Rewatching Quantum Leap – Episode 6

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.

Double Identity

  • November 8, 1965
  • Sam has leaped into the life of a guy named Frankie, a good looking fella in a tux who took a quick break from a wedding reception to hook up with a woman named Teresa.
  • The reception is meant to closely resemble the wedding from The Godfather.
  • Teresa boldly has no problem standing up to the Godfather of this particular crime family.
  • The wedding is for his daughter, Angela, who asked Teresa to attend as her stylist.
  • Apparently Teresa has a past with Gino, the crime boss, and he’s made it clear that any man who spends time with her is a dead man.
  • Sam makes his way back to the reception and panics a little when he realizes he doesn’t speak a word of Italian.
  • Turns out, Frankie is the groom’s brother and the bride, Angela, would like Frankie to sing.
  • Unfortunately, she requests “Volare,” a song that Sam really does not know.
  • He’s not exactly making a great impression at first, but then he kinda gets the hang of things.
  • While Sam is singing, Gino’s enforcer informs him that he lost track of Teresa for about 20 minutes.
  • Once Sam and Al get a chance to talk, Al breaks the news that Ziggy has shut down all human comforts at the project, meaning that the air conditioning inside the imaging chamber is shut off.
  • Ziggy refuses to take any responsibility for not being able to retrieve Sam from the past.
  • As for Frankie, he’s a hitman for the mob.
  • But Al isn’t sure yet what Sam could be there to do.
  • And finding out what Sam is there to do has been deemed non-essential by Ziggy.
  • Ziggy also believes there’s a 97% chance that they can retrieve Sam if he and Al follow the computer’s instructions to the letter.
  • Until then, just live life as Frankie.
  • Sam’s out with Frankie’s brothers and when they walk by Teresa’s salon, he decides he wants a haircut.
  • But his stopping in seems to make Teresa pretty nervous.
  • She’s worried that Gino will kill the both of them… doesn’t matter that Frankie’s father, Tony, saved Gino’s life or that his brother is now Gino’s son-in-law.
  • And who should arrive at the salon? Gino…
  • Tony claims he sent Frankie in there to get gossip from Teresa and find out who she’s been with.
  • So Gino goes in and asks Sam if Tony is telling the truth and if Sam can’t confirm it, he’ll cut Sam’s throat with a razor.
  • To make it worse, Gino asks in Italian.
  • Al shows up just in time to feed Sam the Italian he needs to survive this encounter.
  • Gino goes for it and suddenly Sam/Frankie is back in his good graces.
  • Later, Al returns with Ziggy’s plan.
  • At a specific time, Sam has to plug a hairdryer into an outlet at a specific address in Buffalo, NY.
  • Then Sam has to be back at the same place where he leaped in 13 minutes later doing the exact same thing with the exact same person who was there when he leaped in.
  • Ziggy’s plan seems crazy… But Sam sends his brothers to Buffalo with the hairdryer and calls Teresa to meet her in Gino’s attic.
  • Unfortunately, Gino’s enforcer guy saw Sam and Teresa climbing the trellis into the attic and ratted them out to Gino.
  • Frankie’s brother comes through and plugs in the hairdryer at just the right time.
  • When he turns it on it causes a blackout across the northeastern U.S.
  • Sam breaks character with Teresa and tells her that she deserves better than the way Gino or even Frankie have been treating her.
  • Gino arrives in the attic and is ready to kill them both.
  • Then the blackout hits and Sam is able to get the upper hand.
  • Suddenly, Sam leaps…
  • But he leaps from Frankie into Gino instead of getting back home.
  • As Gino, Sam asks Teresa and Frankie if they really love each other, and they do.
  • But Sam can’t put them together privately… he has to make it look like Gino publicly approves of this relationship so that when Sam leaps again, Gino can’t back out and kill Frankie and Teresa later.
  • So Sam takes them to Bingo night at the church and has the priest announce Frankie and Teresa’s engagement with Gino’s blessing.
  • Sam also tells Frankie he’s out of the family business for good.
  • Sam’s ready to leap, but nothing happens…
  • Al shows up again and it’s clear that Ziggy’s plan didn’t work, so all non-essential things will be turned back on.
  • Then Al reveals that Sam has to call the winning Bingo number for Frankie’s grandmother.
  • He pulls out the number, calls it, the old lady yells, “Bingo!”
  • And Sam leaps into a black man sitting in a segregated diner.
  • Oh boy.

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