This tape opens with the end of an episode of Far Flung Floyd. “Roll credits, and mine’s a large one” is his closing line. Sums up his career, really.
There’s a trailer for Police Squad (after our recent look at Naked Gun), and a trailer for a documentary about Genghis Khan, Storm from the East.
Then, Quantum Leap and an episode called Stand Up. Sam leaps into the body of a stand-up comic while he’s on stage. I’ve had that nightmare.
His partner is played by comedian and game show host Bob Saget.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 17th August 1993 – 21:00
The next episode is A Leap For Lisa, and sees Sam leap onto a beach, and have a bit of a From Here To Eternity moment.
But that is a dream, and Sam is a marine, accused of raping and murdering the wife of ‘Commander Riker’. To confuse things further for Star Trek fans, the titular Lisa is played by Dax her/himself, Terry Farrell.
The wrinkle in this leap is that Sam has leaped in a young Al, so has to help his friend avoid the court martial. The problem is that the Captain is testifying that he saw Al rape and murder his wife. And as the case turns against Al, and the likelihood of his being found guilty heads towards 100%, suddenly Al is no longer there, and Sam is talking to Roddy McDowall.
What a brilliant moment. As is the moment, later in the episode, when Sam finds the clue that solves the mystery, and suddenly Al is back talking to him again. I forget that for all its simplicity, this show uses some very sophisticated time travel narratives.
Naturally, Sam puts everything right, and even saves the lives of two characters who had died earlier, which is clever. A very upbeat ending, considering the teaser for the next episode has him leaping into Lee Harvey Oswald.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 24th August 1993 – 21:00
After this, there’s a trailer for The Buddha of Suburbia, Stark, and Wild Palms. Then the tape ends. A short one again, I’m afraid.