"Moments to Live"

Leap Date:

May 4, 1985

Episode Adopted by: MikeKraken


Much like the book "Misery", Sam leaps into the life of a famous soap opera star who gets kidnapped by an obsessed fan and her husband. The woman wants Sam to father her child and plans to keep him hostage until he agrees!


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Leap Date

Project Date
Name of the Person Leaped Into

Music Artists
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
Best Scenes
Say what? (things in the episode that make no sense)
Quotable Quotes




"Moments to Live"

"You mean it's your evil twin's baby, not yours?" Sam has leaped into the star of a soap opera, Kyle Hart, who is the heart-throb of housewives the country over. However, Norma Jean Pilcher, the winner of a detergent contest to win a date with Kyle, has other ideas about who's going to be having a baby.


Los Angeles, California, USA


May 4, 1985

::Name of the Person Leaped Into::

Kyle Hart, who has been playing Dr. Craig Connor on the daytime drama, "Moments to Live", for the past three years.


» Regular background music (by Velton Ray Bunch)

» Piano music at the lunch scene between Sam and Norma Jean.

» Norma Jean plays "All I Have to Do Is Dream" by Everly Brothers, trying to evoke memories from Kyle of a scene from "Moments to Live" at the diner and in the bedroom at Millie's house.

::Project Trivia::

» Handlink: third version (colourful cubes)

::Al Trivia::

» Al watched soap operas, or as he prefers, "daytime drama"s, when he was down with the flu (at the reccomendation of Tina).

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

» First through fourth appearances: Red suit coat; black pants; red, black, and white patterened shirt; string tie with silver, triangular buckle; circular pendant on left breast; unlit cigar; watch with black band.

» Fifth and sixth appearance: Purple jacket with gold linings; black pants; turqouise dress shirt; black tie with polka specks; lit cigar.


Tommy Thompson


Joe Napolitano


Deborah Pratt, Michael Zinberg, Harker Wade, Jeff Gourson, Tommy Thompson, Chris Ruppenthal, Paul Brown

::Broadcast Date::

Wednesday, April 8, 1992

::Regular Cast::

Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell as Al Calavicci

::Guest Starring::

Kathleen Wilhoite - Norma Jean (Bates) Pilcher
Pruitt Taylor Vince - Hank Pilcher
Frances Bay - Mildred "Millie" Reynolds
Brian George - Ben (Kyle Hart's agent)
Matthew Ashford - TV Husband
Ellen Gerstein as Woman
James Gleason as Roger
Krista Mione as Nurse Kidman
Julie Lloyd as Waitress
Mark Fauser as Policeman
Richard Merson - Vendor
Patrick Lowe - Kyle/Mirror (see "Worst things about the episode")

::Guest Cast Notes (interesting things you've discovered about those who appeared in the episode)::

» Kathleen Wilhoite played recurring roles on "L.A. Law", "ER", and "Cop Rock", did a voice on "Family Guy" of a Southern child, and has appeared in a few feature films.

» Pruitt Taylor Vince played a recurring role on "Murder One", and has also appeared in a few feature films, such as "S1m0ne".

» Frances Bay is known as a bit actress, and has appeared in many various TV shows and movies and feature films, usually playing elderly women (one example is that she played Mabel Choate on "Seinfeld"). On the show "Dog House", she played the neighbour, Iris, however this show is not documented in the IMDb (there is a scene from this show in the film, "Billy Madison").

» Brian George was in "Palais Royale" with Dean Stockwell, played Babu Bhatt on "Seinfeld", a recurring role on "Doctor Doctor", additional voices on "Captain Planet and the Planeteers" (Dean Stockwell did the voice of a villain on the cartoon), guested on "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman", along with many feature films and TV shows.

» Matthew Ashford played character on various soap operas: "One Life to Live" (1982-1983), "Search for Tomorrow" (1984-1986), "Days of Our Lives" (1987-1993, 2001 to present), "General Hospital" (1995-1997).

