June 15, 1945
September 18, 1999
Episode adopted by: R. Joy Helvie
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.
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)
BROADCAST DATE: September 18, 1991
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)
"Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?"
**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.
**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.
**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.
**At the point of "The Leap Back", Al has saved Sam's life 23 times, according
1) brown WWII US Army uniform
2) black dress shirt
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".
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
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
However, I'd probably have to say the best scene would be the very end, when Al and Donna
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.
"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.
I don't recall you leaping into any Frenchman.
I think I picked that up from an actor.
I want to be sure you haven't picked anything else up. My office in twenty minutes for a
Donna slips her arm protectively around Sam.
Your office, tomorrow. (beat) Tonight, he's mine.
He has to be debriefed, Doctor.
(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
Gee...he sounds just like Al.
(Taken from http://www.sethargabright.com/qleap/cutting.htm)
Emmy Nomination: Dean Stockwell for "Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series;
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.
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
Donald P. Bellisario
Donald P. Bellisario
Velton Ray Bunch
James S. Giritlian
Director of Photography:
Michael Watkins, A.S.C.
Unit Production Manager:
1st Assistant Director:
2nd Assistant Director:
Ellen Lubin Sanitsky
Robert L. Zilliox
Barry D. Thomas
Panaflex camera and lenses by PANAVISION