Quantum Leap: Season 5, Episode 22

Mirror Image - August 8, 1953 (4 May 1993)

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Sam leaps into a bar with a bartender that's more than he appears. When Sam looks into a mirror, he sees his own reflection. In the future, they realize that Sam has leaped into himself, ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John D'Aquino ...
Tonchi (as John DiQuino)
Gooshie, the Miner (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
Mr. Collins
Dennis Wolfberg ...
Brad Silverman ...
Kid #1


Sam leaps into a bar with a bartender that's more than he appears. When Sam looks into a mirror, he sees his own reflection. In the future, they realize that Sam has leaped into himself, they search history for Sam. Sam learns more about Quantum Leap, and who's responsible for his leaps. Before he takes his next leap, he realizes he must correct something that could affect his personal history. Written by Jesse Sanchez

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4 May 1993 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Dennis Wolfberg's (Gushie) last acting performance. See more »


When Sam asks if he glows blue when he leaps Al tells him he does not know - He says the imaging chamber fades out and he does not see Sam leap, but in the episode "Good Morning Peoria" Al starts to glow blue when he is too close to the gutter that Sam has wired up and says "Hey look, I'm going to leap!" See more »


Sam: [after seeing his own face in the mirror for the first time in five years] I've got gray hair! And look at these crow's feet!
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References Captain Z-Ro (1955) See more »


Georgia On My Mind
Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell
Performed by Ray Charles (1960)
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Sam realises there is something he must do
30 July 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As the final show of the series I thought the idea of Sam leaping into Al's Place at the moment of his birth was brilliant. His confusion about the people he meets there and how they look like people he had meet on his travels but with names like Gooshie, Ziggy and even Al is very convincing - even I was confused especially when he saw their reflections they were totally different. So when the real Al showed up and told Sam they lost him temporarily he was convinced he was there to do something very special.

--------------------------- Sam's conversation with Al the bartender also convinces him that this Al was more than he seemed, even he (Al the bartender) tried to say differently. Sam finally realises that he had to put right the one thing he never did earlier - HE HAD TO HELP HIS FRIEND. the rules he had made about not changing their own history had to be broken - so he leaps back to the moment when Beth was dancing by herself and told her the truth that her husband was alive and would return to her one day.

---------------------------- the write up at the end about how Al and Beth remained married for forty years was only half of a bitter sweet ending as it also mentioned Sam never got home leaving things open for a follow-up, which I have said before would be great with the original cast members

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