413 "Temptation Eyes"

Leap Date:

February 1, 1985

Episode Adopted by: Eleiece <aka> Sherdran
Additional info provided by: Carly Iappini and Brian Greene


A rash of serial murders is taking place in San Francisco and Sam has become a television reporter who must prevent the psychic who is helping the police from becoming the next victim! But when she discovers who Sam really is, they fall for each other and the ordeal becomes very personal.


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TV Guide Synopsis
Leap Date

Project Date
Name of the Person Leaped Into
Broadcast Date

Project Trivia
Sam Trivia
Al Trivia

Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode

Miscellaneous Trivia
Guest Stars
Guest Cast Notes
Guests Who Appeared In Other Episodes
Say What?
Quotable Quotes
Best Scene
Synopsis & Review
Production Credits

Production # : 67322

TV Guide Synopsis:
Sam tunes into a TV reporter covering serial murders in San Francisco, and something clicks with the police's psychic consultant, who may be the next victim. Ross: James Handy. Collins: Kent Williams. Tont Beche: Rob LaBelle. Sam: Scott Bakula.

San Francisco, California

Leap Date:
February 1, 1985

Project Date:
Sam tells Tamlyn that he is really from the year 199-- but is cut off.

Broadcast Date:
January 22, 1992 - Wednesday

Name of the Person Leaped Into:
Dylan Powell


"I Want To Know What Love Is" by Foreigner plays during Sam and Tamlyn's romantic montage.

Lyrics to "I Want To Know What Love Is"

I gotta take a little time, a little time to think things over
I better read between the lines, in case I need it when I'm older

Now this mountain I must climb, feels like the world upon my shoulders
Through the clouds I see love shine, it keeps me warm as life grows colder

In my life there's been heartache and pain
I don't know if I can face it again
Can't stop now, I've traveled so far, to change this lonely life

I want to know what love is, I want you to show me
I want to feel what love is, I know you can show me

I'm gonna take a little time, a little time to look around me
I've got nowhere left to hide, it looks like love has finally found me

In my life there's been heartache and pain
I don't know if I can face it again
Can't stop now, I've traveled so far, to change this lonely life

I want to know what love is, I want you to show me
I want to feel what love is, I know you can show me
I want to know what love is, I want you to show me
(And I wanna feel) I want to feel what love is
(And I know) I know you can show me

Let's talk about love - I want to know what love is
The love that you feel inside - I want you to show me
And I'm feeling so much love - I want to feel what love is
No, you just can't hide - I know you can show me
I want to know what love is (let's talk about love), I know you can show me
I wanna feel it too - I want to feel what love is
I wanna feel it too, and I know and I know - I know you can show me
Show me love is real, yeah - I want to know what love is...

Project Trivia:
In this episode Al used the multi-colored 'Gummy Bear' handlink.

Can Al hear things going on in Sam's time from outside the Imaging Chamber? Al answered Tamlyn's question she asked before he appeared. Perhaps the technology seen in the 2022 revival series is already being tested?

Sam Trivia:

Sam recalls reading somewhere that psychics can foresee the deaths of others but not their own.

Sam's favorite tea - orange spice - is mentioned. It is mentioned in several other episodes, too, the first being "Catch A Falling Star."

Sam's Outfits Worn in the Episode:

(1) Black overcoat; gray suit coat and dark pants, white shirt, dark tie and shoes.

(2) Dark suit, white shirt, wide, dark-blue tie, dark shoes.

(3) Dark pants and white shirt

(4) Boxer shorts - white with 'little hearts and little bearsies' on them.

(5) Dark suit, white shirt, socks, black shoes, and a narrow-band, gold watch on left wrist.

Al Trivia:
Al carried a cigar throughout this episode.

Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode:

(1) White leisure suit, very dark-green (I think) print shirt, narrow, silvery-gray tie, white shoes.

(2) Slate blue shirt, a dark-red/dark-yellow/orange patterned vest, dark trousers (that's a guess, since the shot of Dean is only from the waist up); also, a yummy yellow fedora with a wide black band.

(3) Gray casual slacks, dark-gray shirt, dark-striped tie, a dark purple suede and leather jacket. The lapels, cuffs and back of the jacket are a dark, grayish-silvery color and dark shoes. He also wore a ring on his right hand, probably his Annapolis ring.

Miscellaneous Trivia:

This is the longest Leap in the series clocking in at two weeks!

Ostensibly, Tamlyn is killed on Valentine's Day 1985 during a full moon. In fact, in 1985 the full moon was on February 5th. On February 14, 1985, the moon was actually closer to the 'last quarter' phase (which occurred on February, 12, 1985)

Tamlyn's apartment number was 214, which is also Valentine's day (the day she dies in the original history).

