"8-1/2 Months"


Leap Date:

November 15, 1955


Episode adopted by Sherdran <aka> Eleiece

Synopsis:

Being strapped in stirrups is something Sam has done many times. But the kind of stirrups he is in this time are not what he had in mind! As a very pregnant teenage girl, Sam has to find a way for Billy Jean (his host) to keep her baby instead of giving it up for adoption as in the original history. To make matters worse, Sam begins to have hot flashes, cravings, and finally... contractions.

 

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Leap Date

Project Date
Name of the Person Leaped Into
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Project Trivia
Sam Trivia
Al Trivia

Al's Women
Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode

Miscellaneous Trivia
Kiss with History
Writers
Director
Producers

Crew
Broadcast Date
Guest Stars
Guest Cast Notes
Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes
Cast members who have passed away
Personal Review
Best Lines
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Say what? (things in the episode that make no sense)
Quotable Quotes

Awards

 

 

Place: Claremore, Oklahoma

Leap Date/Day of the week:
November 15, 1955/Tuesday

Broadcast Date/Day of the week: March 6, 1991/Wednesday

Name of the Person Leaped Into: Billie Jean Crockett

Leapee's Family:
Bob Crockett (father)


Songs/Music:

"Honky Tonk Man"
"Honky Tonk Angel"
"Hey, Hey, Mama (Can Your Daddy Come Home?)"


Personal Review:

We've all seen shows where a man 'becomes pregnant' or has sympathy pains for his pregnant wife or girlfriend. Some really strive for a touch or sense of realness, but for the most part, it's played for comedy. But though "8 1/2 Months" has its light, even funny moments (like Sam hiding behind Effy when Leola lights into him for his comment about her purple hair looking 'punk'), this episode also has a sense of honesty about an all too real situation that happens to some girls in every generation. And I think that the sympathetic way Scott approached the role of Billie Jean may have endeared Sam to female viewers who might have had, or perhaps knew of someone who had, a similar experience as a teenager.

I've read somewhere (or heard it said) that Scott decided to allow himself to be vulnerable to the emotions that his character's situation - the scandal of being an unwed teenage girl in the 1950s - generated. The scene that shows this best is, of course, the scene between Sam and Bob Crockett in the tool shed when Sam/Billie Jean goes to ask for his help in keeping the baby. The expression on Sam's face (startled, even a bit frightened perhaps) when Bob shouts angrily at him, "I don't have a grandchild! And I don't want a grandchild!" at least to me, showed how Sam (and who knows, maybe even Scott) got a 'bird's eye view' of what a pregnant, unmarried girl, especially a teenager, went through in that generation.

From the first time I saw this episode, I fell in love with it. It is my favorite QL episode, bar none. Or couldn't you tell? :)


Project Trivia:

It took all the doctors on staff at Project Quantum Leap to stop Billy Jean's full labor when she arrived in the Waiting Room when Sam leaped into her life.


Sam Trivia:

He remembers enough about the effects of leaping to that it is the aura of the person he's surrounding that people see and not their body...especially Billy Jean's in this case. He also remembers (while talking with Mrs. Thailer) that he believes in adoption.


Al Trivia:
Only carries a cigar in his initial appearance when he talks with Sam in the beauty parlor and then in Dotty's parlor.


Miscellaneous Trivia:

In this episode Al used what I call the 'candy cube' handlink.

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The road sign Sam sees as he and Dotty are driving back to the beauty parlor says:

'Claremore, Oklahoma -- Home of Will Rogers -- Population 422'

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'Pregnant' foods/food combinations Sam indulged in:

Radishes and mayonnaise
Jell-O and onions

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Sam and Al always refer to the baby as 'she' or 'her' though in the 50s, things such as amniocentesis or ultrasound with which to determine the sex of an unborn child weren't even a vague idea in any doctor or scientist/inventor's mind.

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Al told Sam..."Billie Jean's having her baby 40 years in the future." Judging by that, the Project's 'real' time/year would be 1995.

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At the hospital Sam attempted to use Lamaze breathing to control the pain of the contractions.

