Episode 50 - S3E11 - Runaway
Episode 49 -S4E12 - Running for Honor
This week we're joined by Susan Ritta to discuss an episode that, frankly, we all hated.
Dawn came back from CrimeCon basically a detective, but even she couldn't track down Camp Chipmunk. Help her find it!
We discuss the age old trope of putting a grown man in a striped t-shirt and baseball cap to make him look like a child, and whether or not MAD Magazine has ever done a Shakespeare parody issue.
Wanna watch a documentary about show chickens? Has Dawn got a recommendation for you!
We need your help settling this debate: does America still have chimp-themed roadside attractions? Let us know in our Facebook group!
The next episode covers Season 2, Episode 8 Jimmy
Episode 48 - S2E5 - Blind Faith
In this week’s episode we discuss stained glass, super fans of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and this super CW episode around homophobia, slurs, sexism and well you get the idea- it’s a hard watch but we did it with our guest Andrew.
Besides a lot of really unfortunate comments from Al, we all take note that the 80s hair is pretty on point in this episode. We’re looking at you Admiral’s daughter. Also Dawn knows nothing about track.
We tried our best to handle the sensitive nature of the topics in this episode and also work through how the show runners didn’t always get it right.
Next episode covers Season 3, Episode 11 Runaway.
Episode 47 - S3E3 - Leap of Faith
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice! Or, if you’re Sam Beckett, you just Leap onto the stage. This week we are once again joined by Katie Redford to discuss Blind Faith. Rachel just can’t get over how bad the guide dog is, while Katie is endlessly delighted by Pete The Cop’s macabre slang terms. Meanwhile, all 3 of us agree that the episode would have been a million percent improved if they’d cut the last 3 minutes.
Does anyone else remember that Helen Thomas sketch Dawn was talking about? Also, did anyone get their hands on that Wounded Jeff Goldblum Funko? For real, we want that. Badly. Should we change our intro theme song to Dawn and Rachel squawking the Quantum Leap theme as chickens? Vote now! Find all Katie’s cool crafts at Brightems around the internet!
Next week’s episode is Season 3 Episode 22 Running for Honor
Episode 46 - S4E15 - A Song for the Soul
Happy birthday Beckett to the Future! One year ago we were way back in 1862 and today we’re 101 years in the future covering Leap of Faith with our first ever Patreon guest Shannon Kelly!
In this week’s episode we discuss haircuts, dog birthdays, the Rocky series, difficulty purchasing tickets to live performances, and how little any us know about Catholicism. Please, anyone from the Philadelphia weigh in on whether Rachel’s joke about the pronunciation of “water” landed at all. She’s been on tenterhooks.
Next week’s episode is Season 2 Episode 5 Blind Faith
Episode 45 - S2E20 - Maybe Baby
This week we are joined by Riley Silverman to discuss A Song For The Soul.
We spend more than a little time lamenting how long ago the 90s were. Also, why is Sam such a bad singer in this episode? He has a doctorate in music! And Riley wants to know WHO Sam is talking to in those voiceovers.
We get an appearance from a baby-faced Eric La Salle, which prompts some discussion about how E.R. is responsible for Rachel's irrational helicopter phobia. That show got NUTS.
Can 15 year olds legally sign contracts? Can they really get the head of Decca Records on the phone? Let us know what you think!
Check out Riley's writing on http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/fangrrls and listen to her jokes on the International Waters podcast and her album Intimate Apparel.
Next week’s episode is Season 3 Episode 3 Leap of Faith.
Episode 44 - S3E10 - A Little Miracle
Today we are joined by Melissa Meli of the Amateur Detective Club and Blank History Month podcasts to discuss the madcap misadventures of Season 2, Episode 20: Maybe Baby. We're all big fans of Julie Brown's other work so we're excited to find out how good of a writer she and her brother are in the field of episodic 1990's television.
Meanwhile: stay tuned for another exciting installment of "Dawn Buys a Water-Pik!"
Next week’s episode is Season 4 Episode 15 A Song For The Soul
Episode 43 - S2E14 - All-Americans
We are joined by returning guest Russ Feder, of the Mad About Mad About You podcast.
CW this week for some discussion of suicide, as we have a SECOND episode featuring actor Charles Rocket playing a DIFFERENT CHARACTER than we saw him portray in Leap For Lisa.
This week's ep is quite possibly the new favorite version of A Christmas Carol for all of us, and hands down features one of the best Al outfits ever created.
Did you know that Dawn's grandpa, Red Grey, got to pick his own name? And Russ has an uncle Red Redd! What's everyone's favorite chromatic name? Let us know!
