QLP 033 Leap Of Faith

QLP-Leap-of-FaithIn the thirty-third installment of The Quantum Leap Podcast, Albie and Heather discuss season three, episode three “Leap Of Faith”. There are first impressions, an episode recap, thoughts and opinions, listener feedback, a great interview with Bud Sabatino, who played Sam’s leapee, Father Frank Pistano.  Also, two great segments from Christopher DeFilippisThe Italian Problem, and Quantum Leap Radio Sightings: Genesis Redux. Also an article from Hayden McQueenie about Al, and religion in Quantum Leap. And an awesome song, I Always Feel Like (I’m Gonna Quantum Leap) – Rockwell Parody by Bonecage.


00:00:00 – QLP openingbudsmile 300
00:03:06 – Hello – First impressions
00:06:48 – Episode recap
00:18:01 – Main discussion/Episode breakdown
01:16:48 – Interview with Bud Sabatino
01:39:23 – Promo for Thinking Outside The Long Box
01:40:16 – Promo for Back To The Future: The Animated Series Podcast
01:41:44 – Promo for The Quantum Leap Podcast Short Fiction Contest
01:43:06 – Clip from the Tommy Thompson Interview about LOF
01:45:46 – Christopher DeFilippis The Italian Problem
01:52:19 – Feedback
02:09:48 – Hayden McQueenie
02:17:44 – I Always Feel Like by Bonecage
02:20:53 – News – robhasawebsite.com
02:24:29 – Trivia
02:26:49 – Quantum Leap Radio Sightings: Genesis Redux
02:29:33 – On the next episode
02:31:54 – Credits


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Tripping the Couture Fantastic with Jean-Pierre Dorléac

Jean-Pierre Dorléac @spclsmthin
Jean-Pierre Dorléac @spclsmthin

Tripping the Couture Fantastic with Jean-Pierre Dorléac

Christopher DeFilippis

He imaginatively dressed up Lorne Greene in TV’s Battlestar Galactica and artfully dressed down Brooke Shields in the cult classic film The Blue Lagoon. But Quantum Leap fans will best remember costume designer Jean-Pierre Dorléac for giving their favorite show its most iconic image, and for giving their favorite hologram his flamboyant style.

In our post Mad Men, nostalgia-driven media culture, it’s hard to remember a time when costumes weren’t so much wistful distractions to be blogged about as they were tools to transport viewers into another time and place. And when it comes to embodying eras gone by, Don Draper ain’t got nothing on Sam Beckett.

And that’s thanks to Dorléac. In his series-long tenure as costume designer for Quantum Leap, Dorléac had one of the most important jobs on show. When Sam Leapt into a new time and place, his first clue as to who and where he was was often his outfit. It was a crucial, visual shorthand for both the character and the viewers—one that required Dorléac to reliably recreate four decades worth of fashions.

He rose to the challenge brilliantly; whether tracking a dropper named Clapper as noirish Nick Allen in “Play it Again, Seymour,” fighting sexism as a stylishly-dressed Samantha Stormer in “What Price Gloria” or romancing on the high seas as wealthy playboy Philip Dumont in “Sea Bride,” Sam convincingly inhabited any era a story required. And Dorléac made it look so natural and effortless that he was nominated for four Emmys for his work on Quantum Leap (including for the aforementioned “Sea Bride”). In fact, his QL period costuming was so effective that it is now studied in university classes.

But not only did Dorléac have to faithfully recreate the past. He also had to give viewers a glimpse of the future. And his fashion choices have given Quantum Leap its signature genre style.

SamleapingThe designer’s futuristic flourishes take front and center in the show’s very first scenes. Al’s neon star lapel pin and matching shoe appliques are prominently featured in the tease for “Genesis,” as are Tina’s LED high heels and earrings. And while we’re still grinning over this retro-future chic, Dorléac hits us with Quantum Leap’s most iconic image: Sam, in his clean, white Fermi suit, arms outstretched, being buffeted by quantum energy in the Accelerator Chamber as he prepares for his first Leap.

