glittery buckle, white shoes, black belt with grey buckle. (no Imaging Chamber Door)

Al's Women:
Al talks alot about his fifth wife, Maxine in this episode.

He also thinks Diane is a looker.

Miscellaneous Trivia:
"A Hunting We Will Go" is the title of a nursery rhyme:

A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go.
We’ll catch a fox and put her in a box.
And then we’ll let her go.

A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go.
We’ll catch a fish and put him in a dish.
And then we’ll let him go.

A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go.
We’ll catch a cat and put her in a hat.
And then we’ll let her go.

A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go.
We’ll catch a goat and put him in a boat.
And then we’ll let him go.

A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go.
We’ll catch a bear and put him in a chair.
And then we’ll let him go.

A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go.
We’ll catch a sheep and put her in a jeep.
And then we’ll let her go.

A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go.
We’ll catch a snake and put him on a cake.
And then we’ll let him go.


Rubber handcuffs were made to keep Jane Sibbet's wrists from swelling.

As originally written, Scott Bakula didn't put his shirt back on for the remainder of the episode! However, it was cold in the Sierra highlands where they filmed, so they wrote it back on.


Regular Cast:

Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell as Al Calavicci

Guest Stars:

Jane Sibbett as Diane Frost
Ken Marshall as Rodney Owens
Cliff Bemis as Sheriff Michaels
Michael McCarty as Jack
Dale Swann as Bill
Jeffrey King as Luke
Warren Barrington (as Warren Harrington) as Clive
Maxine Elliott as Edwine
Dorothy Blass as Cashier
Ken Kells as Gordon (Mirror image)

Guest Cast Notes:

Jane Sibbett as Diane Frost: The youngest of five happy children, Jane Sibbett was born in Berkeley, California to William Ryan Sibbett IV and social butterfly "Sis" Gaines Sibbett. After a few years in Orinda, California, the Sibbett family moved to the idyllic island of Alameda where destiny bellowed at her daily in the form of a gruff neighbor. It was here that her best friends' father would announce daily upon her always shy, red-cheeked arrival, "Here is Jane Sibbett -- Star of Stage, Screen, Radio, and Television!" In the late 70s Jane did become a teenage DJ and station manager at K-RAT in Sacramento, California, as well as make her theatrical debut at the Eagle Theater. Though always dreaming of being a writer, Jane so loved being able to lose her still shy self in acting, she applied to enter the theater program at UCLA, gaining a spot on the prestigious Acting Continuum under magnificent Jennifer Penny Rountree. Upon graduating from UCLA, Jane continued working with the women of the Continuum, going on to act, write and co-produce several long running, much lauded plays in Los Angeles. Jane's acting career continued to keep her busy enough that even her honeymoon with writer/producer/director Karl Fink had to be squeezed into a hiatus week before the wedding. She and her husband remain busy and blissful in ongoing collaboration with one another and their three children on an animal packed farm in Southern California. (However, they divorced in 2016.) Jane's best friends remain so after nearly 40 years and their father, who heralded Jane's destiny, is most gratefully still looking for his due in her continuing success.

Quantum Leap Podcast Interview with Jane Sibbett: This is a supplemental interview with Jane Sibbett. This does not take the place of our normal show, but is just a little something extra for the QLP listeners… Enjoy!