Let's hear everyone's elaborate explanations about how Sam drove across New York City via the Golden Gate Bridge! That's some pretty sloppy stock footage there, Quantum Leap.
Special shoutout to Charles Dickens, who shockingly didn't even get a story credit for this script. You'll make it one day, Charlie. Keep at it.
Next week’s episode is Season 2 Episode 20 Maybe Baby
Episode 42 - S3E21 - Nuclear Family
Today we welcome back Ileana Garcia to discuss long sweaters, menudo, shoddy locker room construction, and high school football. In this seemingly misplaced episode Sam leaps into a Mexican-American teenager and seems suspiciously surprised to take in that very long mirror shot.
Al is characteristically gross about cheerleaders, even by 1990’s standards.
Next week’s episode is Season 3, Episode 10 A Little Miracle.
Episode 41 - S2E4 - What Price Gloria?
We are joined by returning guest Tim Stevens this week to discuss one of the more stressful episodes we've watched to date. If the threat of nuclear was stresses you out as much as it does Dawn, this might not be the episode for you.
We spend a fun diversion fancasting a modern day Quantum Leap, then dive straight into the heavy stuff. Do you think you could get an underground one bedroom apartment put in your back yard for 19 grand or less?
Mad props to Dawn for being the only one of us to realize we were looking at the kid from Don't Tell Mom, The Babysitter's Dead.
And in case anyone was as worried as we were about Sam the Dog, spoiler alert he's totally safe.
Next week's episode is Season 2, Episode 14 All Americans
Episode 40 - S4E2 - Play Ball
CW: Sexism, Sexual Overtones, Harassment, Suicide Ideation, Transphobia and Sexual Assault
This week Dawn and Rachel are joined by Dennis Frymire of Fate’s Wide Wheel: A Quantum Leap Podcast, our RIVAL, I mean companion podcast to discuss Season 2, Episode 4 “What Price, Gloria?”
We had some tricky audio issues and did our best. We apologize.
Shout out to Christy and her Robocop dick mug, hope you love it!
This has some very cringe-worthy moments, including those around women working in the office, extra material affairs, post-marriage expectations of secretaries- all in all, a very cis-heteronormative perspective weaves throughout this episode. Sam has not mastered the heel—we mean the shoe—and pretty much all men in this episode, including Sam induce some sighs, eyerolls, and anger.
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Next week’s episode is Season 3 Episode 21 Nuclear Family
Episode 39 - S3E16 - Southern Comforts
Rachel and Dawn are joined by Jack Cuellar to discuss Play Ball, a baseball episode that really swings for the fences. It tries to do everything at once, and it almost succeeds.
We talk a lot about our Patreon stretch goal to make Rachel watch Roadhouse, because we recorded this *before* we HIT THAT GOAL LAST WEEK! Stay tuned for our Roadhouse bonus episode.
Jack helps open our eyes to the fact that Rachel's boyfriend is basically Al and Dawn's husband is Sam. WHAT HAVE WE DONE?!
The one thing we can all agree emphatically on in this episode is that the pig is completely adorable.
CWs this episode for homophobia, transphobia, racism, and sexism. It's a real doozy.
Next week's episode is Season 2 Episode 4 What Price Gloria?
Episode 38 - S1E8 - Camikazi Kid
CW: Sexual Overtones, Domestic Violence and Prostitution
This week Dawn and Rachel are joined by Ileana Garcia to discuss Southern Comforts from Season 3, Episode 16. Oh and Pat Richardson from Good Morning Peoria, Episode 34, listened to and liked us. WE are OVER THE MOON!
Discovery! We all have poor bladder habits, all the while, dissecting the storied history of the prostitution district in New Orleans and lots of commentary on finishing schools Rachel also uncovers the smizing of prostitution, think virgin, ya’ll. Sam ends up being a champion of rights for this brothel and one main person in particular, Gina, but the whole white savior complex is alive and well.
Even though Rachel doesn’t do research she does have a sound knowledge base on Shriner’s. Apologies for Dawn’s audio, her microphone wasn’t being its best self.
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Next week’s episode is Season 4 Episode 2 Play Ball
Episode 37 - S4E7 - The Wrong Stuff
We are joined by Vanessa Riley, of the Square Roots podcast, who is definitely a bigger Quantum Leap fan than Ollie Brady.
This is our second episode featuring Beverly Hills 90210 alumni, but we don't have a music video this time around. It turns out we were pretty much all Team Brandon. Sorry Dylan.
