"What Price Gloria?"

Leap Date:

October 16, 1961

Episode Adopted by: Missy <aka> mrsbeckett
Additional info provided by: Brian Greene


Sam is a woman! And Al is in love. In this second season, we discover that Al sees Sam as the person he leaps into (which changes in later episodes) and Al has to see Dr. Beeks the project shrink to cope with seeing his best friend as a beautiful woman.

Sam and his best friend Gloria are secretaries. Sam is being stalked by every man in the office, especially his boss Buddy Wright, who is married but promising Gloria that he will divorce the wife and marry her. But it's not meant to be, and unless Sam can intervene, Gloria will commit suicide.


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TV Guide Synopsis
Leap Date

Name of the Person Leaped Into

Music Artists
Project 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
Personal Review
Best Scenes

Say what?

Quotable Quotes



Production # 65017

TV Guide Synopsis:
As a woman, Sam tries to convince a husband-hungry secretary that she's got more to live for than a married executive. Gloria: Jean Sagal. Buddy: John Calvin. Parker: Gregg Barber. Richard: Matt Landers. Sam: Scott Bakula. Al: Dean Stockwell.

Leap Date:
October 16, 1961

Detroit, Michigan

Samantha Stormer- "Youngest Executive Secretary" for Buddy Wright, at National Motors Corporation.

Broadcast Date:
October 25, 1989 (Wednesday)

"Venus" by Frankie Avalon

Mike Post

Project Trivia:
Al turns to Verbeena Beeks, the project psychiatrist, to deal with his issues with Sam being a woman.

Ziggy is a male persona.

Al sees Sam as the Leapee. This would change in later seasons, perhaps due to a programming upgrade.

The Imaging Chanber door is first seen in its illuminated form, and would remain this way until the series conclusion.

Al’s outfits worn in the episode:
White shirt, black vest with white polka-dots, of course a cigar. Sungasses pin.

2. Orange long sleeved shirt, black buttons, and black suspenders. Dark gray pants,

3. Teal suit jacket with peach colored shirt and black and gray tie with criss-cross pattern. Black wristwatch. Gold pin. 

Al's Women:
Al says he used to think Dr. Verbeena Beeks, the project psychiatrist was cute.

Al is unable to perform with Tina because of his infatuation with Samantha/Sam.

Miscellaneous Trivia:
The 1926 silent film "What Price Glory" is the basis for this episode title.

When Gloria gets dressed alongside Sam in the mirror, Jean Sagal’s twin sister Liz Sagal is playing opposite Jean so that they can both be in the scene!

According to Sam in "Shock Theater", Samantha is 26 years old.

Kiss With History:
Buddy Wright mentions Christine Jorgensen (born George), the first person to become widely known in the United States for having a successful gender reassignment. 
Lili Elbe, from Denmark, a Danish painter who was assigned male at birth, experienced what is now called gender dysphoria, and underwent the world's first documented sex reassignment surgery.


Deborah Pratt

Deborah Pratt

Harker Wade

Supervising Producer:
Scott Shepherd

Alan J. Levi

Guest stars:
Jean Sagal as Gloria Collins
John Calvin as Buddy Wright
La Reine Chabut as Samantha Stormer (Mirror image)
Gregg Berger as Parker (the guy Gloria will marry in the future)
Matt Landers as Richard (Sam’s blind date)
Jack Armstrong as Johnny (mail room guy who hits on Sam)
Laurel Schaefer as Gail Wright (Buddy’s wife)
Ryan MacDonald as Ted Hartman
Liz Sagal as Gloria Collins (Mirror image)
Stockwell as Disapproving Secretary

Guest Cast Notes:
Jean Sagel has a twin sister, Liz. They starred in the TV show "Double Trouble" in the 80’s.

La Reine Chabut guest starred in an episode of "Murder She Wrote" with Guy Stockwell, brother of Dean Stockwell.

Gregg Berger was the voice of Cornfed the Pig, Duckman’s partner. He does many cartoon voices and can also be heard on dozens of television commercials

Laurel Schaefer played Helen Whitaker on Falcon Crest

Joy Stockwell (Dean Stockwell's wife) appears in an uncredited appearance as the disapproving secretary.

Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes:
LaReine Chabut also appeared as Samantha Stormer's mirror image in "Shock Theater."

Best scene:
Sam telling Buddy that he is really a man and then punching him out.

Personal Review:
Sam leaps into Samantha Stormer, an executive secretary at a car manufacturer in Detroit, MI in 1961. He has to deal with the male chauvinism of the time and a boss - Buddy Wright, who wants to have his way with every woman he meets.

Sam’s roommate, Gloria is involved with Buddy and he has her convinced that he is going to leave his wife and marry her. Ziggy has let Al know that Buddy is not going to leave his wife and that when she finds out, Gloria commits suicide. Of course it is Sam’s job to make sure that Gloria lives. 

Gloria and Sam go on a double blind date and, after Sam hits his date with his purse, and goes to talk to Al, Gloria sees Buddy’s wife (Gail) and confronts her. Once Gloria has talked to Gail, she knows that he isn’t going to marry her, so she leaves the restaurant and proceeds to climb out on the ledge of their apartment to jump. 

Sam has had to battle his sleazy boss, high heels and tights skirts, but of course he is up to the challenge of talking Gloria off the ledge. It’s raining and they both almost fall, but when all is said and done, Gloria realizes that she is better off without Buddy. Sam convinces her to join the design department at the car manufacturer, and as always, everything turns out great.

In this episode Sam seems to be in some control of his leap, he stays around until the next day. He pretends to want to fool around with Buddy, and then, once he is on his lap, Sam tells him that he is really a man. This is one of the best things about the episode. After explaining to him things that only a man would know, he punches him and then says "I’m ready to leap, now" and, naturally, he does.

This is one of my favorite episodes, mostly due to the humor. Any time an episode shows Sam’s bare chest, it makes it a favorite for me. Al’s "crush" on Sam and his inability to perform with Tina add to the fun. I love the ending scene where Sam sits on Buddy’s lap and tells him that he is really a man.

Say What? 
A mistake in dates: Sam leaps in on October 16, but after a couple of days pass, Gloria tries to commit suicide. Al tells Sam that in the original history, Gloria died on October 16. If Sam leaped in on the 16th, then Gloria actually tried to commit suicide on the 18th.

Scott Bakula's reflects in the glass table top in Buddy's office at the end of the episode.

Quotable Quotes:
I'm gonna call you 'dead' if you don't get out of my face!
-- Sam, "What Price Gloria?"

I'm a woman!
And I'm in love.
-- Sam and Al, "What Price Gloria?"

You have a wonderful sense of humor.
-- Sam (glancing heavenward), "What Price Gloria?"

Two hours as Samantha and I knew that the lyrics to "I Enjoy Being a Girl" were not written by a woman.
-- Sam, "What Price Gloria?"

Whatever I did, I'm sorry!
-- Sam (glancing heavenward), "What Price Gloria?"

How's the girl of my dreams?
-- Al to Sam, "What Price Gloria?"

It's like someone designed a modern day torture rack you can wear, from the bra, to the stockings, the tight skirts and the shoes from hell.
-- Sam, "What Price Gloria?"

Hi cutie, you look great in powder blue.
I'm gonna tie a bell around your neck.
-- Al and Sam, "What Price Gloria?"

Sam? At last I'm going to be called by my own name.
-- Sam, "What Price Gloria?"

I told you, you should have worn a girdle.
I'm not into bondage.
-- Gloria and Sam, "What Price Gloria?"

No stockings, you're such a bohemian.
-- Gloria, "What Price Gloria?"

Time has packaged my best friend into a goddess of love.
-- Al, "What Price Gloria?"

Don't start unless you want to eat your teeth for lunch.
-- Sam, "What Price Gloria?"

I hope when the right guy comes along he realizes what a good woman you are.
-- Gloria to Sam, "What Price Gloria?"

You shouldn't need a man to make you feel complete.
-- Sam, "What Price Gloria?"

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