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Last Dance Before an Execution – May 12, 1971



Sam leaps into Jesus Ortega…just as he is being strapped into an electric chair and being told by a guard to “think of some place far away.” He receives a last-minute reprieve the governor, and 48 hours to prove Jesus’ innocence.

Sam Fain and Dennis discuss the episode.


A Hunting We Will Go – June 18, 1976



Sam leaps into Gordon O’Reilly, a bounty hunter taking his latest catch, Diane Frost, to justice. Diane has been accused of forging $1 million worth of checks from her boss. She confesses to doing it, but swears she did it for a good cause: Her boss had swindled the money from elderly people, including her own mom, and she was just trying to return the money to them.

In the original history, Gordon was supposedly killed by Diane, and then Diane was killed while trying to escape. This is one of those episodes where Sam and the other’s fate keeps fluctuating as history changes.

Sam Fain and Dennis discuss this largely comedic episode, Al’s past wives and his “5 Stages of Love”, and of course, go on their usual pop culture tangents.


Glitter Rock – April 12, 1974



Sam leaps into Jeffrey “Tonic” Mole, lead singer of the KISS-esque 70s band, King Thunder. In the original history, Tonic was originally killed by someone in the crowd as he was leaving after a concert in Detroit. Sam must figure out who is going to kill Tonic, and suspects abound! In the meantime, Sam gets to rock out with “Hot Spot”, “Rock the Red Head”, and of course, our namesake, “Fate’s Wide Wheel”.

Sam and Dennis discuss the episode, and all its weaknesses when you take all the great music out. We also talk about John Lennon’s assassination in 1980, and how the episode uses and possibly misuses that real life event.

 


Piano Man – November 10, 1985



Sam is Chuck Danner, lounge lizard extraordinaire. As Chuck, Sam is reunited with his ex, Lorraine, who’s life he disappeared from three years ago for mysterious reasons. Sam must…oh, come on! We’re all here for “Somewhere in the Night”, right???

Sam and Dennis discuss the episode, and try out a new, streamlined format. Let us know what you think!


PREVIEW EPISODE: Dad to the Future



Bonus episode this week! This is a preview episode of Dad to the Future, Dennis’ new podcast about fatherhood and marriage, through the lens of time travel nerdery. In the episode, Dennis has a conversation with Fate’s Wide Wheel co-host Sam Fain, who was just five days into fatherhood at time of the recording.

Sam and Dennis swap birth stories, early days of fatherhood, and sleepless nights.

Dad to the Future will debut in mid to late-August. To learn more, and subscribe in advance, visit the website, Dad to the Future, and also follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


The Leap Home, Part 1: November 25, 1969



It’s a bittersweet homecoming when Sam finds himself in his 16-year-old self, on the last Thanksgiving his family has before a number of tragedies overwhelm them: His brother, Tom, will die in Vietnam in a few months; his dad will die of a coronary in three years, and his younger sister, Kate, will elope with an abuser. Ziggy says Sam is there to help his high school basketball team win the first game of the season, which will lead to better lives for everyone on the squad. But Sam, obviously, has other ideas about changing his family’s future.

Laurence Brown of Lost in the Pond  joins us to discuss the third season premiere. This episode was a very special episode for all three of us, and we hope you enjoy our discussion.

You can also check out Laurence’s YouTube Channel and his Twitter page.

We frequently use these references: Beyond the Mirror Image: The Observer’s Guide to Quantum Leap, available at Lulu.com

Sea Bride – June 3, 1954



Sam leaps into Phillip Dumont, who’s aboard the RMS Queen Mary, departing New York, there to stop his ex-wife, Catherine’s, impending wedding. She is about to marry Vincent Loggia, *ahem*, Vinny the Viper, in an arranged marriage aimed at saving the family business. Years ago, Phillip went missing while sailing, and Catherine’s dad had their marriage annulled. In the original history, Catherine married Vinny, Phillip committed suicide (or did he?), and Catherine died of a broken heart a couple of years later. Ziggy says there’s an 83% chance Sam is there to change that.

We gush a lot over the amazing costumes from Jean-Pierre Dorléac, who was nominated for an Emmy for this episode. We also discuss the strange foreshadowing this episode does for a future story of Al’s, and how watching the series in old-school standard definition is like listening to great music on vinyl.

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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Good Night, Dear Heart – November 9, 1957



Sam leaps into Melvin Spooner, a mortician in Riven Rock, Massachusetts. When a young German woman is found dead in a nearby lake, Sam sets out to prove it was a murder and not a suicide, and gets just a tad obsessed with her in the process. Marcia Cross, who would go along star in Desperate Housewives and have a storyline featuring Scott Bakula in its final season, guest stars.

Sam Fain and Dennis discuss the episode – its hat tip to the 1944 movie, Laura, the controversy it created in the gay community when it originally aired, and how one of the installments of the short-lived comic book series attempted to right that wrong.

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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Star-Crossed – June 15, 1972



Episode description: Sam is a womanizing college professor in 1972 who must deflect the advances of an amorous student. Meanwhile, he encounters Donna (Teri Hatcher), the woman who will later stand up Sam at the altar.

“Sam is the creepiest mayor of Creep Town who ever crept,” Dennis argues at the outset of this episode. He, Sam, and returning guest star, Jessica Conger, discuss misogyny, problematic romance tropes, Watergate, and a sequence Dennis calls, “Sam Mansplains Quantum Physics to the Quantum Physics Student.”

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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Genesis (Pilot Episode)



Sam and Dennis, along with guest host and complete Quantum Leap newbie, Jessica Conger, discuss the premiere episode. What the hell is up with Al in that first scene? What is it like describing String Theory to President Clinton? What scenes did Sam and Dennis recreate in their high school and college drama classes? All that, and more!

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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Episode Alpha – Prelude



In the first episode, hosts Sam and Dennis talk about how they discovered “Quantum Leap” in their childhoods, their time travel nerdery, and why they decided to name their podcast after a perhaps obscure reference from the third season. Oh, boy!

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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