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 »


David Hemmings




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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Scott Bakula (Sam Beckett), Dean Stockwell (Al Calavicci), Bruce McGill (Weird Ernie) and Dennis Wolfberg (Gooshie) are the only actors to appear in both this episode and the series finale Quantum Leap: Mirror Image - August 8, 1953 (1993). McGill played Al the Bartender in the finale while the other three played the same characters in both episodes. 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: You're part of a time travel experiment that went a little... ka-ka.
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Alternate Versions

On September 13, 1989, NBC reran the movie pilot but only as a 90-minute episode. (It was the only first-season episode rerun during the first season. The other first-season episodes were rerun during the second season.) The movie credits were replaced with standard "guest star" credits; it was the first time the title "Genesis" was shown, as the original movie pilot had simply been called "Quantum Leap." It eliminated most of the opening scene where Al encountered the woman on the side of the road. It only showed his car driving fast and a close-up of him conversing with Gooshie that Sam was leaping. The scene of the camera flying through the clouds to Tom Stratton's house and the digital clock ticking backward was replaced with the blue effect of Sam leaping into Tom in the bed. The scene continued until Sam walked outside the house saying that this was a nightmare, and sooner or later "there's gonna be a boogeyman." They then cut to the opening theme (which was actually the theme prepared for the second season - featuring a couple of scenes from second-season episodes, and saying "Starring Dean Stockwell" instead of "and Dean Stockwell".) From there on, bits and pieces of the story were cut - most significantly the subplot about Sam taking a memory test and responding with answers from his real life in the future. When he was arguing with Dr. Berger late in the story, they dubbed over the line, "It's not a sham. Those answers were true." and replaced it with "It's not a sham. What I'm saying will work." When the Tom Stratton story was completed, rather than showing Tom's son tossing a ball and cutting over to Sam catching a ball as minor league ball player Fox, they used the blue leaping effect to show him leaping out after kissing Tom's wife on the forehead and leaping directly into the standing ball player. The second story with him playing the minor league ball player and making a phone call to his Dad was left pretty much intact - except that at the end when he slides into home plate, they started the blue leaping effect but freeze-framed it there without showing the leap-in to the next episode. (During the commercial break, they did run a preview for the second season premiere episode "Honeymoon Express.") In the closing credits, the credit for "Barbara Horan as Tina" (the woman on the side of the road) was removed. See more »


Referenced in Donnie Darko (2001) 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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a smile on my face everytime I watched it
17 October 2000 | by modiusSee all my reviews

I loved this show, so okay - its got more time-travel holes than say the Terminator or Star Trek series, and it doesn't concetrate on the physics, science and stuff as it should do - and yes, perhaps at the end it became a religious thing turning to god, etc...

You can say all that, but I still loved this show, it was great viewing, most of the early episodes were really inspiring, intresting, even some could argue intelletucal - but the shows became too formalic, too much the same. The writers injected more ideas with the introduction of an evil leaper (possibly from the future, or from a foreign power - we never get to find out), and the interesting social commentary it sutley presents.

Its more family viewing than say the slam bang action, over the top sci-fi special effects laden technobabble that you get say from Star Trek or from other shows, but it has heart, it has enjoyment.

I've started to notice that a lot of shows copy the idea of leaping around - StarGate SG1, Sliders, and so much more...they more or less sound like the same thing, but they lack the heart and social commentary that this series had.

The last series (or last but one) reintroduced the character of Dr.Sam Beckett - we get to see him leap into Lee Harvey Oswald (who we see as an unstable character - Beckett struggling to leap out of his body before Oswald/Beckett shoots JFK), then in the last episode he leaps into himself - and decides to devot his life to fixing the past - as god's worker.

Although it was a pretty touching end, and we got hints of a TV/movie sequel (his daughter was working on the Quantum Leap project, etc - this could have meant his daughter trying to look for him), it never materialised - which is a real shame, most of the fans were upset that Beckett never returns home - they wouldn't accept it...I certainly didn't - I kept thinking there was a twist in the end titles were it said: "Dr.Sam Beckett never returned home" or similar...I always thought - well that could mean "because he never left home" or something.

Anyway, this is a great TV show, and as more and more producers try and fail to copy this show - we, as fans, can only hope a one off feature film or similar. They owe us that at least.

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