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3x10 "A Little Miracle"

Leap Date:
December 24, 1962

Episode Adopted by: Carol <aka> C_Dean n C_Al
Additional info provided by: Brian Greene


As a personal valet to a rich uptown millionaire, Sam must convince the bitter man not to tear down the building where a Salvation Army mission is located in order to build a large plaza bearing his name. So, on Christmas Eve, Sam and Al try to "Scrooge" him, showing the past, present...and the future in an attempt to change his mind and save his soul.

Audio from this episode:

Carol of the Bells

Episode Menu
TV Guide Synopsis
Leap Date

Name of the Person Leaped Into
Broadcast Date
Synopsis & Review

Project Trivia
Sam Trivia
Al Trivia

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

Miscellaneous Trivia
Guest Stars
Guest Cast Notes
Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes
Say What?
Quotable Quotes
Best Scenes
Production Credits

Production # 66414

TV Guide Teaser:

On Christmas Eve, Sam jingles into the valet of a Scroogelike man (Charles Rocket) who plans to demolish a mission to build a shopping plaza. Laura: Melinda McGraw. Calloway: Tom McTigue. Max: Robert Lesser. Lt. Porterman: Michael Dan Wagner. Tiny Boy: Jarrett Lennon.



New York City, New York

Leap Date:

December 24, 1962


Reginald Pearson

Broadcast Date:

December 21, 1990 - Friday

Synopsis & Review:

Christmas Eve, Sam leaps into Reginald Pearson who is the valet to business tycoon Michael Blake (played by Charles Rocket). Michael is a thoroughly unpleasant man (though he is opposed to firing Sam despite his incompetence as a valet and his meddling in Michael's personal life) who is planning on tearing down a salvation army building in order to build Blake Plaza.

Blake also just happens to have very similar brainwaves to Sam and so is able to see Al until Al changes the frequency slightly so that Michael can no longer see him. Sam is sympathetic to the Salvation Army and so promises Captain Laura Downey (played by Melinda McGraw) that he will find a way to save the building... with her help, of course. Although Sam believes his task is to save the Salvation Army building, Al points out he's also there to save Michael from himself.

When Sam is ordered to sort through Michael's suits to find which ones to save and which to give away (with heavy input from Al as Sam knows nothing about clothes), he finds a box of memories in the closet which reveal that Michael changed his name and used to be a poor orphan living on the same street as Blake Plaza is to be built on and that he's trying to show the world just how far he has come by building the tower there. Due to Michael's resemblance to Scrooge character-wise, Sam and Al decide to draw inspiration from "A Christmas Carol" to make him change his ways.

First comes "Christmas Past", and Sam convinces the chauffer to let Sam drive Michael to his meeting and ends up taking him to the Salvation Army building. He stops the car and one of the local kids comes over and lets the air out of one of the tires to give them an excuse to stop. When Michael gets out (after wondering how Sam thought this was a good route to get to the meeting he had) he is assaulted by memories of the past, aided by several children playing and calling someone by Michael's original name. Captain Downey appears and denies having seen the boys. Caught up in nostalgia and charmed by Downey, Michael happily tells her about growing up here.

When they stop to buy chestnuts, Michael recognizes the vender as Max Wushinski, an old friend that he had lost touch with. The two reminisce for a bit and then Michael asks what happened to his old best friend Charlie. Max is forced to tell them that Charlie became an alcoholic and killed himself 4 years earlier by throwing himself in front of a bus, this after losing his job when the plant became automated earlier, leaving behind his wife and five kids in the process. As Michael made his money off of laying off workers like this, he is deeply upset. He tries to pay extra for the chestnuts but Max just tells him to go.

Michael storms off and then sits in his apartment getting drunk and so Sam thinks that he's failed. Al believes that this is actually a good sign and that Michael is thinking about what he is doing and so they put phase two of their plan into action... Christmas Present. Sam tells Michael that he feels sorry for him because, for all of his wealth and power, he's still missing something from his life. Michael angrily asks how he would know and Sam bets a month's rent that he can prove it.

Sam takes Michael back down to the site of the future Blake Plaza and has him put his hand on the side of the building, telling him that that path is just cold and Michael retorts that he's had people who loved him but they all either died or left him and this building and his empire won't. Before they can leave, though, they hear singing coming from the salvation army building and come in. Michael is once again caught up in nostalgia as he joins the festivities and really starts to open up to Downey.