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Pregnancy symptoms Sam experienced:

Swelling ankles
His balance was off
Nausea
Sleepiness
Food cravings
Frequent urination ( "...and making 900 trips to the bathroom...")
Felt the baby kick
Hot flashes
Labor, and then
Coming *this* close to "doing what no man has ever done before" ... giving birth. (Doctor Rogers: "I see a head of curls, little lady. Give her a push!")

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In the (leap-in) delivery room scene, the orderly standing by door was Scott's stand-in, Harold.

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To work on the character, Scott wore a 'pregnancy suit' that simulates the weight distribution of a pregnant woman.

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Also, in the book "The Making of Quantum Leap" (the unauthorized book about Q.L. by Hal Schuster), Scott stated that the one little transition scene of Dotty helping him into the hospital took over 12 hours to shoot! Talk about a long labor! *G*


Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode (2):

First - Medium gray suit with narrow, vertical stripes of a darker gray, multi-tone (earth tone) shirt. The jacket of the suit either had dark stripes just above the cuffs or the cuffs were turned back one turn; and,

Second -- (Red jacket of shiny material (possibly satin), white shirt with narrow, vertical decorative stripes on shirt front, narrow brown tie, black pants and belt, red shoes and a lapel pin; cigar.


Sam's Outfits Worn in the Episode (3):

First - Black pants, a man's large, white, long-sleeved shirt and brown penny loafers without socks;

Second - A sort of pale pinkish maternity smock and skirt with a tiny flower print, two-tone (off cream color and dark brown) jacket, and white step-in flats; and last but not least,

Third - A hospital gown over a white slip. (Scott also wore very short white shorts (probably gym shorts) under the hospital gown in the last scene when Sam's taken into the delivery room).


Theme: Mike Post

Music:
Velton Ray Bunch

Writer:
Deborah Pratt

Producers:

Co-executive producers: Deborah Pratt and Michael Zinberg
Supervising producer: Harker Wade
Co-producers: Paul Brown and Jeff Gourson
Producer: Chris Ruppenthal

Director:
James Whitmore, Jr.

Regular Cast:
Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett, and Dean Stockwell as Al Calavicci


Guest Stars:


LANA SCHWAB (Dorothy "Dotty" Louise Billings) -

Film/TV movie credits:
The Straight Story (1999)
The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
The Silence of the Hams (1995) (USA)
Repossessed (1990)
Rich Men, Single Women (1990)
You Ruined My Life (1987)
The Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
Dempsey (1983)


Ms. Schwab's TV Guest Appearances other than Quantum Leap include:

"Step by Step" (1993)
"Life Goes On" (1989)
"Married... with Children" (1987)
"The Golden Girls" (1986)
"Night Court" (1985)
"Murder, She Wrote" (1985)
"Simon & Simon" (1984)

Miscellaneous Crew credits:

Feeling Minnesota (1996) (still photographer)


HUNTER von LEER (Keeter):
Mr. von Leer's film credits include:

"Into The Sun" (1992)
"Trancers: Deth Lives" (1992)
"Under The Boardwalk" (1989)
"Big Business" (1988)
"Talking Walls" (1987)
"Making Of A Male Model" (1983)
"Halloween II" (1981)
"The History of the World - Part I" (1981)
"High Anxiety" (1977)
"The Missouri Breaks" (1976)
"Framed" (1975)
"Trapped Beneath The Sea" (1974)
"Cahill: United States Marshall" (1973)
"Unholy Rollers" (1972)
"Thief" (1971)


Guest Starring appearances include:
In the Heat of the Night (1992)
Dallas (1986-1987; 10 appearances)
Magnum, P.I. (1984)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1983)
The Dukes of Hazzard (1979)
The Rockford Files (1977 & 1978)


Co-Starring Roles:
Cannon (1973 & 1974)
Night Gallery (1971)


JAMES WHITMORE, JR. (Bob Crockett): - "In his father's footsteps" would be a good description for this versatile and highly talented actor. He is the son of Oscar-nominated (1949 for "Battleground") actor, James Whitmore, Sr. Jim has, himself, forged a career in the film industry that spans more than twenty years. He's also a skilled and respected TV director.

