Quantum Leap (1989–1993)
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Genesis: Part 1 - September 13, 1956 

Although the Project Quantum Leap isn't ready yet, Sam Beckett doesn't listen to supercomputer Ziggy, hops into the Accelerator and leaps. As Tom Stratton, an Air Force test pilot about to ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Bakula ... Dr. Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell ... Admiral Al Calavicci
Jennifer Runyon ... Peggy Stratton
John Allen Nelson ... Capt. Bill 'Bird Dog' Birdell
W.K. Stratton W.K. Stratton ... Dr. Berger
Newell Alexander ... John Beckett
Lee de Broux ... Coach (as Lee DeBroux)
Larry Poindexter ... Capt. Tony LaMott
Bruce McGill ... Weird Ernie
Amanda Horan Kennedy ... Tina (as Barbra Horan)
David Trent David Trent ... Captain Doug Walker
James F. Dean James F. Dean ... Dr. Blaustein
Lela Ivey Lela Ivey ... Lucy
Dennis Wolfberg Dennis Wolfberg ... Gooshie
Lydia Cornell ... Sally


Although the Project Quantum Leap isn't ready yet, Sam Beckett doesn't listen to supercomputer Ziggy, hops into the Accelerator and leaps. As Tom Stratton, an Air Force test pilot about to attempt a dangerous flight. Sam finds his memory Swiss cheesed, with only enough left to know that he is not where or when he belongs. According to Sam's friend and partner Al, who appears to him as a hologram nobody else can see, Al explains that the Project has gone awry and in order to leap out of the pilot's body, Sam must successfully fly the X-2 to Mach 3, which according to historical records, ended in a fatal crash. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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26 March 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Re-use of the name Jim Bonnick from Magnum P.I. See more »


Early on, Al is seen by Sam in the back of the cargo plane with his clothing flapping in the wind. Though, to Al, his surroundings are nothing but a hologram, and thus, nothing around him should have any physical effect on him - including wind. See more »


Al Calavicci: Your best shot is freezing the brain until all electrical activity has ceased.
Dr. Sam Beckett: That's called death.
Al Calavicci: I never said it would be easy.
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Alternate Versions

When NBC reran this episode along with the other first season episodes, they cut the two hour pilot down to 90 minutes. The first scene of Al and the girl in the car was cut with the episode opening on Sam first waking up after leaping into Tom Stratton. The show continues like the original until the shot where Sam runs out of the house after seeing the "Howdy Doody" clip and he says his line about "....there's usually a Boogyman." At this point the opening credits run. After that there are some minor bits of footage cut from the flying sequences. The biggest cut comes at the end when the entire second leap into baseball player Tim Fox is removed. Sam gives Tom's son a thumb's up at the end of the first leap. Instead of Tom's son throwing Sam the baseball as in the original - the picture freeze frames on Sam's thumbs up, and he turns electric blue with the now standard leap effects, and we get the preview of next week's rerun, the episode with Sam as a teacher. See more »


Referenced in Quantum Leap: Shock Theater - October 3, 1954 (1991) See more »


Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)
Music by Jay Livingston
Lyrics by Ray Evans
Performed by Doris Day
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21 October 2000 | by TenmaSee all my reviews

This is an excellent show with limitless possibilities and a strong cast. It is rare indeed that a television series will spark the imaginations of so many people. I can only fault the series on a few inconsistencies... For example, it is Sam's body and not the person he leaped into that he utilizes, which explains why after leaping into a legless Vietnam survivor he could stand and fight, but on the other hand he could also give birth, something Sam's body is most certainly incapable of.

Several episodes of the series do seem to be a trifle unnecessary, or "filler" material, but even these have their own special charm (i. e. the bigamist episode, "Dr. Ruth.") On the whole I would recommend this series to anyone, because with such a varied subject matter there is sure to be something for everyone. It's almost like watching a different show each time.

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