Quantum Leap: Season 3, Episode 22

Shock Theater - October 3, 1954 (22 May 1991)

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Sam leaps into a patient at a Mental Hospital and undergoes electroshock therapy. The treatment causes Sam to act like other people he's been. It also weakens his link to Al. Al must find a... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Masters
Tibby Johnson
Robert Symonds ...
Dr. Wickless
Nurse Chatam
Ralph Marrero ...
Young Doctor
Harry Pugh ...
Older Doctor
Howard Matthew Johnson ...


Sam leaps into a patient at a Mental Hospital and undergoes electroshock therapy. The treatment causes Sam to act like other people he's been. It also weakens his link to Al. Al must find a way to get his friend back to normal, and figure a way to carry out Sam's mission. Written by Jesse Sanchez

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Al says that he's from 43 years in the future. Since it's 1954, that means that Al is based in 1997. See more »


While Al had brought Dr. Beeks to see Sam, Al had to hold her hand so she could see him, however, Sam could not hear her. Al explained that Sam could not hear her because Al and Sam's minds were linked, so it would only stand to reason that that would work in reverse as well. However, Al was able to hear any character that was present; seeing what Sam would see would be possible, but hearing as explained in that episode, would not be able to be accomplished. See more »


Nurse Chatam: What is it, Tibby?
Admiral Al Calavicci: [stopping Tibby who is pointing at him] Don't you say anything! Or they're gonna put you in a hole so deep under this place, you'll never get out!
Tibby: [to Chatam, smiling innocently] Nothing. Never mind.
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Alphabet Rap
Written by Deborah Pratt and Mark Leggett
Performed by Dean Stockwell
Courtesy of Music Corp. of America (BMI)
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The best in the whole show
24 June 2009 | by (ISRAEL) – See all my reviews

After 3 seasons, Sam Becket finally looses it , and the QL project almost looses him. After undergoing shock treatment in a 50s mental hospital, Sam can no longer grasp reality and fades into the people he leaped into. Poor Al is trying to bring him back to real time, but the only solution is a very painful one. If people ask why Quantum Leap was so amazing, this episode is the answer. Even today, 18 year after its original airing, it is as fresh and exciting as it was before. Scott Bakula received the Golden Globe Award for his performance in this episode, and it is - hands down - his best work in the show or on TV ever.

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