"Nowhere to Run"

Leap Date:

August 10, 1968

Episode Adopted by: Carol <aka> C_Dean n C_Al
Additional info provided by: Carly Lappini


Sam leaps into a soldier who has lost both legs in Vietnam. He is there to keep the soldier's marriage together and to prevent his angry roommate in the hospital from committing suicide.


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Best Lines: Al | Sam
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(ep #5.4 / #68103)



Sam leaps and Al pops in … "Sam! Don’t get up! Just don’t get up!" he points to the mirror above the gurney where he is laying in a hallway. "You can’t get up because you don’t have any legs." Sam looks up and sees the reflection of Ronald Miller who is a double amputee and says, "Oh Boy!"

Ziggy says he it there to keep his marriage together with Julie. Because in the Gulf War his son, who follows in his father’s footsteps (Al has to apologize for that pun), saves the lives of his entire tank crew. But when Julie says she wants a divorce, both Sam and Al are lost and can’t figure out what to do next.

Billy, Sam’s roommate, is a quadriplegic and wants to end it all. He is trying his best to make everyone hate him so it’s easier to commit suicide. But Al watches over him and talks to him while Sam is trying to save Ron’s marriage. Billy is wallowing in self-pity because he thinks that no one wants him and he is not able to run track or climb a mountain to a remote cabin any more. But Carol his girlfriend, says that she doesn’t care about how he is, she just wants him. She loves him no matter what!

Kiki is a volunteer at the hospital who helps out the returning Vets. She says that this helps pass the time until her brother returns. Robert Allen Wilson, ‘Bobby’, is in the Special Forces Unit that is attached to the CIA. He had something to do with political assassinations, propaganda and covert operations. He is ‘MIA’. She hasn’t heard from him for 2 years, in December. She’s very clever and witty. When passing out juice she tells Sam she has grape and she has grape. Sam says I’ll have some grape, she says excellent choice. LOL

Julie is Ron’s wife and she is keeping her distance from Sam. Keeping her back to him when she talks to him. She seems upset about something and Sam thinks it’s because of the way he is. But it’s another man. She just didn’t have the guts to write him a ‘Dear John’ letter.

Holt is an arrogant male nurse that thinks the hospital is his. He pushes the patients around and tells them what and when to do it and come and go when he says. Sam rises to the occasion though, and gives him something to think about.


Place: San Diego, California – Veterans Hospital

Air Date: October 6, 1992 [3 days before Scott's b-day :)]

Leap Date: August 10, 1968 - Saturday [2 days after Sam's b-day :)]

Leapee: Ronald Miller - 26-year-old Captain in the Marines


Personal Review:

Sam has it easy in this episode except one blow, and he says ‘that felt good’ … hehehe. Al is sincere and captivating, even with out the smart quips! Which proves what great actors they both are! Scott doesn’t have to be physical and Dean doesn’t have to be a wise cracker! Well, except for the end, it makes you say, ‘oh … okay … there’s the Al that we all know and love!’ :) This episode really made me think about how all the Vietnam Vets were treated when they came home, tho I didn’t know any personally. But as I got older I understood, tho I don’t agree at all … and it’s really a shame! Like the poster said in the ‘60’s: WAR IS NOT HEALTHY FOR CHILDREN AND OTHER LIVING THINGS … this is so true. http://www.anothermother.org/history.html

There is a song that always makes me think of the Vietnam War too …‘What’s Goin’ On’ by: Marvin Gaye.


Show Music & Songs:

Soft guitar music [When Al is talking to Billy and it transfers over to Sam and Julie at the restaurant]

‘Blowing In The Wind’ by: Bob Dylan [Then this song is playing on the jukebox in the restaurant where Sam and Julie are eating dinner but it’s woman singing it]

‘Time Has Come Today’ sung by: The Chambers Brothers [Billy is zooming down the hall in the motorized wheelchair]


Best Scene / A Tender Scene:

Kiki is pushing Sam in a wheelchair and they’re talking about Ron’s wife coming to visit.

SAM: "I’m not sure … I’m exactly what … she was expecting."

Kiki: "Give me your hand. Come on I won’t hurt you."

SAM: "Wait a second you read palms?"

Kiki: "A hundred year old gypsy king taught me. Well he was closer to eighty, but he was defiantly a king."

SAM: "How could you tell?" [Snickers]

Kiki: "He had a crown."

SAM: " ‘Course he did."