Unfortunately, a little boy comes over to give Michael a Christmas present and Michael recognizes him as one of the children from earlier and realizes that this is an elaborate charade to make him change his mind. Furious, he storms out and tell Sam that he had better hope he didn't still want to fire him in the morning.

Sam is discouraged but then he remembers that Michael can see Al and sends him in as 'Christmas Future'. Al chooses to go all out and dresses up as Jacob Marley, which Michael calls him on. Because Michael saw him earlier, he doesn't initially believe that Al is a ghost and keeps insulting him. Eventually, he tries to punch Al and falls right through him. After that, it doesn't take long to convince Michael that Al is really a ghost. Michael calls for Sam to get rid of Al but Sam pretends he cannot see him.

Al takes Michael to the Salvation Army building and shows him the future. Michael is delighted at the picture of the finished Blake Plaza but then he sees a news report from 1975 featuring him as older and bitter, declaring bankruptcy. He sees that his tower has been renamed "Sumito Plaza", after the name of the creditors who took ownership of it when he lost in a battle in the courts at the time, and that he eventually committed suicide by jumping from the top of it on into oncoming traffic. Michael is horrified and breaks down sobbing.

Sam convinces Michael that it's not too late to change his ways as a bright star leads Michael back to the Salvation Army's door, as Capt. Downey lets him in. Al reveals that the two of them fall in love and marry within six months and eventually have three kids together. Michael still builds the Blake Plaza tower, but, this time, he gives the entire first floor to the Salvation Army mission. Sam wonders if Michael would have knocked on the door if Al hadn't put the star there... but Al says that he didn't. The two wish each other a Merry Christmas, as Sam then leaps. Source

Personal Review by Carol <aka> C_Dean n C_Al:

I love this episode because it has a lot of DEAN in it! He actually gets to help in this Leap! He blurts out that he’s a real ‘Scrooge’ and without even knowing it, he has opened up a can of worms! He gets to sing a little too. The chemistry between Scott and Dean in this episode is so sincere. The looks they give each other, like unspoken words and the end is the best I’ve seen! It made me cry the first time I saw it. The friendship between them is genuine. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, no matter what time of year you watch it.


Oh Come All Ye Faithful
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Bringing in the Sheaves
Deck The Halls
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Carol Of The Bells
Joy To The World
Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
Silent Night

Check out Scott Bakula singing "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas":

Project Trivia:

It is the middle of July at Project Quantum Leap, presumably 1997.

The hand link is the ‘Gummy Bear’. Multi-colored little squares that flash.

Ziggy is called a he in this episode.

In "Pool Hall Blues", Ziggy could barely access enough power to add beams to the billiard balls. Now, Ziggy can project an entire building with video. Major improvements at Project Quantum Leap!

Sam Trivia:

Sam thinks about his Christmas in ’62 and tells Al, "I was 9 and Dad gave me a sled and Tom and I spent the whole day playing in the snow. It was great!"

Al Trivia:

Al usually wears long sleeve shirts or a suite. But, in this episode and in ‘Double Identity’ ep1.5, he’s wearing a short-sleeved shirt. Both times they are wild and bright colors. Also, in ‘Double Identity,’ he’s wearing shorts.

Al's Women:

Al enjoys seeing the housekeeper, Bebe.

Al's Outfits:

1. Bright & wild multi-colored Hawaiian short sleeved shirt, Cream slacks, Cream loafers, Gold round faced watch w/ Brown leather band.

2. Costume for the Ghost of Christmas Future (but ends up looking more like Marley!)

Miscellaneous Trivia:

Al popped in and out 6 times

Al smoked 6 cigars

An extended verion of "Joy to the World" sung by the episode cast is played during the closing credits.


Regular Cast:

Scott Bakula as Dr Samuel Beckett
Dean Stockwell as Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci
Deborah Pratt as Narrator (voice)

Guest Cast:

Dylan Day Brown as Charlie
Christopher Fleming as Mickey
Dale Harimoto as Newscaster

Jarrett Lennon as Tiny Boy
Robert Lesser as Jason Calloway
Melinda McGraw as Captain Laura Downie
Tom McTigue as Max Wushinski
Milan Nicksic as Reginald Pearson (Mirror image)
Charles Rocket as Michael G. Blake/Blakowski
Michael Dan Wagner as
Lieutenant Porterman
Duane Whitaker as Maintenance Man
(Unknown) as Bebe

Guest Cast Notes:

Dylan Day Brown as Charlie: Dylan Day Brown is known for Quantum Leap (1989) and Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal (1996).

