Quantum Leap Episode Guide

Second Season:

Awards: Emmy Nomination - Best Drama

Honeymoon Express

Leapdate:       April 27, 1960

Episode Number: 009
Air Date:       September 20, 1989
Writer:         Donald P. Bellisario
Director:       Aaron Lipstadt
Guest Cast:     Alice Adair, Mathieu Carriere, Hank Rolike, Warren Frost,
                James Mastrantanio
As Tom McBride, a New York City cop on his honeymoon, Sam must save himself from a jealous, and sociopathic, ex-husband. To make matters worse, the Project's funding will be cut off, stranding Sam alone in the past, unless he can prevent the U2 flight from being shot down over Russia.

Disco Inferno

Leapdate:       April 1, 1976

Episode Number: 010
Air Date:       September 27, 1989
Writer:         Paul Brown
Director:       Gilbert Shilton
Guest Cast:     Michael Greene, Kris Kamm, Kelli Williams, Peter Onorato,
                Arnetia Walker
As a stuntman, Sam is to save the life of his younger brother, while trying to convince the pair's obsessive father to let the younger son go his own way, even if it means going into country-western music, rather than following the family tradition of stuntwork.

The Americanization of Machiko

Leapdate:       August 4, 1953

Episode Number: 011
Air Date:       October 11, 1989
Writer:         Charlie Coffey
Director:       Gilbert Shilton
Guest Cast:     K Callan, Wayne Tippit, Leila Hee Olsen, Elena Stiteler,
                Patrick Massett
As a sailor returning from Japan, Sam brings a foreign wife to a small town. He then has to fight against the prejudice of both a scheming ex- girlfriend, as well as his mother, in order to gain acceptance of his new bride.

What Price Gloria?

Leapdate:       October 16, 1961

Episode Number: 012
Air Date:       October 25, 1989
Writer:         Deborah Pratt
Director:       Alan J. Levi
Guest Cast:     Jean Sagal, John Calvin
Awards:         Shown at Museum of Broadcasting Tribute to Quantum Leap,
                March 17, 1990
Sam is shocked when he learns he's leaped into a woman, Samantha Stormer. As a gorgeous secretary for an automobile company, Sam has to cope with sexual harassment by the boss, a suicide attempt by a roommate, and the effect his looks have on Al's lecherous tendencies.

Blind Faith

Leapdate:       February 6, 1964

Episode Number: 013
Air Date:       November 1, 1989
Writer:         Scott Shepherd
Director:       David J. Phinney
Guest Cast:     Cynthia Bain, Jennifer Rhodes, Kevin Skousen
Although the concert pianist he leaps into is blind, a fact which bothers his girlfriend's disapproving mother, Sam can still see. At least until an exploding flashbulb blinds him at the crucial moment: when he must rescue his girlfriend from a serial killer.

Good Morning, Peoria

Leapdate:       September 9, 1959

Episode Number: 014
Air Date:       November 8, 1989
Writer:         Chris Ruppenthal
Director:       Michael Zinberg
Guest Cast:     Patricia Richardson (Home Improvement), Richard McKenzie, Todd Merrill,
                Chubby Checker
Rock 'n' roll is about to become big, but not in Peoria. That is, unless Sam, as DJ Howlin' Chick Howell, can manage to keep the radio station where he's employed from being shut down by overly conservative town elders.

Thou Shalt Not...

Leapdate:       February 2, 1974

Episode Number: 015
Air Date:       November 15, 1989
Writer:         Tammy Ader
Director:       Randy Roberts
Guest Cast:     James Sutorius, Terri Hanauer, Lindsay Fisher, Russ
                Tamblyn, Jill Jacobson
Sam's task as a rabbi is to keep his sister-in-law from falling for a sleazy author and ruining her life. In the process he also helps the family recover from the year-old death of their son.


