·March 21, 1963
·October 5-6, 1957
·January 6, 1959
·October 21, 1959
·April 10, 1963
·October 21, 1963
·November 21 & 22, 1963
Episode Adopted by: Steve <aka>
For the first time ever, Sam leaps into a
notable figure in history! He has leaped into the life of Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who
supposedly murdered President John F. Kennedy. As Sam leaps back and forth several times
throughout Oswald's life, his and Oswalds' minds become intertwined to the point that Sam
finds himself about to pull the trigger from the Texas Schoolbook Depository window.
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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
Say what? (things in the episode that make no sense)
Name of episode:
"Lee Harvey Oswald"
Alternate titles: "Leap to Judgement" and "Leaping On A
Leap Dates: within October 5, 1957- November
22, 1963 starting with March 21, 1963.
February 14-16, 1999. Happy Valentines Day to the people at the project!
Project Quantum Leap @ Stallion's Gate New
Military base in Atsugi, Japan
A bar in Negashaia-Yamato, Japan
Military base in Tustin, California
KGB HQ in Moscow
Oswald's apartments in Russia and Dallas
Streets of New Orleans
Ruth Paine's house in Dallas
Streets of Dallas with scenes at the Texas schoolbook depository
of leapee: Lee Harvey Oswald (aka Alik J. Hidell)
NBC Broadcast date: Tuesday, September 22, 1992 @
8PM for 2 hours.
Songs/music in episode:
Quantum Leap theme by Mike Post and background music by Velton Ray Bunch.
The first time Sam's mind merges with the leapee's mind and also the first time Sam leaps
into a notable person in history.
When Al appears in the August 9, 1963 leap, he refers to Ziggy as a "he". In the
episode right before this one, "A Leap For Lisa", also written by Don
Bellisario, Ziggy was a "she".
One Planck length is equal to 10^-34 inches. "One Planck length" was mentioned
in the episode by Willie Garson(Oswald) and I further researched the String theory which
is known as the Superstring Theory.
-Don's middle name is Paul. Donald Paul Bellisario.
by: Donald P. Bellisario
Directed by: James Whitmore Jr.
Created and Executive produced by:
Chas. Floyd Johnson
Richard C. Okie
Producer: Robin Jill Bernheim
Director of Photography: Michael Watkins A.S.C.
Scott Bakula as Dr. Samuel Beckett
Dean Stockwell as Rear Admiral Al Calavicci
Reni Santoni(as Sgt. Lopez)
Willie Garson (as Lee Harvey Oswald aka Alik J. Hidell)
Natasha Pavlova (as Marina Oswald)
Elya Baskin (as Major Yuri Kosenko)
Donna Magnani (as Mariska)
Dennis Wolfberg (asGooshie)
Michael Rich (as Corporal McBride)
PhilipMcNiven (as PFC. Briggs)
Ward C. Boland (as Lt.Obrigowitz)
Rodney Kageyama (as Joda)
Patty Toy (as the bar girl)
James Medina (as Carlos)
Chris Kinkade (as New Orleans
Matthew Charles Nelson (as Sgt.
Donald P. Bellisario)
Erika Amato (as Lt. Anna Guri)
Lazar (as guard)
Nathan Lisle (as Frazier)
Becky London (as Ruth Paine)
Karen Ingram (as Jackie
Interesting tidbits about guests:
-Natasha Pavlova guest-starred on "Wings" (NBC from 1990-1997) in the episode
"Fools Russian" as Roy's mail order Russian fiance.
-Willie Garson played Ross's
angry new neighbor, Steve, in "Friends" episode "The One With the girl who
-Reni Santoni played the
character "Poppie" in 2 episodes of Seinfeld, one of which was the series
Guests who have appeared on other QL episodes:
Willie Garson played Seymour in
the first season finale "Play it again, Seymour".
-Dennis Wolfberg played the part
of Gooshie in "Genesis", "The Leap Back", "Killin' Time",
and "Mirror Image".
-Although not a guest in this
episode, director James Whitmore Jr. has many directing credits for Quantum Leap and many
other shows including "24", "Enterprise", and "Mister
Sterling" in which his father played a recurring part as Bill Sterling Sr. That show
was canned by NBC right after the first season.
Guests who have passed
on since airing of episode:
Dennis Wolfberg, who died in 1994 of Melanoma, a type of cancer.
"I'm not like you Al! I
don't have to sleep with every woman that I meet just because-Because she's
there!"-Sam to Al in the bar.
"String theory?[pause] It closed the conceptual gulp between relativity and quantum
mechanics. It postulates that subatomic particles are not points, but strings, about one
planck length long. The rate at which strings vibrate can generate the properties of all
known particles. Huh? How did I know that?" -Lee Oswald spouting out Sam's words
Close to the end when Sam was about topull the trigger and Al comes in to try and reach
him. He's successful after a while and Sam leaps out just
in time to save the President's wife.
Worst thing about this
episode: The fact that Sam leaped into Oswald.
Best thing about this episode: But that's what made this so darn good!
What? (aka things that made no sense):
In "The Leap Back"(The 4th season premiere) the date at PQL is September 18,
1999, as mentioned by Al. However, "Lee Harvey Oswald" took place from February
14-16, 1999 - seven months earlier.