Christopher Fleming as Mickey
: Christopher Fleming is known for Quantum Leap (1989), American Playhouse (1980) and Jake Spanner, Private Eye (1989).

Dale Harimoto as Newscaster: Dale Harimoto is known for Godzilla (1998), Marked for Death (1990) and Quantum Leap (1989).

Jarrett Lennon as Tiny Boy: Jarrett started his professional acting career at the age of 4 after his mother gave in to a constant barrage of people, with Ed Asner as the final straw, suggesting he had a natural talent for acting. After booking a national commercial and a television mini-series (his first and second auditions ever), it became all too clear that acting was exactly what he needed to do. His career picked up from there and he worked steadily throughout his childhood, collecting regular praise for his natural deliveries and keen ability to take direction even as a small child. For most of his career, Jarrett (Jett to his friends) was advised to outright avoid acting classes so as not to risk his technique being changed by outside views. Later, at the age of 13, he took a masters' class from Kevin Robert McDermott intended for young actors aged 15 and up. Jarrett eventually took a break from the unsteady employment of acting to raise a family, switching his hobby of technology to his career in full-time IT support and moving acting to the side. However it never fully left him. His passion for the craft carried him onto the stage where he starred in and directed a variety of plays, held recurring roles in popular web series, guested on (and produced, wrote, and edited) a variety of podcasts and more. In 2015, on the equivalent of a self-dare, Jarrett took an improv class at iO West with Brian James O'Connell that changed his life. Working his way through various classes at iO, Pack Theater, Revolution Theater, and more, with such teachers and coaches as Paul Vaillancourt, Craig Cackowski, Shulie Cowen, and Chris Alvarado, Jarrett found a deeply-renewed vigor for performance and a newfound skill in long-form improv. With close friends he built an indie team called The Feel Good Not Bad Death Laser that toured Southern California, playing over 100 shows in its first year alone, and working its way up to main-stage status at iO West, Revolution Theater, and ACME Comedy. Once the world changed, he and his teammates from the award-winning improv show ALLEGEDLY... moved online to form The Super Legit Podcast which he hosts and edits. It's with the experience, skills, character work, and encouragement he received in the improv community that Jarrett excitedly began his return to professional acting after a minor 15-year break. He's eager to show everything life has taught him during his time away, and prove he was more than simply "good for a kid."

Robert Lesser as Jason Calloway: Robert Lesser was born on October 22, 1942 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Die Hard (1988), 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984) and Oscar (1991).

Melinda McGraw as Captain Laura Downie: Melinda McGraw is a classically trained actress known for her range, playing a wide variety of roles in comedy and drama alike. Ms. McGraw grew up in the Boston area and was a member of the Boston Children's Theater. She attended Bennington College briefly until she was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Her schoolmates included Clive Owen and Ralph Fiennes, among several other notable talents. After appearing in many theatrical productions in London's West End and around the UK she returned to the States in 1990. Melinda McGraw was critically acclaimed for her turn as Bobbie Barrett in Season 2 of "Mad Men" which earned her a Screen Actors' Guild Award as part of the Best Ensemble Cast, as well as an OFTA Television Award for Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series (2007). She is also known for her work as Barbara Gordon in "The Dark Knight," as Scott Bakula's love interest in AMC's "Men of a Certain Age," as Diane Gibbs-Fornell-Sterling in "NCIS" and as Dana's sister Melissa Scully in the "X-Files." She received a Best Supporting Actress Award from the Milan Film Festival for "Meeting Spencer" opposite Jeffery Tambor and Jesse Plemons. Ms. McGraw is married to composer/recording artist Steve Pierson and they have a daughter.

Matt Dale and Albie chat with Melinda McGraw about Quantum Leap, The X-Files, and why Scott Bakula is the nicest guy in Hollywood. Happy Christmas!

Tom McTigue as Max Wushinski: Tom McTigue is known for Boyhood (2014), The Descendants (2011) and Baywatch (1989).

Milan Nicksic as Reginald Pearson (Mirror image): Milan Nicksic is known for The Criminal Mind (1993), Quantum Leap (1989) and Mean Guns (1997).

Charles Rocket as Michael G. Blake/Blakowski: Charles Rocket was born on August 28, 1949 in Bangor, Maine, USA. He was an actor, known for Dumb and Dumber (1994), Dances with Wolves (1990) and Titan A.E. (2000). He was married to Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Crellin. He died on October 7, 2005 in Canterbury, Connecticut, USA.

