History Series / QuantumLeap

23rd Aug '16 11:54:08 PM Morgenthaler
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** In "How the Tess Was Won," the whole point of the leap turns out to be giving a young BuddyHolly the inspiration for the song "Peggy Sue."

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** In "How the Tess Was Won," the whole point of the leap turns out to be giving a young BuddyHolly Music/BuddyHolly the inspiration for the song "Peggy Sue."
17th Aug '16 12:05:07 PM rafi
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* StrawFeminist: An episode had Sam leap into a woman whose daughter was involved in the second wave. Most of the conflict came from the head of the feminist group, who gradually becomes more radical and violent as the episode progresses, outright rejecting Sam's attempts to get them to follow the examples of Gandhi and MLK. At the end of the episode she leads a pointless protest[[note]]A sit-in at a men's club, with Sam pointing out that they jumped right to protesting without even trying normal methods first[[/note]] and tries to shoot the sheriff, who gets saved by Sam. Afterwards Al reports that the feminist gets out of jail in five years and becomes a well-respected women's rights advocate (apparently having mellowed out and considered Sam's words in the meantime).
16th Aug '16 10:01:38 AM rafi
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* TheHomewardJourney

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* TheHomewardJourneyTheHomewardJourney: The show has this OpeningNarration:
--> "... And so Dr. Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong, and hoping each time that his next leap... will be the leap home."



* RetroactivePrecognition

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* RetroactivePrecognitionRetroactivePrecognition: The show invokes this trope on occasion. For example, once Sam made a bet that Gerald Ford would trip going down the stairs out of Air Force One, which, of course, then happens.



* SerialSpouse: Al.

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* SerialSpouse: Al. He had five wives, three of which are confirmed to have left him in a divorce (or divorce-like circumstances), and one is implied to. Only the first one really "worked": She only left him because she [[YouHaveWaitedLongEnough waited long enough]] after he was declared dead. [[spoiler: The series finale gave Sam a chance to change all that by telling her Al was still alive and would come back to her. The epilogue explains that as a result they stayed together and had BabiesEverAfter instead]]



* SpiritAdvisor

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* SpiritAdvisorSpiritAdvisor: Al in some sense if he is alive and appear like an hologram from the present time.



* TemporaryBlindness: "Blind Faith"

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* TemporaryBlindness: In "Blind Faith"Faith" Sam leaps into the body of a blind pianist. Although able to see for most of the episode, he is temporarily blinded by a camera flash at the climax of the episode just as he needs to save the girl. This works to his advantage near the end of the episode. The girl's mother thinks he is a fraud and suddenly lights a lighter in front of his eyes. He is still blind due to the camera flash, so he doesn't flinch.



* TimeyWimeyBall

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* TimeyWimeyBallTimeyWimeyBall:
** When a Mad Scientist/Children's TV host proposes that everyone's lives are strings and if you could tie the ends together you should be able to travel along that string, Sam agrees that he is basically right, but that it is important that you ball up that string first so that all the days of your life touch. Which makes sense.
** As revealed in the finale, all time travel is monitored by {{God}} to create the best possible timeline and presumably keeps Leapers and good people from being erased by paradox and such.
3rd Aug '16 2:09:16 PM morenohijazo
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* IncrediblyInconvenientDeity: The ending showed this to be the case, as [[spoiler: God himself, seen as a bartender, has been sending Sam on his jumps to fix mistakes in history rather than just let him go home. The final episode is kind of Him ''finally'' giving Sam a choice about whether to continue (considering the incredible amount of good he could do for the world) ''and'' offering him a chance at a personal do-over. Sam being the kind of person he is, decides to keep going, and uses his favor to go back and help Al hang onto his first wife, the love of his life.]]
1st Aug '16 5:53:59 AM rafi
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* BeepingComputers

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* BeepingComputersBeepingComputers: Ziggy, Al's computer, has its own set of beeps, boops, and squeals, the latter of which usually indicates an error to be fixed via use of PercussiveMaintenance.
1st Aug '16 5:52:52 AM rafi
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Now has a {{Recap}} page.

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Now has a {{Recap}} [[Recap/QuantumLeap Recap]] page.
26th Jul '16 12:58:53 PM DynamiteXI
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** A naked Terry Farrell appears at the start of ''A Leap For Lisa''.

