History Headscratchers / QuantumLeap

16th Jun '17 9:07:12 AM DoctorNemesis
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* In ''Pool Hall Blues'' (I think, it may have been another episode), why would Al, a Vietnam Veteran and former POW, consider "Hanoi Jane" Fonda a viable source of fanservice?

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* In ''Pool Hall Blues'' (I think, it may have been another episode), why would Al, a Vietnam Veteran and former POW, consider "Hanoi Jane" Fonda a viable source of fanservice?fanservice?
** One does not necessarily need to support or approve of someone's politics to find them physically attractive.
17th Jan '17 8:26:22 AM DynamiteXI
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** Well, there is something to the physical body thing, Sam was able to recognize Alia (The Evil Leaper) when he runs into her (but oddly enough he can't see through is own aura). Of course, a hole in the physical body transferring thing has shown up a few times. One I can remember specifically was when he lept into the chimpanzee and was able to fit in various chimp-sized devices (and couldn't swim due to the low body fat of a chimp).

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** Well, there is something to the physical body thing, Sam was able to recognize Alia (The Evil Leaper) when he runs into her (but oddly enough he can't see through is his own aura). Of course, a hole in the physical body transferring thing has shown up a few times. One I can remember specifically was when he lept leaped into the chimpanzee and was able to fit in various chimp-sized devices (and couldn't swim due to the low body fat of a chimp).



*** "Revenge of the Evil Leaper" confirms this. Zoe is shot and killed, and the man she leaps into gets up like nothing happened right after.
* OK, so I get the whole theory behind the time travelling (Sam's life a loop, the loop is balled, Sam leaps between the strings in the ball and thus back and forth in time), but where in that does it imply that he should leap into ''other people''? Shouldn't he leap into himself every episode? I mean, yeah he did in one episode, but that was considered extraordinary.

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*** "Revenge of the Evil Leaper" confirms this. Zoe Zoey is shot and killed, and the man she leaps into gets up like nothing happened right after.
* OK, so I get the whole theory behind the time travelling traveling (Sam's life a loop, the loop is balled, Sam leaps between the strings in the ball and thus back and forth in time), but where in that does it imply that he should leap into ''other people''? Shouldn't he leap into himself every episode? I mean, yeah he did in one episode, but that was considered extraordinary.



* In one episode (I believe it was called "Killing Time") Sam leaps into a man who's taken a woman and her daughter hostage. In the present, the leapee is able to get a gun and force Al to let him out of the waiting room. On their way out, they run into Gooshie who nonchalantly says "Hello, Dr. Beckett." and becomes surprised when the leapee then points the gun at Gooshie, who still thinks it's Sam Beckett. 1) Shouldn't Gooshie ''know'' that, even though the person looks and sounds like Sam, it ''isn't'' Sam? And 2) even if he did think it was, shouldn't he be a bit more excited since it would mean Sam was back? I mean, isn't that the ''whole premise'' of the show, and the ''main focus'' of what they've been trying to do at Project Quantum Leap for the past four years?
** That used to bug me, too, but after rewatching it recently, it dawned on me that Gooshie is joking. Although Gooshie is mentioned in nearly every episode, we seldom get to see him, and this is the only episode in which his character is fleshed out. Despite Al's insults, we see that Gooshie is very intelligent and has a good sense of humor. He probably addresses EVERY hapless soul in the Waiting Room as "Dr. Beckett" because he doesn't yet know who they are.
** My assumption is that since the person left the waiting room, the only reason that one would do that would be if Dr. Beckett himself had finally made it home. The leapees were not supposed to leave the room. So, when Gooshie saw the leapee out of the room, he assumed it was the real Dr. Beckett.
*** The killer himself demands to know why Gooshie is calling him that and Gooshie nervously stammers out that it's because he looks just like him (Dr. Beckett).

