"The Lonely Hearts Club"


Leap Date: April 4, 2000




Synopsis:

Ben leaps into the body of an ambitious Hollywood assistant whose famous client, Neal Russell, is in danger. As Ben realizes that Neal's circumstances may shed light on his own, his working relationship with Addison reaches an inflection point.

Audio from this episode:
Life is meant to be lived.
Hologram fade-in SFX
Project computer SFX
I waited.
A one-way trip?


 

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TV Guide Synopsis:
Ben leaps into the body of an ambitious Hollywood assistant whose famous client, Neal Russell, is in danger. As Ben realizes that Neal's circumstances may shed light on his own, his working relationship with Addison reaches an inflection point.




Broadcast Date:
Wednesday, October 25, 2023  |  8pm on NBC




Leap Date:
April 4, 2000





Leap Location:
Los Angeles, California




Name of Leapee:
Summer Walsh





Detailed Synopsis:

We open directly into the Leap with no saga sell or "previously on" segment. Ben is faced with Neal Russell, a former TV and movie celebrity rehearsing lines for an upcoming production. He has Leaped into Summer Walsh, Neal's agency assistant, and they are walking through the Universal Studios back lot near Stage 24. Ben recognizes Neal as a celebrity he and Addison admire from various productions. Neal notices that Ben talks about his "ex" liking his shows and says that he has shared the experience of lost loves as well. Neal tells Ben that life is meant to be lived.



At Project Quantum Leap Headquarters, things are getting back into full swing with many staff bustling around. Magic introduces Tom Westfall to them. Tom makes a short speech about how he is overseeing the project for the government and wants to make sure Quantum Leap is never shut down again. After his introduction to the staff, Tom asks Ian privately to talk him through some periodic energy spikes he sees in a report. Ian explains that the spikes happen when they search for Ben and lock on to him, it takes an enormous amount of energy. Tom asks Ian to look into why the spikes are much higher than three years ago, in the "Las Vegas" range of expense. Ian seems surprised and concerned as he looks at the data.

Addison arrives as Neal talks to someone on the phone about being in ton to appear on The Tonight Show later in the day. Ben tells her it's very cool to hear his stories about the first season of a show they both enjoyed called Awful Good Together. Addison smiles and says she wants a full debrief on it after they discuss the Leap. Addison tells him that it's April 4, 2000 and Ben remembers that this is the day Neal disappeared. In the original timeline, Neal was scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show, but he canceled last-minute and his boat on course for Catalina (presumably Santa Catalina Island near Los Angeles) was found adrift the next day, and a week later his body washed up on shore. Ziggy predicts Ben is there to get Neal to The Tonight Show. Ben thinks there has to be more to it than that. Ben gives Neal some of his old mail which includes wedding invitations from his ex, Laura Evans and several pieces of returned mail from someone named C.R. Lambert. Neal gets a hurt look on his face and says he needs an espresso and gets up to head over to the nearby coffee shop. Moments later, Ben and Addison go to look for Neal and Ben realizes "he's in the wind." Ben and Addison realize that one of the letters e received was a wedding invitation from his ex wife, Laura, and they rush to find him at the address on the opened envelope.

At PQL, Tom is concerned that he may have blindsided the staff with his speech earlier. Addison realizes that Tom has been watching the Leap. She asks Tom what he thinks about his first Leap. Tom asks, "...or what do I think of Ben?" He says he hasn't seen enough to have an opinion. "His hologram though, she is smart, resourceful, attractive. To be honest it's hard not to stare at her the entire time." Ian pours over reports, very concerned, and makes a phone call saying "Hi, Honey" asking the person on the other end to meet them for lunch.

Ben and Addison talk about a movie featuring Neal and it feels like old times until Ben remembers that they aren't together anymore and it becomes awkward for them both. Addison changes the subject and tells Ben the reason he has to get Neal to The Tonight Show is because his stardom was fading. Neal had sold his mansion and had moved quietly back to the East Coast. That's why Neal was in town just visiting. Addison also tells Ben that C.R. Lambert was an up and coming publicist that didn't seem interested in promoting Neal's career. Addison says if they get Neal to Leno that day, Neal's memoir book becomes a hit and he gets cast in a big movie.

