"Maybe Baby"

Leap Date:

March 11, 1963

Episode Adopted By: Lola
Additional info provided by: Brian Greene


Sam, as a bouncer, must find out why his girlfriend has kidnapped a baby girl and either return the baby to her father, or find the real mother - who Al believes doesn't exist.


Audio from this episode


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


Broadcast Date
Guest Stars
Guest Cast Notes
Cast members who have passed away
Personal Review
Best Lines
Best Scenes
Say what?
Quotable Quotes


Production # 65428

TV Guide Synopsis (TV Guide.com):
Sam leaps into the reluctant sidekick of a kooky stripper who has taken a man's infant daughter, saying she wants to deliver the child to its mother. Reed: Charles Frank. Sheriff Barnes: Jimmie Ray Weeks. Sam: Scott Bakula. Big Bob: Ray Young.

TV Guide Synopsis (Original):
Babysitting a kidnapped tot and a flakey, compulsively lying stripper keeps Sam busy as they cross Texas, on the run from the legal father and a squad of cops.

Across Texas and New Mexico

Leap Date:
Monday, March 11, 1963

Broadcast Date: 
April 4, 1990 - Wedneday

Name of the Person Leaped Into:
"Buster", a friend and ‘companion’ to Bunny O’Hare. 

"Maybe Baby" by The Crickets
"Runaway" by Del Shannon
"My Boyfriend’s Back" by The Angels
"Dancing in the Street" - Martha and the Vandellas
"The Stripper" (cover version) by David Rose
"Pop Goes The Weasel" sang by Dean Stockwell

Project Trivia:
Ziggy’s prediction that Sam was there to return the baby to Reed Dalton was with 75.6 % accuracy.

The handlink used is the newer calculator style, thicker than the plexiglass style from Season 1.

Sam Trivia:
Sam tells Al that he hasn't been around babies before.

Al Trivia:
Al disapproves the use of disposable diapers. Dean Stockwell is an avid environmentalist.

Al's Women:
Al says jokingly that blondes with low IQs can see him. 

Al knew a stripper named Velvet in Reno, Nevada.

Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode:
Orange shirt, shimmery gold tie, diamond patterned vest, black slacks, gold shoes.

Miscellaneous Trivia:
Velton Ray Bunch is credited for the first time at the beginning of the episode and would compose the score without Mike Post for the rest of the series. 

Julie Brown is the sister of Co-Producer Paul Brown. Both also wrote.

Bunny O’Hare’s real name is Thelma Lou Dickey.

Bunny worked at the Girl’s-A-Go Go Lounge.

The VETERINARIAN’S name is Dr. T. Bean.

The Hot Rod License is PR6025.

Bunny made $50.00 in the ‘Amateur’ Stripper’s Competition.


Paul Brown & Julie Brown

Michael Zinberg

Supervising Producer:
Debrorah Pratt

Paul Brown
Jeff Gourson
Chris Ruppenthal

Harker Wade

Music by - Velton Ray Bunch
Supervising Producer - Deborah Pratt
Co-Producers - Paul Brown, Jeff Gourson, Chris Ruppenthal
Produced by - Harker Wade
Director of Photography - Michael Watkins
Production Designer - Cameron Birnie
Edited by - Alec Smight
Set Decorator - Robert L. Zilliox
Costume Designer - Jean-Pierre Dorleac
Costume Supervisors - David Rawley, Donna Roberts-Orme
Sound Mixer - Mark Hopkins McNabb
Stunt Co-ordinator - Diamond Farnsworth
Contributing Musical Composers - Velton Ray Bunch and Jerry Grant

Panaflex® Camera and Lenses by PANAVISION®

Supervising Sound Editor - Paul Clay
Music Editor - Tom Gleason

Copyright © 1990 by Universal City Studios, Inc. All rights reserved.

Country of first publication: United States of Amercia. Univeral City Studios, Inc. is the author of this motion picture for purposes of the Berne Convention and all national laws giving effect thereto.

