Quantum Leap (season 2)

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Quantum Leap (season 2)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original network NBC
Original release September 20, 1989 (1989-09-20) – May 9, 1990 (1990-05-09)
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List of Quantum Leap episodes

Season two of Quantum Leap ran on NBC from September 20, 1989 to May 9, 1990. It consists of twenty-two episodes. During this season, Dean Stockwell won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.[1] Pool Hall Blues was recognized receiving an Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography for a Series.[2] Good Night, Dear Heart receiving an Edgar Award for Best TV Series Episode.[3]


No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Leap location & date Original air date Production
10 1 "Honeymoon Express" Aaron Lipstadt Donald P. Bellisario 1957 /
New York, New York
April 27, 1960
September 20, 1989 (1989-09-20) 65411
After saving a cat from a tree as a firefighter in 1957, Sam leaps into Tom McBride (played by Ron Chabidon), a New York City cop on his honeymoon. Sam must save himself from his wife's jealous and sociopathic ex-husband. To make matters worse, the Project's funding is in danger of being cut off, stranding Sam alone in the past, unless he can make a significant change in history… such as preventing the U2 flight from being shot down over Russia.
11 2 "Disco Inferno" Gilbert M. Shilton Paul Brown Burbank, California
April 1, 1976
September 27, 1989 (1989-09-27) 65401

Sam is unhappy about leaping into stuntman Chad Stone (played by Kevin Light) on the set of a disco film, but he must prevent his brother, a fellow stuntman, from being the victim of a freak accident while steering him toward a career in music.

Note: This is the first episode in which Sam remembers that he had a brother who died in Vietnam.

The original air date of the Coneheads sketch with Bill Murray was January 21, 1978, almost two years after the leap.
12 3 "The Americanization of Machiko" Gilbert M. Shilton Charlie Coffey Oak Creek, Ohio
August 4, 1953
October 11, 1989 (1989-10-11) 65406
Sam leaps into Charles Lee MacKenzie (played by Bill Arnold), a U.S. sailor returning from overseas with his Japanese bride after being stationed in Japan for two years. He lives in a small American town and must help his host's mother accept his new bride, fend off his ex-girlfriend's advances, and fight off racist responses from a former World War II soldier.
13 4 "What Price Gloria?" Alan J. Levi Deborah Pratt Detroit, Michigan
October 16, 1961
October 25, 1989 (1989-10-25) 65017

Sam leaps into a woman for the first time, a stunning blonde named Samantha Stormer (played by LaReine Chabut). He must prevent his host's female roommate (Jean Sagal) from killing herself when her married boyfriend (who is also Sam's host's boss) refuses to divorce his wife. Sam also has to deal with sexual harassment from the same man and deal with Al's attraction for Sam's host.

Note: This episode has a scene where Sam and Gloria look into a mirror simultaneously, reflecting Samantha and Gloria (no special effects are used - Gloria is played in the "reflection" by Jean's twin sister Liz, who previously starred alongside Jean on Double Trouble).
14 5 "Blind Faith" David G. Phinney Scott Shepard New York, New York
February 6, 1964
November 1, 1989 (1989-11-01) 65402
Sam leaps into Carnegie Hall as Andrew Ross (played by Billy Burdin), a blind pianist during The Beatles' New York visit. He must save the pianist's girlfriend from being killed by a serial killer in New York's Central Park, and convince her mother that he is not bad for her.
15 6 "Good Morning, Peoria" Michael Zinberg Chris Ruppenthal Peoria, Illinois
September 9, 1959
November 8, 1989 (1989-11-08) 65408

Sam leaps into Chick Howell (played by Douglas Ibold), the Wolfman Jack type DJ of a radio station in a city where local politicians are trying to ban rock & roll. He and the station owner barricade themselves in the station and thwart several attempts by the authorities to take the station off the air.

