"Private Dancer"


Leap Date:

October 6, 1979

Episode Adopted by: gelfling1220
Additional info provided by: Javier Lopez


As a Chippendale dancer named Rod "The Bod", Sam must suffer though the women throwing themselves at him while making sure a hearing-impaired woman realizes her dream of becoming a dancer instead of becoming a prostitute and dying of AIDS.


Audio from this episode
Video from this episode (The dance)*
Song "Daybreak"


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Al Trivia

Al's Women
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Kiss with History

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Private Dancer

Broadcast Date: 20 March 1991

Leap Date: 6 October 1979

Place: Mario’s Hideaway, New York City

Leapee: Rod McCarty, a.k.a. Rod the Bod


Scene where Sam leaps into Chippendale: Ladies Night by Kool and The Gang

Second scene where Sam is Chippendale: For The Love Of Money by the O'Jays

Scene where Sam dances with the chreographer in the nightclub: Getaway by Earth, Wind and Fire

Scene where Sam sees Diana dance by herself in the nightclub: Another Star by Stevie Wonder.

Scene at the end where Diana dances for Joanne: Daybreak by Cheryl Lynn

Sam Trivia:

Sam has never met a deaf person before

Al Trivia:

Al’s lab partner at MIT was a deaf girl ("boy could she read lips!") She refused to sleep with him.


Miscellaneous Trivia – Words in American Sign Language shown (not as part of one of Diana’s speeches):




Thank You

You’re Welcome

Good Night


Quantum Leap (literally "Magical Traveler")

Don’t know










Spending the night (literally "sleep together")




Co-Executive Producer:

Deborah Pratt

Michael Zinzburg


Supervising Producer:

Harker Wade



Paul Brown

Jeff Gourson


Executive Producer:

Chris Ruppenthal



Paul Brown



Debbie Allen

Guest Stars:
Diana Quinna Perry - Rhondee Beriault
Joanne Chapman - Debbie Allen
Mario - Louis Mustillo
Valerie Jackson - Heidi Swedberg
Otto - Robert Schuch
Martin - Henry Worgnicz
Gina - Marguerite Pomerhn-Derricks
Winnie - Melinda Cordell
Officer Arden - Charles Emmett
Lou - Frank Novak
Louie - Harry Cohn
Rod "Rod the Bod" McCarty / mirror - Christopher Solari

Sam leaps into "Rod the Bod", star Chippendale and featured attraction at a Mario’s Hideaway, a strip club in New York City. There he meets Diana, a young deaf woman who is working as a waitress at the club and living in a van, hoping eventually land a job dancing professionally. Mario, the club owner has other plans, hoping to turn Diana into one of his bachelor party "dancers", which Al reports would lead her into a life of prostitution, arrests and eventual death by AIDS.

At the club is Joanna Chapman, choreographer of a major jazz dance company. Having wowed her with his own dance moves, Joanna informs him of an open audition she is holding. After hours, Sam finds Diana practicing a dance routine and offers to walk her home. Despite her protests that she does not want him around, Sam persists and on the walk home the two grow very close.

Sam works out a deal with Mario, offering to do another performance for the club if Mario keeps Diana from dancing at bachelor parties. Mario agrees but Diana is not happy – she has no money and she thinks that Sam is being patronizing. Sam confronts her and convinces her to give Joanna’s audition a try.

Diana does well at the audition – until instructions are given that she can’t see. Upon learning that Diana is deaf, Joanne turns her down. Diana is shattered and things are made worse by the fact that her home has been towed away. With no one else to turn to, Diana returns to the club and talks to Valerie, Mario’s assistant. Valerie sets Diana up as an escort. Sam learns of this and seeks her out at the hotel that the "date" has taken her. Risking being dragged away by security, Sam bursts into the room demanding to talk to Diana and asks her not to sell herself. Diana makes the right choice and Sam talks Joanne into giving Diana a second chance. This time, Diana makes the cut and Sam leaps out as she thanks him



There are several reasons why this is one of my favorite episodes. For one, there is the accurate portrayal of a deaf character. Quantum Leap excels in its portrayals of people with handicaps and in this respect the episode is very educational, from the information Diana conveys about being deaf to the simple words and phrases she signs as she talks to Sam. The audience learns as Sam does and the information is nicely integrated into the plot.

This episode is also notable for showcasing the dancing talents of Scott Bakula, in two of the episode’s major scenes. They must have been quite interesting to film, since it is rumored that Bakula was on massive painkillers for the episode, having injured his foot in filming "Runaway". Like the episode itself, the dances vary, being both fun and dramatic, such as Sam and Joanne’s lively boogie in the middle of the club, to Diana’s beautiful final dance.

In the end, this is a great episode, ideal for anyone who wants to see strong human drama, great choreography, or just happens to like the idea of Sam being a Chippendale.


Best Scene

Sam’s reaction to his leap-in

Sam and Joanne dancing at the club
Diana explaining to Sam what she can hear

Sam and Diana’s dance

Sam and Al showing how to sign "Quantum Leap"


Quotable Quotes:

Sometimes I hate being right



I thought you ran out of Kleenex or something…



I sell an illusion… It isn’t me!



Stop bothering me! For seven years I’ve been able to manage by myself. I want to do it by myself!

~Diana to Sam (translated from ASL)


Why does your Swiss Cheese memory remember things I wanna forget?



-Twenty-four hours? What am I supposed to do in the meantime?

-Shake your booty!

~Sam and Al


"I know music in a way you will never know. When I look around, I see music everywhere. There is music in the stars, the way they sparkle. I feel them. There’s music in the light as they dance on the water at night. And how the leaves chase each other like children at play. When I feel the wind on my face, the wind is my music.


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