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Quantum Leap: Good Morning, Peoria - September 9, 1959

September 9, 1959: Howling Chick Howell is in the house - Sam leaps into this 1950s DJ in the small town of Peoria. He has to keep the local radio station open and stop the overly conservative town leaders from shutting it down. Along the way, he also has a curious encounter with a young Chubby Checker.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x6
Production Number: 65408
Airdate: Wednesday November 08th, 1989

Special Guest Stars
Chubby CheckerChubby Checker
As Himself

Guest Stars
Barbara PerryBarbara Perry
As Theora
E.R. DaviesE.R. Davies
As Sheriff Jake Foley
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
As Rachel Porter
Richard McKenzieRichard McKenzie
As Fred Beaman
Steve BeanSteve Bean
As Leland
Todd MerrillTodd Merrill
As Brian

Co-Guest Stars
Kurt AndonKurt Andon
As Man in Suit
Douglas IboldDouglas Ibold
As Chick Howell / Mirror
Hal EnglandHal England
As Mayor
J. Frank StewartJ. Frank Stewart
As Businessman / Councilman
Steve WhitefordSteve Whiteford
As Reporter
Main Cast
Scott BakulaScott Bakula
As Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett
Dean StockwellDean Stockwell
As Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci
Episode Notes
Although Chubby Checker was forty-eight when this episode was filmed, he played himself as an 18-year-old boy.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bill Haley and The CometsRock Around The Clock 
Brook BentonThe Glory Of Love 
Buddy Holly and The CricketsMaybe Baby 
Chubby CheckerThe Twist 
The CoastersYakkety Yak (Don’t Talk Back) 
Elvis PresleyAll Shook Up 
Elvis PresleyJailhouse Rock 
Frankie FordSea Cruise 
Isley BrothersShout 
Jerry Lee LewisGreat Balls Of Fire 
Little RichardTutti Frutti 
Pat BooneApril Love 
Santo and JohnnySleepwalk 

Episode Quotes
Al: Hey Sam! Look! I'm gonna leap!

Al Sam! You gotta see this!
(He runs into the lobby with Sam following)
Al: Look, it's Chubby Checker!
Sam: Chubby Checker?
Al: Chubby Checker!

Al: (sings) Come on baby let's do the twist.....
Sam: The Twist!
(Sam and Al start doing the twist)
Chubby Checker: Wow, that's good, can I borrow that for my act?

Sam: Boy! Am I glad to see you! I gotta play some music Al.

Al: Buenos Dias.

Sam: I'd like to read you something we found in our news files dates August 16, 1945, the day after the Japanese surrendered and World War II ended, "The guns are silent now and so are many of the men whose hands once held them. Never again will they see their wives or mothers. Never again will they hear their children laugh. And never again will they smell the sweet scents of home. And for what? For what did these husbands and fathers, these brothers and sons, give their lives so many thousands of miles from home? I say it was for one word, and that word is freedom. The freedom to pray. To write. To speak. To feel. To be. As we see fit, and not as others would dictate to us. To this freedom, which has been so dearly bought for us, it is up to us, the living, to dedicate our lives and our futures... to its eternal protection." These words were written by Frederick Beeman, the editor of the Peoria Dispatch. And I sincerely hope that Mr. Beeman would see it in his heart that all we are looking for here is...a little freedom too.

Sam: It's like I've been given a license to play!

Sam: You know sometimes weird things just happen.
Rachel: Yeah, like unemployment.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDonald P. Bellisario
Executive ProducerDonald P. Bellisario
Main Title ThemeMike Post
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