Rewatching Quantum Leap – Episode 48

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.

Glitter Rock

  • Once again, Sam finds himself on stage in front of a microphone.
  • This time he’s decked out in face paint and a wig while carrying an electric guitar.
  • He’s confronted by one of his face-painted bandmates who asks if he’s going to do it or not…
  • Do what?!
  • April 12, 1974
  • A lot of pyrotechnics explode, which seem to please the crowd and Sam seems to be off the hook.
  • As the band makes their way through crowded hallways to their dressing room, Sam sees someone who is supposed to look suspicious.
  • We assume he’s suspicious because time slows down and ominous music plays over the scene.
  • In the dressing room, which is still crowded with fans, Sam’s bandmate confronts him about not playing his song.
  • Sam apologizes and says he just forgot.
  • In walks the band’s manager, Dwayne, who tells the rather large security guys to clear the fans out.
  • Note: when I say “fans” I mean young women who will clearly throw themselves at these musicians.
  • Sam gets ready to take off the make-up, but the manager reminds him that they don’t take the make-up off until they get back to the hotel.
  • Leaving the dressing room again, Dwayne calls Sam Tonic and asks why they sounded so horrible on stage.
  • Sam tries to blame the lyrics, but Dwayne reminds him that he’s the one that wrote them.
  • Heading to the limo, Sam again spots the suspicious kid in the crowd.
  • He’s got a camera this time…
  • How do we know he’s suspicious?
  • Slow motion and ominous music, that’s right.
  • Alone in his hotel room, Sam has managed to lose the make-up and wig when he hears a knock on the door.
  • A voice claims to be room service, but as soon as he opens the door he’s pounced on by three girls looking to get a piece of the action.
  • Al shows up and Sam somehow forces the girls to get out.
  • Sam says this is worse than when he was a Chippendale’s dancer.
  • Al says Sam’s real name is Jeffrey Mole, lead singer of the English rock group, King Thunder.
  • His nickname, Tonic has something to do with a Vodka Tonic that he drank early in his career.
  • Apparently, two nights from now, Tonic gets stabbed by a crazed fan after the concert as he’s getting into his limo.
  • Sam asks Al to stick close during this leap, in case he spots that kid again…
  • Who just happens to, at that moment, be sitting street level taking pictures of Sam standing on his balcony.
  • The next day, King Thunder is signing autographs at a local mall.
  • Amidst the fans looking for a few seconds with the band, Sam spots the suspicious kid again and has Al go after him.
  • Al follows the kid to his apartment, which is covered in King Thunder memorabilia.
  • He’s able to find out the kid’s real name, Philip Silbart, along with his birthdate and home town.
  • Hopefully that will help nail down the attempted murder that’s supposed to happen tomorrow night.
  • Al gets back to Sam at the arena with some info about Philip.
  • Apparently his mother died in 1970 and he’s been running away from a series of foster homes and his social worker describes him as disturbed.
  • The band starts to practice and a bunch of lights fall from above, nearly crushing Sam.
  • It’s not Philip, because Al confirms he’s still in his room.
  • Sam and Al are left to wonder if it’s an accident or if someone else is behind it, suspecting the security guy.
  • Back at the hotel, Sam visits with Dwayne about a ranch he was trying to buy in Utah, but his check bounced.
  • Dwayne makes excuses about having his money tied up in long-term investments, but he promises that he’ll get him a new check that won’t bounce.
  • I’m thinking Dwayne isn’t being honest about how he’s handling the band’s money.
  • At that night’s concert, Sam is nervous about performing, but Al assures him that if he makes an idiot of himself, that’s what his fans will be eating up.
  • At an after party that the band throws in Tonic’s room, Sandy starts coming on to Sam, even though she’s supposed to be with his bandmate, Flash.
  • Al pops in and says that there’s a real good chance Dwayne is embezzling, which is why the escrow check bounced.
  • When Sam asks about Philip, Al asks Gushie to center him on the kid, then he shows up in the same spot.
  • Which means Philip is there at the party.
  • Sam spots him and confronts him, asking security how he got in.
  • They search the kid and find a knife, but Sam still tries to go easy on him, telling him he doesn’t want to hurt him but he also doesn’t want to get hurt.
  • Philip claims he would never hurt Tonic… because he’s his father.
  • His mother told him that Tonic was his father and they had spent a night together in Omaha when the band first came over from England.
  • Before the show on the night of the stabbing, Al tells Sam he should bail out on the concert.
  • Dwayne pops into the dressing room and Sam confronts him on the embezzlement.
  • Sam lets it go, then tells Dwayne that he doesn’t want to ride in the same limo with Flash after the show.
  • As soon as Dwayne leaves, Sandy walks in and tries to seduce Sam again.
  • Flash storms in and pulls Sandy off of Sam and tells him he’s a dead man.
  • When the band begins the last song of the concert, Flash asks Sam if they’re gonna do his song and Sam tells him no.
  • Leaving the show, Sam tries to go in a different direction, but security takes them out the same way as the original history.
  • Philip manages to warn Sam when he spots an attacker with a knife.
  • Turns out it was Dwayne, the manager, who wanted Tonic dead after confronting him about his embezzlement.
  • Back at the hotel, Flash is able to confirm that Tonic was with Philip’s mother before that concert back in Omaha.
  • Al says that Tonic and his son wind up having a great relationship.
  • Sam then leaps into a phone booth, but he’s handcuffed to a woman who starts screaming that she’s being kidnapped.
  • A couple of guys grab Sam and slam him into a wall.
  • Oh boy.

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