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a Chippendale dancer named Rod "The Bod", Sam must suffer though the
women throwing themselves at him while making sure a hearing-impaired
woman realizes her dream of becoming a dancer instead of becoming a
prostitute and dying of AIDS.
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from this episode (The dance)*
TV Guide Synopsis
Name of the Person
Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode
Guest Cast Notes
Production # 66416
TV Guide Synopsis (TVGuide.com)
leaps into the role of a male exotic dancer who must help a
hearing-impaired dancer (Rhondee Beriault) avoid falling out of step
and into a tragic life---and death. Joanne: Debbie Allen. Mario: Louis
Mustillo. Valerie: Heidi Swedberg. Martin: Henry Woronicz. Sam: Scott
TV Guide Synopsis (Original):
Sam (Scott Bakula) is thrust into the role of a male exotic dancer who must help a deaf dancer (Rhondee Beriault) avoid falling out of step and into a tragic life – and death.
March 20, 1991 (Wednesday)
October 6, 1979
New York City, New York
McCarty, a.k.a. Rod the Bod
Scene where Sam leaps into Chippendale:
"Ladies Night" by Kool and The Gang
Second scene where
Sam is Chippendale:
"For The Love Of Money"
by the O'Jays
Scene where Sam
dances with the chreographer in the nightclub:
by Earth, Wind and Fire
Scene where Sam sees
Diana dance by herself in the nightclub:
Star" by Stevie Wonder.
Scene at the end where Diana dances for
"Daybreak" by Cheryl Lynn
Sam has never met a deaf person before.
Al names Valerie “Irma La
Douce.” The film "Irma La Douce" in 1963 features a prostitute.
Al took fencing classes.
Al's lab parter at M.I.T. was deaf, and she refused to sleep with him. ("Boy, could
she read lips!")
Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode:
1. White shirt, black and purple tie
and paisley burgundy vest.
2. Silver jacket, white shirt with floral pattern, blue tie
with the sunglasses pin and blue pants.
3.Shiny gray suit coat and matching pants, orange dress shirt, bolo tie.
4. Multi-pattern brown and teal shirt, skinny silver tie, black shimmery vest, and white pants with black speckles throughout.
Words in American Sign Language shown (not as part
of one of Diana’s speeches):
Quantum Leap (literally "Magical Traveler")
Spending the night (literally "sleep together")
The episode title refers to the Tina Turner song "Private Dancer."
Dianna starts signing to Sam (to prove to him how it feels not to
understand), she is saying “you’re bothering me, leave me alone. Ever
since Iwas seven years old, I can do it myself”.
Rhondee Beriault as Diana Quinna
Debbie Allen as
Louis Mustillo as
Heidi Swedberg as Valerie Jackson
Robert Schuch as Otto
Henry Worgnicz as Martin
Marguerite Pomerhn-Derricks as Gina
Melinda Cordell as Winnie
Charles Emmett as Officer Arden
Frank Novak as Lou
Harry Cohn as Louie
Christopher Solari as Rod "Rod the Bod" McCarty (Mirror image)
Guest Cast Notes:
Rhondee Beriault, who plays Diana, is really deaf.
Debbie Allen is a famous choreographer known especially for the movie "Fame." She also directed "Revenge of the Evil Leaper."
Marguerite Pomerhn-Derricks is an accomplished ballerina and multiple award-winning choreographer.
Theme: Mike Post
Score: Welton Ray Bunch
Sam leaps into "Rod the Bod", star Chippendale and featured attraction
at a Mario’s Hideaway, a strip club in New York City. There he meets
Diana, a young deaf woman who is working as a waitress at the club and
living in a van, hoping eventually land a job dancing professionally.