A few of his credits as a director in a TV movie or series:

"Mister Sterling" (2003)
"First Monday" (2002)
"Enterprise" (2001)
"24" (2001)
"Enterprise" (2001) (2 episodes: "Acquisition" and "Future Tense")
"Witchblade" (2001)
"Young Americans" (2000)
"Strange World (1999) (TV)
"Angel" (1999)
Roswell (1999)
Providence (1999)
Charmed (1998)
Dawson's Creek (1998)
Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997)
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1996 - The Big Easy episode)
The Pretender (1996)
JAG (1995)
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995)
The X-Files (1993)
Melrose Place (1992)
Disney Presents The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage (1991)
21 Jump Street (1987)
Hunter (1984)
Riptide (1984)

As an actor, a few (and I do mean just a few) of Mr. Whitmore, Jr.'s credits in a TV movie
Include:

Tricks of the Trade (1988)
Firefighter (1986)
Purple Hearts (1984)
Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac, aka Florida Flight No. 90 (1984)
Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder (1982)
The Five of Me (1981)
The Killing of Randy Webster (1981) (TV)
The Long Riders (1980)
A Force of One (1979)
The Boys in Company C (1978)


TV Starring Roles:

Jessie (1984)
Black Sheep Squadron (1976)


TV Guest Starring appearances:

The Pretender (1999)
Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990)
Tequila and Bonetti (1992)
Bret Maverick (1981)
Magnum, P.I. (1980)
The Greatest American Hero (1981)
The Twilight Zone (1985 & 1987)
Highway to Heaver (1984)
Scarecrow & Mrs. King (1983 & 1984)
Knight Rider (1982 & 1983)
Simon & Simon (1981,1982,1983, 1986)
Magnum, P. I. (1980 & 1981)
"Tenspeed and Brown Shoe" (1980)
The Rockford Files" (1974)
Battlestar Galactica" (1978)
Dallas (1978)
The Rockford Files (1974 then 1977 & 1979)


Co-Starring Roles:
The Pretender (1999)
Hunter (1984)

 

PHILIP LINTON (Willis) -
Guest Starring Roles besides Quantum Leap:

21 Jump Street (1989)
Who's The Boss? (1989)
Just The Ten Of Us (1988)
The Bronx Zoo (1987)
The Facts of Life (1981)


Film credits:

Doing Time On Maple Drive (1992)
Exile (1990)
A Deadly Silence (1990)
Right To Die (1987)
A Fighting Choice (1886)
Once Bitten (1985)
Hollywood Hot Tubs (1984)
Desperate Intruder (1983)



ANNE HANEY (Mrs. Thailer):
Before she began her film industry career late in life (46/47) in the 1980, in the 1970s Ms. Haney did some touring work with Noel Coward's Fallen Angels as well as joining the Screen Actors Guild. During her film career, Ms. Haney quickly became known as a reliable character actress with a strong reputation and a healthy sense of humor. One of her first, roles (if not her first) after moving to Southern California in 1980 was in the Walter Matthau film "Hopscotch". Two of her more recent film credits were for "Liar, Liar" and "Mrs. Doubtfire".


Ms. Haney's film --big screen and TV movie-- credits include:

Psycho (1998)
Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil (1997)
Liar, Liar (1997)   
Mother (1996)
The American President (1995)
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
LBJ: The Early Years (TV - 1986)
The Bad Seed (1985)
Independence Day (1983)
Some Kind Of Hero (1982)
The Mating Season (1981)
Hopscotch (1980)


TV Starring Roles:

Movie Stars (1999)
Leaving L.A. (1997)
George (1993)
Lime Street) 1985

Some of Ms. Haney's Guest Starring roles besides Q. L. include:

Dharma & Greg (2000 & 2001)
Chicago Hope (2000)
Boy Meets World (1999)
Any Day Now (1998)
NYPD Blue (1996)
Sisters (1995)
ER (1994)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993)
Northern Exposure (1992)
Coach (1992)
L.A. Law (1986 & 1987 then 1989 & 1990)
Father Dowling Mysteries (1990)
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1989)
Designing Women (1989)
Mama's Family (1986, 1987 & 1988)
The Golden Girls (1986)
Dynasty (1986)
Mr. Belvedere (1985)
Hill Street Blues (1984)
Family Ties (1983)
Cheers (1982)
Bosom Buddies (1981)


PARLEY BAER (Doctor Rogers):
Parley Baer was a character actor whose six-decade career encompassed more than 60 motion pictures, 1,600 television shows and 15,000 radio programs. Though never a household name but his voice and face were familiar to generations of listeners and viewers. Baer began his career in radio in 1933, and became a fixture of the medium, appearing on shows such as "The Count of Monte Cristo," "Lux Radio Theater," "Screen Directors' Playhouse," "Cisco Kid," and "Red Ryder". Probably his most famous radio persona was a role he played on the radio version of "Gunsmoke". In that program Parley portrayed Chester Proudfoot, trusty sidekick to Marshall Matt Dillon who was portrayed by William Conrad (later of the TV show 'Cannon').

Among Mr. Baer's long list of film credits are such movies as:

"The Last of the Dogmen" (1995) was Mr. Baer's final film.
"Dave" (1993)
"Almost an Angel" (1990)
"Doctor Detroit" (1983)
"The Amazing Dobermans" (1978)
"Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?" (1968)
"The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin" (1967)
"Follow Me, Boys!" (1966)
"The Ugly Daschund" (1966)
"The Double Life of Henry Phyfe" (1966)
"Bus Riley's Back in Town" (1965)
"Two on a Guillotine" (1965)
"Those Calloways" (1965)
"Fluffy" (1965)
"The Brass Bottle" (1964)
"Gypsy" (1962)
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (1960)
"The Young Lions" (1958)
"Durango" (1957)
"D-Day the Sixth of June" (1956)
"Away All Boats" (1956)
"Red Skies of Montana" (1952)
"People Will Talk" (1951)
"Air Cadet" (1951)
"Union Station" (1950) (I think this film marked his acting debut.)


Now, there is NO WAY I could possibly list all of Parley Baer's TV credits, so here are just a few -and I mean exactly that-- that I've culled from that prodigious list:

Star Trek: Voyager (1996)
Coach (1995)
Viper (1994)
Mad About You (1993)
Growing Pains (1989)
Night Court (1988)
The Golden Girls (1987)
Newhart - Buck (1987)
The Twilight Zone (1986)
Newhart - Buck (1984)
The A-Team (1984)
Three's Company (1983)
Archie Bunker's Place (1983)
Dallas (1982)
Hart to Hart (1982)
The Dukes of Hazzard (1981)
Flamingo Road (1981)
WKRP in Cincinnati (1980)
Little House on the Prairie (1980)
The Incredible Hulk (1979)
Charlie's Angels - Grandpa - Angels at the Altar (1978 & 1979)
Project UFO (1978)
The Addams Family (1977)
Kung Fu (1973)
The Wonderful World of Disney (1971)
Here's Lucy (1971)
The Virginian (1970)
Mannix (1970)
Hogan's Heroes (1969)
Lassie (1968)
Ironside (1968)
The F.B.I. 1967)
The Fugitive (1967)
Hogan's Heroes (1966)
Bewitched (1966)
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. 1966)
Petticoat Junction (1966)
F Troop - Col. Watkins (1965)
My Favorite Martian (1965)
Profiles in Courage (1965)
Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre (1964)
The Jack Benny Program (1964)
The Fugitive (1963) (1964)
The Wonderful World of Disney (1964)
Dr. Kildare (1963)
The Andy Griffith Show (1062-1963)
Have Gun, Will Travel (1962)
Frontier Circus (1962)
Bonanza (1961)
National Velvet (1960)
Dennis the Menace (1959)
Swamp Fox (1959)
The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1957)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1956)
Father Knows Best (1955)

