History YMMV / QuantumLeap

1st May '16 9:31:15 PM DynamiteXI
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* ItWasHisSled: ''Al'' being the one that Beth leaves for another man in "M.I.A.". It's such common knowledge among fans that you'd forget that the way the episode is structured, it's supposed to be a twist - with Sam stumbling upon a picture of young Al in Beth's home about halfway through.
** Actually, the audience is informed of this before Sam is with Beth introducing herself to Dirk as Beth Calavicci early on.

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* ItWasHisSled: ItWasHisSled:
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''Al'' being the one that Beth leaves for another man in "M.I.A.". It's such common knowledge among fans that you'd forget that the way the episode is structured, it's supposed to be a twist - with Sam stumbling upon a picture of young Al in Beth's home about halfway through.
** *** Actually, the audience is informed of this before Sam is with Beth introducing herself to Dirk as Beth Calavicci early on. on.
** The same thing occurs in "Deliver Us From Evil." It's common knowledge that this is the episode that introduces Alia the Evil Leaper, yet the way it's structured, it starts off looking like a sequel to the episode "Jimmy" (with an added mystery about the good history somehow being rewritten). Even Zoey's first appearance simply looks like Connie Lamotta is talking to a friend or neighbor instead of a hologram.



* OlderThanTheyThink: In the second season finale, "M.I.A.", the tearjerker ending has Al sitting with his wife, who thinks him dead, as she listens to "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers. She then switches to "Georgia On My Mind" by Ray Charles, and begins dancing alone, and Al joins her as best he can in his hologram form. Briefly, just as the leap occurs, she senses him with her. This scene, particularly with the use of "Unchained Melody", may seem to have been heavily inspired by ''Film/{{Ghost}}'' but in fact aired May 9 1990, 2 months before ''Ghost's'' July 1990 release.

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* OlderThanTheyThink: In the second season finale, "M.I.A.", the tearjerker ending has Al sitting with his wife, who thinks him dead, as she listens to "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers. She then switches to "Georgia On My Mind" by Ray Charles, and begins dancing alone, and Al joins her as best he can in his hologram form. Briefly, just as the leap occurs, she senses him with her. This scene, particularly with the use of "Unchained Melody", may seem to have been heavily inspired by ''Film/{{Ghost}}'' but in fact aired May 9 9, 1990, 2 months before ''Ghost's'' July 1990 release.



* WriterOnBoard: "Lee Harvey Oswald" was entirely constructed as Bellisario's rebuttal to the various conspiracy theories around the JFK assassination. He had served with Oswald in the Marines and believed him fully capable of committing the act on his own.

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* WriterOnBoard: "Lee Harvey Oswald" was entirely constructed as Bellisario's rebuttal to the various conspiracy theories around the JFK assassination.assassination, specifically the movie ''Film/{{JFK}}''. He had served with Oswald in the Marines and believed him fully capable of committing the act on his own.
27th Mar '16 9:20:21 AM 3rdStringPG
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* DarkerAndEdgier: The series hinted at this in Season 3, most notably in the episode "The Boogieman." But Season 5 saw Sam leaping into {{JFK}} assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, troubled Vietnam veterans, and a homicidal maniac, dealing with the Evil Leaper Alia, and [[spoiler:ultimately never returning home, as revealed in the season finale.]]

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The series hinted at this in Season 3, most notably in the episode "The Boogieman." But Season 5 saw Sam leaping into {{JFK}} assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, troubled Vietnam veterans, and a homicidal maniac, dealing with the Evil Leaper Alia, and [[spoiler:ultimately never returning home, as revealed in the season season/series finale.]]
27th Mar '16 9:19:45 AM 3rdStringPG
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* DarkerAndEdgier: The series hinted at this in Season 3, most notably in the episode "The Boogieman." But Season 5 saw Sam leaping into {{JFK}} assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, troubled Vietnam veterans, and a homicidal maniac, dealing with the Evil Leaper Alia, and [[spoiler:ultimately never returning home, as revealed in the season finale.]]
11th Mar '16 12:47:52 PM Dancedom
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* AwardSnub: Neither Dean Stockwell nor Scott Bakula were never even ''nominated'' for Emmys for their work (in all fairness, they picked up a decent amount of other awards and nominations).

