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The Leap Home: Part 1 - November 25, 1969 

Sam leaps into himself as a 16-year-old boy 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 was killed in Vietnam and his sister who married an abusive alcoholic.

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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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Trivia

David Newson, who plays Sam's brother Tom, later portrays Scott Bakula's brother on another show. He is Bakula's character Terry's brother on the 2009 series, Men of a Certain Age. See more »

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

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Admiral Al Calavicci: I know it hurts, Sam, but you did the right thing.
Sam Beckett: I always do - I always do the right thing Al and where does it get me? I m - Why can I always save strangers, but not the people I love?
Admiral Al Calavicci: I don't know.
Sam Beckett: Well, I'm not gonna do it anymore. I'm not gonna do it.
Sam Beckett: [yelling to the sky] You hear that? Whoever you are, *whatever* you are, I'm not doing it anymore! I *quit*!
Sam Beckett: [to Al] I quit.
[Sam runs away through the cornfield]
Admiral Al Calavicci: Sam!
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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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References Hoosiers (1986) 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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Nauseating
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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