"Leap of Faith"
adopted by: MikeKraken
by: Mary Lea, Timothy Nohe, & Brian Greene
been a priest."
words by Sam in "Mirror Image" come to life as he leaps into the life
of a priest who must prevent the murder of Father Mack, another priest
at the church. Two young brothers may be involved as the older leads
the younger down a dark road unless Sam can find a way for reform.
Meanwhile, Al is having problems with faith as well ever since his
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TV Guide Synopsis
Name of the
Person Leaped Into
Outfits Worn in the Episode
Kiss With History
Guest Cast Notes
members who have passed away
Production # 66408
TV Guide Synopsis:
takes a leap of faith into a young priest and prays he can keep a
killer away from a fellow father, who's a witness to the man's sins.
Father John McRoberts: Sandy McPeak. Tony Pronti: Danny Nucci. Joey
Pronti: Davey Roberts. Sam: Scott Bakula.
October 12, 1990 (Friday)
August 19, 1963
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Name of the
Person Leaped Into:
Father Francis “Frank” Guiseppi Pistano, a Catholic priest
years out of the seminary. He is here for his first assignment at St.
In the bar, we hear a song on the jukebox. It is "Mickey’s Monkey" by The Miracles.
Handlink: second version, calulator type
We see more of Sam's martial arts action, which must look quite
humorous in the aura of an overweight, bald priest.
We find out that Al lost his faith in the church at the age of ten
when his father died of cancer just after making lots of money and
buying a house for him, Al, and his sister. Al prayed his heart out
until his father died, taking seriously his father's words that if he
prayed, everything would be fine.
He mentions Tina.
Worn in the Episode:
First through third appearances: Cream-coloured suit (sports jacket
and matching pants), brown belt, Hawaiian-patterened dress shirt, dark
reddish-brown dress shoes, thin tie, black with white polka dots,
smoking lit cigar on first appearance.
Fourth and fifth appearance: purple-patterened dress shirt, thin silver
tie, unlit cigar, black suspenders, white pants, purple shoes,
Sixth appearance: White dress shirt, black vest, thin metallic purple tie;
navy-blue pants, black belt with silver buckle, unlit cigar.
This might be the only episode that mentions the country of Canada.
Joey suggests that his brother flee there.
Kiss With History:
Sam suggests that a young Sylvester Stallone try using beef in the
meat freezer as a punching bag, which is later seen in the movie "Rocky."
Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell as Al Calavicci
Sandy McPeak - Father "Mac" McRoberts
Danny Nucci - Tony Pronti
Davey Roberts - Joey Pronti
Erica Yohn - Monchelli sister (#1)
Penny Santon - Monchelli sister (#2)
Kane Picoy - Young Man
Todd Raderman - Young Boxer
Pat Crawford Brown - Woman
Robert Becher - Allen
Bo Sabato - Policeman
Dominic Oliver - Cabbie
Lisa Pasero - Mrs. Dellisio
Bud Sabatino - Father Francis “Frank” Guiseppi Pistano (Mirror)
Amy Tritico - Tony's Girl
Guest Cast Notes:
Sandy McPeak played recurring roles on various popular television
series in the '70s and '80s, including "L.A. Law" and "Hill Street
Danny Nucci appeared on "Magnum, P.I." two years earlier.
Erica Yohn was in "The Godfather: Part II", played a recurring role
on "Picket Fences", and also guest starred in "L.A. Law".
Penny Santon also appeared on "Hill Street Blues" and "L.A. Law", as
well as "Bonanza" (Dean Stockwell also guest starred in this show).
Kane Picoy appeared in the pilot for "JAG".
Pat Crawford Brown was a regular on "Coach" for the first five years.
Davey Roberts, Robert Becher, Lisa Pasero, Amy Tritico, and Todd
Raderman are not in the IMDb.
who have passed away:
Sandy McPeak died of a heart attack on Decmeber 31, 1997 in Nevada
City at the age of 62 or 63.
Penny Santon died on May 12, 1999 at the age of 82.