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* AwardSnub: Neither Dean Stockwell nor Scott Bakula were never even ''nominated'' for won Emmys for their work (in all fairness, they picked up a decent amount of other awards and nominations).
18th Dec '15 3:19:57 PM SpideyTerry
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** "A Little Miracle" is YetAnotherChristmasCarol, with Sam and Al trying to reform one Michael Blake (Charles Rocket). The Christmas Future part of their attempt involves convincing Blake that he committed suicide. During his HeelRealization, Blake openly laments the thought of dying alone. In 2005, Rocket was found dead in a field, and it was ruled a suicide.
14th Dec '15 9:00:56 AM randomsurfer
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* OlderThanTheyThink: In the second season finale, "M.I.A.", the tearjerker ending has Al sitting with his wife, who thinks him dead, as she listens to "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers. She then switches to "Georgia On My Mind" by Ray Charles, and begins dancing alone, and Al joins her as best he can in his hologram form. Briefly, just as the leap occurs, she senses him with her. This scene, particularly with the use of "Unchained Melody", may seem to have been heavily inspired by ''Film/{{Ghost}}'' but in fact aired May 9 1990, 2 months before ''Ghost's'' July 1990 release.
27th Oct '15 2:22:33 AM CrowTR0bot
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** In "Killing Time," the lawman in charge of bringing Leon Styles (Sam's current leapee) to justice is named [[Film/TexasChainsawMassacre2003 Sheriff Hoyt]].
21st Oct '15 8:19:37 AM CrowTR0bot
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** In "Jimmy," Sam and Al both freely use the word "retarded" to describe the titular leapee, who appears to have Down Syndrome.

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** In "Jimmy," Sam and Al both freely use the word "retarded" to describe the titular leapee, who appears to have Down Syndrome. [[ValuesDissonance At the time]], "retarded" actually was the clinical terminology for a person with Down Syndrome, but like "moron" and "imbecile" it became exclusively insulting over time.
3rd Oct '15 8:50:27 PM overman2099
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* IdiotBall: Sam gets handed this big time in the episode Deliver Us From Evil. For starters, Sam has always been a guy who could at times choose to follow his own heart and emotions while ignoring or giving very little thought to the main leaping mission at hand. In some of the earliest episodes, doing so actually benefitted him personally as he was able to focus on changing time so that Donna married him after all(while completing his main mission of hooking another couple together which he treated as an afterthought). However, by Season 5, choosing to listen to his emotions over rational thought finally catches up with him when he encounters the evil leaper, Alia, who's leaped into Connie Lamotta while he himself has leaped back into Jimmy Lamotta. Even though Al tells him that the timeline has changed and that the Lamotta family completely falls apart, Sam is so excited and happy to have found leaper that he doesn't even stop once to consider the very real possibility that maybe the reason Jimmy's family falls apart is precisely BECAUSE of another leaper entering into the picture to take over Connie's place. It gets even worse when Alia, still looking like Connie, tries to seduce Sam even though he had the appearance of Jimmy. Then the situation became downright grim when Connie's husband Frank Lamotta comes home and Alia immediately accuses Sam of rape, leading an enraged Frank to slapping Sam/Jimmy down and then deciding then and there that he would have Jimmy institutionalized. Then Al delivers even more bad news that Jimmy would get killed that night as Alia points a gun at Sam. The whole scenario became so dark and desperate for both Sam and Jimmy that it took an [[AssPull Ass Pull]] speech from Sam to Alia and a Deux Ex Machina time warp to make the evil leapers go away and restore both Jimmy, Frank, and Connie back to their original happy ending. Basically, Sam could have spared both himself and Jimmy a lot of suffering if he had seriously analyzed the situation and taken appropriate action instead of just falling for Alia's charms and getting led astray by his emotions.

