The Best Episodes of Quantum Leap

The Leap Home

#1 - The Leap Home 8.81

Season 3 - Episode 1

November 25, 1969: As himself at the age of 16, Sam has the opportunity to both win the high school basketball championship and save his family from their sad fates.

Directors: Joe Napolitano
Shock Theater

#2 - Shock Theater 8.71

Season 3 - Episode 22

October 3, 1954: Leaping into Sam Bederman, a mental patient who is suffering from acute depression, Sam receives an overloaded electroshock treatment, which causes his Swiss-cheesed memory to be replaced by personas from previous leaps. Al, finding himself visible to the mentally absent, must try to complete Sam's mission, and convince him to take another shock treatment, in order to leap Sam out before contact is lost forever.

Directors: Joe Napolitano
The Leap Home Part II - Vietnam

#3 - The Leap Home Part II - Vietnam 8.55

Season 3 - Episode 2

April 7, 1970: As a Navy SEAL in his own brother's squad, Sam must determine whether he is there to save Tom's life or ensure the success of the mission on which his brother was killed. Also Al from 1970 was a P.O.W.

Directors: Michael Zinberg
The Leap Back

#4 - The Leap Back 8.53

Season 4 - Episode 1

June 15, 1945: Struck by lightning, Sam and Al find their roles reversed, as Sam returns to the future, and to a long-lost love, while Al leaps back to 1945 to prevent the death of a returning World War II hero and his former girl friend.

Directors: Michael Zinberg
Nuclear Family

#5 - Nuclear Family 8.44

Season 3 - Episode 21

October 26, 1962: Sam finds himself the brother of a fallout shelter salesman during the Cuban Missile Crisis, where he must defuse a potentially explosive situation as panic sets in on the night of John F. Kennedy's speech to the nation.

Directors: James Whitmore Jr.
Private Dancer

#6 - Private Dancer 8.42

Season 3 - Episode 14

October 6, 1979: An aspiring dancer working as a waitress in a strip club is in danger of being led into a life of prostitution unless Sam, as "Rod the Bod," can convince her to audition for a spot in a professional dance group. But, since she's deaf, the choreographer doesn't believe she has the time to give the young lady the attention she'll need.

Directors: Debbie Allen
Nowhere to Run

#7 - Nowhere to Run 8.42

Season 5 - Episode 4

August 10, 1968: As a Marine captain whose legs were amputated after a mishap in Vietnam, Sam finds himself in a veteran's hospital, where he must prevent the suicide of a fellow patient who would rather be dead than face life paralyzed from the neck down. Making matters worse, his wife seems incapable of accepting the fact that she and Sam's host can still lead a normal life, in spite of his condition.

Directors: Alan J. Levi
Leaping of the Shrew

#8 - Leaping of the Shrew 8.41

Season 5 - Episode 3

September 27, 1956: It's Robinson Crusoe with a twist when Sam leaps into a Greek sailor stranded on a deserted island with a beautiful young rich woman who appears to be less than fond of both him and their stranded situation.

Directors: Alan J. Levi

#9 - Hurricane 8.41

Season 4 - Episode 3

August 17, 1969: Sam meets Camille, and possibly a killer, when he leaps into a deputy sheriff in a small Mississippi town, lying in the path of a deadly hurricane.

Directors: Michael W. Watkins
Star Light, Star Bright

#10 - Star Light, Star Bright 8.40

Season 5 - Episode 6

May 21, 1966: Sam leaps into a 79-year-old man whose son wants to have him committed when he claims to have seen UFO's. Sam is kept busy as he tries to keep the family together, prevent the future drug overdose of "his" grandson, and avoid the sinister plans of the military, all before the next anticipated UFO sighting.

Directors: Christopher Hibler
The Last Door (3)

#11 - The Last Door (3) 8.40

Season 5 - Episode 10

July 28, 1978: Sam is an aging lawyer, recruited by Abigail, now thirty-three, to defend her when she is put on trial for the murder of Leta Aider, the woman whose daughter Abigail was accused of killing almost twenty-five years earlier.

Directors: James Whitmore Jr.
All Americans

#12 - All Americans 8.39

Season 2 - Episode 14

November 6, 1962: Keeping his best friend from throwing the high school championship football game, costing both of them their scholarship offers, Sam must also get their families to consolidate.

Directors: John Cullum
Another Mother

#13 - Another Mother 8.38

Season 2 - Episode 13

September 30, 1981: As a divorced mother of three, Sam's job of preventing his teenage son from running away, never to be seen again, is made more interesting by the fact that his youngest daughter can see both him and Al.