Kiki: "This in incredible!"

SAM: "What?"

Kiki: "Never seen a life line this long! Got enough here for two people!"

SAM: "Maybe more."

Kiki: "This isn’t an accident that you’re here. You’re on a mission. Someone needs you."

SAM: "Who?"

Kiki: "Well I can’t really tell, but they’re close. You’ve seen a lot of pain. But you’re not bitter. You’re a searcher, a seeker of truth."

SAM: "You see all that in my palm?"

Kiki: "Not all of it." [As they look into one another’s eyes … awww :)]


Project Trivia:

Al is seen coming out of the IC door. He uses his hand link to return to the IC.

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

Ziggy is called a he in this episode.

When Sam gets up to pop Holt, in the mirror you see that the legs of his pants are rolled up, but in actuality when Sam gets up they are not.


Sam or Scott Trivia:

Sam is wearing a watch on his left wrist: Black band and bezel w/ white face and a gold wedding band: on his left ring finger. It’s unusual for hospital patients to be wearing jewelry.

Scott & Sam always puts his shirts on by biting the bottom and gathering up the body and putting it first over his head. He did this in Dreams (4.8) and The Play's The Thing (4.11).

He went bare foot through this whole episode as he did in The Wrong Stuff (4.7).

Scott is narrating at the beginning of a scene. He is in the therapy pool and they are lowering Billy, who is protesting: "Destiny’s a funny thing. It seems like the harder you try to stop it the more determined it is to be fulfilled. I suddenly found myself right where I didn’t want to be and from the looks of things I wasn’t alone."


Sam’s Best Scene & Lines:

Al popped in to tell Sam at the restaurant that Kiki has just brought Billy a motorized wheelchair … Al says when Kiki rolls in with it – "Oh no … I think I’m going to be sick!" … lol

SAM: "Pretty late for a swim? Isn’t it?"

Billy: "Go away Captain this doesn’t involve you."

SAM: "Yah … well … seein’ as … how I’m here … I guess it does."

Billy: "I should’ve died in that stupid jungle."

SAM: "Wars over Sergeant!"

Billy: "Over! Does this look like it’s over to you? I was an all-state half back in high school; I scored 15 touchdowns my senior year. My body was perfect and now I cant even feel it!"

SAM: "We … you still got your mind."

Billy: "Do I?"

AL: "Sam, I think you’re loosing him." [Al walks around and looks at Billy]

SAM: "You know … you’re not the only one hurtin’ around here! My wife just told me that she wants a divorce. She said she met someone else … that things aren’t the same anymore … she’s right … they’re not … we’re not … things will never be the same again. Nobody could go through what we … did and ever be the same. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t count!"

Billy: "You don’t get it, do you! This war don’t mean nothin’ … it never did! They gave us the prettiest guns and the biggest bombs … but they didn’t give us a chance … I lost everything … and in a few years … nobody will even remember Vietnam!"

SAM: "Well we have to remind them … we won’t let them forget … because every time they see us … they’ll have to remember!"

Billy: "At night … I close my eyes … an … and I’m back there … I see it all … it’s … it’s like a song that plays over and over again and you can’t get it out of your head … sometimes … it gets so loud … I think … my brain is going to explode!" [Michael now has tears streaming down his face … talk about emotion! Go Mike!] … "I just want it to be quiet." [He turns around and half looks at Scott] "How can I make it quiet?" [Scott has a peculiar look on his face … part is saying I can’t imagine what he’s gone through and half saying this guy is so full of self-pity it’s not funny]

SAM: "Maybe you’re right … maybe your way is the best way of doin’ things …"


SAM: "And I’m gonna help you …"

AL: "Sam … this isn’t funny!"

SAM: "You’ve got nothin’ to live for right? Got rid of Carol … went out of your way to make sure nobody else around here gives a damn about you … what’s one more body bag!"

AL: "Don’t listen to him, kid. SAM! I don’t know what the hell you’re tryin’ to do, but I want you to stop it right now! YOU HEAR ME?"

SAM: "Go ahead … push it!"

AL: "SAM!"

Billy: "Don’t think I won’t?" [Breathing hard … grunting]

SAM: "It’s easy to die but …" [Sam wrinkles his forehead as if to say ‘go ahead and do it are you chicken?]

AL: "NO!!! I can’t believe I’m watching this! Have you completely lost your mind? He’s gonna drown! [duh Al! … LOL]

SAM: "If I had stopped him … would you say he wouldn’t have tried again tomorrow?"