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* In one episode (I believe it was called "Killing Time") Sam leaps into a man who's taken a woman and her daughter hostage. In the present, the leapee is able to get a gun and force Al to let him out of the waiting room. On their way out, they run into Gooshie Gushie who nonchalantly says "Hello, Dr. Beckett." and becomes surprised when the leapee then points the gun at Gooshie, Gushie, who still thinks it's Sam Beckett. 1) Shouldn't Gooshie Gushie ''know'' that, even though the person looks and sounds like Sam, it ''isn't'' Sam? And 2) even if he did think it was, shouldn't he be a bit more excited since it would mean Sam was back? I mean, isn't that the ''whole premise'' of the show, and the ''main focus'' of what they've been trying to do at Project Quantum Leap for the past four years?
** That used to bug me, too, but after rewatching it recently, it dawned on me that Gooshie Gushie is joking. Although Gooshie Gushie is mentioned in nearly every episode, we seldom get to see him, and this is the only episode in which his character is fleshed out. Despite Al's insults, we see that Gooshie Gushie is very intelligent and has a good sense of humor. He probably addresses EVERY hapless soul in the Waiting Room as "Dr. Beckett" because he doesn't yet know who they are.
** My assumption is that since the person left the waiting room, the only reason that one would do that would be if Dr. Beckett himself had finally made it home. The leapees were not supposed to leave the room. So, when Gooshie Gushie saw the leapee out of the room, he assumed it was the real Dr. Beckett.
*** The killer himself demands to know why Gooshie Gushie is calling him that and Gooshie Gushie nervously stammers out that it's because he looks just like him (Dr. Beckett).



*** Al and Zoey do see the opposite leapers whenever Sam and Alia touch, so it's not much of a stretch to think that they see their own Leapers as themselves. As far as the inconsistencies go, I think that in Al's case, he retroactively felt weird ogling his friend during the Samantha Stormer leap, and had Gooshie and Ziggy fine-tune the Imaging Chamber so that he sees Sam as Sam. That even serves a double purpose in cases where Al might not know what the leapee looks like, and he would have to rely solely on his recognition of Sam.

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*** Al and Zoey do see the opposite leapers whenever Sam and Alia touch, so it's not much of a stretch to think that they see their own Leapers as themselves. As far as the inconsistencies go, I think that in Al's case, he retroactively felt weird ogling his friend during the Samantha Stormer leap, and had Gooshie Gushie and Ziggy fine-tune the Imaging Chamber so that he sees Sam as Sam. That even serves a double purpose in cases where Al might not know what the leapee looks like, and he would have to rely solely on his recognition of Sam.
28th Aug '16 4:39:24 AM CrowTR0bot
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*** I think it makes sense. He knows literally nothing about this guy. St. John has a working relationship with Sam but Sam doesn't know what that is. He knows Al. He wants to change the timeline in a pretty big way and he needs help to do it. He can't afford to trust this stranger who just showed up here.

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*** I think it makes sense. He knows literally nothing about this guy. St. John has a working relationship with Sam but Sam doesn't know what that is. He knows Al. He wants to change the timeline in a pretty big way and he needs help to do it. He can't afford to trust this stranger who just showed up here.here.
* In ''Pool Hall Blues'' (I think, it may have been another episode), why would Al, a Vietnam Veteran and former POW, consider "Hanoi Jane" Fonda a viable source of fanservice?
2nd Aug '16 7:09:25 AM DynamiteXI
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*** Al and Zoey do see the opposite leapers whenever Sam and Alia touch, so it's not much of a stretch to think that they see their own Leapers as themselves. As far as the inconsistencies go, I think that in Al's case, he retroactively felt weird ogling his friend during the Samantha Stormer leap, and had Gooshie and Ziggy fine-tune the Imaging Chamber so that he sees Sam as Sam. That even serves a double purpose in cases where Al might not know what the leapee looks like, and he would have to rely solely on his recognition of Sam.
29th Jul '16 11:36:25 AM Sarah1281
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** Perhaps Sam feared that Edward would sabotage his efforts in order to keep his job, except that seems an overly cynical reaction on Sam's part, particularly on such short notice.