Ben and Addison hear shouting nearby and see that it's Neal and Laura, with her fiancée, Michael, running off to call the police. Neal begs Laura to give him another chance. Ben realizes that she is about to marry her co-star on the show they liked. Michael returns quickly with a Samurai sword threatening Neal! Laura demands Neal to leave after Ben breaks up the attack.

As they walk away from Laura's home, Neal says to tell Leno he sends his regrets and that he's going sailing. Ben says "No! You can't do that" and explains that Laura obviously still loves him. Addison looks very skeptical and so does Neal. Ben suggests that Neal go on the show and then declare his undying love for Laura. Neal says it's a terrible idea but that Laura does like tender, romantic gestures. Addison begs Ben to stay on mission, but he ignores her. He is obviously using his own situation with Addison to motivate a reunion between Neal and Laura.

Ian meets Rachel, their former love interest from last season, at a sushi restaurant. They are living together now. Ian explains that they found something very wrong with the Quantum processing chip that Rachel's boss built for them. She says that the deal with the chip was between her boss and Ian. She says that Ian needed her boss to make the most powerful chip on Earth, she introduced them to her boss and that was the extent of her involvement. Ian informs her that the chip is transmitting Ziggy's code out of HQ, presumably to her boss. She says that the most her boss can get is the A.I. unless they find Ben. Rachel realizes from Ian's face that they have found Ben and gets upset that Ian didn't tell her. Ian apologizes but she tells them that they are always sorry.

In the car on the way to pick up tulips for Laura, Ben and Neal discuss mistakes in love with Addison observing from the back seat. Ben uses an example of not listening to Addison about getting a bounty hunter together with her husband as a success and Addison says it wasn't a mistake... it just wasn't the mission. She says "This... is a mistake," referring to Neal trying to get back together with Laura. Addison checks with Ziggy and tells Ben that Laura and Michael are still married 20 years later. Ben asks Neal how he knows he is doing the right thing. Neal replies that he feels like he lost his other half, drifting through life, lost. He asks Ben if that makes any sense and Ben replies, "More than you know" as this mirrors his current relationship with Addison. Ben looks back for Addison and sees that she has gone without saying anything. Ben tells Neal he's doing the right thing by fighting for love, also convincing himself of the same thing. Neal directs Ben to the House of Wax at Universal Studios and says he wants to steal his tuxedo he wore when he married Laura on the show and in real life.

Addison and Tom speak about how Tom was in D.C. during the last Leap and missed how rough it was, She tells him that at least Ben acted on behalf of the Leap last time, but this time... he's acting out on his own agenda of winning back the woman that he lost through Neal. Addison worries that Ben will get stuck in the year 2000. Tom says Ben has a pretty good track record of knowing what to do. As long as he gets Neal to The Tonight Show, he still has a chance, no matter how he does it. Tom says, "Let him lead. He's earned it. Trust him. And trust that, if he has really lost the plot, you'll know what to do."

Magic has brought copies of Neal's book "Awful Good" for the team to look through to find clues to help Ben. Ian thinks they could just have Ziggy read it for them. Magic says when it comes to memoirs, "sometimes you have to read between the lines."

At the House of Wax, Ben and Neal find the tuxedo on a wax figure, but are caught by police. Ben convinces the officer to let them off by offering Neal to appear for his children since Neal had acted in some kids movies and even one they had recently rented, according to Ziggy. The officer says "You still got the costume?"

Jenn confronts Ian. She knows something is wrong and tells him that he will have either to tell her or everyone. He tells her they've had a security breach with the new chip. He tells her the chip transmits data every time Ben Leaps. Jenn says so we either let it keep happening or pull the chip and lose Ben again forever? Ian says he hopes there is a better third option. She suggests they build a firewall to buy some time while they figure it out.

Tom finds something in Neal's book about a prior relationship with Patricia Bradford. They fell in love on Broadway thirty years ago and split up after five years. She then married a man named Clyde Lambert. Ian and Jenn recognize Lambert from the returned letters Ben gave to Neal earlier. Magic says it must be Caroline Lambert, Patricia's daughter who had just turned 30 years old. They surmise that Caroline is Neal's daughter.

