Portrait For Troian"
February 7, 1971
Episode adopted by: Xeen
As a parapsychologist, Sam must save a woman
from drowning in a lake as per the family curse. Haunted by the voice of her dead husband,
Troian has hired Sam to prove the voice she is hearing real. But is there more to it than
just a ghost's curse?
Look for Carolyn Seymour who also plays Zoey
in the Evil Leaper episodes!
from this episode
Name of the Person Leaped Into
Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode
Kiss with History
Guest Cast Notes
Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes
Cast members who have passed away
Say what? (things in the episode that make no sense)
Regional Titles for this episode
A Portrait for Troian
Episode # 019
Production code: 65019
Sunday, February 7, 1971
First Air Date in the USA on NBC: December 13, 1989
Air Date in Germany on RTL: March 8,1991
Air Date in France on M6: October 19, 1993
Air Date in the UK on Sky One: June 28, 1996
Parapsychologist Timothy Mintz.
near Los Angeles, in Southern California.
Kiss With History :
California's Sylmar quake. It was the worst recorded quake in the city's history. Heaviest
death toll was in San Fernando Valley, epicenter of the jolting. Scientists at
California Institute of Technology said the quake measured 6.5 on the Richter scale.
Its epicenter was 10 miles east of Newhall. The quake was the worst in the
Southland since the Long Beach disaster of 1933. Gov. Ronald Reagan declared a state of
emergency in Los Angeles County.
Sam has leaped into Dr. Timothy Mintz, a famous parapsychologist and ghost hunter. He must
prevent a young widow from sharing her husband's fate at the bottom of a lake.
You missed the beginning
Dr Beckett leaps into a stormy night. He is in the middle of a cemetery and a
beautiful woman, standing at a doorway to a mausoleum, is calling out. She presses him to
check whether his electronic machinery has picked anything because her dead husband,
Julian, is calling to her.
Jimmy, Troian's brother wonders whether Sam is helping her to further his own ends. He
tries to warn Sam off, with help from the weird Ms. Stoltz. He is worried that Troian is
having a nervous breakdown since every member of the Claridge family has died a violent
and untimely death, including Troian's late husband Julian who drown in the lake three
* The hologram frequency is registered as supersonic on the device used by the ghost
* An electroencephalograph would show Sam's brain waves instead of ones of the Leapee.
Sam has a talent at engineering things that could come quite handy if needed.
Al is afraid of ghosts, ghouls, living dead, etc
. anything supernatural.
* Dean Stockwell did the whispering voice from the grave. "Troian
* Michael Zinberg was involved in 9 episodes of the show
* This episode was written for the first season, but eventually aired during the second
season. In the opening summary, you may spot clips from Camikazi Kid.
* References to Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca (Mrs Stoltz/Denver, dead husband/wife) and
Wilde's Portrait of Dorian Grey (the changes in the painting).
* Nathaniel Claridge was married to Priscilla Stoltz, 131 years ago.
Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode:
* Yellow and blue shirt, silvery black blue vest and matching tie, blue slacks and shiny
* Red hat and shoes, white stripped shirt and black and white check suspenders.
* White jacket, black shirt with big dots, black tie with small white dots, pink
slacks, red shoes.
What Makes No Sense:
In the last scene, when Sam and Troian are talking after they found the bodies, Julian's
"body" (the closest to the camera) moves his feet.
Near the end of the show, at a very thrilling moment, Al yells at Ziggy that he wants to
be centered on Sam. One can expect Dr Beckett to be far from the site. But he is rushing
towards Al at that very moment and Ziggy transports Al mere yards from his original
position, just in time to see him running past.
No rhythm and an expected ending. It hopefully tends to turn out fantastic enough to
save the day.
Quotable Quotes :
Al: "I'm not into necrophilia!"
Sam: "At last, something sexual he's not into!"
Al: "That's not funny Sam"
Al: "This is a fresh one."
Al: "It could still have... yucky stuff in it."
Al: "You tell Ziggy that if he doesn't center me on Sam right now, I'm going to feed
his sex century microchips to Tina's crocodile!"
Guest Cast Notes:
* Deborah Pratt who was Don Bellisario's wife at the time, is the voice of Ziggy in
Quantum Leap. She was a recurring character in "Airwolf" (Marella), in Magnum,
P.I. (Gloria). A talented writer and producer to Bellisario's series and "The
Net". As a producer and co-creator of the show, she makes that only appearance along
with Donald Bellisario in that very episode. Troian is their daughter's first name.
* Donald P. Bellisario who wrote and produced the episode appears à la Hitchcock.
* Robert Torto had the recurring role of "Jay Clemens" in The Drew Carey
* Carolyn Seymour is from UK. British accent really does well on villains! She will return
to play "evil observer" Zoey in three episodes, starting "Deliver Us From
Evil" where she will be Al evil alter ego. She was on Bellisario's Magnum, P.I.
playing Elizabeth, Lady Ashley in episode: "Echoes of the Mind: Part 1 & 2"
(episode # 5.1/5.2.) and playing Leeann in episode The Love-for-Sale Boat (episode #
5.17). She appeared in three different characters on episodes of Star Trek: The Next
Generation and played the recurring role of Mrs. Templeton on Star Trek: Voyager.
(who is a producer on several episodes in 1989-1990)
& Donald P. Bellisario
John Hill & Scott Shepherd
Deborah Pratt as Troian Giovanni Claridge
Robert Torto as Jimmy Giovanni Claridge
Carolyn Seymour as Priscilla Stoltz
Bill McLaughlin as Coroner
Bette Rae as Mrs Little (known but unaccredited)
Don P. Bellisario as Timothy Mintz/mirror (unaccredited)
Paul Brown as Julian Claridge
David Bellisario & Jeff Gourson
Executive Story Editor:
Director of Photography:
Edited by Ken Dennis
Unit Production Manager:
First Assistant Director:
Second Assistant Director:
Robert L. Zilliox
Mark Hopkins McNabb
Camera and Lenses by PANAVISION®
Germany: Die Stimme aus der Tiefe
France: Histoire de fantômes sournois
Italy: Il Ritratto di Nancy