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Lee Harvey Oswald - October 5, 1957 - November 22, 1963: Part 1 

Sam's leap takes a dramatic turn when he begins leaping randomly throughout the life of Lee Harvey Oswald, accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy. Matters are complicated further when Sam's mind becomes tangled with Oswald's.


James Whitmore Jr.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Bakula ... Dr. Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell ... Admiral Al Calavicci
Reni Santoni ... Sgt. Lopez
Willie Garson ... Alik Idell / Lee Harvey Oswald
Natasha Pavlovich ... Marina Oswald (as Natasha Pavlova)
Elya Baskin ... Major Yuri Kosenko
Donna Magnani ... Mariska
Dennis Wolfberg Dennis Wolfberg ... Gooshie
Michael Lopez Michael Lopez ... Cpl. McBride (as Michael Rich)
Philip McNiven Philip McNiven ... PFC Briggs
Ward C. Boland Ward C. Boland ... Lt. Obrigowitz
Rodney Kageyama Rodney Kageyama ... Joda
Patty Toy ... Bar Girl
James Medina James Medina ... Carlos
Chris Kinkade ... New Orleans Policeman


Sam finds himself leaping in and out of Lee Harvey Oswald, accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy. Beginning with Oswald's time in the Marine Corp in Japan in 1957, Sam leaps at random heading closer to the day of the assassination in 1963. Al assumes Sam is there to stop the assassination by uncovering a conspiracy involving Oswald. As Sam continues to leap further along Oswald's life his mind becomes tangled with Oswald's until he loses all control of his actions. Before Sam is lost completely Al discovers there is no conspiracy and must stop Sam/Oswald from killing JFK. In the end Sam and Oswald are separated and Sam's mission is completed. Al reports a change from the original history as Sam leaps out. Written by fjc827

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Release Date:

22 September 1992 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in Dallas, Texas on March 21, 1963, in Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan from October 5 to October 6, 1957, in Stallion's Gate, New Mexico on February 14, 1999, in Negashaia-Yamato, Japan on October 7, 1957 and in Tustin, California on January 6, 1959. See more »


Project Quantum Leap's present date is given as February 14, 1999. However, this is seven months before the present date of September 18, 1999 given in Quantum Leap: The Leap Back - June 15, 1945. See more »


[Sam is being kissed by a Russian girl]
Sam: How do you say "Oh, boy" in Russian?
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References Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) See more »


Suite from Lee Harvey Oswald
Written by Velton Ray Bunch
Performed by Velton Ray Bunch
Courtesy of Music Corp. of America (BMI)
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Going with. a. GRIM.FAIRY TALE
25 May 2015 | by jwpeel-1See all my reviews

This is the only Quantum Leap episode I absolutely hated. Keep in mind that I'm from Massachusetts, and someone who not only followed the history of the Kennedy family but a part of it. On four different occasions, I met Ted Kennedy, even worked on his presidential campaign and etc members of his family. In addition to that, I have been educating myself for years about the Kennedy assassination, and I know that Mr. Bellasario wrote this in answer to the movie JFK which has more facts than this one does.

The whole cartoonish picture of Lee Harvey Oswald is ridiculous and it is even likely that Oswald wasn't even in the Texas School Book Depository when the shots were fired.

But this is not about a history lesson or even rehashing that horrible day. This is just substandard writing and acting and direction for this series. It's best to pretend it never happened.

I felt that it was a waste of my time as it further backs up the Warren Commission's grim fairy tale of a lone assassin.

And the fact that Oswald was killed before the full truth could be told.says volumes here.

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