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** Perhaps Sam feared that Edward would sabotage his efforts in order to keep his job, except that seems an overly cynical reaction on Sam's part, particularly on such short notice.notice.
*** I think it makes sense. He knows literally nothing about this guy. St. John has a working relationship with Sam but Sam doesn't know what that is. He knows Al. He wants to change the timeline in a pretty big way and he needs help to do it. He can't afford to trust this stranger who just showed up here.
26th Jul '16 7:06:28 AM lihtox
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* With all the things he knows, including multiple languages, I was very surprised in "Private Dancer" that Sam didn't know sign language.

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* With all the things he knows, including multiple languages, I was very surprised in "Private Dancer" that Sam didn't know sign language.language.
* In "A Leap for Lisa", when Al is replaced by Edward St. John, why doesn't Sam explain what happened to the new guy? Instead of telling him that the timeline had been changed, Sam pretends that everything is normal and he simply "lost his memory" about Edward, as if Edward were a contemporary from whom time travel needed to be hidden.
** Perhaps Sam feared that Edward would sabotage his efforts in order to keep his job, except that seems an overly cynical reaction on Sam's part, particularly on such short notice.
5th Jul '16 9:17:10 AM DoctorNemesis
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** Depending on how far in the background it is, they legit might have not noticed it until it was too late; as someone who's dabbled in a little photography / filming in the past, it's easy to overlook details that pop up in the background if you're focusing on action in the foreground, as people filming a TV show likely would be. This sort of thing happens all the time in TV and film, particularly on location shoots in public and semi-public places which can't be blocked off that easily.
21st May '16 12:41:14 AM LarrBerr
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** The timeline is constantly changing with each leap. Every leap not only changes the direct events but causes other ripple events to change. It was pointed out in one of the books, as Al is describing what it's like every time he leaves the chamber that things are different. He even notes that sometimes Sam is married and Donna is there and sometimes she isn't.
1st May '16 10:41:18 PM DynamiteXI
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*** Case in point: Season 4, "Raped". As psychologically satisfying as it was to see Sam kick the shit out of Kevin, couldn't Kevin just later squeal that Katie hunted him down and beat him up in revenge? They'd believe him again, too.

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*** Case We also see Oswald leap back into the Schoolbook Depository in point: "Lee Harvey Oswald" after having been absent from November 1963 for a while, and he continues with the assassination without any signs of amnesia or hesitation. Granted, the particulars of that leap were already pretty screwy with the neuron and meson misalignment between Sam and Oswald, but since Sam says that he retains a small portion of each leapee, it's not too much of a stretch to think that the individual's mind realigns itself with memories of what Sam did.
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Season 4, "Raped". As psychologically satisfying as it was to see Sam kick the shit out of Kevin, couldn't Kevin just later squeal that Katie hunted him down and beat him up in revenge? They'd believe him again, too.



* With all the things he knows, including multiple languages, I was very surprised in "Private Dancer" that Sam didn't know sign language.

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* With all the things he knows, including multiple languages, I was very surprised in "Private Dancer" that Sam didn't know sign language.

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language.
26th Apr '16 5:58:19 AM DoctorNemesis
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*** Leaving aside the fact that a misogynist like Kevin wouldn't be likely to be in too much of a hurry to claim that a woman beat him up in any era, much less 1980, he's already been accused of raping her once. Once, okay, he can get away with it, but twice? There is only a certain amount of times that you can be involved in rather shady goings-on with the exact same person before even people in the early 1980s would start to get a bit suspicious. Especially if you're coming up with some cock-and-bull story about how you only went over there because she wanted to apologise but instead she beat you up for absolutely no reason whatsoever, honestly guys, no reason at all.
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