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Quantum Leap: Mirror Image - August 8, 1953

August 8, 1953: Sam Beckett leaps into the not so ordinary town of Cokeburg, Pennsylvania. Sam has to save the lives two miners, Tonchi and Pete, and right a major wrong in Al's life all while puzzled about how he has leaped into himself at the exact moment he was born and is faced by many familar looking people.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x22
Production Number: 68126
Airdate: Wednesday May 05th, 1993

Guest Stars
Brad SilvermanBrad Silverman
As Pete
Bruce McGillBruce McGill
As Al the bartender
Dan ButlerDan Butler
As Mutta
Dennis WolfbergDennis Wolfberg
As Gooshie
J.D. DanielsJ.D. Daniels
As Kid #1
James Whitmore, Jr.James Whitmore, Jr.
As Police Captain
John DJohn D'Aquino
As Tonchi
Michael BellisarioMichael Bellisario
As Kid #2
Mike GenoveseMike Genovese
As Mr. Collins
Richard HerdRichard Herd
As Ziggy Ziganovich
Susan DiolSusan Diol
As Beth Calavicci
W. Morgan SheppardW. Morgan Sheppard
As Bearded Gooshie

Donald P. BellisarioDonald P. Bellisario
As Man at the bar
Main Cast
Scott BakulaScott Bakula
As Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett
Dean StockwellDean Stockwell
As Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci
Episode Notes
Several of the guest stars in this episode appeared in previous episodes of Quantum Leap:
Bruce McGill (Al the bartender) - Weird Ernie in "Genesis Part I - September 13, 1956" and "Genesis Part II - September 13, 1956"
Mike Genovese (Mr. Collins) - Don Geno in "Double Identity - November 9, 1965"
Michael Bellisario (Kid #2) - Little Boy in "Camikazi Kid - June 6, 1961", Billy in "Play Ball - August 6, 1961" and Martin Elroy, Jr. in "A Tale of Two Sweeties - February 25, 1958"
John D'Aquino (Tonchi) - Frank LaMotta in "Jimmy - October 14, 1964" and "Deliver Us from Evil - March 19, 1966"
Brad Silverman (Pete) - Jimmy LaMotta in "Jimmy - October 14, 1964", "Shock Theater - October 2, 1954" and "Deliver Us from Evil - March 19, 1966"
James Whitmore, Jr. (Police Captain) - Bob Crockett in "8 1/2 Months - November 15, 1955" and Clayton Fuller in "Trilogy Part I (One Little Heart) - August 8, 1955"
Richard Herd (Ziggy Ziganovich) - Moe Stein in "Future Boy - October 6, 1957"
Dan Butler (Mutta) - Jake Dorleac in "Southern Comforts - August 4, 1961"
J. D. Daniels (Kid #1) - Josh Elroy in "A Tale of Two Sweeties - February 25, 1958"

Cokeburg, Pennsylvania is Donald P. Bellisario's home town.

Scott Bakula (Sam), Dean Stockwell (Al), Dennis Wolfberg (Gooshie) and Bruce McGill (Al the bartender) are the only actors to appear in both this episode and the pilot, "Genesis Part I - September 13, 1956".

James Whitmore, Jr. (Police Captain) also directed this episode.

This episode marks the second time that Sam (Scott Bakula) leaped into himself. He had previously leaped into himself as a sixteen year old boy in "The Leap Home Part I - November 25, 1969".

This was Dennis Wolfberg's final acting role before his death on October 3, 1994.

Episode Quotes
Sam: (narrating) It was August 8, 1953, literally the day I was born. But instead of nursing at my mother’s breast, I was nursing my third beer in a vain attempt to make sense out of this bizarre leap. I had leaped into a coal-mining tavern peopled with names and faces both strange and familiar to me. But the biggest surprise was that I was me. For the first time in years the reflection in the mirror was mine, grey hair, crow’s feet, and all. So why had I leaped here? What wrong was I to put right? And where in God’s name was Al? I was desperate for answers. So desperate I was even looking for them....

Ziggy Ziganovich: (referring to the computer Ziggy) Not much of a looker, huh?
Sam: I wouldn’t let her hear you say that.

Sam: (narrating) If I’m Don Quixote, Al’s my Sancho.

Episode Goofs
During one scene, Captain Z-Ro comes on television. However, the series did not begin until December 1955, two and a half years after the events of this episode.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDonald P. Bellisario
Executive ProducerDonald P. Bellisario
Main Title ThemeMike Post
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