Monthly Archives: October 2017

Camikazi Kid – June 6, 1961 (with a little Halloween thrown in)



Sam is Cam Wilson, a pimply LA teenager, there to stop his older sister, Cheryl, from marrying Bob, dashing her dreams of joining the peace corp. (NOTE: This podcast episode aired on Halloween. We debated skipping ahead discussing the infamous Halloween episode from Season 3, but decided to stick to air date order. But as you’ll no doubt hear as the episode unfolds, some…um…spooky…things crept in we didn’t catch until we were rendering the episode to post.)

We frequently use these references: Beyond the Mirror Image: The Observer’s Guide to Quantum Leap, available at http://www.lulu.com/us/en/shop/matt-dale/beyond-the-mirror-image/hardcover/product-23098157.html
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The Color of Truth – August 8, 1955



Sam leaps into Jesse Tyler, an elderly black chauffeur to Ms. Melny Trafford, an elderly white women. Sam is there to prevent Ms. Melny from driving her car into the path of an oncoming train the following day, but when Sam, unaware he’s leapt into a black man, sits at a lunch counter in segregated Red Dog, Alabama, he sets off a series of events that puts other lives at risk.

One of Quantum Leap‘s most iconic and critically-acclaimed episodes, it also has some elements some may deem problematic by today’s standards. Guest Christopher J. Steward returns to to discuss the episode, delving deep into race and racism, how far we’ve come and how far we haven’t.

We frequently use these references: Beyond the Mirror Image: The Observer’s Guide to Quantum Leap, available at http://www.lulu.com/us/en/shop/matt-dale/beyond-the-mirror-image/hardcover/product-23098157.html
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Double Identity – November 8, 1965



Sam is Frankie, a mob hitman in New York City, 1965. Ziggy says Sam is not there to right a wrong, but to perform a number of specific tasks in preparation for the project’s next attempt to retrieve Sam back to the present. Guest, Christopher J. Steward, joins Sam Fain and Dennis to break down the episode.

We frequently use these references: Beyond the Mirror Image: The Observer’s Guide to Quantum Leap, available at http://www.lulu.com/us/en/shop/matt-dale/beyond-the-mirror-image/hardcover/product-23098157.html
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How the Tess Was Won – August 5, 1956



Sam leaps into “Doc” Daniel Young, a veterinarian working on a Texas ranch. He is quickly drawn into a “cowboy off” with Tess, the ranch owner’s daughter, in a quest to win her hand at marriage. Oh, boy! See also, Piggy Sooie!

Sam, Dennis, and guest star and Chicago musician, Claire Feeney, discuss cowboy feminism, the enduring legacy of Buddy Holly, and the everlasting sexiness of shirtless Scott Bakula.

You can learn more about Claire and her music at http://thenewswitcheroo.com/about.html

We frequently use these references: Beyond the Mirror Image: The Observer’s Guide to Quantum Leap, available at http://www.lulu.com/us/en/shop/matt-dale/beyond-the-mirror-image/hardcover/product-23098157.html
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The Right Hand of God – October 24, 1974



Sam Fain thinks “The Right Hand of God” is an over-plotted, too-complicated-for-its-own-good hour of television. Dennis thinks it is a perfectly enjoyable hour of television and worthy entry into the “Quantum Leap” canon. The two hosts spar it out.

Who is Sam this episode? Sam is Kid Cody, a heavyweight boxer on the take in 1974 Sacramento, California. Cody’s contract has been inherited by a convent of nuns (don’t ask; it’s complicated.) Sam is there to win a championship match so Sister Angela can build a chapel to help orphaned kids like herself – and maybe to help Cody and his girlfriend, Dixie, fund their long-dreamed-for donut shop.

We frequently use these references: Beyond the Mirror Image: The Observer’s Guide to Quantum Leap, available at http://www.lulu.com/us/en/shop/matt-dale/beyond-the-mirror-image/hardcover/product-23098157.html
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