Quantum Leap (1989–1993)
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Glitter Rock - April 12, 1974 

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)
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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Release Date:

10 April 1991 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Philip Silbart was born in Hastings, Nebraska on July 27, 1957. See more »


In the sequence where Sam is waylaid in his hotel room by the three young fans, the television set is playing the news. Once he has rid himself of them and is talking to Al, we still hear the television playing in the background, however, as the camera pans across the room, the TV is turned off. See more »


Admiral Al Calavicci: I told you! The lead is Flash! He's the killer, and he doesn't wanna kill you about his songs, he wants to kill you because of that girl, that Sandy!
Dr. Sam Beckett: Al, you've been certain about three different people!
Admiral Al Calavicci: Yeah, but this time I'm REALLY certain! And now you don't have to know who to look for, because it's definitely HIM! Or... Dwayne. Or, or... Philip.
Dr. Sam Beckett: You done?
Admiral Al Calavicci: Definitely.
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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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Rock on!
20 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was one of the great episodes. I caught a goof in it though, as it was set in I think 1974, and the manager said he created them... wrong! KISS was rocking hard and strong in '74, and they were in full-dress make-up... it sounded like he was taking credit for their look, it just sounded wrong. True die-hard KISS fans would have caught that and not been pleased with him! I agree, the song, 'Rock The Redhead,' although being a bit suggestive lyrically, was very catchy; the music was red-hot, I wish they had added a few more lyrics, it was great. I sing it a lot too. I loved the other one more though; 'Somewhere in The Night' from Piano Man is so beautiful, it is haunting and I simply cannot get it out of my head! I made video clips of both, then turned them into audio files... now I need an exorcist to get them out of my head! Pity he didn't do a bit more with music in Q L! He was very good!

I counted 97 episodes. This one is a solid hit, easily one of the Top Ten best Leaps of all time.

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