October 3, 1954
Episode Adopted by: MikeKraken
Episode Script provided by: Stephanie <aka>
Sam leaps into the life of a mental patient
and immediately undergoes electric shock therapy. But he is administered a severly high
dosage and it brings out the personalities of several people he has leaped into. With each
personality change, it becomes harder and harder for Al to communicate with Sam. If Al and
Dr. Beeks can not get Sam out of the situation he is in, they may lose contact forever.
file from this episode!
Video clip from this episode!
(The season finale cliffhanger)
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 away
Say what? (things in the episode that make no sense)
"You're the butcher... I know you're the butcher." After Sam leaps into Sam
Beiderman, he immediately finds himself being given a dose of unauthorized electroshock
treatment, which lands him four hours in a recovery room. When he awakes, Sam's brain is
so scrambled, he has flashbacks to people he formally leaped into, thinking that he is
October 3, 1954
A psychiatric hospial in Havenwell, Pennsylvania, USA
::Name of the Person Leaped Into::
Sam Beiderman, a patient at a psychiatric hospital who was admitted for acute depression,
but got worse and worse during the six weeks, until Sam Beckett leaped into him, when
things definitely don't get better.
::Flashbacks of Former Leapees::
First is Samantha Stormer ("What Price, Gloria?"), thinking that "she"
is in the hospital for punching her boss, Buddy Wright. After Al makes his second
appearance, Sam wakes up believing that he's Jesse Tyler ("The Color of Truth")
who thinks he's in the "loony bin" for sitting down at the lunch counter. During
the ink-blot tests, Butch brings in some water for "Jesse", and Sam turns into
Herbert "Magic" Williams ("The Leap Home Part II - Vietnam").
The next time Sam wakes up, he takes on his fourth persona, that of Tom Stratton
("Genesis"), wondering if he broke Mach 3. After Al disappears, Sam sleeps
again, waking up to Al on emergency power with Dr. Beeks (whom we finally get to meet),
this time thinking that he's Kid Cody ("The Right Hand of God").
The final persona is that of Jimmy LaMotta ("Jimmy"), who has to convince Dr.
Masters to give him another dose of electroshock, at the same frequency as when he leaped
Just regular background music in this episode (by Velton Ray Bunch).
» Handlink: third version (coloured cubes)
» We hear more mention of Dr. Verbina Beeks, the project psychologist, and even get to
see her for the first time when she accompanies Al in the Imaging Chamber.
» The project time is 43 years in the future. (The next episode contradicts this, as well
as the canon set in the rest of the series, by being two years further ahead.)
Reminded that Sam has seven degrees.
Gave Sam his "fist break".
::Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode::
»First few appearances: Red sportscoat; white dress shirt; thin, black tie; unlit cigar.
»Last appearance: Greyish-green pin-striped sportscoat; black dress shirt; silver-green
scaly tie; watch with black band.
Deborah Pratt, Michael Zinberg, Harker Wade, Paul Brown, Jeff Gourson, Chris Ruppenthal
Wednesday, May 22, 1991.
Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell as Al Calavicci
David Proval - Dr. Masters
Bruce A. Young - Butch
Scott Lawrence - Tibby
Robert Symonds - ??? (my guess the bearded doctor who always tells about the new personas,
Dr. Winklas [sp?])
Candy Ann Brown - Dr. Verbina Beeks
Nick Brooks - Freddie
Lee Garlington - Nurse Chatham
Frank Collison - Mortimer
Ralph Marrero - Oswald
Kevin Page - Young Doctor
Harry Pugh - OIder Doctor
Howard Matthew Johnson - Jesse Tyler
La Reine Chabut - Samantha Stormer
Brad Silverman - Jimmy
::Guest Cast Notes::
Scott Lawrence plays Commander Sturgis Turner on "JAG" (since 2001), and has
done the voice of Darth Vader in the past few "Star Wars" video games. He also
made an appearance on "First Monday", as well as recurring roles on "Get
Real", "Murphy Brown", and "Brimstone".
Lee Garlington, Bruce A. Young, and Robert Symonds have all been in feature films (some
recurring) and recurring rolls on various (and some shared) television series.
David Proval is credited as "Dr. Silverman" in the IMDb, an obvious error.
Both Bruce A. Young and Robert Symonds are credited as Butch in the IMDb, but Mr. Young is
the true actor who played Butch. Robert Symonds was in the 1973 version of "The
Exorcist" as Dr. Taney.
