"Somebody Up There Likes Ben"


Leap Date: October 2, 1977



Synopsis:

Ben leaps to flashy 1970s Las Vegas and into the body of promising young boxer Danny Hill on the eve of a big title fight. Ben and Addison must help Danny win the fight or lose everything. Magic, Ian, and Jenn dig into Ben’s past to uncover the truth.

Audio from this episode:
Ian's Discovery
Ian's Sligshot Theory
Original QL Theme

 

TV Guide Synopsis
Broadcast Date
Leap Date
Leap Location
Name of Leapee
Project Trivia
Ben Trivia
Addison Trivia

Ian's Outfit Worn in the Episode
Kiss With History

Miscellaneous Trivia
Guest Cast
Guest Cast Notes
Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes
Characters who appeared in Classic Series episodes

Songs & Music
Say What? 
Quotable Quotes

Personal Review
Production Photos
Production Videos
Production Credits





Poster by J.J. Lendl



 

 

Commercial for this episode:



TV Guide Synopsis:
Ben leaps to flashy 1970s Las Vegas and into the body of promising young boxer Danny Hill on the eve of a big title fight. Ben and Addison must help Danny win the fight or lose everything. Magic, Ian, and Jenn dig into Ben’s past to uncover the truth.



Broadcast Date:
Monday, October 3, 2022: 10pm on NBC



Leap Date:
October 2, 1977



Leap Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada




Name of Leapee:
Danny Hill



Project Trivia:
Ziggy is running slowly and misses information about saving Daryl.

The Quantum Leap rule of only leaping within your own lifetime can be changed by removing security protocols with new code, which Ben uploaded.

Ian believes Ben is leaping towards a specific point in time, and using each subsequent Leap to slingshot himself closer to the target.

Addison explains that when Ben hits Gordon, Gordon will feel Danny's fist, not Ben's. They exist together. This is why there is now no Waiting Room.

A reboot of the Quantum Leap Project system could mean losing contact with Ben for a week.

Beth asked Magic to keep Janis out of the QL program.




Ben Trivia:
Ben is an only child.

Ben has a brief memory of someone with him back at home.

Ben has a photographic memory.

Ben has been working on the new code for at least 6 months prior to his first leap.



Addison Trivia:
On Wednesdays, Ben and Addison traditionally got Thai food and watched "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."



Al Trivia:
Al kept some things from the original Project Quantum Leap that he wasn't supposed to have, such as an original handlink!




Ian's Outfits Worn in the Episode:
1. Off-white suit jacket and pants with white dress shirt and multi-colored striped tie
2. Black full length skirt with gold buttons, blue and white striped shirt



Kiss With History:
None this episode.


Miscellaneous Trivia:
The episode title refers to the movie "Somebody Up There Likes Me", a boxing movie from 1956.

When the handlink is shown at the end of the episode, listen for the original Quantum Leap theme notes!

What appears to be a home-made Imaging Chamber can be seen in the background just after the handlink is revealed.

The Universal Sheraton Hotel was used as the frontage for the Casino.

This is the third episode of tis new series. In the original series, the third episode was also a boxing story titled "The Right Hand of God."

A gummy bear handlink used as the stand-in during the original series is shown in an instagram from Martin Gero:





 




QUANTUM LEAP – SERIES REGULARS


Dr. Ben Song
(Portrayed by Raymond Lee)
– Ben is a first-generation American, a world-renowned physicist, and a man of faith. He’s also working on Quantum Leap, a time travel project. But when he uses the project on himself, he’s transported back in time with a bout of amnesia – forgetting what made him time travel in the first place.

Addison Augustine (Portrayed by Caitlin Bassett) – Addison is a smart, witty, fearless ex-military operative who now serves as Project Observer at Quantum Leap HQ. She’s in charge of the technology they use to communicate with the past, and tries to rescue Ben from his time-flung existence. 

Ian Wright (Portrayed by Mason Alexander Park) – Quantum Leap’s non binary chief architect of the AI program.

