"A Single Drop of Rain"

Leap Date:

September 7, 1953

Episode Adopted by: MikeKraken


Returning home to a drought-ridden hometown, Sam has become a traveling rainmaker. His brother thinks he is a joke and his sister-in-law wants to leave with Sam. All Sam has to do...is make it rain! (And maybe even keep his host's brother and wife together.)


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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




"A Single Drop of Rain" - September 7, 1953

Sam leaps into a self-proclaimed rain maker, and besides returning to Billy's hometown that is in desperate need of some precipitation, it might be more difficult for Sam to change Billy's brother Ralph than to change the weather.


Clover Bend, Arkansas, USA

::Name of the Person Leaped Into::

Doctor William "Billy" Beaumont PhD, professional "rain maker"


» Regular background music (by Velton Ray Bunch)

» At the picnic, after Sam's "foundation" analogy, the song that has appeared in a handful of other '50s episodes, first appearing in "8˝ Months" (plays in the end credits), then "Heart of a Champion" (at the bar), "Stand Up", and "Memphis Melody". (If anybody knows the song, please let me know!)

» The music during Sam's prayer scene made it onto the Quantum Leap TV Soundtrack and named, aptly, "Sam's Prayer".

::Project Trivia::

» Handlink: third version (colourful cubes)

::Sam Trivia::

We're reminded that Sam grew up on a farm, where people depend heavily on the weather.

::Al Trivia::

At the picnic, Al hadn't seen such food since they passed the "cholesterol control act".

::Miscellaneous trivia::

» According to Ziggy, as of Sam's leap in, it wouldn't be another eight months, one week, four days, two hours, and forty-four minutes until Clover Bend would see rain again.

::Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode::

» First appearance: poppy-red suit coat; poppy-red dress pants; black belt with silver buckle; brown-patterned dress shirt; black thin tie; watch with black band; unlit cigar.

» Second and third appearance: bluish suit coat with glossy trims and arms; white dress shirt; same black thin tie; unlit cigar.

» Fourth, fifth, and sixth appearance: red suit coat; red-and-white patterened dress shirt; rectangular pendant on left breast, white with red triangles alternating vertically; lit cigar; silver thin tie; glossy black pants.


Richard C. Okie and Donald P. Bellisario


Virgil W. Vogel


Deborah Pratt, Michael Zinberg, Harker Wade, Jeff Gourson, Tommy Thompson, Chris Ruppenthal, Paul Brown

::Broadcast Date::

Wednesday, November 20, 1991.

::Regular Cast::

Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell as Al Calavicci

::Guest Stars::

Phyllis Lyons - Annie Beaumont
Patrick Massett - Ralph Beaumont
Carl Anthony Payne II - Clinton Leveret
Britt Leach - Vernon Coutis
R. G. Armstrong - Davison
Anne Haney - Grace Beaumont
Hal Landon, Jr. - Norm
Lesly Kahn as Velma Waters
Ted Baader - Billy Beaumont (mirror and photos)

::Guest Cast Notes (interesting things you've discovered about those who appeared in the episode)::

» Patrick Massett played Rusty in "The Americanization of Machiko". He also guest starred in "Murphy Brown" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation".

» Carl Anthony Payne II was on "The Cosby Show", but got fired by Bill Cosby when he refused to get his hair cut.

» R. G. Armstrong is a popular fellow, acting in a wide variety of movies and television series.

::Cast members who have passed away (as of the date the synopsis was written)::

» Anne Haney died on May 26, 2001 in Studio City, California, USA from heart failure at the age of 67. She is one of my favourite actresses in bit parts, and am glad that she was in two Quantum Leap episodes (the other one being "8˝ Months").

::Personal Review::

I never really thought of this episode as being too profound... but then I watched it this time to make this episode summary, and found that it is really quite well done. The prayer scene is my favourite (see below) because of the insight to Sam's character, but the fight scene is interesting, too... I find that every time I watch, I forget about the thunder in the background and am distracted by Sam and Ralph duking it out. I'm sure that some thought was put into that.

This episode is on the lighter side, and would fall mostly into the "comedy" category as far as episodes go. The only really serious parts involve Ralph chastising his brother, and, of course, the physical fight at the end.