Leapdate:       October 14, 1964

Episode Number: 016
Air Date:       November 22, 1989
Writer:         Paul M. Belous & Robert Wolterstorff
Director:       James Whitmore, Jr.
Guest Cast:     John DiAquino (3rd Rock from the Sun), Laura Harrington, Michael Alldredge, Ryan
                McWhorter, Michael Madsen
Since mainstreaming the mentally retarded is not yet a popular concept, Sam must help Jimmy LaMotta, the "slow" young man he's leaped into, get a job and gain his coworkers' acceptance, to prevent his brother from returning Jimmy to the institution.

So Help Me God

Leapdate: July 29, 1957

Episode Number: 017
Air Date:       November 29, 1989
Writer:         Deborah Pratt
Director:       Andy Cadiff
Guest Cast:     Byrne Piven, Tyra Ferrell, Kathleen Noone, Ketty Lester,
                John Apicella, Stacy Ray, John Shepard, William Schallert
Though he can't remember much more than habeas corpus, Sam finds himself the defense attorney for a young black woman accused of murdering the son of the most powerful man in a small Louisiana town.

Catch A Falling Star

Leapdate:       May 21, 1979

Episode Number: 018
Air Date:       December 6, 1989
Writer:         Paul Brown
Director:       Donald P. Bellisario
Guest Cast:     John Cullum (Northern Exposure), Michele Pawk, Janine Turner (Northern Exposure), Ernie Sabella (Perfect Strangers),
                Paul Sand
Sam leaps into Ray Hutton, the understudy for the role of Cervantes just seconds before curtain time. His mission: prevent the drunken star from falling and seriously injuring himself during a benefit performance of Man of LaMancha. Sam isn't helped by the presence of his former piano teacher, on whom he once had a crush, and who now appears to have caught the star's eye as well.

A Portrait for Troian

Leapdate:       February 7, 1971

Episode Number: 019
Air Date:       December 13, 1989
Writer:         Teleplay:  Scott Shepherd & Donald P. Bellisario
                Story:  John Hill & Scott Shepherd
Director:       Michael Zinberg
Guest Cast:     Deborah Pratt, Robert Torto, Carolyn Seymour (Star Trek:  The Next Generation)
Sam leaps into a reknowned parapsychologist where he must prevent a young widow from joining her husband at the bottom of a lake, while proving that she's not crazy, despite her claims of hearing her dead husband calling to her.

Animal Frat

Leapdate:       October 19, 1967

Episode Number: 020
Air Date:       January 3, 1990
Writer:         Chris Ruppenthal
Director:       Gilbert Shilton
Guest Cast:     Stacy Edwards, Raphael Sbarge, Darren Dalton, Brian
                Haley, Stuart Fratkin, Robert Petkoff, Edward Edwards
Trapped in the body of Knut Wileton, better known as "Wild Thing", the typical frat jock, Sam must win the confidence of an attractive campus radical before she bombs the college's chemistry building as a protest against the war in Vietnam.

Another Mother

Leapdate:       September 30, 1981

Episode Number: 021
Air Date:       January 10, 1990
Writer:         Deborah Pratt
Director:       Joseph L. Scanlan
Guest Cast:     Michael Stoyanov (Blossom), Olivia Burnette (The Torklesons), Troian Bellisario,
                Allison Barron, Andrew Held, Larron Tate, Kevin Telles,
                Eric Welch, Terrence Evans, Michael Kemmerling
As a divorced mother of three, Sam's job of preventing his teenage son from running away, never to be seen again, is made more interesting by the fact that his youngest daughter can see both him and Al.


Leapdate:       November 6, 1962

Episode Number: 022
Air Date:       January 17, 1990
Writer:         Paul Brown & Donald P. Bellisario
Director:       John Cullum
Guest Cast:     Richard Coca, Ruth Britt, Pepe Serna, Fausto Bara,
                Robert Benedetti
Keeping his best friend from throwing the high school championship football game, costing both of them their scholarship offers, Sam must also get their families to consolidate.