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

Regular Cast:
Sam Beckett – Scott Bakula
Al Calavicci – Dean Stockwell

Guest Cast:

Julie Brown as Bunny O'Hare
Jimmie Ray Weeks as Sheriff Barnes
Travis McKenna as Deputy Sheriff Sutton
Cathy McAuley as Maria
Charles Frank as Reed Dalton/Cole)
Garrett Pearson as Officer Montero
Maggie Egan as Margaret Cole
Carmen Filpi as Farmer

Ray Young as Big Bob
Byrne Offutt as Leon
Eve Brenner as Madeline
Jay Boryea as "Buster" (Mirror image)
Troy Martin as Man at Bar

Guest Cast Notes:

Julie Brown
Born: August 31, 1958

Starring Roles:
Goofy Movie, A (1995)(voice) .... Lisa
Earth Girls Are Easy (1989) .... Candy
Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985) .... Chloe
Incredible Shrinking Woman, The (1981) .... TV Commercial Actress
Clueless: The E! True Hollywood Story (2001) (TV) .... Herself
"Clueless" (1996) TV Series .... Coach Millie Deemer (1997-1999)
"Animaniacs" (1993) TV Series(voice) .... Minerva Mink (1993-1996)
"Aladdin" (1993/I) TV Series(voice) .... Saleen
"Just Say Julie" (1989) TV Series .... Host
"Weakest Link" (2001/II) ....Herself
"Murphy Brown" (1988) ....Secretary #88 (episode # 10.11)  
"Clueless" (1996) ....Ms. Olivia Crawford (episode # 1.2)
"Batman: The Animated Series" (1992) ....Zatanna (episode # 1.50)  
"Batman: The Animated Series" (1992) ....Lily (episode # 1.16)  
"Newhart" (1982) ....Buffy Denver (episode # 6.14)  

"Newhart" (1982) ....Buffy Denver (episode # 5.1)  
"Jeffersons, The" (1975) ....Cherry (episode # 10.9)
"Cheers" (1982) (episode # 1.4)
"Laverne & Shirley" (1976) ....Patti (episode # 8.3)
"Laverne & Shirley" (1976) ....Secretary (episode # 7.13)
"Happy Days" (1974) ....Gloria (episode # 7.15)

Jimmie Ray Weeks
Starring Roles:
Requiem for a Dream (2000) .... Prison Guard
Analyze This (1999) .... FBI Agent Steadman
Siege, The (1998) .... Army General
Hot Shots! (1991) .... Amish Man
Abyss, The (1989) .... Leland McBride
Midnight Run (1988) .... FBI Agent Tuttle
Manhattan Project, The (1986) .... SWAT Team (Medatomics Lab)
Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long (1995) .... Allen Henderson
Haunted Mansion Mystery, The (1983) .... Rescue Worker
"Kennedy" (1983) .... John Seigenthaler
"Northern Exposure" (1990) ....Ranger Stan Burns (episode # 5.14)  
"I'll Fly Away" (1991) ....Commencement (episode # 2.15)  
"I'll Fly Away" (1991) ....Freedom Bus (episode # 2.6)  
"I'll Fly Away" (1991) ....All in the Life (episode # 2.3)
"Law & Order" (1990) ....George Harris (episode # 2.21)  
"Miami Vice" (1984) (episode # 3.21)  
"Miami Vice" (1984) ....Jerry Carrow (episode # 1.6)  

Travis McKenna
Born: July 18, 1960

Starring Roles:
Van Wilder (2002) .... Milty
Batman Returns (1992) .... Fat Clown
Road House (1989) .... Jack
Cheerleader Camp (1987) (V) .... Timmy Moser
Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!, The (1997) (TV) .... Bubba
Final Jeopardy (1985) (TV) .... D.O.A
"Coach" (1989) TV Series .... Fred Webb
"Chicago Hope" (1994) ....Mr. Wheaton (episode # 5.18)
"ER" (1994) ....Mr. DeMisa (episode # 5.10)  

"Step by Step" (1991) ....Brad Pit (episode # 5.1)  
"Wonder Years, The" (1988) ....Joe the Bartender (episode # 6.13)  
"Coach" (1989) ....Fred Webb (episode # 3.11)  
"Perfect Strangers" (1986) ....Mr. Vaughn (episode # 5.14)

Cathy McAuley
Starring Roles:
Beanstalk (1994) .... Giant's wife
Love and Betrayal (1989) .... Anne-Marie
"Dharma & Greg" (1997) ....Ginger (episode # 3.8)  
"Night Court" (1984) ....Wanda Flinn (episode # 9.10)  
"Mr. Belvedere" (1985) (episode # 5.22)  
"Murder, She Wrote" (1984) (episode # 2.12)
"T.J. Hooker" (1982) ....Karen Wilkins (episode # 4.64)

Charles Frank
Born: April 17, 1947

Directed by Charles Frank: 
"Hearts Afire" (1992)  
"Evening Shade" (1990)
"Designing Women" (1986)

