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Quantum Leap: Another Mother - September 30, 1981

September 30, 1981: Sam leaps into a young divorcee who has three children, one of which is able to see Sam as Sam and Al! Sam has to stop the son from running away, never to be seen again.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x13
Production Number: 65415
Airdate: Wednesday January 10th, 1990

Director: Joseph Scanlan
Writer: Deborah Pratt

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Guest Stars
Olivia Burnette
As Susan Bruckner
Michael Stoyanov
As Kevin Bruckner
Troian Bellisario
As Teresa Bruckner
Andrew Held
As Teddy
Kevin Telles
As David
Eric Welch
As Paul

Co-Guest Stars
Allison Barron
As Jackie Arnett
Alina Cenal
As Rafaela
Molly Meeker
As Linda Bruckner / Mirror
Main Cast
Scott Bakula
As Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett
Dean Stockwell
As Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci


Sam finds himself cooking over a hot stove as two children Kevin and Susan Bruckner, argue in the background over who owns a shirt. A third younger girl, Teresa, tugs at Sam's skirt while the dog pulls the breakfast off the table. All three children appeal to Sam, their mom Linda, and Sam realizes he's jumped into a woman again...

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Episode Notes
Although he was previously heard by Ms. Melanie Trafford in "The Color of Truth - August 8. 1955" and by Troian Claridge and Jimmy Giovanni in "A Portrait for Troian - February 7, 1971", this is the first episode in which Al is seen by someone other than Sam.

Olivia Burnette (Susan Brookner) would later play Katie Beckett, Sam's younger sister, in "The Leap Home - November 25, 1969".

Troian Bellisario (Teresa Brookner) is the real life daughter of creator Donald P. Bellisario and co-producer, staff writer and narrator Deborah Pratt. Her mother's character in "A Portrait for Troian - February 7, 1971" - Troian Claridge - was named after her.

Episode Quotes
Sam: (voiceover) I know I fought with my brother and sister. It's the law of sibling survival. But somehow I always remember Mom and Dad bringing us under control with a kind but firm word. (to the arguing kids) Quiet!

Teresa: Are you angels?
Sam / Al: (simultaneously) No. / Yes.

Sam: What's the worst thing you can remember about being 15?
Al: Who, me?
Sam: Yeah.
Al: Getting busted by her parents just as I was...
Sam: Al, Al. I doubt that this has anything to do with sex.
Al: Well, of course it... what else could it be about?

Sam: He's supposed to be inexperienced. He's 15.
Al: I kno... I'll have you know when I was fif...
Sam: The fact that you were a practicing pervert at the age of five has nothing to do with the rest of the world.
Al: Words of wisdom from the world's most sexually backward teenager.

Sam: No. No, I'm not going to encourage a 15-year-old boy to have sexual intercourse.
Teresa: What's secular undercourse?
Al: Uh, it's a game grown-ups play.

Sam: Al, what if we teach him about romance?
Al: Romance?
Sam: I'm sure you've heard of it. The art of making someone fall in love with you.

Susan: Mom, I'm gonna miss Magnum.
Sam: It's gonna run for the next eight years, okay? I think you got a little time.

David: Man, with a mother like that, I'd still be a virgin too.
Al: (checking his handlink) You are still a virgin, pimple-puss. And you're gonna be a virgin for another six years.

Sam: Al, you think... maybe... you think maybe you could center in on Kevin just to...
Al: What?
Sam: Just--just to be with him.
Al: But I can't do anything. He won't even know I'm there.
Sam: I'll know.

Al: (to one of Kevin's abductors) You lay one hand on this kid, you slime bag, and I'll kill you. I don't know how, but I'll kill ya.

Sam: I was a virgin when I was 16.
Kevin Bruckner: You're a girl. You're supposed to be.

Episode Goofs
After Sam burns the pot roast, Al's reflection can be seen for several seconds on the oven door.

Kevin's name is not actually revealed until Sam mentions it. He had no way of knowing it.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDonald P. Bellisario
Executive ProducerDonald P. Bellisario
Supervising ProducerDeborah Pratt  |  Robert Wolterstoff  |  Paul M. Belous
ProducerHarker Wade
Co-ProducerPaul Brown (2)  |  Jeff Gourson  |  Chris Ruppenthal
Associate ProducerDavid Bellisario
Production DesignerCameron Birnie
EditorMario Digregorio
CastingEllen Lubin Sanitsky
Unit Production ManagerRonald R. Grow
First Assistant DirectorPaul Sirmons
Second Assistant DirectorRobert Brooks Mendel (2)
MusicMike Post
Music EditorTom Gleason (2)
Costume DesignerJean-Pierre Dorleac
Set DecoratorRobert L. Zilliox
Supervising Sound EditorPaul B. Clay
Director of PhotographyMichael W. Watkins
Stunt CoordinatorDiamond Farnsworth
Sound MixerMark Hopkins McNabb
Costume SupervisorDavid Rawley
Main Title ThemeMike Post
ComposerVelton Ray Bunch  |  Jerry Grant
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