"A Tale of Two Sweeties"

Leap Date:

February 25, 1958


Episode Adopted by: Eleiece <aka> Sherdran


Sam finds himself in the life of a bigamist married to two women and two sets of kids that are both starved for his attention! Al tells Sam that Ziggy predicts he must choose one family or the other while making sure that they never find out about each other. At the same time, he must settle up with a couple of gamblers who want their money.


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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




Name of the Person Leaped Into: Martin Joseph "Marty" Ellroy, Sr.

Place/Location of Leap: Pompano Beach, Florida

Leap Date/Day: February 25, 1958/Tuesday

Original Broadcast Date/Day: January 5, 1993/Tuesday

Musical Score: Velton Ray Bunch

Theme: Mike Post


Al Trivia:
Al was impressed with Marty's marital set-up to the
point that he told Sam, "I think I found a new idol.
Just think, if I'd done it like Marty, I could've gone
through ten wives instead of five!"

Miscellaneous Trivia:

In this episode Sam uses the quote, "Hell hath no fury
like a woman scorned," for which most people give credit
to The Immortal Bard a/k/a William Shakespeare. Actually,
"Hell hath..." is only part of a quote, and Shakespeare
didn't write it, in fact he couldn't have written it
since he died in 1616.

The correct (full) quote is:

"Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell
a fury like a woman scorned," is from "The Mourning Bride"
penned in 1697 by English poet and playwright, William
Woody Woodpecker was created in 1941 by Walter Lantz, one
of the early pioneers of animation. Mel Blanc (best known
as the voice of Bugs Bunny) did the voice of Woody in the
early years, but in the 1950s, Gracie Lantz (Walter's wife)
secretly auditioned for and got the nod to take over doing
Woody's voice. Production of new Woody cartoons ceased in 1975.
I'm guessing that Marty's favorite numbers to bet at the
track were '2' and '3' or a combination thereof. Why?
Because he:

1. Had 3 wives: Ellen, Rachel and Gina (wife #3 who shows
up just before Sam leaps out);

2. Had 3 homes in 3 different states (all 3 of which support
horse racing and/or dog racing): Florida, New York, and
(this is a guess based on Gina's accent) Kentucky;

3. Married into 3 different faiths: Catholic (Ellen - married
by Father Robert Murphy), Jewish (Rachel -married by Rabbi
Barry Goldstein), and, mostly likely, Baptist (Gina - married
by Reverend 'whoever'); and last, but by no means least,

4. 2 children with each wife: Marty, Jr. and Mary with Ellen;
Josh and Jessica with Rachel, and a boy and girl with Gina.
Al carried a cigar throughout most of this episode.
He used the multi-colored 'candy-cube' handlink in this episode.

Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode:

(1) Red jacket; a red, black & white patterned shirt; white trousers;
white shoes; lapel pin; red fedora with a black band, and a
black-banded watch with a round face.

(2) Pinkish-rose satin jacket with what looks like leather panels
(dyed the same color) on the sleeves; dark-pink shirt, black
pants and belt; a dark-rose string tie and black shoes.

(3) White suit, a patterned shirt in dark shades of olive, brown
and orange; a square pin at the throat, and white socks and shoes.

Sam's Outfits Worn in the Episode:

(1) Light-blue seersucker summer suit; white shirt; diagonally-striped
tie in shades of blue, black and gray; black & white (maybe brown
& white) wing-tip shoes and a tan (or a straw) fedora.

(2) Light blue-gray jacket, a tropical shirt in shades of blue, gray
and green; dark-gray trousers, and the same wing-tip shoes.

Writer: Robin Jill Bernheim

Director: Christopher Hibler

Supervising: Richard Oakie and Harker Wade
Co-Executive: Deborah Pratt and Chas. Floyd Johnson
Producer: Robin Jill Bernheim

Regular Cast:
Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett, Dean Stockwell as Al Calavicci, and
Deborah Pratt as the opening narrator and the voice of Ziggy.

