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Sam & Dennis bring you a weekly (mostly) podcast following the exploits of our favorite time traveler, Sam Beckett. We dive deep attempting to contextualize each episode in the time it was set, time it was produced, and time of our rewatch. We'll also have plenty of info on the actors, locations, history, and production team with our customary digressions on TV, pop culture, and theatre.Join us as we leap from episode to episode, novel to novel, comic to comic until we run out of things to talk about... And even then...

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Sam & Dennis bring you a weekly (mostly) podcast following the exploits of our favorite time traveler, Sam Beckett. We dive deep attempting to contextualize each episode in the time it was set, time it was produced, and time of our rewatch. We'll also have plenty of info on the actors, locations, history, and production team with our customary digressions on TV, pop culture, and theatre.Join us as we leap from episode to episode, novel to novel, comic to comic until we run out of things to talk about... And even then...

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More A Star Trek Podcast than a Quantum Leap one.

By Soupnation - Mar 25 2019
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I find this podcast problematic for a number of reasons. The hosts(if you can call them that) virtue signal throughout the show about how such great altruistic people they are (fake outrage over the n word) And how everything is about the me too movement? And when there not bragging about their acting credits in PoDunk community theater, they rant about Star Trek and who appeared in it. Nobody cares! Hard pass!

Thoughtful and provocative

By Norelation - Sep 22 2017
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The two hosts have a chemistry that translates well throughout the podcast.

iTunes Ratings

18 Ratings
Average Ratings
16
1
0
0
1

More A Star Trek Podcast than a Quantum Leap one.

By Soupnation - Mar 25 2019
Read more
I find this podcast problematic for a number of reasons. The hosts(if you can call them that) virtue signal throughout the show about how such great altruistic people they are (fake outrage over the n word) And how everything is about the me too movement? And when there not bragging about their acting credits in PoDunk community theater, they rant about Star Trek and who appeared in it. Nobody cares! Hard pass!

Thoughtful and provocative

By Norelation - Sep 22 2017
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The two hosts have a chemistry that translates well throughout the podcast.
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Fate's Wide Wheel

Latest release on Sep 23, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Trilogy: Part 2 - June 14, 1966

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Our re-watch of the “Trilogy” episodes continue. Sam leaps back into Potterville, Louisiana, this time into Will Kinman. Will is now a deputy sheriff, but much more important, he’s the fiancé of Abigail Fuller. Abigail isn’t a child anymore, but is still haunted by bad luck - on the day of her and Will’s wedding, little Purvis Takins, a boy she babysat the night before, has gone missing. The town’s folk suspect foul play on her part, leading to a witch hunt. Meanwhile, Sam is head over heels in love with Abigail, and she seems to have a deep connection with him, not Will.

There’s a lot to unpack in this very “sudsy” second part of Quantum Leap’s take on Southern gothic. Is it okay that Sam gets so romantically involved with a woman he had just been a father-figure to the leap before? Does this episode stand on its own outside Parts 1 and 3? We discuss the episode, and get a little personal talking about our current Covid-19 lives.

May 12 2020

1hr 34mins

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Rank #2: Thou Shalt Not… – February 2, 1974

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Sam leaps into David Basch, a rabbi in California. David’s brother and sister-in-law’s marriage is coming apart due to the death of their oldest child a year ago. In fact, Al tells Sam, in two days, “his” sister-in-law, Irene, will have an affair that will end their marriage, which he must prevent. Chicago performer, Kathleen … Continue reading Thou Shalt Not… – February 2, 1974 →

Jan 16 2018

1hr 28mins

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Rank #3: Blind Faith – February 6, 1964

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Sam leaps into Andrew Ross, the “Ray Charles of classical piano”, according to Al – Andrew, you see, is blind. Sam is there to save Andrew’s friend, Michelle, from being strangled in Central Park the following night. But in the meantime, he was to pretend he is blind, contend with Michelle’s overbearing mother when she … Continue reading Blind Faith – February 6, 1964 →

