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Quantum Leap: Pool Hall Blues - September 4, 1954

September 4, 1954: Sam leaps into an aging pool player and with the help of Al, Gooshie and Ziggy he manages to win. The man Sam leaps into is an old friend of Al's whom taught Al to play pool after he ran away from the orphanage, but Al was sent back after his pool playing friend played pool in an all "whites" place.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x18
Production Number: 65422
Airdate: Wednesday March 14th, 1990

Director: Joe Napolitano
Writer: Randy Holland

Guest Stars
Theodore WilsonTheodore Wilson
As Grady (as Teddy Wilson)
Shari HeadleyShari Headley
As Violet Waters
J.W. SmithJ.W. Smith
As Eddie Davies
Ken ForeeKen Foree
As The Brush
Robert GossettRobert Gossett
As Charles Griffin

Co-Guest Stars
Alton Blair CarterAlton Blair Carter
As Lester Brown
Annie WatermanAnnie Waterman
As Miss White
Robert Woods (4)Robert Woods (4)
As Charlie "Black Magic" Waters / Mirror
Main Cast
Scott BakulaScott Bakula
As Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett
Dean StockwellDean Stockwell
As Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci


Sam finds himself in the middle of a pool game as his opponent asks him if he's going to go double or nothing. The other men in the pool laugh and Sam suggests it's not a good idea. His opponent, Lester, puts down $300 saying he can't make the shot. When Sam wonders which ball he was shooting at, the man puts down $400 total. Sam shoots and misses, and his opponent prepares to sink it for the game...

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Episode Notes
Teddy Wilson (Grady) would later play Ernie Tyler in "Rebel Without a Clue - September 1, 1958".

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Billie HolidayStormy Weatheropening blues number (sung by Shari Headley)
Velton Ray BunchHe'll Be ThereSam and Violet duet (performed by Scott Bakula)

Episode Quotes
Grady: Son, do you know who you are playing? This is Charlie "Black Magic" Walters. The greatest pool player in the world—including Chicago.

Al: Oh, Sam, not the head again. Every time we leap in, we gotta go talk in the men's room. It's disgusting.
Sam: Can you think of a better place to talk?
Al: The ladies' room.

Sam: You know, uh, I kinda woke up with this great idea this morning. Uh, I think I know how we can keep the club without havin' to play Eddie.
Violet Waters: It doesn't involve a cement mixer or anything?

Sam: (to a black loan officer in 1954) You've made it. Maybe it took you twice as long, but you've made it. And being the first bears some responsibility to those who are trying to make it behind you.

Sam: You feelin' blue?
Violet Waters: It's good for the singin'.
Sam: Hard on the soul.

Violet Waters: Hot tonight, Eddie?
Eddie Davies: That depends on what game I'm playin'.
Violet Waters: The one I have in mind is pretty old.
Eddie Davies: Yeah, I think I know that one. I've been waitin' a long time to play it.

Sam: (to Al, after Al shows him the geometry of the pool table) Pythagoras, we are gonna shoot some pool!

Grady: Sweet shot, now you're hot. Magic's on the Nine.
Eddie Davies: I told you to shut up!
Grady: Well, telling don't mean doing.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDonald P. Bellisario
Executive ProducerDonald P. Bellisario
ProducerHarker Wade
Co-ProducerPaul Brown (2)  |  Jeff Gourson  |  Chris Ruppenthal
Associate ProducerDavid Bellisario
Production DesignerCameron Birnie
EditorAlan Shefland
CastingEllen Lubin Sanitsky
Unit Production ManagerRonald R. Grow
First Assistant DirectorRyan Gordon
Second Assistant DirectorRobert Brooks Mendel (2)
Music EditorTom Gleason (2)
Costume DesignerJean-Pierre Dorleac
Set DecoratorRobert L. Zilliox
Supervising Sound EditorPaul B. Clay
Director of PhotographyMichael W. Watkins
Story EditorRandy Holland  |  Tommy Thompson (3)
Stunt CoordinatorDiamond Farnsworth
Sound MixerMark Hopkins McNabb
Costume SupervisorDavid Rawley
Main Title ThemeMike Post
ComposerVelton Ray Bunch  |  Jerry Grant
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