We’re taking a couple of weeks off for other events and to tweak our format. Here’s one from the archives!
Sam leaps into Jesse Tyler, an elderly black chauffeur to Ms. Melny Trafford, an elderly white women. Sam is there to prevent Ms. Melny from driving her car into the path of an oncoming train the following day, but when Sam, unaware he’s leapt into a black man, sits at a lunch counter in segregated Red Dog, Alabama, he sets off a series of events that puts other lives at risk.
One of Quantum Leap‘s most iconic and critically-acclaimed episodes, it also has some elements some may deem problematic by today’s standards. Guest Christopher J. Steward returns to to discuss the episode, delving deep into race and racism, how far we’ve come and how far we haven’t.
In the winter of 1991, Quantum Leap came this close to being cancelled. Luckily, a huge letter writing campaign with messages from over 50,000 fans brought the show back from the brink. On March 6th, the show returned with 8 1/2 Months.
Sam leaps into Billie Jean Crockett, a 16-year-old pregnant teenager in Claremont, Oklahoma. In the original history, Billie Jean gave her baby up for adoption, but came to regret the decision and the spent the rest of her life trying to find her child. Al says Ziggy is there to keep Billie Jean and her child together. On top of that, Sam is feeling pregnancy and labor pains!
Sam Fain and Dennis are joined by their wives, Jessica Conger and Betsy Frymire, to discuss the episode. Both are moms…Jessica gave birth just a few weeks ago!…and they bring their perspectives to the episode.
We often talk on this show about Quantum Leap episodes that haven’t aged well, especially with our more socially-conscious 2018 sensibilities. Here’s one that is – all too unfortunately – very timely. It almost feels like it could have been written today.
Sam leaps into Ray Harper, a young black medical student living in Watts, Los Angeles on August 11, 1965 – the day the Watts Riots begin. As Ray, Sam must help provide medical care to Watts citizens affected by the riots while trying to keep his white fiancé, Kim, safe. He also has to deal with Ray’s militant brother, Lonnie, who wants Ray to abandon his plans of leaving Watts with Kim for a medical internship in Boston, stay in Watts and help his own people.
L.A. actor, LaMont Anthony Hendrix joins us to discuss the episode – his first episode of QL ever. Check out his IMDB page, and also his forthcoming albums, Sgt. Peppers and the Lonely Hearts Club Band (per his requested bio.)
If there’s an episode of Quantum Leap that needs no introduction, it’s this one, but here goes: Sam leaps into undercover detective, Jake Rawlins. Al tells Sam he’s there to stop a woman named Beth from making the mistake of her lifetime – having her husband, who is missing in action in Vietnam, declared dead and remarrying.
Sam and Dennis discuss one of the most iconic episodes of the series, going on some deep “fan wanks”, especially in the matter of Skagg’s wife, Lisa, and if she may be the same notable Lisa we meet later in the series. Dennis has an a issue with the story he first sees as a plot hole, but Sam has an explanation that makes Beth and Al’s story all the more sad.
Sam leaps in Victor Panzini, a trapeze artist in a small time carnival. Sam is there to prevent Victor’s sister, Eva, from dying while performing the same high-difficulty “triple” that killed their mom a year ago. Sam must catch her himself, while fighting his own fear of heights.
This is a pretty straightforward plot, leaving Sam Fain and Dennis to talk about some other high-minded questions, like how weird is it that Sam Beckett sleeps in the nude, and what is the benefit of the understood rule that if Sam fails a mission, he is stuck in that person’s life forever?
This week, we are excited to bring you our interview with costume designer and author, Jean-Pierre Dorléac. His body of work spans four decades, including his favorites The Blue Lagoon and Heart and Souls, his Academy award-nominated work in Somewhere in Time, and of course, Quantum Leap, for which he was Emmy-nominated four times.
We talk extensively about his career, much of it chronicled in his 2015 book, The Naked Truth: An Irreverent Chronicle of Delirious Escapades (link below), which spans the years of 1973 to 1985. We also talk about his first novel, Abracadabra Alakazam, and his next upcoming fiction novel. We chat about some of his favorite films and TV shows he’s worked on, and of course, his work on Quantum Leap. He talks about Scott Bakula making him drive 45 minutes to the set to make sure his ass looked good in a diaper in The Wrong Stuff, what it was like to work with and dress Dean Stockwell in those outrageous outfits, and intricate details that went into costuming not just Scott Bakula, but his rotating cast of mirror image counterparts.
We had a lot of fun talking with Jean-Pierre, and we hope you enjoy.
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Sam leaps into Charlie “Black Magic” Walters, a legendary pool player. As Magic, Sam must save “his” granddaughters bar-turned-night club from the loan shark who holds the marker on her place by beating him in a game of pool. One snag: Sam can’t “shoot pool with a shotgun.”
Our guestiest guest, Christopher J. Steward, returns to discuss one of our favorites. Fun fact: This was Dennis’ first complete episode of Quantum Leap as a kid!
Sam is George Washaki, a young Native American who must help his dying grandfather, Joseph, escape from the local jail and make the journey to his true home so that he may die on his own terms, and not in a care facility as in the original history.
Sam Fain, Dennis and guest host, Scottie Caldwell, discuss the episode. This is Scottie’s first complete episode of “Quantum Leap”, and she brings some great talking points!
Given the premise of this episode, we speak a great deal about Native American culture through U.S. history, the American Indian Movement (AIM) of the early 1970s, and cultural appropriation, especially in relation to sports mascots. We attempted to be as sensitive and mindful as possible in relation to these subjects.
Sam is Peter Langly, an FBI agent assigned to Dana Berenger, a woman in the Federal witness protection program after having testified against her former boss and criminal, Nick Kochifos. In the original history, Dana was killed by Nick, who had somehow been able to find her twice before despite her being in witness protection. Sam must figure out if there is a mole in the FBI giving information to Nick, and prevent Dana’s death – the time of which keeps changing every time he makes a change in history.
Sam’s a mommy! Sam leaps into Linda Bruckner, a single mother of three in Scottsdale, Arizona. Sam is there to keep Linda’s oldest child, Kevin, from running away from home. Or was he abducted? Sam and Al seem confused, and we think we know why! To complicate matters, Linda’s youngest daughter, Teresa, can see Sam for who he really is, and can see and hear Al too. Hilarity ensues!
Sam and Dennis are joined by returning guest, Claire Feeney, to talk about the episode.