Quantum Leap: Season 4, Episode 7

The Wrong Stuff - January 24, 1961 (6 Nov. 1991)

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Sam leaps into a chimpanzee used in the early days of the space program and has to save a fellow chimp from testing that will result in his death.



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Episode cast overview:
Dr. Leslie Ashton
Dr. Frank Winger
Albert Stratton ...
Dr. Tucker
First Military Officer
Second Military Officer


Sam leaps into Bobo, a chimpanzee-in-training for the manned space flight program in 1961. Bobo is under the care of Dr. Leslie Ashton who is trying to prove that "her" chimps can do almost anything a human could do. Al tells him that it is essential that he be one of the two chimps selected for spaceflight otherwise Bobo will be found dead with a severe head trauma. Unbeknown to Dr. Ashton, a colleague is experimenting with crash helmet durability using the chimps as crash test dummies. When Bobo isn't selected for the space program it looks like he's done for and if Sam can't leap before the helmet test, it's the end for him as well. Written by garykmcd

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6 November 1991 (USA)  »

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The title is based upon the movie about the Mercury astronauts The Right Stuff (1983). See more »


[Dr. Ashton has discovered that Dr. Winger is performing head impact research on chimps]
Dr. Leslie Ashton: How many chimps have you killed testing helmets?
Dr. Frank Winger: Doctor, do you know how many test pilots we lost at Edwards?
Dr. Leslie Ashton: No.
Dr. Frank Winger: One in four. If there'd been better helmets and protective equipment, maybe some of those men might be alive today. And besides, what are you getting on me for? You test chimps.
Dr. Leslie Ashton: The chimp research in Project Mercury is not lethal.
Dr. Frank Winger: Well, how do you know they won't die of G forces or burn up on ...
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References Doctor Dolittle (1967) See more »

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