"Good Night, Dear Heart"

Leap Date:

November 9, 1957

Episode adopted by: MikeKraken


A young, orphaned woman from Germany named Hilla, who moved to the USA after her family was killed in the war from a firebombing, turns up on the mortician's table as an apparent suicide on her 19th birthday, and Sam has to find out if that is really how she died.


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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




Rivenrock, Massachussettes, USA

::Name of the Person Leaped Into::

Melvin, a moritican/coroner for the small town


Sam plays the same song in three different scenes on Hilla's phonograph. The third time, Al says it's a "beautiful melody; haunting, beautiful. I used to like to play that on rainy nights, sittin' in front of a roaring fire by the fireplace."

::Project Trivia::

Handlink: Second version

::Sam Trivia::

We find out that Sam knows German, one of his seven modern languages, when he reads „Meine Leibe für evig“ of off Hilla's mother's locket, which he translates to "My love for ever" (but it's actually "My love for eternity").

::Al Trivia::

Al reinforces his fear of dead people by leaving when Sam performs the autopsy and when the beautician, Aggie, comes.

::Miscellaneous Trivia::

First appearance: Al appears just after Sam sees his mirror image for the first time, in the middle of a coffin, and scares himself, too.
Cigars: He has one in his hand for the first four visits with Sam, but never smokes them.
This episode is the second of two episodes that have snow in it (the first being the one that precedes it, "Freedom").

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

>First appearance: Grey dress shirt; green vest with a swirled pattern; thin, silver tie; white dress pants with a cream belt. (with cigar)
>Second through fourth appearance: Pale-yellow dress shirt, with puffy arms; black-and-brown patterned vest; thin tie that matches vest; black dress pants; black belt with silver buckle. (with cigar)
>Fifth appearance: White dress shirt with blue pinstripes; black dress pants; black belt with silver buckle; metal clip in place of a tie. (no cigar)
>Sixth appearnce: Blue shirt; dark pants; dark-blue vest; white overcoat; silver shoes; white fadora (?) with a black band.


Paul Brown


Christopher T. Welch


Deborah Pratt, Paul Brown, Jeff Gourson, Chris Ruppenthal, David Bellisario

::Broadcast Date::

March 7, 1990.

::Regular Cast::

Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell as Al Calavicci

::Guest Stars::

William Cain as Roger Trusedale
Marcia Cross as Stephanie Heywood
Robert Duncan McNeill as Greg Trusedale
Deborah Strang as Aggie the beautician
W. K. Stratton as Police Chief Lyle Roundtree
Hal Bokar - Groundskeeper
Suzanne Tegman - Hilla
Marvyn Byrkett - Melvin [mirror]

::Guest Cast Notes (interesting things you've discovered about those who appeared in the episode)::

A year later, Robert Duncan McNeill guest stars in an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" called 'The First Duty' (episode # 5.19) on March 28, 1992, playing Cadet (First Class) Nicholas Locarno. Later, he stars in "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995-2001) as Lt. Tom Paris.

::Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes::

W. K. Stratton plays Larry Stanton III in the three 'Trilogy' episodes as well as Dr. Berger in 'Genesis'. He was also on "JAG", Don P. Bellisario's show after "Quantum Leap".

::Cast members who have passed away (as of the date the synopsis was written)::

Hal Bokar - April 17, 1990 (not too long after the episode aired)

::Personal Review::

This is one of the most dramatic and touching episodes of "Quantum Leap" and sits highly on my own personal rankings. It plays out like a murder mystery, with Sam trying to discover if Hilla committed suicide or was murdered by any number of the people she knew the best. Scott and Dean, as usual, exhibit their excellent acting abilities in this episode.

::Best Line::

Sam (after Hilla's burial, reading from a Mark Twain book): "Warm summer sun, shine kindly here. Warm southern wind, blow softly here. Green sod above, lie light, lie light. Good night, dear heart. Good night, good night."

::Best Scene::

When Lyle and Sam are arguing over whether or not they should search for a gun in the icy water at the dock, at Melvin's office. There is great camera work with the conversation half taking place in front of a mirror while Lyle pretty much sums up the entire episode.

::Say what?::

How does Sam keep on seeing flashes of Hilla before he has seen her films or read her diary? There's no indication that Melvin knew Hilla or of any psycho-synergising.

::Quotable Quotes::

»Lyle: "Whaddya make o' that? Well?"
Sam: "It's a... it's a gold locket."
Lyle: "Melvin, your powers of deduction are astounding. I'm talking about the German stuff on the back."

»Sam: "She's dead."
Lyle: "Melvin, you should've been a detective instead of a mortician."

»Sam (voiceover while driving a herse): "Whenever I quantum leap, I get to see what it's like to walk in another man's shoes, and sometimes what it's like to drive in his car."

»Sam (in Hilla's room for the first time): "You woulda made a great Dr. Watson, Al." (looking at the movie poster of William Holden in "Picnic", when before Al said she would either have dreamt about William Holden or James Dean)

»Al: "But you've got no proof of that."
Sam: "I've got feelings."
Al: "'Feelings'? That's a song! You've got no evidence. You got no gun, you got no bullet. You got nothing."

»Lyle: "Nobody owns me, Melvin... except maybe my wife."

::After the fact / Miscellaneous Trivia::

The comic book "Up Against a Stone Wall" (#9 in the series) is a sequel to this episode.



Music by - Mike Post
Supervising Producer - Deborah Pratt
Co-Producers - Paul Brown, Jeff Gourson, Chris Ruppenthal
Produced by - Harker Wade
Written by - Paul Brown
Directed by - Christopher T. Welch

Associate Producer - David Bellisario
Director of Photography - Michael Watkins
Production Designer - Cameron Birnie
Edited by - Alec Smight

Unit Production Manager - Ron Grow
First Assistant Director - Paul Sirmons
Second Assistant Director - Rob Mendel
Casting by - Ellen Lubin Sanitsky
Set Decorator - Robert L. Zilliox

Costume Designer - Jean-Pierre Dorleac
Costume Supervisors - David Rawley, Donna Roberts-Orme
Sound Mixer - Mark Hopkins McNabb
Stunt Co-ordinator - Diamond Farnsworth
Contributing Musical Composers - Velton Ray Bunch and Jerry Grant

Panaflex® Camera and Lenses by PANAVISION®

Supervising Sound Editor - Paul Clay
Music Editor - Tom gleason

Copyright © 1990 by Universal City Studios, Inc. All rights reserved.

Country of first publication: United States of Amercia. Univeral City Studios, Inc. is the author of this motion picture for purposes of the Berne Convention and all national laws giving effect thereto.

The charcters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictitious, and any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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