Leaping of the Shrew – September 27, 1956

We talk about one of the fluffiest of fluff episodes following the dramatic season opener. Along the way, we discuss Shield’s previous movies, the wild parties at Project Quantum Leap, and how this episode gives us an Al that is just the right mix of sexist.

Sam leaps into young Nikos Stahatos, a Greek sailor working aboard a luxury yacht. Sam finds himself in the Aegean Sea with one of the passengers, Vanessa Foster (Brooke Shields), just as the ship explodes. Vanessa is a spoiled rich girl who seems to despise Nikos, but of course, there’s more to the story. As they make their way to land, and hope for eventual rescue, Sam finds himself falling for Vanessa despite himself. He’s there to rescue himself and Vanessa, but what does rescue mean for the couple?

Note: Sam incorrectly identifies the “Metmorphosis” episode of the Incredible Hulk when chatting about director Alan J. Levi’s previous credits. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa. The episode he was thinking of is “Prometheus”.

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