Co Starring Roles:

Supertrain (1979)
Land of the Giants (1969)
The Virginian (1962 & 1967)
The 20th Century-Fox Hour (1957)

VOICE WORK:

A few of the hundreds of characters Mr. Baer did the voices during his long and impressive career were:

Title of program:                     Name of character(s) portrayed:

Adventures in Odyssey        -     Balthazer, Capt. Anderson, Elijah, Hezekiah, Jeduthum,
                    Joe finnerman, Mr. Burglemeister, Mr. Grayson, Reginald,
                    and Old Man McKinney


Gunsmoke (radio program)    -    Chester Proudfoot (Marshall Dillon's deputy & sidekick)


Ernie Keebler (the cookie elf)    -    Keebler Cookies commercials



TASHA SCOTT (Effy):
Film credits:

Kiss Shot (1992)


Starring Roles:

South Central (1994)
Snoops (1989)

Guest Starring Roles:

The Parent 'Hood (1996-1997)
Under One Roof (1995)
Davis Rules (1991)
Full House (1991)
Amen (1986)


ANN WALKER (Leola):
Film credits:

Sordid Lives (2001)
Father of the Bride, Part II (1995)
It Takes Two (1988)
Dead Solid Perfect (1988)
Surrender (1987)
Soul Man (1986)
Jagged Edge (1985)
Command 5 (1985)
Hollywood Hot Tubs (1984)

Stage credits:

Southern Baptist Sissies
Ballad


TV Guest Starring Roles:

Designing Women (1986)
Murphy Brown (1986)


MOLLY McCLURE (Mrs. Suffy)
Film credits:

Finding North (1998)
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994)
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Pure Country (1992)
City Slickers (1991)
Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure (TV - 1989)
Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)


PRISCILLA WEEMS (Billie Jean Crockett - in the mirror):
Starring Roles:

Five Mile Creek (1983 & 1984)


Other TV guest appearances besides Q.L.:

Designing Women (1986)
Saint Elsewhere (1986)
The Wizard (1986)


Guest Cast Notes:
James Whitmore, Jr. has directed 15 episodes (counting the multiple part episodes) of Quantum Leap:

Jimmy
Leap of Faith
The Great Spontini
Rebel Without A Clue
8 1/2 Months
Piano Man
Nuclear Family
A Leap For Lisa
Lee Harvey Oswald, Parts 1 & 2
Trilogy, Parts 1, 2 & 3
Memphis Melody
Mirror Image

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Before becoming an actor, Parley Baer was originally a circus publicist and a ringmaster.

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Mr. Baer owned a circus for a short time.

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Mr. Baer joined the Army Air Corps in World War II, where, as a captain, he won seven battle stars for his Pacific service.

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After his stint in the Army Air Corp, Parley got a job as a ringmaster with Barnum & Bailey Circus.

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As a sideline, Mr. Baer was also a publicist and ringmaster for circuses, including tours with Barnum & Bailey and the Circus Vargus (which was mentioned in 'Leaping In Without A Net").

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During the 1950s, Baer trained and worked with lions and tigers at the now-defunct Jungleland compound in Thousand Oaks. In later years he was a docent (advisor) at the Los Angeles Zoo and was on the board of the L.A. Circus, a one-ring community circus.

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Mr. Baer made numerous appearances in Walt Disney productions, both on the big screen as well as a variety of appearances on the weekly television show that aired on Sunday evenings back in the 50s and 60s.

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In the last decade or so, Parley Baer was also affectionately known to millions of TV viewers as the voice of Ernie, the Keebler cookie elf in the Keebler Cookies commercials.

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At the Sixth Annual Youth in Film Awards (a/k/a as the Young Artists Awards) in 1985, Priscilla Weems received the award for Best Young Actor/Actress in a Cable Series or Program for her role in Five Mile Creek.


Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes:
Anne Haney appeared in 2 episodes: 8 1/2 Months and A Single Drop of Rain.

