"Play it Again, Seymour"

Leap Date:

April 14, 1953

Episode Adopted By: Allison (YankeeSNL01)


You dirty rat! Well, actually he's leaped into a guy that could be the spitting image of Bogart. He's holding a gun over a dead body and the police come in. Oh Boy.

He's there to find the killer, possibly a dropper named Clapper or some other hard harry out there. He's a peeper, a private detective that is...a gumshoe if you will and things get a little sticky when a sultry woman steps into the picture. Did she do it? Was it Seymour? Or did Sam do it? There's a book about it, but it was never finished, so Sam must unravel the mystery before the Clapper claps him. Or something like that.


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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




Place: New York City, New York, USA

Leap Date: April 14, 1953

Name of the Person Leaped Into: Nick Allen, Private Detective (who looks like Bogie!)

Songs/Music:  "Young at Heart" (the man that was sharing Sam's jail cell at the beginning of the episode sang it.)

Project Trivia:  Al is attempting to locate the book that Sam talked about.

Sam Trivia:  It's April 14, 1953, just shy of 4 months before Sam's birth.

Al Trivia: Wants to follow Allison into the powder room.  It's not the last time he wants to do so.

Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode: Flashy suits

Writers: Scott Shepard & Donald P. Bellisario

Director: Aaron Lipstadt

Producers: Donald P. Bellisario and Deborah Pratt

Broadcast Date: 17 May 1989 (1st season finale)

Regular Cast: Scott Bakula (Dr. Sam Beckett) / Dean Stockwell (Rear Admiral Al Calavicci)

Guest Stars: Claudia Christian (Allison), Willie Garson (Seymour), Paul Linke

Guest Cast Notes:  Willie Garson kinda looked like a young Woody Allen with those glasses--just a thought on my part!

Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes: Willie Garson, who played Lee Harvey Oswald on the episode of the same name (5th season opener in 1992). Paul Linke, who played Ben Masters in "The Boogiem*n."

Kiss with History: The neurotic child in the airport at the end was supposed to be a young Woody Allen.

Personal Review: This was one of the BEST early efforts, and was a great way to end the 1st season.  The nostalgia factor was really high for this episode, and it reminds me of a story I wrote 3 years ago.  Just really fun, and that mirror image really did look like Humphrey Bogart!:-P

Best Line: "Allison is a killer!"--Al

Best Scene: The beginning, when Sam is holding the gun over the dead body.  Couldn't get any scarier than that!

Say what? (AKA things in the episode that make no sense): Everything made dollars and "cents" (sense).

Quotable Quotes: Al: (Referring to "The Clapper") Be careful Sam.  They didnt have a cure for that in 1953!"

From the reviewer: The BEST thing about this episode is that the character of "Allison" shares my name!!  Same spelling and all!  And when Al said "Allison is a killer!"  I said, "Well thank you, Al.   Much appreciated."  LOL:)

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