Guest Stars:

ASHLEY PELDON - (Jessica):

Starring Roles - TV:

The Mommies (1993)
Guiding Light (1989-1991)

Guest Starring Roles:

Undressed (2001)
That '70s Show (2001)
Tucker (2001)
The Pretender (1996 - 2000)
Home Improvement (1997)
Ellen (1996)

Co-Starring Roles:

The Pretender (1998)

Movie/Mini-Series/Special Roles:

Skinwalker (2003)
Can I Play? (1998)
The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story (1998 - voice)
Waking Up Horton (1998)
With Friends Like These (1998)
Cats Don't Dance (1997) - speaking voice of Darla Dimple)
The Westing Game (1997)
The Crucible (1996)
Black Scorpion (1995)
Jake's Women (1995)
The Secretary (1995)
Without Warning (1994)
Shameful Secrets (1993)
Going Underground (1994)
Child of Rage (1992)

J. D. DANIELS - (Josh):

Starring Roles

The Little Mermaid (1992) - Little Manta Ray
Going Places (1990) - Nick Griffin

Guest Starring Roles:

Hey Arnold! (1996)
Gargoyles (1995 - 1996)
Burke's Law (1995)
The Nanny (1994 - 1995)
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1994)
Mad About You (1994)
Full House (1993)
Going Places (1991)
Kate & Allie (1989)

Co-Starring Roles:

Gargoyles (1994 - 1996)

Film/TV Movie credits:

Roswell (1994)
Beanstalk (1994)
Man's Best Friend (1993)
The Pickle (1993)
CB4 (1993)

J.C. WENDEL (Receptionist):

Starring Roles - TV:

Dave's World (1993)

Guest Starring Roles:

Diagnosis Murder (2000)
The Love Boat: The Next Wave (1999)
Clueless 1998)
The X-Files (1997)
Caroline in the City (1997)


Guest-Starring Roles:

JAG (1997)
Sisters (1995)
Parker Lewis Can't Lose (1993)
The Golden Girls (1991)
Knots Landing (1990)
Good Grief (1990)
Knots Landing (1990)
Married ... with Children (1989)
Matt Houston (1984)
The Dukes of Hazzard (1983)
M*A*S*H (1983)
The Powers of Matthew Star (1982)
McClain's Law (1982)

JILL TRACY - (Rachel):

Film credits:

In the Wake (2000)
Above Freezing (1998)

Starring Roles:

Over My Dead Body (1990)

Guest Starring Roles:

Scrubs (2003)
Spin City (2000 & 2002)
Law & Order (1998)
Murphy Brown (1994)
Melrose Place (1992)
Over My Dead Body (1990)

KRISTIE TRANSEAU - (Gina, the 3rd wife)

Film credits:

Paulie (1998)

Stage credits:

Dancing On The Edge

Guest Starring Roles:

Flesh and Blood
Unsolved Mysteries

LARRY MANETTI - (Vic, the bookie):

Starring Roles - TV:

Magnum, P.I. (1980)
The Duke (1979)
Black Sheep Squadron (1976)

Guest Starring Roles:

JAG (1997 & 1999)
Walker, Texas Ranger (1999)
The Net (1999)
Cobra (1994)
Street Justice (1993)
Swamp Thing (1992)
Raven (1992)
Magnum, P.I. (1987)
Tales from the Darkside (1986)
Hotel (1984)
Fantasy Island (1982)
The Rockford Files (1979)
Battlestar Galactica (1978)
Starsky and Hutch (1975)
Barnaby Jones (1974)

Co-Starring Roles:

Battlestar Galactica (1978)
The Streets of San Francisco (1974 & 1976)


Guest Starring Roles:

The Powers That Be (1993)
Babes (1991)
Head of the Class (1990)


Guest Starring Roles:

JAG (1998 - 2003)
Quantum Leap (1993)
Quantum Leap (1993)
Quantum Leap (1991)
Tales of the Gold Monkey (1983)

Co-Starring Roles:

JAG (1995)
Quantum Leap (1989)

SHAY ASTAR - (Mary Ellroy):

Starring Roles:

The Oz Kids (1996 - voice)
The Good Life (1994)

Guest-Starring Roles:

3rd Rock from the Sun (1996-1999)
ER (1995)
Boy Meets World (1995)
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1992)
Designing Women (1992)
China Beach (1991)
Jake and the Fatman (1991)

