Monthly Archives: June 2018

Miss Deep South – June 7, 1958



Sam leaps into Darlene Monte, a beauty pageant contestant on her way to compete in the Miss Deep South competition. There, he meets another contestant, Connie Duncan, who is going to disappear before the competition begins after being seduced into taking nude photos by Clint Beaumont, the pageant’s photographer. Sam must change her fate, while not altering history for Darlene – in the original history, she placed third, and used the scholarship award to go on to become one of the top women cardiologists in the country.

Sam and Dennis are joined by Kelly and Megan (please don’t say “Megan, Kelly”!) of the comedy podcast, The Courtesy Flush. They help us pick a part an episode that certainly means well, but has some problematic content looking at the episode through a 2018 lense. Enjoy them on this episode, and check out their show as well.

Programming note: We had some sound issues with this episode. Sam did some incredibly diligent work to fix what he could, but Kelly, Megan and Dennis are quiet in some segments. 

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 B***ieman (The Halloween Episode)* – October 31, 1964



*In Quantum Leap lore, it’s bad luck to say or write the full title of this episode, but if you’re listening to this, you probably already knew that.

Sam leaps into Joshua Ray, a second-rate horror novelist in Covington, Maine. Al says Sam is there to stop the murder of Joshua’s fiancée, Mary; her body will be found strangled later that night in the haunted house Joshua and Mary are planning. But then their handyman, Tully, is killed by a goat in a freak accident, and things continue to get more and more strange.

Sam and Dennis are joined by Kevin Lambert to talk about the episode. Kevin is a producer of the live Chicago show, [Redacted], a reading series where good “bad” movies are “unwritten” and performed by a cast just assembled briefly before the show and with minimal rehearsal. This was Kevin’s very first episode of Quantum Leap, and he had some feelings about it.

If you are a new listener to our show, our episode covering Camikaze Kid is a nice companion to this one. It was aired on Halloween, 2017, and some…spooky…things happened in 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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One Strobe Over the Line – June 15, 1965



Lions, and cameras, and pills. Oh, boy!

Sam leaps into bad boy fashion photographer, Karl Granson, in 1965 New York City. Al tell Sam he’s there to keep an up and coming model he’s working with, Edie Landsdale, from dying from a drug overdose in two days.

Larry Ganni from The Guest Room Podcast joins us to discuss the episode. We talk about comparisons between this episode and a certain infamous episode of Saved by the Bell, how there a lot more villains in this episode than meets the eye, and Sam’s questionable behavior while overlooking a detoxing Edie.

Check out Larry’s podcast, and follow him on twitter.

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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Leap of Faith – August 19, 1963



Sam leaps into Father Frank Pistano, a new priest at St. Mary’s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As Father Frank, Sam must help Father McRoberts, an older, alcoholic priest cope with the loss of an alter boy who was recently murdered. Even more, Al tells Sam that Father Mac is also going to murdered in the next two days.

We discuss the first “back to basics” episode after the emotional two-part series premiere, and for reasons that will become obvious, we take a deep dive into the Rocky movies.

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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