James Whitmore, Jr. appeared in 3 episodes: 8 1/2 Months, Trilogy - Part 1, and Mirror Image, all three of which he also directed.


Cast members who have passed away (as of the date the synopsis was written):

Anne Haney (Mrs. Thailer) Died May 26, 2001 of heart failure.

Parley Baer (Doctor Rogers) Died November 22, 2002 of complications from a stroke.


Best Lines:
As I said in another review... "What do you mean *line*? Anyway, my favorite line said by Al is when he's standing in Dotty's parlor, looking down at Sam who's just fallen asleep on the couch:

"Something tells me we're in BIG trouble here. (pause, sigh). "Big."


My favorite line of Sam's are actually his last words in the episode, in the delivery room when he's within seconds of doing what no man has ever done before - give birth:

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Sam: "AL! Get it out! Get..it...out!"

My second favorite line is when Dotty's just helped him into the beauty parlor and another contraction begins:

"Oh...here it comes. Here it comes! Oh...God!" (as he drops down on the couch, he starts pushing, stopping only when Dotty yells for him not to) ... "Ooooh. Okay...okay. I can breathe."


Best Scene:
Putting the thumbscrews to me, huh? Don't think I can do it, huh? Hmmm...and I can't just say the whole episode? Ouch! Okay, okay! Not so hard!

The best *fun*, and my favorite, scene is Al and Sam in the parlor:

*****

Al: "Billie Jean was in full labor when you leaped in, Sam. It took
every doctor on the staff to stop her. Not to mention the shock
she went into when she caught a glimpse of your reflection in
those OR lamps."

Sam (supporting his back with both hands): "Al, what if she has her
baby in the future?"

(Sam's discomfort sends him to lower himself on the couch.)

Al:    Well, Ziggy's very worried about that. He says there's an eighty-
six percent chance that when you leap out and Billie Jean leaps
back, the baby could stay in the future."

Sam:     "She loses her baby?"

Al:    "Well, she loses it anyway. In the original history, Billie Jean
put her baby up for adoption. Then she regretted it, and spent
the rest of her life trying to find her."

Sam: "So I'm here to change that?"

Al: "Apparently so."

Sam: "How long until she has her baby?"

Al:    "Uh....according to Ziggy about thirty-six hours un...
unless..."

(Al does a double take at what he sees on the handlink).

Sam:    "Unless?"

Al:    "Unless... you have it first?"

Sam (laughs): "What? What are you talking about? I ca..."

(Al laughs too, then gives Sam a odd sort of look. The look isn't lost on Sam, and he hauls himself up off the couch, highly agitated. He starts pacing which appears to give him a stitch in his side).

Sam:    "I ca...I can't have a baby!"

Al:    "I know that. But Ziggy's not so sure."

Sam:    "I'm sure! I've never been more sure about anything in my life. There's no way I that
I could possibly have a baby!"


Al: "Okay, okay..."

Sam: "How could I carry..."

Al: "Okay...OKAY! Calm down! You're gonna find yourself going back into labor."

Sam: "I wasn't in labor!"

Al: "Well Billie Jean was."

Sam: "Ohhh...."

Al: "And Ziggy says that your brain waves are linked into her emotions, and they're cross
channeling into the baby."

Sam: "The baby's not here."

Al: "Well never mind the baby's not here. The baby is connecting with your mood swings. Ziggy
says you're bonding."

Sam: "Bonding?"

(He gets carefully down on his knees to pick up something he bumped off a coffee table.)

Al: "Yes, bonding. And that's a good thing in case you deliver before Billie Jean leaps back."

(Sam tosses the 'something' onto the coffee table then looks up at Al)

Sam: "I'm a man. I can't have a baby. Men cannot have babies! Ohhh..ohh..."

(He gets a wide-eyed look, freezing where he is)

Al: "You don't look so good, Sam."

Sam: "Just feelin' a little nauseous."

Al: "Yeah. You look a little green around the nostrils there."

(Sam manages to get to his feet then staggers off in search of the bathroom and finds it just in time. The sounds of him throwing up are heard clearly from behind the almost open door.