Michael Dan Wagner as Lieutenant Porterman: Michael Dan Wagner was an actor, known for Tremors (1990), Quantum Leap (1989) and Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1977). He died on December 15, 1993.

Duane Whitaker as Maintenance Man: Duane Whitaker, a native of Lubbock Texas, has spent the last 30 years as one of Hollywood's most entertaining hyphenates. As an actor, Whitaker is most recognized as Maynard, the sadistic pawn shop owner, in Pulp Fiction. Of course, you don't walk onto the set of a ground breaking film like Pulp Fiction without paying your dues. From the time he arrived in Hollywood, Duane's face was seen frequently on the stage and small screen. Some of his very early television credits include, Sledge Hammer, Murder She Wrote, Highway to Heaven, L.A. Law, Rosanne and Quantum Leap. More recent appearances include Rush Hour, Instant Mom, Justified, Medical Investigation, I'm With Her, The Ex List, The Bridge and a haunting portrayal of a former child abuse victim on an episode of Cold Case. Duane has appeared in over sixty feature films. Among his favorites are Edge of Town, Natasha Hall, Broke Sky, Lionhead, Dead Letters, Sam Borowski's Night Club and of course, Pulp Fiction. It is in the Horror genre, however, that Whitaker has anchored a large part of his work. He has been a part of no less than eight Horror Franchises, including From Dusk Til Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (which he also co-wrote), Feast, Tales From The Hood, Rob Zombie's Devil's Rejects and Halloween 2, Children of the Corn: Genesis, Puppetmaster 5 and Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3. Other Horror appearances include, American Nightmares, Albino Farm, Trailer Park of Terror, The Haunted Sea and Deadly Dreams. He has written, directed or produced, Together & Alone, Stripteaser, Camp Utopia, Backroad Motel and Eddie Presley. The latter stars Duane in a masterful turn as a despondent Elvis Presley impersonator teetering on the fine line between a triumphant comeback or a nervous breakdown. It was adapted from Whitaker's successful stage play of the same title. He has recently branched out into Faith-Based Films, appearing in Daniel Roebuck's Getting Grace, Lucky Louie, The Hail Mary and My Brother's Crossing. Duane received the honor of the American Cinematheque hosting a screening of his two most personal films, Eddie Presley and Together and Alone at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Together and Alone was screened for a second time by the American Cinematheque along with Garrett Clancy's Dead Letters. Duane Whitaker is also a playwright. His plays have been produced in Los Angeles and New York and he has been teaching a popular Film Acting class in Los Angeles for almost 20 years.

(Unknown) as Bebe: No information can be found about the actress who played the maid. If you have any information please contact us!

Guests Who Appeared In Other Episodes of QL:

Charles Rocket has been in one other "Quantum Leap" (1989) playing "Commander Dirk Riker" in episode: "A Leap for Lisa - June 25, 1957" (episode # 4.22)

Say What?

Krushchev did not visit Disneyland at the time mentioned in the episode. He was supposed to, but it never happened.

Al's cigar pops into his mouth between takes when he mentions it's the middle of July.

There are cars too modern for the time period in one shot before Blake finds the photos.

When Al is ‘scrooging’ Blake and he’s in the bed. Al is standing at the foot of the bed and Blake lunges at him, trying to grab him. When he does this the covers on the bed get pulled down on the floor. Then Blake turns around and lunges the second time trying to grab Al. The next scene you see is Blake in bed with the covers all neatly pulled up.

When Blake walks to the Salvation Army door, he turns to look at Sam, his hair is messy, kind of parted in the middle. When Captain Laura Downie answers the door and Blake is shown, his hair is combed straight back.

The photo of young Michael Blakowski states that it was taken on his 8th birthday in 1928. However, the gravestone at the end shows his borthdate as 1922, making him six years old in 1928.

Blake's hair is messed up a bit when he goes to the Salvation Army door. But in the next shot it's neat again.

Quotable Quotes:

Sam says, "I’m a 200 hundred pound valet!"

Al says, "You may have to bathe him."

