5x09 "The Last Door"
                            Trilogy Part III


Leap Date:

July 18, 1978


Episode Adopted by: M. J. Cogburn
Additional info provided by: Deborah Hendryx and Brian Greene


Synopsis:

In the final installment of a three-part saga, Sam leaps into Larry Stanton, a lawyer who defends Abagail on trial for the  murder of Leta Aider. Secrets are revealed, the family history comes unraveled, and surprises are in store for Sam as he discovers the heritage behind Abagail's daughter, Samantha Jo Fuller.

 

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TV Guide Synopsis
Place
Leap Date

Name of the Person Leaped Into
Broadcast Date
Synopsis & Review
Music

Project Trivia
Sam Trivia
Al Trivia

Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode

Miscellaneous Trivia
Deleted Scenes
Guest Stars
Guest Cast Notes
Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes
Say What?
Quotable Quotes
Best Scenes
Awards

Production Credits
Podcasts




TV Guide Synopsis:
Conclusion. Sam leaps into Abagail Fuller's attorney in a murder trial with personal implications. Sam: Scott Bakula. Al: Dean Stockwell. Laura Fuller: Meg Foster. Abagail: Melora Hardin.


 


Places:
Potterville, Louisiana
Baton Rouge, Louisiana




Leap Date:
July 28, 1978



Leapee:
Laurence “Larry” Stanton, III


 
Broadcast Date:
November 24, 1992 - Tuesday



Last Week On Quantum Leap:



Synopsis & Review:

In the third final installment of a three-part saga, Sam leaps another 12 years into the future to 1978 and into the body of Larry Stanton, a retired lawyer who was there in 1966 when Abagail Fuller was almost lynched. Abagail has now been charged with murdering Leta Aider, the woman who has always accused her of killing both her daughter and her husband. Aider was found lying in a pool of blood with her throat slit in Abagail's kitchen.


Abagail has specifically asked for Stanton to defend her and despite the attorney's frail health, he decides to do so. Al tells Sam that unless he can change history, Abagail will be found guilty and be executed. Sam also meets Abagail's daughter, Sammy Jo, a very intelligent young girl, who Al says she is most likely Sam's daughter. Sam soon realizes that in order to properly defend her, he will also have to deal with the allegations that Abagail also killed her 12-year-old classmate. For the truth, he turns to Abagail's mother who has been institutionalized for many years. Source

Full synopsis coming soon!

Personal Review by M.J. Cogburn:

The third part of the Trilogy is even more wrapped up in the mess! And finding out that you have a daughter is something even more intriguing! And finding out how Leta died… even better! Perfect ending to a three part episode.



Music:

Mockingbird (A lullaby) – depending on the time in the show, it can be anywhere from sweet and calming to eerie and odd.

Fan-made music video featuring all three parts of Trilogy:


Project Trivia:
Al’s memory of history after Sam changes it comes to him instantly. When Sam changes history with Abagail, he immediately recalls Sammy Jo at the Project and all past history with her in his life.

Sam inherits Stanton's heart problem, further evidence of mind/body synergising.

Sammy Jo is working at Project Quantum Leap (by the end of the episode) and is currently working on a way to bring Sam home!

Ziggy says Sam will not remember Sammy Jo after he Leaps out. Sam's memory comes and goes, so it is interesting to learn that Ziggy knows this to be fact. Perhaps Ziggy has developed a hand in controlling Sam's memory between Leaps?



Sam Trivia:
He finds out that he has a daughter, Sammy Jo Fuller, who was concieved with Abagail during "Trilogy Part II: For Your Love."

Sam and Sammy Jo both love the play, "Brigadoon."

Sam's daughter has an IQ of 194.



Al Trivia:
Al reveals a little about two of his divorce lawyers.




