"The Play's the Thing"
September 9, 1969
Episode Adopted by: Rindi
As a young man romancing a much, much older woman, Sam must convince her not to move back to Cleveland with her straight-as-an-arrow son and his wife. And somehow he also has to get through a nude version of "Hamlet."
New York City, New York
September 9, 1969
Theme: Mike Post
Music: Velton Ray Bunch
(1) Al’s fifth wife’s dream was to be in the roller derby. (2) Al’s fifth wife ran off with a bricklayer. (3) Al says "Oh Boy!" once in this episode. (4) Al appears 3 different times in this episode and each time he has a cigar.
1st appearance: Al was wearing a red jacket, a white button up collar shirt, a metal triangular tie with two strings hanging (a cowboy like tie), black slacks, and shoes can’t be seen.
2nd appearance: Same outfit as #1.
3rd appearance: Al was wearing a light mustard jacket and slacks to match, metallic gold button up shirt with white spiral ovals placed sporadically over the shirt, a metallic goldish copper tie and shoes cant be seen.
Co-Executive: Deborah Pratt
Co-Executive: Michael Zinberg
Supervising: Harker Wade
January 8, 1992
Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell as Al Calavicci
Penny Fuller as Jane Lindhurst
Robert Pine as Ted
Daniel Roebuck as Neil Lindhurst
Anna Gunn as Liz Lindhurst
Craig Richard Nelson as The Director
PENNY FULLER appeared in All The President’s Men (1976) starring Robert Redford.
ROBERT PINE appeared on Enterprise: Fusion (2002) with Scott Bakula a decade after this Quantum Leap episode. He has also been in Independence Day (1996) with Tom Cruise. Also, like many other actors that appeared on Quantum Leap he was also on Star Trek: Voyager: The Chute (1996).
DANIEL ROEBUCK has been in Halloween... The Happy Haunting of America! (1997) with Jamie Lee Curtis which he also produced and directed, Final Destination (2000) with Devon Sawa, and Agent Cody Banks (2003) with Franky Munez. He was also in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Unification: Part 1 and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Unification: Part 2 (1987).
ANNA GUNN has been in the TV show Miracles (2003) with Skeet Ulrich with whom she also starred in Nobody’s Baby (2001). She was also in Lost Souls (2000) with Wynona Rider, and Caught In The Crossfire (1994) with DANIEL ROEBUCK.
CRAIG RICHARD NELSON was in The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank (1978) with Carol Burnett and in 1979 he worked with her again in Carol Burnett & Company. He too was in Star Trek: Voyager: Living Witness (1998).
This is a good episode. It’s one of those episodes that show Sam’s sweet romantic side. This episode makes you want to reach your dreams and to find that one love that will support you while you do it. It’s a touching episode.
"Quantum leaping through time I’ve leaped into an electric chair, gun fights, and the variety of handcuffs. It looks like I finally rated a cushy time." "Thank You." (Talking to God) --Sam "No (pause), Thank You." --Jane Lindhurst (much older woman)
The best scene in this episode is at the beginning when Sam first leaps into Joe Thurlow an actor. He leaps into a bed of silk sheets and pillows. He thanks God for a comfortable landing and then an older woman rolls over, his girlfriend and Thanks him back, assumingly for the night before. Sam lye’s in bed naked and shy with a woman he does not know, not exactly the comfortable situation he thought.
I also liked the scene where Sam is trying to convince Jane to sing for an audition for the jingle singer for the Boxer Boy commercials and Al says, "Actions speak louder than words Sam," and he kisses her passionately to prove he loved her and supported her career.
"Morning Tiger." --Jane Lindhurst
"…don’t you think maybe she’s a little um long in the tooth for you?" --Al "Her teeth look just great to me." --Sam " No, no, no, no, I mean don’t you think she’s more right for me…" --Al "Oh, no, no, no she’s much too sophisticated for you." --Sam
"Just goes to show you that (pause) some dreams are suppose to stay up in the clouds." --Al "What are you talking about, no, you can never give up on your dreams." –Sam
" …the only thing worse than lying to other people was lying to yourself." --Neil\
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