"Killin' Time"

Leap Date:

June 18, 1958

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


Sam leaps into a killer on the run in 1958. The house is surrounded and he is holding hostage a mother and her young daughter. But back in the future, the real killer, Leon, has escaped from the waiting room and Al searches to find him. If Al can't bring Leon back, Sam can't leap...and will be killed when the sheriff raids the house.


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TV Guide Synopsis
Leap Date

Project Date
Name of the Person Leaped Into

Project Trivia
Sam Trivia
Al Trivia

Al's Women
Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode

Miscellaneous Trivia

Broadcast Date
Guest Stars
Guest Cast Notes
Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes
Cast members who have passed away
Personal Review
Best Lines
Say What?
Quotable Quotes



Production # : 68106

TV Guide Synopsis:
Sam leaps into a killer holding a mother and daughter hostage, but he's trapped as well when the man escapes from the waiting room back in the future. Carol: Connie Ray. Leon: Cameron Dye. Sheriff Hoyt: Jim Haynie.


Pine County, Oklahoma (Sam leaps into Styles here)

Stallion's Gate, New Mexico, USA (Project Quantum Leap)

A city near PQL (where Al chases down Styles)

Leap Date:
June 18, 1958

Project Date:

Name of the Person Leaped Into:

Leon Randolph Styles

Broadcast Date:

October 20, 1992 - Tuesday

Score by Velton Ray Bunch

Project Trivia:
Handlink: Gummi bear style

The Waiting Room has a blue hue, and there is a ramp leading from the door up about waist-high to the "stage" of the Waiting Room. There is a space betwen the stage and the perimeter wall of the room, wide enough for people to walk double-file.

From what we've seen in this episode and "The Leap Back", the entrances to Imaging Chamber and Quantum Leap Accelerator are both located in the Control Room, but the Waiting Room is in a corridor outside of any of these rooms. There is an elevator right near the entrance to the Waiting Room (where the corporal comes out).

Ziggy is refered to as "she".

Gooshie is absent minded in this episode, calling Leon "Dr. Beckett" twice, and suggesting calling the police.

Project Quantum Leap is a Code One clearance, and they can not involve other agencies (such as the police).

The Waiting Room is on the tenth level down, which leads to reason that so are the other four important rooms. The employees park their right out in front of the complex.

Gooshie had his car stolen "last year" (1998), and took Al's advice to have a location tracking device placed in his new one (which is "the blue one").

Sam can't leap if the visitor is not in the Waiting Room, and is stuck permanently if the leapee is dead.

Sam created Project Quantum Leap in 1995. The current year is 1999, probably March or April, given the position of the episode following "Lee Harvey Oswald" (February 1999).

When Sam leaps, it's his body that trades places with the visitor.

Gooshie is able to tune his brainwaves into both Al and Sam and be heard by both.

Sam Trivia:
Sam reveals his true identity in this episode to Carol and Becky.

Al Trivia:
Al's car (the "experimental model" from "Genesis") is also a convertible.

Al's Women:
Al thinks the prostitute is "tempting."

Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode:

First outfit: Golden shirt with matching shoes; black string tie with gold and black pin; goldish-yellow suit coat with matching pants; cigar; handlink; watch with a black band and a gold face.

Second outfit: black leather jacket; back-up handlink; black belt with silver buckle; black pants; black shoes.

Miscellaneous Trivia:
The day of the week is Thursday, according to a day-calendar that Sam sees upon leaping in. However, it was actually a Wednesday.

The Sputnik is a hot topic of the time.

The city where Al and Leon are in Sex World has a designated lane for electro-magnetic vehicles only (the right lane), as seen by a sign and heard by the vocal announcement (which reads in English and Spanish).

The profile disc that Gooshie made up for Al is a regular-sized compact disc in a jewel case.

Prostitutes in 1999 can afford voice-activated rooms.


