April 1, 1976
Episode Adopted By: Sherdran
It's the 70's and Sam is in the middle of
disco, mood rings, and everything he hates the most. His name is Chad and his new little
brother will die sometime soon but Ziggy is broken. He has tagged extra zeros onto
everyones paychecks, so employees of the project all went out on vacation and Al can't
help with details.
Chris, Chad's younger brother, is an aspiring
stuntman like his older brother and father, but seems to have more of an aptitude for
playing the guitar and singing. Sam must prevent the death of Chris and help him on his
career path that may not satisfy their father's wishes..
Meanwhile, Sam's swiss-cheesed memory is
beginning to fill in...and he remembers he has an older brother who died in Vietnam. Now
Sam is the older brother and must prevent Chris's death.
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)
Leap Date: April 1, 1976 (Thursday)
First Aired: September 27, 1989 (Wednesday)
Leap location: Burbank, California
Leapee: Chad Stone / Occupation: Stuntman
Leapee's Family: Ray Stone, Chad & Chris' father, and
Christ Stone, Chad's younger brother
Songs heard in this episode:
"That's the Way I Like It" by K.C. & the Sunshine Band
"Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas
"The Hustle" by Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
Besides the lesson of learning to not let anyone dictate to you how to live your life and
to believe in and follow your dreams, this was a fun look back at the year I graduated
from high school. And one more thing ---Sam, cover your ears, darlin' --- I like disco
Ziggy, referred to as 'he' in this episode, is out of whack and needs fixing; example of
problem - according to Al:
"He tacked extra '0's on everyone's paycheck so half the staff rushed out on
In a later scene when Sam asks about Ziggy, Al checks the handlink, doing a double take as
he replies, "He's... Japanese. ... He's spitting out everything in Japanese.. Well,
that's what you get for feeding him those foreign computer chips."
Sam's Outfits worn in this episode:
(Note: In D.I. Scott had more costume changes than Dean did! In fact, Dean had only 3
different costumes for the entire episode; Scott had 8! Talk about a clothes horse!)
Sam's various costumes in order of appearance:
1 - (leap-in scene) - White polyester suit with wide lapels, patterned shirt, gold neck
chains and gold (high) platform shoes.
2 - (meets Traci Devore) - The white suit pants, a dark brown and white,
narrow-stripe patterned polyester shirt and a gold neck chain with medallion. (Note,
except for the safety vest and undershirt he had on under the safety vest for the
'shooting' stunt, all the shirts were long-sleeved). Traci also gives Sam her mood ring
("It's for getting in touch with your feelings.")
3 - (talking by the truck with Chris and Ray, then getting in the car with Chris) - Blue
jeans, boots and jewelry, a variegated medium blue, black and white stripped shirt
(remember, he had to change it after Chad's date from the night before threw a glass of
water in his face), off-white boots (I'm guessing probably snake skin), and a silver watch
on his left wrist.
4 - (next day on the set of 'Earthquake") - Dark brown pants, white shirt (sleeves
rolled up on his forearms) and a wide, blue w/white polka-dot tie, and dark shoes, and an
5 - (at the apartment after doing the fall) - Blue jeans, yet another blue patterned
shirt, brown leather vest and boots;
6 - (at the bar when Chris sings) - Blue jeans, blue denim shirt with small flowers
embroidered on the front above the pockets and on the back, brown leather belt, boots, and
a silver neck chain;
7 - (scene where he goes to Ray Stone looking for Chris) Blue jeans, still another
variegated blue shirt, this one a wide check pattern (the wardrobe mistress/master must
have had a fixation on blue in this episode!), off-white/snakeskin boots, silver watch,
and those cool black sunglasses.
8 - (last scene - at the apartment watching the basketball game) - Jeans, orange, dark
blue, black and white patterned shirt, boots and a silver neck chain.
