Quantum Leap (1989–1993)
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The Play's the Thing - September 9, 1969 

Sam finds himself as a young man involved with an older woman who has singing aspirations and needs a confidence boost from Sam.


Eric Laneuville


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Beverly Bridges




Episode cast overview:
Scott Bakula ... Dr. Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell ... Admiral Al Calavicci
Penny Fuller ... Jane Lindhurst
Robert Pine ... Ted
Daniel Roebuck ... Neil
Anna Gunn ... Liz
Craig Richard Nelson ... The Director
Paul Collins Paul Collins ... Rob Jackson
Eva Loseth Eva Loseth ... Petra
Deem Bristow ... King
Will Schaub ... Joe Thurlow


Sam leaps into the body of Joe Furlow, a stage actor who is living in New York City with the widowed - and somewhat older - Jane Lindhurst. Joe is an actor and a peace activist who encourages Jane to pursue her singing career over the objections of her adult son Neil who wants her to return to Cleveland. Al tells Sam that in two days time, Jane will in fact return home and live out a lonely existence. Sam realizes that Jane's music is the key to her happiness and her eventual success as a singer will determine her future life. Sam's first attempt at getting her to realize her potential ends disastrously but an unexpected opportunity provides both Joe and Jane with a great future. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

8 January 1992 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the original history, Jane Lindhurst returned to Cleveland on September 11, 1969 and spent the rest of her life alone while Joe Thurlow's acting career was a failure and he worked as an extra in films before entering real estate. See more »


In the scene when Sam leads Jane to her audition for the attention of the agent if you look closely at their reflections after they kiss you can see Scott Bakulas reflection and not Will Schaubs. See more »


Ted: You know, when you left, Cleveland lost its prettiest girl.
Jane Lindhurst: And when you left, Cleveland lost its biggest liar.
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Born to be Wild
Written by Mars Bonfire (1968)
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Good Off-Broadway Period Piece Made Better
1 April 2017 | by Julian9ehpSee all my reviews

I can imagine this as a good off-Broadway play. You have the themes of lies versus truth, reality versus illusion, and the possibilities of New York City. The Quantum Leap presentation makes it better, both with a larger budget -- extras, more money on scenes -- and with the interplay of Sam and Al. This last blows up the little play and shows its internal workings, including social forces and interior character motivation (as well as the outsider views of the time traveler and the hologram). While the verbal jokes can be crass, the sensitive emotions at the middle are untouched by it. Of course, the jokes also make this episode fit in with the NBC T & A of the period. It is also somewhat stage bound, which is odd in a T.V. show with a mobile camera, and one can even imagine it being broken down into act/scene markings.

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