Al hurries across the room, reacting uncomfortably to what he hears)

Al: "I told you not to upset yourself."

Sam (still in the bathroom): "I'm not upset. I'm just sick."

Al: "I can hear that." (pauses a moment) "Ah...oh, you've got the stomach flu! Everybody's
got it! It's going around."

(From within the bathroom there's the sound of a toilet flushing, then water running before Sam stumbles to the door, his face pale and damp, a towel clutched in one hand.)

Sam: "I don't have the flu. Listen...you're sure that there's no way... no way that Ziggy could be right about this. Right?"

Al: "Oh, there's no way Ziggy could be right about this! I mean there's no way that... you could carry a baby in there. Right?"

Sam (desperate to agree with him): "Right! So then, we're just saying that Billie Jean's back in the Waiting Room..."

Al: "Yeah."

Sam: "And I'm here in 1955. Right?"

Al: "Yeah, right. She's there, you're here. Yeah."

Sam: "And it's just the illusion of her physical aura that everybody's seeing.

Al: "That's right. They see the illusion of her physical aura."

Sam: "Not her body."

Al: "No, not her body."

Sam: "Okay. So why do I feel so nauseous?"

(The excitement and all gets to Sam and he gets on the couch again, groaning.)

Al: "Oh...uh...oh it could be psychosomatic! Yeah. A lot of fathers have that."

Sam: "Who is the father, Al?"

Al: "We don't know." (he pauses, watching as Sam lays down, then asks, concerned) "You feeling a little better?"

Sam: "Yeah. Yeah, I'm just a little bit...tired."

Al: "Tired? Well that means you got the flu! That's just like I said. You've got the flu."

Sam: "I...I don't have the flu!"

Al: "Yeah, well you're not pregnant either! Because when you're pregnant, the nausea and the
pukies and the fatigue come in the first three months, and Billie Jean is...is full term."

Sam: "I'm just gonna rest here a little bit, Al. And then I'll get up and figure out how to
patch up things with her...and her family."

Al: "That's a good idea, Sam. You could talk to her mother..." (He starts pressing buttons on
the handlink then...) "That's a bad idea, Sam. Her mother's dead. Died when she was
twelve. And her father even refuses to see her."

Sam (asks sleepily, his eyes closed): "Who?"

Al: "Her...Billie Jean's father. Bob Crockett is his name. He's a foreman at Kip Petroleum.
Lives at 243 Prairie Lane Drive in Claremore. (He looks thoughtfully at the handlink.)

Sam (nearly asleep, mumbles): "243 Fairy Lane Dr...."

Al: "No, not Fairy....Prairie. With a 'p'. (he sounds out the letter for Sam) "...Drive..."

(He glances down at Sam then does a mild double take at what he sees.)

"Something tells me we're in big trouble here." (He looks down at Sam again and sighs.) "Big."

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I have two favorite dramatic scenes; the first one is between Sam and Bob Crockett in the tool shed:

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Bob Crockett: "Miz Thailer called to...uh... tell me you decided to give up the baby."

Sam: "Miss Thailer?"

Bob Crockett (He looks questioningly at Sam): "The woman from the adoption agency?"

Sam: "Yeah. Right...right. Mrs. Thailer."

(He hesitates then plunges ahead.)

"Well that's kinda what I wanted to talk you about. See... I've ... I've decided to keep the baby, and I can't do that without your help."

Bob Crockett: "Yeah, well you can get help from whoever the hell it was that knocked you up."

Sam: "Uh... no, I can't."

Bob Crockett: "You can't or you won't? the only way you're gonna be able to keep that baby, is if you get him to do the right thing by you and marry you. That is if he's not married already."

Sam: "Well, I don't know..."

Bob Crockett (incredulously): "You don't know?"

Sam (hastily): I mean...I don't know if I should get married. If marriage is the right thing to do."

Bob Crockett: "Little girl...you're pregnant."

Sam: "Being pregnant isn't a reason to get married. It's just an option. And so is bringing this baby up in a home with you."