Herbert “Magic” Williams (Portrayed by Ernie Hudson) – A Vietnam vet and current head of the time travel project at Quantum Leap. Herbert “Magic” Williams uses his no-nonsense personality and aura of control to keep the Pentagon at bay while the team tries to rescue Ben.

Jenn Chu (Portrayed by Nanrisa Lee) – Head of security at Quantum Leap HQ. Quirky but formidable, she makes it her mission to figure out why Ben erased all evidence of why he Leaped.







Guest Cast:
Jon Chaffin as Daryl
Danielle Larracuente as Angela
Georgina Reilly as Janis Calavicci
Susan Diol as Beth Calavicci
Thomas Taylor as Boxing Referee

Jermaine Alverez Martin as Danny Hill (Mirror Image)
Bayardo De Murguia as Roy Gordon
Alex Gonzalez as Marco
Roy Abramsohn as Announcer
Bradan Toigo as Gordon's Crony
Jess Nurse as Penny
Brian Oblak as Commanding Officer
Bryce J. Ramos as Security Officer
Tyson Turrou as Sleazy Guy
Anastasia Antonia as Young Woman/Eva
Devin McGee as Loan Shark
Mark Sipka as Bartender





Guest Cast Notes:

Jon Chaffin (Daryl) began performing in High School, when he took Drama as an elective course. Jon was a fixture in school plays, having played leading roles in "Oedipus Rex", "A Midsummer's Night" and "Romeo and Juliet." Upon graduation, Jon went on to attend Fort Valley State University, where he later received his B.A. in Mass Communications. He began his professional career, working as a production assistant, camera operator and associate producer. He worked on numerous live-action shows, before going back to his first love, acting. He made his on-screen debut on the long-running Lifetime series, Army Wives.

Danielle Larracuente (Angela) was born on February 25th, 1992 in Cortlandt Manor, New York. She is the daughter of Carmen D. Sabater and Israel Larracuente Jr. Both her parents are of Puerto Rican descent and retired NYPD officers. Danielle is a sister to three brothers. One of her idols growing up in the New York area was Jennifer Lopez and Rosie Perez. At a very young age, Danielle started in print work and secured her first major commercial at only four years of age. For the next few years, Danielle continued as a child actress doing more commercials, advertisements, and plays. An important milestone in Danielle's young career at the age of nine years old was landing the starring role of Young Nala in Lion King on Broadway (2001). After her run, she was cast in a role for a skit on Saturday Night Live with Jimmy Fallon (2002) & hosted a season of commercial breaks for the Women's National Basketball Association (2003). At fifteen years old she along with her mother moved to Los Angeles, California to further pursue her goals and aspirations as an actress. As she continued on with more roles she moved into television Guest Starring in an episode of "ER " (2006). Her next role was in "Without a Trace" (2009). Later Danielle took a monumental hiatus to be a mother to her young son Benson, complete her Cosmetology License and also B.S in Psychology. After a few years of focusing on her schooling and a profession in Psychology/Cosmetology, she decided to return to her first passion. Danielle returned to television with a recurring role on "Vida" Starz (2020), Guest spots on NCIS, Home Economics, and Good Trouble. A great achievement of hers is costarring along side Melissa Joan Hart in the hit Christmas Movie " Mistletoe In Montana (2021)." Danielle at this time is taking on the role of Paulina Calderon on the Bosch spin off " Bosch Legacy" in a recurring role (2022). A driving factor for Danielle's aspirations for the future and beyond is to continue to bring a rising presence in TV & Film for the Latino community.