Al's outfits worn in this episode:
1 - (First scene - on the set, dancing with the extras) - Medium dark blue suit, white
shirt, narrow white tie, lightning bolt pin on right lapel, black-banded watch on left
2 - (next scene - on the balcony at the apartment) - A white . "One hundred percent
virgin polyester" suit with wide lapels, a black, peach & white large floral
print shirt with a wide collar, a thin-linked gold neck chain (I had to look very close to
determine if it was gold or silver). Though his feet aren't seen, I am assuming that Al's
shoes were also white. He also wears this suit in the explosion scene at the studio; in
this scene, Al also has some sort of small leather bag (a purse? *g*) hanging on his right
3 - (last scene - in the apartment during the basketball game) - Orange
shirt with narrow a 'band' neckline (no 'regular' collar), leopard-print
suspenders (I believe he also wore these in 'The Right Hand of God' in the boxing ring
scene), dark pants, a silver neck chain, and a black-banded, gold-faced watch. Again,
since his feet aren't seen, I'm going to assume that, in keeping with his outfit, Al's
shoes were either dark (brown or black) or more likely, I think, some shade of orange to
match the shirt.
'Disco Inferno' is one of two episodes with a leap date of April 1st (April Fool's Day).
The other episode is 'M.I.A.', set on April 1, 1969.
In this episode Al held a cigar three times: Once in the leap-in scene, next in the
balcony scene at the apartment, and lastly in the rescue scene at the studio.
Al also sneaks up on Sam twice: the first time in the apartment during one of the times
Sam is looking at the picture of Chad and Chris as kids. The second time is in the kitchen
scene when Sam opens the refrigerator to get two more beers then is startled to see Al
standing in front of him on the other side of the open fridge door.
Also, in the beginning of the set scene where Chris gets injured, the 'gofer' --tall guy
with long sideburns and wearing a blue shirt - also had a role in the 'All Americans'
episode. He was the football player in the victory scene on the football field who slammed
Sam on the shoulders knocking him down while yelling "ROAAAR JAGUARS!" He was
also in the scene with Chewy in the locker room scene: He said to Chewy: "Is Eddie
still running laps?" / Chewy (laughing): "He may be still running laps maņana
And last, but not least, in scene where Sam does the 'little fall' and is hanging onto the
beam, in the stock shot from the movie 'Earthquake'
of the group of people who come running to try and rescue him, Al gets
excited when he sees Lorne Greene/Ben Cartwright [of 'Bonanza' fame].
But to his right and a step or so behind him is a young Regis Philbin, who now has his own
long-standing morning talk show 'Regis and Kelly' (formerly 'Regis & Kathie Lee').
Sam's best line(s):
"The 'me' decade, where everybody had the morality of two dogs in the park."
Al's best line(s):
(On the balcony on the set with Sam during the first scene):
".with lights, camera..plenty of action." ;
(On the balcony at the apartment, describing/defending his suit): "Sam, wake up and
smell the 70s! You're looking at genuine one-hundred percent, high-grade, virgin
polyester. The only thing that got me more women was my space suit."
But by far and away, IMHO, Al's very best lines are in the apartment scene when Sam
remembers Tom is dead and asks Al to confirm his memory:
"Yeah. He was killed in Vietnam. That was one part of your Swiss-cheesed memory was
hoping you wouldn't get back."
Best lines between Sam and another character:
(The bar room scene just after Chris punched his father):
Ray Stone: "Whoa. The boy do know how to punch, doesn't he? Lucky for him that you
was holding me."
Sam: Lucky for you he only threw one."
In the opening scene when he becomes annoyed when Al's telling him he's
got to look after Chris like a big brother, it jogs Sam's memory and he
remembers he has a big brother (Tom), and tries to worm information out
of Al, without success. Later in the apartment when he's looking at a
picture of Chad and Chris as little boys, he remembers that Tom played
basketball and was, ".high school varsity.All-American Indiana State
championships in 1965...no, 1964.) A few minutes later, in Chris' room,
he recalls (and tells Chris about) how Tom talked him/Sam to follow his
talents and convinced him to go to M.I.T. which eventually led to Sam
winning a Nobel Prize.