Al's Outfits:
1) Red jacket
White and black shirt
White pants
Black talisman string tie

2) Blue with white pen striped suit
White shirt
White Talisman on Lapel
Silver tie

3) Green suit jacket
Multicolored brown shirt
Copper Tie
Green pants



Miscellaneous Trivia:

Sammy Jo Fuller's character was created for a future project by Deborah Pratt, namely "Time Child" which never came to fruition. Watch Deborah read a few bits of "Time Child" in the video below:

The planned Quantum Leap spin-off series "A Bold Leap Forward" was also going to use a version of Sammy Jo. Click the link above to read the script and look below to watch Trey Callaway, Caitlin Bassett,  Nanrisa Lee, Georgina Reilly, Deborah Pratt, Albert Mark Burdge, Christopher DeFilippis, &Allison Pregler perform a table read of the pilot episode for A Bold Leap Forward!


Miscellaneous Trivia of Other Characters:

Leta Aider:

Her daughter, Violet was presumed dead in 1953 and her husband was killed two years later, and Leta believed Abagail Fuller was responsible for both deaths.

Eleven years later she led a lunch mob that tried to kill Abagail after a local boy turned up missing. The boy was eventually found safe.

New: In 1978, her daughter’s bones were found at the bottom of a well. Leta went to an attorney, but he told her that they couldn’t prosecute Abagail because she was a juvenile when the murder took place. Leta was later found in Abagail’s kitchen, dead, and Abagail was arrested for the murder. In the trial it came out that Leta had committed suicide, but called the sheriff just before then to report screams in the house in order to set up Abagail.

Violet Aider:
Next to Abagail fuller, she was the prettiest girl in the parish in 1953, but she vanished after the two girls had an argument over a locket. The entire parish searched for her until they found hre bloody sweater and decided a pack of wild dogs roaming in the area must have killed her. They destroyed the dogs and Sheriff Clayton Fuller closed the case.

Violet’s mother believed Abagail Fuller had murdered her daughter.

New: The child’s bones were discovered in 1978 when the town well was unsealed for renovations.

Abagail Fuller:
The whole town believed this little girl was cursed crazy because her mother and grandmother were "touched". When Sam leaped into her father Clayton, Abagail had just found the body of Bart Aider, father of Violet, a girl Abagail had been accused of murdering two years before. The girls had gotten into a fight over a locket, and Abagail said Violet had run off and that was the last she had seen of her. Violet’s body was never found, but her bloody sweater was. Clayton was the sheriff, and he closed the case, saying a pack of wild dogs must have killed the girl. Violet’s mother Leta never stopped haranguing Abagail, insisting she killed Violet. And when her husband Bart died under mysterious circumstances, she believed Abagail killed him, too. Leta tried to get Abagail to admit she killed Violet, and then set the Fuller house on fire, hoping to kill Abagail. Sam rescued Abagail and Leaped just before Clayton was killed.

Cut to 1966: Twenty-one-year-old Abagail was preparing to marry Will Kinman, the local deputy. Sam leaped into Will the night before the wedding, and she later told him that making love seemed wrong, and then in a "magic flash" it was as though their bodies were made for each other. Sam was equally attracted to Abagail, practically becoming obsessed with her. When Tavis Perkins, a boy she had been baby-sitting, disappeared, the town – at Leta’s instigation – blamed her and formed a lunch mob. Sam kept Abagail from being shot and helped the town find the missing boy.

New: Cut to 1978. Violet Aider’s bones were found at the bottom of the town well during restoration work. Leta went to an attorney, who told her they couldn’t prosecute because Abagail was a minor when the crime occurred. Later, Leta’s body was found on Abagail’s kitchen floor. Abagail was arrested and in the original history, died in the electric chair on June 30, 1984. Sam leaped into Larry Stanton, a former local attorney who had moved to Shreveport. The Fuller family housekeeper asked Sam to take the case, and he did. Sam was surprised to meet Sammie Jo, Abagail’s daughter by Will Kinman. She and Will never married, and she raised the child on her own. Al reported that Sammie JO was conceived while Sam was Will Kinman. Sam proved Abagail’s innocence by showing that Leta Aider had called the police before committing suicide in the kitchen. Sammie Jo then confirmed the evidence when she screamed from the audience in the courtroom that she had seen everything. Abagail eventually married, moved to Chicago, and is happy to this day.

