"Blood Moon"


Leap Date:

March 10, 1975


Episode Adopted by: Eleiece <aka> Sherdran

Synopsis:

Leaping into a coffin is a first for Sam, who has become an artist who lives like a vampire. It is the evening of Blood Moon, a sacrifice to Count Bathory, and another couple have come to share in the ceremony. Sam doesn't believe in vampires, but Al says he's the real thing. Sam must prevent his host's girlfriend from becoming the sacrifice. And where the heck is a mirror when you need one?

 

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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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Quotable Quotes

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Title of Episode: Blood Moon

Name of the Person Leaped Into: Lord Nigel Corrington

Place/Location of Leap: Outside of London, England

Leap Date/Day: March 10, 1975/Monday

Original Broadcast Date/Day: February 9, 1993/Tuesday

Musical Score: Velton Ray Bunch

Theme: Mike Post



Project Trivia:
Ziggy was having trouble interfacing with the British systems; Al said it was
the English frequencies. According to Al, "This place hasn't been the same
since the blitz."



Miscellaneous Trivia:
The "blood moon" - I wondered if there was such a thing or if the writers of Quantum Leap had just gotten really creative, so I went looking on the internet to 'see what I could see'. Would you believe it - there is! I found this website that describes what a "blood moon" really is. And before you ask...no, it doesn't have a darned thing to do with vampires! Actually, it is a total lunar eclipse. In a total lunar eclipse the moon is completely covered by the earth's shadow. What makes it turn orange/red is due to the light bent from the sun filtered by the earth's atmosphere. The last total lunar eclipse (as pictured at the link listed above) took place on January 9, 2001.
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Actor Bela Lugosi's personification of Dracula (the most famous and enduring) was born in Lugos, Hungary, on October 20, 1882. Lugosi died of a heart attack on August 15, 1956. He was buried in his Dracula cape.
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The blitz - The blitz on London during WWII began in full force on September 7, 1940 and continued for 57 consecutive nights.



Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode (only 1):
Black jacket with a white 'string' pattern and black trousers; black & white shirt in a large hound's-tooth pattern; an inverted-point triangle pin worn at the throat of the shirt; later, he wore a crucifix as well as a head of garlic on a string around his neck. He also carried a cigar in this episode.



Sam's Outfits Worn in the Episode (only 1):
Dark sable velvet smoking jacket with black velvet collar and lapels, later replaced with the black cut-away dinner jacket; black dress trousers, white shirt with a white lace jabot at the throat and fluted cuffs; a white waistcoat and black suspenders/braces; black shoes.



Writer: Tommy Thompson

Director: Alan J. Levi


Producers:
Supervising: Richard C. Oakie, Harker Wade and Tommy Thompson
Co-Executive: Deborah Pratt and Chas. Floyd Johnson
Producer: Robin Jill Bernheim



Regular Cast:
Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett, Dean Stockwell as Al Calavicci, and the voice of Deborah Pratt as opening narrator and
Ziggy's voice.



Guest Stars:

DEBORAH MARIA MOORE - (Claudia):

Film/TV Movie credits:

Die Another Day (2002)
Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings (2000 - TV)
Merlin (1998 - TV)
London Suite (1996)
On Dangerous Ground (1996 - TV)
Midnight Man (1995 - TV)

Starring Roles:
The Wanderer (1994 - TV)
Days of Our Lives (1992)
Chaplin (1992)
Into the Sun (1992)
Trauma (1991 - TV)
Bullseye! (1990)

Goldeneye: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (1989 - TV)
Top Line (1988)
Lionheart (1987)
Warriors of the Apocalypse (1985)


TV Guest Starring credits:

Mann & Machine (1992)
Zorro (1990)
The Persuaders! (1971)


IAN BUCHANAN - (Victor Drake):

Film/TV movie credits:

The Panic Room (2002)
Blue Flame (1995)
Double Exposure (1994)
The Cool Surface (1994)
The Seventh Sign (1988)

Starring Roles:

Port Charles (October 16, 2002-present)
The Bold and the Beautiful (1993-1998)
On the Air (1992)
General Hospital (1986-1989)

Guest Starring Roles:

Stargate SG-1 (2003)
Justice League (2002)
Raising Dad (2002)
Charmed (2001)
Nash Bridges (2001)
Norm (2000)
Batman Beyond (1999)
NYPD Blue (1996)
Gargoyles (1995)
The Nanny (1995)
The Larry Sanders Show (1992)
Twin Peaks (1990-1991)
The Flash (1990)
Columbo (1990)

