Rewatching Quantum Leap – Episode 35

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.

One Strobe Over the Line

  • Sam leaps into a photographer who’s starting out just a little too close to a lion that’s part of the photo shoot.
  • The model with the lion tries to calm the beast while a man and woman behind Sam give him a hard time about working too slowly.
  • June 16, 1965
  • The guy behind the scenes, Byron, is obviously some kind of producer on the shoot and he’s unhappy with the model, threatening to replace her with Cheryl Tiegs.
  • The woman, Helen, goes to have a talk with the model, trying to convince her to shine a little brighter.
  • Then she gives the model, Edie, a handful of pills to pep her up.
  • Sam is Karl, the fashion photographer on the shoot.
  • Once the pictures are taken, Edie asks Karl for a ride home.
  • In her apartment, she talks about saving up her money and how she doesn’t want to be a model forever.
  • She wants to be able to buy her father all the expensive farm equipment he’ll ever need and maybe even become a veterinarian.
  • Edie then goes on to say that Helen, her agent, has been like a mother to her… except she’s been feeding her those pills on a regular basis to make sure each of her photo shoots gets done.
  • Sam makes his way to Karl’s apartment where Al is waiting for him.
  • Al tells him the reason he’s here is because in the original history, Edie overdoses on pills and alcohol in three days.
  • On the set the next day, Al gives Sam directions on how to be a high fashion photographer.
  • Al tells Sam he’s got to really get into it and pay the models lots of compliments with each picture he snaps.
  • Soon enough he gets the hang of it.
  • Eventually, Al notices that Edie isn’t looking right and suggests that Sam take a break.
  • It’s at this point that Helen rushes in and hands her some more pills.
  • Edie complains that Helen promised the last time was the last time with the pills… but Helen convinces her to take them again.
  • That night Sam joins Edie, Helen, and Byron at a dinner with some investors and Sam notices that Edie isn’t eating…
  • The lack of appetite is a side effect of the amphetamines.
  • At one point, a waiter tells Sam he has a call but it’s really Helen pulling him into the kitchen.
  • Apparently they’ve had a relationship going, but she thinks he’s dumping her for Edie and she doesn’t believe that he didn’t stay with Edie last night.
  • Helen tells him to enjoy it while he can because her youth and beauty won’t last much longer.
  • She tells him if he doesn’t end things with Edie, she’ll either cut her off from the pills altogether and see how young and pretty she is then… or maybe she’ll “accidentally” take one to many one day.
  • Either way, Helen is threatening Edie’s life.
  • Returning to the table, Sam makes an excuse to get Edie out of there so he can take her home.
  • But at her apartment, Edie pulls out another bottle and offers Sam a drink.
  • He confronts her about the pills.
  • She says she flushed all the pills she had a couple days ago… but she wakes up feeling so tired and she has to perform for the job and the pressure just keeps building so she’s convinced she needs the pills to get by.
  • And Helen is only feeding that pressure and feeding her addiction.
  • Sam convinces her that she can do this job without the pills and promises to help her beat the addiction.
  • The next morning, Edie wakes up on her couch and finds Sam making breakfast for her in the kitchen.
  • Time passes and Sam stays with her throughout the detox.
  • She has obvious symptoms of withdrawal… chills, irritability, hallucinations, paranoia…
  • Al comes back with more info on Helen…
  • She had another model who nearly died of an overdose, meaning there’s something of a pattern here.
  • Late at night, Edie sneaks around, trying to find some pills she has stashed away.
  • She’s desperate… but Sam gets to her before she can take the few she found.
  • In the morning, Edie emerges looking and feeling better… and surprised to find that she slept through Sunday.
  • Later, at the day’s shoot, Sam and Al both notice that Edie is beginning to look tired.
  • The investors are noticing, too… and they talk to Helen about it, suggesting they call another agency.
  • Angry, Helen confronts Edie and tries to give her more pills, but Edie says no, standing her ground, even when Helen tells her she’s being selfish and she’s throwing away her chance to help her father and sister back home.
  • Edie asks Sam to bring her a cup of coffee, convinced that’s all she needs to get going again.
  • But when Sam realizes he forgot her two sugars, he leaves the cup on the vanity, giving Helen a chance to drop two of her pills into the coffee, dosing Edie in secret.
  • Helen walks off and Sam asks Edie if she’s all right and she says she’s fine as she takes a sip of her coffee.
  • As the shoot continues, it’s clear that Edie is high as a kite.
  • And she begins pissing off an already irritable lion, which nearly mauls her in retaliation.
  • Edie runs away from the chasing lion, then passes out.
  • Sam arrives and manages to hold off the lion until the handler can get there to lead the lion away.
  • He confronts Helen her about drugging the coffee.
  • She denies it, then Sam brings up a previous model that nearly died and tells her if Edie dies it’s murder and he’ll make sure it sticks.
  • Al warns Sam that Edie is crashing and that if she relaxes at this point her heart could stop.
  • So Sam gets her walking around, ordering the investors to call for an ambulance.
  • As Sam keeps Edie moving, Al says her odds of surviving are increasing.
  • Soon after, the ambulance pulls away and Helen is trying to save her own career by telling the investors she has other models.
  • But no one wants to have anything to do with her after what she’s pulled… not even Byron.
  • Everyone slowly walks away from her, allowing her to bask in a nervous breakdown of her own making.
  • Couldn’t have happened to a better person.
  • Some time later, Edie visits Sam at Karl’s apartment and he warns her that she’ll miss her flight back home.
  • But she couldn’t leave without thanking him one more time.
  • They share a kiss and she says good bye.
  • Al confirms that everything works out fine for Edie… but Sam already knows that because she’s going home.
  • And then he leaps…
  • He’s holding a candle, is dressed strangely, and reads the date on a book as 1879.
  • He shouldn’t be able to leap that far back… right?
  • Oh boy.

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