Georgina Reilly (Janis) is a British Canadian actress born February 12, 1986, in Guildford, United Kingdom, to songwriter/composer David Reilly and business administrator Frances Reilly. She comes from a long line of performers, her grandfather being Tommy Reilly, the world's first classical harmonica player. Growing up in an artistic household, she soon took to the family business, performing in musical theatre productions throughout her schooling. She met Philip Bateman (musical director of Billy Elliot, London production), who became a great mentor and supporter of her singing and acting. At the age of 16, she and her family made the move to Toronto, Canada, where Georgina finished her formal education. While attending Havergal College, she took a break from performing to focus on school. She was soon discovered by celebrated independent filmmaker Bruce McDonald, who cast her in the critically acclaimed 'Pontypool', which premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. It wasn't very long before Georgina became a household name in Canada. She is best known for her role as the feisty young coroner Dr. Emily Grace on Canada's acclaimed Victorian series Murdoch Mysteries and as the cynical Sabrina Reynolds on The CW's The L.A Complex. She married actor and filmmaker Mark O'Brien January 6, 2013, after meeting him on set. They reside in Los Angeles.

Susan Diol (Beth Calavicci) is of Scandinavian and East Indian Descent. She was born in Marquette, Michigan. Raised in Palatine, Illinois and Worthington Ohio. Her parents, Christine and Peter Balwant Singh Diol owned C & P Coffee, which is where Susan used her acting skills and accents while working in the office. The Diols also hosted many foreign exchange students and visitors, often having someone living in their basement or on their couch. It was a very lively upbringing. She received her BFA from Otterbein College, and she interned, her senior year at Pat McCorkle Casting in New York. That connection led her to moving to NYC, where she worked as a reader for Pat, was a perfume spritzer at Macy's and cleaned apartments. Pat cast her in her first Equity acting job, playing Viola in "Twelfth Night" at The Alaska Repertory Theatre, directed by her dear friend, Roy Brocksmith. She then got her big break in "You Never Can Tell" on Broadway at Circle in the Square, acting with Uta Hagan, Victor Garber, John and JD Cullum. Then she did "Opera Comique" at the Kennedy Center, with Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, Charlotte Moore and Brian Bedford. She was a series regular on TV, in ABC's "Hothouse" in New York, with Michael Learned, Michael Jeter, Art Malik, Katherine Borowitz and Josef Sommer.

Jermaine Alverez Martin (Danny - Mirror Image) is known for 1/2 New Year (2019), Magpie Funeral and One Heart.

Bayardo De Murguia (Roy Gordon) is a Mexican-American actor making waves on the brand new Netflix series "Tiny Pretty Things" (Fall 2020) as series regular 'Ramon,' bad boy dancer turned visionary choreographer who uses non-traditional methods for teaching. Based on the hit YA novel of the same name, the story follows the world of an elite ballet academy and charts the rise and fall of young adults, each standing on the verge of greatness or ruin, with the novel best described as Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars. Bayardo's rising career has spanned across both English and Spanish in international markets.

Bayardo has worked in television, film, commercials, and voiceover. He made his network television debut guest starring on "CSI" as 'Agent Silva,' and appeared in USA's "Shooter," CBS' "NCIS," and Hulu's "Chance." He is in demand for voice over and has upcoming projects for Dreamworks animation, WB animation, and Disney animation.

Bayardo first fell in love with acting while attending the University of San Diego as a football player. He enrolled in theater and continued on his journey performing several Shakespeare shows at the Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park. While there, he participated in an outreach program to perform for inner city schools while teaching acting classes at high schools with mostly Spanish speaking students. He moved to Madrid, Spain to continue his acting studies and after to Los Angeles where he immersed himself in improv at UCB. He broadened his horizons by also studying stunts and fighting.

Much of his childhood was spent splitting his time between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, CA. Coming to the US as an immigrant, Bayardo paved his own way within Hollywood, having no guidance. He is driven to tell stories that represents Latinx culture across the US in honest material, eventually hoping to be behind the camera as well as in front. He enjoys telling great stories and the collaborative effort of production. He is an avid motorcycle rider, lover of food, and stays active with contact sports such as boxing.

