Trilogy: Part 3 – July 27, 1978

We conclude our re-watch of the Trilogy episodes. In Part 3, Sam returns to Potterville, Louisiana, leaping into the life of attorney, Larry Stanton. As Stanton, Sam must again save the life of Abigail Fuller, this time defending her in the trial of the murder of Leta Aider. Meanwhile, Sam also meets the daughter he fathered with Abigail in the previous leap, Sammi Jo.

We discuss the conclusion of the trilogy, how well it compares to the first two installments, and give a little teaser of a future episode where we’ll go in depth about the character of Sammi Jo, and Deborah Pratt’s never-realized plans for her in future iterations of “Quantum Leap”.

Trilogy: Part 2 – June 14, 1966

Our re-watch of the “Trilogy” episodes continue. Sam leaps back into Potterville, Louisiana, this time into Will Kinman. Will is now a deputy sheriff, but much more important, he’s the fiancé of Abigail Fuller. Abigail isn’t a child anymore, but is still haunted by bad luck – on the day of her and Will’s wedding, little Purvis Takins, a boy she babysat the night before, has gone missing. The town’s folk suspect foul play on her part, leading to a witch hunt. Meanwhile, Sam is head over heels in love with Abigail, and she seems to have a deep connection with him, not Will.

Trilogy: Part 1 – August 8, 1955

Season Five of the show continues to explore new ground, this time having Sam leap into the same people’s lives over the span of 20 years, in a three-part episode. Sam leaps into Sheriff Clayton Fuller, in the town of Pottersville, Louisiana. His 10-year-old daughter, Abigail, is caught up in the death and potential murder of one of town’s people. Sam must find out the truth in this Southern Gothic tale.

We discuss the episode – how it stand on its own, and how it sets up the next two parts. We also ponder why the show hadn’t explored doing multi-part episodes before this point in the series.

Deliver Us From Evil – March 19, 1966

As “Quantum Leap” entered its fifth season, the show was under pressure to try new things to bring up the ratings. One of those new things was the concept of “The Evil Leaper”. After being hyped in commercials from the beginning of the season, Alia, along with her holographic guide, Zoey, finally arrive in the season’s seventh episode, “Deliver Us From Evil”.

Meanwhile, Sam has returned to life of Jimmy LaMotta and one of the most beloved stories from earlier in the series. When Sam had last left the LaMotta family, everyone was set to live happily ever after. But something has gone amiss – Ziggy says history is changing, and Sam and Al are about to discover why.

We talk about one of the more divisive stories of the final season, and explore what works and what doesn’t. We also go on some deep fan-wank discussing fan theories, and ponder whether Alia’s and Zoey’s names being so similar to Al and Ziggy was intentional.

Heat yourself up a TV dinner, grab an ice cream sandwich, and give this episode a listen!

Star Light, Star Bright – May 21, 1966

We may be sheltering in place but that’s not going to stop us from bringing you our ongoing coverage of season 5!

Sam leaps into 79-year-old Max Stoddard in the midst of a UFO sighting. This is an episode that feels very much at home in season 5 but has some trappings of earlier “living room drama” insallments of the show.

We talk about the family drama and how it supports the more sci-fi elements of the episode. We ask what the governement agents really want with Max? And, of course, there are a couple of fan theories to go over on this one and how it leads into the very next episode, not to mention it’s contribution to the lore of the show.

Join us for another deep dive of our favorite show!

Killin’ Time – June 18, 1958

Are you killin’ time at home because of the coronavirus lockdown? Well, you’re in luck because we have a new episode for your listening pleasure, talking about Season 5’s “Killin’ Time”. (See what we did there?)

Sam leaps into Leon Stiles, a serial killer who has taken a mother and daughter hostage in their home, in 1958 Oklahoma. In just a couple of hours, Sam will be killed by a vengeful sheriff when police raid the home. Meanwhile, the real Leon has escaped from the waiting room in the future, and Al must track him down. Because as long as Leon is on the loose, Sam is unable to leap.

We talk about what was one of our seriously favorite episodes when we were kids. It was one of the series’ first real forays into a different kind of show than what viewers had seen previously. Did it work? Does the episode still hold up? Give us a listen, and let us know your thoughts.

BONUS: David Anthony Marshall – Full Interview

We had the opportunity to interview “Nowhere To Run” guest actor David Anthony Marshall a couple of weeks ago. You previously heard the Quantum Leap-related bits on that episode. But we had such a great time talking to David that we are releasing the whole shebang – uncut and unedited – for your listening pleasure.

Be sure to check out what David is working on now by visiting http://www.davidanthonymarshall.com or checking him out on facebook at facebook.com/davidanthonymarshallactor or facebook.com/ancoraimparo2019

Thanks as always for listening! Stay well and be healthy out there.

Nowhere to Run – August 10, 1968

We have a special treat – David Anthony Marshall, the Hippie in the bar scene, joins us to chat about his time working on Quantum Leap and more!

This week we cover season 5’s “Nowhere to Run”. Sam leaps into Captain Ronald Miller, recuperating after the loss of his legs in a San Diego veteran’s hospital. In addition to keeping his paralyzed roommate from taking his own life, Sam also has to ensure Miller will have a son who saves his unit in Desert Storm 25 years later.

At times a very heavy episode, it could well be one of the strongest we’ve seen in a while. This is in no little thanks to guest stars Micheal Boatman, Judith Hoag, and, of course, none other than Jennifer Anniston in one of her earliest roles.

We cover the effects of Vietnam on the show itself as well as the characters and pose questions about Al’s emotional connections to this story as well as the necessity of the orderly character, Holt.

Join us for another deep dive into our favorite show as we seek to contextualize Quantum Leap in the era it’s set, the era it aired, and the present.

NOTE: This episode includes a frank discussion of suicide and PTSD.

Special thanks to David Anthony Marshall!

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”.

Lee Harvey Oswald – November 22, 1963

We kick off our coverage of the final season of our beloved show.

Season 5 of “Quantum Leap” premiered with the episode fans were told would never happen: Sam leaps into Lee Harvey Oswald.

Stuck leaping into the alleged assassin at various points in his adulthood from 1957 to 1963, Sam takes on more and more of his leapee’s personality, raising the dangerous possibility that history will repeat itself. Meanwhile, Al interrogates the real Oswald back at PQL, trying to uncover the conspiracy of who was really responsible for killing Kennedy.

We pick apart and put back together a fan favorite – an episode Bellisario wrote as a direct rebuttal to Oliver Stone’s “JFK”. We also talk about some of the real-life conspiracies surrounding the assassination.

It’s a long twisting discussion with emotional highs and lows and an exploration of what works, what doesn’t, and what may have in a different world. Ultimately, the human cost of this real-life, world-shattering event cannot be done justice, but we try to make sense of it all in some way – striving to contextualize the episode – and the real life event it leads to- in the time in which we live.