"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.


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TV Guide Synopsis
Leap Date

Name of the Person Leaped Into

Project Trivia
Sam Trivia
Al Trivia

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

Miscellaneous Trivia
Kiss with History

Broadcast Date
Guest Stars
Guest Cast Notes
Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes
Cast members who have passed away
Personal Review
Best Lines [Sam] [Al]
Best Scenes
Say What?
Quotable Quotes



Production # 66414

TV Guide Synopsis:
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



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

Theme: Mike Post
Score: Velton Ray Bunch



Project Trivia:
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.


Kiss With History:
Sam says, "We will never go to war against Russia. In fact … ummm … the time is going to come when we break down all the barriers and … and we work with them as allies. Could happen … don’t you think … think?


Executive Producer:
Donald P Bellisario
Theme By: Mike Post
Music By: Velton Ray Bunch
Co-Executive Producers: Deborah Pratt & Michael Zinberg
Supervising Producer: Harker Wade
Co-Producers: Paul Brown & Jeff Gourson
Produced By: Chris Ruppenthal
Teleplay By: Sandy Fries & Robert A. Wolterstorff
Story By: Sandy Fries
Directed By: Michael Watkins
Executive Story Editor: Tommy Thompson
Director of Photography: Bradley B. Sik, 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: Kleen Lubin Stanisky
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
Panaflex Camera & Lenses By: Panavision
Supervising Sound Editor: Paul Clay
Music Editor: Donald Woods



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:
Dale Harimoto as Newscaster: She has been in 13 movies and has made 9 TV guest appearances and has played a Newscaster/TV Reporter in all but one. She was an Assistant Principal. Just something that makes you go ... HUMMM?

Jarrett Lennon as Tiny Boy:  He is 5’9" and is married with 1 child, a girl. He has done over 31 movies and guest starred in over 35 TV shows. 

Duane Whitaker as Maintenance Man: Has been in over 25 movies and guest starred in more than seven TV shows. He has also Written / Directed / Produced & Edited many shows.

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)


Cast Members Who Have Passed Away:
Charles Rocket, who played Michael Blake, died on Monday, October 17th 2005 of suicide.

Michael Dan Wagner as Lt. Porterman passed away on December 15, 1993.

Personal Review and Synopsis:
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.


Sam says, "OH BOY" when he realizes he is helping a grown man get dressed, from the drawers up!

Blake is one of the richest men in the country. He bought up mom and pop stores and made his money automating them. He has everything money can buy. "Not bad for an orphan from the wrong side of town. His building will never walk out on him or die." He tells Sam. But he is alone in the world. His father ran off when he was 3 and his mother died on her hands and knees cleaning someone else’s bathroom.

Sam is Reginald Pearson, a personal valet to Michael Blake. He’s been with him for 3 years. Sam is there to save Blake’s soul. He takes care of the past and present, while he volunteers Al to take care of the future.

For the past he gets Captain Laura Downie, Lt. Porterman and some of the neighborhood kids to help him. They drive to the part of town where Blake grew up and conveniently get a flat tire. Blake looks around and imagines his mother calling him to dinner. He, Sam and Captain Downie then walk down the street, where they run into an old childhood friend, Max Wushinski. He asks about another friend and learns that a bus killed him. Blake had earlier bought the business he was employed at and he couldn’t find another job. Blake gets all depressed and goes home to pout.

Later Sam tries to cheer him up and makes a bet that he can show him why he is so unhappy. This backfires in Sam’s face too. He then gets Al to be the ghost of Christmas future. This is where he finally realizes his wicked ways and promises to be more kindly towards his fellow man in the future.

Dean and Scott wish each other a Merry Christmas and it starts to snow.


Say What?
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.


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:
When 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]


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