Leaping around in time has made me realise that, in some strange way, I'm a servant of a higher power.  But now I found myself a servant of a much different kind.
-- Sam, "A Little Miracle"

Do you have room for one more lost soul?
-- Michael Blake, "A Little Miracle"

I *AM* the ghost of Christmas Future!  ooooooo
-- Al, "A Little Miracle"

We are never going to war with Russia. In fact we're going to be allies... it... could uh, happen... don't you think?
-- Sam, "A Little Miracle"

It's not Christmas where I am, I mean *when* I am, it's the middle of July.
-- Al, "A Little Miracle"

Al, you're a genius.
I am ... I am?
-- Sam and Al, "A Little Miracle"

Ziggy says this one may be a little tricky.
You may have to bathe him.
-- Al and Sam, "A Little Miracle"

What does a man like Blake need saved?
His soul.
-- Sam and Al, "A Little Miracle"

Deck the halls with me and Bebe.
-- Al, following the blonde maid, "A Little Miracle"

You're that jerk from the lobby, I recognize the tacky clothes and the pale complexion.
-- Blake to Al, "A Little Miracle"

I'm a horrible man.
Yes sir.
-- Blake and Sam, "A Little Miracle"

What's with Ebenezer there?
He's ready to tear down the mission with his bear hands, Al; I think I'm making things worse.
--Al and Sam, "A Little Miracle"

Best Scenes:

Sam says, "Sir! Maybe you can find a way to accommodate both your needs."
Blake says, "Pearson! You’re way out of line!
Sam says, "Yah … Yes Sir."
Blake says, "I think you should worry about your job and let me worry about mine." [He starts to walk into the other room]
Al says, "Which is being a grouch!" [Dean comes from behind Scott and follows Charles]
Blake says, "What did you say? Well …" [Charles steps backwards and faces Dean who is speechless]
Calloway says, "Who are you talking to Sir?"
Blake says, "I’m talking to this jerk! Right here! [Charles turns away from Dean and faces Robert, points with his right thumb behind him and then turns back and Dean has punched the hand link to disappear] Well … where did he go …"
Sam says, "Who?" [Scott is looking around]
Blake says, "Never mind! … Pearson …"
Sam says, "Uh-Huh?"
Blake says, "I want these people outta here … call the police if you have to. Well … if you will excuse me… Captian Downie."
Sam says, "He saw you! How could he have seen you?" [Now talking to Dean, who has re-appeared]
Al says, "Did he call me a JERK?"
Captain Downie says, "But he didn’t listen though. Oh … I hope I didn’t get you in any trouble."
Sam says, "Ahhh … Ahhh … No … No, I’m … I’m just sorry I couldn’t help you."
Captain Downie says, "Well … we’ll survive. It’s all in God’s hands now. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to help. Lieutenant, as loudly as you can, and two, three, four … ‘Bringing in the sheaves, Bringing in the sheaves, we will come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves. Bringing in the sheaves, Bringing in the sheaves’ …" [Melinda turns to the band and it starts to play and she starts singing. They all walk to the elevator, get in and the doors shut]
Sam says, "How could Blake see you?"
Al says, "Oh … Ahhh … Ziggy says it was just a weird fluke."
Sam says, "What kind of a fluke?"
Al says, "Well apparently his neurons and masons are on a frequency close to yours. So I’m going to get Ziggy to shift my image a little bit and then only you’ll be able to receive me. It’s kinda like tuning a radio … there! Now that should clear things up." [Dean is furiously punching the keys on the hand link as he explains to Scott]
Sam says, " ‘Cept for why I’m here."
Al says with a heavy sigh, "That should be obvious!"
Sam says, "Well to save the mission, I guess … but I don’t know …"
Al says, "NO! … NO! … NO! It’s to save Blake."
Sam says, "Blake!"
Al says, "Yah!"
Sam says, "What does a man like Blake need to have saved?"
Al says, "His soul." [You hear Charles and Robert arguing in the background]
Sam says, "How am I suppose to save Blake’s soul? I mean, even if he has one. You saw how he treated those people." [Scott and Dean are now alone in the bedroom, Sam is cleaning out Charles’ closet]
Al says, "Out … polyester. Keep this one. We don’t know very much about the guy. Ahhh … every time we try to get some background information, Ziggy comes up empty."
Sam says, "Well you know what they say … if you want to find something out about somebody … you just … check their closet."
Al says, "Yah … Oh yah … sure … the closet … you reach in there and gonna pull out a big box of information!" [Sam hums a spooky tune, while just sticking out his arm holding a box from inside the walk in closet] "Watcha got Havanas?"
Sam says, "NO … not Havanas. Pictures … old pictures. Look at that … Michael Blakowski’s 8th Birthday -1928. Al! He changed his name!"
Al says, "Well no wonder we couldn’t find any information on him!"
Sam says, "Carol of the Bells … looks like he started out in a slightly different neighborhood."
Al says, "Yah …"
Sam says, "All right … have Ziggy, see if he can figure out where all these pictures were taken. Then get all the information you can on a Michael Blakowski. I mean can you believe it’s Christmas time and I don’t think he’s got a second thought about throwing those people out on the streets."
Al says, "Well he’s a real scrooge."
Sam says, "Yah well, you can say that again!"
Al says, "SCROOGE!"
Sam says, "Al! Al you’re a genius!"
Al says, "Yah? I am."
Sam says, "Yes you are, absolutely, Michael is… Scrooge! Right? He’s alone … he’s miserable … its like … ahhh … Charles … ummm …"
Al says, "Dickens"
Sam says, "Dickens! It’s like he created his character based on this guy!"
Al says, "So"
Sam says, "So we scrooge him!"
Al says, "Oh? … How do we do that?"
Sam says, "We take him back to his beginnings. We try to remind him that there’s more important things in life."
Al says, "Where you goin?"
Sam says, "Get some help."
Al says, "Help! What do you think I’m doin here?"
Sam says, "That’s not what I’m talking about … oh … Beebe."
Al says, "Mmm … Mmm … NEVER MIND! … ‘Deck the halls with me and Beebe …" [Dean follows Beebe into the closet, singing]