Directors: Joseph Scanlan
The Beast Within

#14 - The Beast Within 8.37

Season 5 - Episode 19

November 6, 1972: Sam leaps into Henry Adams, one of a trio of friends who fought in Vietnam and came home each with their own personal scars and the memory of a lost buddy. He has to save the life of a friend, Roy, as well as of a young boy, Daniel, who ventures into the woods of Washington looking for proof of Bigfoot.

Directors: Gus Trikonis
Good Morning, Peoria

#15 - Good Morning, Peoria 8.36

Season 2 - Episode 6

September 9, 1959: Rock 'n' roll is about to become big, but not in Peoria. That is, unless Sam, as DJ Howlin' Chick Howell, can manage to keep the radio station where he's employed from being shut down by overly conservative town elders.

Directors: Michael Zinberg
Lee Harvey Oswald (1)

#16 - Lee Harvey Oswald (1) 8.35

Season 5 - Episode 1

October 5, 1957 - November 22, 1963: As a result of leaping again before he had a chance to complete his original mission, Sam finds himself leaping back and forth through the life of Lee Harvey Oswald. Following the sole assassin theory, Sam and Al attempt to prevent Oswald's attack on John F. Kennedy. But, with each leap giving Oswald more control over Sam's body, history seems doomed to repeat itself.

Directors: James Whitmore Jr.
A Leap for Lisa

#17 - A Leap for Lisa 8.33

Season 4 - Episode 22

June 25, 1957: Sam leaps into Al Calavicci to prevent the death of his married lover. But when Sam accidentally alters history, and finds out too late about her untimely demise, it could mean the gas chamber for Al and disturbingly a whole new situation at Project Quantum Leap.

Directors: James Whitmore Jr.
So Help Me God

#18 - So Help Me God 8.31

Season 2 - Episode 9

July 29, 1957: Though he can't remember much more than habeas corpus, Sam finds himself the defense attorney for a young black woman accused of murdering the son of the most powerful man in a small Louisiana town.

Directors: Andy Cadiff
Her Charm

#19 - Her Charm 8.31

Season 2 - Episode 15

September 26, 1973: Protecting a female member of the witness protection program from a mafia hitman proves difficult for Sam, since the FBI appears to have an informant confounding his attempts to hide her.

Directors: Christopher T. Welch, Paul M. Belous, Robert Wolterstorff, Deborah Pratt, Donald P. Bellisario

#20 - Justice 8.28

Season 4 - Episode 4

May 11, 1965: Sam must don the robe of a Ku Klux Klansman in order to save the life of an ambitious young civil rights leader, who is trying to register black voters.

Directors: Rob Bowman
Memphis Melody

#21 - Memphis Melody 8.27

Season 5 - Episode 21

July 3, 1954: Sam swivels his hips into Elvis Presley, mere days before he is discovered. Along with making sure that Elvis does become the King, Sam must help Sue Anne, a local songbird, from being trapped in a not-so-gilded cage of marriage.

Directors: James Whitmore Jr.
Glitter Rock

#22 - Glitter Rock 8.26

Season 3 - Episode 17

April 12, 1974: Sam is a glitter rock star in danger of being stabbed to death after a performance, unless Sam can determine who, from a growing list of people, the real killer is.

Directors: Andy Cadiff
A Little Miracle

#23 - A Little Miracle 8.26

Season 3 - Episode 10

December 24, 1962: On Christmas Eve, Sam leap into Reginald Pierson, valet to a wealthy contractor, who is in danger of losing his soul in an attempt to demolish a Salvation Army mission, so he can build his "Blake's Plaza." Seeing a similarity to the Dickens's character, Sam and Al decide to "Scrooge" the greed out of the man.

Directors: Michael W. Watkins, Sandy Fries
Ghost Ship

#24 - Ghost Ship 8.23

Season 4 - Episode 16

August 13, 1956: Flying over the Bermuda Triangle, Sam, as the co-pilot, must prevent the flight from returning to Virginia, to get a seriously ill passenger to a doctor before she dies. Flying through the triangle is riskier than it seems, and Sam, deprived of Al's help when the hologram fades out, must get them through alive.

Directors: Anita Addison
Lee Harvey Oswald (2)

#25 - Lee Harvey Oswald (2) 8.22

Season 5 - Episode 2

October 5, 1957 - November 22, 1963: As a result of leaping again before he had a chance to complete his original mission, Sam finds himself leaping back and forth through the life of Lee Harvey Oswald. Following the sole assassin theory, Sam and Al attempt to prevent Oswald's attack on John F. Kennedy. But, with each leap giving Oswald more control over Sam's body, history seems doomed to repeat itself.

Directors: James Whitmore Jr.