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Quantum Leap: Shock Theater - October 3, 1954

October 3, 1954: Sam leaps into a mental patient just as he is undergoing a high electric shock therapy dosage, which brings out several of the personalities Sam has leaped into in the past. It becomes increasing harder for Al to communicate with Sam and if he and Doctor Beeks can not figure out how to get Sam out, he will be stuck there forever.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x22
Production Number: 66428
Airdate: Wednesday May 22nd, 1991

Director: Joe Napolitano
Writer: Deborah Pratt

Guest Stars
Candy Ann BrownCandy Ann Brown
As Dr. Verbeena Beeks
David ProvalDavid Proval
As Dr. Masters
Scott LawrenceScott Lawrence
As Tibido "Tibby" Johnson
Robert SymondsRobert Symonds
As Dr. Wickless
Nick BrooksNick Brooks
As Freddy
Lee GarlingtonLee Garlington
As Nurse Chatam

Co-Guest Stars
LaReine ChabutLaReine Chabut
As Samantha Stormer / Mirror (as Le Reine Chabut)
Howard Matthew JohnsonHoward Matthew Johnson
As Jesse Tyler / Mirror
Brad SilvermanBrad Silverman
As Jimmy LaMotta / Mirror
Frank CollisonFrank Collison
As Mortimer
Ralph MarreroRalph Marrero
As Oswald
Kevin PageKevin Page
As Young Doctor
Harry PughHarry Pugh
As Older Doctor

Jean-Pierre DorleacJean-Pierre Dorleac
As Mental Patient
Main Cast
Scott BakulaScott Bakula
As Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett
Dean StockwellDean Stockwell
As Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci


Sam leaps into a man who is strapped to a gurney. Butch, a male nurse, calls Sam Beederman, hits him, and says nobody gets away with hitting him. A nurse, Chatam, comes in and asks what Butch is doing. and realizes he's going to administer shock treatment to Sam. Chatam tells him to wait while she gets Dr. Masters. However, Butch sets the charge too high and administers the shock treatment...

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Episode Notes
This is one of only two episodes to feature a reference to Irish playwright and poet Samuel Beckett, the namesake of the main character. The second is "Liberation - October 16, 1968".

For his performance in this episode, Scott Bakula won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Series.

Episode Quotes
Al: Sam, uh, you're Sam Beederman. You're in Havenwell Hospital for... "a cute"... "a cute"... I hope it's a nurse. "Acute depression."

Nurse Chatam: What's he looking at?
Tibby: The guy! The... the guy in the red jacket.
Al: You can see me?
Tibby: Sure. Nice jacket.
Al: Oh, great. I'm tuned into little kids, I'm tuned into dogs, and now I'm tuned into the mentally absent! Why not blondes?

Sam: Who are you?
Al: I'm Al. I'm your buddy. I gave you your first break. And you're the only person that believed in me when I gave up believing in myself. You brought me on this project.

(Tibby tries to touch Al)
Al: Hey, keep your hands out of me, will ya? God.
Tibby: Uh... I got to check my medication.

Tibby: Well, what is it like in the future? What is it like? I mean, is it... is it real clean? Are there cars that float on air?
Al: No, uh, the air is filthy and and the cars are still on the ground. But we're working on it, Tibby.

Sam and Al: Oh, boy!

Cultural References
Al: Oh, great. Now they think you're Sybil.

Sam is referring to "Sybil Dorsett," the pseudonym under which Shirley Ardell Mason was treated for multiple personality disorder, or dissociative identity disorder as it came to be known. A book was published of her exploits in 1973, a movie released in 1976 starring Sally Field as Sybil, and another movie in 2007 starring Tammy Blanchard.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDonald P. Bellisario
Executive ProducerDonald P. Bellisario
Co-Executive ProducerDeborah Pratt  |  Michael Zinberg
Supervising ProducerHarker Wade
ProducerChris Ruppenthal
Co-ProducerPaul Brown (2)  |  Jeff Gourson
Associate ProducerJames S. Giritlian
Production DesignerThomas Meleck
EditorJerry U. Frizell  |  Jon Koslowsky
CastingEllen Lubin Sanitsky
Unit Production ManagerRonald R. Grow
First Assistant DirectorKevin Corcoran
Second Assistant DirectorKate Yurka
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 MixerBarry Thomas (1)
Executive Story EditorTommy Thompson (3)
Costume SupervisorDavid Rawley
Main Title ThemeMike Post
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