"Leaping In Without A Net"

Leap Date:

November 18, 1958

Episode adopted by: Xeen
Additional info provided by: Brian Greene


As a part of a Hungarian family Arial act, Sam must save his sister from falling to her death when she tries to perform the deadly "triple" trapeze act without a net.


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TV Guide Synopsis
Leap Date

Name of the Person Leaped Into

Project Trivia
Sam Trivia
Al Trivia

Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode
Al's Women
Miscellaneous Trivia
Kiss with History

Broadcast Date
Guest Stars
Guest Cast Notes
Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes
Say What?
Best Lines
Quotable Quotes



Production # 65421

TV Guide Synopsis:
Sam leaps into a trapeze artist, and he must prevent his sister from having a fatal fall in a stunt. Eva: Fabiana Udenio. Laszlo: Jan Triska. Vargas: Richard Riehle. Sybil: Roya Megnot. Sam: Scott Bakula.

In and around Denver, Colorado

Leap Date:
November 18, 1958

Victor Panzini, a young Hungarian trapeze artist

Broadcast date:
March 28, 1990 - Wednesday

Germany - March 25, 1992 ("Ohne Netz")
France - M6: airdate October 29th, 1993 ("Un saut sans filet")
UK - Sky One: airdate July 10th, 1996


Kiss with history:

On November 1956, Soviet tanks invaded Budapest to restore (communist) order and 30,000 people died in the process. The Flying Panzini escaped Hungary at that time.

"Tequila" by The Champs (it was number one hit in the US for 6 weeks in March April 1958 and favorite song to Al) - was used in "All-Americans"

"Cuando La Gusta" by Carmen Miranda (Sam will sing it in "Miss Deep South")

Project Trivia:
Gooshie/Ziggy can focus Al's hologram in any space surrounding Sam, arranging for him to float in the air next to Sam on the trapeze. We saw something similar in "Honeymoon Express".

Sam Trivia:
Sam sleeps naked. 

He is acrophobic since he played Tarzan with his brother Tom when he was 9 after they saw the movie.

When he was a boy, Sam liked the circus because of the clowns and above all, the elephants!

Sam does not believe in horoscope and fortune cards. However, the fortune teller senses that Sam has had multiple lives.

Al Trivia:
At the orphanage, he had a roach - whose name was Kevin - as a pet. 

Al joined the circus for some time after he ran away from the orphanage. 

The fortune teller can sense Al's presence.

Al speaks a small amount of Hungarian.

Al's Outfits:
Black suit with white-stripped lining showing on the sleeves, light purple shirt and purple, green and black tie, and a blue hat.

Black shirt with white patterns and reddish flowers, black tie, silver suspenders, dark grey pants and red shoes.

Black shirt with big white and red dots, white pants. 

Al's Women:
One of Al's wives was a Hungarian (second or third).

Miscellaneous Trivia:
There are stock shots of the Circus Vargas at the end of the show.

Including this one, there are only 10 episodes of QUANTUM LEAP with the word LEAP in the title.

Scott Bakula got motion sickness hanging upside down on the trapeze. He used acupressure needles in his ears to help with this. His stunt double also got sick!

The writers may have had Carol "the 3rd Man" Reed film "Trapeze" in mind when they wrote that script: the hero once fell, when performing a triple.

Character Trivia:
Sybil, the fortune teller, sees in Sam's eyes the souls she assumes to belong to Victor from his previous lives. She can feel Al's presence and believes he is an angel.

In his trailer, Victor has a poster in French, advertising The Flying Panzini: "La famille Panzini, les acrobates les plus fameux et les plus acclamés du monde entier". In his father's, there is another one probably in Spanish (?).

Eva and Victor's mother, Maria, died in a trapeze accident the year before in Chicago. She was sick at that time and suffer from dizziness due to an ear condition. Anniversary of her death would be a week from the leap (on Thursday next).


