Quantum Leap (1989–1993)
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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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Did You Know?


This was Brooke Shields's first guest appearance on a television series in which she played a fictional character. 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 »


[when rummaging through Vanessa's chest, Sam picks up a contemporary bra]
Vanessa Foster: What're you doing? Get your grubby paws out of my... Give- Give me that!
Dr. Sam Beckett: Trust me, I have no interest in your underwear.
Admiral Al Calavicci: I knew it. The sun is getting to his mind.
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Brooke & Bakula; Scott & Shields
8 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

By this time, Brooke was making fun of the primadonna image she had accumulated with "Blue Lagoon" and "Endless Love"; that all she was was beautiful and nothing more.

Bakula was already established by the TV show, so he was meeting Shields as her equal, and Brooke worked off him just as well.

Taming of the Shrew meets the Blue Lagoon? The pair watch more like a couple of old Hollywood pros.

Not a screwball comedy, but a simplistic romance.

And for an episode of "Quantum Leap" it takes a different turn as well.

Too many pluses for this episode of a show that isn't really a favorite of mine, but I must admit, I am enjoying watching the occasional assortment of shows that air on Sci Fi every now and then.

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