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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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'No Nose' Pruett (as John L. Tuell)
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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 »

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

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Katie Beckett: Oh my God! If you really are from the future, you'd know if he's dead!
Sam Beckett: Chuck?
Katie Beckett: Paul McCartney. The White Album. If you play "Revolution Number Nine" backwards, the Beatles are singing "Paul is dead."
Sam Beckett: No. Paul's not dead. After the Beatles split up...
Katie Beckett: The Beatles split up?
Sam Beckett: Pretty soon, I think.
Katie Beckett: Oh God. Wait 'til I tell Elaine!
Sam Beckett: Paul forms this group called Wings and they come out with some really great tunes.
Katie Beckett: And John? What's John gonna do? He's my favorite.
Sam Beckett: [hesitantly] Uh, Katey... John...
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Crazy Credits

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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The Best Episode of Quantum Leap In My Opinion.
11 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Quantum Leap is one of my favorite shows. I am looking forward to buying seasons 2 and 3. Season 3 contains the 2 part episode called The Leap Home. The Leap Home, both parts 1 and 2, is my favorite episode of all time from that series. It is a powerful one where Sam is able to see his family and the home he grew up in once more. While he is there, he attempts to change the fates of his young sister,who marries into a violent marriage, his father,who dies from the effects of smoking, and his brother Tom, who goes to Vietnam and gets killed. In part 2, Sam leaps into a buddy from Tom's unit and ends up saving Tom's life. Sam also discovers that Al was a POW about the same time. This discovery was made while Sam looks through the photographs of a lady reporter, who's thirst for a Pulitzer prize, gets her killed. Al tells Sam that she won the prize for her final photograph,which was a picture of a young Al being captured along side other soldiers.


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