Addison informs Ben of Neal's daughter that he never publicly acknowledged. Addison says the Leap is about Neal's daughter. Ben shakes it off and says no, it's about Laura. They argue briefly as Ben wants to save a lost love, and Addison taking the sensible path. They realize that Neal named his boat after his daughter, "Sweet Caroline." Addison says they were lucky Tom put 2 and 2 together. Ben asks if Tom is a new guy in the office. Her face says there is more. He asks, "Addison, is he your boyfriend?" She doesn't know how to answer and Ben asks if he's helping with the Leap. Addison tells him he's one of the ones that helped get the Project going again so that they could find him. Ben realizes that Tom works there. He is disturbed that Tom has been watching the Leap. Tom and the team watch them talking on screen. Ben asks, "Is that why you're not on board with helping get Laura back? Because you're worried I'll do the same when I get home?" She says her only concern is to get him home, not what happens after. She says she knows he needs time to process everything.
Ben says hurt and angrily: "I jumped through time and space to save you, and you couldn't wait three years? I would have waited forever for you, Addison. I would have never stopped looking." Addison, holding back anguish and tears, replies, "It is easy to say that you would wait, when you were not the one who had to wait. When you were the one who left, and not the one who got left behind! Do you know what I did when I found out they were going to shut Quantum Leap down? I tried to jump in the Accelerator, hoping that it would send me to you. Yeah, I did that. You know what else I did? I gave a eulogy at your funeral. So do not tell me how hard it is Ben for you, because I waited. I grieved. And then I buried you along with the life that we were supposed to have together. A life that you left me in... alone." Neal comes over and says they need to leave because people are seeing a crazy woman (him) yelling about space and time. They walk away as Addison stands in tears.



Ian checks in on Addison. She says she was afraid this would happen with Ben. Ian confides that they kept something important from Rachel, and wasn't ready to deal with it. Addison says maybe Ben just isn't ready to deal with it.

Ben and Neal attempt to win back Laura. Ben is sure that Laura will love him again after getting the flowers and the grand gesture. Laura asks if Neal is okay. She says he seems so lost right now. Ben, surprised by her reaction, listens as he realizes he feels the same way about Addison. She says "We loved each other once, but that was years ago. And I am not that woman anymore and you are not that man, no matter how much you wish you could be. It's time to let go. It's time to move on. I can't make your dream come true. You have to find a new dream."



Ben turns to Addison as Laura walks away. He says "I'm sorry. I should have listened." Addison says it's okay. He asks if Addison can forgive him. She says there is nothing to forgive. Neal, thinking Ben is speaking to him, says "It's not your fault, Summer." Neal says he is going sailing and walks away.

Tom tells Magic that he feels powerless even though it's a time travel program and mentions his wife who died. He asks Magic, "First Sam Beckett, now Ben Song... in both cases our assumption was something went wrong. That if we can fix it one, or both, could come home. But what if the engine of Quantum Leap is sacrifice? What is sacrifice is the price we have to pay for change? For 30 years we assumed the technology was broken. But what if it has to be a one-way trip?" Magic answers, "I don't think that'll stop people from Leaping. I think some will go even if that's the cost. There's something deep down inside of us that strives to do better." Tom agrees, "Then that's what we need to show the folks in Washington."

Ben, Neal and Addison arrive at Neal's daughter's house. Neal is surprised and anxious and tells Ben that she doesn't want to see him. "What if she slams the door in my face?" He cries. Ben, referring to Addison, says he has a friend who has a complicated relationship with her father. "She told me that seeing him in person changed her life." He tells Neal, "Give her a chance to be angry. Give her a chance to cry." Neal goes to the door and we see him and his daughter embrace. Addison tells Ben that Neal makes it to Leno. His daughter drives him there. He tells the story of their adventure and it completely revives his career. He has a granddaughter and "now we have seven new Neal Russell movies to watch." She laughs. Ben says "We?" Addison apologizes. Ben says no, that's okay. "These last two Leaps have been brutal. I ignored you. I snapped at you. I yelled at you, Addison. I don't want to do that." She replies, "I know. But Ben, we are going to figure this out." Ben counters, "No, we won't. Laura was right, I have to give up the fantasy. I have to give up the happy ending." Addison looks sad and asks, "Ben, what are you saying?" Just before he Leaps, Ben finishes with, "I need time. And I can't get over you if you're always... you can't be my hologram anymore, Addison. Goodbye."