Laura Blanchette Fuller:
Clayton Fuller’s wife. After Sam leaped into Clayton, he was under the impression that Laura was dead., but saw a "vision" of her when a gust of wind blew closed his bedroom door. He found out from Abagail that the night Violet Aider died, Laura and Clayton had a terrible argument and she left. Sam found out that she had been committed to Peach Hill Home fore the Mentally Ill that night. He visited and found her uncommunicative, rocking in a chair and staring into space, though she did seem to notice Al.

When Sam visited her eleven years later as Will Kinman, Laura had bandages on her head and one arm. She was more communicative, but talked about her mother, who had killed all of her brothers and sisters because there was no food. Laura had escaped death because she had fallen under the bed. She saw Sam as himself and believed he would keep her daughter safe.

New: In 1978 when Abagail was being held in Leta Aider’s murder, Sam went back to visit Laura as Larry Stanton. The bandages were gone, revealing a head and arm that had been severely burned. Her doctor said she was staying at the hospital of her own accord and was free to come and go as she pleased. Laura remembered him as Sam, and said that Clayton told her he would come, and now she would tell the whole truth about Violet Aider’s death. She had seen Violet after the fight, and the girl backed away and fell into a well. Laura tried to catch her, but was only able to grab the locket, which she had secretly kept all these years. Since Laura wasn’t at the hospital against her will, her testimony on Abagail’s behalf was accepted in court to the disconcertment of Mr. Waters.

Reta Blanchette:
Laura Fuller’s mother killed all of her children except Laura after she lost her husband and her money. Then she cut her own throat. The local story was that she preferred to kill her babies than to see them starve. Mr. Devareaux, who found the carnage, said she’d lost her mind. The local legend had it that the family had one cursed child every generation. First Reta, then Laura, now Abagail. Later it came out the reason Laura wasn’t killed was that she had slipped down between the beds and was not seen by her mother.

Marie Beth Billings:
She worked as the housekeeper for the Fuller family for thirty years. In 1978, Marie went to Larry Stanton/Sam and asked him to defend Abagail Fuller for the murder of Leta Airder. Stanton originally didn’t take the case.

Willis Gunerson Kinman:
Will Kinman was the son of a local doctor, and spoke with a stutter.

He seemed to like Abagail Fuller, and eventually proposed to her. Sam leaped into Will the night before their wedding just after the pair had made love. Will was now twenty-seven and deputy sheriff. Sam found himself falling for Abagail bit time. He had picked up Will’s stutter, but after they made love, he lost the stutter completely. Sam saved Abagail from a lynch mob and leaped.

New: Will and Abagail never married. He moved out west to write a book. On the night Sam and Abagail made love, they conceived a daughter, Sammie Jo.

Bo Loman:
Clayton Fuller’s deputy became sheriff on his death in 1955 and was still holding that position when Sam returned in 1966 and 1978.

Denton Waters:
Leta Aider tried to retain this high-powered attorney to prosecute Abagail Fuller in the death of her daughter. Denton explained that he couldn’t take the case because Abagail was a juvenile at the time of the murder, so she couldn’t be tried as an adult. Leta was then found on the floor of Abagail’s kitchen with her throat slashed, and Denton was the prosecuting attorney in Abagail’s trial on charges of murdering Leta Aider.

Doc Kinman:
Doctor in a small Louisiana town where Sam found himself as sheriff. He couldn’t determine the cause of death of Bart Aider, and had to have the coroner from Shreveport come in. His son is Will Kinman.

Laurence (Larry) Stanton III:
Larry is a small town Louisiana lawyer who stepped into the lynch mob to help save Abagail Fuller from dying.

New: He left town after Abagail Fuller was nearly lynched because she didn’t want his children to grow up in an atmosphere of prejudice and hate. He was living in Shreveport in 1978 when Marie Billings came to ask him to defend Abagail fuller on charges of murdering Leta Aider. Originally, he didn’t, but Sam was now there and took the case. Stanton had a heart condition, and Sam had "inherited" it along with the physical aura, and he had to take nitroglycerin pills to keep going sometimes.