Starring Roles:
Right Stuff, The (1983) .... Scott Carpenter
Columbo: Try and Catch Me (1977) .... Edmund Galvin
Silence, The (1975) .... Cadet Captain
"Falcon Crest" (1981) .... Senator Ryder
"Spy Game" (1997) .... Senator Robert Dwyer (episode # 1.4)
"Walker, Texas Ranger" (1993) ....Ron Packwood (episode # 3.16)  
"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (1993) ...Congressman "Matlock" (1986) ....Phillip Cameron (episode # 8.4)
"Life Goes On" (1989/I) ....Jack Benchfield (episode # 3.20)  
"Reasonable Doubts" (1991) (episode # 1.18)  
"Murder, She Wrote" (1984) ....Alan Miller (episode # 8.5)
"Designing Women" (1986) ....Mark (episode # 6.3)  
"Midnight Caller" (1988) (episode # 3.22)
"Who's the Boss?" (1984) ....Clifford (episode # 7.21)  
"Father Dowling Mysteries" (1989) ....Bailey (episode # 3.13)  
"Perfect Strangers" (1986) ....Jack Colby (episode # 4.19)
"L.A. Law" (1986) ....Jimmy Markham (episode # 2.10)  
"Newhart" (1982) ....Wade Northlander (episode # 3.15)  
"Love Boat, The" (1977) ....Tom (episode # 4.7)  
"M*A*S*H" (1972) ....Lieutenant Martinson (episode # 6.19)
"Barnaby Jones" (1973) ....Tom (episode # 6.8)
"Love Boat, The" (1977) ....Jim Wright (episode # 1.3)  
"Hawaii Five-O" (1968) ....Todd Seymour (episode # 9.214)  
"Wonder Woman" (1976) ....Peter Knight (episode # 1.5)  
"Barnaby Jones" (1973) ....Tony Chap/Robert Lynch (episode # 5.4)
"Laverne & Shirley" (1976) ....Jerry Callihan (episode # 2.2)  
"Barney Miller" (1975) ....Massage Parlor (episode # 2.19)

Jay Boryea
(Sometimes credited as Jay M. Boryea) plays Busters' mirror image. 

Boryea has appeared in numerous television shows, such as ‘Law and Order: Criminal Intent’ and ‘The Sopranos’. 

He’s also a stuntman, performing stunts on such well-known films as ‘Jungle 2 Jungle’, ‘Requiem for a Dream’, and ‘A Beautiful Mind’.

Cast members who have passed away (as of the date the synopsis was written):
Ray Young, who portrayed "Big Bob" in ‘Maybe Baby’, died 6 July 1999 of Lung Cancer. He passed away in Hollywood, California where he had a prolific career in television which included guest spots on shows such as ‘Mamas Family’, ‘The Bionic Woman’, and ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.’

Personal Review:
Although one of the more mediocre episodes in it’s run, "Maybe Baby" has many elements that endear it to fans of Quantum Leap. Sam leaps into Buster, bouncer for the Girls-A-Go Go Lounge and companion to would-be kidnapper Bunny O’Hare. Against all advice from Al and Ziggy, Sam finds himself helping Bunny carry baby Christy to her very much alive mother in New Mexico. Along the way, they must narrowly escape the authorities, care for Christy through some seemingly unorthodox methods, and even strip for money to help them on this mission. Some notable standards in this episode are the conflict between Al and Sam about the purpose of the leap, Sam banking on information that the person leaped into would not have, the interaction between baby Christy and Sam, and Al’s opinion of Bunny and strippers in general. As always, the characters are supremely acted by both the main and guest stars, and the somewhat trite storyline is compensated with genuine hilarity. All in all, "Maybe Baby" may not be the best episode of Quantum Leap, but it’s still a great deal better than most things on television today.

Best Line:
"Why’s everyone applauding? Did I miss something?" - Al
"Bunny just stripped for gas money." - Sam

"So, she stripped. Whatdoya mean - - SHE STRIPPED! And I missed it! Sam, I’m the observer on this project and I should have been here to observe it." - Al

Best Scene:
When Bunny stripped with balloons for gas money.

Say What?
"My Boyfriend’s Back" and "Dancing in the Street" were both released after the leap date.

The foods that Bunny describes the baby eating, kicking off the covers and crawling would not be something that Baby Christie at that age would be able to do.

Sam following the stripper implicitly, and not taking Al’s advice to heart.

Quotable Quotes:
"I’ll never forget last week, after the first time we made (looks back at the baby) L-O-V-E. You were standing at the end of the bed in your boxers singing ‘Maybe Baby.’ I tell you Buster in all my 26 years, you’re the best thing that ever happened to me." – Bunny

"Are you sure the doctor said to give the baby coffee?" – Bunny

"Yeah, uh-huh." – Sam

"Well Hell, why don’t we give her a cigarette and a shot of whiskey while we’re at it." – Bunny

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