Rewatching Quantum Leap – Episode 4

Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the quantum leap accelerator and vanished. He awoke to find himself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not his own, and driven by an unknown force to change history for the better. His only guide on this journey is Al, an observer from his own time who appears in the form of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear. And so, Dr. Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong, and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home.

The Right Hand of God

  • Sam finds himself in a boxing ring and is immediately knocked down by a boxer much bigger than him.
  • He manages to get back up then takes a bunch of blows to the midsection.
  • As Sam tries to get away from the larger boxer, he swats at his opponent with the back of his glove.
  • He barely hits the guy but he falls down and is counted out.
  • Sam wins… and he knows there’s something not right about it.
  • October 24, 1974
  • After the fight, Sam finds out he is “Kid” Cody and his boxing contract was willed to a group of nuns.
  • Sister Angela dreams of a new chapel that she’s counting on being funded when Cody wins his next prize fight.
  • She’s impressed by him, seeing as how he’s won his last ten fights.
  • To save the sisters some money between now and then, Sam is asked to move into the convent.
  • Al shows up and says that Ziggy predicted that Sam was going to land somewhere in Texas in the 50s… not Sacramento in 1974.
  • Other than that, Al isn’t very helpful with the info since he’s tired.
  • He tells Sam he’s got a neighbor who sleeps during the day then works on his noisy car all night, keeping Al awake.
  • Oh, and if you watch this scene closely, you’ll see a mistake…
  • Al lies down on the ground… technically on some flattened cardboard.
  • Anyway, when Al moves, you can see the cardboard move with him.
  • That shouldn’t happen for a hologram…
  • Sam returns to his place and is pulled into the car of one Mr. Edwards.
  • Edwards asks “Kid” what was going on the ring today.
  • When Sam says it wasn’t a big deal since he won the fight, Edwards and his lackey both laugh.
  • On the radio, they hear the report about the upcoming fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.
  • Edwards mentions he’s putting some money on that fight… but not as much as he’s putting on “Kid” Cody’s upcoming title fight.
  • Sam says he’s thinking about retiring, but Edwards’ lackey pulls a gun and makes it clear that would be a bad idea, threatening to blow off his kneecaps if he doesn’t fight.
  • Edwards then lets him go with that warning and an envelope full of cash.
  • When he gets into his apartment he’s surprised to find he has a girlfriend, Dixie, and they’re saving up to start their own donut shop.
  • Dixie’s not thrilled that Sam’s moving into the convent with the nuns, but he gets a couple of bags and heads over anyway.
  • Al reappears and tells Sam that his winning the championship and getting the chapel for the nuns is his best shot at leaping out of there.
  • Problem is, Sam’s not a fighter and his best trainer is a nun.
  • Sam goes to Cody’s former trainer who refuses to train him because he’s tired of training fighters who take dives.
  • But Sam makes it clear that he’s not interested in taking a dive.
  • Gomez (the trainer) changes his mind after an encounter with Edwards.
  • In Sam’s first sparring session, he’s pretty easily knocked out.
  • Cue the Rocky-esque training montage…
  • While out jogging with Sister Angela, Sam asks her why the chapel is so important to her.
  • She tells him about her childhood and her experiences that led to her renewed faith in God and a promise she made to build a chapel in the most destitute area of the city.
  • Toward the end of Sam’s training, Al returns with info about the original history.
  • Cody took a dive and Angela’s chapel was never built.
  • Edwards shows up at the bar while Sam and Gomez are getting a drink and demands that Cody go down in the first round.
  • Sam refuses and tries to tell Edwards what round to bet on instead.
  • Then Sam goes to Dixie and convinces her to streak during the championship fight so he can beat “Tiger” Joe.
  • Back at the convent, Sister Angela tells Sam that Mr. Edwards came by and again demanded that Cody take a dive in the first round, leaving an envelope with $1,000 inside.
  • Sam tells Angela that he has no intention of cheating for Edwards anymore, but she isn’t sure she can believe him.
  • In the big fight, Sam takes some pretty serious punishment at the start and is knocked down right after the fight starts… making it look like he might actually throw the fight.
  • But he gets up and actually puts up a decent fight.
  • Just when Sam seems like he’s about to lose, he signals Dixie to disrobe and streak.
  • He knocks “Tiger” down… but not out.
  • Al arrives to coach Sam from inside the ring, giving him the upper hand.
  • This time, when Sam knocks his opponent down, he’s counted out.
  • Back in the locker room, Dixie reveals that their bet paid off.
  • Sam had her bet their entire savings that Ali would knock out Foreman in the 8th round.
  • That’s also the round that Sam told Edwards to bet on… only he didn’t believe him and didn’t make that bet.
  • Edwards is mad that Sam knew the outcome of the Ali fight… but he’s even angrier that “Kid” Cody didn’t make good on their deal to take a dive in the first round.
  • So Sam reveals that the bet made with Roscoe resulted in $48,000 in winnings.
  • $20k stays with Cody and Dixie, $20k goes to Sister Angela for her chapel, and the other $8,000 goes to Edwards to make up for what he lost.
  • Sam tells him if that’s not good enough he’ll just have to kill him.
  • Edwards walks out with Roscoe, talking to him about making good on what he owes everyone.
  • Dixie follows to get their money just as Angela comes in apologizes for doubting Cody.
  • And then Sam leaps…
  • Into a pig sty.
  • Oh boy.

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