History Headscratchers / QuantumLeap

7th Oct '17 7:43:25 PM ApeAccount
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*** This was changed as the series went on (presumably Project Quantum Leap adjusted the way the interface between Sam and Al worked). For example, when Sam and Al switched places it wasn't immediately obvious because Al didn't look to Sam like the person he'd leapt into and Sam looking like Sam was no surprise. So by the time of the chimp episode Al would have seen Sam as Sam.
21st Sep '17 3:08:50 AM ApeAccount
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*** Personally I always worked on the premise that it was similar to what we saw in the episode "Shock Theatre" with the personalities that emerged. Take Jesse, for example. He remembered doing everything Sam did, including sitting down at the lunch counter (something he wouldn't have done but he justified to himself why he did it) and giving the correct details of a medical procedure (something he couldn't do) but couldn't understand how he did it considering that he couldn't read. I expect that when Sam leaps out of someone, they have the full memories of what Sam did and so there's no confusion or lost time but they may feel confused if they ever think back over their actions.
21st Sep '17 1:21:38 AM ApeAccount
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** Some people (particularly the social ones) learn languages to let them communicate, others (particularly the introverted ones) do so they can say read a book in the original Greek. Sam's more the latter category and wouldn't have much reason to learn sign language. Alternatively, some people (particularly those with high IQs) might pick up languages simply through overhearing them in public places which isn't practical with sign language which you'd have to go out of your way to watch people using to start to pick up.



** One does not necessarily need to support or approve of someone's politics to find them physically attractive.

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** One does not necessarily need to support or approve of someone's politics to find them physically attractive.attractive.
* If the theory around time travel is that it lets you time travel in your own lifetime, how exactly does this work from the perspective of the person Sam leaps into? If Sam leaps into an old man in the 50s or someone on death row, then they're brought to the future, haven't they travelled outside their own lifetime? I understand the idea that they may look like Sam in the future but if Sam's body travels through time (and just looks like the person), doesn't that mean the person's body has travelled through time (and just looks like Sam)?
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.
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