Some of Ian's stage credits include:

The Maids
Losing Venice
The Heiress
Love and Anger

Voice work credits:

Batman the Animated Series
Gargoyles
Batman Beyond
Justice League


ROD LOOMIS - (Horst):

Film/TV movie credits:

The Beastmaster (1999)
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
Jack's Back (1988)

Guest Starring Roles

7th Heaven (1999)
University Hospital (1995)
Jake and the Fatman (1991)
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1988)
Matt Houston (1983 & 1984)
All in the Family (1977)
Jason of Star Command (1978)

Co Starring Roles:

Matlock (1991)
Vegas (1980)

A few of Mr. Loomis' theater credits include:

Sunset Boulevard
Uncle Vanya
Death of a Salesman
Much Ado About Nothing
Medea
Hamlet
Oedipus Rex
Roar of Greasepaint...
My Fair Lady
Sound of Music
Peter Pan


SHAE D'LYN (Lady Alexandra Corrington):

Film/TV movie credits:

Girlie Magazine Party (1998)
Convict 762 (1997)
National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation (1997)
364 Girls a Year (1996)
Secrets (1995 - TV)
Awake to Murder (1995 - TV)
Hits! (1994)
Ghost Mom (1993 - TV)
The American Clock (1993 - TV)
Bury Me In Niagara (1993)

Starring Roles:

Dharma & Greg (1997) - Jane (Seasons 1-4)


Guest Starring Roles:

That '70s Show (2001)
Ellen (1996)
Law & Order (1994)


GARTH WILTON - (Detective):

Film credits:

Killer Me (2002)
Disorderlies 1987
A Fine Mess (1986)
Crossings (1986 - TV)
Jealousy (1984 - TV)

Guest Starring Roles:

Diagnosis Murder (1994)

Mr. Belvedere (1989)
Hart to Hart (1984)
The Jeffersons (1983)
Bare Essence (1983)

Co Starring Roles:

JAG (1997)


ROBERT MacKENZIE - (Nigel Corrington in the Waiting Room at end of Dr. Ruth)

Film/TV Movie credits:

Liz: the Elizabeth Taylor Story (1995)
Never Forget (1991)
The Woman Eater (1959)
Blind Spot (1958)
Fiend without a Face (1958)
Floods of Fear (1958)
The Secret Man (1958)


Guest Starring credits:

Beverly Hills, 90210 (1993)
Star Trek - Deep Space 9 (1993)
L.A. Law (1986)



Guest Cast Notes:
Deborah Maria Moore's famous father is none other than actor Roger Moore of James Bond fame.
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Shae D'Lyn is involved in The National Freedom to Marry Coalition.
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Ian Buchanan was born in Hamilton, Scotland.
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Ian became a bellhop at age 14, was a bartender at 18, and managed a restaurant at 20.
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Ian has also received an "Outstanding Supporting Actor" nomination for "The Bold & The Beautiful" in 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996 Emmy Awards. In May 1997, he won the Emmy award for "Outstanding Supporting Actor."
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Prior to his acting career, Ian did extensive modeling work throughout the world. At one point he was Georgio Armani's personal fitting model for his designs.



Personal Review:
"Blood Moon" is so campy with its "is-he-or-isn't-he-a-vampire" theme that it's hysterically funny. In my opinion, "Blood Moon" is one of the funniest, if not THE funniest, episode of Quantum Leap, bar none. I can only marvel at how Scott kept a straight face with some of the lines he had to deliver, not to mention the one-liners that Dean delivered with such gleeful abandon (I'd be willing to bet that Dean's line about Tina picking up his turtleneck at the cleaners was an impromptu addition by him.) I'll bet the entire cast and crew had an absolute blast making this episode.


Best Lines:

Al:    "Well you should see this guy, Corrington, Sam. He's a first-class flesh eater! He's got all the classic signs. He's got the pale complexion, the beady eyes, the...the lustful stare..."

Sam:    "Al...you just described yourself."
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Sam to Al: "It tells me that vampires and holograms have a lot in common."
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Sam to Al: "Your vampires are a fake unless they've got a dental plan in Hell."



