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Quantum Leap: Lee Harvey Oswald Part I - October 5, 1957-November 22, 1963

October 5-6, 1957, January 6, 1959, October 21, 1959, March 21, 1963, April 10, 1963, October 21, 1963, November 21-22, 1963: Sam leaps into Lee Harvey Oswald and has to stop John Fitzgerald Kennedy from being assassinated, however the control of Oswald keeps fluctuating between Sam and Oswald. Will Sam manage to save the president?

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x1
Production Number: 68102A
Airdate: Tuesday September 22nd, 1992

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Guest Stars
Becky London
As Ruth Paine
Charles Nelson
As Sgt. Bellisario
Chris Kinkade (1)
As New Orleans Policeman
Dennis Wolfberg
As Gooshie
Donna Magnani
As Mariska
Elya Baskin
As Major Yuri Kosenko
Erika Amato
As Lt. Anna Guri
James Medina
As Carlos
Karen Ingram
As Jackie Kennedy
Lazar Rockwood
As Guard
Michael Rich
As Corp. McBride
Natasha Pavlovich
As Marina Oswald
Nathan Lisle
As Frazier
Patty Toy
As Bar Girl
Philip McNiven
As PFC Briggs
Reni Santoni
As Sgt. Lopez
Rodney Kageyama
As Joda
Ward C. Boland
As Lt. Obrigowitz
Willie Garson
As Lee Harvey Oswald / Mirror
Main Cast
Scott Bakula
As Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett
Dean Stockwell
As Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci
Episode Notes
This episode marks the first time that Sam leaps into a famous person. He would later leap into Dr. Ruth Westheimer in "Dr. Ruth - April 25, 1985" and Elvis Presley in "Memphis Melody - July 3, 1954".

Donald P. Bellisario, the creator of Quantum Leap, served with Lee Harvey Oswald in the US Navy in the late 1950s.

Willie Garson (Lee Harvey Oswald) previously played Seymour in "Play It Again, Seymour - April 14, 1953".

Part of this episode takes place on October 6, 1957. This is also the leap date of "Future Boy - October 6, 1957".

Episode Quotes
Sam: (as Oswald) Carlos, do you wanna hit me?
Al: He's doing exactly what Oswald did!
Carlos: With pleasure.
(He is about to punch Sam)
Cop: Y'all freeze! Hands up against the wall! Up against the wall! Shut up!

Al: Sam, can you hear me? It's the ninth of August of 1963. There's only three months until the Kennedy assassination Sam, and this leap is bringing you closer! If you leap into Dallas on November 22nd and Oswald is still in control, you won't be able to change anything Sam! You gotta fight him. Fight him Sam!
Sam: My name?
Al: Dr. Samuel Beckett!

Sam: (as Oswald) My name is Lee Harvey Oswald.
(He leaps out)

Oswald: String theory?...It closed the conceptual gulp between relativity and quantum mechanics. It postulates that subatomic particles are not points, but strings, about one planck length long. The rate at which strings vibrate can generate the properties of all known particles....Huh? How did I know that?

Oswald: I admire the President very much!
Al: You admire him but you're gonna kill him.

Gooshie: Then Oswald would have to be the sole assassin.
Al: That's right!
Gooshie: No conspiracy?
Al: No. Just one angry, envious man who wanted to propel himself into infamy!
Gooshie: One lone man?!
Al: I know it's more comforting to believe in plots, because if Kennedy could be killed that easily, by one sicko, what hope is there for the rest of us?
Gooshie: Admiral, what are you gonna do?
Al: To try and find the truth.
(Al enters the Waiting Room)

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDonald P. Bellisario
Executive ProducerDonald P. Bellisario
Main Title ThemeMike Post
Warning: Quantum Leap season 5 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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