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A Little Miracle - December 24, 1962 

Sam and Al scare the Dickens out of a rich Scrooge character who wants to tear down a mission and build a high rise.


(as Michael Watkins)


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Episode cast overview:
Salvation Army Captain Laura Downey
Robert Lesser ...
Max Wushinski
Michael Dan Wagner ...
Lt. Porterman
Jarrett Lennon ...
Tiny Boy
Dale Harimoto ...
Christopher Fleming ...
Dylan Day Brown ...
Maintenance Man
Milan Nicksic ...
Reginald Pearson


Sam leaps into the body of Reginald Pearson, valet to millionaire Michael Blake a hard-nosed businessman. It's Christmas-time and his business plans are to tear down the 4th Street Mission so he can build a new office plaza. Al tells Sam that his mission is to save Blake from his own bah humbug ways. Sam takes him on a trip down memory lane by visiting his old neighborhood where he meets old friends and learns what happened to some of his old friends. Blake also takes an interest in the pretty Salvation Army Captain who runs the Mission. Despite progress, Sam can't quite get Blake to take the final step so he and Al decide the time has come to show him his future. Written by garykmcd

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21 December 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Charles Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol" in 1843. See more »


When the Rolls Royce pulls out on to the street right before Sam shows Mr. Blake the box with pictures there are clearly 70's and 80's American automobiles on the street, cars that didn't exist in 1962. See more »


[Blake is demanding of Captain Downey and her Salvation Army that they move out of their mission, which is to be destroyed]
Dr. Sam Beckett: [as Pearson] Sir, maybe she could move into one of your properties, and all the other people could go...
Calloway: Shut up, Pearson.
Michael G. Blake: Shut up, Calloway.
Calloway: Yes, sir.
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O Little Town of Bethlehem
Lyrics by Phillips Brooks (1865)
Music by Lewis H. Redner (1868)
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Campy but Effective
20 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Okay, so this episode is a wee bit on the campy side. The acting isn't the best either. However, it did bring a tiny tear to my eye.

In reality, Al is the one who was mainly responsible for accomplishing Sam's "job" as the Ghost of Christmas Future is what really put the soul back in good ole' Mickey!

We don't get any parallel story lines or glimpses into any of the main character here, but it's obvious this was written and played to be exactly what is is -- a fable or A Christmas Carol meets Quantum Leap.

This episode originally aired on December 21, 1990 (I believe) making it QL's "Merry Christmas" episode to the viewers. If we accept that and not expect the usual heavy hitting common to most of the better episodes, there shouldn't be any disappointment.

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