Quantum Leap: Season 4, Episode 5

Permanent Wave - June 2, 1983 (16 Oct. 1991)

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Sam leaps into a hair dresser to prevent the death of a murder witness.



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Episode cast overview:
Doran Clark ...
Lela Ivey ...
Detective Ward
Christine Cattell ...
Candi Brough ...
Randi Brough ...
Robert Jacobs ...


Sam leaps into the body of Frank Bianca, a hairdresser in Los Angeles just as there's a shooting at the pharmacy next door. He lives with Laura and her son Kyle and he has just let the boy go next door to get some candy. The boy is unharmed but the pharmacist is killed and Kyle may be the only witness. Laura refuses to let Kyle cooperate with the police since her husband once witnessed a crime and was killed before he could give evidence. The detective on the case desperately wants to speak to Kyle but Sam can't convince Laura that they should do the right thing. Time is running out as Al tells him that both Kyle and his mom will be killed in the next 48 hours and he's there to stop it. Written by garykmcd

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16 October 1991 (USA)  »

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The little boy in this episode is played by Joseph Gordon Levitt. See more »


When Al is telling Sam the new happy lives Laura and Kyle will have as a result of his changing history during the leap, he says that Kyle will "win the gold medal in the 100 metre butterfly at the 1994 Special Olympics." The Special Olympics is for athletes with intellectual disabilities, not physical disabilities like Kyle has. If this was meant to be a reference to the Paralympics, the most elite competition for athletes with physical disabilities, the year is wrong. The Paralympics are held the same year as the Olympics for the same season. See more »


[Sam has to deal with a pair of very flirtatious twins]
Dr. Sam Beckett: [taking them in his arms] Let me ask you, ladies, what... is it exactly that you have in mind?
Lisel: Well, Elsa and I have a political function to attend. And we thought...
Dr. Sam Beckett: [starts kissing them one by one] Something, uh, wild, or something... free?
Admiral Al Calavicci: Hey! Is that part of me still in you or what?
Dr. Sam Beckett: Maybe.
Admiral Al Calavicci: Stop this!
Elsa: Maybe?
Dr. Sam Beckett: Maybe we should make some of those uptight political types really suffer! So why don't you ladies get out of those clothes, slip ...
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References Quantum Leap: Future Boy - October 6, 1957 (1991) See more »

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