Personal Review by Brian Greene:

A solid episode with a simple plot designed to move the story quickly along with the Addison/Ben/Tom love triangle. I enjoyed the performance of Tim Matheson as Neal but the exchange between Ben and Addison when she tells him that she waited for three years was heart-wrenching. So far this season it was hard to imagine the two of them apart and I didn't like Addison's attitude about finding Ben up to this point. But that scene brought me around to the fact that she had tried everything, even almost sacrificed herself as a Leaper to find him, and then buried him before giving up. You could feel the loss in both characters and I appreciated that so much.

I enjoyed more hologram effects in this episode as well. As a webmaster, I do wish I could get some clear clips of the sound effects without the great score music constantly playing over them. I'll keep watching for opportunities to capture more for our new Ziggy's Sounds page.

The Leap story was fairly predictable, but this one wasn't so much about the main Leap as it was getting to the center of Ben and Addison's relationship and how to get things resolved so that the central story of our Project Team can move forward.

We didn't see Hannah Carson's character appear as I suspected we might. As an announced series regular, I felt we might get a glimpse. Perhaps in the next episode? And what will happen when it's discovered that the Quantum computing chip is transmitting data to Rachel's mysterious boss?

We do not see Ben Leap into the next episode, which is always a bit disappointing. I do wish they would stop the eye-roll Leap-ins and connect the episodes with a complete
Leap-out/Leap-in. Overall, a fun episode with a simple yet heartfelt storyline.

Who will be Ben's hologram? For the next episode "One Night in Koreatown" it will be Magic!






Project Trivia:
Tom Westfall is a senior official at the Pentagon's Defense Innovation Unit.

Ian and Rachel have become a couple again during the three year time jump, and are now living together.

Tom has the team working in shifts.

Jenn helped Ian sneak into Project Headquarters when it was closed down to install the new Quantum computing chip.

We find out Tom had a wife who passed away.




Ben Trivia:
Ben remembers very clearly past events now. He remembered the celebrity he is assisting, Neal Russell right away.




Addison Trivia:
She and Ben love movies and television staring Neal Russell. "Awful Good Together" was the name of the sitcom they enjoyed.

Addison tried to jump in the Quantum Accelerator to find Ben when the Pentagon announced they were shutting down the Project.




Ian's Outfits Worn in the Episode:
White button up dress shirt with black vest and black shorts. Black boots.




Kiss With History:
None.




Miscellaneous Trivia:
The Sushi restaurant scene where Ian and Rachel meet was filmed at the Miyako Hotel in Los Angeles.



Hannah Carson, advertised as a new series regular, does not appear in this episode.

From the Quantum Leap Writers Room:
We filmed the Universal backlot as the Universal backlot for this episode! But the "coffee shop" where Ben and Neal debrief is actually a redress of Little Europe Street, not a real coffee shop.

The World of Wax was actually a Starbucks under construction at the Universal City Walk!

In case you were wondering, here's a list of all the fake movies invented for this episode: PUBLIC SAFETY COSMIC ATTRACTION DUPLICATION - About a scientist who duplicates his wife and the clone falls in love with the scientist’s brother. Twin brother!  Awful Good Together - Neal’s hit sitcom. And the name of his memoir! Neal played animated characters such as Agent Tom Hawk and Captain Peter Hunt Coming Full Circus - a little girl runs away to join the circus and ends up saving her parents’ marriage.

Some behind-the-scenes shots from tonight's episode! Neal Russel has some nice penmanship!





From Jackie Rogers, Assistant Editor:
The Starbucks in the photo below was used as the Wax Museum front!
 