Theme by - Mike Post
Musical Score by - Velton Ray Bunch
Co-Executive Producers - Deborah Pratt, Chas. Floyd Johnson
Supervising Producers - Richard C. Okie, Harker Wade, Tommy Thompson
Producer - Robin Jill Bernheim
Written by - Tommy Thompson
Directed by - Michael Watkins
Executive Producer - Donald P. Bellisario

(flashing credits, playing music from Sex World instead of "Quantum Leap" theme)
Associate Producers - Scott Ejercito, Juile Bellisario
Co-ordinating Producer - David Bellisario
Director of Photography - Michael Watkins A.S.C.

Production Designer - Cameron Birnie
Edited by - Michael S. Stern
Unit Production Manager - Ron Grow
First Assistant Director - R. John Slosser
Second Assistant Director - Brian Faul

Casting by - Ellen Lubin Sanitsky C.S.A.
Set Decorator - Robert L. Zilliox
Costume Designer - Jean-Pierre Dorleac
Costume Supervisors - David Rawley, Katina Kerr
Art Director - Ellen Dambros-Williams
Sound Mixer - Barry D. Thomas
Stunt Co-ordinator - Diamond Farnsworth
Make-Up - Jeremy Swan
Hairstylist - Andrea Mizushima

Fashion Concepts - Jean-Pierre Dorleac
Sound Editor - Greg Schorer
Music Editor - Bruce Frazier
Special Visual Effects - Roger Dorney, Denny Kelly
Panaflex® Camera and Lenses by PANAVISION®

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Country of first publication: United States of Amercia. Foresbrook Enterprises Inc. is the author of this motion picture for purposes of the Berne Convention and all national laws giving effect thereto.

Copyright © 1992 by Universal City Studios, Inc. All rights reserved.

The charcters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictitious, and any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

(second Universal Television logo at end)


Tommy Thompson


Michael Watkins


Deborah Pratt
Chas. Floyd Johnson
Richard C. Okie
Harker Wade
Tommy Thompson
Robin Jill Bernheim

Regular Cast:

Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell as Al Calavicci

Guest Stars:

Connie Ray as Carol Pruitt
Cameron Dye
as Leon Styles
Jim Haynie
as Sheriff John Hoyt
Joseph Malone
as Deputy Grimes
Dennis Wolfberg
as Gooshie
Carolyn Lowery as Hooker
Beverley Mitchell as Becky Pruitt
Lewis Dauber as Reporter
as Corporal

Guest Cast Notes:

Connie Ray as Carol Pruitt: Studied dance at East Carolina University. She earned an MFA in acting from Ohio University. Known for her screen and stage work, she is also a writer. She presently splits her time between Los Angeles and New York. Her film and television highlights include The Torkelsons (1991), Hope Floats (1998), Idle Hands (1999), Stuart Little (1999), About Schmidt (2002), Ice Princess (2005), Thank You for Smoking (2005), The Big C (2010), and Grey's Anatomy (2005). As a playwright, she penned the "Smoke on the Mountain" trilogy - numbering among the most produced musicals in America for the last twenty five years.

Cameron Dye as Leon Styles: Born in New Orleans, but criss-crossed the U.S. while growing up, as his family never stayed in one place for longer than four years. His high-school years were divided between Ohio and Northern California. He applied and was accepted into the theater arts department of UCLA, where he met Tim Robbins, at the time also a novice actor. In between acting jobs, Cameron writes and performs his own music. His songs can be heard on the soundtracks to his films 'Scenes From The Goldmine' and 'The Apocalypse.'

Jim Haynie as Sheriff John Hoyt: Born on February 6, 1940 in Falls Church, Virginia, USA. He was an actor, known for The Peacemaker (1997), The Fog (1980) and The Bridges of Madison County (1995). He was previously married to Maggie Causey and Janice A McKelheer. He died on April 3, 2021 in Langley, Washington, USA.