Cheryln Stanton:
By 1978 she had been married to Larry Stanton for 28 years, and loved to play bedroom games on Saturday nights,. Larry was her second husband. The first one died of a heart attack when she was seventeen and he was seventy-seven. Al said Larry Stanton will meet the same fate, and believe she killed both of her husbands. She didn’t want her husband to take on defending Abagail Fuller because it was her black housekeeper Marie who showed up to ask him to take the case. She called Marie "nigger trash." Larry/Sam apologized to Marie for Cherlyn’s actions.

Judge Shiner:
Presided over Abagail Fuller’s murder trial.








Sammy Jo returns prominently in the Novel, "Loch Ness Leap." She is also mentioned in some of the other novels.


See our Novels & Books section to read this book and more!







Deleted Scenes:


A compilation of clips from the originally televised movie-length version of Quantum Leap: Trilogy Part II and Trilogy Part III. These were removed/altered when the episode was split in syndication.





Guest Cast:

Mary Gordon Murray as Leta Aider
Stephen Lee as Sheriff Bo Loman
Fran Bennett as Marie Beth Billings
Melora Hardin as Abagail Fuller
Kimberly Cullum as Samantha Josephine "Sammy Jo" Fuller
Meg Foster as Laura Fuller
W.K. Stratton as Laurence “Larry” Stanton, III
Diana Bellamy as Cheryln Stanton
James Greene as Denton Waters
Max Wright as Doctor Kinman
Parley Baer as Judge Shiner
Lanier Edwards as Bailiff
Heather Lauren Olsen as Violet Aider

Meg Foster as Laura Fuller



Guest Cast Notes:

Mary Gordon Murray as Leta Aider: Born on November 13, 1953 in Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA. She is an actress, known for Junior (1994), Quantum Leap (1989) and Poison Ivy (1992). Nominated for Broadway's 1982 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for a revival of "Little Me." She was awarded the 1991 Drama-Logue Award for Performance for "The Most Happy Fella" in the 25th Anniversary Season presented by Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson at the James A. Doolittle Theatre (University of California) in Los Angeles, California.

Stephen Lee as Sheriff Bo Loman: Born in Englewood New Jersey in 1955. Having lived in Europe the first 15 years of his life, Stephen comes from a "casino" background with his father selling and making slot machines. Stephen started acting when he came to the U.S in 1970 and eventually getting a partial scholarship to Avila College in Kansas City, Missouri.He has appeared in over 200 TV shows, 5 TV series and over 20 pilots. He has also played in 39 movies including: La Bamba (1987), WarGames (1983), Purple Hearts (1984), RoboCop 2 (1990), The Negotiator (1998), Dolls (1986)  and many others. He speaks English, German, French and Spanish. His interests include golf, tennis, horseback riding (when time permits) and biking around his Sherman Oaks, CA neighborhood.Other guest staring appearances are NCIS (2003), Fear Itself (2008), Boston Legal (2004) (for which he received critical acclaim), Bones (2005) and 'Til Death (2006) . He is grateful everyday for a roof over his head and hopes for a more prosperous future for himself and everyone who has experienced such hard times.

Fran Bennett as Marie Beth Billings: Graduated from the University of Wisconsin with an M.A. and subsequently spent twelve years acting and as voice and movement director with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Her Broadway debut was a leading role in the short-lived play Mandingo at the Lyceum Theater in 1961. Thereafter, Bennett concentrated on stage acting and education, serving for many years on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts, latterly as head of acting and director of performance at the CalArts School of Theater (1996-2003). Her credentials included a teaching spell at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and voice production workshops at several American universities. As an ensemble member of the Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company, her dramatis personae tended to be powerful individuals (Othello, King Lear, Oberon, and others). Bennett's screen work has likewise shown a predilection towards sober, resolute authority figures: doctors, judges, head nurses, community leaders and family matriarchs, even a Fleet Admiral on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). Her TV debut was as early as 1952 but she did not become prolific in that medium until the late 70s. From then on, she regularly guest-starred in episodes of popular fare, ranging from soapies (The Bold and the Beautiful (1987), Dynasty (1981)) to crime drama (Simon & Simon (1981), Crossing Jordan (2001), NCIS (2003)) and science fiction (The Twilight Zone (1985), Quantum Leap (1989)). The Arkansas native was a 2005 inductee into Arkansas Black Hall of Fame. Her honours have included an NAACP Theatre Award and the inaugural AEA/AFTRA/SAG Diversity Award.