Notes: Patricia Richardson guest stars, and Sam teaches Chubby Checker (in a cameo appearance) to "do The Twist," which Checker had just recorded as a single. The episode is a homage to the hit film Good Morning, Vietnam.
16 7 "Thou Shalt Not..." Randy Roberts Tammy Ader Los Angeles, California
February 2, 1974
November 15, 1989 (1989-11-15) 65409

Sam is David Basch (played by John J. Reiner), a rabbi whose brother's family is still suffering from the death of their son in a plane crash, and he must help his brother stop blaming his wife for their son's death which is destined to drive her into an affair with a sleazy author who is using her to write a book. In this episode, Al reveals that his third wife was Jewish during the bat mitzvah of the niece of Sam's host.

Notes: Sam's signature line "Oh, Boy!" is replaced by "Oy Vey!" During the leap, Sam performs the Heimlich maneuver on Dr. Henry Heimlich.
17 8 "Jimmy" James Whitmore, Jr. Paul M. Belous &
Robert Wolterstorff
Oakland, California
October 14, 1964
November 22, 1989 (1989-11-22) 65407

Sam leaps into Jimmy LaMotta (played by Brad Silverman), a young man with Down syndrome who needs to show he can keep his job at the docks or else he will die in a mental institution.

Michael Madsen guest stars as a dock worker that teases and intimidates Jimmy for being disabled. It is also revealed that Al had a younger sister who had a developmental disability and died in an institution.
18 9 "So Help Me God" Andy Cadiff Deborah Pratt Louisiana
July 29, 1957
November 29, 1989 (1989-11-29) 65410
Sam becomes Leonard Dancey (played by Travis Michael Holder), a defense attorney in a capital murder case, defending a black woman accused of murdering a prominent white man in a town steeped in racism.
19 10 "Catch A Falling Star" Donald Bellisario Paul Brown Syracuse, New York
May 21, 1979
December 6, 1989 (1989-12-06) 65413

Sam is Ray Hutton (played by Michael Carl), the understudy to an alcoholic actor on a way-off-Broadway production of Man of La Mancha. He must prevent the obnoxious actor from ending his career with a drunken fall on stage that breaks his leg. This situation is greatly complicated when Sam decides that he does not want to leap after meeting his old piano teacher, whom he had a boyhood crush on – and who is in love with Sam's host.

Note: Future Northern Exposure cast members John Cullum and Janine Turner guest star.
20 11 "A Portrait for Troian" Michael Zinberg Story by: John Hill
& Scott Shepard
Teleplay by: Donald Bellisario
& Scott Shepard
Near Los Angeles, California
February 7, 1971
December 13, 1989 (1989-12-13) 65409

Sam is Timothy Mintz (played by Donald P. Bellisario), a parapsychologist working with a young widow who insists that her late husband is haunting her. The Sylmar earthquake and an aftershock occur during the episode. A device that Sam's host invented to record paranormal activity allows those near it to hear Al.

Note: Timothy Mintz (Sam's mirror image in this episode) is played by series creator Donald P. Bellisario while his wife and writer-producer Deborah Pratt plays Troian, who was named after the couple's young daughter Troian Bellisario who later appeared in Another Mother.
21 12 "Animal Frat" Gilbert M. Shilton Chris Ruppenthal Meeks College in California
October 19, 1967
January 3, 1990 (1990-01-03) 65417
Sam leaps into all-American college jock Knut "Wild Thing" Wileton (played by Jeff Benson), who must prevent anti-war protests from turning violent and resulting in the destruction of the science block while a student is inside, thus ruining the life of a young woman opposed to the war.
22 13 "Another Mother" Joseph L. Scanlan Deborah Pratt Scottsdale, Arizona
September 30, 1981
January 10, 1990 (1990-01-10) 65415
Sam is Linda Bruckner (played by Molly Meeker), the mother of three children, one of whom will disappear in the next 24 hours. Sam must juggle motherhood and his rescue mission while Al watches over the youngest child – a burden made much easier by the fact that he and Al can be seen by the woman's youngest daughter (played by Troian Bellisario).
23 14 "All-Americans" John Cullum Paul Brown &
Donald P. Bellisario
Woodland Hills, California
November 6, 1962
January 17, 1990 (1990-01-17) 65418

Sam leaps into Eddie Vega (played by Corey Smith), a El Camino High School football player who must prevent his best friend from throwing the big game and ruining both their chances at college scholarships.

