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Goodbye Norma Jean - April 4, 1960 

As the chauffeur of Marilyn Monroe, Sam must save her life and help her to make one final film, The Misfits (1961).



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Episode complete credited cast:
Susan Griffiths ...
Barbara Whitmore
Joris Stuyck ...
John Tremaine Jr.
Elizabeth A. Coffee ...
Stephen Bowers ...
Dennis Boardman


As the chauffeur of Marilyn Monroe, Sam must save her life and help her to make one final film, The Misfits (1961).

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2 March 1993 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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In the episode Goodbye Norma Jean, Sam leaped into the body of Marilyn Monroe's Chauffer. While a stage actor during the mid 1980s Scott Bakula co-starred in a short lived Broadway play called Joe and Marilyn, which portrayed Monroe. See more »


When Barbara is trying out for Marilyn's role, John Tremaine Jr. says, "If Marilyn can't pull herself together, maybe we can get Liz." Huston tells him to call her agent. Tremaine isn't referring to Liz Vassey, the actress playing Barbara Whitmore, but to Elizabeth Taylor. See more »


Dr. Sam Beckett: [carrying Barbara's luggage to her room] Um... where's the rest?
Barbara Whitmore: That's it.
Dr. Sam Beckett: What do you mean, "That's it"? Two suitcases and a cardboard box is your whole life?
Barbara Whitmore: My whole life is Marilyn.
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References Rebel Without a Cause (1955) See more »


Green Onions
Written by Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Lewie Steinberg, and Al Jackson Jr.
Performed by Booker T. & the M.G.s (1962)
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Oh Boy! It's Marilyn Monroe
10 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode is a great episode, there is a great buzz about the episode from the very start as soon as Marilyn is seen on screen and Sam mutters the immortal words 'Oh Boy'. Watching Sam try to remain his normal goody self whilst in front of this superstar makes the episode that more enjoyable, especially as Al is trying to get Sam to let go of his normal attitude and go wild. Even if this episode does rewrite history somewhat, it's fictional and not to be taken seriously. This episode is filled with a lot of emotion, it is filled with Sam trying frantically to stop Miss Monroe from her timely demise.

Quantum Leap takes a Quantum Leap at giving people a look at the real Marilyn Monroe.

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