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Pool Hall Blues - September 4, 1954 

Sam leaps into an old pool playing acquaintance of Al's and must win a pool game so that his granddaughter doesn't lose her bar.



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Episode cast overview:
Violet Walters
J.W. Smith ...
Eddie Davies
Teddy Wilson ...
Jimmy Grady
The Brush
Charles Griffin
Alton Blair Carter ...
Lester Brown
Annie Waterman ...
Miss White
Robert 'Rags' Woods ...
Charlie 'Black Magic' Walters


Sam leaps into the body of Charlie 'Black Magic' Walters, an aging pool pro who tries to help his granddaughter make a success of her club without resorting to pool playing. Al is thrilled at the turn of events having met Black Magic Walters in his youth. Unable to get a legitimate loan from the bank, Magic is forced to play the local loan shark to wipe out the debt. The only problem is that Sam can't play pool. Al comes up with a very practical way of ensuring Sam's success but he's left on his own when a technical glitch gets in the way. Written by garykmcd

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14 March 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in Chicago, Illinois from September 4 to September 6, 1954. See more »


Sam is playing piano with Violet (Shari Headley), but in Quantum Leap: Blind Faith - February 6, 1964, he claimed at first he couldn't play piano, but it was later established that he had a piano teacher and had played at Carnegie Hall himself, having recovered his swiss-cheesed memory. See more »


Dr. Sam Beckett: [Speaking as Magic to Grady about The Brush] He shouldn't have done that to Alberta.
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Written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler (1933)
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Not Exactly Minnesota Fats
18 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This installment of Quantum Leap deserves another review. Here Sam leaps into Charlie Waters aka "Black Magic", an elderly gentleman celebrated for his many exploits playing pool. His special pool cue is affectionately called Alberta. He wants to help his granddaughter Violet Walters with her club business, but apparently he has not stockpiled and invested his winnings over the years. Her club is situated in a 1954 urban area and is now at risk financially to an unsavory character who thinks he can successfully challenge the aging master. Although he is younger and has better eyesight than Magic, Sam realizes that his woeful lack of technique and experience at pool is a huge liability. Despite his attempt avoid it, a showdown in 9-ball approaches. Sam must quickly develop a competitive skill with coaching and assistance from Al. The competition features a couple major hurdles and several magnificent shots, including the finale. After an appropriate conclusion, Sam leaps into a Hungarian circus act.

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