AL: "Tomorrow? If you don’t save him there isn’t going to be any tomorrow for either one of you!"

SAM: "Al, don’t you get it? The only person who can save Billy is Billy!"

AL: "Sam, what the hell are you talkin’ about?" [Dean is waving his arms and contorting his face muscles]

SAM: "I’m talkin’ about death … he’s never going to be able to face life until he faces death."

AL: "Are we close?" [Dean now has an ‘I sure hope you’re right’ look on his face]

SAM: "I hope so." [Scott has a ‘Now I gotta jump in and drag him out’ look and jumps in to get Billy]

Billy: "Help me … help me!" [Sam is holding him]

SAM: "You got a second chance Billy … what’s it gonna be?"

<<Billy is on a stretcher and the nurse and orderly are pushing him out>>

Commander James Hartig: "It’s a good thing you showed up when you did."

Billy: "Thanks, Captain." [As he’s being pushed out and passes by Sam on the stretcher]

Commander James Hartig: "What the hell made you come down here anyway?"

SAM: "Well I don’t know I just … ahhh … well I … I just had a feeling that I should be here."

Commander James Hartig: "I still don’t see how you were able to pull him out with just your arms?"

SAM: "Well … you know … you’d be surprised what a person can do when they have to."

AL: "Well look who’s here … Florence Nightingale … this should be …" [Holt comes stumbling into the pool area with a bloody nose]

Commander James Hartig: "What’s this all about Mister?"

Holt: "HIM!" [Pointing at Sam] "I … I saw him do it!"

Commander James Hartig: "You saw him do what?"

Holt: "He walked!"

Commander James Hartig: "What did you say?"

AL: "Do you want to get the net or should I?"

Holt: "He got up … he … he floated across the room …"

AL: "Sure he did …" [Dean has a smug look on his face … he’s really pleased with himself now]

Commander James Hartig: "I don’t know what your problem is, but I don’t have time to figure it out."

Holt: "I’m not crazy! I saw him do it! He got up and he hit me!"

Commander James Hartig: "Get this garbage outta here!"

Holt: "You gotta believe me! I saw him … he stood up … he was floating in mid air! He was flying’! I swear! You gotta believe me! [He’s screaming as he’s carried away by two guys who each have one arm]

Commander James Hartig: "Some people just cant handle the stress." [Watching as they drag Holt out of the pool area and now turns to Sam]


Al Trivia:

Now Al usually changes clothes but in this episode he doesn’t, probably because this leap is just for one day.

Dean sounds kind of nasally, as if he was getting a cold or just getting over one. Awww …:(


Al’s Best Scene & Lines:

Al is watching over Billy while Sam is at dinner with Julie. Billy is looking at the pictures of him and his buddies in Vietnam and of Carol and him on the nightstand.

AL: "It’s all right to be angry, you know. Things happen to all of us … over there that … are hard to live with. We didn’t start this filthy war … we just fought it. That’s what’s so disappointing about this fight." [I think that’s what he said] "I betcha think nobody cares, but that’s not true … because I care, Sam cares, whatever it is that’s jumping us around in time cares. They’re gonna build a wall … in Washington … they’re gonna carve all these names in it … of all the victims in this lousy war. Don’t add another one to it, huh? There’s so many … there’s too many. Sigh …"

[Dean does this scene and other sympathetic Vietnam scenes with so much empathy and compassion that you would have thought that he had been there … but he wasn’t … and that is the art of a GREAT actor when they can make you believe that they really experienced it in real life … especially the YES yell at the end … it gets me misty every time I hear him say it. Also, Michael Boatman is not so bad in the pool scene and obviously he wasn’t there either … b.’64]


Al’s Outfits:

Grey-Blue suit w/ Black shirt, Silver squiggly tie and a silver pin on left side of jacket.


Miscellaneous Trivia:

Al popped in 5 times.

[The second time you hear the IC door and Al says, "It’s amazing what love can make a person do.

Sam says, "What are you talking about?"

Al says, "I’m talking about sabotaging your own life! You don’t think anybody in their right mind would dump a woman like that do you? Well … it’s a lot easier to kill yourself if nobody cares."

Al smoked 5 cigars.

Al sees Sam leap at the end of this episode … but Sam is too busy with Kiki … tho he usually waves or says something to him


Quotable Quotes:

Billy: "16,412… holes and I named them." (In each ceiling tile … hehehe) [Taking to Sam]

Kiki: "Ahhh I see you two have met."