"'IN' things of the 1970s"
Disco Swinging singles
Est Hot tubs
Mantras Farah Fawcett
Mood rings* 8-track tapes
(*The colors of the mood ring mean:
Jade green - ultra intense
Blue - ecstasy
Black - tense, disoriented, harassed
Reddish-brown - 'you need to chug some sangria' - at least according to Traci Devore)
Guest Stars (in order of appearance):
Michael Greene (Ray Stone - Chad & Chris' dad)
Kris Kamm (Chris Stone)
Peter Onorati (the obnoxious director)
Arnetia Walker (Traci Devore)
Kelli Williams (Shannon)
Guest Cast Notes:
MICHAEL GREENE (Ray Stone, Chad and Chris' father) - According to my research, it is
thought that Mr. Greene's first acting role was as tiny bit part in the 1965 big screen
file 'The Cincinnati Kid' starring Steve McQueen. He had other small roles well into the
70s. The most memorable of those bit roles was the one as the motorcycle punk in the film
'Play It Again Sam' (1972) with Woody Allen. According to one place I checked, an
interesting point about that movie, is that later in the film, Michael showed up as a
restaurant extra sitting directly across from Woody Allen. In 1973 that Mr. Greene
received his first leading role (3rd in line for the starring credits with John Drew
Barrymore [son of the John Barrymore and father of actress Drew Barrymore] and Bruce
Bennett) in the film "The Clone".
KELLI WILLIAMS (Shannon) - Kelli's most well-known, current starring
role is the popular TV drama "The Practice" in which she portrays attorney
She's also made guest-star appearances in a number of popular TV shows, including: Scrubs,
The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Ally McBeal, Picket Fences, Earth 2, Party of 5,
and Beauty and the Beast.
Kelli also has various TV movie and mini-series roles to her credit, such as:
A Woman Scorned
The Betty Broderick Story
The Case of the Hillside Stranglers,.
KRIS KAMM - (Chris Stone): Besides Quantum Leap, some of Kris' other notable guest star
appearances in TV shows include:
Coach (numerous appearances as Stuart Rosebrock / 1989 - 1997)
Murder, She Wrote (1997)
21 Jump Street (1988)
Married..with Children (1987)
A few of Kris' film credits (TV and big screen) are:
Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel (2000)
Andersonville (1996 - TV)
Gambler V - Playing For Keeps (1994),
In The Line of Duty - Ambush in Waco (1993 - TV), and
Born To Ride (1991)
ARNETIA WALKER (Traci Devore):
One of Ms. Walker's starring TV roles was in a spin-off of The Golden
Girls and Empty Nest called "Nurses"
In her career Ms. Walker has also made numerous guest-starring appearances in a variety of
TV sitcoms and dramas, including:
Everybody Loves Raymond
Touched By An Angel
Malcolm & Eddie
Mad About You.
Arnetia also has several big screen roles to her credit, among them the role of Dogette in
"The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (1982).
PETER ONORATI (the obnoxious director):
Long before he discovered acting, Peter had a promising career in pro-football -- he was
an NCAA all-conference wide receiver - but that it ended when the World Football League
went belly up. After college he worked in corporate business a few years before eventually
turning to stage comedy then dramatic acting; eventually he moved to LA.
Besides his appearance in the Quantum Leap episode 'Disco Inferno' as
the obnoxious director of (according to Al) ".a low-budget disaster movie - Disco
Inferno .we're talking two thumbs down.", a few other TV programs on which he has
made a guest appearance are:
Sex in the City
Touched By An Angel
A few of Peter's big screen credits include roles in:
Ordinary Sinner (2001)
Just Looking (2000)
Postcards From the Edge (1990
Fallen Arches (1999)
Between Sam and Al when Sam suddenly remembers his brother, Tom, is dead, and Al finally,
somberly admits that he's right:
Sam (hesitantly) "Tom's.dead, isn't he?" .. "Al."
Al (somberly): "Yeah. He was killed in Vietnam." -- a pause-"That's one
part of your Swiss-cheesed memory was hoping you wouldn't get back."
Music by: Mike Post
Written by: Paul Brown
Supervising producers: Deborah
Pratt, Paul M. Belous and Robert
Co-producer: Paul Brown, Jeff Gourson and Chris Ruppenthal
Produced by: Harker Wade
Directed by: Gilbert Shilton
Worst thing about this episode: Can't think of any.