QUANTUM LEAP – SERIES REGULARS


Dr. Ben Song
(Portrayed by Raymond Lee)
– Ben is a first-generation American, a world-renowned physicist, and a man of faith. He’s also working on Quantum Leap, a time travel project. But when he uses the project on himself, he’s transported back in time, setting things right that once went wrong, and hoping he will return to the place and people he calls home.

Addison Augustine (Portrayed by Caitlin Bassett) – Addison is a smart, witty, fearless ex-military operative who now serves as Project Observer at Quantum Leap HQ. She’s in charge of the technology they use to communicate with the past, and tries to rescue Ben from his time-flung existence.

Ian Wright (Portrayed by Mason Alexander Park) – Quantum Leap’s nonbinary chief architect of the AI program.

Herbert “Magic” Williams (Portrayed by Ernie Hudson) – A Vietnam vet and current lead of the Quantum Leap time travel project. Herbert “Magic” Williams tries to keep the Pentagon at bay while the team tries to rescue Ben. Doctor Sam Beckett leaped into Magic during his Vietnam tour.

Jenn Chu (Portrayed by Nanrisa Lee) – Head of security at Quantum Leap HQ.


Tom Westfall (Portrayed by Peter Gadiot) a former special forces soldier and a high-ranking US Army Officer in the realm of Army Intelligence. Thoughtful, centered, a spiritual kind of warrior who both men and women admire, but whose humility keeps him from ever being arrogant. Tom takes on a crucial role overseeing the project.



Hannah Carson (Portrayed by Eliza Taylor) A complex
young woman, who may be more than she appears.












Guest Cast:
Tim Matheson as Neal Russell
Erica Gimpel as Laura Evans

Alice Kremelberg as Rachel

Michael Broderick as Officer Jackson
Vince Duvall as Michael Stevens
Denzel Johnson as Security Guard







Guest Cast Notes:

Tim Matheson as Neal Russell: An American actor, director and producer perhaps best known for his portrayal of the smooth talking 'Eric "Otter" Stratton' in the 1978 comedy, National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), but has had a variety of other well-known roles both before and since, including critical accolades for his playing "Vice President John Hoynes" on the television series, The West Wing (1999), which garnered him two Primetime Emmy award nominations for Best Guest Star in a Drama Series. From 2011 to 2015, Matheson starred as 'Dr. Brick Breeland' in The CW series, Hart of Dixie (2011), opposite Rachel Bilson. He has and continues to direct several episodes each season throughout the series. Not limited to "Hart of Dixie", Matheson has made a career of directing an array of episodic projects on some of television's most prominent shows, including "The Last Ship," "Burn Notice," "Criminal Minds," "Without a Trace," "Cold Case," "Numbers," "Drop Dead Diva," "Suits," "Eureka" and "White Collar," as well as pilots for Fox's "The Good Guys" and the USA Network successful original series "Covert Affairs." Beginning his career at the age of 13, Matheson appeared in Robert Young's CBS nostalgia comedy series, Window on Main Street (1961), during the 1961-1962 television season. In 1964, he provided the voice of the lead character in the cartoon program Jonny Quest (1964), as well as the voice of "Jace" in the original animated series, Space Ghost (1966). Additionally, he played the role of the oldest son, "Mike Beardsley", in the film Yours, Mine and Ours (1968), which starred Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda. In 1969, Matheson joined the cast of NBC's western series, The Virginian (1962), in its eighth season, as "Jim Horn". During the final season of the television western Bonanza (1959) in 1972-1973, Matheson played "Griff King", a parolee who tries to reform his life as a worker at the Ponderosa Ranch under Ben Cartwright's watch. Following that, he portrayed young motorcycle cop "Phil Sweet", in the 1973 film, Magnum Force (1973). In the fall of 1976, Matheson was seen opposite Kurt Russell in the NBC series, The Quest (1976), the story of two young men in the American West seeking the whereabouts of their sister, a captive of the Cheyenne. In 1978, he co-starred in the acclaimed National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), opposite John Belushi; the following year, he appeared alongside Belushi again in Steven Spielberg's 1941 (1979). Matheson and Catherine Hicks played "Rick Tucker" and "Amanda Tucker", who operate a detective agency in Laurel Canyon in CBS' Tucker's Witch (1982), which aired during the 1982-1983 season. He then appeared in the 1983 To Be or Not to Be (1983), starring Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft and went on to star in the 1984 comedy, Up the Creek (1984) and 1985's Fletch (1985). Matheson, along with business partner 'Dan Grodnik', bought National Lampoon in 1989, when the magazine was facing financial decline. They took the stock from two dollars to over six dollars, and sold it in 1991. In 1996, Matheson took on the role of a con man who claims to be Carol Brady's thought-to-be-dead husband in A Very Brady Sequel (1996). Matheson was seen opposite Ryan Reynolds in the feature comedy National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002) in 2002, playing the father of the title character, who was inspired by his own character in National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), as a nod to the original film. Tim was born Timothy Lewis Matthieson in Glendale, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, the son of Sally and Clifford Matthieson, a training pilot. He has three wonderful children with former wife Megan Murphy Matheson.



