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Old 03-22-2015, 03:17 PM   #26
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I have a general question about this episode - or more about the American education system :-)
The leap date of this episode is in November 69, which makes Sam 16 years old and in High School, thinking about which college he should choose. What I would like to know is: when will he graduate from high school and when will college start after that? Or, in other words: how many month in school has he left and how long till he starts attending college?
Here in Germany, school usually ends around June, and college or university starts in september or october. Is that the same in the US?

Oh, and I really love this episode, it's one of my favourites :-)

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Old 03-27-2015, 01:52 PM   #27
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I have a general question about this episode - or more about the American education system :-)
The leap date of this episode is in November 69, which makes Sam 16 years old and in High School, thinking about which college he should choose. What I would like to know is: when will he graduate from high school and when will college start after that? Or, in other words: how many month in school has he left and how long till he starts attending college?
Most colleges start in late August here (though there are some that start a little later, in early September). Sam was applying for the next fall semester, so starting August or early September 1970. He would've just turned 17 at the time he started college.
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Old 02-10-2016, 12:40 AM   #28
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I wonder if Sam would have any recollection of being in the Waiting Room as a teenager? Could this be what sparked his interest in Quantum Physics - knowing that he actually will succeed in being the world's first time traveller? It's a bit like in Harry Potter, how Harry knows he can cast a patronus to save himself because he'd already seen himself do it
Ah but that would be a paradox, how could something that hadn't happened to him influence something that hasn't happened yet?
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Old 02-10-2016, 12:42 AM   #29
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Step 1: Go to your room and sit down at the desk.
Step 2: Take out pen and paper.
Step 3: Write, "Note to self: Whatever you do, don't step into the accelerator."
Step 4: Leap home.

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Old 05-24-2016, 01:41 PM   #30
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My favorite episode .
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Old 05-28-2016, 03:03 PM   #31
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We are lead to believe that in normal circumstances, the Leapee remembers doing some of the things Sam did once they return. So what does young Sam remember? Does he remember trying to convince people he's from the future?
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Old 08-23-2016, 06:14 PM   #32
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Ziggy is a lot more specific than usual about what the consequences will be of Sam's mission. How could she possible know what will happen if Sam's team wins the game
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Old 11-09-2017, 01:35 AM   #33
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A very moving episode. Though Sam is being quite selfish, trying to change his history when he wouldn't do the same for Al. My favorite part is the front porch scene. The first time I saw this episode was the first time I'd heard Imagine . Hooked me on that song right away. I especially liked when Al chimed in for that one verse. Olivia Burnette did an amazing job acting that scene.

My only gripe is that maybe Scott should have tried to deepen his voice a little when playing John, since John smoked a carton a week. John and Sam sounded just alike.

I rate this episode Excellent.
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Old 05-26-2019, 01:03 AM   #34
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A beautiful, wonderful start to the 3rd season of Quantum Leap. The personal favourite of Scott Bakula's, and I can't really blame him. In most lists of favourite episodes this one usually lands near the top. For me, this is definite top 20 and close to being in the top 10. There are so many things I like about it.

First of all, I like having faces and characters to connect with in regards to Sam's family. What I mean is, Sam will often mention his father, mother, brother and sister during leaps, and things that happened in his past. Knowing these characters ourselves helps us to relate to Sam's feelings of homesickness. I think, in the grand scheme of things, the Beckett farm will always be Sam's real home, even above the future home he left when he stepped into the accelerator.

The real tragedy of this leap, though, is that for the most part Sam doesn't get to enjoy it. He's so single-minded in his attempts to save his family that he nearly wrecks everything for himself and his family. Honestly, this part of the episode is what stops this from ranking even higher on my list. Of course I can understand Sam's desire to change the future for the ones he loves most, but there comes a point in the episode where I think he should know he's pushing things too far (the moment he admits to knowing the future is that point, for the record). I also can't help but feel placing this episode directly after M.I.A. (and even making references towards that episode) was a bad move on Don's part. It just adds to Sam's hypocrisy, really. The moment it comes to himself and his family the rules don't matter anymore. It just isn't Sam like, really.

My favourite scene has to be the one where Sam goes running off and Al finally confronts him about his recent behaviour. Al's small, but significant speech is one of the best moments of the entire series. "I'd give anything to have what you have, Sam. Anything."

My rating. Excellent. A brilliant start to the 3rd season.
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