"Sea Bride"

Leap Date:

June 3, 1954

Episode Adopted By: MikeKraken


As the ex-husband of a woman onboard a cruise liner, Sam must prevent her from marrying a man she does not truly love and in the process, make her choose him instead to ensure that he does not committ suicide and ruin both their lives.

Audio from this episode
Video from this episode: The Tango


Leap Date

Project Date
Name of the Person Leaped Into

Music Artists
Project Trivia
Sam Trivia
Al 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
Cast members who have passed away
Personal Review
Best Lines
Best Scenes
Say what? (things in the episode that make no sense)
Quotable Quotes




Sam leaps into Phillip, a man who was thought to be dead after three years of being missing. Phillip's wife, Catherine, the hieress to a shipping company, happens to be getting re-married on the ship tomorrow. Is Sam there to put Phillip and Catherine back together, or ensure that she marries her new fiancé?


On a cruise ship that starts out in the waters of New York City, New York, USA

::Name of the Person Leaped Into::

Phillip Dumont


A tango (also played during closing credits) during the dancing scene, plus the regular background music.

::Project Trivia::

Handlink: second version

::Sam Trivia::

We find out that Sam knows French, one of his seven modern languages, when he speaks to the lounge singer (who just speaks with a French accent for show).

::Al Trivia::

We discover that Al had "briefly" found true love and was married to that woman. This aspect of Al's life is later explored in "M.I.A.", the following episode. Also, Al gets extremely passionate about the fact that garbage is being dumped into the ocean, the first time we observe Al's environmentalist side.

::Miscellaneous Trivia::

The scene before we find out that Sam has disappeared, the public announcement system says, "Paging Mrs. Thatcher, Mrs. Margaret Thatcher." (Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 19??-19??.)

::Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode::

»First through third appearance: Light-grey matching suitcoat and pants; dark-grey dress shirt; thin, silver tie; small, black, triangular badge on the right lapel of his coat with a golden, twinkling symbol in the middle; watch with black band; cream belt with silver buckle; ring on right ring-finger. (with lit cigar) [arrives each time without Imaging Chamber Door, but leaves through it only the first time]
»Fourth appearance: Black suitcoat with pinstripes; rose shirt; black, thin tie; black pants; black belt with silver buckle; something silver on his left lapel. (with cigar) [arrives without ICD]


Deborah Pratt


Joe Napolitano


Deborah Pratt, Paul Brown, Jeff Gourson, Chris Ruppenthal, Harker Wade

::Broadcast Date::

May 2, 1990.

::Regular Cast::

Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell as Al Calavicci

::Guest Stars::

Beverly Leech as Catherine Farrington
John Hertzler as Weathers Farrington IV
James Harper as Vincent "Vinnie the Viper" Loggia
Patricia Harty as Marian Farrington
Juliet Sorcey as Jennifer Elizabeth Farrington
Tony Maggio as Tony
Louis Guss as Alfonso Loggia
Ralph Brunear as Head Steward
Kurt Knudson as Captain Sheffield
Kent Phillips - Phillip Dumont <i>[mirror]</i>
Rick Buché - Carlo Monte

::Guest Cast Notes (interesting things you've discovered about those who appeared in the episode)::

John Hertzler, credited as J.G. Hertzler, played General Martok on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" from 1995 to 1999.

Kent Phillips and Rick Buché are not in the IMDb.

::Personal Review::

This is one of the Quantum Leap episodes that sets the series into the "comedy" genre as well as "drama", "sci-fi", "action", etc.... Though subjected to a couple of perils in this episode, Sam manages to survive (with the help of Al) and achieve his objective of the leap. "Sea Bride" is definitely one of the more light-hearted episodes that mixes in just enough seriousness and edge-of-your-seat intensity that dignified this television series. I still cringe at the scene with the garbage every time!

::Best Line::

»Al: "Throw you a rope?! I can't throw you a rope! I'm a hologram!"

::Best Scene::

The best scene is when Sam and Catherine dance the tango after dinner. I find that it was a truly imaginative way of getting them to talk to each other, and reveals much of Catherine's feelings about the entire situation and the episode in general.

::Quotable Quotes::

»Al: "Unbutton her dress, Sam, sloooowly. I wish I could help!"

»Al: "This is 'Wuthering Heights'. This is 'Romeo and Juliet'. We're talking true love here."

»Sam: "Oh, come on, Al. People don't jump off a ship for unrequited love."
Al: "No, but for for true love."
Sam: "True love?"
Al: "Yeah! I mean, it only happens once in a lifetime, and, and you have to be lucky."
Sam: "Well, how would you know? I'm - that's not fair, that's not fair, I'm sorry. I'm sure, I mean, given the sure volume of attempts that you had to luck out once."
Al: "Yeah, all right, I had good odds, and and yes, for one brief moment, it happened to me."
Sam: "What, did you forget to get her number?"
Al: "No, I got married."
Sam: "Well, if she was so perfect, why aren't you still married?"
Al: "That's not important. What's important is that you help these lovebirds."

»Vinnie: "That little waltz there just cost you your life."
Sam: "Tango."
Vinnie: "Outside."

»Sam: "He's a convicted felon."
Al: "Three times!"
Sam: "Three times convicted!"
Captain: "You certain?"
Al: "The New York police have his record."
Sam: "The New York police can fax you his criminal record."
Captain: "Fax?"

»Sam: "Swimming?"
Al: "Swimming! Flopping around in the water, making <i>droughts</i> (unaudible), going circles, glub glub."

»Al: "Do you realise that by the year 2000 there's gonna be 18 billion tons of waste polluting the waters of this planet? And that's not including China!"


Theme by - Mike Post
Music by - Velton Ray Bunch
Supervising Producer - Deborah Pratt
Co-Producers - Paul Brown, Jeff Gourson, Chris Ruppenthal
Produced by - Harker Wade
Written by - Deborah Pratt
Directed by - Joe Napolitano

Associate Producer - David Bellisario
Story Editor - Randy Holland, Tommy Thompson
Director of Photography - Michael Watkins

Production Designer - Cameron Birnie
Edited by - Alan Shefland
Unit Production Manager - Ron Grow
First Assistant Director - Paul Sirmons
Second Assistant Director - Rob Mendel

Casting by - Ellen Lubin Sanitsky
Set Decorator - Robert L. Zilliox
Costume Designer - Jean-Pierre Dorleac
Costume Supervisors - David Rawley, Donna Roberts-Orme
Sound Mixer - Mark Hopkins McNabb
Stunt Co-ordinator - Diamond Farnsworth
Panaflex® Camera and Lenses by PANAVISION®
Supervising Sound Editor - Paul Clay
Music Editor - Tom Gleason
Choreography - Bobby Duncan

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Country of first publication: United States of Amercia. Univeral City Studios, Inc. is the author of this motion picture for purposes of the Berne Convention and all national laws giving effect thereto.

Copyright © 1990 by Universal City Studios, Inc. All rights reserved.

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

It is easy to fall in love aboard a cruise ship or while on a luxury yacht charter vacation. Sailing can be very romantic when you're with a person you love. Luxury yacht charters may be too expensive for most people, but just about anyone can afford a cruise vacation.

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