Erica Gimpel as Laura Evans: Burst onto the scene as the unforgettable "Coco" in the international hit series Fame (1982). Since that time, she has appeared in dozens of feature films and television shows. She played "Angel Brown" in the NBC series Profiler (1996) and appeared for six seasons as "Adele Newman" in the Emmy Award-winning series ER (1994). Her other television credits include the Golden Globe winning series House (2004), Criminal Minds (2005), recurring role on the Emmy Award-winning Boston Legal (2004), and recurring role on the CW hit Veronica Mars (2004) as Wallace's mother. Some of Ms. Gimpel's favorites include Touched by an Angel (1994) opposite Phylicia Rashad, JAG (1995), and the Christmas fable Santa and Pete (1999) opposite the legendary James Earl Jones. Ms. Gimpel's film credits include the Oscar nominated short "Tuesday Morning Ride" with Ruby Dee, Wayne Wang's "Smoke" opposite Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker, Abel Ferrara's The King of New York" with Christopher Walken, "Touch Me" opposite Amanda Peet, Hal Hartley's "Flirt" and "No Such Thing" opposite Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren, and Disney's hit "Freaky Friday" opposite Jamie Lee Curtis. Ms. Gimpel has just completed shooting the independent film "Blue Eyes" which was shot in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. While balancing a full acting career Ms. Gimpel is also a singer/songwriter blending the styles of Jazz/Pop and Alternative. She is currently (2008) performing in the Los Angeles area with her trio. Ms. Gimpel is also an active member of the world peace organization, The SGI-USA. Erica Gimpel was born in Manhattan, to Phyllis Bash, a concert singer and Joseph Gimpel, an actor, singer and short story writer. Her parents met and fell in love at their singing teachers studio and got married in the early 60's when interracial marriage was a radical thing to do. As a child, Erica would go on tour with her mother who was performing the role of Bess in the opera "Porgy and Bess". As a member of the chorus, Erica had her first acting experience, and at seven-years-old decided to become an actress. Later, she got accepted into the High School for the Performing Arts' Drama Department where her formal acting training began and passion for the craft ignited. In her junior year, Erica auditioned and got the role of "Coco Hernandez" in the groundbreaking hit TV series "Fame". Erica has gone on to star in numerous TV shows including: "True Blood", "Criminal Minds", "Greys Anatomy", "Nikita", "Rizzoli & Isles", "House", "ER", "Profiler", and "Veronica Mars". Film credits include: "Tuesday Morning Ride" with Ruby Dee, Wayne Wang's "Smoke" opposite Forest Whitaker, Abel Ferrara's "The King of New York" with Christopher Walken, Hal Hartely's "No Such Thing" with Helen Mirren, "Freaky Friday" opposite Jaime Lee Curtis, and the just completed "Romeo and Juliet in Harlem", with Harry Lennix and Aunjanue Ellis. Off-Broadway and Regional credits include: originating the roles of "Mayme" in Lynn Nottages's award-winning "Intimate Apparel", "Glory Bee" in Sam Shepard's "States of Shock" opposite John Malkovich, "Nelly" in Jose Rivera's "Each Day Dies With Sleep", and her most recent performance of multiple characters in the tour-de-force, one-woman play "Sister" by Michael Phillip Edwards.



