After the excitement of yesterday’s tape (shut up, it was exciting for me) back to more conventional fare, with Quantum Leap. Catch a Falling Star begins with Sam jumping into the body of an actor just about to go onstage and appear in a musical. This is a nightmare I’ve had once or twice myself, having done a little bit of musical theatre myself.
The musical in question is Man of La Mancha, the Don Quixote musical. Sam is actually just the understudy, so he didn’t have to go on immediately.
The understudy for Dulcinea happens to be a woman who used to be young Sam’s piano teacher, a woman on whom he had his first crush. Is it creepy that they hook up in this episode?
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 7th January 1992 – 21:00
The next episode is almost certainly a halloween episode. Sam appears in a graveyard in a thunderstorm, and a woman dressed in white thinks the voice of her dead husband is calling to her.
It’s called A Portrait For Troian, and the actress playing Troian is Deborah Pratt, who is also a writer and producer on the show. According to iMDb, she also supplied the narrator’s voice for the standard show opening, and (occasionally) the voice of Ziggy.
She was also, at the time, married to show creator Donald Bellisario, and their daughter happened to be named Troian.
Carolyn Seymour makes an appearance as that classic Halloween standby, the stern housekeeper. Regular readers will remember we last saw her as Abby Grant in Survivors.
Sam has leaped into a parapsychologist looking for the ghost of Troian’s dead husband. At first, he reminded me a bit of Harry D’Amour, Clive Barker’s occult detective, whom Bakula played in the later Lord of Illusions.
Nice to see Al doing some product placement for Red Hat Linux.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 14th January 1992 – 21:00
The next episode doesn’t look too promising. Animal Frat is a bit of an obvious Animal House steal. And I don’t particularly like frat-based comedies, so it was nice that Sam tells us, in voiceover, that he never joined one.
Sorry for the lack of any insightful commentary, but this episode is just dreadful. Apart from a brief race against time to defuse a bomb, it’s all just unfunny frat stuff.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 21st January 1992 – 21:00
Before the next episode, Jilly Goolden and Oz Clarke taste some wines on Food & Drink.
There’s a trail for Talking To Myself in which people interview themselves.
Then a trailer for 40 Minutes: Charlotte and Abi.
Then, in Another Mother, Sam leaps into the body of a mother with a bunch of complaining children. One of whom has a very familiar name.
And here she is playing youngest daughter Theresa, who can see All, and can see Sam instead of her mother.
He’s there to stop her son from being kidnapped and murdered. Cue periodic shots of a sinister looking van with two men inside who literally stop 100 yards from where a schoolbus is dropping two children, and then look disappointed when the children’s parents turn up in a car.
The son is upset when his friends contrive to get him to admit he’s a virgin to a girl he fancies. Good old toxic masculinity, given that these kids can’t be much older than 15.
This is a bit more fun than the last one, partly because Sam gets to do Kung Fu on some paedophiles, but also because they use Blondie on the soundtrack.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 28th January 1992 – 21:00
After this, there’s a trail for Rebel with Matt Dillon.
Then recording continues for a time with the start of the previously trailed 40 Minutes looking at a mother in prison. The recording stops during this programme.