Susan Vanita Diol (Beth Calavicci) is of Scandinavian and East Indian Descent. She was born in Marquette, Michigan. Raised in Palatine, Illinois and Worthington Ohio. Her parents, Christine and Peter Balwant Singh Diol owned C & P Coffee, which is where Susan used her acting skills and accents while working in the office. The Diols also hosted many foreign exchange students and visitors, often having someone living in their basement or on their couch. It was a very lively upbringing. She received her BFA from Otterbein College, and she interned, her senior year at Pat McCorkle Casting in New York. That connection led her to moving to NYC, where she worked as a reader for Pat, was a perfume spritzer at Macy's and cleaned apartments. Pat cast her in her first Equity acting job, playing Viola in "Twelfth Night" at The Alaska Repertory Theatre, directed by her dear friend, Roy Brocksmith. She then got her big break in "You Never Can Tell" on Broadway at Circle in the Square, acting with Uta Hagan, Victor Garber, John and JD Cullum. Then she did "Opera Comique" at the Kennedy Center, with Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, Charlotte Moore and Brian Bedford. She was a series regular on TV, in ABC's "Hothouse" in New York, with Michael Learned, Michael Jeter, Art Malik, Katherine Borowitz and Josef Sommer.

Her most recent film credits with lead roles:"Your Own Road", "Reality", "Loqueesha" and "Basement". TV Movies: "Hacker" with Haylie Duff, "The Wrong Mother" with Vanessa Marcil, and "Bad Twin". Recent TV: "Notorious", "Perception", "Murder in the First" and "Hart of Dixie". Her Favorite TV roles: Beth, Dean Stockwell's wife on "Quantum Leap", Dr. Denara Pel with Bob Picardo on "Star Trek:Voyager", John Larroquettes baby sister on "Night Court" and Audrey on The Nose Job Episode of "Seinfeld". Susan was a Hooker on "Wings" with Tony Shaloub, Steven Weber and Tim Daly. She played Tyne Daly's daughter, Margaret, on Christy", a Nun on "Murphy Brown", and a killer on "Touched by an Angel" and "CSI: Grissom VS the Volcano". She then played a mother of a killer on "CSI" with Ted Danson, and a Doctor on "NCIS". And a Hypnotist/Therapist with Hank Azaria on "Herman's Head". On Soaps, she played the lovelorn Emmy Borden on "Days of Our Lives" and the crafty, phony Preacher/Con Artist, Angela Holliday with Chris Cousins and John Loprieno on "One Life to Live".




Guests Who Appeared in Other Quantum Leap Episodes:
Susan Diol once again reprises her role as Beth Calavicci. 




Characters who appeared in Classic Series episodes:
Beth Calavicci
Ziggy's "Gummi Bear" Handlink




Songs & Music:
"Got To Give It Up" by Marvin Gaye - plays just prior to the fighter weigh-in.

"Starchild" by Baby plays as we see that Angela is the girlfriend of Gordon.

"I Know You Got Soul" by Bobby Byrd  - plays as the Championship match is about to begin.

"Your Brother's Room" by Dear Boy plays as Addison sits at home after the Leap.

"Forever Sometimes" by Dear Boy - plays when the gang drop by to watch "Real Housewives."



Say What?
A perfect opportunity to utilize hologram special effects during Ben and Addison's sparring match was completely ignored. The series seems to shy away from the hologram effects so far.

A 1981 musical is advertised on a billboard from some stock footage used.

Ben speaks reely to Addison on the way in to the Casino but Danny doesn't seem to notice.

In the boxing ring, when Addison fades out from exhaustion, why doesn't the holographic projection of the fighters in the background disappear?




Quotable Quotes:

"I am jacked."
-Ben, talking to his mirror image

"Someone up there does not like me."
-Ben to Addison when he realizes the fight is the next day

"Ziggy's running slow."
-Addison to Ben

Ben: "Shoelaces..."
Addison: "They're for your gloves, loverboy."

Addison: "I'm not going to lie, Ben, he looks pretty mad. He looks like we wants to kill you."
Ben: "Not helping."
Addison: "Sorry."

