Quantum Leap: Season 2, Episode 10

Catch a Falling Star - May 21, 1979 (6 Dec. 1989)

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Sam must save an alcoholic actor from a fall during a performance of "Man of LaMancha." His old piano teacher is also present and finds Sam's host very attractive.

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Marshall Borden ...
Dr. Carrasco (in 'Man of La Mancha')
Michael Carl ...
Ray Hutton
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John O'Malley / Miguel de Cervantes / Don Quixote
Michael DeMarlo ...
Rand Hopkins ...
Pedro (in 'Man of La Mancha')
Jay Horton ...
Jon Huffman ...
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Maria Lauren ...
Anita
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Ruth Miller ...
Housekeeper (in 'Man of La Mancha')
Michele Pawk ...
Nicole / Aldonza / Dulcinea
Sam Rapp ...
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Manny / Sancho Panza
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Sam leaps into the body of Ray Hutton, a working actor in the touring company of Man of La Mancha. He's the understudy to a renowned actor, John O'Malley, who's a bit of lush. His task is to keep the man from suffering a tragic fall during an upcoming performance. Sam is distracted when he sees his first love, Nicole, his one-time piano teacher. Although only 15 years old at the time - and she 25 - Sam adored her. She also at one time had a relationship with Ray Hutton and Sam is having difficulty differentiating between the two. Written by garykmcd

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John Cullum was the alternate Cervantes/ Don Quixote during "Man of La Mancha''s original run on Broadway. Cullum would sometimes play the role during weekend matinées, while Richard Kiley, the show's original Cervantes/ Quixote, played it during evening performances. See more »

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Towards the end of the episode, when Sam is stood in the wings looking out across the stage at Dolcinaya dancing, you can see the figure of Nicole standing on the opposite side of the stage (wearing a pink dress) but she is supposed to be on stage playing Dolcinaya. See more »

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Dr. Sam Beckett: [last lines]
Dr. Sam Beckett: [quoting loosely from "Man of La Mancha"] What matter wounds to the body of a knight-errant, for each time he falls, he shall rise again and woe to the wicked! Al...
Admiral Al Calavicci: Here, your grace.
Dr. Sam Beckett: My armor, my sword!
Admiral Al Calavicci: More misadventures?
Dr. Sam Beckett: Adventures, old friend.
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References Man of La Mancha (1972) See more »

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Finale Ultimo from 'Man of La Mancha' (The Impossible Dream)
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Music by Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by Joe Darion
Sung by Michele Pawk and Chorus
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One of the finest episodes in Quantum Leap
11 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Quantum Leap was one of the finest series on television. In my mind it is up there at the top alongside The Prisoner.

While there wasn't a bad episode in Quantum Leap, and the first and last episodes are certainly the most wonderful, this episode is a masterpiece.

There is often some special element, some fantasy we might all have about time travel. Here it is the crush he had on his piano teacher as a teenager, who he meets again as an actor who had been her lover. So he is in a situation to at least partially realize his dream of telling her he loves her. Who hasn't wished he could travel in time and do that?

What makes this episode special are the many layers of the story, Sam as time traveler, as Sam the kid music student in love with his former piano teacher, Sam as the actor Ray Hutton still in love with her, Sam transformed into an actor who plays a love scene with her, and Sam as Don Quixote.

When you hear Sam singing "The Impossible Dream" from Man From La Mancha the lyrics fit both Sam's endless quest as time traveler, as well as his predicament in his current situation, in love with Nicole, yet from a certain distance:

To dream ... the impossible dream ... To fight ... the unbeatable foe ... To bear ... with unbearable sorrow ... To run ... where the brave dare not go ... To right ... the unrightable wrong ... To love ... pure and chaste from afar ... To try ... when your arms are too weary ... To reach ... the unreachable star ...

And then there is the plot of the episode, itself, which is complex and sophisticated -- for a television show, and good enough for a Broadway production. The acting was as good as it gets, on TV or anywhere.

I see Paul Brown is the writer of this episode, and about half the episodes in the series. That's quite a prolific schedule, with no sacrifice of quality whatsoever. I'm very impressed. I only wish there had been twice as many episodes in the series.


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