|Sam has leapt into Noah
Ellman, a young man who has gone through a divorce and is getting back on his feet. Sam isnt really there to help Noah though. He is there to help Noahs mother, Gerda,
who is going to dance on the You Can Be a Star talent search with a young man
she calls Marty, who turns out to be someone Sam knows.
On this leap, he also discovers Rebecca Wexler, the young vocal coach his host has
just started working for, needs help so he has that to deal with making things right for
Name of Person Leaped
Gooshie is taking some personal time.
Ziggy decides to go on strike.
We get a glimpse of Sams dancing ability. He
remembers playing at Carnegie Hall and remembers bits about his family.
Al likes kugel (a Jewish casserole or pudding usually made from egg noodles or potatoes,
although it can be prepared using other ingredients).
We hear a bit about Als ex-wife, Ruthie.
Al is familiar with Brooklyn, New York.
Al likes Las Vegas.
He has a Ferrari.
He wears red shoes and a scarlet fedora.
We get a glimpse into Gooshies college days before he started working on the
project. The Americanization of Machiko and
A Hunting We Will Go are mentioned. Nicole
from Catch A Falling Star is mentioned.
September 25, 1978
Sam, Al, Ziggy.
At the Project: Gooshie, Tina, Donna and
Beeks. During the Leap: Gerda Ellman, Marty (who turns out to be someone
important to the Project) and Rebecca Wexler.
Guest character notes
Gerda Ellman is a talented dancer and singer who is supposed to compete in the So
You Want To Be a Star talent search-That is, if her partner, Marty, shows up. Rebecca Wexler is a young woman who is dealing
with some personal trauma, and Sam can see almost right away she needs help.
Characters who appeared
in QL TV episodes
The only guest character in the leap that appeared in the T.V. episodes is Gooshie, AKA
Marty. Supporting characters at the Project
(Tina, Gooshie, Donna and Beeks) are mentioned in several episodes and seen in The Leap
Back, Genesis, Star Crossed and Shock Theater.
This is a well-written, entertaining story that explores the past of someone who only had
a supporting role on the show-Gooshie. The
author has a good understanding of the characters. I
really liked having more information on someone we only saw in a few episodes, and the
plot is believable and engaging. Whod
have thought Gooshie was a good dancer? I liked the way the author raises the question of
whether changing the past of someone connected with the Project for the better might
change the Project for the worse. Fortunately things turn out the way they are supposed
(Al realizing where he is after finding Gooshie): This
is a bordello! Gooshies holed up in a
The best scene has to be when Al tracks Gooshie to the
house of sin. Gooshie being at a bordello was pretty
hilarious and it was classic Al. Gooshie
being able to see Al at the club during the leap is a riot. The idea of Ziggy going on strike and the
dialogue between Al and Ziggy was funny too.
I was a little puzzled about the state of Gerda and Gooshies
relationship at the end. They were obviously
still together, but did they get married? Were they boyfriend and
girlfriend? It wasnt a big deal; I
dont think a novel necessarily has to answer every question, but I wasnt real
clear on that.
(At the Club Air)
Al: Gooshman, this
is your conscience
.Im not hanging around here for my health.
(After Ziggy confirms Rebecca needs Sams help)
Sam: Sometimes Im right.
Al: Yeah, sometimes
you sure as hell are.
Al: Ziggy, one of your oars is not in the boat.
There arent any notes other than acknowledgments; there isnt any information
about at what point in the T.V. series this leap happened.
A Hunting We Will Go is mentioned so it is after that leap.
Info about author
Mindy has a twitter account, @Mindy_Peterman, and writes articles for digitaljournal.com,
Blogcritics.org and The Morton Report.