Rewatching Quantum Leap – Episode 9

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.

Play it Again, Seymour

  • April 14, 1953
  • It’s not looking good for Sam as he leaps into a man standing over a dead body and he’s got a gun in his hand.
  • Two cops burst in, catching him red-handed.
  • One of them calls him Nick and tells him it looks like he’ll miss the Dodgers’ opener, which makes Sam think he’s still in Los Angeles following his previous leap.
  • But he doesn’t realize he’s leaped back early enough in history to where the Dodgers are still playing in Brooklyn.
  • In a jail cell, Sam catches a look at himself in the mirror and sees that he bears a striking resemblance to Humphrey Bogart.
  • He’s learned that Nick is a private detective and the dead body on the floor was his partner.
  • Al shows and says he’s probably there to find the real killer.
  • Sam has a premonition that a police detective would come in and release him because the bullet from the body didn’t match Nick’s gun.
  • And then it happens…
  • Sam continues to have premonitions or moments of deja vu.
  • At the newsstand in the lobby of Nick’s building, Sam is barraged with questions from the building superintendent, the elevator operator, and the kid running the newsstand.
  • Seymour, the newsstand kid, seems to really be into those pulp detective stories and idolizes Nick.
  • Sam heads up to Nick’s office to find a woman waiting for him.
  • It’s Phil’s (the dead partner) wife, Allison, and apparently she has been having an emotional affair with Nick.
  • She’s scared to go home and asks to stay at Nick’s place, since they’re finally free to be together.
  • Once Allison leaves, Sam sits down at Nick’s desk and finds a manuscript in one of the drawers.
  • He realizes he’s not having deja vu… he’s read this book.
  • Al shows up again and Sam tells him about reading the old book, which reveals how much Nick and Allison loved each other but refused to do anything about their feelings because of their loyalty to Phil.
  • But Al warns Sam that Allison could be the killer.
  • As Sam leaves the office, Seymour says he’s got a lead on someone that Nick should see about Phil’s murder.
  • Sam pulls open the elevator door, but the elevator isn’t there, and he nearly falls to his death.
  • He’s able to pull himself back out of the elevator shaft and he’s about to yell at Seymour for not helping him… but Seymour is lying unconscious on the floor.
  • Sam writes it off as an accident, but everyone else believes he’s the killer’s next target.
  • Sam and Allison go to the Blue Island to find and confront Clapper, the alleged killer.
  • While there, Seymour says that his source thinks Clapper could be a woman…
  • Al shows up with a copy of the book that Sam has obviously read at some point.
  • The title poses the question, Who Killed Grimsley and Allen?
  • This implies that Nick gets killed, too.
  • Most of the readers who tried to solve the crimes believed Allison was the killer, but no one could prove it because she and Seymour both vanish on the night of Nick’s murder… which is tonight.
  • Seymour goes to get a cab, so Sam takes this opportunity to ask Allison if she loved Phil.
  • She confesses that she didn’t… and the only man she’s ever really loved is Nick.
  • Sam goes to help Seymour find a cab and gets shot at.
  • They can’t see who the shooter is, but whoever it is gets away.
  • Seymour and the cab finally arrive and Sam has finally had his fill of Seymour’s constant pulp detective story lingo and hurts the poor kid’s feelings.
  • Sam goes up to his office to get a few things then, on his way back out to the cab, he apologizes to Seymour.
  • Seymour insists on going with Sam to take down Clapper, and Sam agrees to let him come, but tells him to get a raincoat, intending to leave before the kid can get back.
  • Outside, we see someone get into the cab with Allison, thinking it’s Sam…
  • But then the cab drives away and we see Sam exit Nick’s building.
  • How much you wanna bet Clapper is the one that got into the cab with Allison?
  • Sam and Seymour grab another taxi and, on the way to La Guardia, Sam is able to apologize to Al for not taking his advice earlier.
  • When Sam goes in, he’s swarmed by fans of Humphrey Bogart.
  • In the commotion, Seymour runs into Lionel, the building superintendent.
  • Lionel grabs Seymour and takes him out to the tarmac at gunpoint, shooting at Sam as he follows.
  • I think it’s safe to say that Lionel is Clapper at this point.
  • But is he working alone or did Allison hire him to kill Phil and Nick?
  • Lionel screams that he and Allison just want to get out of New York… that she doesn’t really love Nick any more than she loved Phil.
  • He implies they’re in cahoots… but Allison is bound and gagged inside an airplane.
  • Al gets Sam over to where Lionel is shooting at the moment he has to reload his gun, and Sam gets the upper hand.
  • Lionel is arrested for Phil’s murder.
  • Allison asks Sam to run away with her, revealing a pair of plane tickets with no real destination.
  • Sam tells her to wait for him on the plane while he talks to Al…
  • Heading out to the plane, Sam inspires Seymour to become a writer.
  • As Al repeats that famous last line from Casablanca, Sam leaps…
  • Into a bubble bath… and he’s a woman…
  • Oh boy.

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