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alsplacebartender 02-18-2003 12:50 PM

303 Leap of Faith
 
Leap of Faith
August 19, 1963


Philadelpia, Pennsylvania


"I've been a priest."

These words by Sam in "Mirror Image" come to life as he leaps into the life of a priest who must prevent the murder of Father Mack, another priest at the church. Two young brothers may be involved as the older leads the younger down a dark road unless Sam can find a way for reform. Meanwhile, Al is having problems with faith as well ever since his father died.


Teleplay by: Tommy Thompson
Story by: Nick Harding & Karen Hall and Tommy Thompson
Directed by: James Whitmore, Jr.


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RossBeckett 01-28-2004 09:02 PM

I thought this was a good episode. Not one of my personal favorites though. I liked the idea of Sam being a priest and I also liked it when Al said a prayer to God after all the years of not speaking to the almighty when Sam got shot. Thankfully he lived!:D

~Steve(aka RossBeckett)

Vince Beckett 10-05-2005 10:43 PM

Great episode. It shows how Al loses his faith, but prays for Sam when he gets shot. I also like the kiss with history with Sam inspiring Sylvester Stallone for Rocky.

isz 07-20-2007 06:57 AM

I found this episode bellow average. I seriously considered voting the episode as fair.but finally i decided to vote Average,because of Al's personal angle. Anyway this episode is defently in my last 10 of the series.

leaper1 07-20-2007 09:33 AM

This episode rates very highly with me, even though I have one little niggle with it.
It bothers me that Sam, dazed from the shot that grazed his head, promptly borrowed the car from the old ladies and drove to the railway line. I appreciate he wouldn't want to put them in danger by having them drive, but on his way to ask for their keys he is almost run over - by a taxi! Wouldn't it have been more responsible for him to have the taxi drive him? I'm sure if it already had a fare aboard they would have allowed him to 'highjack' it if he explained it was to save a life. Less dramatic, I'll grant you, but more realistic.

Having said that, I love this episode for Sam's angst, for AL's prayer, for any number of things. I have to confess I cried when Sam got shot and Al prayed for him, and since I had not long been watching the series, and didn't know if it was on the verge of cancellation, I didn't have the stock comforter of "he can't die, he's got to come back next week!" I was sucked in, and every bit as concerned as Al for the Leaper's life.

Al The Observer 11-05-2007 04:27 AM

I have noticed a "nitpick" in this episode. Five minutes and forty-five seconds into the episode, Father Mack holds up a Philadelphia Guardian newspaper dated August 19, 1963, featuring the headline "Youth Hit By Train." Upon closer inspection, the article just below the headline and next to the picture of the youth reads that Dianne Feinstein is up 13 percentage points against her opponent in next month's election for the Democratic nomination for California's gubernatorial race. The date of the election: June 5.

bluedana 11-05-2007 05:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Al The Observer
I have noticed a "nitpick" in this episode. Five minutes and forty-five seconds into the episode, Father Mack holds up a Philadelphia Guardian newspaper dated August 19, 1963, featuring the headline "Youth Hit By Train." Upon closer inspection, the article just below the headline and next to the picture of the youth reads that Dianne Feinstein is up 13 percentage points against her opponent in next month's election for the Democratic nomination for California's gubernatorial race. The date of the election: June 5.

Freeze-framing on the newspapers is always a hoot. There are a couple of howlers in Trilogy, I think - instead of the local murder, the article has to do with construction at LAX. Whoever had the thankless task of preparing the prop newspapers clearly didn't anticipate DVD technology revealing the fact that they only replaced headlines, not articles.

Al The Observer 11-05-2007 07:33 PM

That's hilarious. Poor prop paper preparers. (Say that three times fast! :p )

blue enigma 08-22-2013 10:18 PM

Just watched this one again last night. Not a favorite but I like it, and like isz I particularly love the addition of the Al backstory and Sam's concern about why Al was acting so strangely during the leap -- that's a great scene.

MichelleD 08-23-2013 12:20 AM

I liked this one as well; I thought Al's prayer for Sam was touching also. It was a bit unrealistic to have him running and driving a car so soon after being shot though. Head wounds, even superficial ones, are nasty. I've done medical transcription for almost 16 years and I've transcribed a few where people have had head injuries. :b

Sam Beckett Fan 08-23-2013 12:43 AM

Though I am no expert I too found the portrayal of the GSW to the head as a mere knee scrape not believable. His life or at least mental health should have been in jeopardy. Is it possible that perhaps the bullet had merely grazed across his skin? It was after all a sloppy shot since Tony could not see his target, not to mention was in a hurry to get the job done. The wound as seen in the end of the episode does look like a mere cut.

Regardless that gunshot and Al's prayer is my favorite part of the episode. The fact that Al did not hesitate for a second to turn to the God he doubted, even resented for Sam was amazing and shows how precious Sam is to him.

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Originally Posted by bluedana
Whoever had the thankless task of preparing the prop newspapers clearly didn't anticipate DVD technology revealing the fact that they only replaced headlines, not articles.

Certainly not, DVDs did not exist when this show was filmed.
I believe I shall start paying more attention to the newspapers in the show now haha.

blue enigma 08-23-2013 12:44 AM

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Originally Posted by MichelleD (Post 59995)
I liked this one as well; I thought Al's prayer for Sam was touching also. It was a bit unrealistic to have him running and driving a car so soon after being shot though. Head wounds, even superficial ones, are nasty. I've done medical transcription for almost 16 years and I've transcribed a few where people have had head injuries. :b

lol, definitely unrealistic but it's Hollywood. It's only a flesh wound.

