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.
Including this one, there are only 10
episodes of QUANTUM LEAP with the word LEAP in the title.
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!
may have had Carol "the 3rd Man" Reed film "Trapeze" in
mind when they wrote that script: the hero once fell, when performing a
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.
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 (?).
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 Director:
Christopher T. Welsch Executive
Edited by: Mario Di Gregorio Music:
Velton Ray Bunch
Music Editor: Tom Gleason
Supervising Sound Editor:
Director of Photography:
Eric D. Andersen
Unit Production Manager:
First Assistant Director:
Second Assistant Director:
Ellen Lubin Sanitsky
Robert L. Zilliox
Mark Hopkins McNabb
Some locations furnished by Circus Vargas
Camera and Lenses by PANAVISION®
Regular Cast: Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett Dean Stockwell as Al, the observer
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
Natasha Pavlovich auditioned for the role of Eva, but was later in "Lee Harvey Oswald".
Notes: Fabiana Udenio (Eva) was on "Designing Women"
after Scott Bakula left the show.
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
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
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!" Al - "LET GO OF THE BAR!"
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
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
-- Al, "Leaping In Without A Net"