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View Poll Results: One Strobe Over the Line
Excellent 1 4.55%
Good 10 45.45%
Average 9 40.91%
Fair 2 9.09%
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Old 02-18-2003, 12:52 PM   #1
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Default 304 One Strobe Over the Line

One Strobe Over the Line
June 15, 1965

New York City, New York

As a high-fashion photographer, Sam leaps in to keep a model from overdosing on a combination of pills and alcohol.

Written by: Chris Ruppenthal
Directed by: Michael Zinberg

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Old 01-28-2004, 09:14 PM   #2
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In my opinion, this is your average Quantum Leap episode. There is nothing especially great about One Strobe Over The Line. Sam did, however do his usual by righting a wrong or two and touch a few lives.

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Old 10-05-2005, 10:44 PM   #3
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yes, this was an average episode. I still like it, just because it's Quantum Leap.
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Old 02-03-2006, 06:11 PM   #4
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yes it was an adverage episode but i loved how Sam handled Edie though the whole thing especially the night scene when he had to wrestle her to the ground for the pills she snuck.

oh and it was funny how Al was all offended when Sam told Edie that he was his dog.

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Old 02-03-2006, 06:17 PM   #5
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Yeah, this ep isn't all that great, but it's not bad either (then again, is there a bad one?). I agree, the night scene where she goes looking for the pills is a good one, and I love the whole bit where Sam has a "cousin in Elk Ridge named Sam" bit. And all the cats...i'm a cat person, lol.

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Old 07-20-2007, 05:17 PM   #6
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I would say this episode was good ,not Average. I liked this episode pretty much. I think Chris Ruppenthal gave us a simple story,but he wrote it in a very interesting and touching way.
However i thought ,that the actress that played Edie didn't do a very good job- in one scene she was good and in another scene she was really disappointing. BTW she looked much better when they didn't put so much make up on her face.
And about the scene before the scene sam's leaps out(When everone left Helen)...Chris could spare us this scene,in my opinion.
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:24 PM   #7
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Not my all time favorite episode, but a good one. The scene where Edie and Sam are wrestling for the pills definitely adds some spice to the story. :-) It's admirable how Sam doesn't take advantage of the situation.
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:07 AM   #8
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Very good episode that most of the time relied on suspenseful drama. Very well-written. I never thought that the actress who played Edie was so bad, in fact she portrays one of my favorite characters. It's very understandable for her to be switching from one mood to another all the time because of all the stress and the pills, etc. Hellen was was a bit two-dimensional and never liked her, anyway, but, for some reason, I liked the character of Byron a lot.

My favorite part: When Sam's walking Edie back and forth and also talking to her so she can't pass out. He tells her about his best friend in the farm, a dog named Al.

A scene that proves Chris is great at writing suspense: Of course the one where Sam tries to take the pills away from Edie. Another one: When Sam has the confrontation with Hellen the first time while they're still at the restaurant.

By the way, all those cats were very annoying. An "ohg" moment. A sort of a cliched move from Chris' screenplay just to get his point across that Edie was so alone in life.

My rating: Good.
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Old 10-06-2015, 04:16 AM   #9
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Did anyone else think that the scene towards the beginning with Sam talking to Edie at her home felt like it went far too long. Yes, it served its purpose of establishing Edie as being lonely and far from home, Sam feeling awkward around such a pretty woman, and letting Edie share her dreams; but it really feels like they were just trying to fill out the episode. I don't know how I would do it otherwise, as everything that was revealed was important for the rest of the episode, but I just find scenes with long stretches of dialogue to be lazy writing. The whole stuff with the lion also felt like it was just there to add a bit of drama, but did not really add anything to the story.

However, this is no fault of the actress - Marjorie Monaghan was brilliant when she had to act like she was going through withdrawals, a very difficult sensation to pull off on screen. It was her acting, and the theme of drug abuse which made me vote Good.
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Old 12-25-2017, 01:36 AM   #10
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I liked all the cats (even the lion), but I'm a cat person. And that leads me to one unanswered question: What happened to Edie's cats? She just flies away to Indiana and abandons them all?

The actress who played Edie did a wonderful job playing the withdrawals, and actually if you watch closely enough, she did well playing someone *on* the drugs, as well.

I rate this episode as Good.
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