Ken Marshall as Rodney Owens
: Kenneth "Ken" Marshall was born on June 27, 1950 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor. He gained international attention for playing the title role in the Italian-based historical TV-series Marco Polo (1982), with Burt Lancaster and Leonard Nimoy. Other Italian productions were Liliana Cavani's The Skin (1981) and Sergio Sollima's Berlin '39 (1993). He is especially known for his roles in science-fictions films and TV-series such as Krull 1983 and Quantum Leap 1989. In 1997 he received a nomination (OFTA Television Award) for best male actor as Lt. Commander Michael Eddington in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Cliff Bemis as Sheriff Michaels: Born May 21, 1948 in Amherst, Ohio, USA. Cliff was a 1966 graduate of Clearview High School in Lorain, OH, and has been inducted into the CHS Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. He has established the Cliff Bemis Music Theatre Scholarship at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, OH, from which he graduated in 1970. He is also the recipient of the 1998 Alumni Merit Award. He also narrated with the Cleveland Orchestra for their Young People's Concerts. Cliff was one of the original cast members of the musical "Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living in Paris," which played for over two years on Playhouse Square in Cleveland. That show is widely recognized as the show which helped save this historic theatre district. For seven seasons, he was a regular guest artist at The Cleveland Play House. He was also a regular singer of the National Anthem for the Cleveland Indians, Browns, and Cavaliers, as well as the Cleveland National Air Show. In 1987, while performing on stage together at Kenley Players, Cliff met and became friends with actor Robby Benson (star of "One on One," and the voice of the Beast in "Beauty and the Beast,") and his wife actress/singer Karla DeVito. They encouraged Cliff to move to LA, which he did, where he continued to build upon his career. Cliff has appeared in over 70 different TV shows including "Law and Order, SVU," "White Collar," "Arliss," "Married With Children," "Dallas," "Newhart," "Beverly Hills 90210," "Cheers," "Coach," and "Murder She Wrote" to name a few, and was featured in the films "Pink Cadillac" with Clint Eastwood, "Distinguished Gentlemen" with Eddie Murphy, and "Naked Gun 2 1/2." In the early 1990's, Cliff began his reign as the TV spokesperson for the IHOP restaurant chain. For ten years "Cliff from IHOP" was recognized all over the country, appearing in all of the TV ads, as well as making personal appearances for IHOP all over the USA and Canada, where he autographed over 75,000 "Cliff at IHOP" pictures. For ten years, Cliff was also a volunteer during the Christmas holidays at The White House, serving on a team which prepares this historic home for the holidays, and met both Presidents and First Ladies Bush and Clinton on several different occasions. Cliff's musical interests have resulted in three recordings, including a Christmas CD titled "Christmas Eve," featuring his vocal talents on the traditional music of the season. He has also released three instrumental CDs of favorite hymns titled "Hear My Prayer, Vol. I, II and III." To find out more about Cliff and his family, adventures, and to purchase his CDs, visit his Website at www.cliffbemis.com.

Michael McCarty as Jack: Michael McCarty was born on September 7, 1946 in Evansville, Indiana, USA. He was an actor, known for Dead Man (1995), The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) and Casper (1995). He died on September 26, 2014 in Santa Barbara, California, USA.

Dale Swann as Bill: Dale Swann was born on January 21, 1948 in Harrisburg, Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for Tango & Cash (1989), Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995) and Drop Zone (1994). He died on April 9, 2009 in Alton, Illinois, USA.

Jeffrey King as Luke: Kathleen Chalfant, K. Todd Freeman, Ron Leibman, Cynthia Mace, Joe Mantello, Ellen McLaughlin, Stephen Spinella and he were awarded the 1992 Drama Logue Award for Ensemble Performance for "Angels in America" Part One "Millennium Approaches" and Part Two: "Perestroika" in a Gordon Davidson/Mark Taper Forum production at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

Warren Barrington (as Warren Harrington) as Clive: Warren Barrington is known for Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991), Quantum Leap (1989) and Phenom (1993).

Maxine Elliott as Edwine: Born October 5, 1904 in Denver, Colorado, USA.
Died on January 10, 2000 in San Clemente, California, USA. Maxine Elliott Hicks' parents were George W. & Margaret Hicks. They are listed in the 1910 Colorado census and then show up in 1920, 1930 and 1940 census records in California. On George W. Hicks' death certificate is shows his mother's maiden name as Joslyn. Maxine was married several times, one being a Dodge. Adolescent leading lady of the silent screen, on stage from the age of five. Retired from acting for four decades following a dispute between her mother and Jack Warner (of Warner Brothers) in the early 30's. She re-emerged in the 1970's as a character actress.

Dorothy Blass as Cashier: Dorothy Blass is known for Quantum Leap (1989), The Trials of Rosie O'Neill (1990) and The Private Life of Marilyn Monroe (2013).

Ken Kells as Gordon (Mirror image): Ken Kells is known for The Rock (1996), The Last Boy Scout (1991) and The Big Lebowski (1998).

Say What? 
Al says he is going to do some research, but we hear the relocation sound instead of the Imaging Chamber door sound.

The Bionic Woman episode that Sam and Diane watch actually aired for the first time on March 4, 1978 - two years after this episode takes place. It was called, appropriately, "Out of Body."