Joseph Malone as Deputy Grimes: Known for The Tracey Ullman Show (1987), Hocus Pocus (1993) and Ally McBeal (1997).

Dennis Wolfberg as Gooshie: see our dedicated page here.

Carolyn Lowery as Hooker: Carolyn Lowery is known for Candyman (1992) and Octopus (2000).

Beverley Mitchell as Becky Pruitt: Rising to fan-magazine fame through her stint as Lucy Camden on 7th Heaven (1996), Beverley was born in Arcadia, California. Before her most famous role, Beverley started her career off with a well-known temper tantrum, alongside her mother, in the middle of a shopping mall. A talent agent heard the noise and quickly rushed over. The rest is history. Television and modeling gigs quickly followed and her debut TV role was in the series Big Brother Jake (1990). Her first large film role came in The Crow: City of Angels (1996). Shortly after, she was on the WB as one of the fresh faces of the hit 7th Heaven (1996). While busy with the show, Beverley graduated from high school in 1999 and has attended Loyola Maramount University and studied film. She also actively participates in RADD Kids and K-Mart Kids Race Against Drugs charities, among others. While active on her show, she also starred in the independent short film, Mean People Suck (2001). In 2011, Beverley joined the cast of The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008), as the new school guidance counselor.

Lewis Dauber as Reporter: Born on April 27, 1949 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor and producer, known for The Island (2005), Something's Gotta Give (2003) and Jingle All the Way (1996). He was previously married to Paulette Levin. He died on October 3, 2019 in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Cast members who have passed away (as of the date the synopsis was written):

Dennis Wolfberg died on October 3, 1994 in Culver City, California from melanoma at the age of 48.

Guest Stars who appeared in other episodes:

Dennis Wolfberg played Gooshie in "Genesis", "The Leap Back", "Lee Harvey Oswald", and "Mirror Image".

Personal Review & Synopsis:

What happens when Sam leaps into a cold-blooded murder? It seems like a simple leap after Sam achieves his first goal, yet he can't leap, simply because the visitor has escaped from the Project Quantum Leap complex and now Al is going after him. That means that Sheriff Hoyt, whose daughter Debbie Collins died as a result of Leon Styles's shooting her, is out for revenge, and Sam is his target.

What can I say? This is the episode summary that I must have spent the most time on (over three hours). I watched it twice, as usual, but had to rewind quite a few times to get some of the quotes. This is one of my favourite episodes, because of two main things: we get to see Project Quantum Leap and the future, and we get to see lots of Gooshie. On top of that, it's a great story for the leap, and the entire episode in general is expertly written, acted, directed, and, well, everything!

If Sam hadn't exposed his true self to Carol, he probably would have died in Leon's place. This episode is full of action, drama, and comedy, and it almost seems like a full-length movie to me sometimes, which is why it's in my top five. I love how Sam reacts to Gooshie being in charge while Al was about to go chasing after Leon. The scene in the prostitute's room is tense, especially if you haven't seen the episode before! Carol's convincing the sheriff is quite touching.

Best Lines:

Al: "For five years, I've been watching Sam Beckett risk his life for total strangers. Think about it."

Gooshie: "I guess Ziggy didn't do a very good job of synching our brainwaves."
Al: "I'll take that as a compliment."

Say What?

"Where'd you get that gun?" Al asks. Explanation: that scene was left on the cutting-room floor. A scene which was filmed but dropped shows Al, Gooshie, and a Marine Guard enter the Waiting Room with Styles. Styles overpowers the guard and takes his gun. If you look closely in the background, you can see the Marine lying on the floor by the table.

When Al is explaining to Styles that he can't leave the Waiting Room, we see an image of the door used from "The Leap Back" which lead into the Imaging Chamber. However, when the we see Al, Gooshie, and Styles in the corridor outside, it's a large, octagonal door that takes up the entire doorway (almost the width and height of the cylindrical corridors) and slides either into the wall or the ceiling (we don't see it open). In addition, we don't see the glowing blue lights from outside. [Explanation: they simply re-used older footage.]