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** A naked Terry Farrell appears at the start of ''A "A Leap For Lisa''.Lisa."
** Renée Coleman appears in a slip during "Deliver Us From Evil." [[spoiler:It quickly becomes FanDisservice when she claws herself.]]



* FixFic: The ComicBook story "Up Against a Stonewell" is one for the episode "Good Night, Dear Heart", setting up a RedemptionQuest for that episode's murderer [[spoiler: [[LipstickLesbian Stephanie Heywood.]]]]

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* FixFic: The ComicBook story "Up Against a Stonewell" Stonewall" is one for the episode "Good Night, Dear Heart", setting up a RedemptionQuest for that episode's murderer [[spoiler: [[LipstickLesbian Stephanie Heywood.]]]]
26th Jul '16 12:40:43 PM DynamiteXI
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** The familiar leaping effect isn't really used in the first season -- there's a simple flash of light, and Sam is in the new leap. In fact, in the pilot, the first leaping effect isn't even ''seen'': it goes from Gushie watching Sam standing in the accelerator and Al speeding back to PQL, to a flying zoom-in on Tom Stratton's house as Tom's clock [[SpinningClockHands spins backwards]], to Sam waking up as Stratton. When PQL attempts a retrieval later in the episode, the camera does a similar FlyawayShot pulling away from the Stratton house, which then reverses as the retrieval fails.

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** The familiar leaping effect isn't really used in the first season -- there's a simple flash of light, and Sam is in the new leap. In fact, in the pilot, the first leaping effect isn't even ''seen'': it goes from Gushie watching Sam standing in the accelerator and Al speeding back to PQL, to a flying zoom-in an AstronomicZoom in on Tom Stratton's house as Tom's clock [[SpinningClockHands spins backwards]], to Sam waking up as Stratton. When PQL attempts a retrieval later in the episode, the camera does a similar FlyawayShot pulling away from the Stratton house, which then reverses as the retrieval fails.
25th Jul '16 3:15:39 PM DynamiteXI
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* Acrofatic: Some of the people Sam leaps in to, such as the overweight priest or half-blind old man, are able to do amazing things when Sam is the one in their body.

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* Acrofatic: {{Acrofatic}}: Some of the people Sam leaps in to, into, such as the overweight priest or half-blind old man, are able to do amazing things when Sam is the one in their body.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** The familiar leaping effect isn't really used in the first season -- there's a simple flash of light, and Sam is in the new leap. In fact, in the pilot, the first leaping effect isn't even ''seen'': it goes from Gushie watching Sam standing in the accelerator and Al speeding back to PQL, to a flying zoom-in on Tom Stratton's house as Tom's clock [[SpinningClockHands spins backwards]], to Sam waking up as Stratton. When PQL attempts a retrieval later in the episode, the camera does a similar FlyawayShot pulling away from the Stratton house, which then reverses as the retrieval fails.
** Also in the pilot, Al spends a ''couple of days'' mysteriously observing things before giving the amnesiac Sam any kind of explanation as to what's going on.
** Early episodes also focused more on PQL's efforts at using the retrieval program, and didn't always feature Al telling Sam about how everything worked out for the leapee.



* GayAesop: Notably one of the [[Ur-Example first]] [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative on television]]. One of Sam's leaps sees him try to stop a recently outed military academy student from [[DrivenToSuicide killing himself]] in the face of bullying by his fellow students

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* GayAesop: Notably one of the [[Ur-Example [[UrExample first]] [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative on television]]. One of Sam's leaps sees him try to stop a recently outed military academy student from [[DrivenToSuicide killing himself]] in the face of bullying by his fellow students
24th Jul '16 5:35:41 PM otakusapien
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* NoBizexuals: In the episode "Running for Honor" Sam and Al wonder if the kid he leaps into is gay. Sam argues that he might not be because he has a girlfriend. Al counters that she might be [[TheBeard]]. Neither of them ever considers this an option.

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* NoBizexuals: NoBisexuals: In the episode "Running for Honor" Sam and Al wonder if the kid he leaps into is gay. Sam argues that he might not be because he has a girlfriend. Al counters that [[TheBeard many gay men at that she might be [[TheBeard]]. time dated women]]. Neither of them ever considers this bisexuality an option.
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