It's so easy to hate Tony Pronti, and feel sympathy for Father Mac.
Sam's objective to prevent Father Mac's murder, and after changing that
history, Father Mac from murdering Tony, seems more daunting than one
would think. This episode is well written and well acted, and it's
interesting how many small parts there are from people who have
appeared in many other television seris and movies.
It's also nice to see an insight to the life of a priest, as well as
the beliefs of Al. After a life of such hardship (the death of his
father and sister, as well as five failed marriages) it's not
surprising the amount of faith in God that he holds.
Father McRoberts: "At least you're Italian. They consider being Irish a
After Sam falls out of the confession booth, and we see Al pray for
Sam. Also, Sam's asking for "Al", which happens to be the name one of
the on-lookers as well. It's a great insight to Al's character and his
The date of the episode is August 19, 1963. A headline on the
Philadelphia Guardian reads "Bangladesh Calls for More Flood
Aid for Its Homeless" Bangladesh did not exist as a country until
1971. In 1963 it would have been called East
Pakistan. Even if the region had been known in some quarters as
Bangladesh, an American newspaper in 1963 would not have used that
term. Closest it may have come would be the defunct (as of 1955) East
Bengal, though that would have been unlikely.
There are no palm trees in Philadelphia, although some can be seen near the cemetary.
After Sam pulls the plug on the jukebox, some of the bar patrons are still dancing in the background.
The Irish priest seems to bless
himself with his left hand when he and Sam turn to leave the
altar. From behind you see his arm moving, and it's his left. This
would be very unusual indeed in a Catholic church!
The actors stay remarkably dry during the storm when going down the tracks.
Al has lost his faith for many years it seems, however in "The Right Hand of God", he doesn't seem to have any issues.
Moncelli sister (#1): "Good priest always introduces the newly-weds."
Sam: "I just figured that everybody knew 'em..."
Al: "We're running out of track here, Sam."
Sam: "One day at a time."
you learn to use your feet like that?
Old Chinese movies?
-- Father Mac and Sam, "Leap of Faith"
I wanted to talk to you but I could wait outside until you finished talking to yourself.
-- Joey, "Leap of Faith"
Just forgive everybody and don't talk too much.
-- Al, "Leap of Faith"
Isn't it a little past your bedtime?
Not if I can't find my bed.
-- Al and Sam, "Leap of Faith"
We all wonder sometimes if we're doing the right thing. I guess all you can do is
just believe that you'll make a difference in the long run.
Do you think you will?
Well, I wouldn't be here if I didn't.
-- Sam and Father Mac, "Leap of Faith"
Well, ladies, it was nice meeting you.
We come to Mass every day!
I mean meeting you again. It was nice to meet you both- again.
-- Sam and the Monticelli sisters, "Leap of Faith"
James Whitemore, Jr.
by - Mike Post
Music by -
Velton Ray Bunch
Co-executive Producers - Deborah Pratt, Michael Zinberg
Supervising Producers - Harker Wade, Robert Wolterstorff
Co-Producers - Paul Brown, Jeff Gourson
Produced by - Chris Ruppenthal
Teleplay by - Tommy Thompson
Story by - Nick Harding, Karen Hall, Tommy Thompson
Directed by - James Whitmore, Jr.
Executive Producer - Donald P. Bellisario
Associate Producer - James S. Giritlian
Executive Story Editor - Tommy Thompson
Director of Photography - Michael Watkins
Production Designer - Cameron Birnie
Edited by - Robert E. Pew, Jerry Temple
Unit Production Manager - Ron Grow
First Assistant Director - Ryan Gordon
Second Assistant Director - Rob Mendel
Casting by - Ellen Lubin Sanitsky
Set Decorator - Robert L. Zilliox
Costume Designer - Jean-Pierre Dorleac
Costume Supervisors - David Rawley, Donna Roberts-Orme
Sound Mixer - Jim La Rue
Stunt Co-ordinator - Diamond Farnsworth
Panaflex® Camera and Lenses by PANAVISION®
Supervising Sound Editor - Paul Clay
Music Editor - Donald Woods
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