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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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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 Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »


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