Kimberly Cullum as Sammy Jo Fuller: Born on November 29, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is an actress, known for Quantum Leap (1989), Maverick (1994) and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). Daughter of Leo Cullum, a cartoonist for New Yorker magazine.

Meg Foster as Laura Fuller: Blue-eyed brunette Meg Foster was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on May 10, 1948 to David and Nancy. She has four siblings and grew up in Rowayton, Connecticut. Foster studied acting at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse.Foster's first role came about in 1969, when she appeared in an episode of NET Playhouse (1964). Throughout the '70s, she guest starred in numerous TV shows including Barnaby Jones (1973), The Six Million Dollar Man (1974), and Hawaii Five-O (1968), and played Hester Prynne, a young woman who has an affair with a pastor, in the miniseries The Scarlet Letter (1979). Foster did not really come to attention until 1982, though, when she replaced Loretta Swit as Christine Cagney in Cagney & Lacey (1981); she herself was later replaced by Sharon Gless (CBS reportedly wanted a more "feminine" actress playing the role of the detective). Foster began to appear in more movies throughout the late '80s, primarily Masters of the Universe (1987), in which she played the nefarious Evil-Lyn. Other notable films include the satirical science fiction flick They Live (1988), the horror sequel Stepfather II: Make Room for Daddy (1989), and the comedic martial arts movie Blind Fury (1989) (Terry O'Quinn also appeared in the latter two). Foster continued to work prolifically throughout the '90s, mostly appearing in science fiction films. She also guest starred in many popular television shows such as Quantum Leap (1989), ER (1994), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), Murder, She Wrote (1984), and Sliders (1995). After appearing in a 2000 episode of Xena: Warrior Princess (1995), Foster took a decade-long break from the acting industry. She returned in 2011 with roles in indie flicks 25 Hill (2011) and Sebastian (2011), and had a villainous role as a revenge-seeking witch in Rob Zombie's '70s-esque horror movie The Lords of Salem (2012). Additionally, Foster appeared in the TV show The Originals (2013), as well as Pretty Little Liars (2010) and its short-lived spin-off Ravenswood (2013). She re-teamed with Rob Zombie in 2016 for his horror film 31 (2016), in which Foster plays a kidnapped carnival worker. Foster has a son, Christopher, with Ron Starr. At one point, she was married to actor Stephen McHattie.

W.K. Stratton as Laurence “Larry” Stanton, III: Born on August 2, 1950 in Front Royal, Virginia, USA. He is an actor, known for Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World (2011), Shoot 'Em Up (2007) and Machete (2010). He is married to Maureen Denise Lacoste. Appeared in the pilots of four different series created by Donald P. Bellisario: Magnum, P.I. (1980), Airwolf (1984), Quantum Leap (1989) and JAG (1995). Holds the unique distinction for having "flown" (in character) a Corsair, a Viper, and Airwolf. (three aircraft used in Bellasario productions).

Heather Lauren Olsen as Violet Aider: Born on November 12, 1982 in San Jose, California, USA. She is an actress, known for Quantum Leap (1989), Days of Our Lives (1965) and Internal Affairs (1990).

Melora Hardin as Abagail Fuller: American actress, singer and director from Houston, Texas who is known for playing Jan Levinson from The Office and Trudy Monk from Monk. She also acted in The Rocketeer, 24 Dresses, 17 Again, Hannah Montana: The Movie, Transparent, The Bold Type and The Hot Chick. She had two daughters with Gildart Jackson, a British actor.Was cast as "Jennifer Parker" in Back to the Future (1985) after actress Claudia Wells dropped out of the film during preproduction. Wells had recently filmed a television pilot (Off the Rack (1984) ) that had been picked up by ABC for a six-episode run and the shooting schedules would have conflicted. Melora never shot a single frame of the movie, however; she was let go when Eric Stoltz was replaced by Michael J. Fox as the original Marty McFly because she was considered too tall to be his girlfriend. Wells was then brought back as Marty's girlfriend when her series didn't get picked up by ABC for a full season. She also appeared on several episodes of "The Office" as Jan.

