Quantum Leap (1989–1993)
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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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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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The title is based upon a local television station horror movie show. See more »

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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 »

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Admiral Al Calavicci: [to Sam whose mind has been scrambled by an electro shock therapy session while in the persona of a mental patient] I've got Dr Beeks here with me. And she's got a theory to get you to leap.
Dr. Sam Beckett: Where is she?
Admiral Al Calavicci: She's right here. But you can't see her because she isn't tuned into your brainwaves like I am. Would you like to see her?
Dr. Sam Beckett: Yeah, sure.
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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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