The diary shows the date to be Thursday. June 18th, 1958 was a Wednesday.

Why does Gooshie think Styles is really Sam? He's been working at the project for years and should know how it works by now.

Al's car has the moon roof open when he drives away from the Project. Interior shots show the moon roof closed.

Quotable Quotes:

Sam (narrative): "I've always made it a rule never to judge people on first impressions. Of course, rules were made to be broken."

Leon: "What the Hell is all this?"
Al (slightly paraphrased): "What is all this? What is all... well, it's sort of an underground top-secret research laboratory style... type of thing." (Gooshie approaches.) "Oh boy."

Gooshie: "Who's going after him?"
Al: "I am."
Gooshie: "_You_?" (gets a look from Al.) "W-wouldn't be my first choice."

Deputy Grimes: "You think he give himself up?"
Sheriff Hoyt: "I don't know. Why don't you ask him?"

Al: "He got away from us."
Sam: "He got away from you? What do you mean he got away from you?"
Al: "He escaped."
Sam: "He escaped? How could that happen, 'He escaped.'? Al, you didn't open the Waiting Room door, did you? Oh, please tell me you didn't opened the Waiting Room door. You did, you did, I can't believe this!"
Al: "Well, I couldn't help it, he took us by surprise! Somehow, he got ahold of a gun, and he held the gun straight at me like that, and what could I do?! I couldn't do anything!"
Sam: "Okay, okay, okay. He got out of the Waiting Room, okay, but at least he's still in the complex. Right? I can't believe this is happening, Al! You've got to get him back!"
Al: "Oh, I will!"
Sam: "What do you mean you will?"
Al: "I will!"
Sam: "What do you mean, you will? You're not thinking about going after him yourself, are ya?"
Al: "Why not?"
Sam: "Why not? Because he's a cold-blooded killer, that's why not! I need you here with me..."
Al: "Sam, this guy's gotta be taken alive. Don't forget: if he dies, you're finished. And and an' don't worry. Don't worry because I'm gonna leave Gooshie in charge."
Sam: "Gooshie. Well, that's just perfect."
Al: "Yeah, and if anything happens, he'll be in touch with you. Ziggy is synching up his brain with your brain so that you can see him."
Sam: "Me - me and Gooshie."
Al: "Yeah."

Al: "I'd kiss you if you didn't have bad breath."
Gooshie (with a handlink and an orange clipboard): "I'm touched. Admiral, are you sure this what you want to do?"
Al: "For five years, I've been watching Sam Beckett risk his life for total strangers. Think about it."

Carol: "Oh, that's right, I forgot. You're stuck here until your friend from the future gets back."

Sam: "When was the last time you met an illiterate speed-reader?"

Sam: "Gooshie?"
Carol: "What?"
Sam: "He's not a what, he's a who."
Carol: "Your friend from the future?"
Sam: "One of them."
Carol: "Oh great, now there're two of 'em?"

Gooshie: "Time and space can be a bitch."

Gooshie: "I'm right in front of you! Can't you see me?"
Al: "If I could see you, would I be talking to the sidewalk?!"
Gooshie: "I guess Ziggy didn't do a very good job of synching our brainwaves."
Al: "I'll take that as a complement."

Leon: "... 'cause you're gonna send me back where I came from, right?"
Gooshie: "I can't do that."
Leon: "I think you're lying to me."
Gooshie: "Don't get me wrong. I mean, I'd love to accomodate you, but it doesn't work that way. We don't have any control over it."
Leon: "Well, who does?!"
Gooshie: "Well, that kind of depends on your point of view. Call yourself a religious man?" (looks Leon up and down.) "Probably not."

Michael Watkins nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a Regular Series in 1993 by the
American Society of Cinematographers.

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