Quantum Leap: Season 3, Episode 1

The Leap Home: Part 1 - November 25, 1969 (28 Sep. 1990)

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Sam leaps into himself as a teenager to help his high school basketball team win the championship. He also tries to help the other members of his family including his father who died from smoking, his brother who died in Viet Nam and his sister who married a wife abuser.


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Episode credited cast:
Hannah Cutrona ...
Mai-Lis Kuniholm ...
Niles Brewster ...
Matthew John Graeser ...
Ethan Wilson ...
'No Nose' Pruett (as John L. Tuell)
Adam Logan ...
Young Sam Beckett (as Adam Affonso)
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Sam leaps into himself as a 16 year-old and gets to re-live a very happy time in his life. His father is still alive, and his mother and sister are happy as well. Al tells him that he's likely there to re-play the big championship basketball game his high school lost. If they win, several members of the team will go on to greater careers that they have had, including college scholarships and professional basketball careers. Sam isn't sure he wants to replay the game as it will likely cause him to leap and he wants to stay with his family. He hopes to get his father, who will die in three years, to quit smoking, his sister not to elope with her boyfriend and to persuade his older brother Tom not to go to Vietnam. Written by garykmcd

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28 September 1990 (USA)  »

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Al tells Sam that the fictional Elkridge Cougars go on to win the state championship. For the 1969-1970 season, Indiana had a one-class high school basketball tournament, won in 1970 by the undefeated East Chicago Roosevelt Roughriders. See more »


"Post Raisin Bran" cereal box on kitchen table is from 1990, not 1969. See more »


Sam Beckett: John is going to write my favorite song.
Katie Beckett: [skeptical] You favorite song?
Sam Beckett: Um-hmm.
Katie Beckett: In the future?
Sam Beckett: Yeah.
Katie Beckett: Well, sing it to me. Or are you gonna use that swiss-cheese-brain excuse you gave me when I asked you who'd be my first boyfriend?
Sam Beckett: [playing guitar and singing] Imagine there's no heaven / It's easy if you try / No Hell below us / Above us only sky / Imagine all the people living for today / Imagine there's no countries / It isn't hard to do / Nothing to kill or die for.
[Katie's expression changes]
Sam Beckett:
Sam BeckettAdmiral Al Calavicci:
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Instead of the usual ending theme, the credits roll atop an alternate angle take of Sam playing "Imagine" to Katie. See more »


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Suite from The Leap Home, Part I: I Am Home / Winning Basket / Thank God It's Dinner
Written by Velton Ray Bunch
Performed by Velton Ray Bunch
Courtesy of Music Corp. of America (BMI)
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2 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

Sam leaps into himself and frets over his father dying of a heart attack and his brother being killed in Viet Nam.

He frowns and frowns and frowns.

Makes the situation worse, of course. Are we supposed to be rooting for this guy? Hey, everybody, let's protest the Viet Nam war ALL OVER AGAIN! Talk about flogging a freakin' dead horse.

The funniest by far is when Sam sings "IMagine" by John Lennon to his little sister and it makes her cry and upsets her.

It amazes me how this show and Sally Jessy Raphael (wow, whatever happened to that totally annoying woman?) treat "Imagine" as some flippin' anthem that would make all our lives so much better, . . . . . if we just followed that beautiful, beautiful (sob), beautiful message, . . . .

BUT English comedian Chris Barrie will quote from the song on the comedy "Brittas Empire" and come across like a total buffoon! Maybe because to listen to songs and sing along with them is fun to do, but to quote them so seriously and act as tho we have to alter our lives by what lyrics say is utterly ridiculous.

"You May Say I'm A Dreamer, . . . " Oh, yes.

"But I'm Not The Only One, . . . " Unfortunately.

"I Hope Some Day You Will Join Us . . . " Thankfuly, no.

"And The World Will Live As One." Not with this message, I'm afraid. It will NEVER happen.

Remember the song is called "IMAGINE". Thats make believe, Mr. Rogers!

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