Most Touching Scene:

Sam and Blake are standing in the street, Blake looks up and sees a bright star that shines down on the entrance of the Salvation Army.

Blake says, "Pearson, do you see that?"
Sam says, "Yes Sir."
Blake says, "It’s a sign, isn’t it?"
Sam says, "I think so Sir, yes." [Charles starts to walk toward the door and he turns around to look at Scott] "Go on Sir."
Captain Downie says, "Mr. Blake, what a nice surprise."
Blake says, "Do you have room for one more lost soul?"
Captain Downie says, "Of course!"
Sam says, "What happens to him, Al?" [You hear Dean enter via the IC and hand link beeping]
Al says, "Ahhh … six months he marries Downie, and they have three kids."
Sam says, "That’s great! So I guess he never builds the Plaza, huh?"
Al says, "No he does build it! AND he puts the mission on the 1st floor!"
Sam says, "Hummm … I wonder if he would’ve knocked on that door if you hadn’t put that star up there?"
Al says, "Ahhh … I … I didn’t … I didn’t put that star up there!"
[This is where Scott and Dean look at each other and then look back at the building and the star and it starts snowing]

Sam says, "Merry Christmas, Al …"
Al says, "Merry Christmas, Sam …"

Sam’s Best Scene and Lines:

Sam says, "Here, Sir." [Handing Blake another drink]
Blake says, "Who were you talking to back there?"
Sam says, "Nobody!"
Blake says, "Nobody? … Whata you lookin’ at?"
Sam says, "Ummm … You Sir. Was thinking … how sorry I feel for you."
Blake says, "Feel sorry for me? What’s wrong with you Pearson? Take a look around … I own more modern art than the Guggenheim. Roscoes, Rouchenburgs, Liechtenstein’s. This place … I pay more for one months rent than you earn in a year."
Sam says, "Yes Sir, you have everything that money can buy."
Blake says, "Damn right! Not bad for an orphan from the wrong side of town, eh? You now what I am? I’m the living embodiment of the American dream."
Sam says, "And you’re miserable. You still don’t have what you really want."
Blake says, "Oh I have everything I want!"
Sam says, "Oh really? I’ll bet you a month’s rent that you don’t."
Blake says, "How you going to prove it?"
Sam says, "I’ll get the car." … [At the site of the new Blake Plaza] "Touch it"
Blake says, "What?"
Sam says, "Put your hand against the wall. Go on … what do you feel?"
Blake says, "Nothin’! Just brick and steel."
Sam says, "Exactly! No heat, no warmth … no love."
Blake says, "That thing doesn’t love me, if that’s what you mean! You know what happens? They die or they walk out on me! But this never will! This is immortality."
Sam says, "I hope the world remembers you kindly."
Blake says, "Just who do you think you’re talking to Pearson? You’re my employee, not my conscious! You just talk care of yourself. ‘Cause I’m doing just fine. So pay up!"
Sam says, "Do … do you hear that Sir?"
Blake says, "Carol of the Bells, I haven’t heard that … in a long time."
Sam says, "Yah! … Yah, me either. HA! … Carol of the Bells."
They walk to the door of the Salvation Army and enter. Captain Downie sees and speaks to them and they start singing ‘Joy To The World’ … I especially like this part where Scott sings. I think he does too, you can hear him above the others.

