Quantum Leap: Season 4, Episode 17

Roberto! - January 27, 1982 (11 Mar. 1992)

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In the role of a "Geraldo" type journalist, Sam and an asthmatic woman try and uncover the truth about what is going on at a local chemical plant.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jani Eisenberg
Earl Skinner
Ed Saxton
Michael Heintzman ...
Rick Upfield
Donald Gibb ...
Man with Glasses (as Don Gibb)
Laura Schlessinger ...
Red Norton
Victor Talmadge ...
Foreman / Hank
Sherri Lynn Rothman ...


Sam leaps into the body of Roberto Guttierrez, host of a local TV talk show that specializes in sensationalisitc stories. His friendly wager with a reporter at the station, Jani Eisengerg, that he can do serious reporting as much as anyone takes a dangerous turn when they visit a new plant being built in the area. She thinks he should be doing the story about UFOs and aliens that was called into the station but he soon realizes that there is something sinister going on at the plant. When an informant is killed, they manage to use his pass to get into a secret area and learn why aliens have been seen and sheep have been disappearing. Sam tricks the plant manager into appearing on his show to nab him. Written by garykmcd

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This episode is set in 1982, but in the studio offices, there is an issue of the Weekly World News with Jeffrey Dahmer on the cover. Jeffrey Dahmer was unknown until his 1991 arrest and the photo on the cover was taken during one of his subsequent court appearances. It appears in the background of the studio offices just after Jani catches Sam talking to Al and thinks he is talking to himself. Jani takes a call and the Weekly World News cover can be seen behind her and to the right. See more »


Rick Upfield: [By telephone] I really need to speak to you.
Dr. Sam Beckett: [as Roberto] Okay. Uh, 9:00 tonight at the Lost Dolphin.
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References The Geraldo Rivera Show (1987) See more »

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Clever, but....
2 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A clever ending, but not one of the better episodes of the series.

Despite 46+ minutes of show, the story was too superficial. Also, it lacked the normal emotion that Bakula usually gives 110% to this series.

Just how a man can sneak into a TV studio screening room unnoticed and switch an inhaler, is beyond me. And HOW "Roberto" (Bakula) figured out what was in the inhaler that he didn't notice was switched, is another huge gaping whole in the plot unless it is implied that they played along and "allowed" the guy to switch the inhaler with some forethought or help for Al. Regardless, none of this was shown or even narrated in.

So..."Roberto!" (the episode) was under cooked with an extremely abrupt ending as well.

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