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Leaping of the Shrew - September 27, 1956 

Sam leaps into a Greek sailor who is stranded on a deserted island with a spoiled rich brat.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Vanessa Foster
Nikos Stathatos (as Socrates)


Sam leaps into the body of Nikos Stahatos, a Greek sailor working aboard a luxury yacht. Sam finds himself in the Mediteranean with one of the passengers, Vanessa Foster, just as the ship explodes. The two survivors couldn't be more different: a rough, working class sailor and the upper class débutante, born with a silver spoon in her mouth and constantly looking down at her inferior raft-mate. They eventually make it to land and begin to know and understand one another. The puzzle for Sam is to understand exactly why he is there. Al hasn't quite figured it out yet but everything Sam does seems to lengthen, rather than shorten, the amount of time it takes for them to be rescued. As their relationship continues to develop, Sam's begins to wonder if rescue is the object of the exercise. Written by garykmcd

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29 September 1992 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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In the original history, Vanessa Foster and Nikos Stathatos were rescued within hours of the cruise ship sinking on September 27, 1956. Vanessa married her fiancé David in Crete shortly afterwards. See more »


In "The Leaping of the Shrew", the ripples and shadows in the ocean horizon backdrop are plainly visible in nearly every shot. See more »


[Sam is increasingly frustrated with Vanessa]
Admiral Al Calavicci: It just proves that you care for her a lot.
Dr. Sam Beckett: No way.
Admiral Al Calavicci: Hey, listen, there's no way she would get this bad under your skin, unless you had feelings for her.
Dr. Sam Beckett: The only feelings I have for her are homicidal!
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Definitely Better Than "The Blue Lagoon" !

I don't like (Scott Bakula), or (Quantum Leap), or even (Brooke Shields) !! And you'd understand by now that I didn't love the most famous (Blue Lagoon) movie also !

Too far I know for any fans of the previous mentioned. But come to think of it : (Scott Bakula) is not a great actor and he's not my cup of tea, the main plot of (Quantum Leap) is marvelous and genuine but not that attractive all the time (to see "Bakula" as a woman also UGH ! That was horrible !!!), and when it comes to miss (Shields) I think you'll grasp easily that when you follow her as a child then as a pin up !! Well, you'd always feel something wrong or at least the taste would be strange ! True that she had at that episode's time one nice body and they didn't waste the chance at all to put her in that 2 pieces blue costume which makes us see her distinguished features, with one classic white nightgown, 3 romantic kisses, and one mud scene if you're queer enough ! BUT gentlemen and gentlemen ! Maybe I have a list of the most sexy 100 female stars (it actually exceeded more than 300 !) but you wouldn't find her at it !! So not to mention my original hatred for (The Blue Lagoon) as one of the most repulsive movies ever made ! Yet against everything, the strangest thing happened : I loved this episode !

So it's very rare situation I suppose which could make my comment something the very fans of all the previous menti.. I mean all what I hate ! Must read to figure out : for what exactly did I love it ?! As it's not their typical reasons !

Simply it's the script. I love the good one, and I adore it when it's perfectly done. Here the story is nice like a great movie from the 1950s or the 1940s. Maybe there wasn't some deep danger to be saved from like they wanted a pure romantic comedy, or to make us feel secure about them all along after the end !??, or maybe there was some scene but got to be deleted ??? Whatever.. ! I'm a screenplay writer myself so I'm familiar with the cases and the 100 nightmares which you'd face just to fulfill one dream like this ! Although there wasn't a catchy climax (only some sweet twist at the end) but it was all good : the thrill, the fast dialogue, the hidden facts about the characters, and more : the cinematography, the sentimental sumptuous music, the acting ! As (Shields)'s performance made me feel that she was in the wrong places, having the wrong roles, with the wrong people for all her lifetime !!! Plus of course (Dean Stockwell) as (Al). Aside from his effective chemistry with (Scott Bakula) and his great lines every time, this man was a genius as that very funny ghostly sidekick.It hasn't been in the history of TV that kind of complete harmonic relationship between the role and its gifted actor on one hand, and the long success of it on the other hand unless for very few examples. The only one of which I could remember right now in addition to (Stockwell) as (Al) is (Peter Falk) as (Columbo).

There were maybe the last days of the shows as I loved (fantastic, dreamy, dexterously written, directed, No nudity, No hype dull cinematography, No easy tasteless electronic music ..etc) before the crusade of (The Reality TV, The frantic forensic shows, The Shield !…etc). They were also (Donald P. Bellisario)'s memorable good days before him being in the swamp of (N.C.I.S) !! And finally it's the first time till now to watch a work by (Shields) and not to wish for (Elisabeth Shue) instead !

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