In the scene between Al and Sam at the TV station just after Tamlyn goes into the washroom, specifically when the camera is on Al, there's a poster on the wall behind him. The poster is a picture of a young James Dean, probably done around the time that he was in the movie, "Giant". In reality, Dean Stockwell was close to James Dean in age. And after James Dean's tragic death in 1955, some in Hollywood commented that, "He (Stockwell) could be the next James Dean."

The TV station that Dillon Powell and Ross Tyler worked for was KSFW, Channel 12.


Regular Cast:
Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell as Al Calavicci

Guest Stars:

Tamlyn Tomita as Tamlyn Matsuda
Kent Williams as Max Collins
James Handy as Ross Tyler
Rob LaBelle as Tony Beche
Alan Baltes as Reporter
Harker Wade as Dylan Powell (Mirror Image)

Guest Cast Notes:

Tamlyn Tomita as Tamlyn Matsuda: Tamlyn Tomita was born on January 27, 1966 in Okinawa, Japan. She is an actress and writer, known for The Day After Tomorrow (2004), The Karate Kid Part II (1986) and The Eye (2008). She is married to Daniel Blinkoff.

Kent Williams as Max Collins: Kent Williams is known for Quantum Leap (1989) and Hill Street Blues (1981).

James Handy as Ross Tyler: James Handy was born in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for Arachnophobia (1990), Jumanji (1995) and Top Gun: Maverick (2022).

Rob LaBelle as Tony Beche: Rob LaBelle was born on August 2, 1962 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Watchmen (2009), The Man in the High Castle (2015) and Motive (2013). He is married to Megan. They have one child. Along with Dean Cain, Teri Hatcher, Patrick Cassidy, Michael McKean, George Murdock and Richard Gant, he is one of only seven actors to appear in both Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) and Smallville (2001). Father of Gabriel LaBelle.Though LaBelle works primarily as an actor, he is also a director of television and theatre.

Alan Baltes as Reporter: Alan Baltes has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. The journey began when Alan met actor Don Stroud surfing in Santa Barbara in 1984. The two became friends, and one day Alan went with Don on an audition for General Hospital, and helped Don with his lines in the waiting room. While Don was in the casting director's office auditioning, the associate casting director called Alan in to his office, and asked if he was an actor, and complimented Alan about his reading the script lines with Don Stroud in the waiting room. Alan told the casting director that he always wanted to be an actor, but never pursued it. Alan also struck up a conversation, asking the casting director how he became involved in the casting profession. Alan ended up working on the show as an extra for a year before being cast in a recurring speaking role playing "Police Cadet McDonald", a story line of Alan and several other actors going through Police Academy with the character "Frisco Jones". One of the other police cadets was actor Marc Dacascos, who is now a very successful film star.  After working on General Hospital for 8 months in the recurring role, Alan auditioned with casting director Doris Sabbagh for a guest starring role on the television show "Punky Brewster". Doris told Alan that he was not right for that role, however she said he was perfect for working on the daytime drama "Days of Our Lives". Alan ended up working numerous episodes on the soap over the course of the next 10 years. The acting roles continued on other television shows such as "Port Charles", "Married with Children", "The Golden Girls", "Murder, She Wrote" and many others. Alan had the opportunity to work with countless top industry professionals such as seven-time Academy Award nominee and legendary music producer Quincy Jones ("Life Goes On", episode "Last Stand in Glenn Brook"), three-time Academy Award nominee Angela Lansbury and Academy Award nominee/legendary acting coach Nina Foch ("Murder, She Wrote", episode "Tainted Lady"), and two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington ("St. Elsewhere", episode "Santa Claus Is Dead"). Alan joined the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in 1984. Over the years Alan has served on multiple SAG/AFTRA committees including the Native American Caucus. Through the committee work, Alan has met important politicians, top industry casting directors, and other important industry professionals. Since the beginning of his acting career Alan has worked closely with Hanay Geiogamah, who is a playwright, TV and movie producer, artistic director, and a Professor in the School of Theater, Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles. Geiogamah is a very important and influential figure in Native American entertainment industry relations. Geiogamah hired Alan to serve as producer's assistant with the Native American Indian Dance Theatre, which has toured extensively in the United States and abroad.

Harker Wade as Dylan Powell (Mirror Image): Harker Wade is known for Quantum Leap (1989), Tequila and Bonetti (1992) and Battlestar Galactica (1978). He produced every episode of Quantum Leap (1989-1993).

Guests Who Appeared In Other Episodes of Quantum Leap:

Harker Wade as Dylan Powell produced every episode of Quantum Leap (1989-1993).

Say What?
February 14th, 1985 was not a full moon as stated in the episode. It was full on February 5th in reality.

Tony Beche's ID number in the police photo book is used for other people listed in the book.

Al's cigar smoke can be seen in the shot before he actually arrives through the Imaging Chamber door.

