"Temptation Eyes"

Leap Date:

February 1, 1985

Episode Adopted by: Eleiece <aka> Sherdran
Additional info provided by: Carly Iappini


A rash of serial murders is taking place in San Francisco and Sam has become a television reporter who must prevent the psychic who is helping the police from becoming the next victim! But when she discovers who Sam really is, they fall for each other and the ordeal becomes very personal.


Audio from this episode


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




Place: San Francisco, California

Leap Date/Day: February 1, 1985/Friday

Original Broadcast Date/Day: January 22, 1992/Wednesday

Writer: Paul Brown

Director: Christopher Hibler


Supervising - Harker Wade (also Dillon Powell in the mirror reflection)
Co-Executive - Deborah Pratt and Michael Zinberg
Producer(s) - Jeff Gourson, Tommy Thompson, Chris Ruppenthal, and Paul Brown.

Name of the Person Leaped Into:   Dylan Powell

Songs / Music by:

Velton Ray Bunch

Song: "I Want To Know What Love Is" by Foreigner

(Note: Ever since this song was used in this episode of QL, every time since when I hear it, without fail, I remember the beautiful montage of Sam & Tamlyn together. So, romantic that I am, I decided to find the lyrics to this song.)


"I Want To Know What Love Is"

I gotta take a little time, a little time to think things over
I better read between the lines, in case I need it when I'm older

Now this mountain I must climb, feels like the world upon my shoulders
Through the clouds I see love shine, it keeps me warm as life grows colder

In my life there's been heartache and pain
I don't know if I can face it again
Can't stop now, I've traveled so far, to change this lonely life

I want to know what love is, I want you to show me
I want to feel what love is, I know you can show me

I'm gonna take a little time, a little time to look around me
I've got nowhere left to hide, it looks like love has finally found me

In my life there's been heartache and pain
I don't know if I can face it again
Can't stop now, I've traveled so far, to change this lonely life

I want to know what love is, I want you to show me
I want to feel what love is, I know you can show me
I want to know what love is, I want you to show me
(And I wanna feel) I want to feel what love is
(And I know) I know you can show me

Let's talk about love - I want to know what love is
The love that you feel inside - I want you to show me
And I'm feeling so much love - I want to feel what love is
No, you just can't hide - I know you can show me
I want to know what love is (let's talk about love), I know you can show me
I wanna feel it too - I want to feel what love is
I wanna feel it too, and I know and I know - I know you can show me
Show me love is real, yeah - I want to know what love is...


Sam Trivia:

Sam recalls reading somewhere that psychics can foresee the deaths of others but not their own.

Miscellaneous Trivia:


Ostensibly, Tamlyn is killed on Valentine's Day 1985 during a full moon. In fact, in 1985 the full moon was on February 5th. On February 14, 1985, the moon was actually closer to the 'last quarter' phase (which occurred on February, 12, 1985)


Tamlyn's apartment number was 214, which is also Valentine's day (the day she dies).


Al carried a cigar throughout this episode.


In the scene between Al and Sam at the TV station just after Tamlyn goes into the washroom, specifically when the camera is on Al, there's a poster on the wall behind him. The poster is a picture of a young James Dean, probably done around the time that he was in the movie, "Giant". In reality, Dean Stockwell was close to James Dean in age. And after James Dean's tragic death in 1955, some in Hollywood commented that, "He (Stockwell) could be the next James Dean."


The TV station that Dillon Powell and Ross Tyler worked for was KSFW, Channel 12.


In this episode Al used the multi-colored 'candy cube' handlink.


Sam's favorite tea - orange spice - is mentioned. It is mentioned in several other episodes, too.

Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode:

(1) White leisure suit, very dark-green (I think) print shirt, narrow, silvery-gray tie, white shoes.

(2) Slate blue shirt, a dark-red/dark-yellow/orange patterned vest, dark trousers (that's a guess, since the shot of Dean is only from the waist up); also, a yummy yellow fedora with a wide black band.

(3) Gray casual slacks, dark-gray shirt, dark-striped tie, a dark purple suede and leather jacket. The lapels, cuffs and back of the jacket are a dark, grayish-silvery color and dark shoes. He also wore a ring on his right hand, probably his Annapolis ring.

Sam's Outfits Worn in the Episode:

(1) Black overcoat; gray suit coat and dark pants, white shirt, dark tie and shoes.

(2) Dark suit, white shirt, wide, dark-blue tie, dark shoes.

(3) Dark pants and white shirt

(4) Boxer shorts - white with 'little hearts and little bearsies' on them.

(5) Dark suit, white shirt, socks, black shoes, and a narrow-band, gold watch on left wrist.

Regular Cast:
Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett and Dean Stockwell as Al Calavicci.


