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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King Thunder is largely a parallel to the band KISS. Some pictures of King Thunder seen in Phillip's room were similar to the cover photo of KISS's self titled debut album. There are also references to KISS songs. The episode was set in Detroit, and one of KISS's more popular songs was titled Detroit Rock City. In addition, Detroit was one of the earliest cities where KISS became popular. Also, the name King Thunder combines the name of the 70's era KISS songs King Of The Nighttime World and God Of Thunder. See more »


When singing the lyrics to "Fate's Wide Wheel", "close" is mispronounced as an adjective (klohs: being in or having proximity) when it should be pronounced as a verb (klohz: to come together, unite) to rhyme with "goes" (gohz). This error is also on the soundtrack CD. See more »


Flash McGrath: We have more money than Croesus, ha-ha! We're gonna make The Beatles look like ants, huh-huh, yeah. Aren't we? He-he.
Dr. Sam Beckett: I don't remember.
Flash McGrath: Huh?
Dr. Sam Beckett: I m-, I mean, uh, that's what people're gonna be saying, about The Beatles: "I don't remember them", you know, when we get really big. I mean, The Beatles, they're like an insect infestation!
Flash McGrath: Yeah! And we're the bloody exterminators!
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References The Naughty Nineties (1945) See more »


Rock the Redhead
Performed by Scott Bakula as Tonic with King Thunder
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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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