"Leap of Faith"

Leap Date:

August 19, 1963

Episode adopted by: MikeKraken
Additional info provided by: Mary Lea and Timothy Nohe


"I've been a priest."

These words by Sam in "Mirror Image" come to life as he leaps into the life of a priest who must prevent the murder of Father Mack, another priest at the church. Two young brothers may be involved as the older leads the younger down a dark road unless Sam can find a way for reform. Meanwhile, Al is having problems with faith as well ever since his father died.


Audio for this episode


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





Leaping into a Catholic priest's first wedding ceremony leaves Sam at a loss for words, but even worse is when a fellow priest, Father McRoberts, decides to take revenge on the accused murderer of one of the altar boys.

::Leap Date::
August 19, 1963


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

::Name of the Person Leaped Into::

Father Francis Giuseppe "Frank" Pistano, a Catholic priest only two years out of the seminary. He is here for his first assignment at St. Dorothy's.


» Regular background music in this episode (by Velton Ray Bunch).

» In the bar, we hear a song on the jukebox. (I don't know it.)

::Project Trivia::

» Handlink: second version

::Sam Trivia::

» We see more of Sam's martial arts action, which must look quite humorous in the aura of an overweight, bald priest.

::Al Trivia::

» We find out that Al lost his faith in the church at the age of ten when his father died of cancer just after making lots of money and buying a house for him, Al, and his sister. Al prayed his heart out until his father died, taking seriously his father's words that if he prayed, everything would be fine.

::Miscellaneous trivia::

» Sam suggests that a young Sylvester Stallone try using beef in the meat freezer as a punching bag.

» This might be the only episode that mentions the country of Canada. Joey suggests that his brother flee there.

» The Irish priest seems to bless himself with his  left hand when he and Sam turn to leave the altar. From behind you see his arm moving, and it's his left. This would be very unusual indeed in a Catholic church!

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

» First through third appearances: cream-coloured suit (sports jacket and matching pants); brown belt; Hawaiian-patterened dress shirt; dark reddish-brown dress shoes; thin tie, black with white polka dots; smoking lit cigar on first appearance. (leaves second time through ICD)

» Fourth and fifth appearance: purple-patterened dress shirt; thin, silver tie; unlit cigar; black suspenders; white pants; purple shoes; beige belt. (leaves through ICD fourth; enters on fifth)

» Sixth appearance: White dress shirt; black vest; black, thin tie; navy-blue pants; black belt with silver buckle; unlit cigar.


Nick Harding, Karen Hall, Tommy Thompson


James Whitemore, Jr.


Deborah Pratt, Michael Zinberg, Harker Wade, Robert Wolterstorff, Paul Brown, Jeff Gourson, Chris Ruppenthal

::Broadcast Date::

Friday, October 12, 1990.

::Regular Cast::

Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell as Al Calavicci

::Guest Stars::

Sandy McPeak - Father "Mac" McRoberts
Danny Nucci - Tony Pronti
Davey Roberts - Joey Pronti
Erica Yohn - Monchelli sister (#1)
Penny Santon - Monchelli sister (#2)
Kane Picoy - Young Man
Todd Raderman - Young Boxer
Pat Crawford Brown - Woman
Robert Becher - Allen
Bo Sabato - Policeman
Dominic Oliver - Cabbie
Lisa Pasero - Mrs. Dellisio
Bud Sabatino - Father Pistano
Amy Tritico - Tony's Girl

::Guest Cast Notes
(interesting things you've discovered about those who appeared in the episode)::
» Sandy McPeak played recurring roles on various popular television series in the '70s and '80s, including "L.A. Law" and "Hill Street Blues".

» Danny Nucci appeared on "Magnum, P.I." two years earlier.

» Erica Yohn was in "The Godfather: Part II", played a recurring role on "Picket Fences", and also guest starred in "L.A. Law".

» Penny Santon also appeared on "Hill Street Blues" and "L.A. Law", as well as "Bonanza" (Dean Stockwell also guest starred in this show).

» Kane Picoy appeared in the pilot for "JAG".

» Pat Crawford Brown was a regular on "Coach" for the first five years.

» Davey Roberts, Robert Becher, Lisa Pasero, Amy Tritico, and Todd Raderman are not in the IMDb.

::Cast members who have passed away
(as of the date the synopsis was written)::
» Sandy McPeak died of a heart attack on Decmeber 31, 1997 in Nevada City at the age of 62 or 63.

» Penny Santon died on May 12, 1999 at the age of 82.

::Personal Review::

It's so easy to hate Tony Pronti, and feel sympathy for Father Mac. Sam's objective to prevent Father Mac's murder, and after changing that history, Father Mac from murdering Tony, seems more daunting than one would think. This episode is well written and well acted, and it's interesting how many small parts there are from people who have appeared in many other television seris and movies.

It's also nice to see an insight to the life of a priest, as well as the beliefs of Al. After a life of such hardship (the death of his father and sister, as well as five failed marriages) it's not surprising the amount of faith in God that he holds.

::Best Line::

Father McRoberts: "At least you're Italian. They consider being Irish a birth defect."

::Best Scene::

After Sam falls out of the confession booth, and we see Al pray for Sam. Also, Sam's asking for "Al", which happens to be the name one of the on-lookers as well. It's a great insight to Al's character and his beliefs.

::Say What?::
The date of the episode is August 19, 1963. A headline on the Philadelphia Guardian  reads "Bangladesh Calls for More Flood Aid for Its Homeless" Bangladesh did not exist as a country until 1971(see CIA - The World Factbook). In 1963 it would have been called East Pakistan. Even if the region had been known in some quarters as Bangladesh, an American newspaper in 1963 would not have used that term. Closest it may have come would be the defunct (as of 1955) East Bengal, though that would have been unlikely. 

::Quotable Quotes::

» Moncelli sister (#1): "Good priest always introduces the newly-weds."
Sam: "I just figured that everybody knew 'em..."

» Sam: "Can you hear me now?"

» Father Mac: "I'm just a survivor." (after Sam calls him a war hero)

» Al: "We're running out of track here, Sam."

» Sam: "One day at a time."

Theme by - Mike Post
Music by - Velton Ray Bunch
Co-executive Producers - Deborah Pratt, Michael Zinberg
Supervising Producers - Harker Wade, Robert Wolterstorff
Co-Producers - Paul Brown, Jeff Gourson
Produced by - Chris Ruppenthal
Teleplay by - Tommy Thompson
Story by - Nick Harding, Karen Hall, Tommy Thompson
Directed by - James Whitmore, Jr.
Executive Producer - Donald P. Bellisario

(flashing credits)
Associate Producer - James S. Giritlian
Executive Story Editor - Tommy Thompson

Director of Photography - Michael Watkins
Production Designer - Cameron Birnie
Edited by - Robert E. Pew, Jerry Temple

Unit Production Manager - Ron Grow
First Assistant Director - Ryan Gordon
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 - Jim La Rue
Stunt Co-ordinator - Diamond Farnsworth

Panaflex® Camera and Lenses by PANAVISION®

Supervising Sound Editor - Paul Clay
Music Editor - Donald Woods

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