JAMES HANDY (Ross Tyler):

Film credits:

Ash Wednesday (2002)
15 Minutes (2001)
K-911 (1999)
Gang Related (1997)
Jumanji (1995)
Arachnophobia (1990)
Guarding Tess (1994)
Point of No Return (1993)
The Rocketeer (1991)
Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986)

Starring Roles:

All My Children (1970)

Mr. Handy's Guest Starring Roles include:

The Dead Zone (2003)
Without a Trace (2002)
The West Wing (2000 - 2001)
ER (1999)
Promised Land (1997)
The Pretender (1996)
Melrose Place (1992 - 1995)
NYPD Blue (1993 - 1995)
Picket Fences (1994)
The George Carlin Show (1994)
Wings (1992)
Equal Justice (1991)
Hard Time on Planet Earth (1989)

KENT WILLIAMS (Detective Max Collins):

Starring Roles:

Yu Yu Hakusho (2002) (voice)
Dragonball Z (2000) (voice)
Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer (1984)

TV Guest Starring Roles:

Law & Order (1997)
Nowhere Man (1995)
Murder, She Wrote (1995)
Touched by an Angel (1994)
Hill Street Blues (1981)

Some of Mr. Williams Film/TV Movie credits:

Come Die with Me: A Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Mystery (1994)
Barbarians at the Gate (1993)
Rubdown (1993)
The Return of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer (1986)
Murder: By Reason of Insanity (1985)
WarGames (1983)
Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)
Act of Love (1980)
Heart Beat (1980)
The In-Laws (1979)
Time After Time (1979)
The Homecoming - a Christmas Story (1971)

TAMILYN TOMITA (Tamlyn Matsuda):

Film credits:

The Day After Tomorrow (2003)
Robot Stories (2002)
Walking Shadow (2001)
Runaway Virus (2000)
Life Tastes Good (1999)
Living Out Loud (1998)
hundred percent (1997)
The Killing Jar (1996)
Four Rooms (1995)
Picture Bride (1994)
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Come See the Paradise (1990)
Vietnam Texas (1990)
The Karate Kid Part II (1986)

Short films:

Notes On A Scale (1994)

TV Movie credits:

To Heal the Nation (1988)
Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes (1990)
Hiroshima Maiden (1988)

Guest Starring/Recurring Guest Starring Roles:

J.A.G. (2002)
24 (2002)
The Sentinel (1997)
Chicago Hope (1996)
Sisters # (1995)
Vanishing Son (1995)
Highlander (1994)
One West Waikiki (1994)
Vanishing Son II & IV (1994)
Babylon 5 (1993)
Raven (1992)
The Trials of Rosie O'Neill (1990)
Santa Barbara (1984)

ROB La BELLE (Tony Beche):

Crew Credits:

First Wave (1998) Director

Starring Roles:

First Wave (1998)
Amazing Live Sea-Monkeys (1992)

Guest Starring Roles:

Smallville (2003)
The Dead Zone (2003)
Just Cause (2002)
Monk (2002)
Dark Angel (2001)
Star Trek: Voyager (1995, 1996 & 2001)
Sliders (1999)
The John Larroquette Show (1996)
NYPD Blue (1996)
Murphy Brown (1993)
The X-Files (1993)
Danger Theatre (1993)
Married ... with Children (1993)
Sirens (1993)

HARKER WADE (Dylan Powell/mirror reflection):

Crew Credits:

Cover Up - Producer
L.A. Firefighters - Producer (#7-13)
McCloud - Unit Production Manager
Quantum Leap - Supervising Producer
Quincy, M.E. - Unit Production Manager
seaQuest DSV - Co-Producer (Season 3)
The Highwayman - Producer
The Highwayman - Line Producer
The Visitor - Unit Production Manager
The Visitor - Co-Producer
Knight Rider - Producer
Battlestar Galactica - Unit Production Manager

TV Guest Starring Roles:

Quantum Leap (1992)

Guest Cast Notes:

Tamilyn Tomita was Mistress of Ceremonies at the Nisei Week Coronation on July 29, 2000 in Little Tokyo, an area of Downtown Los Angeles, California. The Nisei Week Japanese Festival is Southern California's largest and longest running ethnic festival.


As far as I could discover, this episode of QL is Harker Wade's only acting credit. His name appears most frequent in the credits as producer, co-exec/exec producer, or supervising producer.

Personal Review:

"Temptation Eyes" has been one of my favorite romantic episodes of Quantum Leap since the first time it aired. From the moment that Tamlyn put it into words ..."An intense emotion like ...love....", I've never had the slightest doubt that what Sam felt for her, what she felt for him, was love.

It just goes to show that love knows no boundaries, that it is unthwarted, undaunted by such things as distance, politics, beliefs, or age. Love, as "Temptation Eyes" encourages us to believe, can even reach across time to draw two people together. And how long it takes the people involved to recognize it, isn't pigeonholed either.

Love can spring into being at the moment those two people first really look into each other's eyes. And even if their time together is as brief as two weeks, two days or even two hours (from the episode 'Hurricane': Sam to Cissy: "If it was the right someone, I'd marry them after a couple of hours."), real love leaves an indelible mark on the hearts involved. And every time I watch the ending of "Temptation Eyes", I know that whether or not Sam ever remembers Tamlyn, his heart will remember.