» Ellen Gerstein made single guest appearances on "Seinfeld", "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman", "L.A. Law", and usually appears in bit parts on TV movies.

» James Gleason was also in "S1m0ne", and guested in an episode of "First Monday" (Dean played Senator Sheffield on that show).

» Mark Fauser guest starred in an episode of "JAG".

» Krista Mione is not in the IMDb.

::Personal Review::

Not necessarily one of my favourite episodes, but one of the great ones nonetheless. It definitely focusses on the lighter side of things, with satire regarding soap operas, as well as people who watch television and believe what they see is real. There are many jokes cracked, and though there is a serious side to the episode, it doesn't last too long and is quickly resolved. It's a happy ending; a really feel-good episode.

::Best Line::

Al: "Well, you can look at it this way: at least you konw she'll be clean!"

::Best Scene::

My favourite scene must be the very first one. Sam leaps in, thinking that he's a real doctor, and then the interplay with Al is classic in this episode. It really sets the mood for this episode that sits high in the humour category.

::Worst things about the episode::

Al never uses the Imaging Chamber Door. The magazine says "Kyle Hart", but the credits call him "Lyle".

::Quotable Quotes::

» Al (after an actress nurse walks through him): "Gee, suddenly, I feel kinda sick."
Sam: "Come here... Would you get over here? Quit fooling around!"
Al: "I think I need some intensive care."

» Al (on soap operas): "Everybody is sleeping with everybody!"

» Al: "Ziggy had a new data search component installed, and we had to have it shipped in from Hong Kong, and I think that gave a little jet lag to the modem of the floppy disk."
Sam: "Why do you make this stuff up all the time? Why don't you just say to me, 'Sam, we don't know.'? Why don't you just do that for once instead of making it up all the time?"
Al: "Well, that wouldn't be any fun."

» Sam: "I have to go and lunch with some woman who won this soap-detergent contest."
Al: "Well, you can look at it this way: at least you konw she'll be clean!"

» Al: "Norma Jean Pilcher? Sounds like one of the Beverly Hillbillies."

» Norma Jean: "People often mistake me for Sally Fields."
Waitress: "I don't see it."

» Norma Jean: "You feel asleep on your control stick again."
Millie: "Oh, thank God. I dreamt I was caught in a tornada!"

» Al: "You know, she reminds me of my second wife, only her specialty was small appliances."

» Sam: "He wants to take what happened here and put it on the show. ... Is that ethical? That can't be ethical."
Al: "No, it's television."

Theme by - Mike Post
Music by - Velton Ray Bunch
Co-executive Producers - Deborah Pratt, Michael Zinberg
Supervising Producer - Harker Wade
Produced by - Jeff Gourson, Tommy Thompson, Chris Ruppenthal, Paul Brown
Written by - Tommy Thompson
Directed by - Joe Napolitano
Executive Producer - Donald P. Bellisario

(flashing credits with "hick" music playing instead of the QL theme)
Associate Producers - James S. Giritlian, Julie Bellisario
Co-ordinating Producer - David Bellisario
Director of Photography - Robert McBride

Production Designer - Cameron Birnie
Edited by - Jon Koslowsky A.C.E.
Unit Production Manager - Ron Grow
First Assistant Director - R. John Slosser
Second Assistant Director - Kate Yurka

Casting by - Ellen Lubin Sanitsky
Set Decorator - Robert L. Zilliox
Costume Designer - Jean-Pierre Dorleac
Costume Supervisor - David Rawley

Art Director - Ellen Dambros-Williams
Sound Mixer - Barry D. Thomas
Stunt Co-ordinator - Diamond Farnsworth
Panaflex® Camera and Lenses by PANAVISION®
Sound Editor - Greg Schorer
Music Editor - Bruce Frazier
Special Visual Effects - Roger Dorney, Denny Kelly

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(second Universal Television logo at end)

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