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* IdiotBall: Sam gets handed this big time in the episode Deliver Us From Evil. For starters, Sam has always been a guy who could at times choose to follow his own heart and emotions while ignoring or giving very little thought to the main leaping mission at hand. In some of the earliest episodes, doing so actually benefitted him personally as he was able to focus on changing time so that Donna married him after all(while completing his main mission of hooking another couple together which he treated as an afterthought). However, by Season 5, choosing to listen to his emotions over rational thought finally catches up with him when he encounters the evil leaper, Alia, who's leaped into Connie Lamotta while he himself has leaped back into Jimmy Lamotta. Even though Al tells him that the timeline has changed and that the Lamotta family completely falls apart, Sam is so excited and happy to have found another leaper that he doesn't even stop once to consider the very real possibility that maybe the reason Jimmy's family falls apart is precisely BECAUSE of another leaper entering into the picture to take over Connie's place. It gets even worse when Alia, still looking like Connie, tries to seduce Sam even though he had the appearance of Jimmy. Then the situation became downright grim when Connie's husband Frank Lamotta comes home and Alia immediately accuses Sam of rape, leading an enraged Frank to slapping Sam/Jimmy down and then deciding then and there that he would have Jimmy institutionalized. Then Al delivers even more bad news that Jimmy would get killed that night as Alia points a gun at Sam. The whole scenario became so dark and desperate for both Sam and Jimmy that it took an [[AssPull Ass Pull]] speech from Sam to Alia and a Deux Ex Machina time warp to make the evil leapers go away and restore both Jimmy, Frank, and Connie back to their original happy ending. Basically, Sam could have spared both himself and Jimmy a lot of suffering if he had seriously analyzed the situation and taken appropriate action instead of just falling for Alia's charms and getting led astray by his emotions.
3rd Oct '15 8:44:14 PM overman2099
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* BadassDecay: Sam undergoes some of this in Season 5. From Seasons One to Four, he was the quintessential action hero, going up against a wide array of foes, including mobsters, professional boxers, biker gang leaders, corrupt cops, rapists, and a wide array of criminals and dangerous ruffians, and beat them all. Come Season Five, however, Sam noticeably gets beaten around and roughed up much more. The season debut saw him get beaten down so badly by Lee Harvey Oswald's commanding officer in a bar fight that Sam had to resort to pulling a gun on the man in order to save himself. The Evil Leaper episodes also saw him repeatedly get pushed around, first having trouble fighting against a college frat boy and then getting kicked around mercilessly in a women's prison. Also, when he leaped into Elvis, Sam got into a fight with a woman's jealous fiancee, in what would be his final fight for the series, and got beat down in a humiliating fashion(even though he had proven quite capable of defeating jealous boyfriend/ex-husband/fiancee types in past episodes). While it is conceivable that the Swiss Cheese Effect had denied him a lot of his martial arts abilities in many of these episodes, his portrayal in Season 5 is still somewhat jarring compared to the badass action hero he was in the first four seasons.

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* BadassDecay: Sam undergoes some of this in Season 5. From Seasons One to Four, he was the quintessential action hero, going up against a wide array of foes, including mobsters, professional boxers, biker gang leaders, corrupt cops, rapists, and a wide array multitude of criminals and dangerous ruffians, and beat them all. Come Season Five, however, Sam noticeably gets beaten around and roughed up much more. The season debut saw him get beaten down so badly by Lee Harvey Oswald's commanding officer in a bar fight that Sam had to resort to pulling a gun on the man in order to save himself. The Evil Leaper episodes also saw him repeatedly get pushed around, first having trouble fighting against a college frat boy and then getting kicked around mercilessly in a women's prison. Also, when he leaped into Elvis, Sam got into a fight with a woman's jealous fiancee, in what would be his final fight for the series, and got beat down in a humiliating fashion(even though he had proven quite capable of defeating jealous boyfriend/ex-husband/fiancee types in past episodes). While it is conceivable that the Swiss Cheese Effect had denied him a lot of his martial arts abilities in many of these episodes, his portrayal in Season 5 is still somewhat jarring compared to the badass action hero he was in the first four seasons.
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