"The Leap Back"


Leap Dates:

June 15, 1945

September 18, 1999


Episode adopted by: R. Joy Helvie

Synopsis:

After a lightening strike, Sam and Al have switched places, with Al stuck in the year 1945 as an ex-POW returning from WWII and Sam confined to the Imaging Chamber which has been locked by mistake. Al must find a way to keep his host's old girlfriend from marrying someone else and Sam must get the Imaging Chamber door open so that he can save Al...and return to his lost love.

 

Audio from this episode

 

Place
Leap Date

Project Date
Name of the Person Leaped Into
Songs

Music Artists
Project Trivia
Sam Trivia
Al Trivia

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

Miscellaneous Trivia
Kiss with History
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
Deleted Scene

 

 


BROADCAST DATE: September 18, 1991

PROJECT DATE:
In the episode, Al remembers the Project's date as being September 18, 1999. Coincidence?

PLACE: Crown Point, Indiana

DATE: June 15, 1945

LEAPEE: Captain Tom Jarrett (US Army)


SONGS:
"Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?"


MISCELLANEOUS TRIVIA:
**In this episode, Al is the Leaper and Sam is the Observer.

**Al and Sam's neurons and mesons merged during the simo-leap, which allowed Sam to Leap before his birth. It also caused problems by making Al prude and Sam rude.



PROJECT TRIVIA:
**Ziggy will seal the Imaging Chamber door if she detects a catastrophic collapse of the radium accelerator ring surrounding the Imaging Chamber. Once the door is sealed, it can't be opened until the radiation half-life of the radium ring has expired. The length of the half-life is 1,600 years.

**There is enough air in the Imaging Chamber to sustain a single person for 6 months.

**Sam still calls Ziggy "him", even after Ziggy speaks with a female voice.



SAM TRIVIA:
**Following Sam's actions in "Star Crossed", Donna Elesee ended up marrying him.

**Sam Leaps home, but he ultimately sacrifices his freedom to save Al.



AL TRIVIA:
**At the point of "The Leap Back", Al has saved Sam's life 23 times, according to Ziggy.



AL'S OUTFITS:
1) brown WWII US Army uniform

2) black dress shirt
silver tie
bronze jacket


AL'S WOMEN:
Al has an "encounter" with Suzanne Elsinga.



GUESTS IN OTHER QL EPS:
Candy Ann Brown plays Verbena Beeks in "Shock Theatre".
Dennis Wolfberg plays Gooshie in "Genesis, Part I", "Lee Harvey Oswald", "Killin' Time", and "Mirror Image".



PERSONAL REVIEW:
Let's just say this... After initially watching this episode during an MLK Jr. Day marathon a few years back (so, this was on a Monday), I watched it once a day, every day, for the next week.... Basically, I love it.



SAM'S BEST LINE:
MIKE: Are you forgetting who slips you an extra pound of butter every now and then?
KELLY: I didn't know I was swappin' sugar for it.
SAM: If a pound of butter's all it takes, then I got me a dairy farm that I---



AL'S BEST LINE:
(gorgeous woman walks by)

AL: This isn't fair. Sa-am... A beautiful body like that, and I'm just thinking pure thoughts? Dammit!



BEST SCENE:
I love the scene when Al and Suzanne are... "you know", because with all of Al's talk throughout the series, this is the only episode in which we actually see Al get any "action".

However, I'd probably have to say the best scene would be the very end, when Al and Donna are talking.



QUOTABLE QUOTES:

SAM: Revenge is mine, thus sayeth the hologram!

***

SAM: Do you have any data on Admiral Calavicci?
ZIGGY: He'll kiss the girls and make them cry.
TINA: (sighs) Ain't that the truth.

 

LOST SCRIPT:

"The Leap Back" -- Sam sounds just like Al

One after another the team greets their leader. When he reaches Dr. Virbina, [and again that is the spelling in the script] he kisses her on both cheeks.

DR. BEEKS

I don't recall you leaping into any Frenchman.

SAM

I think I picked that up from an actor.

DR. BEEKS

I want to be sure you haven't picked anything else up. My office in twenty minutes for a physical.

Donna slips her arm protectively around Sam.

DONNA

Your office, tomorrow. (beat) Tonight, he's mine.

FEMALE ADMIRAL

He has to be debriefed, Doctor.

SAM

(Al la Groucho) I'm not wearing briefs, but don't let that stop you.

Everyone is a bit taken aback at Sam's line except Tina who smiles wistfully as she turns to Gushie.

TINA

Gee...he sounds just like Al.

(Taken from http://www.sethargabright.com/qleap/cutting.htm)



AWARDS:

Emmy Nomination: Dean Stockwell for "Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series; 1992"
Emmy Nomination: Quantum Leap for "Outstanding Drama Series; 1992"



GUEST STARS THAT HAVE PASSED ON SINCE


Dennis Wolfberg, who played "Gooshie", passed on in Culver City, California, on October 3, 1994 from melanoma.



GUEST CAST:

Donna Elesee-Beckett: Mimi Kuzyk
Suzanne Elsinga: Amanda Wyss
Mike: Douglas Roberts
Clifford Whiteside: Robert Prescott
Verbena Beeks: Candy Ann Brown
Kelly: Jeanine Jackson
Gooshie: Dennis Wolfberg
Tina: Gigi Rice
Naval Admiral: Susan Ann Connor
Captain Tom Jarrett (mirror): Dean Denton

CREW:
Executive Producer:
Donald P. Bellisario

Written By:
Donald P. Bellisario

Directed By:

Michael Zinberg

Theme By:
Mike Post

Music By:
Velton Ray Bunch

Co-Executive Producers:
Deborah Pratt
Michael Zinberg

Supervising Producer:

Harker Wade

Produced By:

Jeff Gourson
Tommy Thompson
Chris Ruppenthal
Paul Brown

Associate Producer:

James S. Giritlian

Coordinating Producer:
David Bellisario

Story Editor:
Paris Qualles

Director of Photography:
Michael Watkins, A.S.C.

Production Designer:
Cameron Birnie

Edited By:
Jon Koslowsky

Unit Production Manager:
Ron Grow

1st Assistant Director:

Ryan Gordon

2nd Assistant Director:

Kate Yurka

Casting By:

Ellen Lubin Sanitsky
Set Director:
Robert L. Zilliox

Costume Designer:

Jean-Pierre Dorleac

Costume Supervisor:

David Rawley

Art Director:

Ellen Dambros-Williams

Sound Mixer:

Barry D. Thomas

Stunt Coordinator:

Diamond Farnsworth

Sound Editor:

Greg Schorer

Music Editor:

Bruce Frazier

Panaflex camera and lenses by PANAVISION

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