Dec 19 2017

1hr 32mins

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Rank #4: Beyond the Mirror Image – An Interview with Matt Dale

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We’re happy to bring to you this week our interview with Matt Dale, the author of the reference book, Beyond the Mirror Image: The Observer’s Guide to Quantum Leap. If you’re a regular listener of our show, you’ve heard us reference this book in perhaps every episode. Matt talks about the origins of the book, and the love … Continue reading Beyond the Mirror Image – An Interview with Matt Dale →

Mar 06 2018

1hr 21mins

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Rank #5: The Leap Back – June 15, 1945 / September 18, 1999

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Hello Leapers! We’re back with a new episode, talking about Season 4’s premiere, THE LEAP BACK. Sam leaps home! Al leaps into 1945! We finally meet Ziggy and the rest of Project Quantum Leap, and Sam is reunited with his forgotten wife. We are joined by guest, Karyn Saxon, to discuss the episode. We talk … Continue reading The Leap Back – June 15, 1945 / September 18, 1999 →

Nov 15 2018

1hr 57mins

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Rank #6: Last Dance Before an Execution – May 12, 1971

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Sam leaps into Jesus Ortega…just as he is being strapped into an electric chair and being told by a guard to “think of some place far away.” He receives a last-minute reprieve the governor, and 48 hours to prove Jesus’ innocence. Sam Fain and Dennis discuss the episode.

Oct 09 2018

1hr 36mins

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Rank #7: Disco Inferno – April 1, 1976

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Sam is Chad Stone, a stuntman in Burbank, California. Ziggy says Sam is there to keep Chad’s little brother, Chris, from somehow dying in the next 48 hours. Ziggy’s not sure what exactly kills Chris, however, because he has crashed, put an extra zero on everyone’s paychecks, and half the staff has gone on vacation. … Continue reading Disco Inferno – April 1, 1976 →

Nov 28 2017

1hr 49mins

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Rank #8: Play It Again, Seymour – April 14, 1953

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In an episode that’s a hat tip to film noir classics, Sam is Nick Allen, a private detective in 1953 Brooklyn. When Sam leaps in standing over the body of Nick’s dead partner, he must find the killer before he himself is knocked off by a dropper called Clapper (no cure for that in 1953!), … Continue reading Play It Again, Seymour – April 14, 1953 →

Nov 07 2017

1hr 38mins

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Rank #9: Freedom – November 22, 1970

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Sam is George Washaki, a young Native American who must help his dying grandfather, Joseph, escape from the local jail and make the journey to his true home so that he may die on his own terms, and not in a care facility as in the original history. Sam Fain, Dennis and guest host, Scottie … Continue reading Freedom – November 22, 1970 →

Mar 27 2018

1hr 55mins

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Rank #10: All Americans – November 6, 1962

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Sam is Eddie Vega, a high school football quarterback. Eddie and his friend, Chuey, have dreams of getting scholarships and playing college football together, but Ziggy says Chuey is going to throw the upcoming championship game. Sam has to figure out the reason why, and stop Chuey from ruining his chance to go to college. … Continue reading All Americans – November 6, 1962 →

Mar 13 2018

1hr 39mins

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Rank #11: Her Charm – September 26, 1973

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Sam is Peter Langly, an FBI agent assigned to Dana Berenger, a woman in the Federal witness protection program after having testified against her former boss and criminal, Nick Kochifos. In the original history, Dana was killed by Nick, who had somehow been able to find her twice before despite her being in witness protection. … Continue reading Her Charm – September 26, 1973 →

Mar 20 2018

1hr 35mins

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Rank #12: A Hunting We Will Go – June 18, 1976

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Sam leaps into Gordon O’Reilly, a bounty hunter taking his latest catch, Diane Frost, to justice. Diane has been accused of forging $1 million worth of checks from her boss. She confesses to doing it, but swears she did it for a good cause: Her boss had swindled the money from elderly people, including her … Continue reading A Hunting We Will Go – June 18, 1976 →

