A Falling Star"
May 21, 1979
Episode adopted by: Gelfling1220
As an understudy for the lead role in
"Man of LaMancha", Sam must prevent the star of the show from falling off a
balcony onstage and ruining his career.
He also encounters his old piano teacher from
his boyhood and gets to have the romance he always wanted years ago.
from this episode
Name of the Person Leaped Into
Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode
Kiss with History
Guest Cast Notes
Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes
Cast members who have passed away
Say what? (things in
the episode that make no sense)
May 21, 1979
the Person Leaped Into: Ray Hutton
"I am I, Don Quixote", "Duclinea", "What does he Want of
Me?" "The Impossible Dream"
Sam took piano lessons at the age of 15, where he had his first case of "puppy
love" for Nicole, the piano teacher
First time Sams appreciation for tea,
specifically Orange Spice, is mentioned
Sam listened to "Man of La
Mancha" while building PQL
Al Trivia: Al
used the theater as an outlet when he was at the orphanage. "Other kids, they went
into boxing or they studied or they stole, I thought Id give the theater a try"
(how many times Al popped in and scared Sam, how many cigars Al smoked, etc):
Another play considered for this episode was "My Fair Lady", but was rejected in
favor of the Sam and Al/ Don Quixote and Sancho metaphor and the message of the Impossible
Outfits Worn in the Episode:
White Suit, black shirt, and multi-color tie
Wild print shirt with silver highlights, orange
pants, black suspenders, black fedora, black bolo tie
Lavender shirt, black vest with purple
swirls/paisley print, pink tie with purple markings, pale pink pants
Paul M. Belous
Date: December 6th, 1989
Regular Cast: Scott Bakula,
John O'Malley - John Cullum
Nicole - Michele Pawk
Michelle - Janine Turner
Manny - Ernie Sabella
Charlie - Paul Sand
Dolores - Myra Turley
Anita - Maria Lauren
Guest Cast Notes
(interesting things you've discovered about those who appeared in the episode):
Ernie Sabella, most well known for playing Pumbaa the warthog in the Lion King, reprised
his role as Sancho in the 2002 revival of Man of La Mancha on Broadway.
Sam leaps into Ray Hutton, touring actor and understudy to the Syracuse rendition of
"Man of La Mancha". His job, it seems, is to keep the leading man, John
OMalley from ruining his career by falling offstage in a drunken stupor. Sam,
however, has a different idea when he learns that the new girl hired to understudy the
role of Dulcinea is his former piano teacher and childhood crush, Nicole. For Sam, it is a
chance to have the romance he never could have. Noticing that Sam/Ray has turned his
romantic attentions to the new girl, the jealous leading lady Michelle concocts a scheme
that makes it seem as though Nicole has been having a fling with John. Heartbroken, Sam is
caught in a dilemma: can he bring himself to save the man who ruined his relationship? And
can he forgive Nicole? Come show time on the crucial night, John, as predicted, falls off
but is caught by a begrudging Sam. John turns over the role to Sam/Ray for the
first time and Sam goes out to perform with Nicole, making his peace. The play ends and
the spirit of Don Quixote fills Sam as he leaps out.
This is one of the "Classic"
episodes of the series. The Music! The Acting! "The roar of the greasepaint, the
smell of the crowd!" Among other wonderful things highlighted in this episode is the
bond between Sam and Al, particularly in the context of Don Quixote and Sancho the
wandering knight and his best friend, companion and advisor. The story with Nicole shows
that even though Sam will always do the right thing no matter how it hurts him, he is also
a true human being in being capable of having flaws such as jealousy. Ultimately,
its hard not to be moved by the music or the message of the impossible dream!
"What matter wounds to the body of a knight
errant? For each time he falls he shall rise again and woe to the wicked
"Here your grace"
"My armor, my sword!"
"Adventures, old friend"
~ Sam and Al
What do you want of me?
What do you want of her?
Im with her.
~Nicole/Dulcinea, Al and Sam
Youre out of control, Sam
In case you havent noticed, Al, its
been a long time since Ive been in control
You know what I mean! You cant tell anyone
who you really are; you cant change your personal history, you cant-
I cant have a life! All I do is live
someone elses life, right their wrongs, fight their fights
Jeez, I feel like
Im Don Quixote!
~Al and Sam
He loved pure and chaste from afar
that part was never big with me either
I am not saving that arrogant @ss
This is Syracuse. This is way, way, way, way,
way off Broadway. For Syracuse, you can sing!
Sams rehearsal with Nicole, stumbling through the script and professing his love for
Nicole through Don Quixotes words
Als being there while Sam
plays on the piano sulking over Nicoles "rehearsal"
Say what? (AKA things in
the episode that make no sense):
If John wasnt in on Michelles plan to ruin Sam/Ray and Nicoles
relationship, why didnt he tell Sam that the woman in the shower wasnt Nicole?
Minor technical nit-pick: John never uses the Don
Quixote wig, nor is Sam wearing one when he goes onstage for the performance at the
so why does he suddenly appear to have one on when they cut to him singing? Answer to this nit-pick question by Joshua
Chaikin: The explanation for the "appearance" if the wig is simple - it was in
the trunk that was brought down the stairs by Sancho/Manny. During the show, while making
the transformation to Don Quioxte the actor dons make-up, wig and additional costume
pieces taken from the trunk.