"I've been going over the code that Ben uploaded before he left. Addison, he might be stuck out there a while."
-Ian

Ian: "Ben is trying to get to a specific moment in space-time."
Jenn: "We just can't tell where or when."
Ian: "If we take the first moment that he left and use it as his center, then I think that each leap is a stopping point on the way to this endpoint. What's not clear is the path he's taking to get there."
Magic: "Why not?"
Ian: "For starters, Ben just lept into a past that's beyond his own lifetime."
Jenn: "That's supposed to be impossible."
Ian: "Yeah, it was, but Ben got rid of almost all our safety protocols before he got into the machine, so nothing's impossible now."
Addison: "How many leaps to get where he's going in?"
Ian: "I would say no less than 10. But probably closer to 20."

"I'm your older brother. My job is to shelter you from all the ugliness in this world."
-Daryl to Ben

Ian: "He's moving from point to point in order to build up enough momentum so that he could leap further than would otherwise be possible."
Magic: "If you're right it means Ben could leap as far back in time as he wanted."

"Okay, we have got to work on your entrances. Maybe get you a bike bell?"
-Ben to Addison

Addison: "When you hit, it's not Ben's fist Roy Gordan is going to feel. It's Danny's."
Ben: "So physically, I have Danny's conditioning. I have his strength and his speed. I just have to harness it."

"It's looking more and more like Ben is being used and doesn't know it."
-Jenn to Magic

Beth: "Sam Beckett was lost forever. Your Dad never got over it. Is it so wrong for me to want to protect you from that same fate?"
Janis: "Did it ever occur to you that maybe I wouldn't fail?"

Addison: "That should have worked."
Ben: "It did not."

"I need you, Addison."
-Ben





Personal Review & Detailed Synopsis by Earl Bonovich:
So here we go, week three, and this by far in my opinion was the best episode of the series so far.

We see Ben leap into the body of a young boxer, and then immediately get clocked with two punches before he even knew where he was and what was going on.

The panic in Ben's face, as the second punch on it's way really came through the screen, as called back many memories of the original series and the panic that Sam must have felt on most leaps.

As we progressed through into the episode, we got our first dose of the new dynamic between the leaper and Leapee being a couple, and not just friends. You could FEEL through the TV the discomfort of Addison seeing her fiance kissing another woman, even though Ben didn't initiate, you could feel that dynamic and the discomfort.  

This story dove a lot deeper into topics of today, that were not handled well in the late 70's. And why it took so long for society to address, and handle. What first started as a boxing match, and possibly a love triangle, turned into a mental health discussion and our vets.

We also saw a big step forward of what Project QL can do in 2022 that they could do in the early 90's with advancement in technology. The VR/Imaging was more then just the person, they now could project full imagery of scenarios and video, this can play big roles in future episodes and solving the leap.

We also saw some genuine humor, between the two... when Ben was commenting on Addison sneaking up on him, and needing a bell. A reference to the silent hologram, and just a fun humor moment.

You also saw that Ben in his sub conscious has a close bond with Addison, as he reached for her collapsing hologram, and felt remorse that he couldn't help her. And the snap memory, of the room with the stained glass, with presumably Addison there with him.

We then get to a big resolution in the Leap, and how Ben's role in saving these people, have MASSIVE impacts to not just their lives, but so many more. The reason why QL is there.

Also should note, that this is Ben's longest leap so far. Covering about 36 hours or so. Let's see if week 4 goes longer, and relates to Ian's slingshot theory.

Now for the sub-story line... with just a few minutes of screen time, we got a lot further in this. We now have a pretty good idea of what is going on, and that Janice is head deep on all of this. She has compromised Ziggy to a degree, and seems to be living out her Dad's final wishes. To get Sam home. Unconventional, way about going about it... but it seems she was blocked out of conventional mechanisms.

And of course the BIG Easter egg... the classic hand-held unit. What is she going to do with that, and the new setup she has in that basement? We will see.

The other characters are starting to fill out their roles, and their purpose. Ian is more then just the tech person, they are a key friend to Addison and Ben, that is going to keep that glue in that relationship and help keep Addison in the game. Magic is not just the lead, but almost a father figure to many of them, and also has some serious roles in navigating the implications of everything that is going on.