Movie/Mini-Series/Special Roles:

Christmas in Oz (2000 - voice)
Who Stole Santa? (2000 - voice)
Deal of a Lifetime (1999)
The Nome Prince and the Magic Belt (1999 - voice)
Toto Lost in New York (1999 - voice)
Seduced By Madness (1996)
Samantha (1992)
Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)

Guest Cast Notes:

At the age of six Ashley' Peldon was the youngest
child ever to be nominated for an Emmy award.
Ashley worked with Scott Bakula in the animated film
"Cats Don't Dance"; she was the speaking voice of
'Darla Dimple'.
Kristie Transeau is a co-founder of the Women's Theater Alliance.

Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes:
J. D. Daniels also appeared in "Mirror Image" as one of the
2 boys working on their bikes outside of Al's Place.
Michael Bellisario made 4 appearances in Quantum Leap: "Camakazi
Kid", "Play Ball", "A Tale of Two Sweeties, and "Mirror Image".

Personal Review:
I loved the way that Donald Bellisario took not one but two
serious subjects, bigamy and gambling, and still managed to
make a funny and entertaining episode around them. He didn't
shove morality or personal opinions about either subject
down our throats. Yet with just the right amount of both
comedy and honesty, "A Tale Of Two Sweeties" still got across
some of the all too real ramifications common to each, such
as the effect it has on a marriage, finances, and even more how
it can affect the children of such marriages. Marty's marriages
to Ellen and Rachel ended, but at least this time they and their
kids all apparently came out with a better future.

But you know, I wonder... did Gina get wise to Marty and change
the locks on her door, too?

Best Line(s):

Rachel: "I know another way to make the bed shake."
Al: "A Massage-O-Matic! I remember one time Ruthie and I were
in Cleveland and we had one of those things running for nine
hours straight. There was nothing else to do."
Al: "Well, I was talking to the real Marty. I think I've found
a new idol."
Sam: "Whoever said 'Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned',
never scorned two women."
Al: "I think I better go get Ziggy to see if she can tilt
these odds."
Sam: "I decided honesty was the best policy."
Al: "For Boy Scouts, not for bigamists!"
Al: "Ohhh....they're bonding! That's bad! Sam, the train
is going in the wrong direction!"

Quotable Quotes:

Sam: "Whoever said 'Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned',
never scorned two women."

Best scene(s): It's a tie!

First 'best' scene:

[Rachel's just fallen for Sam's 'note' lure to get her out
of the beauty shop. Al pops in beside Sam.]


Al: "Sam, that note idea is brilliant. I'm impressed."

Sam: "Thanks."

Al: "Thanks? So?"

Sam: "So?"

Al: "So what'd the note say?"

Sam: "All the right things."

Al: "Like?"

Sam: "Believe me, she'll love the note."

Al: "Ah, okay."

Sam: "Al, I figured it out. I know why I'm here. I know
what Marty doesn't know."

Al: "Oh. Well, tell me, tell me, tell me!"

Sam: "No."

Al: "No?"

Sam: "No."

Al: "No?!"

Sam: "I can't."

Al: "Why not?"

Sam: "You're biased."

Al: "No, I'm not!"

Sam: "I know who you're rooting for."

Al: "No, you don't!"

Sam: "Yes, I do. And I don't want to argue about it."

Al: "Sam! Tell me... who gets him?"

Sam: "You'll find out tonight at six."

And, the second 'best' scene is:

[Ellen's just invited Rachel to the house for coffee,
Al's chuckling and Sam's very quietly exulting.]


Sam (under his breath): "Yes! Yes!"

Al: "Great."

[He sees Sam's victory reaction.]

Al: "You know something."

[He crosses to Sam]

Al: "You know something."

Sam (wearing a sort of smug little smile): "Um, hmm. What?"

Al: "I don't believe this! You figured out that you leapt in
to blow Marty's scam, and you didn't tell me!"

[He gets in Sam's face.]

Al: "You knew! You knew, Sam! You knew, and you didn't tell me!"

Sam: "Would you have listened to me?"

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