The Donnie & Marie episode that Sam watches did not air until a year after this episode takes place.

The countdown to Diane's death goes from about two minutes to 20 seconds rapidly.

Al's cigar changes position and even disappears as Sam and Diane look through the envelopes.

Quotable Quotes:

Watch out for that bush behind you, it's full off...
-- Al and Sam, "A Hunting We Will Go"

She's innocent ... Sam, I can see it in her eyes.
You do not.  You may feel it in your loins, but you definitely do not see it in her eyes.
I feel it in my loins.
-- Al and Sam, about Al's reaction to Diane, "A Hunting We Will Go"

I'm glad I'm a hologram and don't have to smell you - you must really reek.
-- Al, "A Hunting We Will Go"

She looks exactly like Maxine, my fifth wife.  Did I ever tell you how I met her?  She was in a tattoo parlor...
-- Al, "A Hunting We Will Go"

Her name is Diane, not Maxine!
Yeah, I know that.
-- Sam and Al, "A Hunting We Will Go"

I was 99.9 percent sure that she was cheating on me with another guy ... and a Marine!
-- Al, "A Hunting We Will Go"

This is great ... I'm stuck out here in the middle of nowhere handcuffed to a woman that's trying to kill me and my best friend is trying to work through guilt about his fifth wife.
-- Sam, "A Hunting We Will Go"

I'm only human.
That's a matter of opinion.
-- Diane and Sam, "A Hunting We Will Go"

Sam, what are you doing down there?  This is no time to take a snooze!
-- Al, "A Hunting We Will Go"

What is this stuff?
-- Diane and Sam, "A Hunting We Will Go"

This is the leap from Hell!  When is it going to end?
-- Sam, "A Hunting We Will Go"

There are five stages of love, the first is denial, second is sex, then there's acceptance, then is divorce, and then there's sex, if you're lucky. ... it's a theory of mine and a darn good one!
-- Al, "A Hunting We Will Go"

Thank God my wife Maxine couldn't kick like that!
-- Al, "A Hunting We Will Go"

If you're a crook it's kind of hard to pursue a career in law enforcement.
-- Sam, "A Hunting We Will Go"

I'm a bounty hunter?
Did you grow up around a nuclear reactor?
-- Sam and Diane, "A Hunting We Will Go"

Best Line:
Al: "Sam, I can see it in her eyes.
Sam: "You do not. You may feel it in your loins, but you definitely do not see it in her eyes!"
Al: "Saaam! ... I feel it in my loins."

Best Scene:
The scene at the motel, after they've checked in until Sheriff Michaels comes to arrest Diane. It demonstrates the humor and seriousness of the episode.

Production Credits:

Theme by: Mike Post
Music by: Velton Ray Bunch
Co-Executive Producer: Deborah Pratt
Co-Executive Producer: Michael Zinberg
Supervising Producers: Harker Wade
Co-producers: Paul Brown, Jeff Gourson
Produced by: Chris Ruppenthal
Created by: Donald P. Bellisario
Written by: Beverly Bridges
Directed by:
Andy Cadiff

Executive Producer: Donald P. Bellisario
Associate Producer:
James S. Giritlian
Executive Story Editor: Tommy Thompson

Director of Photography: Jud Kehl
Production Designer: Cameron Birnie
Edited by: James Coblentz, Jerry U. Frizell, A.C.E..
Unit Production Manager: Ron Grow
First Assistant Director:
Kevin Corcoran
Second Assistant Director: Kate Yurka
Casting by: Ellen Lubin Sanitsky
Set Director: Robert L. Zilliox
Costume Designer: Jean-Pierre Dorleac
Costume Supervisors: David Rawley & Donna Roberts-Orme
Sound Mixer:
Barry D. Thomas
Stunt Coordinator: Diamond Farnsworth
Sound Editor: Paul Clay
Music Editor: Donald Woods

Panaflex Camera and Lenses by: Panavision

This motion picture is protected under laws of the United States and other countries. Unauthorized duplication, distribution or exhibition may result in civil liability and criminal prosecution.

Copyright 1991 by Universal City Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons living or dead is purely coincidental.

Bellisarius Productions and Universal, an MCA Company


Quantum Leap Podcast - A Hunting We Will Go

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