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Quantum Leap: The Boogieman - October 31, 1964

October 31, 1964: Sam leaps into a horror novelist on Hallowe'en. There are various murders being committed under bizarre circumstances and Sam has to figure out what is going on.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x5
Production Number: 66410
Airdate: Friday October 26th, 1990

Guest Stars
Paul LinkePaul Linke
As Sheriff Ben Masters
Valerie MahaffeyValerie Mahaffey
As Mary Neeley
Fran RyanFran Ryan
As Dorothy Jaeger
David KriegelDavid Kriegel
As Stevie
Donald HottonDonald Hotton
As Tully Maltin

Chris RuppenthalChris Ruppenthal
As Joshua Rey / Mirror
Main Cast
Scott BakulaScott Bakula
As Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett
Dean StockwellDean Stockwell
As Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci


Sam arrives dressed in a Victorian smoking jacket and holding a book and candle. He looks through the book and discovers it's Witchcraft in America, dated 1879. Everything around him appears to date to that era. As Sam looks around the candle blows out on its own and he wonders how he could have traveled back beyond his own lifetime. He walks past a snake and goes up a staircase, and hears a moaning sound behind a door. As he opens the door, two monstrous figures leap out and Sam falls down the stairs, tumbling down to the floor below before being knocked unconscious...

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Episode Notes
Paul Linke (Sheriff Ben Masters) previously played Lionel in "Play It Again, Seymour - April 14, 1953".

Episode Quotes
Sam: The problem with Quantum Leaping is it often left me feeling like a scarecrow. With my head all full of stuffing, and no idea as to why I was really there.

Al: Sam, I don't like things that... fly around without wings!

Al: Well, what are you waiting for, Sam?
Sam: Uh, women and holograms first.

Sam: You go back to sleep, okay, and, um, I'll be back to check on you later.
Mary: Promise?
Sam: Cross my heart and hope... to limbo. The Bahamas.

Sam: When I was growing up, Halloween was always one of my favorite holidays. Trick or treat, we used to say. Of course, back then, we always expected a treat and if we did play a trick, it was always funny and harmless. But tonight, there were no treats. There were no tricks. There was only death.

Mary: Who are you?
"Al": Yin and yang, good and bad. God...
Sam: The Devil.
"Al": In the flesh, so to speak.

Sam: Why are you doing this?
"Al": To put an end to your meddling. Who gave you the right to go bungling around in time, putting right what I made wrong?
Sam: I'm just trying to get home.
"Al": Well, you're not going to make it!

Episode Goofs
Despite its name, the black mamba does not have black scales as seen here (left). The real-life black mamba (right) has grey scales and is much thinner.

Cultural References
We see Stevie getting the idea for several future Stephen King novels. He mentions:

* Christine, when talking about a red Plymouth Fury with a mind of its own.

* The Dark Half, when talking about there being two identical individuals, and one is a murderer.

* Carrie, when Sam mentions someone psychokinetically throwing knives.

* Cujo, based on Stevie's pet St. Bernard.

Sam: Unbelievable. I've leaped into The Addams Family.

Sam is talking about Charles Addams' creation, The Addams Family. The cartoonist created them for The New Yorker, and they spawned two TV series and several movies.

Al: You're a second-rate H.P. Lovecraft.

Referring to one of the premiere horror writers of the late 19th and early 20th century. Lovecraft wrote primarily of Cthulhu and his ilk, a race of evil demi-gods defeated and sealed away on various places on Earth. Their influence is still felt, and they can sometimes drive humans to madness, and to perform rituals that can free them.

Al: This is like The Exorcist, Sam.

Talking about the novel by William Peter Blatty and subsequent movie, which tells the tale of Regan MacNeil, a young girl possessed by a demon. In the movie, Regan is played by Linda Blair, in arguably her most famous role.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDonald P. Bellisario
Executive ProducerDonald P. Bellisario
Co-Executive ProducerMichael Zinberg  |  Deborah Pratt
Supervising ProducerRobert Wolterstoff  |  Harker Wade
ProducerChris Ruppenthal
Co-ProducerJeff Gourson  |  Paul Brown (2)
Associate ProducerJames S. Giritlian
Production DesignerCameron Birnie
EditorJon Koslowsky
CastingEllen Lubin Sanitsky
Unit Production ManagerRonald R. Grow
First Assistant DirectorPaul Sirmons
Second Assistant DirectorRobert Brooks Mendel (2)
MusicVelton Ray Bunch
Music EditorDonald Woods (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
Executive Story EditorTommy Thompson (3)
Costume SupervisorDavid Rawley
Main Title ThemeMike Post
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