The ending of Temptation Eyes" also makes it one of my 4 favorite 'bittersweet' episodes (the others being M.I.A., the 3rd part of the trilogy, and Mirror Image). When Tamlyn completes Al's comment that, "...it's time to go," coupled with Sam's expression when he hugs her, you can see how hard it is for him to leave her, though he has no choice. How he wishes he didn't have to leave her; that if GTFW were to leave him with Tamlyn, he'd never regret it...I get misty-eyed every time.

To sum up, when you love someone, you have to, " ...love like it's never going to hurt." Their time together was short but that's what Sam and Tamlyn did...gave all they had to each other and loved like it would never hurt.

Best Line(s):

Al/Sam/Al: Al: "You can still get outta this." / Sam: "How?" / Al: "Lie. Works for me."


Tamlyn: "Let's just think of this as a little vacation."

Al: "I'm not gonna stick around here and watch you two do...whatever it is you're gonna do."

Best Scene:

Is there any doubt? It's a combination of the beautiful montage accompanied by the Foreigner song "I Want To Know What Love Is".

Running a hard, close second for Best scene, is the 'boxer shorts' scene in Tamlyn's bedroom:


[Sam's lounging in bed when Al appears.]

Al: "Well golly, Sam. I was gonna ask you how things are going, but...(he chuckles)... it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that you're very comfortable here, and..."

[Sam throws the covers back and sits up on the side of the bed, revealing that he's wearing...]

Al: "Boxer shorts? You're wearing boxer shorts...in bed?"

Sam: "No...I...."

[Sam gets up and goes to confront Al.]

Al: "Oh, it's with little hearts and little bearsies on 'em. Isn't that cute?"

Sam: "They were a gift, okay?"

Al: "Well, Happy Valentine's Day."

Sam: "You had to remind me."

Al: "I'm sorry. Hey...sorry. But you can't stay here, Sam."

[Sam turns away as if looking for Tamlyn then turns back to Al.]

Sam: "Did you find the killer?"

Al: "No, Ziggy doesn't have anything on this weasel, Tony Beche."

[Tamlyn, wearing a light blue robe, enters and goes to Sam.]

Tamlyn: "Ooh. Do you feel a chill in here?"

[Sam slides a glance at Al. Al rolls his eyes.]

Sam: "Uh..."

Al: "Alright, Sam. Go on. Have your fun. But you can't stay here."

Sam, answering both Al and Tamlyn: "Yes, I can."

Tamlyn, seductively: "Well we can fix that."

Al: "No, you can't. Have you thought about the guy you leaped into? Dillon? Huh? Would you leave him in the Waiting Room forever? Would you?"

[He notices how the couple is embracing then gives Tamlyn the once over.]

Al: "Maybe you would. Maybe I would, too." [He turns away.]

[Sam's conscience, pricked by Al's comments, causes him to break the embrace.]

Sam: "Tamlyn...I don't know how much longer I'm gonna be here."

Tamlyn: "I don't either."

Sam: "I could leap at any time."

Tamlyn: "I know. So let's just think of this as a little vacation."

[She leads him to the bed. Sam kisses her as she sits down on the bed. Al, hearing her comment, turns back to the couple.]

Al: "Huh? A little... Now...where are you going with her? Little vacation? What's she doin' getting' onto the bed? Hey..."

[Sam sinks to his knees before Tamlyn, pulling her into his arms.]

Al: "I'm history." [He punches a button on the handlink and pops out. He reappears almost instantly, startling Sam.]

Al: "Sam!"

Tamlyn: "What is it?"

Al: "Sam, Ziggy found the guy!"

Sam: "Uh...Tony Beche?"

Al: "Yeah?"

Tamlyn: "The one who killed the girl?"

Al: "Yeah. Now get up and get dressed. Come on. Let's go."

Sam: "Yeah. I gotta go."

Tamlyn: "Sam, why?"

[Sam stands up and moves away from her; he starts to dress.]

Sam: I....uh... I know where he is."

Al: "He's hiding in a little motel called The Foghorn."

Sam: "The Foghorn?"

Al: "Yeah."

Tamlyn: "On California?"

Al: "Yeah. It's about fifteen blocks from here."

Sam: "Call the police and tell them where I'm going."

Tamlyn: "You might get hurt."

Sam: "No, I'll be okay. Look, you just stay here, wait for me and lock the door."

Tamlyn: "No!"

Sam: "I'll be okay." [He hesitates a moment, looking into her eyes.]

Al: "Sam! Go!"

[Sam steps into his shoes and runs out of the room. Al looks after him.]

Al: "Good Lord!"


Honorable mention scenes:

(1) The scene where Tamlyn first senses Al's presence, causing him to beat a hasty retreat; and,

(2) The scene where Tamlyn has first seen Sam for who he is and Al warns Sam about not telling her the truth about himself.

Quotable Quotes: *See 'Best Lines'.

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