Curse of Ptah-Hotep"
March 2, 1957
Episode Adopted by: Becky
Additional info provided by: Lou Davidson
Strange accidents begin to happen when Sam
leaps into an archaeologist who has uncovered the tomb of Egyptian pharaoh Ptah-Hotep. As
the legend begins to take face, the curse will bring forth a sandstorm that will bury the
site of Sam's camp - and the tomb - forever.
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)
Tomb of Ptah-Hotep; in Egypt
Name of the Person Leaped Into: Dale
Date: March 2, 1957
Broadcast Date: April 22, 1992
Sam knew about Ptah-Hoteps tomb and the sarcophagus being made of gold. He remembers
that Howard Carter is the one who discovered King Tuts tomb. Sam can read
Al calls a camel a horse. He says that he once dated an Egyptian girl who though she was
the reincarnation of Cleopatra. Al starts talking about the walls closing in and then he
begins to get claustrophobic.
Al reports that Ziggy cant do a special comparison search because some chip is
acting up. The imaging chamber door wont open because of the chip. At the end you
learn that the problem was not a malfunctioning chip, but a new program that Ziggy got
from Egypt. Al cant walk through a wall into a dark room and see anything. It would
just be black and he would not bump in to anything since hes a hologram.
Al appears in this episode 14 times. He uses the imaging chamber door twice. When talking
about a hidden door in the tomb of Ptah-Hotep, Al compares it to "The Peorloin
Letter" by Edgar Allen Poe.
Als Outfits Worn in the
Al has only one outfit in this episode, it is a red suit with a read shirt that has
different shades of red in different shapes.
Jeff Gourson, Tommy Thompson, Chris Ruppenthal, Paul Brown
Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell
John Kapelos (Dr. Mustafa El Razul)
Lisa Darr (Ginny Will)
Chaim Girafi (Ali)
Ali Dean (Gamal)
Rodger LaRue (Dale Conway/Mirror)
Sam: "This is a chance of a lifetime." Al: "So is
inventing a time machine. But, but, you know quit while your ahead."
The best scene is when Sam sends Al back into the tomb to what is happening. Al sees what
happens to Dr. Razul when he is stuck in with the body of Ptah-Hotep. When Al comes back
there is a look of complete fear on his face.
"He is, I feel it."
"Man, what an ugly horse.
What a gorgeous women."
"They were swallowed up
without a trace."
"For anyone who will
disturb the tomb of King Ptah-Hotep, death will swallow him."
"I can see them, too.
Genius has death wish. Noble prize winner is really a knuckle head."
Al: "Sam, Sam, Sam I
dont like it here."
Sam: "Why dont you go upstairs?"
Al: "Uh, good idea. Ill meet you top side."
"Sam, its the
"Its not the
"Dr. Conway, my dear
friend, you are a student of Egypt, but youre not one of its sons. And until you
have heard what Ive heard, and seen what Ive seen. I would not expect you to
believe that such a thing as a curse could be true. But it is."
"3500 year old dead men do
not just get up and walk around."
Sam: "Al, if you cant
be helpful, why dont you leave, ok."
Al: "Helpful, Im being helpful. Im keeping you company down here in the
tomb of king Heebie-Jeebies."
Sam: "Its just a room."
Al: "Yeah, its a room, how about the canary, how about Ali, how about the car.
Those were just coincidences I suppose."
Sam: "Thats right."
Al: "Yeah, unless they were planned."
"If I were you I would
sleep with my eyes open tonight."
Sam: "Maybe, maybe,
Im over thinking this whole thing."
Al: "And this just occurred to you?"
"Give her an oscar and lets
get the hell out of here."
"Hes killing him.
Ptah-Hotep is killing him."
Al: "She had a really nice
This episode is very interesting. I like the fact that you get to see a side of Al that
you dont normally see. Al is actually scared; hes terrified in this episode.
Overall, the episode is very entertaining and a great mystery to figure out.