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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

M.I.A. – April 1, 1969



If there’s an episode of Quantum Leap that needs no introduction, it’s this one, but here goes: Sam leaps into undercover detective, Jake Rawlins. Al tells Sam he’s there to stop a woman named Beth from making the mistake of her lifetime – having her husband, who is missing in action in Vietnam, declared dead and remarrying.

Sam and Dennis discuss one of the most iconic episodes of the series.


The Naked Truth, and Some Amazing Quantum Leap Tales: The Storied Career of Costume Designer and Author, Jean-Pierre Dorléac



This week, we are excited to bring you our interview with costume designer and author, Jean-Pierre Dorléac. His body of work spans four decades, including his favorites The Blue Lagoon and Heart and Souls, his Academy award-nominated work in Somewhere in Time, and of course, Quantum Leap, for which he was Emmy-nominated four times.

We talk extensively about his career, much of it chronicled in his 2015 book, The Naked Truth: An Irreverent Chronicle of Delirious Escapades (link below), which spans the years of 1973 to 1985. We also talk about his first novel, Abracadabra Alakazam, and his next upcoming fiction novel. We chat about some of his favorite films and TV shows he’s worked on, and of course, his work on Quantum Leap. He talks about Scott Bakula making him drive 45 minutes to the set to make sure his ass looked good in a diaper in The Wrong Stuff, what it was like to work with and dress Dean Stockwell in those outrageous outfits, and intricate details that went into costuming not just Scott Bakula, but his rotating cast of mirror image counterparts.

We had a lot of fun talking with Jean-Pierre, and we hope you enjoy.

You can learn more about Jean-Pierre and his work at his website: http://www.jean-pierredorleac.com/

You can read more about and purchase his books at: http://www.jean-pierredorleac.com/index.php/books/

 

 


Her Charm – September 26, 1973



Sam is Peter Langly, an FBI agent assigned to Dana Berenger, a woman in the Federal witness protection program after having testified against her former boss and criminal, Nick Kochifos. In the original history, Dana was killed by Nick, who had somehow been able to find her twice before despite her being in witness protection. Sam must figure out if there is a mole in the FBI giving information to Nick, and prevent Dana’s death – the time of which keeps changing every time he makes a change in history.

Sam and Dennis discuss 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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A Portrait for Troian – February 7, 1971



Sam leaps into Dr. Timothy Mintz, a paranormal investigator helping a woman named Troian Claridge determine if her dead husband, Julian, is trying to make contact with her. Spookiness is definitely afoot, and Sam must determine if there’s a ghost, or a flesh-and-blood person out to harm Troian.

Sam Fain hates this episode, Dennis loves it, and frequent guest host, Christopher J. Steward is pulled in between. We also manage to cover The Twilight Zone, Of Mice and Men, and The Drew Carey Show.

Sam makes special mention of a Twilight Zone podcast, and you can find more info here: http://thetwilightzonepodcast.com/

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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What’s Up with the Quantum Leap Reboot Script



At the L.A. Comic Con in late October a few weeks ago, Scott Bakula and Don Bellisario appeared in a panel, and DB announced he has written a new script for “Quantum Leap”, which would be an essential reboot of the series. 

In a brief episode for the Thanksgiving week, Sam and Dennis discuss the possibilities of a new future for “Quantum Leap”. What are you thoughts? Let us know…

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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