Quantum Leap (1989–1993)
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Shock Theater - October 3, 1954 

Sam leaps into a patient at a Mental Hospital and undergoes electroshock therapy. The treatment causes Sam to act like other people he's been. It also weakens his link to Al. Al must find a... See full summary »


Joe Napolitano


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Deborah Pratt




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Bakula ... Dr. Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell ... Admiral Al Calavicci
David Proval ... Dr. Masters
Bruce A. Young ... Butch
Scott Lawrence ... Tibby Johnson
Robert Symonds ... Dr. Wickless
Candy Ann Brown ... Dr. Verbeena Beeks
Nick Brooks ... Freddie
Lee Garlington ... Nurse Chatam
Frank Collison ... Mortimer
Ralph Marrero Ralph Marrero ... Oswald
Kevin Page ... Young Doctor
Harry Pugh Harry Pugh ... Older Doctor
Howard Matthew Johnson Howard Matthew Johnson ... Jesse Tyler
LaReine Chabut ... Samantha Stormer


Sam leaps into a patient at a Mental Hospital and undergoes electroshock therapy. The treatment causes Sam to act like other people he's been. It also weakens his link to Al. Al must find a way to get his friend back to normal, and figure a way to carry out Sam's mission. Written by Jesse Sanchez

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22 May 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Jesse Tyler's parents were slaves. See more »


While Al had brought Dr. Beeks to see Sam, Al had to hold her hand so she could see him, however, Sam could not hear her. Al explained that Sam could not hear her because Al and Sam's minds were linked, so it would only stand to reason that that would work in reverse as well. However, Al was able to hear any character that was present; seeing what Sam would see would be possible, but hearing as explained in that episode, would not be able to be accomplished. See more »


Nurse Chatam: What's he looking at?
Tibby: The guy. The, the guy in the red jacket.
Admiral Al Calavicci: You can see me?
Tibby: Sure. Nice jacket.
Admiral Al Calavicci: Oh, great. I'm tuned into little kids. I'm tuned into dogs. And now I'm tuned into the mentally absent. Why not blondes?
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Alphabet Rap
Written by Deborah Pratt and Mark Leggett
Performed by Dean Stockwell
Courtesy of Music Corp. of America (BMI)
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The best in the whole show
24 June 2009 | by talime25See all my reviews

After 3 seasons, Sam Becket finally looses it , and the QL project almost looses him. After undergoing shock treatment in a 50s mental hospital, Sam can no longer grasp reality and fades into the people he leaped into. Poor Al is trying to bring him back to real time, but the only solution is a very painful one. If people ask why Quantum Leap was so amazing, this episode is the answer. Even today, 18 year after its original airing, it is as fresh and exciting as it was before. Scott Bakula received the Golden Globe Award for his performance in this episode, and it is - hands down - his best work in the show or on TV ever.

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