Note: During the leap, Al is viewing the 28 January 1996 Super Bowl XXX, claiming that "the Steelers are trailing by three" points. When the game was actually played six years after the episode first aired, the Pittsburgh Steelers indeed trailed the Dallas Cowboys by 20–17 with 4:15 left in the game, after which an interception resulted in a 27–17 victory for the Cowboys.
24 15 "Her Charm" Christopher T. Welch Story by: Donald Bellisario,
Deborah Pratt, Paul M. Belous
& Robert Wolterstorff
Teleplay by: Donald Bellisario
& Deborah Pratt
Boston, Massachusetts
September 26, 1973
February 7, 1990 (1990-02-07) 65416

Sam is Peter Langley (played by Mark Harigian), an FBI agent who is protecting a woman in the Federal Witness Protection Program from a deadly Mafia hit-man who has an uncanny ability to find them.

Note: At the end of this episode, Sam meets his former professor who helped him develop the String Theory that lead to Project Quantum Leap.
25 16 "Freedom" Alan J. Levi Chris Ruppenthal Nevada
November 22, 1970
February 14, 1990 (1990-02-14) 65423
Sam leaps into a young imprisoned Native American named George Washaki (played by Jim Jaimes) who is trying to take his dying grandfather back to the reservation where he can die in peace, but the town sheriff is out to stop them.
26 17 "Good Night, Dear Heart" Christopher T. Welch Paul Brown Riven Rock, Massachusetts
November 9, 1957
March 7, 1990 (1990-03-07) 65424
Sam leaps into mortician Melvyn Spooner (played by Marvyn Byrkett) as he prepares to bury a young woman who committed suicide. However, Sam soon starts to believe that she was murdered despite the fact that the local police, her employer and even Al refute this and quickly becomes obsessed with the victim in his quest to find the truth.
27 18 "Pool Hall Blues" Joe Napolitano Randy Holland Chicago, Illinois
September 4, 1954
March 14, 1990 (1990-03-14) 65422
Sam leaps into Charlie "Black Magic" Walters (played by Robert 'Rags' Woods), one of the greatest pool men in America and Al's childhood mentor. He must help his granddaughter keep her nightclub and rescue it from under the corrupting influence of a criminal loan shark.
28 19 "Leaping in Without a Net" Christopher T. Welch Tommy Thompson Near Denver, Colorado
November 18, 1958
March 28, 1990 (1990-03-28) 65421
Sam leaps into Victor Panzini (played by Ted Nordblum), a member of a family of trapeze artists who must prevent his host's sister from performing a dangerous stunt that will result in her death, a mission which is made more difficult by his fear of heights.
29 20 "Maybe Baby" Michael Zinberg Julie Brown & Paul Brown Texas
March 11, 1963
April 4, 1990 (1990-04-04) 65428
Sam leaps into Buster (Jay Boryea), a bouncer in the middle of an infant kidnapping scheme with a ditsy, compulsive liar as his partner (played by Julie Brown). Sam and Al cannot agree on whether Sam is there to help the pair succeed to take the baby to Clayton, New Mexico or return her to her rightful guardian.
30 21 "Sea Bride" Joe Napolitano Deborah Pratt RMS Queen Mary in the
Upper New York Bay
June 3, 1954
May 2, 1990 (1990-05-02) 65430
Sam leaps into Phillip Dumont (played by Kent Phillips), the ex-husband of a young heiress who is preparing to marry a gangster aboard a cruise ship, and Sam must get them back together.
31 22 "M.I.A." Micheael Zinberg Donald Bellisario San Diego, California
April 1, 1969
May 9, 1990 (1990-05-09) 65412
Sam leaps into police detective Jake Rawlings (played by Doug Bauer), and is told by Al that his mission is to stop a young woman, whose husband is missing in action in Vietnam, from marrying someone else. However, Sam's attempts to stop her seem doomed to fail, and things become more clear when her MIA husband is revealed to be Al.


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  2. ^ "43rd Primetime Emmys Nominees and Winners". emmys.com. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Edgar Allan Poe Awards". imdB. Retrieved July 9, 2015.