"Ghost Ship"

Leap Date:

August 13, 1956

Episode Adopted by: Crys Crys
Additional info provided by: Brian Greene


After all this time leaping, Sam still hasn't learned to fly! He is once again a pilot - this time of a private jet taking a newly-wed couple through the Bermuda Triangle. When his co-pilot begins having strange flashbacks from a war mission, Sam must bring him back to reality while taking care of a woman who's appendix has burst.


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TV Guide Synopsis
Leap Date

Name of the Person Leaped Into
Project Trivia
Sam Trivia
Al Trivia

Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode

Miscellaneous Trivia

Broadcast Date
Guest Stars
Guest Cast Notes
Personal Review / Synopsis
Best Lines
Best Scenes
Say What?
Quotable Quotes


Production # : 67307

TV Guide Synopsis:
Sam tries to change fate over the Bermuda Triangle as the copilot of an airplane carrying a woman with a potentially fatal condition. Capt. Cooper: Scott Hoxby. Wendy: Kimberly Foster. Michelle: Carla Gugino. Grant: Kurt Deutsch. Sam: Scott Bakula. Al: Dean Stockwell.

Flying in and out of the Bermuda Triangle and Hamlton Harbor.

Leap Date:
August 13, 1956




Name of person leaped into:
Francis Edward "Eddie" Brackett

Broadcast Date:
March 4th, 1992 - Wednesday


Some swing-style music is heard on the radio. This same tune was also heard in "The Leap Back" and in "Mirror Image."

Theme by Mike Post
Music by Velton Ray Bunch


Project Trivia:
This is one of the few times Sam isn't in the United States. Another time being "Lee Harvey Oswald" and others.

Al believe the Bermuda Triangle is interferring with the Handlink and Ziggy, as he begins to lose contact with Sam.


Sam Trivia:
Nervous when he flies alone.

Doesn't believe the myths about the Bermuda Triangle that Al tells him.

Sam remembers that he was a test pilot in "Genesis."

Sam's Outfits:
Navy blue pants, light blue shirt, blue tie, black shoes, a sliver watch, and a wedding band.


Al Trivia:
Al does believe there is something screwy dealing with the Triangle.

We are also get a further understating of the fact Al was in the military by knowing about the ship and telling Sam about being in the service.

Al's Outfits:
Peach suit with a brown, tan, and white shirt that has squares on it.


Miscellaneous Trivia:
The plane being flown is a Gremin Goose.

The USS Cyclops is a real American ship that was lost at sea. Prior to World War I, the collier supported U.S. warships in European waters, off the Atlantic seaboard and in the Caribbean as a unit of the Naval Auxiliary Force.   In early March 1918, while returning from a voyage to Brazil, Cyclops disappeared with all hands.  Numerous ships sailed to locate the collier, as she was thought to have been sunk by a German submarine.  Her wreck has never been found and the cause of her loss remains unknown.

The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil's Triangle, is an urban legend focused on a loosely defined region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean where a number of aircraft and ships are said to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. The idea of the area as uniquely prone to disappearances arose in the mid-20th century, but most reputable sources dismiss the idea that there is any mystery.




Paris Qualles
Don Bellisario

Anita Addison


Co-exective producers:
Deborah Pratt
Michall Zinberg

Superving producer:
Harker Wade

Produced by:
Jeff Gourson
Tommy Thompson
Chris Ruppenthal
Paul Brown


Regular Cast:
Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell as Al Calavicci


Guest Cast:
Scott "Derek" Hoxby as Captain Cooper
Kimberly Foster as Wendy Cooper
Kurt Deutsch as Grant Cutter, Jr.
Carla Gugino as Michelle Temple Cutter
Mark McPherson as Francis Edward "Eddie" Brackett (Mirror Image)

Guest Cast Notes:

Scott Hoxby as Captain Cooper: Born on June 10, 1955 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. He is an actor, known for The Living Daylights (1987), Cliffhanger (1993) and Stormy Monday (1988). He was previously married to Caroline Goodall.

Kimberly Foster as Wendy Cooper: Born on July 6, 1961 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, USA. She is an actress, known for Dragnet (1987), Dallas (1978) and Quantum Leap (1989). She has been married to Laurence S. Zimmerman since 1994. They have two children.

Kurt Deutsch as Grant Cutter, Jr.: Born on July 26, 1966 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Last Five Years (2014), The Human Factor (1992) and Quantum Leap (1989). He has been married to Sherie Rene Scott since March 29, 1998. They have one child.

Carla Gugino as Michelle Temple Cutter: Born in Sarasota, Florida, to Carl Gugino, an orthodontist. She is of Italian (father) and English-Irish (mother) ancestry. Gugino moved with her mother to Paradise, California, when Carla was just five years old. During her childhood, they moved many times within the state. But she remained a straight-A student throughout high school and graduated as valedictorian. A major modeling agency discovered Carla in San Diego and sent her to New York to begin a new career when she was 15. New York was more than she could handle at that young age, so she returned to LA in the summer, modeling and enrolling in an acting class at the suggestion of her aunt, Carol Merrill, known from Let's Make a Deal (1963). During her free time, Carla enjoys yoga, traveling and spending time with her friends in Los Angeles. After appearing in Troop Beverly Hills (1989) and This Boy's Life (1993), she received recognition for her starring roles as Ingrid Cortez in the Spy Kids trilogy (2001–2003), Rebecca Hutman in Night at the Museum (2006), Laurie Roberts in American Gangster (2007), Det. Karen Corelli in Righteous Kill (2008), Dr. Alex Friedman in Race to Witch Mountain (2009), Sally Jupiter in Watchmen (2009), Dr. Vera Gorski in Sucker Punch (2011), Amanda Popper in Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011), Emma Gaines in San Andreas (2015), and Jessie Burlingame in Gerald's Game (2017). Gugino also starred as the lead character in the crime drama series Karen Sisco (2003), the science fiction series Threshold (2005–2006), the supernatural horror series The Haunting of Hill House (2018), and the crime drama series Jett (2019), and also appeared in The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020).


