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Old 02-18-2003, 12:55 PM   #1
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Default 422 A Leap for Lisa

A Leap for Lisa
June 25, 1957


Pensacola Naval Base, Florida


Sam leaps into Al as a young navy pilot facing charges of raping and murdering a commander's wife. In the original history, a married nurse named Lisa Sherman told the Navy that she and Al were together...so Al never went to trial. But Sam accidentally tells Lisa not to testify and she dies in a car wreck later that night. As the odds rise that Al will be convicted and sent to the gas chamber, Sam, Future Al, and even a guy named Edward must work to prove his innocence.


Written by: Donald P. Bellisario
Directed by: James Whitmore, Jr.


Rate and comment on the fourth season finale!
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Old 03-02-2003, 05:34 PM   #2
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This one is one of my all time favorites.Sam leaps into Al as a young Navy pilot it has alot of suprises that Sam doesn't
know about Al.

There is also a future leap that is connected in away with this
leap with a big suprise for Al
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Old 10-06-2005, 07:19 PM   #3
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This is the perfect ending for the fourth season. As Sam said "I leaped into myself, women, and a chimpanzee, but nothing is as strange as leaping into Al." Al temporaily dies and Sam has a new observer. Al gets to talk to himself in the waiting room. This is also the first time we really get to see the waiting room.
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Old 10-06-2005, 11:32 PM   #4
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This one is one of my all time favorites.Sam leaps into Al as a young Navy pilot it has alot of suprises that Sam doesn't
know about Al.

There is also a future leap that is connected in away with this
leap with a big suprise for Al
Blatant plug for the Virtual Seasons! But I like it! Especially since it's for a story I co-wrote!

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Old 02-23-2006, 10:30 PM   #5
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Blatant plug for the Virtual Seasons! But I like it! Especially since it's for a story I co-wrote!

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Hi Kat! I didn't even know you were "Capt Jules". You and MJ both wrote it right? And Then Came Another

Based on the character Lisa Sherman
Created by
Donald P. Bellisario
Hehe!

I'm hoping to work in a past character into my "A Leap For Rachel" episode. A Character that was also created by Don Bellisario for one leap only.


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P.S. A Leap For Lisa, A Leap For Rachel.
See Authors' Quarters in TVS forum.

P.S.S. A Leap For Lisa: Excellent episode! One of my personal favorites!
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Old 03-28-2006, 12:09 PM   #6
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Gr8 ep.
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Old 05-12-2007, 02:05 PM   #7
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Best episode ever!

Also, I couldn't get over how much like Dean, the young guy who played Bingo/Young Al looked like him!

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Old 08-24-2007, 04:59 PM   #8
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Great Episode. Well written,well played. Good story. And one of the best episodes of QL. For now it's my number 4,after "The B**gieman","MIA" and "Good night,dear heart".
we also discover some interesting details about Al(Like his attraction to nurses... ),And we finaly had a good view of the waiting room.
Now there are 3 things i want to say -
1. Have you ever noticed,that if we'll take the name of this episode,write it in initials we'll get ALFL - AL FL.Now if we'll take the initials FL - we can also say it's the initials of First Love => Al First (true) Love.
Do you think DPB thought about it when he wrote this episode?!
2.If we'll take this leap,in the end Bingo leaped into himself to prevent Marci's and Lisa's Death ...Is it mean that in the present of the project as a result of this leap Inside Al there's an older Al?!
3.There were a dialogue between Sam an Al i didn't quite understood - When Al made his first contact with Sam. Sam told Al that Bingo has more Girls then Al had,then Al told him to look at the Mirror...
How Exactly Sam came up with this conclusion?! All he met was Lisa,and i'm pretty sure he didn't heard the stories of Al's friend about Bingo...
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Old 08-24-2007, 08:08 PM   #9
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Sam was only joking.

It's so funny seeing Dean Stockwell's voice come out of Bingo's mouth hahaha.
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Old 08-25-2007, 04:08 AM   #10
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Yeah,I'm not sure Sam was joking about it,But even if he was -Why -this "Joke"- after meeting only Lisa?!
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Old 08-26-2007, 12:46 AM   #11
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You're reading too much into it... Sam was joking... you can tell by how he and Al are laughing when he says it.
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Old 08-26-2007, 05:13 AM   #12
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The only one i've seen laughing was Al(Maybe Sam had a little smile) - and right after that he told Sam to look at the Mirror...
But it doesn't important. this scene was ment to be amusing and i guess everybody here will agree ,that it was.
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1. Have you ever noticed,that if we'll take the name of this episode,write it in initials we'll get ALFL - AL FL.Now if we'll take the initials FL - we can also say it's the initials of First Love => Al First (true) Love.
Do you think DPB thought about it when he wrote this episode?!
Yes! (No, I'm kidding, in case anyone's not clear on that.) But you better be careful about suggesting that anyone other than Beth could be Al's true love...

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2.If we'll take this leap,in the end Bingo leaped into himself to prevent Marci's and Lisa's Death ...Is it mean that in the present of the project as a result of this leap Inside Al there's an older Al?! ...
It would make him 2 or 3 days older. I love the way they got into time travel twists in this episode.


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3.There were a dialogue between Sam an Al i didn't quite understood - When Al made his first contact with Sam. Sam told Al that Bingo has more Girls then Al had,then Al told him to look at the Mirror...
How Exactly Sam came up with this conclusion?! All he met was Lisa,and i'm pretty sure he didn't heard the stories of Al's friend about Bingo...
I think you have a good point here. I would have to watch it again to be sure, but I think Lisa is the one girlfriend of Bingo's that Sam knows about--so why would he say that? Why would someone else tell Sam stories about Bingo's conquests when as far as they know, they're talking to Bingo? I suppose they just had Sam say that to set up the neat little bit of dialogue, "Funny you should say that..."

