Quantum Leap (1989–1993)
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Glitter Rock - April 12, 1974 

Sam becomes a member of a rock band who is stabbed to death after a concert by one of a long list of suspects.


Andy Cadiff


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Chris Ruppenthal

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Episode cast overview:
Scott Bakula ... Dr. Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell ... Admiral Al Calavicci
Jon Gries ... Flash McGrath (as Jonathan Gries)
Peter Noone ... Dwayne
Christian Hoff ... Philip Silbart
Michael Cerveris ... Nick
Robert Bauer ... Wilder
Elizabeth Whitcraft Elizabeth Whitcraft ... Sandy (as Liza Whitcraft)
Jan Eddy ... Whittler
Sharon Martin Sharon Martin ... Blonde
Dorrie Krum Dorrie Krum ... Heather
Bob Cady Bob Cady ... Chase
Bruce Michael Paine Bruce Michael Paine ... Jeffrey Mole / 'Tonic'


Sam leaps into the body of Jeffrey Mole, a 1970s rock musician and member of a band that has as its trademark heavy makeup. Al tells him that in two nights time, a crazed fan will stab and kill him. The fan in question, 16 year-old Philip Silbart, is emotionally disturbed and has run away from several foster homes. Strange things begin to happen however - like a stage prop falling on his head - which leaves Al and Sam wondering if someone other than Philip may be out to get him. Sam begins to suspect the band's business manager of fiddling the books but it also turns out that Jeffrey is probably Philip's father. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

10 April 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Philip Silbart was born in Hastings, Nebraska on July 27, 1957. See more »


When Sam and the band are leaving the concert in a limousine, a FOX body Mustang can clearly be seen in the parking lot. The FOX body Mustang first appeared in 1979, though the episode is set in April 1974. See more »


Chase: [interviewing] Tonic, what were you thinking, when you wrote: "As I travel in space and time, I want to stay, I want to go. You can see my face, but it's not mine. What you can't see, you'll never know." What can't we see?
Dr. Sam Beckett: [as Tonic, after Flash makes a joke] Well, um... I guess what I, what I really was, uh, meaning, er, to say was, uh, that, um, we all... live our lives behind masks. But the real point of living is to get beyond, to break through those masks, from the outside and from the ...
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References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »


Rock the Redhead
Performed by Scott Bakula as Tonic with King Thunder
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Rock on!

This was one of the great episodes. I caught a goof in it though, as it was set in I think 1974, and the manager said he created them... wrong! KISS was rocking hard and strong in '74, and they were in full-dress make-up... it sounded like he was taking credit for their look, it just sounded wrong. True die-hard KISS fans would have caught that and not been pleased with him! I agree, the song, 'Rock The Redhead,' although being a bit suggestive lyrically, was very catchy; the music was red-hot, I wish they had added a few more lyrics, it was great. I sing it a lot too. I loved the other one more though; 'Somewhere in The Night' from Piano Man is so beautiful, it is haunting and I simply cannot get it out of my head! I made video clips of both, then turned them into audio files... now I need an exorcist to get them out of my head! Pity he didn't do a bit more with music in Q L! He was very good!

I counted 97 episodes. This one is a solid hit, easily one of the Top Ten best Leaps of all time.

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