Sam has been there for two weeks and it doesn't appear that he's seen Ross during that period. They work together, so this seems off.

Sam tells Tamlyn about his real life, but not about Al?

Why does Ziggy think Tony Beche is the killer?

Quotable Quotes:

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that you're comfortable here.
-- Al

Excuse me, do you like orange spice, Sam?
-- Tamlyn

There's a strange energy in the room.
-- Tamlyn, looking straight at Al

Sam, I'm not gonna stick around here and watch you two do ... whatever you're gonna do.
-- Al

Al: Boxer shorts? You're wearing boxer shorts in bed? Ah, it's with hearts on 'em and little bearsies, isn't that cute?
Sam: They were a gift, okay?

Best Lines:

Al: "You can still get outta this."
Sam: "How?"
Al: "Lie. Works for me."

Tamlyn: "Let's just think of this as a little vacation."

Al: "I'm not gonna stick around here and watch you two do...whatever it is you're gonna do."

Best Scene:

Is there any doubt? It's a combination of the beautiful montage accompanied by the Foreigner song "I Want To Know What Love Is".

[Sam's lounging in bed when Al appears.]

Al: "Well golly, Sam. I was gonna ask you how things are going, but...(he chuckles)... it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that you're very comfortable here, and..."

[Sam throws the covers back and sits up on the side of the bed, revealing that he's wearing...]

Al: "Boxer shorts? You're wearing boxer shorts...in bed?"

Sam: "No...I...."

[Sam gets up and goes to confront Al.]

Al: "Oh, it's with little hearts and little bearsies on 'em. Isn't that cute?"

Sam: "They were a gift, okay?"

Al: "Well, Happy Valentine's Day."

Sam: "You had to remind me."

Al: "I'm sorry. Hey...sorry. But you can't stay here, Sam."

[Sam turns away as if looking for Tamlyn then turns back to Al.]

Sam: "Did you find the killer?"

Al: "No, Ziggy doesn't have anything on this weasel, Tony Beche."

[Tamlyn, wearing a light blue robe, enters and goes to Sam.]

Tamlyn: "Ooh. Do you feel a chill in here?"

[Sam slides a glance at Al. Al rolls his eyes.]

Sam: "Uh..."

Al: "Alright, Sam. Go on. Have your fun. But you can't stay here."

Sam, answering both Al and Tamlyn: "Yes, I can."

Tamlyn, seductively: "Well we can fix that."

Al: "No, you can't. Have you thought about the guy you leaped into? Dillon? Huh? Would you leave him in the Waiting Room forever? Would you?"

[He notices how the couple is embracing then gives Tamlyn the once over.]

Al: "Maybe you would. Maybe I would, too." [He turns away.]

[Sam's conscience, pricked by Al's comments, causes him to break the embrace.]

Sam: "Tamlyn...I don't know how much longer I'm gonna be here."

Tamlyn: "I don't either."

Sam: "I could leap at any time."

Tamlyn: "I know. So let's just think of this as a little vacation."

[She leads him to the bed. Sam kisses her as she sits down on the bed. Al, hearing her comment, turns back to the couple.]

Al: "Huh? A little... Now...where are you going with her? Little vacation? What's she doin' getting' onto the bed? Hey..."

[Sam sinks to his knees before Tamlyn, pulling her into his arms.]

Al: "I'm history." [He punches a button on the handlink and pops out. He reappears almost instantly, startling Sam.]

Al: "Sam!"

Tamlyn: "What is it?"

Al: "Sam, Ziggy found the guy!"

Sam: "Uh...Tony Beche?"

Al: "Yeah?"

Tamlyn: "The one who killed the girl?"

Al: "Yeah. Now get up and get dressed. Come on. Let's go."

Sam: "Yeah. I gotta go."

Tamlyn: "Sam, why?"

[Sam stands up and moves away from her; he starts to dress.]

Sam: I....uh... I know where he is."

Al: "He's hiding in a little motel called The Foghorn."

Sam: "The Foghorn?"

Al: "Yeah."

Tamlyn: "On California?"

Al: "Yeah. It's about fifteen blocks from here."

Sam: "Call the police and tell them where I'm going."

Tamlyn: "You might get hurt."

Sam: "No, I'll be okay. Look, you just stay here, wait for me and lock the door."

Tamlyn: "No!"

Sam: "I'll be okay." [He hesitates a moment, looking into her eyes.]

Al: "Sam! Go!"

[Sam steps into his shoes and runs out of the room. Al looks after him.]

Al: "Good Lord!"

Synopsis & Review:

Sam leaps into the body of a television news reporter, Dylan Powell, who has been receiving tips from a serial killer (James Handy), who stalks San Francisco area. Sam, as Dillion Powell, protects a beautiful psychic, Tamlyn Matsuda (Tamlyn Tomita) who's working on the case, from becoming the next victim. The young lady is very clear of sight, as Sam and Al both soon discover.