Best Lines:

Sam is left alone to fly the plane. Al tells him to turn a knob. Sam is happy and excited about "flying" the plane.

Sam: I can fly!

Al: You can dial.


Best Scene:

Where Al gets all worked up about being in the Triangle and gets himself all turned around in the galley. He ends up losing Sam, although he was just standing there the whole time, and when he see's Sam again, Al screams and yells at him to never do that again. But Sam didn't do anything...

Personal Review / Detailed Synopsis:

We come in seeing Sam as a pilot. He's in shock by the fact he's flying, again. At which point the cigarette he is smoking falls from his mouth. Sam bends forward to pick it up and ends of pushing the controls forward, sending the plane basically into a nose dive.

1st Break

Pilot Cooper steps in and helps Sam recover the plane. And with a little discussion come up with the story "We hit an air pocket". Plays around with some switches and Sam goes to the back of the plane to tell Grant and Michelle what happened. This is where we first find out Michelle is sick. Sam heads back to the front, this is where we first see Al. And we also hear the first of the information Sam recieves. Which is there is a problem with Michelle's appendix. Durning the conversation the plane turns around, heading towards Virginia.

2nd Break

Sam goes back to the cock pit and tries to talk the captain into turning the plane back on its original course. But instead Sam gets orders to go tell the newly weds the new plan of action. As he walks towards the back of the plane, Sam sees Al in the galley. He's banging his handlink against his hand because it's acting screwy. Al believes it's because the plane is in the Bermuda Triangle. Sam doesn't. They talk about the Bermuda Triangle and the weird events that have occured in the area. Suddenly the handlink comes back online, but not until the plane has cleared out of the Triangle. Al, after being scared by Sam tells him of the original history, where as Michelle dies before making back to the states. It takes 4 hours to get back to Virginia and only 1 hour to get to Hamlton Harbor in Bermuda. Problem is Michelle only has 3 hours to live. She dies because her appendix brust. Wendy comes in and gets Sam and informs him Michelle isn't doing well. He goes to check on her, feels around her stomach area, asking about the pain. He goes to the galley to find something to give relief to the pain. He gives Wendy 3 asprins and some hot towels and she is off to the back of the plane. Sam returns to the cock pit and tries to get the captain to turn the plane around. Al's back and calls him to the galley. Cooper has his 1st flash back. Al tells a little of Cooper's history. Sam goes back to the cock pit and Cooper turns the plane back to Bermuda.

3rd Break

Cooper heads to the back of the plane. Sam gets to fly the plane and Al gets to help. We see Cooper telling Grant and Wendy that they will be landing in Bermuda in about an hour. Back in the cock pit, Al sees a Liberty ship. And Cooper comes back, Sam tells him of the ship, but it disappeared. Sam finds out from Cooper that Michelle is feeling better. Sam goes to the back to check on Michelle then goes to the galley. He tells Wendy that Michelle's appendix burst which is why the pain went down. He begins to make an IV from what's lying around. He takes boiled water and adds salt to it and sticks it into Michelle. Because of this Michelle wakes up from her state of shock. Sam returns to the galley and sees that Al is losing contact. Sam learns that he has changed history that now the plane disappears. Cooper continues to have flash backs. And Sam loses total contact of Al.

4th Break

Sam and Grant talk in the galley. Cooper has an even more involved flash back. He goes on to tell Wendy and Sam about his last mission. Lightening strikes the wing of the plane. Sam and Cooper try to pull the plane back up but in order to do that, the plane must lose wieght. So Sam and Grant throw some luggage and a chair out the door. This allows the plane to gain altitude. They make it to Hamlton Harbor and Al returns. All's well with the mission and Sam leaps.

Say What?
One scene of stock footage of the plane is mirrored, as you can see the logo on the plane is reversed.

Cooper calls the area they are flying over the "Bermuda Triangle", but it was not called that until several years later.

Sam turns one of the many knobs before Al tells him what to do, as if rehearsed.


Quotable Quotes:

Cooper: Tell them we hit an air pocket.
Sam: There's no such thing as an air pocket.
Cooper: We know that, they don't.

Excuse ME!
-- Al, after Cooper sits on him in the pilot's seat

You're disappearing!
*I'm* not disappearing... but *you* are...
-- Sam and Al

Sam, he wants you to fly the plane.
No, the gremlin behind us.
-- Al, Sam and Cooper, while Al is standing behind them

Just what I need ... a life-time job flying in the Bermuda Triangle.
-- Sam

I don't drive these things.
-- Sam, about airplanes

There's theories that say it's either electromagnetic vortices or else ...
... Sea monsters, you're right, I remember...
Yeah!  Giant prehistoric lizard-fish have been seen by sailors, what's so funny?  what are you laughing about?
I'm just joking!
-- Al and Sam

Must be that UFO that's been circling us.
UFO?  Where?!  I don't see it!  Oh, boy!  The triangle swallowed it up!  (Looks around for Sam, who's right behind him.)
Oh, no!  Where's Sam?!
YAAHHHHH!!!  Don't DO that to me!  You're going to give me a heart attack!
-- Sam and Al

I'm gonna have a baby.
No Sam, you're not gonna have a baby, your wife, CAROL, is going to have a baby ... and your left wing is drooping.
--  Sam and Al, while Sam is flying the plane

~Sam is left alone to fly the plane. Al helps him out with flying. He tells Sam to turn a certain knob. He does so and gets very excited and proud. Sam *confident*: I can fly. Al: You an dial.

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