Talk:Sam Beckett

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Name[edit]

I have tried to edit the characters' name in the article from 'Beckett' to 'Becket' (as it is spelt in the series itself) but this has been reverted. I can't see why, any reasons? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 90.201.64.154 (talk) 12:13, 28 February 2011 (UTC)

You are incorrect, the name is spelled "Beckett" Stephenb (Talk) 12:21, 28 February 2011 (UTC)
In the final episode of the series, written by series creator Donald Bellisario, it is shown on-screen as 'Becket'. Dr. Sam Becket never returned home. Was his name ever shown on-screen in another episode to contradict this? Or is spelling it 'Beckett' just an assumption from the times the series played with the similarity of his name with the playwright Samuel Beckett? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 98.163.228.18 (talk) 05:22, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
I just marathoned through the entire series on Hulu, and I can confirm that the final episode is the only episode where his name appears on-screen. However, it appears in the episode twice with two different spellings. While his surname is spelled "Becket" in the final title card, it's spelled "Beckett" on the ID card he pulls out of his wallet toward the end of Act I. I haven't been able to find any print ads from when the show was on the air, but the DVD cases for Seasons 1 and 2 also have the "Beckett" spelling. (http://www.amazon.com/Quantum-Leap-Complete-First-Season/dp/B00005JM3A, http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/product-gallery/B0002NY81C/). If I had to put my two cents in, I'd say the "Becket" in the title card was a typo.

Cannaya (talk) 06:20, 1 January 2013 (UTC)

Older talk contributions[edit]

So, what happen to him in the last episode?

Surely there's some way to get the catch-phrase "Oh boy" into this article. That's a very noteworthy feature of the character. Chalkieperfect 01:50, 7 July 2007 (UTC)

Hey, if he was born in 1953 then how could he beat a computer at chess at age 10? 1962 was when the first arguably competent chess playing program was developed at MIT. It sucked. Then again Al had a Blackberry in 1996, so maybe the Quantum Leap universe has better computers than we do. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.31.64.54 (talk) 19:17, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

Unencyclopaedic content?[edit]

I tagged the article for its in-universe style and the trivia section but I'd argue that much of it is just too detailed for an encyclopaedia. (Example: "The 1970s was not Sam's favorite decade; for instance, he dislikes disco.") Any thoughts? Peeper (talk) 11:34, 14 December 2007 (UTC)


I've made some framing changes to deal in part with the issues Peeper tagged, but didn't want to overstep. Please take a look and see what else can be modified. Chalkie, the epilogue just states, after he makes the one change he'd regretted not making originally, that he never came home.Iolus00 (talk) 08:14, 18 December 2007 (UTC)Iolusnaught

Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the proposal was move JPG-GR (talk) 06:08, 1 April 2008 (UTC)

Samuel Beckett (Quantum Leap)Sam Beckett — He is almost never called Samuel in Quantum Leap, and, to quote Wikipedia:Naming conventions, article naming should prefer what the greatest number of English speakers would most easily recognize, with a reasonable minimum of ambiguity, while at the same time making linking to those articles easy and second nature. Also, "Sam Beckett" redirects here anyway. —Philip Stevens (talk) 16:00, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

Survey[edit]

Feel free to state your position on the renaming proposal by beginning a new line in this section with *'''Support''' or *'''Oppose''', then sign your comment with ~~~~. Since polling is not a substitute for discussion, please explain your reasons, taking into account Wikipedia's naming conventions.
  • support. as long as theres no other Sam Becketts on Wikipedia. Mcmullen writes (talk) 18:35, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

Discussion[edit]

Any additional comments:
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PhD listing[edit]

This article incorrectly states Sam Beckett having a PhD in Chemistry while it's rather obvious from the episode "A Single Drop of Rain" (S4E9) that he has no clue as how to make silver sulfate, thus making it very unlikely that he would have a PhD in the subject.

Also they state on the show that he hasn't got a PhD in Psychology, however there is no mention of Psychiatry as this article claims is one PhD he hasn't got. 85.230.252.211 (talk) 15:55, 22 January 2013 (UTC)