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Lee Harvey Oswald - October 5, 1957 - November 22, 1963: Part 2 

As the date for Dallas draws nearer, Oswald's personality is getting harder to control. Al is finding it harder to connect with Sam. Is Sam supposed to save the President, or unearth the conspiracy?



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


As the date for Dallas draws nearer, Oswald's personality is getting harder to control. Al is finding it harder to connect with Sam. Is Sam supposed to save the President, or unearth the conspiracy?

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22 September 1992 (USA)  »

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This episode takes place in Moscow, the Soviet Union on October 21, 1959, in Stallion's Gate, New Mexico from February 15 to February 16, 1999, in Dallas, Texas on April 10, 1963, in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 9, 1963 and in Dallas, Texas from November 21 to November 22, 1963. See more »


Project Quantum Leap's present date is given as February 15, 1999. However, this is seven months before the present date of September 18, 1999 given in Quantum Leap: The Leap Back - June 15, 1945. See more »


[last lines]
Sam: If you hadn't reached me... I would have sh...
Admiral Al Calavicci: No, it wouldn't have been you pulling that trigger, Sam, not really.
Sam: And then when I... I-I had a chance to save him, I leaped. Why, Al? Why?
Admiral Al Calavicci: Oswald's mind finally reconnected, and when it did, he leaped back. And you leaped into the nearest person that could accomplish your mission.
Sam: But I didn't accomplish it.
Admiral Al Calavicci: Well - maybe you did.
Sam: I didn't save him.
Admiral Al Calavicci: No. But it doesn't look like that's what you were here to do. Ziggy thinks you were ...
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Terrific Premier to the Final Season
15 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I feel compelled to review this episode after reading the previous reviewer's opinion. He clearly did not understand the point behind this episode and is most likely not a fan of the show. As someone who has seen every episode, I would like to present a more useful review.

This is an excellent episode. After 4 seasons, the creators of Quantum Leap have thrown Sam into almost every situation imaginable. This time, they put him into a historical figure whose actions we are familiar with. In previous episodes Sam taught Chubby Checker the Twist, Michael Jackson the Moonwalk, and Buddy Holly the lyrics to Peggy Sue. We can't prove he didn't. But in this case, we know what Lee Harvey Oswald did. We know that JFK was assassinated. There is no way Sam can stop that. Part of the point behind this episode is simply to refute Oliver Stone's movie. Stone hypothesized that Oswald was part of a larger conspiracy. Quantum Leap looks at it as Oswald acting alone.

So why did Sam jump into Oswald? What can Sam change about the events of that day in Dallas? That is why we watch. It was a very well-made episode and I highly recommend it. Please ignore the previous reviewer's thoughts to the contrary.

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