Michael Broderick as Officer Jackson: Born in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for True Detective (2014), NCIS: Hawai'i (2021) and Power (2014). He has been married to Dana Commandatore since 2000. They have one child.

Vince Duvall as Michael Stevens: Vince has been doing crime shows since his first SAG job on Midnight Caller in the 90s. He has worked with Kevin Costner, Nathan Fillion, Alec Baldwin, James Cahn, Charlie Hunnam, Anthony LaPaglia, Patricia Arquette, Lawrence Fishburn, Paul Guilfoyle, Viola Davis, Tim Roth, Craig T. Nelson and many others in this genre. He has also appeared in several sitcoms and family entertainment. In addition to appearing in a wide range of indie feature films and shorts, Duvall helps produce DWF the last truly independent film festival at the Hollywood Chinese Theater every year - founded in 1998. Originally from Boston and then San Francisco, he studied film and theatre at UCLA and business at UC Berkeley. After winning the Shakespeare Award at UCLA, he went to Oxford, England (Baliol) where he studied classical acting with professionals in the UK film business and with the RSC, LAMDA and RADA. In his first professional stage production, he appeared as a lead in Acapulco, written and directed by Steven Berkoff at the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles. He also managed Dodger Stadium and franchised Seattle's Best Coffee in the greater LA area. When not acting he is a writer, does stand-up and travels.

Alice Kremelberg as Rachel: Film, television and theater actor born and raised in New York. Alice has most recently starred in the final season of The Sinner as Percy Muldoon, and played Bernadine in Aaron Sorkin's Oscar nominated The Trial of the Chicago 7 for Netflix/Dreamworks. She recurred as Nicole Eckelcamp on the last two seasons of Jenji Kohan's Orange is the New Black for Netflix. Alice was nominated for an Emmy for their performance as Kat in The Feels, which they both co-wrote and acted in. Upcoming, Alice will be playing Abby in Monsterland for Hulu/Annapurna, and Duff in the independent film Bleecker. They can also be seen as Sorrell in Doomsday (ITV Fest, Brooklyn Web Fest + HollyWeb Fest winner). Her other film and television credits include New Amsterdam, The Taking of Pelham 123, NCIS, Nurse Jackie, Blue Bloods, The Big C, Smash, Law and Order: SVU, and 30 Rock. On stage she originated the role of Reba in Ruby Rae Spiegel's breakout play Dry Land (NYSAF+HERE, Adrienne Campbell-Holt of Colt Coeur). Alice had the pleasure of playing 'Cassandra' opposite Austin Pendleton in Dress of Fire (The Abingdon). Other theater credits include 'Catherine' in Suddenly Last Summer (ATNYC), 'Missy' in Road Veins, 'Maggie' in Lend Me a Tenor and 'Beth' in A Lie of the Mind. Alice has trained at The Atlantic Acting Conservatory, Fordham University, UCB, The Professional Performing Arts School and studied with Tanya Berezin, Ted Sluberski, Larry Moss and Bob Krakower among others.



Denzel Johnson as Security Guard: Starting out in theatre, Denzel has a wealth of experience that has given him the honor of sharing the stage with some of the most talented actors, directors, and writers in the industry. His most memorable theatre credits include playing Oberon in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jim Ed in A Member of the White Race, and Captain Davenport in A Soldier's Play. Denzel's ability to immerse himself in his roles, combined with his exceptional talent, have earned him critical acclaim and a reputation as one of the most versatile actors in the industry.
From films to television, commercials, voice-overs, and more, Denzel has conquered every aspect of the entertainment industry. He has worked alongside legendary actor John Schneider, who now stars on Tyler Perry's The Haves and Have Nots. Denzel has also guest-starred on award-winning television series, such as OWN's Queen Sugar, CBS's NCIS: New Orleans, and TNT's crime-comedy drama Claws, alongside Emmy Award winner Niecy Nash. He has also made a powerful impression in the Netflix crime thriller Mindhunters, CBS's The Neighborhood and NBC's Quantum Leap. Denzel's captivating performances and magnetic on-screen presence make him an outstanding candidate for any acting project. His passion for acting and his dedication to perfecting his craft are evident in every role he takes on. As a casting director, you can be assured that Denzel will bring a unique perspective to any project and will deliver a memorable and compelling performance every time. Don't miss out on the opportunity to work with this exceptional talent.