Al's Best Scene:

Blake is asleep and Al appears beside the bed. You hear a clock striking and chains rattling. His face is painted, wearing a t-shirt, the collar and tie only, torn jacket, black hat that lights up and is smoking a cigar.

Al says, "OOOHHH" … [Softly] … "HAY BLAKE WAKE UP!" [Yelled] "… OOOHHH …" [Softly]
Blake says, "Wait a minute … I know who you are! You’re the jerk from the lobby! I recognize the bad clothes and pale complexion."
Al says, "JERK! I am the ghost of Christmas future."
Blake says, "Yah right! … The ghost of Christmas future wore the black robe Jacob Marley wore the chains."
Al says, "I am the ghost of Christmas future! Ooohhh …"
Blake says, "Pearson put you up to this, didn’t he? Good makeup!"
Al says, "Are you hard of hearing! I’m here to show you your future! Ooohhh …"
Blake says, "Well maybe I should just show you your future!" [He lunges at Al] "You’re pretty quick, I didn’t even see you move!"
Al says, "That’s because I didn’t move! HaHaHa!"
Blake says, "I must be dreaming."
Al says, "More like a nightmare! WaHaHaHa!" [Al punches keys on the hand link to make him self rise above the floor]
Blake says, "OMG! Stay away from me! PEARSON! HELP! PEARSON!"
Sam says, "Mr. Blake?" [Sam comes in the door and turns on the light] "Mr. Blake? What’s wrong Mr. Blake?"
Blake says, "This is what’s wrong! Get him outta here! Go on get out of here now!" [He points to Al, still above the floor and at the foot of the bed]
Sam says, "What Sir?"
Blake says, "You don’t see it? He’s standing right there, smoking a cigar, starring at me! It’s horrible! He’s tan?"
Al says, "Enough of the insults, already! HaHaHa!"
Sam says, "I’m sorry, Sir, but the only thing I see here is you. You know, maybe … maybe I should call your doctor?"
Al says, "You do that! And he’s going to send you to the loony bin! HaHaHa-OhOhOh!"
Blake says, "Oh no! No! No! No doctor, Pearson! Pearson just get him outta here! I’ll double your salary! I’ll triple … triple your salary! I’ll forget about the months rent you owe me!"
Sam says, "Sir, I can’t get it out of here, if I cant see or hear it."
Al says, "HEY BLAKE! Put your coat on! You’re going for a walk on the wild side!"
Blake says, "Pear … Pearson get my coat, get my clothes."
Sam says, "Yes Sir." [Sam leaves Blake cowering at the head of the bed and as Sam walks by Al they give the "thumbs up" to each other]
Sam says, "Sir, are you sure he said that he wanted you to meet him here?" [They are now at the site of the Blake Plaza]
Blake says, "Yes! Yes, He distinctly said the side of the Blake Plaza."
Sam says, "Well ahhh Sir, do you see him anywhere?"
Blake says, "Maybe I was dreaming … ‘cause I have been working very hard lately.
Sam says, "Well ahhh Sir, … ahhh … its possible, they say that dreams can …" [You hear Al pop in]
Blake says, "AHHH!"
Al says, "HA! HA! You leaving so soon?"
Blake says, "Pearson! Pearson! He’s back … Stay with me!"
Sam says, "Right here, Sir. Maybe we jus … should find out why he brought you down here … ask him."
Blake says, "That’s a good idea. Why did you bri …"
Al says, "I HEARD HIM! … Jeeze … I’M HERE TO SHOW YOU YOUR FUTURE!!! Mua-ha-ha-ha-ha …"
Blake says, "My future? What about my future …"
Al says, "Watch and you’ll see! [Al punches the hand link and a completed Blake plaza appears]
Blake says, "Oh it’s beautiful! It’s magnificent!"
Sam says, "What is?"
Blake says, "Oh Pearson, I wish you could see it. It’s the Blake Plaza right there in front of me! On some sort of television screen, as though I could reach out and touch it. Show me more ghost! Show me what else happens to me!"
Al says, "OKAY! You asked for it!"
[Dale Harimoto as Newscaster comes on the screen and delivering the news for December 24, 1975]
Newscaster says, "Michael Blake announced today he had filed for bankruptcy."

