Quantum Leap: Season 1, Episode 5

How the Tess Was Won - August 5, 1956 (14 Apr. 1989)

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Sam finds himself as a veterinarian who has to compete as a cowboy to win the heart of a cowgirl heiress.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lance LeGault ...
Chance McGill
Kari Lizer ...
Tess McGill
Scott Fults ...
Sloan Fischer ...
Dr. Daniel Young


Sam leaps into the body of a Texas veterinarian, Dr. Daniel Young who carries a torch for a local ranch owner's daughter, Tess McGill. She has a stubborn streak and refuses to marry any man who is unable to out-ranch her. She makes a bet with her Dad that she will give Young one week to prove he can be a better rancher than she is and if he does, she will marry him. Young's helper at the veterinary practice, Buddy, proves to be a bit of a surprise. Written by garykmcd

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The title is based upon the movie How the West Was Won (1962). See more »


The calender in Doc's office displays the wrong month. August 1956 began on a Wednesday, not a Saturday as seen. As Doc would need to keep a close eye on the date to keep appointments it is very unlikely he would forget to change it. December was the only 31 day month to begin on Saturday in 1956. (September began on Saturday but only has 30 days. The calendar clearly shows a month with 31 days.) See more »


Tess McGill: [Speaking to her father] And I'll tell you what. If there's a man on this ranch who can keep up with me for one week, then I'll marry him. But if he can't, then we forget about this marriage business once and for all.
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References How the West Was Won (1962) See more »


Cold, Cold Heart
Written by Hank Williams
Performed by Hank Williams (1951)
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