Diana Bellamy as Cheryln Stanton: Born on September 19, 1943 in Los Angeles. She graduated with a master's degree in Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 1970. Diana Alice Bellamy began her acting career in puppet theater in her native Los Angeles. On the big screen, she had such memorable small roles as a sassy whorehouse madam in Outrageous Fortune (1987), a sharp-tongued secretary in Outbreak (1995), and a sarcastic White House switchboard operator in Air Force One (1997). On television, Bellamy played Mrs. Pennington in The Nest (1987) and Grace Woods in Spellbinder (1988), and had recurring parts as Maggie Poole on 13 East (1989) and as Mrs. Cha-Cha Rimba Starkey on Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad (1994). Among the many series on which she made one-off appearances were "Married with Children", "Melrose Place", "Nash Bridges", "Wings", "Murphy Brown", "Baywatch", "Quantum Leap", "Alien Nation", "Family Ties", "Newhart", "Hunter", "The Fall Guy", "Hill Street Blues", and "T.J. Hooker". Outside of her film and television credits, Bellamy did a substantial amount of stage acting: She did three seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland and also acted in stage productions of "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You" (as the title character), "The House of Blue Leaves", and "The Skin of Our Teeth". Despite suffering from cancer, diabetes, and blindness in the last five years of her life, she continued to act. Her last roles included the blind Principal Cecelia Hall on Popular (1999) and the crippled Mrs. Nichols onstage in "The Ladies of the Corridor". Bellamy died on June 17, 2001 at age 57 at her home in Valley Village, California.



James Greene as Denton Waters:
A successful working actor for over seventy years. He appeared on Broadway in 1951 in Romeo and Juliet starring Olivia de Havilland. His most recent television appearances were in Parks and Recreation (2009) as Councilman Milton, Modern Family (2009), Cold Case (2003), and Las Vegas (2003). James enjoyed a four-year stint on TV's The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (1987) with writer and director Jay Tarses. His films include Road to Perdition (2002), Patch Adams (1998), The Missouri Breaks (1976), and Philadelphia Experiment II (1993). He resides in LA with his wife of thirty-three years, Els Collins.


Max Wright as Doctor Kinman:
Born on August 2, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He was an actor, known for ALF (1986), All That Jazz (1979) and The Shadow (1994). He was previously married to Linda Ybarrondo. He died on June 26, 2019 in Englewood, New Jersey, USA. Watch Max on the TV show ALF below:



Parley Baer as Judge Shiner:
Born on August 5, 1914 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He was an actor, known for License to Drive (1988), A Fever in the Blood (1961) and Dave (1993). He was previously married to Ernestine Clark. He died on November 22, 2002 in Los Angeles, California, USA.


Lanier Edwards as Bailiff: Known for Deep Blue Sea (1999), Species (1995) and Primal Fear (1996).



Guests Who Appeared in Other Episodes of Quantum Leap:
W.K. Stratton also appeared in the episodes "Genesis", "Good Night, Dear Heart,"
two different radio despatchers in "Black on White on Fire" and "Hurricane", and the trilogy episodes "One Little Heart" and "For Your Love."

Fran Bennett also played in "Justice."

Parley Baer (Judge Shiner) also played in "8 1/2 Months."

 


Say What?

The front page article of the newspaper is about land in Los Angeles, but this is Louisiana!

Who is reflecting in the window of Sam's house when he is talking to Abagail about representing her in court? A crew member?

The telephone bill says “Baton Rough” instead of “Baton Rouge."


 

Quotable Quotes:

SAM’S FIRST THOUGHTS OF THE LEAP:
Baton Rouge Gazette, July 28, 1978… Louisiana… It wasn’t over. My memory was fading but in my soul I knew it wasn’t over. I was still in the south and somehow Abagail summoned me back but for what and as who? Larry Stanton?


