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Lee Harvey Oswald - Oct 5, 1957-Nov 22, 1963: Part 1 

Sam's leap takes a dramatic turn when he begins leaping randomly throughout the life of Lee Harvey Oswald, accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy. Matters are complicated further when Sam's mind becomes tangled with Oswald's.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sgt. Lopez
Alik Idell / Lee Harvey Oswald
Marina Oswald (as Natasha Pavlova)
Major Yuri Kosenko
Donna Magnani ...
Dennis Wolfberg ...
Cpl. McBride (as Michael Rich)
Philip McNiven ...
PFC Briggs
Ward C. Boland ...
Rodney Kageyama ...
Bar Girl
James Medina ...
New Orleans Policeman


Sam finds himself leaping in and out of Lee Harvey Oswald, accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy. Beginning with Oswald's time in the Marine Corp in Japan in 1957, Sam leaps at random heading closer to the day of the assassination in 1963. Al assumes Sam is there to stop the assassination by uncovering a conspiracy involving Oswald. As Sam continues to leap further along Oswald's life his mind becomes tangled with Oswald's until he loses all control of his actions. Before Sam is lost completely Al discovers there is no conspiracy and must stop Sam/Oswald from killing JFK. In the end Sam and Oswald are separated and Sam's mission is completed. Al reports a change from the original history as Sam leaps out. Written by fjc827

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22 September 1992 (USA)  »

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While Dr. Beckett (Scott Bakula) is under the Lee Harvey Oswald persona and firing his rifle downrange, the Marine cadre that is coaching him is "BELLISARIO". Donald P. Bellisario, producer and co-creator of "Quantum Leap". See more »


"GRANDFATHER PARADOX" of Time Travel: If Sam had NOT prevented Lee Harvey Oswald from shooting and killing Sergeant Lopez in a bar in Japan in front of other Marines in 1957, Oswald would likely have been executed or sentenced to life imprisonment, or at the very least sentenced to several decades in prison. He certainly would not have had the opportunity to assassinate JFK on November 22, 1963. Neither would he have defected to the Soviet Union and met and married his wife Marina, and therefore she would not have taken the notorious pictures of him with his guns, as depicted at the start of this episode. Therefore Sam and Al would have never heard of Lee Harvey Oswald, let alone had a presidential assassination to attempt to prevent. See more »


Oswald: Hidell, Alex James. Private, first class. Serial number: 1522597.
Al: Hidell? You're saying your name is Hidell?
Oswald: What are you, hard of hearing?
[Al consults his handlink]
Oswald: What's that?
Al: Uh, it's a tape recorder. New model.
Oswald: You won't need it. I've already told you everything I'm obliged to tell you under the rules of the Geneva Convention.
Al: Well, you're obliged to tell the truth. 1653230, that's your real serial number, isn't it, Private Oswald?
Oswald: [pause] That's no tape recorder.
Al: So we both lied.
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Going with. a. GRIM.FAIRY TALE
25 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the only Quantum Leap episode I absolutely hated. Keep in mind that I'm from Massachusetts, and someone who not only followed the history of the Kennedy family but a part of it. On four different occasions, I met Ted Kennedy, even worked on his presidential campaign and etc members of his family. In addition to that, I have been educating myself for years about the Kennedy assassination, and I know that Mr. Bellasario wrote this in answer to the movie JFK which has more facts than this one does.

The whole cartoonish picture of Lee Harvey Oswald is ridiculous and it is even likely that Oswald wasn't even in the Texas School Book Depository when the shots were fired.

But this is not about a history lesson or even rehashing that horrible day. This is just substandard writing and acting and direction for this series. It's best to pretend it never happened.

I felt that it was a waste of my time as it further backs up the Warren Commission's grim fairy tale of a lone assassin.

And the fact that Oswald was killed before the full truth could be told.says volumes here.

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