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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?


The final scene depicts Sam leaping into Phillip Dumont from Quantum Leap: Sea Bride - June 3, 1954 (1990). See more »


The photograph of Michael Blake's eighth birthday is dated 1928. However, the date of birth on his tombstone is July 14, 1922. See more »


Salvation Army Captain Laura Downey: More piernik, Mr Blake?
Michael G. Blake: Um... Oh, no, I-I really couldn't.
Salvation Army Captain Laura Downey: Oh, you don't like it.
Michael G. Blake: No. I mean, yes, I do. It's delicious. Er... You know, my mother used to make this for me every Christmas.
Salvation Army Captain Laura Downey: Well, I, I can't think of a nicer compliment.
Michael G. Blake: [surprised] You made this?
Salvation Army Captain Laura Downey: She sings *and* she cooks. It's amazing.
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Bringing In the Sheaves
Lyrics by Knowles Shaw (1874)
Music by George A. Minor (1880)
Performed by Melinda McGraw
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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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