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Quantum Leap: Genesis Part I - September 13, 1956

September 13, 1956/Summer 1968: In 1995, Doctor Samuel Beckett takes an elite group of scientists into New Mexico to develop a top secret project called "Quantum Leap". Even though it is not ready yet and Gooshie warns Sam not to leap, he steps into the accelerator. Sam awakes with his memory "Swiss-cheesed," and discovers he's in the body of Air Force test pilot Tom Stratton, with a pregnant wife and a total inability to fly.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Sunday March 26th, 1989

Alternate Airdates:

Ireland Mar 02, 1998
France Mar 02, 1998
United Kingdom Mar 02, 1998

Guest Stars
Jennifer RunyonJennifer Runyon
As Peggy Stratton
John Allen NelsonJohn Allen Nelson
As Captain Bill "Bird Dog" Birdell
W.K. StrattonW.K. Stratton
As Dr. Berger
Newell AlexanderNewell Alexander
As John Beckett
Lee De BrouxLee De Broux
As Coach (as Lee DeBroux)
Larry PoindexterLarry Poindexter
As Captain Tony LaMotta
Bruce McGillBruce McGill
As Weird Ernie

Co-Guest Stars
Barbara HoranBarbara Horan
As Tina
David TrentDavid Trent
As Captain Doug Walker
James F. DeanJames F. Dean
As Dr. Blaustein (Dr. Barry Blaustein)
Lela IveyLela Ivey
As Lucy
Dennis WolfbergDennis Wolfberg
As Gooshie
Lydia CornellLydia Cornell
As Sally
Christine PoorChristine Poor
As Jeanie
Christian Van DornChristian Van Dorn
As Mikey Stratton
Doug CoxDoug Cox
As Sportscaster
Hank RobinsonHank Robinson
As Umpire
Patrick CranshawPatrick Cranshaw
As Old Man
Brent ChalemBrent Chalem
As Bat Boy
Adam AffonsoAdam Affonso
As Young Sam Beckett
Mike GreenwoodMike Greenwood
As Matt
Dave DuensingDave Duensing
As Clyde
David Dawson (2)David Dawson (2)
As Barnes
Kevin JohnsonKevin Johnson
As Pepper
Ken Martin (1)Ken Martin (1)
As Tim Fox / Mirror
Layne BeamerLayne Beamer
As Tom Stratton / Mirror
Main Cast
Scott BakulaScott Bakula
As Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett
Dean StockwellDean Stockwell
As Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci


In the New Mexico desert, Admiral Al Calavicci is driving down the road when he sees an attractive woman in a pink dress at the side of the road. He stops and says he'd like to fix her flat, but he needs to be on his way. He offers her a lift and as they drive, the woman, Tina, notices an odd aurora effect on the skyline. Al tries to dismiss it as sheet lightning but Tina notes that it's the location of the first atomic bomb, and some people claim there's still a secret military project there...

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Episode Notes
This episode originally aired as a 90-minute pilot, with the opening going directly into the episode after Al meets Tina. For the first repeat, NBC trimmed it down to an hour by removing the Trivial Pursuit/questionnaire subplot, and removing the entire second plot with the minor league baseball player. For repeats in syndication and on Hulu, it is cut into two hour-long episodes with the "normal" credits added at the beginning of both episodes, and the full guest/crew credits at the end of the first part as well as the second. As per the recap here, the pilot is "broken" in half rather awkwardly at the point where Sam kisses Peggy and goes outside to the barbecue. The original full-length pilot can still be seen at Hulu.

Scott Bakula (Sam), Dean Stockwell (Al), Dennis Wolfberg (Gooshie) and Bruce McGill (Weird Ernie) are the only actors to appear in both this episode and the finale "Mirror Image - August 8, 1953".

Appreciation extended to the Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Dimitri TiomkinThee I LoveSam and Peggy dance
Edward George KeanHowdy Doody Show ThemeShow plays at Startton house
Elvis PresleyHound DogSam and Bird Dog drive to work
Jay Livingston / Ray EvansQue SeraSam wakes up after his first leap
Roy OrbisonOoby Dooby ChordsAt the picnic

Episode Quotes
Sam: Given enough time, you can get used to anything. Even a nightmare.

Sam: Peg?
Peggy Stratton: Hmm?
Sam: Who's that guy by the jukebox?
(Al waves to Sam)

Al: Isn't it great? I mean, isn't this just great? Brings back so many old memories. Hey, have they got "Be-Bop-A-Lula" on there? Got me through some long cold nights at MIT. "Be-Bop" and a little Lithuanian girl named Danesa.

Sam: (looking up at the starry night sky) Please, God. I'd like to wake up now.

Al: My name is Albert... Albert what, I can't tell you because it's restricted. Most of what you're gonna wanna know is restricted. So it'll be easier for us if you don't ask a lot of questions.
Sam: What are you?
Al: That's a question, Sam.

Sam: What's my last name?
Al: If you can't remember, I can't tell you.
Sam: It's important.
Al: But it's also on top of Ziggy's no-no list, double-starred.
Sam: Why?
Al: I can't tell you that either.
Sam: Well what the hell can you tell me?
Al: Basically, what you already know--that you're, uh, part of a time travel experiment... that went a little caca.
Sam: "A little ca-ca?" How little ca-ca?
Al: Well, you're here, which is a biggie. I mean, that's a first. It's Nobel Prize time.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDonald P. Bellisario
Executive ProducerDonald P. Bellisario
Supervising ProducerJohn Hill
ProducerHarker Wade
Co-ProducerDeborah Pratt
Associate ProducerDavid Bellisario
EditorMario Digregorio  |  George R. Rohrs
CastingMaryann Kohler
Unit Production ManagerWilliam Beaudine, Jr.
First Assistant DirectorTom Connors
Second Assistant DirectorJames Turley  |  Bob Webb
MusicMike Post
Music EditorSusan Mick
Costume DesignerJean-Pierre Dorleac
HairstylistVirginia Kearns
Make-upSteve Gautier
Set DecoratorRobert L. Zilliox
Director of PhotographyRoy H. Wagner
Art DirectorCameron Birnie
Sound EditorVic Lackey
Sound MixerRon L. Collins
Costume SupervisorDavid Rawley
Main Title ThemeMike Post
Second Unit DirectorDavid Jones (5)
Technical AdvisorChuck Davis
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