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It's so funny seeing Dean Stockwell's voice come out of Bingo's mouth hahaha.
Especially since that's the voice of middle-aged Dean, not young Dean. It was quite different when he was Bingo's age.
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Old 08-26-2007, 04:43 PM   #14
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Yes! (No, I'm kidding, in case anyone's not clear on that.) But you better be careful about suggesting that anyone other than Beth could be Al's true love...
You know what- that the thing, you can't be sure about it,because according to the original History,before Bingo prevent Marci&Lisa death by leaping into himself - Lisa Died,so you can't know what could happend with Al&Lisa relationship if she wouldn't died...
In the other hand-Lisa was already merried,so...
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Old 09-04-2007, 11:58 AM   #15
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Excellent episode. Sam is HOT in his dress whites, and all the dialogue is right on the money. The scene with Commander Riker gave me chills the first time I saw it. I really love the sense of escalating panic because they don't know what to do.

There are two really cute moments between Sam and his Marine guard. One is when Sam tosses over his shoulder, "C'mon, Shadow," as he's going back into the courtroom (the Marine valiantly trying not to notice that Sam's talking to himself), and when Sam discovers the cigar - and the Marine very seriously tells him, "I WILL shoot you, sir." It's those completely natural throwaway moments, not the big dramatic moments that make an episode for me.
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The one thing out of this episode I'd love to know, is how did Sam end up having someone who like St. John (as in a total opposite to Al) as his Observer?

I know it was never explained (only in some fanfics) but it's always had me wondering.
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Old 05-23-2008, 03:14 PM   #17
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Well, I don't think they gave much thought to it . It was evidently done to create as much contrast with Al as possible and to make Sam (and us) realize how miserable he (and we) would be without Dean Stockwell in the show
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Old 09-14-2008, 04:16 PM   #18
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This was the highlight of season four. Sam leaped in near the end of Al's dream, and (present) Al was dead for a short while. Quantum Leap would be nowhere near as good if the observer was Edward Sinjin (The Fith)
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Old 05-05-2009, 02:49 PM   #19
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Confusing, but awesome. Multiple leaps and suspects.

Al's late-to-the-party arrival scene was great. I loved the way he was acting like a tourist in his own past life and, when he realized that Sam didn't know who he had replaced, he enjoyed telling him to look in the mirror. ROFLOL

I loved the Lawyer character, just playful enough, yet obviously good at what he REALLY does: lawyering.

I had forgotten about the replacement observer, played by Roddy McDowell. Al's much, much better. I enjoyed the way they transitioned them in and out without the audience being forewarned.

Gushie marries Tina, well Ziggy said they were having an affair. Alpha? Gak. Ziggy is much better and I like the gender assignment as well.

I laughed when Sinjin said that Bingo was very interested in Tina, lol.

I wonder why they didn't link an observer to Bingo?
Does the former rape/murder victim continue her initiations?
What happens to Bingo and Lisa?

Inquiring minds want to know!
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Old 07-17-2009, 09:18 AM   #20
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I just saw this episode again yesterday, I must see it in the original next time. I think it will be even better but I like it in the german version, too.
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Yet another excellent episode. One of my favourites.

I've seen the episode so many times now I'm finding it difficult to explain the things that drew me to it in the first place.

I did love that Sam leaped into Bingo's dream. It was just as confusing for the audience as it seemed for Sam to understand what was happening on the beach and suddenly be in his quarters.

My one negative comment would be about that picture of Lisa that the lawyer asks about. It does not look in the least like Lisa Sherman to me. When the lawyer asks Sam again in the doctor's office if she's his girlfriend or fiance it was only then that I realized the nurse and that picture were the same person.

The whole premise of Sam leaping into Al and Al speaking with himself in the waiting room was just fabulous.

I too loved the quick changes from Al to St. John and St. John back to Al again without any warning.

I, however, do not understand how they leaped Bingo back into the timeframe prior to the rape/murder without Sam leaping out of there. With Bingo leaping back to just prior to present time there would be no one in the waiting room anymore and Sam was still young Al.

It's an episode I can watch over and over again.
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Old 09-19-2009, 06:01 AM   #22
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Actually, with Bingo leaping into himself pre the rape/murder, the Bingo from THAT time would have been in the Waiting Room.

So when Sam leapt, the leaping Bingo took his place, and the Bingo in the Waiting Room took THAT Bingo's place.

Did that make any sense?
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Old 09-19-2009, 12:52 PM   #23
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I had to reread it a few times, but yes, that made sense Lightning.
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It's not making sense to me yet. I'll keep re-reading it. I'm sure I'll get there. Thanks
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I really like episodes that touch on the real lives of Al and Sam, but this one fell flat.

So many things were stretching the bounds of believability.

Not one person seemed to show any shock or disgust at the fact that someone had apparently been raped and murdered, regardless of the fact that it turned out to allegedly be an accident.

Seeing young Al was cool, and the switch of Al to St.John was interesting, but the story was so cheesy and concluded so quickly you got the impression that the writers just lost interest.

No explanation for what happened to Bingo when he was sent back in time to keep watch over Chip on the night of the accident.

In conclusion, a poor episode, a bit rushed, but easily the most beautiful girl so far in the series, Lisa was stunning!


PS. Nobody mentioned that the Commander Riker (a star trek reference?) was played by Charlie Rocket, who was also the main subject in the Christmas Carol episode (A Little Miracle - Season 3, Ep10).

Along with Willie Garson from 'Play it again, Seymour' (Season 1) and 'Lee Harvey Oswald' (Season 5) he's the only repeat actor I've noticed in the entire series so far.
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