Quantum Leap: Season 4, Episode 12

Running for Honor - June 11, 1964 (15 Jan. 1992)

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At a Naval school Sam must prevent the death of a gay fellow classmate from a gang of other students.



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Episode cast overview:
Admiral Spencer
Phillip Ashcroft
Ronnie Chambers
John Roselius ...
Coach Martz
Lisa Lawrence ...
Karen Spencer
Jake Price ...
Agent Plebe
Martin Hansen ...
Cadet #1
Brian Seibert ...
Beau Windham ...
Tommy H. York


Sam leaps into the body of Tommy York, a cadet at Prescott Naval College in 1964. Tommy is a superb athlete and will be the valedictorian at the upcoming graduation. Al tells Sam that Tommy's former roommate, ex-cadet Philip Ashcroft, will be found dead in two days time. Ashcroft was expelled from Prescott because he was a homosexual but Sam learns there is a small group of cadets, known as the Chain gang, who are praying on gay men in the community. As rumors spread that Tommy is also gay, Sam and Al race to ensure Philip survives. Written by garykmcd

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NBC affiliates in some areas of the US refused to air this episode during the initial broadcast due to the controversial nature of the storyline. See more »


[last lines]
Admiral Al Calavicci: You know, there's one thing that I-I... just doesn't figure for me.
Dr. Sam Beckett: What's that?
Admiral Al Calavicci: Well, was Tommy... gay or not?
Dr. Sam Beckett: Does it matter?
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an honest and effective anti-homophobia treatment
15 September 2007 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

My brother told me about this episode when it aired in Australia in the early nineties - but I had to wait for the DVD (in 2007) to see it myself. I'm impressed with how entertaining this episode is, while also dealing with a wide range of the issues around homophobia (including internalised homophobia).

I particularly appreciate that Sam is totally at ease in his temporary new skin as naval sports jock Tommy - readily accepting Ziggy's strong prediction (86%) that Tommy is gay.

Previous seasons of Quantum Leap have informed us that Sam Beckett is honest, compassionate and refreshingly free of prejudice. And so in this program Sam quickly pulls Al back into line for making ill-informed value judgements about Tommy's natural mannerisms.

This show has relevance to gays to the military - but it's really a universal statement that homophobia is everyone's problem.

I've always had a crush on Scott Bakula (and a boyhood crush on Dean Stockwell). I now have even more respect for these two fine actors.

This program alone is well worth the purchase price of the 4th season DVD set.

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