Quantum Leap: Season 3, Episode 17

Glitter Rock - April 12, 1974 (10 Apr. 1991)

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Sam becomes a member of a rock band who is stabbed to death after a concert by one of a long list of suspects.



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Episode cast overview:
Flash McGrath (as Jonathan Gries)
Peter Noone ...
Philip Silbart
Robert Bauer ...
Elizabeth Whitcraft ...
Sandy (as Liza Whitcraft)
Sharon Martin ...
Dorrie Krum ...
Bob Cady ...
Bruce Michael Paine ...
Jeffrey Mole / 'Tonic'


Sam leaps into the body of Jeffrey Mole, a 1970s rock musician and member of a band that has as its trademark heavy makeup. Al tells him that in two nights time, a crazed fan will stab and kill him. The fan in question, 16 year-old Philip Silbart, is emotionally disturbed and has run away from several foster homes. Strange things begin to happen however - like a stage prop falling on his head - which leaves Al and Sam wondering if someone other than Philip may be out to get him. Sam begins to suspect the band's business manager of fiddling the books but it also turns out that Jeffrey is probably Philip's father. Written by garykmcd

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10 April 1991 (USA)  »

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Peter Noone, playing the band's manager, is a real life member of the British band Herman's Hermits. While Sam speaks to him about finances in the office, an orchestrated version of the Herman's Hermits song "Mrs. Brown, You've got a lovely daughter" can be heard playing in the background. See more »


When Sam and the band are leaving the concert in a limousine, a FOX body Mustang can clearly be seen in the parking lot. The FOX body Mustang first appeared in 1979, though the episode is set in April 1974. See more »


Admiral Al Calavicci: If it really gets desperate and they start charging up on stage, and they're gonna rip your clothes off, you stick your tongue out as far as you can and you wiggle it...
[shows Sam how]
Admiral Al Calavicci: Like that.
Dr. Sam Beckett: Sticking my tongue out is gonna make them stop from ripping my clothes off?
Admiral Al Calavicci: No, no, that'll make them start ripping their clothes off. Then you can take the guitar and you can smash it to pieces. That always gets 'em!
Dr. Sam Beckett: Al, with my luck, they're gonna want an encore, and I'm not gonna have a guitar...
Admiral Al Calavicci: ...
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References The Naughty Nineties (1945) See more »


Fate's Wide Wheel
Written by Velton Ray Bunch and Mike Post with Mark Leggett and Chris Rupenthal
Performed by Scott Bakula
Background vocals by Bernadette Barlow and Rick Palomby
Courtesy of Music Corp. of America (BMI), by MCA Music Publishing
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Sam can really sing
22 July 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode was always one of my favourites as it showed that Sam/Scott is a very good singer and the face make-up was great, in fact I found Tonic/Sam/Scott more attractive with it on it gave a air of mystery about the character. I also found I was singing Rock the Redhead more than once several days after seeing the show.


having seen the entire five seasons at least twice - admitted several years apart I find the idea of a time traveller 'putting right what once went wrong' very appealing. I hope we can one day have an updated version of the adventures of Sam Beckett (not forgetting Al of course) but with the same actors - after all it was mentioned once or twice in various episodes that both Al and Sam aged several years as the project continued, so why not seeing Sam and Al as they are after ten or so years of Sam's leaping in time.

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