SAM: "Yah … we were just getting acquainted."

Kiki: "I wouldn’t get too close to this one, he has a tendency to turn on you like a shark."

Billy: "Don’t you have some milk and cookies to pass out or somethin’?"

Kiki: "Be nice Sergeant! I might put your bedpan in the freezer again" [… ooohhh :0]

AL: "Sam, I think it’s time you rise to the occasion. If you get my drift … Say goodnight Gracie" [As Sam stands up and pops Holt]


Regular Cast:

Scott Bakula as Dr Samuel Beckett

Dean Stockwell as Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci|

Deborah Pratt as Narrator/Ziggy (voice)


Guest Cast:

Simone Allen as Carol

Jennifer Aniston as Kiki Wilson

Michael Boatman as Sergeant Billy Johnson

Kendra Booth as Young Nurse

Michael Carpenter as Ronald Miller/mirror

Joseph M. Hamilton as Baxter

Jordan Jackson as Hartig's aide

David Marshall as hippie in restaurant

Judith Hoag as Julie Miller

Gene Lythgow as Holt

David McSwain (I) as Veteran

Norman Snow as Commander James Hartig



Executive Producer & Created By: Donald P. Bellisario

Theme By: Mike Post

Music By: Velton Ray Bunch

Co-Executive Producer: Deborah Pratt & Chas. Floyd Johnson

Supervising Producer: Richard C. Okie, Harker Wade & Tommy Thompson

Produced By: Robin Jill Bernheim

Story By: Tommy Thompson

Directed By: Alan J. Levi

Associate Producers: Julie Bellisario & Scott Ejercito

Executive Producer: David Bellisario

Director Of Photography: Michael Watkins A.S.E.

Production Designer: Cameron Birnie

Edited By: Michael S. Stern

Unit Production Manager: Ron Grow

First Assistant Director: Ryan Gordon

Second Assistant Director: Brian Faul

Casting By: Kleen Lubin Stanisky

Set Director: Robert L. Zilliox

Costume Designer: Jean-Pierre Dorleac

Costume Supervisors: David Rawley & Katina Kerr

Sound Editor: Greg Schorer

Music Editor: Bruce Frazier

Special Visual Effects: Rodger Dorney & Denny Kelly

Sound Mixer: Barry D. Thomas

Stunt Coordinator: Diamond Farnsworth

Panaflex Camera & Lenses By: Panavision



Miscellaneous Trivia For Guest Cast:

Simone Allen as Carol has only in two things to her credits: ~QL~ and a movie called Final Judgement (1992) as: ‘Alicia’.

Jennifer Aniston as Kiki Wilson was born in Sherman Oaks, California on February 11, 1969. Her family moved to Greece for a year and then moved to New York. The original family name is Anastassakis. Her Godfather is Telly Savalas. She married Brad Pitt (July 29,2000), but is currently divorced. Has done numerous movies and TV shows. Director/co-star of Friends (1994).

Michael Boatman as Sergeant Billy Johnson is best known as ‘Stanley Babson’ on Arli$$ (1996) a TV Series on HBO, was born on October 25th, 1964 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He stands 6 feet tall, the same as Scott. He is married to Myrna Forney (1992 to present) and they have one daughter. He has done 17 movies and has guest starred on 9 TV shows. Oddly enough he played in China Beach (1988) (TV) as ‘Pvt. Samuel Beckett’ a Morgue Attendant. Joseph M. Hamilton as Baxter also guest starred in this show as a ‘Vietnam Vet’ in: Juice (episode # 4.6) on November 10, 1990.

Kendra Booth as Young Nurse has been in 3 movies and has guest starred in 12 TV sit-coms. From Baywatch in 1989 to Full House in 1994.

Gene Lythgow as Holt seems to have started his film career in with Christmas in Connecticut (1992) (TV) as ‘Tyler’ then in ~QL~ and on from there.

Michael Carpenter as Ronald Miller/mirror … is not credited in the IMDb but I found who the mirror image was at this address. His credits all look like porno movies on video. Hummm … wonders how they knew who he was … hehehe … ;)

Norman Snow as Commander James Hartig was born on March 29, 1950 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Among his repertoire is Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) playing ‘Torin’ in: Rightful Heir (ep # 6.23) on May 15,1993.

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