The six previous victims of the serial killer were all hookers or strippers, but Al tells him, through Ziggy's help, that Tamlyn, without their intervention, would be the seventh victim, which seems to line up well with her prognostication that a seventh victim of the killer would occur in her midst, perhaps her. Al ranks Tamlyn's psychic abilities right down there with Ouija boards, but Sam isn't so quick to dismiss her as a quack. Sam is quite attracted to her and when she sees Sam as he really is, he tells her about Project Quantum Leap and - despite Al's warnings that he may not leap again - that she was going to be the next victim.

Later, as the story progresses, it's discovered that the killer is actually Ross Tyler, a news camerman who's worked with Dylan for 25 years until it's learned that the station planned to lay he and Dylan off, which set off the first of the six previous killings, where he dismissed the victims as nothing but hookers and prostitutes that were "littering the streets" ruining "this once great city".

The killings, which were covered by Dylan and Ross, gained big TV ratings points immediately for the news telecast which saved their jobs, apparently.

As Sam and Al try to pinpoint the whereabouts and the identity of the killer, whose messages they, with the help of the San Francisco PD, record, Tamlyn, not suspecting that Ross is the killer, is left alone with him after she agrees to meet with the killer atop an office building in Chinatown. When Sam, as Dylan, arrives at the meeting point, the two, being he and Ross, engage in a bitter struggle, where Sam is able to wrest Tamlyn away from Ross, and then Ross who threatens to jump from the building, also threatens to take Sam, or Dylan, with him, before Sam is able to fight free, and Ross falls to his death, committing suicide. Source

Personal Review by Eleiece <aka> Sherdran:

"Temptation Eyes" has been one of my favorite romantic episodes of Quantum Leap since the first time it aired. From the moment that Tamlyn put it into words ..."An intense emotion like ...love....", I've never had the slightest doubt that what Sam felt for her, what she felt for him, was love.

It just goes to show that love knows no boundaries, that it is unthwarted, undaunted by such things as distance, politics, beliefs, or age. Love, as "Temptation Eyes" encourages us to believe, can even reach across time to draw two people together. And how long it takes the people involved to recognize it, isn't pigeonholed either.

Love can spring into being at the moment those two people first really look into each other's eyes. And even if their time together is as brief as two weeks, two days or even two hours (from the episode 'Hurricane': Sam to Cissy: "If it was the right someone, I'd marry them after a couple of hours."), real love leaves an indelible mark on the hearts involved. And every time I watch the ending of "Temptation Eyes", I know that whether or not Sam ever remembers Tamlyn, his heart will remember.

The ending of Temptation Eyes" also makes it one of my 4 favorite 'bittersweet' episodes (the others being M.I.A., the 3rd part of the trilogy, and Mirror Image). When Tamlyn completes Al's comment that, "...it's time to go," coupled with Sam's expression when he hugs her, you can see how hard it is for him to leave her, though he has no choice. How he wishes he didn't have to leave her; that if GTFW were to leave him with Tamlyn, he'd never regret it...I get misty-eyed every time.

To sum up, when you love someone, you have to, " ...love like it's never going to hurt." Their time together was short but that's what Sam and Tamlyn did...gave all they had to each other and loved like it would never hurt.

Production Credits:

Theme by: Mike Post
Music by: Velton Ray Bunch
Co-Executive Producer: Deborah Pratt
Co-Executive Producer: Michael Zinberg
Supervising Producer: Harker Wade
Produced by: Jeff Gourson, Tommy Thompson
Produced by: Chris Ruppenthal, Paul Brown
Created by: Donald P. Bellisario

Written by: Paul Brown
Directed by: Christopher Hibler

Executive Producer: Donald P. Bellisario
Associate Producers: 
Julie Bellisario, James S. Giritlian
Coordinating Producer: David Bellisario

Director of Photography: Michael Watkins, A.S.C.
Production Designer:
 Cameron Birnie
Edited by: Michael S. Stern
Unit Production Manager: Ron Grow
First Assistant Director: 
Ryan Gordon
Second Assistant Director: Kate Yurka
Casting by: Ellen Lubin Sanitsky
Set Director: Robert L. Zilliox
Costume Designer: Jean-Pierre Dorleac
Costume Supervisor: David Rawley
Art Director: 
Ellen Dambros-Williams
Sound Mixer: Barry D. Thomas
Stunt Coordinator: Diamond Farnsworth
Sound Editor: 
Greg Schorer
Music Editor:  Bruce Frazier
Special Visual Effects: Roger Dorney, Denny Kelly

Panaflex Camera and Lenses by: Panavision

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Copyright 1992 by Universal City Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons living or dead is purely coincidental.

Bellisarius Productions In Association With Universal Television, an MCA Company

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