History YMMV / QuantumLeap

18th Nov '16 6:05:10 PM Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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** Teri Hatcher appeared in the first season episode "Star-Crossed".
** Creator/AnnaGunn appeared in the fourth season episode "The Play's the Thing".
5th Nov '16 5:30:16 PM ApeAccount
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** In one episode, Sam gives advice to a young boy about investment in real estate when he's driving a taxi. In a twist, that boy is then revealed to be Donald Trump. As Trump's prominence has grown over time (for better or worse depending on your own political views) the accidental historical significance of that leap has grown along with it.
13th Sep '16 3:43:32 PM SpideyTerry
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* BrokenBase: Bellisario has said that, based on the responses he saw, half the fans loved "Mirror Image" and half hated it.


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** "The Boogieman" is an AllJustADream episode where Sam faces Satan. "Mirror Image" casts a new light on the exchange after Satan asks Sam why he keeps putting right what was made wrong.
--->'''Sam:''' I'm just trying to get home.\\
'''Satan:''' Well, it looks like you're not going to make it.


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** In the PilotMovie, the swiss-cheesed Sam initially thinks his experiences are a dream of some kind. In his narration, he remarks he's just waiting for a boogieman of some kind to pop out to scare him and end the dream. That's pretty much what happens in the HalloweenEpisode.
23rd Aug '16 5:05:48 AM CrowTR0bot
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** One of the Frat Boys in ''Animal Frat'' is played by Raphael Sbarge, the future voice of [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Carth Onasi]] and [[VideoGame/MassEffect Kaidan Alenko]].
16th Aug '16 10:26:00 AM JoieDeCombat
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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.

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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 Sam's established tendency to follow his own heart and emotions while ignoring or giving very little thought to act on his own feelings rather than focusing solely on the main leaping mission at hand. In some of hand graduates to a full-fledged grab for 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 Idiot Ball in "Deliver Us From Evil," in 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 leaps back into Jimmy Lamotta and meets "evil leaper" Alia (who has leaped into Connie Lamotta while he himself has leaped back into Jimmy Lamotta. 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 meet a fellow leaper that he doesn't even stop once to consider the very real possibility that maybe Alia is the reason Jimmy's family falls apart is precisely BECAUSE of another leaper entering into that the picture family's happy future has been overwritten. Sam's failure 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 regard Alia or 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 with any objectivity nearly gets 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 institutionalized, then ''murdered'', before it's all finally sorted out near 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 end 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. episode.



** ''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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** ''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
through. (Beth actually introduces herself to Dirk as Beth Calavicci early on.on, but since Al is mostly referred to by his first name throughout the show, viewers may be forgiven for missing the connection until it's pointed out.)
16th Aug '16 10:03:29 AM rafi
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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]].

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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 [[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003 Sheriff Hoyt]].
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).
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