I liked the scene with Al praying for Sam, too.

Sam Beckett Fan 08-25-2013 06:35 PM

Watching again now, it's even more obvious the wound was a scratch across the left side of his forehead. The bullet must have just grazed across the skin, it was an unaimed sloppy round of shots plus Sam had ducked just seconds before. So it seems to make sense, not that I am expert.

Donofrio_QLTD 09-02-2013 04:43 AM

This was an episode that kind of scared me (for lack of a better word) the first time I saw it when I was a teenager. I don't know why, exactly, but it did at the time. After watching it over and over again throughout the years, I may say the reason could be the atmosphere that was masterfully put together in the episode. The sadness, the human darkness, the hoplessness, and the way they were all crafted with an ambience of seriousness, intensity and suspense, even when there were a few little funny moments.

The music was great here, and it helped a lot. In my opinion, Velton Ray Bunch always made the best scores for Quantum Leap. Love Mike Post, too, but it was simply different. Velton's score suited these series better.

Loved the message on faith itself and on hope even when everything may seem so lost and so dark. Loved father Mack. He was one of my favorite characters from QL.

My rating: Excellent. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I loved it. Very well-written from start to finish.

Lightning McQueenie 08-31-2015 02:47 AM

I thought of something during my latest watch of this episode:

Father Mac admitted he didn't actually see the original robbery and shooting, and only pretended to because Sonny had been scared about coming forward (rightfully so). This means that without Tony's confession, there is no way he could be convicted for the murders. Tony only confessed to the murders of the shop clerk and Sonny because he was being held at gunpoint. Al tells us that Tony doesn't get put to death but does some hard time. Since a confession given under duress is not admissible in court, do you think he escaped the death penalty because he couldn't be convicted of the murders, only the attempted murder of Father Pistano (Sam)?

jg1981 10-02-2015 10:04 PM

I thought it was extremely cheesy when Al did that prayer.

And why didn't that train just hit the brakes? It was the most slow train I've seen in all my life!

Definitely a let down after the brilliant Leap Home episodes.

Lightning McQueenie 10-04-2015 11:32 PM

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Originally Posted by jg1981 (Post 61795)
I thought it was extremely cheesy when Al did that prayer.

And why didn't that train just hit the brakes? It was the most slow train I've seen in all my life!

Definitely a let down after the brilliant Leap Home episodes.

Hi jg1981, I do agree that the prayer was cheesy, but it was the sentiment behind the prayer which made it bearable and meaningful for me. Al was someone who wanted nothing to do with God, but cared more about his friend's wellbeing than his own hangups.

It's funny you mention that about the train - Tommy Thompson (the writer of the episode) told us in his interview for the Quantum Leap Podcast that for safety reasons they were not allowed to have the train go over 5mph while shooting. They had to do their best with the editing to make it look dangerous. It wasn't perfect but they did a pretty good job doing so :)

servo75 03-09-2016 10:43 PM

I thought the actor who played Tony was familiar - it was Fabricio from "Titanic" :)

But about the episode, something that confuses me. After the assassination attempt, Al tells Sam that he was really there to prevent Father Mack from killing Tony, but this couldn't be the original mission because originally it was Mack in the confessional and did get shot by Tony. So Sam changed history where Mack survived and went after Tony.

Lightning McQueenie 03-10-2016 07:22 AM

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Originally Posted by servo75 (Post 61984)
I thought the actor who played Tony was familiar - it was Fabricio from "Titanic" :)

But about the episode, something that confuses me. After the assassination attempt, Al tells Sam that he was really there to prevent Father Mack from killing Tony, but this couldn't be the original mission because originally it was Mack in the confessional and did get shot by Tony. So Sam changed history where Mack survived and went after Tony.

You just answered your own question. In the original history, Tony shot Father Mac in the Confessional and killed him. Sam changed that when he took over that job, and that is what caused Father Mac to want to get his revenge on Tony.

servo75 03-11-2016 01:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lightning McQueenie (Post 61987)
You just answered your own question. In the original history, Tony shot Father Mac in the Confessional and killed him. Sam changed that when he took over that job, and that is what caused Father Mac to want to get his revenge on Tony.

Yeah that's exactly what I thought. It's just that the way Al said it was like it was one of those "Oops, Ziggy goofed" moments, that Sam was REALLY there to prevent Tony's death.

MO 12-25-2017 01:54 AM

This was a well-done episode. All the characters were believable (yes, even the nit-picky first-pew ladies), and well-acted. I think the little guy who played Joey did a fantastic job. Also the actor who played Father Mack. You could see his hands shaking as he was doing the drinking scenes. Nice attention to detail.

I didn't like how Al seemed afraid to enter the church. Yes, I completely understand his anger over his father's death, and how he would be reluctant to ever have anything to do with his childhood faith (Roman Catholicism) again, but fear? The way he looks around with trepidation at his surroundings each time he's inside (or at the doorway of) the church? That seemed unrealistic to me. When a person stops believing the faith they were raised to believe, especially for a reason like Al's, I don't understand why there would be fear of coming into contact with symbols of that former faith. Irritation, yes. Anger, yes. Fear? No.

Though taking a knee and saying a prayer for Sam was touching. I liked the little bit at the end: "Thanks."

This episode still gets an Excellent from me.


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