Blake says, "NO! That’s impossible!"
Al says, "It gets better!"Newscaster says, "Analysts say that, Blake, once considered a brilliant corporate raider was undone by his unbridled greed and uncontrollable lust for power."

Blake says, "What have they done to me?"
Al says, "You did it yourself! You wanted all! So you borrowed and leveraged, until the end … you had … nothingnaddazerozilchzip!" [Scott is mouthing the words along with Dean in the background]
Blake says, "What about the Blake Plaza? Do I still have the Blake Plaza?"
Sam says, "Maybe we should be going."
Blake says, "NO! Stay away from me! I wanna know all this! What happens? Do I still have the Blake Plaza? Is it still there?"
Al says, "Oh yes! It’s still there."
Blake says, "Oh …. [Whines] … They took my Plaza …"
Al says, "Oh no they didn’t … they didn’t …"
Blake says, "You’ve lost it!" [Dean pops out]

Al says, "Such a peaceful ending. Come on over here. There’s nothing going to hurt you here. Ha Ha Ha …" [Dean pops back in and is sitting on the headstone of Blake behind a chain link fence]
Blake says, "Pearson …"
Sam says, "Sir, maybe we should …"
Blake says, "No, please …"
Al says, "Ahhh … ha-ha-ha-oh-oh-oh …"
Blake says, "How did I die?"
Al says, "You didn’t just die. You killed yourself. You took a header of the top of the Blake Plaza. In the rush hour."
Blake says, "Why?"
Al says, "Why? Why not! You had nothing to live for, no friends, no family, no love."
Blake says, "I don’t wanna die alone. [Crying] I’m sorry, I didn’t mean for it to end like this."

Sam says, "Mr. Blake … Mr. Blake … You all right?"
Blake says, "He’s gone. The ghost is gone, I think its over."
Sam says, "Yes Sir, Yes Sir! It’s all over!"
Blake says, "I’m a horrible man!"
Sam says, "Yes Sir."
Blake says, "Hurting people, not caring about anyone but myself. I don’t want it to end like that. Hated, forgotten and alone."
Sam says, "You still have time to change things, Sir."
Blake says, "Do you really think so?"

Sam says, "Yes Sir, I do."

Al's Best Lines:

Al says, "Where you goin’?"
Sam says, "Get some help."
Al says, "Help! What do you think I’m doin’ here?"
Sam says, "That’s not what I’m talking about … Oh … Beebe."
Al says, "Mmm … Mmm … NEVER MIND! … ‘Deck the halls with me and Beebe …" [Al follows Beebe into the closet as he sings and looks at Sam, who just shakes his head]

Production Credits:

Theme by: Mike Post
Music by: Velton Ray Bunch
Co-Executive Producer: Deborah Pratt
Co-Executive Producer: Michael Zinberg
Supervising Producers: Harker Wade
Co-producers: Paul Brown, Jeff Gourson
Produced by: Chris Ruppenthal
Created by: Donald P. Bellisario
Teleplay by: Sandy Fries and Robert A. Wolterstorff
Story by: Sandy Fries

Directed by: Michael Watkins

Writer Commentary - Watch along with Sandy Fries
Albie and Sandy Fries, a writer of A Little Miracle sit down and watch the Holiday episode of Quantum Leap where Michael Blake gets Scrooged!

Executive Producer: Donald P. Bellisario
Associate Producer:
James S. Giritlian
Executive Story Editor: Tommy Thompson

Director of Photography: Bradley B. Six, A.S.C.
Production Designer: Cameron Birnie
Edited by: Jerry Temple
Unit Production Manager: Ron Grow
First Assistant Director:
Paul Sirmons
Second Assistant Director: Rob Mendel
Casting by: Ellen Lubin Sanitsky
Set Director: Robert L. Zilliox
Costume Designer: Jean-Pierre Dorleac
Costume Supervisors: David Rawley & Donna Roberts-Orme

Sound Mixer: Mark Hopkins McNabb
Stunt Coordinator: Diamond Farnsworth
Sound Editor: Paul Clay
Music Editor: Donald Woods

Panaflex Camera and Lenses by: Panavision

This motion picture is protected under laws of the United States and other countries. Unauthorized duplication, distribution or exhibition may result in civil liability and criminal prosecution.

Copyright 1990 by Universal City Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons living or dead is purely coincidental.

Bellisarius Productions and Universal, an MCA Company


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