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Quantum Leap: Genesis Part II - September 13, 1956

September 13, 1956/Summer 1968: With the help of Al, the holograph Observer, Sam attempts to pilot the X-2 successfully. However, once he succeeds, he discovers that he has another mission to complete. Once that is completed, Sam leaps into the life of a minor league baseball player who must bat his team out of last place.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x2
Airdate: Sunday March 26th, 1989

Alternate Airdates:

Ireland Mar 03, 1998
France Mar 03, 1998
United Kingdom Mar 03, 1998

Guest Stars
Jennifer RunyonJennifer Runyon
As Peggy Stratton
John Allen NelsonJohn Allen Nelson
As Captain "Bird Dog" Birdell
W.K. StrattonW.K. Stratton
As Dr. Berger
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
James F. DeanJames F. Dean
As Dr. Blaustein (Dr. Barry Blaustein)
Lela IveyLela Ivey
As Lucy
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
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


Weird Ernie calls Sam in from the barbecue to have him take a questionnaire to confirm Bird Dog's (joke) theory of memory loss at high Mach speed. As Sam leaves, they wonder if they're going to make a major discovery, or are the target of a practical joke...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
UnknownYellow Rose of Texas 

Episode Quotes
Al: All right. One end of this string represents your birth. The other end, your death. You tie the ends together, and your life is a loop. Ball the loop... and the days of your life touch each other out of sequence. Therefore, leaping from one point of the string to another...
Sam: Would move you backward or forward within your own lifetime.
Al: Which is our project--Quantum Leap!

Sam: Al! I wish you would stop doing that.
Al: What?
Sam: Walking through things.
Al: Well, you want me to walk around something that isn't even here? All right, I'll walk around it.

Sam: There's gotta be another way.
Al: The next one's only got a 52% chance of working.
Sam: I'll take it.
Al: It required you to be at ground zero during an atomic detonation. You asked.
Sam: What else have you got?
Al: This isn't a shopping list, you know. The odds drop into the low teens after that. Your best shot is freezing the brain until all electrical activity has ceased.
Sam: That's called death.
Al: I never said it would be easy.

Weird Ernie: If you don't clear this radio, Captain Birdell, the only yellow rose you'll be seeing will be the one I'll shove up your afterburners.

Sam: Where the hell were you?
Al: I was at the Lakers game. It went into overtime.
Sam: A ball game? I nearly died because you were at a ball game?
Al: It wasn't just a ball game. It was a play-off game. At the party later, I met this dish named Martha.
Sam: I guess I can thank God you didn't spend the night with this Martha.
Al: Well, I did.

Al: Come on, I hate to miss the game.
Sam: You already know how it's going to end.
Al: I knew how it was gonna end when I took Brenda into the filing room. I still took her.

Sam: Why didn't I leap all the way?
Al: Twelve years in a blink isn't bad, pal. A couple more of those you'll be back home.
Sam: If I leap forward again. What if I leap back?
Al: That is always possible.
Sam: In other words, I could be bouncing around in time forever?
Al: No. Nobody lives forever.

Sam: Who created this Ziggy?
Al: You. Quantum Leap is your project, Sam. You're the genius behind it. At least you were before your brain got magna-foozled.
Sam: No, no. See, I'm a medical doctor. I found that much out.
Al: You hold six doctorates, Sam. Medicine is just one of them. Your special gift was quantum physics. Time magazine even called you the next Einstein. The truth is... if there's one guy who could figure how to bring you back... it's you.
Sam: And I can't even remember my name.
Al: (hesitates) It's Beckett. Sam Beckett.

Sam: You know, maybe this quantum leaping isn't such a bad deal after all. Getting a second chance to put things right, to make the world a better place. Who knows what I can accomplish before I'm done.

Sportscaster: When it comes to that final out in life, whether you pop out, ground out or fly out, remember: Shneck and Shneck (funeral home) will always be there to bring you home.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDonald P. Bellisario
Supervising ProducerJohn Hill
Co-ProducerDeborah Pratt
Associate ProducerDavid Bellisario
EditorMario Digregorio  |  George R. Rohrs
CastingMaryann Kohler
First Assistant DirectorTom Connors
Second Assistant DirectorJames Turley
MusicMike Post
Music EditorSusan Mick
Costume DesignerJean-Pierre Dorleac
HairstylistVirginia Kearns
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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