Her Charm

Leapdate:       September 26, 1973

Episode Number: 023
Air Date:       February 7, 1990
Writer:         Teleplay:  Deborah Pratt & Donald P. Bellisario
                Story:  Paul M. Belous, Robert Wolterstorff, Deborah
                        Pratt, & Donald P. Bellisario
Director:       Chris Welch
Guest Cast:     Teri Austin, Stanley Brock, John Snyder, Rene Assa, John
Protecting a female member of the witness protection program from a mafia hitman proves difficult for Sam, since the FBI appears to have an informant confounding his attempts to hide her.


Leapdate:       November 22, 1970

Episode Number: 024
Air Date:       February 14, 1990
Writer:         Chris Ruppenthal
Director:       Alan J. Levi
Guest Cast:     Frank Sotonoma Salsedo, Leon Rippy, Gloria Hayes, Tom
Rather than saving his grandfather's life, Sam has to escape from jail and elude the police long enough to get them both to the reservation, where the old man can die in peace, at home.

Good Night, Dear Heart

Leapdate:       November 9, 1957

Episode Number: 025
Air Date:       March 7, 1990
Writer:         Paul Brown
Director:       Christopher T. Welch
Guest Cast:     William Cain, Marcia Cross, Robert Duncan McNeill,
                Deborah Strang, W. K. Stratton (JAG)
Awards:         Mystery Writers of America Award:  Paul Brown
Rather than saving the damsel of the episode, who supposedly committed suicide, Sam is the coroner trying to prove that she was murdered, and find out by whom.

Pool Hall Blues

Leapdate:       September 4, 1954

Episode Number: 026
Air Date:       March 14, 1990
Writer:         Randy Holland
Director:       Joe Napolitano
Guest Cast:     Shari Headley, J. W. Smith, Teddy Wilson, Ken Foree,
                Robert Gossett
Awards:         Winner:  Emmy - Cinematography:  Michael Watkins
                American Society of Cinematographers Award Nomination:
                Michael Watkins
In order to help his granddaughter save a small bar from the slimy loan shark holding a note on the place, Sam has to play pool like a pro...with a little help from Al and Ziggy.

Leaping In Without a Net

Leapdate:       November 18, 1958

Episode Number: 027
Air Date:       March 28, 1990
Writer:         Tommy Thompson
Director:       Christopher T. Welch
Guest Cast:     Jan Triska, Fabiana Udenio, Richard Riehle, Phil
Sam remembers he's afraid of heights when he leaps into a trapeze artist, whose sister wants him to catch her as she does a triple without a net. Dad is less than pleased, since his wife died a few years earlier while attempting the same stunt.

Maybe Baby

Leapdate:       March 11, 1963

Episode Number: 028
Air Date:       April 4, 1990
Writer:         Paul Brown & Julie Brown
Director:       Michael Zinberg
Guest Cast:     Julie Brown (MTV), Jimmy Ray Weeks, Travis McKenna, Cathy
               McAuley, Charles Frank
Babysitting a kidnapped tot and a flakey, compulsively lying stripper keeps Sam busy as they cross Texas, on the run from the legal father and a squad of cops.

Sea Bride

Leapdate:       June 3, 1954

Episode Number: 029
Air Date:       May 2, 1990
Writer:         Deborah Pratt
Director:       Joe Napolitano
Guest Cast:     Beverly Leech, John Hertzler, James Harper, Patricia
                Harty, Juliet Sorcey, Tony Maggio, Louis Guss
Awards:         Emmy Nomination:  Costume Design
Aboard an ocean liner, Sam must stop the marriage of a young man's ex- wife to a mobster. In the process, he finds himself in one heck of a mess in the ship's garbage compartment.


Leapdate:       April 1, 1969

Episode Number: 030
Air Date:       May 9, 1990
Writer:         Donald P. Bellisario
Director:       Michael Zinberg
Guest Cast:     Jason Beghe, Susan Diol, Norman Large, Pat Skipper,
                William Shockley, Sierra Pecheur, Letitia Vasquez, Dan
When Sam leaps into the life of an undercover cop, Al explains that his mission is to convince a navy nurse that her MIA husband is still alive, and to prevent her from marrying a lawyer she meets on the day Sam leaps in. But a series of coincidences causes Sam to wonder about the true nature of his mission.