Neatest of all, it rained!

::Best Lines::

» Sam (praying to God): "I don't know who's runnin' this show. I don't know why I was chosen. I bounce around from place to place. I do everything I'm supposed to do, at least the best way I can, but I don't know how to do this one. I mean, you gotta help me. I figure you owe me, for a couple of times, anyway. You make it rain. You hear me? You make it rain!"

» Al: "Because that's what we do, we're professional botherers."

» Al: "Girls that wear glasses have lots and lots of energy."

::Best Scene::

Call me sentimental, but I think the prayer scene is the best in this episode, starting with returning from commercials and up until the end of the scene. It just touches me somehow, with Sam's and Clinton's conversation, Sam's prayer, as well as the "Sam's Prayer" music. We get to hear Sam express his feelings about all of the work that he's done during the quantum leaping, and it really allows us to have insight to Sam's character that we don't get to see very often.

::Worst things about the episode::

» We only see Al use the Imaging Chamber Door on his first entrance.

» Sam, being a scientist and would have taken a few chemistry courses, wouldn't be stupid enough to think that a silver fork stirring iodine would make silver iodide in any considerable amount of time. He doesn't seem to know very much about chemistry at all (of course, this could be the Swiss-cheese effect).

::What the heck?::

What was the point of the cannon being shot all the time? I still don't understand, even after seeing the episode so many times.

::Quotable Quotes::

» Clinton: "You see, modern science... modern science has discovered that water vapour is always in the air. Well, now I know it seems impossible. I mean, but it's true, it's here, right now! It's all around us. Now, the problem is getting it to form into little drops and fall to the ground."

» Al (length of time until it rains): "Eight months, uh, one week, four days, two hours, and forty-four minutes."
Clinton: "Yes, sir, wer are going to make it rain!"

» Al: "We can change history, we can change people, but the weather, that's the leap of another colour. I mean that's, no, that a horse of another kell. I mean, I don't know what I mean."

» Annie: "What's this?"
Sam: "Hmm? That? That's a microwave oven."
Annie: "Well, what does it do?"
Sam: "Oh, you know, it kinda cooks things real fast."

» Sam: "And Mom, I want you to throw this town the biggest picnic they've ever seen."
mom: "A picnic? Why?"
Sam: "Why? Why? Why, because it always rains on a picnic."

» Sam (looking toward sky): "Al... I don't know where the Hell you are, but you'd better get your butt down here and fast!"
Vern: "I'm glad you haven't lost your religion, boy, but you gotta brush up on your prayers some."

» Sam: "What do we do with silver forks?"
Clinton: "Mostly, we eat with them."

» Al: "Anyway, yours truly had to do combat duty."
Sam: "And what did you find out?"
Al: "That girls that wear glasses have lots and lots of energy."

» Sam: "Why do we even bother?"
Al: "Because that's what we do, we're professional botherers."


Theme by - Mike Post
Music by - Velton Ray Bunch
Co-executive Producers - Deborah Pratt, Michael Zinberg
Supervising Producer - Harker Wade
Produced by - Jeff Gourson, Tommy Thompson, Chris Ruppenthal, Paul Brown
Teleplay by - Richard C. Okie
Story by - Richard C. Okie and Donald P. Bellisario
Directed by - Virgil W. Vogel
Executive Producer - Donald P. Bellisario

(scrolling credits, playing folk tune instead of "Quantum Leap" theme)
Associate Producers - Julie Bellisario, James S. Giritlian
Co-ordinating Producer - David Bellisario

Director of Photography - Robert McBride
Production Designer - Cameron Birnie
Edited by - Michael S. Stern

Unit Production Manager - Ron Grow
First Assistant Director - R. John Slosser
Second Assistant Director - Kate Yurka

Casting by - Ellen Lubin Sanitsky
Set Decorator - Robert L. Zilliox
Costume Designer - Jean-Pierre Dorleac
Costume Supervisor - David Rawley

Art Director - Ellen Dambros-Williams
Sound Mixer - Barry D. Thomas
Stunt Co-ordinator - Diamond Farnsworth
Panaflex® Camera and Lenses by PANAVISION®
Sound Editor - Greg Schorer
Music Editor - Bruce Frazier

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