Of all the controversial episodes of Quantum Leap, this one is my top favorite. The reason
being is because of the suspenseful scenes between Scott (Sam, while he's Oswald) and Dean
- and the waiting room scenes between Dean and Willie Garson(Oswald). I also really
enjoyed the January 6, 1959 leap ever since I figured out that Matthew Charles Nelson was
playing the role of the one and only QL creator Don Bellisario. To have Sam Beckett
talking with Don is what I like to call a kiss with reality. It can also be called a kiss
with history of course. Sam did not save the president, but he saved the first lady, which
I thought was very touching! ***** out of 5!!
Sam (as Oswald): "Carlos, do you wanna hit me?"
Al: "He's doing exactly what Oswald did!"
Carlos: "With pleasure."(Is about to hit him when...)
New Orleans Policeman: "Y'all freeze! Hands up against the wall! Up against the wall!
Al: "Sam, can you hear me?
It's the ninth of August of 1963. There's only three months until the Kennedy
assassination Sam, and this leap is bringing you closer! If you leap into Dallas on
November 22nd and Oswald is still in control, you won't be able to change anything Sam!
You gotta fight him. Fight him Sam!"
Sam: "My name?"
Al: "DR. SAMUEL BECKETT!"
Sam (as Oswald): "My name
is Lee Harvey Oswald."[Leaps out]
[Scene between Al and
Gooshie walking in the PQL corridors]
Gooshie: "Ziggy computes the best option under the circumstances is to do
Al: "Well Ziggy doesn't want to make another mistake."
Gooshie: "Perhaps, but if Dr. Beckett leaped into Oswald to uncover the conspiracy,
then doing nothing is an effective course of action."
Al: "How the hell do you figure that?"
Gooshie: "Whether Dr. Beckett is himself or Lee Harvey Oswald is immaterial. Either
way, you'll be there to observe. To watch the sixth floor window, the grassy knoll, the
railroad overpass. You'll see it all! You'll know the truth."
Al: "Yeah, but I won't be able to stop it!"
Gooshie: "I realize that Admiral, but you yourself said that's not what Dr. Beckett
was leaped back to do."
Al: "Well, what if I was wrong? What if that's precisely the reason that Sam was
Gooshie: "Then Oswald would have to be the sole assassin."
Al: "That's right!"
Gooshie: "No conspiracy?"
Al: "No. Just one angry, envious man who wanted to propel himself into infamy!"
Gooshie: "One lone man!?!"
Al: "I know it's more comforting to believe in plots, because if Kennedy could be
killed that easily, by one sicko, what hope is there for the rest of us?"
Gooshie: "Admiral, what are you gonna do?"
Al: "To try and find the truth."[He goes into the waiting room]
[Skip to waiting room scene with
Willie Garson and Dean]
Oswald: "I admire the president very much!"
Al: "You admire him, but you're gonna kill him."
Oswald: "That's what this is about! You're secret service and you're detaining me
because you think I'm going to shoot the president."
Al: "I know you're going to shoot the president. What I wanna know is are you acting
Oswald: "I don't even own a gun!"
Al: "You own a 6.5mm mannlicher-carcano rifle and an S+W .38 special. The rifle is
wrapped in a blanket at Ruth Paine's house and the pistol is at your rooming house at 1026
North Beckley. You ordered both of these guns through the mail under the alias of Alex J.
Oswald: "Marina! She told you these lies!"
Al: "Marina told me nothing. But, when questioned, she'll talk about the shot you
took at General Walker. And she'll talk about locking you in the bathroom when Nixon come
to Dallas because she was afraid that you were going to try and shoot him too!"
Oswald: "I want a lawyer!"
Al: "There's no lawyer here, there's just you and me and the truth!"
Oswald: "I know my rights. I'm a member of the ACLU and I have-"[Cut off by Al
who grabs him by the shirt]
Al:[Getting very angry] "You're going to shoot the president from the sixth floor
window of the Texas schoolbook depository!"
Oswald: "You're crazy!"
Al: "You're damn right I'm crazy.[Pulls a gun out of his back pocket] I'm crazy
enough to blow your brains out through your ear if I don't get the truth!"[Now you
see Oswald choking with fear]
Oswald: "I don't believe in
killing someone just because I disagree with their politics!"
Al: "ARE you acting alone?"
Oswald: "I- I want a lawyer."[Al pulls the trigger right next to Oswald's ear.
Remember, the only thing that's preventing Al from killing him is if he does, Dr. Beckett
can never get back]
[Shot of Sam who looks
like he heard the shot]
Oswald: "I'M DEAF! I'M DEAF!"
Al: "You're gonna be dead in a minute if you don't tell me the truth!"
Oswald: "Okay, Okay. Just don't hurt me. I'm not gonna shoot the president. But, I
know who he is."
Oswald: "Hidell. The guy who ordered the guns in the mail. He's the one who-[Cut off
by Sam's words] I'm lying Al."
Sam: "There is no conspiracy. I'm acting alone and you have got to stop me."
Al: "I can't reach you Sam. He's taken over completely!"
Sam: "You have to. You have to. Or else it's gonna happen all over again. You have to
find-[Cut off by Oswald's words] -Hidell. Find Alik J. Hidell. That's the man who's going
to shoot the president."[With that, Al walks out of the waiting room and end of
The JFK assassination had a profound effect on the American people politically and psychologically. Mental health experts like Cynthia Telles suggest that people are psychologically predisposed to see conspiracies behind events like the JFK assassination. Ms. Telles would likely agree that proportionality bias is to blame because people tend to unconsciously think that big events can only be caused by another proportionally significant event.