Bob Crockett: "I'm not gonna spend the rest of my life paying for your mistake."

Sam: "This mistake will be your grandchild."

Bob Crockett (vehement, angry): "I don't have a grandchild! And I don't want a grandchild."

(He faces Sam who is plainly startled and taken aback at the man's attitude and reaction.)

"Now if you want to come back home, we can work that out. But not until you have this baby...and get rid of it."

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My other favorite dramatic scene is in Dotty's parlor between Sam and Mrs. Thailer.

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Mrs. Thailer: "I've brought those papers for you to sign."

Sam: "Papers?"

Mrs. Thailer: "The adoption papers. (She glances at Sam's middle, smiling.) "You're due this week, aren't you?"

Sam (hesitantly): "Yeah. Yeah, well I guess I am."

Mrs. Thailer: "Okay. Now you just sign all five copies."

Sam (glancing over the document): Can I read them first?"

Mrs. Thailer: "Well of course you can. Uh...but they're just legal talk that says the agency has your approval to put your baby up for adoption."

Sam: (continues to look over paper): Mrs. Thailer, if...if I sign these papers and then I change my mind, can I ever get my baby back?"

Mrs. Thailer: "Well...no."

Sam: "Can I ever see her again?"

Mrs. Thailer: "No."

Sam: "So then, I'll...never know where my baby goes."

Mrs. Thailer: Billie Jean, honey, where your baby goes is not important."

Sam: "It's very important."

Mrs. Thailer: "What's important, is that your baby will be with a good family, and it will have a wonderful life."

Sam: "I can't ever know that if I can't ever see her."

Mrs. Thailer: "Well, I can."

Sam: "It's not your baby. It's my baby!"

Mrs. Thailer: "Billie Jean, no one in the world will think you're a bad person because you wanted a better life for your child."

Sam: "Mrs. Thailer, I believe in adoption. I really do."

Mrs. Thailer: "Good. Then let me help your baby find the kind of a life that you can't provide it. Not... not because you don't want to, but because you need to take care of yourself."

Sam (looking a little teary-eyed): "You don't understand."

Mrs. Thailer: "You need to finish growing up, honey. To find out what it is you want to do."

Sam: "I know what I want to do. I...I wanna keep my baby."

Mrs. Thailer: "Billie Jean, honey, what's brought on this sudden change of heart?"

Sam: "Uh...you know that expression, 'God works in mysterious ways'?"

Mrs. Thailer: "It's one of my favorites."

Sam: "Well, I think this one of them. I think that...my change of heart is God's way of tell me that He doesn't want me to...to make another mistake."

Mrs. Thailer: "You're not going to sign those papers, are you?"

Sam: "No, ma'am."

Mrs. Thailer (as she packs up her papers to leave): "Oh honey. I hope it works out for you. I truly, truly do."


My favorite *visual*
scenes (those that come first to mind when I hear or read the title of this episode are:

The beautiful double take - as well as the expression on Sam's face - during the leap-in when he sees the stirrups on the delivery room table.

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Later, his expression when he feels the baby kick.

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In the kitchen when Sam looked up, almost glowing, and told Al, "I felt the baby kick."

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In the beauty parlor while Dotty's on the phone talking to Keeter. In the background you see Sam get that 'oh God, here it comes again' look and he presses his knees together. (I howl every time I see that scene!)

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But my absolute favorite visual is at the end of the episode. Sam's in the delivery room, this time, apparently, for real. He's clinging to Bob Crockett and almost sobs, "Al! Get it out! Get...it...out!"


Quotable Quotes:
"Something tells me we're in BIG trouble here. (pause, sigh). "Big." (Al)

"I'm not gonna spend the rest of my life paying for your mistake." (Bob Crockett to Sam)

"I think God's telling me that He doesn't want me to...make another mistake." (Sam to Mrs. Thailer)

"I...I felt that!" (Sam to Dotty)

"That's impossible!" (Al to Sam)

"You are NOT pregnant!" (Al to Sam)

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