Quantum Leap Episode Guide

First Season:

Pilot Movie (aka Genesis)

Leapdate: September 13, 1956
Episode Number: 001
Air Date: March 26, 1989
Writer: Donald P. Bellisario
Director: David Hemmings
Guest Cast: Jennifer Runyon, John Allen Nelson, W. K. Stratton (JAG), Newell Alexander, Lee DeBroux, Larry Poindexter, Bruce McGill (MacGuyver)
Awards: Emmy Winner: Cinematography: Roy Wagner

Although the project isn't ready yet, Sam hops into the Accelerator and leaps. As Tom Stratton, an Air Force test pilot, Sam finds his memory Swiss cheesed, with only enough left to know that he is not where or when he belongs. Al explains that the project has gone awry and that the only way Sam can leap out is by flying the X-2 to Mach 3. Instead, Sam leaps after saving his wife and child, only to find that rather than leaping home, he's leapt into Ken Fox, a minor league baseball player in Texas, at the end of the 1968 season, where he must make the winning play in order to leap.


Leapdate:       June 15, 1972

Episode Number: 002
Air Date:       March 31, 1989
Writer:         Deborah Pratt
Director:       Mark Sobel
Guest Cast:     Teri Hatcher (Lois and Clark), Leslie Sachs, Michael Gregory, Michael
As Dr. Gerald Bryant, a literature professor at the Ohio college attended by his one-time fiancee, Sam has to prevent an amorous co-ed from attaching to him and ruining her life. Despite threats to his job, Al gives Sam the information he needs to reunite his star-crossed lover with her father and, maybe, give himself a second shot at marriage.

The Right Hand of God

Leapdate:       October 24, 1974

Episode Number: 003
Air Date:       April 7, 1989
Writer:         John Hill
Director:       Gilbert Shilton
Guest Cast:     Guy Stockwell, Michelle Joyner, Teri Copley, Alex Colon,
                Nancy Culp
Having leaped into Kid Cody, a boxer on the take, Sam has to win the championship to fund a new church for his trainers, a group of nuns. Sam must face the bookie who counts on him to take a dive in the final bout, and, with the help of several trainers, streaking, and Al's appearance in the ring to guide his punches, Sam wins the bout and finances the chapel.

How the Tess Was Won

Leapdate:       August 5, 1956

Episode Number: 004
Air Date:       April 14, 1989
Writer:         Deborah Arakelian
Director:       Ivan Dixon
Guest Cast:     Lance LeGault, Kari Lizer, Marshall R. Teague, Scott
As a veterinarian in rural Texas, Sam's mission appears to be winning the love of an heiress to a large ranch. Sabotaged by another suitor, Sam fails and finds that his true goal was to save the life of a sick piglet, and to help an unnamed cohort with a task he's performing.

Double Identity

Leapdate:       November 8, 1965

Episode Number: 005
Air Date:       April 21, 1989
Writer:         Donald P. Bellisario
Director:       Aaron Lipstadt
Guest Cast:     Terri Garber, Michael Genovese (ER), Joe Santos, Tom Silardi,
                Page Moseley, Nick Cassavetes
Awards:         Winner:  Emmy - Hairstyling:  Virginia Kerns
Though his goal as a mafia hitman named Frankie is unclear, Sam follows a list of instructions, supplied by Ziggy in an effort to bring Sam back to the Project. These instructions result in the Great East Coast Blackout and, rather than leaping home, Sam finds himself in the life of the mafia don who's been jealously preventing a romance between Frankie and the don's girlfriend. Sam believes he knows his mission, and publicly announces Frankie's marriage to the girlfriend, putting himself in a position to call a winning Bingo number.

The Color of Truth

Leapdate:       August 8, 1955

Episode Number: 006
Air Date:       May 3, 1989
Writer:         Deborah Pratt
Director:       Michael Vejar
Guest Cast:     Susan French, Royce D. Applegate, Michael D. Roberts,
                James Ingersoll, Kimberly Bailey
Awards:         Deborah Pratt (award unknown)
In the life of Jesse Tyler, an aging black man, Sam must face discrimination in the South while trying to prevent the death of an elderly white woman. Actions motivated by his own belief in equality cause violent reactions, as Sam tries to convince one of the pillars of the community to change her views on racism and the futility of trying to change a society for the better.

Camikazi Kid

Leapdate:       June 6, 1961

Episode Number: 007
Air Date:       May 10, 1989
Writer:         Paul Brown
Director:       Alan J. Levi
Guest Cast:     Romy Windsor, Kevin Blair, Robert Costanzo, Holly Fields,
                Jason Priestly (Beverly Hills 90210), Richard McGonagle, Janet Carroll
As a high school nerd, Sam is required to prevent the marriage of his sister to an abusive drinker, with the wedding only three days away. By drag racing the prospective husband, beating him with a car that couldn't have won without nitrous oxide, Sam shows the groom's true tendencies.

Play It Again, Seymour

Leapdate:       April 14, 1953

Episode Number: 008
Air Date:       May 17, 1989
Writer:         Teleplay:  Scott Shepard & Donald P. Bellisario
                Story:  Tom Blomquist, Scott Shepard, & Donald P.
Director:       Aaron Lipstadt
Guest Cast:     Claudia Christian (Babylon 5), Willie Garson, Paul Linke
With looks that could double for Humphrey Bogart, Sam is Nick Allen, a private investigator looking for the murderer of his partner and, if he doesn't find the answer in time, himself. The case is solved with a number of Casablanca references as Sam launches a new pulp novelist along the way.