Cherlyn Stanton: Hello Sweet cheeks! Come on over here you hot-blooded southern rebel and melt me down! Tonight, Lawrence Stanton the third, I am Jane Fonda in Butterfield 8!

Al: Ziggy hasn’t the slightest idea why you’re here. I suggest you open the door and see what drifts in.

Al: Don’t look at me, I don’t make up these assignments!

Sam: I have a daughter, Al!
Sam: Does she know that I’m her father?
Al: No. And Ziggy says after this leap you won’t know either.
Sam: I’ll know, Al. I’ll always know.

Sammie Jo: I’ll never forget you!



Best Lines:

Al’s Best Lines:
Ziggy hasn’t the slightest idea why you’re here. I suggest you open the door and see what drifts in.

Don’t look at me, I don’t make up these assignments!


Sam’s Best Lines:

With all my heart. I came from very far away and I don’t think that I would have been brought here if I couldn’t do the job. SO, why don’t ‘you dry those pretty eyes and let’s not worry about this a bit.

I have a daughter, Al!


 

Best Scenes:

Leap In:

Sam: I’ve got a bad feeling about this.
Cherlyn: After 28 years of marriage, I know every feeling you got!
Sam: I’m your husband.
Cherlyn: Well, of course you’re my husband. Unless you want to be that evil black beard again.
Sam: Why am I here?
Cherlyn: Oh ho you don’t! Don’t you start that!
Sam: Start what?
Cherlyn: That… that craziness about hearing voices. Not another word.

Sam: I heard voices?
Cherlyn: I said not another word.
Sam: But what do you mean?
Cherlyn: That is it! That is it. You have gone and done it. You have ruined everything. I am no longer in the mood so you can hang up your holsters until next Saturday night. (long pause) Aren’t you gonna stop me?
Sam: Stop you?
Cherlyn: I’m gonna call my mother!!!
Sam: OHHHH BOY!
Al: You’re not going to believe this yo-yo in the Waiting Room.
Sam: Larry Stanton?
Al: Laurence Stanton the third, actually. You’ve have a lucrative law practice in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and your counterpart in the Waiting Room thinks he’s dead.

Sam: What?
Al: He thinks that I’m St. Peter and that I’m going to send him to hell for over-charging his hours. Reminds me of my last two divorce lawyers.
Sam: Do you remember Larry Stanton? I remember… uh… there was a hanging and a lot of people and he was hurt, I think he tried to save her.
Al: Who… her?
Sam: No no no. Not her. That’s Mrs. Larry Stanton – she wants to melt me down!

 

Meeting his daughter:

Sammie Jo: Come to save her? Are you gonna save my mommy?
Sam: Abagail?
Sammie Jo: Abagail is mother.
Sam: You’re mother? But she said that Will…
Sammie Jo: Marie Beth said you came to help her. Marie Beth said that the judge was going to take her to jail and they were gonna…
Sam: Nobody is gonna let anyone hurt your mother.
Sammie Jo: Marie Beth said that they were gonna…
Sam: No. I don’t care what Marie Beth said. I’m not about to let anyone hurt your mother.
Sammie Jo: You mean that?
Sam: With all my heart. I came from very far away and I don’t think that I would have been brought here if I couldn’t do the job. SO, why don’t ‘you dry those pretty eyes and let’s not worry about this a bit.
Sammie Jo: What’s your name?
Sam: Sam… Larry Stanton. What’s yours?
Sammie Jo: Sammie Jo.
Al: Samantha Josephine Fuller.
Sammie Jo: I’m very glad you’re here, Mr. Sam Larry Stanton.
Al: Ziggy says that your not just here to save Abagail. You’re here to save Sammie Jo. There’s a 91.9 percent chance that Sammie Jo Fuller is your daughter. According to Ziggy, she has an IQ of 194 so she’s got her brains from her father but that the tragedy in all of this is that she is so traumatized by the death of her mother that she drops out. She’s living alone in Mobile, right now. She’s writing computer manuals for some rinky-dink little company.