Quotable Quotes:


Sam's leap-in voice over: "Leaping in and out of new situations has taught me to be prepared for the unusual. But I suddenly had the feeling that I'd left unusual and landed smack dab in the middle of bizarre."

Also:

Victor Drake's toast: "To stab the hearts of mortal men, they spill their blood like rain. And tonight we offer ours to demons without shame."


Best Scene:

Ah geez, here we with go with the thumbscrews again! (Come to think of it, this is the only episode where thumbscrews might fit right into the 'décor'. *g*):

*****

[Sam turns slowly to look at the mounted goat's head hanging on the wall and sees smoke coming out of the goat's nostrils. A moment later Al walks through the wall (and the goat head) and sees Sam's expression/ reaction.]

Al: "What's the matter?

[He turns and sees the goat head, screams and runs into the main room. Sam follows him.]

Sam: "Are you trying to give me a heart attack?"

Al: "Give you a heart attack?! I'm having a heart attack!"

Sam: "Alright. Okay. Let me ask you this question. Is it Halloween?"

Al: "What?"

Sam: "Is it Halloween tonight?"

Al: "Not unless they moved it to March."

Sam: "Um... "

[Sam turns away from Al. Al recovers then follows him.]

Al: "Oh, um...Sam. Sam, have you...uh...have you looked in a mirror yet?"

Sam: "Uh...no, I haven't. [He looks around.] No. I haven't seen any around. Why?"

Al: "Ah. [He repeats Sam's words] 'I haven't seen any    mirrors around.' Well, that's not
surprising."

Sam: "Well what does that mean? What does it mean?"

Al: "I think you've leaped into a..."

Sam: "A what?"

Al: "A vampire."

Sam (laughing): "A vampire?"

Al: "I know it sounds strange, but you should see the guy in the Waiting Room. He looks like
a cross between Bela Logosi and a sick corpse. He's got all the markings of the undead."

Sam: "And you've got all the markings of the brain dead! Now, what does Ziggy have?"

Al: "Well it's March, 1975."

Sam: "Yeah."

Al: "And you're just outside of London. Oh, Sam, you've leaped out of the country."

Sam: "I figured that out already. Now what else?"

Al: "Your name is Nigel Corring..ton. You're London's most eccentric and expensive artist, and
your family's lived in this castle for five generations. And you just shocked the art world
by marrying a homeless girl named Alexandra Hill."

Sam: "A homeless girl?"

Al: "Yeah."

Sam: "Why am I here, Al?"

Al: "Well..uh..dunno. We haven't..run the program that far yet."

Sam: "Why not?"

[Al waffles at the question.]

Sam: "Because of the vampire? You're not running the program because there's a vampire in the Waiting Room. Isn't that it? That's what you're telling me?"

Al: "Well you should see this guy, Corrington, Sam. He's a first-class flesh eater! He's got all the classic signs. He's got the pale complexion, the beady eyes, the.. lustful stare.."

Sam: "Al...you just described yourself."

Al: "Ha, ha! Very funny, Sam. Yeah, you're gonna laugh. But, I'm telling you that you've leaped into a night stalker!"

Sam: "Alright! Alright! Now that's enough! Now I want you to repeat after me: There's no such thing as a vampire."

Al: "Oh come on, Sam..."

Sam: "Say it!"

Al: "There's no such thing as a vampire."

Sam: "Okay. It's all in my mind. (pause) Go on."

Al: "It's all in my mind."

Sam: "An I will never, ever bring up the subject again."

Al: "Sam..."

Sam: "Al!"

Al: "I'll never, ever bring up the subject again."

Sam: "Okay. Now maybe we can get on with figuring out why I'm here. Okay?

[He drops his voice slightly.]

"I'm just glad you didn't show up when I was in the coffin."

[Al catches what he says and jumps on it. Sam rolls his eyes.]

Al: "Aha! Aha! You see? That's it! You're...you're a blood-sucking ghoul from Hell!"

Sam: "Go...go away! And don't come back until you find out why I'm here. (pause) Go on!"

[Al opens the Imaging Chamber door and steps inside.]

Al: "Well...I just hope Tina remembered to pick up my    turtleneck from the cleaners."

[The Imaging Chamber door closes.]



Worst thing about the episode:
"Blood Moon" may be so campy it makes your teeth hurt or cause your eyes to 'stick' when you roll them once too often while watching it, but in my opinion, there's not a darned thing wrong with this episode!

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