Quantum Leap (1989–1993)
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The Play's the Thing - September 9, 1969 

Sam finds himself as a young man involved with an older woman who has singing aspirations and needs a confidence boost from Sam.



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Episode cast overview:
Penny Fuller ...
Eva Loseth ...
Deem Bristow ...


Sam leaps into the body of Joe Furlow, a stage actor who is living in New York City with the widowed - and somewhat older - Jane Lindhurst. Joe is an actor and a peace activist who encourages Jane to pursue her singing career over the objections of her adult son Neil who wants her to return to Cleveland. Al tells Sam that in two days time, Jane will in fact return home and live out a lonely existence. Sam realizes that Jane's music is the key to her happiness and her eventual success as a singer will determine her future life. Sam's first attempt at getting her to realize her potential ends disastrously but an unexpected opportunity provides both Joe and Jane with a great future. Written by garykmcd

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8 January 1992 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Neil Lindhurst was born in 1939. See more »


Sam is sitting at the table in the club with Joe and Liz. When the camera is on Sam, the "lava" in the lava lamp on the table is not moving, but when the camera is on Joe and Liz, the "lava" in the lava lamp is moving all around. See more »


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My Cherie Amour
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To Like or not to Like!
4 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although I love QL, I believe this episode falls short in two main areas.

Bakula -- the actor -- just seems tired (in "real-life") and does not act with the normal gusto one would expect. Even Al (Stockwell) seems out to lunch during the shoot!) Most QL episodes bring either a tear of happiness or sadness (or both) to my eyes. This did neither.

The other problem was the rather abrupt ending. The episode ends in the middle of a song sung by co-star Penny Fuller. The best acting comes from Fuller and her TV son, Neil, played by Daniel Roebuck.

So, to rate this, I ask, "To like or not to like?" I'll just flip a coin and not even look if it landed head's or tail's up and give it a five (5)out of 10. But believe me, my usual ratings for QL episodes are between a 7 and 9 with a few 10's deservedly given, such as the two part, The Leap Home, when Sam is himself at age 16 back in Elkridge!

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