Believing in miracles…

Sammie Jo: Do you believe in miracles, Mr. Stanton?
Sam: Miracles?
Sammie Jo: Someone if they really love somebody could go back in time and be a part of their lives.
Sam: If that is a miracle, then yes, I believe in miracles.
Sammie Jo: I wanna go back in time someday.
Sam: You do?
Sammie Jo: I wanna meet my daddy. I wanna tell him...
Sam: Tell him what?
Sammie Jo: Doesn’t matter.
Sam: Sure it does... it matters.
Sammie Jo: Just that I love him. But he knows. My Grandmama Fuller says so. She knows everything.
Sam: Laura…
Sammie Jo: What’s the matter?
Sam: Sammy Jo Fuller, I love you and I want you to know that everything will be okay.

 

Meeting with Laura Fuller:

Laura: I remember you. You were here a very long time ago. You were gonna marry my Abagail, but you didn’t. You broke her heart, you know?
Sam: I think you have me mistaken with somebody else.
Laura: No. I’ve been waiting for you a very long time – a very long time. Clayton said that you’d come and then I’d have to tell about Violet.
Al: Bingo!
Laura: Clayton… he knew that. (pause) She wanted that locket so much… so very very much. Clayton wouldn’t let her have it but I kept it. I kept it and all of its secrets.

 

End of Leap:

Sam: Are they going to be all right, Al?
Al: Yeah. Ziggy says that since Sammy Jo is carrying your genes and now that you’ve cleared Abagail, the curse is broken. Abagail gets married in two years to a wonderful guy and they move to Chicago and she’s happy, Sam. She’s really happy.
Sam: How do you know all this?
Al: Sammie Jo told me.
Sam: Sammie Jo?
Al: Sammie Jo is working with us on Project Quantum Leap, Sam.
Sam: What?
Al: Yes, and a matter of fact she has a theory on how to bring you back home. 



Awards:
Kimberly Cullum won the Young Artists Award Best Young Actress Guest Starring in a Television Series for all three episodes of the Trilogy.

Michael Watkins received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cinematography for a Series in 1993.




Production Credits:


Theme by: Mike Post
Musical Score By: Velton Ray Bunch
Co-Executive Producer: Deborah Pratt
Co-Executive Producer: Chas. Floyd Johnson
Supervising Producers: 
Tommy Thompson, Richard C. Okie
Supervising Producer: Harker Wade
Producer: Robin Jill Bernheim
Created by: Donald P. Bellisario
Written by: Deborah Pratt
Directed by: James Whitmore, Jr.

Executive Producer: Donald P. Bellisario
Associate Producers: 
Julie Bellisario, Scott Ejercito
Coordinating Producer: David Bellisario
Director of Photography: Robert McBride
Production Designer: Cameron Birnie
Edited by: Randy D. Wiles
Unit Production Manager: Ron Grow
First Assistant Director: Ryan Gordon

Second Assistant Director: Brian Faul
Casting by: Ellen Lubin Sanitsky, C.S.A.
Set Director: Robert L. Zilliox
Costume Designers: Jean-Pierre Dorleac

Costume Supervisors: David Rawley, Katina Kerr
Art Director: Ellen Dambros-Williams
Sound Mixer: Barry D. Thomas
Stunt Coordinator: Diamond Farnsworth
Make-up: Jeremy Swan
Hairstylist: Andrea Mizushima
Fashion Concepts: Jean-Pierre Dorleac
Sound Editor: Greg Schorer
Music Editor: Bruce Frazier
Special Visual Effects: Roger Dorney, Denny Kelly

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 1992 by Universal City Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Some of the characters portrayed in this motion picture are based upon actual persons. Although some of those events have been fictionalized for dramatic purposes, otherwise 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 Television, an MCA Company





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Join QLP hosts Allison Pregler, Matt Dale and Christopher DeFilippis for one last romp in the life of Abagail Fuller in which we see Sam save Abagail (again), hear about that damn locket (again) and discover what is arguably the biggest addition to Quantum Leap lore ever — Sam’s daughter, Sammy Jo (who we never see again).


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