Kevin Page and Harry Pugh are not credited in the IMDb.
::Guests who appeared in
other Quantum Leap episodes::
Howard Matthew Johnson, Le Reine Chabut, and Brad Silverman all appeared in their
respective episodes as the mirror image of Sam, but Brad Silverman returns as a mirror
image in "Deliver Us from Evil" and plays Pete in "Mirror Image".
::Cast members who have passed away (as of
the date the synopsis was written)::
Ralph Marrero died on November 16, 1991 in an automobile accident.
One of my favourite Quantum Leap episodes of all, "Shock Theater" is a great
review of the series thus far, reminding us of the people that Sam has helped so far and
we get to see how they actually affect Sam's life. We explore a small part of the project
(kind of a teaser before the next episode where we get to see the Control Room and all)
with the introduction of Dr. Verbina Beeks.
This episode exemplifies the spectacular acting talents of Scott Bakula, with him playing
at least seven different characters all within one storyline. He takes on many different
accents and body languages, each one its own distinct personality. Upon that, we get to
see Dean Stockwell show off his acting talents as well. The co-stars also do a great job
in this episode, and the writing by Deborah Pratt has to be admired as well. Lighting and
the sets just set the mood perfectly for such a dark and dramatic episode of the series.
I would reccomend this as a supplementary episode to introduce somebody to Quantum Leap
after "Genesis", "Star Crossed", "Honeymoon Express", and a
couple of season two and three episodes.
(they're all good; see Quotable Quotes ^_~)
For humour, the best scene has to be when Al gets the patients all singing and acting up
during the singing of the alphabet rap song. For drama, definitely the scene where Sam has
to receive elctroshock for the second time with Al begging him, trying to convince him to
receive the therapy.
»Freddie: "Yeah, they get committed and then go crazy."
»Al: "My God, they... pushed you over the line."
»Sam [as Samantha]: "Beckett... I knew a Sam Beckett, back in Elkridge,
Dr. Masters: "Who's Sam Beckett?"
Sam: "Oh... just a boy I knew a long time ago."
Dr. Masters: "Uh huh."
Al: "Yeah, you were a boy, and then you grew up, and then you built a time
Dr. Masters: "Was he a friend of yours, Sam?"
Al: "... called Project Quantum Leap."
»Al: "Boy, he's looking at you like a frog in BIO 101."
Sam [as Samantha]: (fluttery laugh)
»Tibby: "What is it like in the future? What is it like? I mean is it... does it
feel clean? Is it, are there cars that float on air?"
Al: "No, uh, the air is filthy and the cars are still on the ground, but we're
working on it, Tibby."
»Al: "Sam, it took us full power to get me back here this time. All you have to do
is save Tibby, and then you can leap."
Sam [as Jesse]: "I can't leap. Son, I can't hardly walk. I got the rhumatism, you
»Sam [as Jesse]: "Yeah, no problem. I'm gonna sit right down here and finish this
test so we can get the Hell outta here! And I don't know who Dracula is, but I got me a
powerful thirst, too! What's it take to get a man a glass of water, huh?! 'Round
»Sam [as Jesse]: "Well, this here is the sub-atomic structure of a quark. What the
Hell is a quark?!" (confused look)
Theme by - Mike Post
Music by - Velton Ray Bunch
Co-executive Producers - Deborah Pratt, Michael Zinberg
Supervising Producer - Harker Wade
Co-Producers - Paul Brown, Jeff Gourson
Produced by - Chris Ruppenthal
Written by - Deborah Pratt
Directed by - Joe Napolitano
Executive Producer - Donald P. Bellisario
Associate Producer - James S. Giritlian
Executive Story Editor - Tommy Thompson
Director of Photography - Michael Watkins A.S.C.
Production Designer - Thomas A. Meleck
Edited by - Jerry U. Frizell A.C.E., Jon Koslowsky A.C.E.
Unit Production Manager - Ron Grow
First Assistant Director - Kevin Corcoran
Second Assistant Director - Kate Yurka
Casting by - Ellen Lubin Sanitsky
Set Decorator - Robert L. Zilliox
Costume Designer - Jean-Pierre Dorleac
Costume Supervisors - David Rawley, Donna Roberts-Orme
Sound Mixer - Barry D. Thomas
Stunt Co-ordinator - Diamond Farnsworth
Panaflex® Camera and Lenses by PANAVISION®
Supervising Sound Editor - Paul Clay
Music Editor - Donald Woods
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