Oct 02 2018

1hr 32mins

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Rank #13: Honeymoon Express – April 27, 1960

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Sam is Tom McBride, a New York police detective, starting his honeymoon with his new bride on the way to Niagra Falls. Sam must prevent her possessive ex-husband from kidnapping her, and murdering him. Meanwhile in the future, Al must appear before a senate committee to argue for continued funding to Project Quantum Leap. Sam … Continue reading Honeymoon Express – April 27, 1960 →

Nov 14 2017

1hr 37mins

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Rank #14: Shock Theater – October 3, 1954

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When Sam leaps into a mental institution and receives electroshock therapy moments after arriving, he is – as Al puts it – pushed over the line, and begins to take on the personalities of some of his previous leapees. If that isn’t disturbing enough, Sam’s mental state is making it difficult for Project Quantum Leap … Continue reading Shock Theater – October 3, 1954 →

Oct 31 2018

1hr 29mins

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Rank #15: Trilogy: Part 1 - August 8, 1955

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Season Five of the show continues to explore new ground, this time having Sam leap into the same people’s lives over the span of 20 years, in a three-part episode. Sam leaps into Sheriff Clayton Fuller, in the town of Pottersville, Louisiana. His 10-year-old daughter, Abigail, is caught up in the death and potential murder of one of town’s people. Sam must find out the truth in this Southern Gothic tale.

We discuss the episode - how it stand on its own, and how it sets up the next two parts. We also ponder why the show hadn’t explored doing multi-part episodes before this point in the series.

Apr 23 2020

1hr 45mins

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Rank #16: A Portrait for Troian – February 7, 1971

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Sam leaps into Dr. Timothy Mintz, a paranormal investigator helping a woman named Troian Claridge determine if her dead husband, Julian, is trying to make contact with her. Spookiness is definitely afoot, and Sam must determine if there’s a ghost, or a flesh-and-blood person out to harm Troian. Sam Fain hates this episode, Dennis loves … Continue reading A Portrait for Troian – February 7, 1971 →

Feb 13 2018

1hr 38mins

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Rank #17: What’s Up with the Quantum Leap Reboot Script

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At the L.A. Comic Con in late October a few weeks ago, Scott Bakula and Don Bellisario appeared in a panel, and DB announced he has written a new script for “Quantum Leap”, which would be an essential reboot of the series. In a brief episode for the Thanksgiving week, Sam and Dennis discuss the … Continue reading What’s Up with the Quantum Leap Reboot Script →

Nov 21 2017

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Rank #18: Double Identity – November 8, 1965

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Sam is Frankie, a mob hitman in New York City, 1965. Ziggy says Sam is not there to right a wrong, but to perform a number of specific tasks in preparation for the project’s next attempt to retrieve Sam back to the present. Guest, Christopher J. Steward, joins Sam Fain and Dennis to break down … Continue reading Double Identity – November 8, 1965 →

Oct 17 2017

1hr 16mins

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Rank #19: Glitter Rock – April 12, 1974

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Sam leaps into Jeffrey “Tonic” Mole, lead singer of the KISS-esque 70s band, King Thunder. In the original history, Tonic was originally killed by someone in the crowd as he was leaving after a concert in Detroit. Sam must figure out who is going to kill Tonic, and suspects abound! In the meantime, Sam gets … Continue reading Glitter Rock – April 12, 1974 →

Sep 27 2018

1hr 47mins

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Rank #20: How the Tess Was Won – August 5, 1956

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Sam leaps into “Doc” Daniel Young, a veterinarian working on a Texas ranch. He is quickly drawn into a “cowboy off” with Tess, the ranch owner’s daughter, in a quest to win her hand at marriage. Oh, boy! See also, Piggy Sooie! Sam, Dennis, and guest star and Chicago musician, Claire Feeney, discuss cowboy feminism, … Continue reading How the Tess Was Won – August 5, 1956 →

Oct 10 2017

1hr 42mins

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