"Glitter Rock"

Leap Date:

April 12, 1974

Episode adopted by: RoseAnn Erks
Additional info provided by: Beckett Goddess


Sam has leaped into the life of a heavy metal band singer and must keep himself from being killed by an unknown stalker.


Audio from this episode
Bonus audio: "Rock the Redhead" and "Fate's Wide Wheel"


Leap Date

Project Date
Name of the Person Leaped Into

Music Artists
Project Trivia
Sam Trivia
Al Trivia

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

Miscellaneous Trivia
Kiss with History

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
Best Scenes
Say what? (things in the episode that make no sense)
Quotable Quotes




Place: Detroit

Name of the Person Leaped Into: Geoffrey "Tonic" Mole

Leap Date: April 12, 1974

Broadcast Date: April 10, 1991

"Rock the Red Head" performed by: Scott Backula, "Fate’s Wide Wheel" performed by: Scott Backula, "Hot Spot"

Sam Trivia:
Sam says that he won’t take advantage of girls throwing themselves at him. He says that being a rock star is worse than the time that he was a Chip ‘N Dales dancer; Sam remembers an earlier leap. Sam doesn’t know who Mark David Chapman, Willie Minilli, or Townsend. He does remember who Hendrix is. Sam was a nerd and never heard of King Thunder, he listened to Simon & Garfinkle. He starts telling Al about process schizophrenia. Sam remembers who shot Reagan but not who shot John Lenon.

Miscellaneous Trivia:
This episode received an Emmy Nomination for Costume Design. The group Sam has leaped into is called King Thunder and they are from England; their original name was the Dingles. Al appeared in the episode 10 times. The imaging chamber door opens 2 times.

The scene in the mall was filmed at the Hitchcock Theater lobby on the Universal Studios lot.

Al’s Outfits Worn in the Episode:
Al’s first outfit is a shiny silver jacket, black pants, white tie with red polka dots, and a coral shirt. The second outfit Al wears is red pants, a shiny green tie, green jacket with stop signs on the sleeves and the back there are white lines going down the sides like a street, and a white shirt.


Theme by
Mike Post

Music by
Velton Ray Bunch

Co Executive Producer
Deborah Pratt
Michael Zinbero

Supervising Producer
Harker Wade

Co Producers
Paul Brown
Jeff Gourson

Executive Producer
Donald P.Bellisario

Costume Designer
Jean-Pierre Dorleac


Writers: Chris Ruppenthal

Director: Andy Cadiff

Producers: Chris Ruppenthal

Regular Cast: Scott Backula, Dean Stockwell

Guest Stars:
Jonathan Gries (Flash McGrath), Peter Noone (Dwaine), Christian Hoff (Philip Silbart), Michael Cerveris (Nick), Robert Bauer (Wilder), Liza Whitcraft (Sandy), Jan Eddy (Whittler), Sharon Martin (Blonde), Dorrie Krum (Heather), Bob Cady (Chase), Bruce Michael Paine (Jeffrey "Tonic" Mole)

Guest Cast Notes:
Jonathan Gries played Broots on The Pretender. Robert Bauer played Johnny Horne on Twin Peaks.

Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap Episodes:
Jonathan Gries appeared in The Right Hand of God as Roscoe. Jan Eddy appeared in Leaping in Without a Net as Benny Skyler.

Music Artists
King Thunder is the bands name
Tonic Lead Singer/Guitarist
Flash co-singer/Guitarist
Nick Guitarist
Wilder Guitarist

Best Line:
"Maybe you can teach your old man some new licks. Maybe? I think you better."

Best Scene:
The best scene is during the radio interview for WFGF in the mall, where the broadcaster asks Sam about the lyrics to "Fate’s Wide Wheel." Sam explains the lyrics with "as we all live our lives behind masks break through them from the inside and outside."

Quotable Quotes:
"I am the fun."

"I’ll stick to you like glue."

Broadcaster: "What was going through your mind?" Flash: "Nothing. He hasn’t got one." Broadcaster: "As I travel in space and time I want to stay, I want to go. You can see my face, but it’s not mine. What you can’t see, you’ll never know."

"Al, it’s 5 o’clock in the morning. Don’t these people ever go home?"

"I’d never hurt you. You’re my father."

"It had nothing to do with luck."

Say what? AKA things that don’t make any sense:
In the episode there are cars pulling up outside the concert. One car is actually an 1980’s Mustang making it unusual as Sam has leapt into the 70’s.

The date on screen when Sam leaps in is April 12th. Al tells Sam that the body he has leapt into, “Tonic," will be murdered in 3 days time at the next concert on the 24th. This must be wrong as 3 days time would be in fact April 15th so the next concert would be then.

Jean-Pierre Dorleac (Costume Designer) nominated for Outstanding Costume Design for a series by the Emmy Awards.

Personal Review:
I think this episode is great. I love all the songs in it. The song Fate’s Wide Wheel seems to perfectly describe project Quantum Leap and everything that Sam is doing. It deals with all the leaping into other’s bodies and no one knowing that the person is now Sam.

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