Guests Who Appeared in Other Quantum Leap Episodes:
Alice Kremelberg (as Rachel) previously appeared as Ian's former love interest in the episode "Family Style."




Characters who appeared (or were mentioned) in Classic Series episodes:
Sam Beckett is mentioned by Tom when he speaks with Magic about how Sam and Ben both sacrificed themselves to the time travel project.




Songs & Music:
“If You Could Read My Mind”, a cover of Gordon Lightfoot’, plays during the wedding scene by a harp player, foreshadowing the following scene. Thanks to editor Ian Mayberry for this info!

Score music by Daniel James Chan






Say What?
When Ben and Addison think they have lost Neal at the Take One Cafe, Addison asks if Ben thinks he's in the bathroom. Neither character actually checks the bathroom before Ben states that they lost him. Also, he is only in the cafe for a few seconds - could he even have had time to open the wedding invitation?

Does the team really have time to read an entire memoir book during the Leap? How did Magic find that many copies so fast? Ziggy could have definitely found the relationship between Caroline and Neal much more quickly. Why didn't they at least try that first? Why hadn't Ziggy automatically cross-referenced that data already?

It seems like if the police were called to apprehend Neal at the House of Wax, someone at the facility would have given them a key to open the storage room door. Why did they have to knock?

It is April in Los Angeles, yet almost everyone in the background is wearing long sleeves and jackets. It appears to be 10am according to Neal's watch in the arrest scene, so not likely very cool at that time of day.

Parking at Universal Studios Hollywood Citywalk is mainly in parking garages. The episode makes it appear that Neal and Ben were able to find a spot on the street nearby.

The Tonight Show airs at 11:30pm EST weekdays, but it is always filmed in the late afternoon/early evening by at least 5pm (as stated in the episode). Neal would have been hard pressed to make it on time to the taping based on the events shown in the episode.




Quotable Quotes:

"To weep is to make less the depth of grief."
-Neal to Ben

"Every day when you wake up, there is an adventure to be had. Some are fun, some are scary, and some are flat out stupid. But no matter how you slice it, life is meant to be lived."
-Neal to Ben

"You never bail when you've just found the one."
-Neal to Ben

"Let him lead. He's earned it. Trust him. And trust that, if he has really lost the plot, you'll know what to do."
-Tom to Addison

Ben: "I jumped through time and space to save you, and you couldn't wait three years? I would have waited forever for you, Addison. I would have never stopped looking."
Addison: "It is easy to say that you would wait, when you were not the one who had to wait. When you were the one who left, and not the one who got left behind! Do you know what I did when I found out they were going to shut Quantum Leap down? I tried to jump in the Accelerator, hoping that it would send me to you. Yeah, I did that. You know what else I did? I gave a eulogy at your funeral. So do not tell me how hard it is Ben for you, because I waited. I grieved. And then I buried you along with the life that we were supposed to have together. A life that you left me in... alone."

Tom: "First Sam Beckett, now Ben Song... in both cases our assumption was something went wrong. That if we can fix it one, or both, could come home. But what if the engine of Quantum Leap is sacrifice? What is sacrifice is the price we have to pay for change? For 30 years we assumed the technology was broken. But what if it has to be a one-way trip?"
Magic: "I don't think that'll stop people from Leaping. I think some will go even if that's the cost. There's something deep down inside of us that strives to do better." Tom agrees, "Then that's what we need to show the folks in Washington."

Addison: "Ben, we are going to figure this out."
Ben: "No, we won't. Laura was right, I have to give up the fantasy. I have to give up the happy ending." Addison: "Ben, what are you saying?"
Ben: "I need time. And I can't get over you if you're always... you can't be my hologram anymore, Addison. Goodbye."




 
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