Mario, the club owner has other plans, hoping to turn Diana into one of
his bachelor party "dancers", which Al reports would lead her into a
life of prostitution, arrests and eventual death by AIDS.
the club is Joanna Chapman, choreographer of a major jazz dance
company. Having wowed her with his own dance moves, Joanna informs him
of an open audition she is holding. After hours, Sam finds Diana
practicing a dance routine and offers to walk her home. Despite her
protests that she does not want him around, Sam persists and on the
walk home the two grow very close.
works out a deal with Mario, offering to do another performance for the
club if Mario keeps Diana from dancing at bachelor parties. Mario
agrees but Diana is not happy – she has no money and she thinks that
Sam is being patronizing. Sam confronts her and convinces her to give
Joanna’s audition a try.
does well at the audition – until instructions are given that she can’t
see. Upon learning that Diana is deaf, Joanne turns her down. Diana is
shattered and things are made worse by the fact that her home has been
towed away. With no one else to turn to, Diana returns to the club and
talks to Valerie, Mario’s assistant. Valerie sets Diana up as an
escort. Sam learns of this and seeks her out at the hotel that the
"date" has taken her. Risking being dragged away by security, Sam
bursts into the room demanding to talk to Diana and asks her not to
sell herself. Diana makes the right choice and Sam talks Joanne into
giving Diana a second chance. This time, Diana makes the cut and Sam
leaps out as she thanks him.
are several reasons why this is one of my favorite episodes. For one,
there is the accurate portrayal of a deaf character. Quantum Leap
excels in its portrayals of people with handicaps and in this respect
the episode is very educational, from the information Diana conveys
about being deaf to the simple words and phrases she signs as she talks
to Sam. The audience learns as Sam does and the information is nicely
integrated into the plot.
episode is also notable for showcasing the dancing talents of Scott
Bakula, in two of the episode’s major scenes. They must have been quite
interesting to film, since it is rumored that Bakula was on massive
painkillers for the episode, having injured his foot in filming
"Runaway". Like the episode itself, the dances vary, being both fun and
dramatic, such as Sam and Joanne’s lively boogie in the middle of the
club, to Diana’s beautiful final dance.
the end, this is a great episode, ideal for anyone who wants to see
strong human drama, great choreography, or just happens to like the
idea of Sam being a Chippendale.
reaction to his leap-in
and Joanne dancing at the club
Diana explaining to Sam what she can hear
and Diana’s dance
and Al showing how to sign "Quantum Leap"
The mirror image near the beginning of the episode doesn't have the lipstick marking that Sam has.
Sam's sign language guide, a very thin manual, has the word "Quantum" in it.
When Sam knock on the door, Dianna somehow knows to open it.
from the 1980's can be seen on the street, such as the police car and
the tow truck. Although this being 1979, it's not as noticable as it
would be if the year was supposed to be pre-70's.
I hate being right
thought you ran out of Kleenex or something…
sell an illusion… It isn’t me!
to Sam (translated from ASL): Stop
bothering me! For seven years I’ve been able to manage by myself. I want
to do it by myself!
does your Swiss Cheese memory remember things I wanna forget?
hours? What am I supposed to do in the meantime?
give anything to be degraded like that!
-- Al, "Private Dancer"
He's so CUTE! Take my phone number honey.
-- Joanne, "Private Dancer"
She was my lab partner at MIT. She was one of the brightest women I've ever known.
And she wouldn't sleep with you.
No, why does your swiss cheese memory always remember what I want to forget?
-- Al and Sam, "Private Dancer"
That pratfall looked real!
It felt real.
-- Joanne and Sam, "Private Dancer"
Please, just tell me that it isn't the 70's again!
-- Sam, "Private Dancer"
I know music in a way you will never know. When I look around, I see music everywhere.
There's the music in the stars. The way they sparkle, I feel them. There's music in
the lights as they dance in the water at night. And how the leaves shake each other,
laughing like children at play. When I feel the wind on my face, the wind is my
-- Diana, "Private Dancer"
I'm crazy? You're the one living in a tow-away zone.
-- Sam, "Private Dancer"
There's a difference.
I don't see it.
Neither do I, but...
-- Diana and Sam, "Private Dancer"
OK Ladies, let's hear it for that star of the Chippendales - Rod the Bod!
-- Mario, as Sam leaps in, "Private Dancer"
Shake your booty!
-- Al, "Private Dancer"
Don't bother. I've been on my own since I was 7. I can do it myself. I
want to do it on my own.
-- Diana, signed to Sam, "Private Dancer"