Fashion, both real and imagined, was critical to the success of Quantum Leap. And fashion would remain the show’s primary tool to differentiate the past from the future, embodied mainly by Al.

Al OutfitAl’s flamboyant fashion choices were a brilliant counterpoint to Sam’s historic mien. And while the metallic fabrics, funky cuts and garish hues may have started out as a visual gimmick to make the hologram an anachronistic standout in Sam’s pedestrian surroundings, they evolved into an abiding character statement for Al. For a man who spent five years in filthy black rags as a POW, Al’s colorful clothes proclaim that he remains unbroken, and that he’s full of joy and lust and a zest for life.

Quantum Leap wasn’t the first time Dorléac recreated historical fashions for show creator Donald P. Bellisario. They started working together on Bellisario’s 1930’s era series Tales of the Gold Monkey. And Dorléac lent his futuristic vision to a parade of genre shows through the 1970s and 80s: Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century, Automan, The Greatest American Hero, Max Headroom, Knight Rider and the aforementioned Battlestar Galactica, for which he won his first Emmy. And his impressive roster of film work includes another time travel classic, Somewhere in Time, starring the late Christopher Reeve.

TNT CoverDorléac has chronicled his storied career in his new memoir, The Naked Truth: An Irreverent Chronicle of Delirious Escapades. In it, the costume designer relates never-before-told, behind-the-scenes stories about working in theater, couture, television and film.

And in the vein of those never-before-told stories, The Quantum Leap Podcast is proud to bring you Jean-Pierre Dorléac’s first-ever interview about his work on Quantum Leap. Listen as he recounts his time with Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell and the unique challenges presented by Sam’s trips through time. Along the way he tells us more about The Naked Truth, and his passion to preserve historic Hollywood fashions.

Join us as we take this couturistic leap!


Signed copies of The Naked Truth: An Irreverent Chronicle of Delirious Escapades, are available at Mr. Dorléac’s website jean-pierredorleac.com

The Naked Truth: An Irreverent Chronicle of Delirious Escapades is also available on Amazon.com and wherever good books are sold.

QLP 013 Blind Faith


In the thirteenth installment of The Quantum Leap Podcast, Albie and Heather discuss Season two episode five “Blind Faith”. There’s first impressions, an episode recap, thoughts and opinions, listener feedback, a segment by  Hayden McQueenie, and a fun interview with Jennifer Rhodes who played Agnes Stevens, Michelle’s mom in Blind Faith.

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QLP 005 Double Identity


In the fifth installment of The Quantum Leap Podcast, Albie and Heather discuss Season One episode six “Double Identity”. There’s first impressions, an episode recap, thoughts and opinions, listener feedback, a special announcement about our giveaway and much more.

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Quantum Leap

1576762626990ae0808cb66e791c2de7ac1f8fe4.jpgTheorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished…He woke 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.

Quantum Leap is an American television series that was broadcast on NBC from March 26, 1989 to May 5, 1993, for a total of five seasons. The series was created by Donald P. Bellisario, and starredScott Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett, a quantum physicist from the near future who becomes lost in time following a time travel experiment, temporarily taking the places of other people to “put right what once went wrong”. Dean Stockwell co-starred as Al Calavicci, Sam’s womanizing, cigar-smoking sidekick and best friend, who appeared as a hologram that only Sam, animals, young children, and the mentally ill could see and hear.[3] The series featured a mix of comedy, drama and melodrama, social commentary, nostalgia, and science fiction, which won it a broad range of fans. One of its trademarks is that at the end of each episode, Sam “leaps” into the setting for the next episode, usually uttering a dismayed “Oh, boy!”

Despite struggling on Friday nights in its brief first season, the show was renewed by NBC because of its impressive 18-49 demographics. The series was moved to Wednesdays where it performed well in comparison to other fan-favorite series Wiseguy and China Beach. It was moved twice away from Wednesdays to Fridays in late 1990 and to Tuesdays in late 1992 where it also performed well. The series finale aired in its successful Wednesday slot in May 1993.

In 2004 and 2007, Quantum Leap was ranked #15 and #19 on TV Guide’s “Top Cult Shows Ever”.[1]

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_Leap