As we continue on to Episode 4... If we keep this 35/10 minute balance in the episode between the Leap and the Sub-Plot, it will keep things at a good pace, and keep a a balanced story telling.

8 out of 10 on a first viewing...






 
Production Photos:

 






  

Production Videos:
Coming Soon




Production Credits:

Consulting Producer: Moira Kirland
Producer:
Tim Scanlan
Producer:
Meg Fister
Co-Executive Producer:
Deric A. Hughes
Co-Executive Producer: Benjamin Raab
Co-Executive Producer: Drew Lindo
Co-Executive Producer:  Aadrita Mukerji
Produced by:
Tracey Baird
Executive Producer:
Robert Hull
Executive Producer: Steven Lilien
Executive Producer: Bryan Wyndrandt
Executive Producer: Chris Grismer
Executive Producer: Deborah Pratt
Executive Producer: Donald P. Bellisario
Executive Producer: Dean Georgaris
Executive Producer:
Martin Gero
Created by:
Donald P. Bellisario

Written by: Drew Lindo
Directed by: Marcus Stokes

Associate Producer: Ethan Henderson
Story Editor:
Margarita Matthews
Casting by:
Jennifer Cooper, CSA
Original Casting by: Kamala A. Thomas

Director of Photography: Ana M. Amortegui, ADFC
Production Designer: Mayling Cheng
Edited by: Piper Kroeze
Music by: Daniel James Chan
Unit Production Manager:
Melanie J. Elin
First Assistant Director: M. Ryan Traylor
Second Assistant Director: Matthew D. Smith
Costume Designer:
Genevieve Tyrrell

A Camera Operator:  Dave Hirschman
B Camera/Steadycam Operator: Michael Walsh
Production Sound Mixer: Akash Singh
Chief Lighting Technician: Donna Vega
Key Grip: Peter Chrimes
Art Directors: Danny Cistone & Liz Kloczkowski

Set Director: Tim Stepeck
Costume Supervisor: Heather Sladinski
Property Master: Erik Grasteit
Construction Coordinator: Matt Sazzman
Department Head Hair: Amy Marie Wilson
Department Head Makeup: Julia Lallas
Leadman: David Napoli
Stunt Coordinator: Jeff Barnett
Location Manager: Dan Milner
Transportation Coordinator: Sandra Ninham-Gallardo
Production Office Coordinator: Sofie Johanna "Bubbles" Dejus
Assistant Production Office Coordinator: Will Potenberg
Production Accountant: Natalie Chiengkul
Script Supervisor: Heather Pollock
Script Coordinator: Sue Palmer
Casting Associates: Lindsay Jameyson & Mia Cascio
Post Production Coordinator:
Gabriella Scudieri
Music Supervisor: Season Kent
Music Co-Supervisor: Leah Harrison
Music Editor: Zed Starkovich
Assistant Editor: Catherine Goohs
Online Editor: Richard Wells
Colorist: Paul Allia
Visual Effects Supervisor: Trent Smith
Visual Effects Assistant Editor: Michael Defilio
Supervising Sound Editor: Kelly Cabral
Re-Recording Mixer: Yuri Reese
Re-Recording Mixer: Sean Madsen
In-House VFX Artist: Matt Collorafice
In-House VFX Artist: Marko Post
Video Playback Supervisor: Todd Marks
Key Assistant Location Managers: S
teve Curley, Kevin Kinskey, and Brandey Nicols

The State of California and the California Film Commision, California Soundstage Filming Tax Credit Program

Copyright 2022 Universal Television LLC All Right Reserved

Dean Georgaris Entertainment
Quinn's House
Universal Content Productions
Universal Television



Pre-Episode Commercial:





Quantum Leap Podcast Aftershow:



Check out several other great Podcasts from our friends on our QL Podcasts page!


PTSD Foundation of America, Veteran Line: (877) 717-PTSD (7873). Providing referrals, information, and helpful resources to veterans and their families, this toll-free hotline is available 24/7.

Back to top