Tommy Thompson


Christopher T. Welsch

Executive Producer:

Donald Bellisario

Associate Producer:

David Bellisario

Supervising Producer:

Deborah Pratt


Paul Brown
Jeff Gourson
Chris Ruppenthal

Produced by:

Harker Wade

Edited by:
Mario Di Gregorio


Mike Post

Additional Music:

Velton Ray Bunch
Jerry Grant

Music Editor:
Tom Gleason

Supervising Sound Editor:

Paul Clay

Director of Photography:

Eric D. Andersen

Production Designer:

Cameron Birnie

Story Editor:

Randy Holland
Tommy Thompson

Unit Production Manager:

Ron Grow

First Assistant Director:

Paul Sirmons

Second Assistant Director:

Rob Mendel


Ellen Lubin Sanitsky

Set Decorator:

Robert L. Zilliox

Costume Designer:

Jean-Pierre Dorleac

Costume Supervisors:

David Rawley
Donna Roberts-Orme

Additional Photography:

Michael Watkins

Sound Mixer:

Mark Hopkins McNabb

Stunt Co-ordinator:

Diamond Farnsworth
Some locations furnished by Circus Vargas
Camera and Lenses by PANAVISION®

Regular Cast:
Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell as Al, the observer

Guest Stars:

Jan Triska as Laszlo Panzini
Fabiana Udenio as Eva Panzini
Ted Nordblum as Victor Panzini (Mirror image)
Richard Riehle as Clifford Vargas
Phil Fondacaro as Big Moe
Roya Megnot as Sybil
Jan Eddy as Benny Skyler
Kristopher Antekeier as Ringmaster
Vivian Paxton as Alvira
Maria Lauren as Carmenina

Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes:
Richard Riehle (Vargas) played "Lt. Lannon" in  "Play It Again, Seymour".

Jan Eddy (Benny) played "Whittler" in "Glitter Rock".

Maria Lauren (Carmemina) played Anita in "Catch a Falling Star".

Natasha Pavlovich auditioned for the role of Eva, but was later in "Lee
Harvey Oswald

Guest Cast Notes:
Fabiana Udenio (Eva) was on "Designing Women" after Scott Bakula left the show.
Phil Fondacaro (Big Moe) stands 3 feet 6 inches tall, and is best known for his moustache and beard. He was a Vohnkar in "Willow" and an Ewok in "Star War, the Return of the Jedi".

Sam leaps into a young trapeze artist and finds out the hard way that he is afraid of heights. Victor's sister, Eva (who is 18 and beautiful -says Al), wants to perform a triple with his help. But Laszlo blames his son for his wife's accident and refuses to let them rehearse.

If Sam cannot perform the trapeze act with Eva, his father will fail to catch her because of a bad arm and she will meet the same fate her mother met in attempting the same stunt on the first anniversary of her death.

Best Lines:
Al - "Sam, it's gonna be a hell of a lot easier for you to catch her if you open your eyes!"
Sam - "Is that you, Al?"
Al - "No, it's Peter Pan!"

Say What?
Sam is afraid of heights, but seemed to do just fine in "What Price
Gloria?" on the building ledge.

While Sam swings on the trapeze, his motion makes the smoke from Al's cigar move.

The bar that Eva swings from disappears as she performs the double.

When Eva swings to perform the triple, you can easily see her stunt-doubles' face.

Quotable Quotes:
Al - "You know, sometimes you take out all the fun of being a hologram!"

Al - "Am I ever wrong? ... Marriages don't count!"

Sam - "Al, you're floating in thin air!"
Al - "I'm a hologram, I am thin air!"

Al - "Here we go! Now let go of the bar!"
Sam - "I can't!"
Al - "What are you, a wimp?"
Sam - "Yes!"

Sam - "Did you know about this?"
Al - "Would you have gone through with this if I had?"
Sam - "No!"
Al - "Yeah, well, then I didn't know!"

Sam - "I don't think I could do that again!"
Al - "Well, sometimes once is enough! But personally, that's not my opinion!"

Al-  You grew up on a farm, I grew up in an orphanage. You had a mother and father, I had a probation officer. You had a cow, I had a - roach... unfortunately the boy in the next bed had a pet lizard. I'll never forget him. His name was Kevin.
Sam - The kid in the next bed?
Al - No, the roach.

I never noticed before how many times you've been reincarnated!
I don't believe in reincarnation.
You would if you could see all the souls I see in your eyes.
-- Sybil and "Victor", "Leaping in Without a Net"

Well, sometimes once is enough ... but personally that's not my opinion.
-- Al, "Leaping in Without a Net"

Are you kidding? How long have we known each other?
I don't remember.
Aw, Sam! Even with a swiss-cheesed memory that hurts!
-- Al and Sam, "Leaping In Without a Net"

It's gonna be a hell of a lot easier for you to catch her if you open your eyes.
-- Al, "Leaping in Without a Net"

Eva? Oh Eva, that's your younger sister, she's 18, she's beautiful - I wonder where she is.
-- Al, "Leaping In Without A Net"

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