We talk about Grease and the peace corps, and exactly how much clothing is removed in a typical "pantsing." Also, in the old age homes of the future, what nostalgia will take over every "theme" party our grandkids organize for us? Skrillix or Nirvana?
In what may possibly be the worst "celebrity cameo" we've seen to date, Sam teaches a young Michael Jackson how to moonwalk.
Next week's episode is Season 3, Episode 16 Southern Comforts
Episode 36 - S2E1 - Honeymoon Express
CW: Vomiting, Animal Cruelty
This week Dawn and Rachel are a duo and up for a discussion is one of the more controversial episodes of Quantum Leap history: The Wrong Stuff.
Astro-chimp or Chimponaut, please weigh in? All funny jokes aside, this episode really tugged on our heart strings and does a good job on the history of the NASA astro-chimp program. Also, Al is a great look out.
Next week's episode is Season 1 Episode 8 "The Camikazi Kid"
Episode 35 - S5E18 - Goodbye Norma Jean
No guest this week, and Dawn and Rachel discuss Honeymoon Express.
It's the premiere of season 2, and to celebrate we're treated what must surely be the snarkiest senate subcommittee budget hearing that has ever come to order.
Much discussion about how changing history should be giving Al even worse swiss cheese brain than Sam has. How does he remember both timelines?!?
Sam is unsurprisingly very prudish and moralistic about sex, and we get what may be our creepiest villain ever. There's a reason Dawn nicknames him "Psycho Bond"
As a companion to this episode of Quantum Leap, Dawn and Rachel both highly recommend Paul Reubens' character's death scene in Buffy The Vampire Slayer (the movie)
(We promise, this will make sense after you listen)
Episode 34 - S2E6 - Good Morning Peoria
CW: Suicide and Drug Use
This week Dawn and Rachel are joined by Susan J. E. Ritta, WHO IS AMAZING. We have made to the 1960’s! This episode is Goodbye Norma Jean, Season 5 Episode 18.
Season 5 really went big on famous icons. Marilyn Monroe, played by a striking look-a-like, holds our gaze during this performance. Fabulous guest Susan coins the Bakula-Boner phrase, which royalties due to her if that takes off.
So Sam after 5 seasons still cannot read people. More importantly all three of us have lengthy dialogue on the sexplotation Marilyn Monroe experienced alive and in legacy. There is a lot of SWF, or Single White Female nods for those too young for that film reference. Also can we cut the voice over, Sam! We love you but yeesh!
Next week join us for Season 2, Episode 1, Honeymoon Express
Episode 33 - S4E21 - Stand Up
This week, Dawn and Rachel are joined this week by Russ Feder from the Mad About Mad About You podcast for a completely spoiler free discussion of The Last Jedi and a spoiler FULL discussion of Good Morning Peoria.
Topics include how terrible Sam is at charades, whether The Twist was a song before it was a dance, and how on earth this terribly run radio station is still on the air.
Did Dean Stockwell steal extra cigars from the props department and smuggle them off set in his oversized suits? The world may never know.
If you love Patricia Richardson aka Home Improvement Mom aka Jill Taylor, you'll love this episode. We sure did.
Next week join us for Season 2, Episode 1, Honeymoon Express
Episode 32 - S2E19 - Leaping In Without a Net
CW: Graphic Sexual Acts, Sexism/Assault, Mental Health
This week Dawn and Rachel are joined by returning guest Eric Hiltner. Rachel talks with so much passion about the Crow film/tv franchise and Dawn covers notable and interesting? cover models for Playgirl. With Eric’s help, we finally put the great turkey freezing/fresh debate to rest.
Also, this episode stars Bob Saget known for his stand-up, but to be honest, he’s more known as the lovable Danny Tanner on Full House… We tried to coin the phrase ’Saget-Head’ if it takes off, it was all us. Does anyone know the punchline to the opening monologue joke or the Breakfast Club joke? Email us, please. There is a fair amount of sexism, but Al has great clothes, we also try to note as much historical stuff as we can.
Apologies, we had some small audio issues on Dawn’s end.
Next week join us for Season 2 , Episode 6, Good Morning, Peoria!
Episode 31 - S3E9 - Rebel Without a Clue
CW: Circuses, animal handling/mishandling talk
This week Dawn and Rachel are joined by Jim Harper. Rachel shares some of her dad stories, complete with a stroll down gifts of years past. Dawn also has the eye opening realization she is her mother when it comes to holiday decorating.
Jim has an immense love of the film Summer School, Dawn does as well, but Rachel was terrified of it. This relates because the main character of this episode, Eva, is played by Fabiana Udenio or Anna-Maria from Summer School.
Rachel gives us a theory on accents and leaping and it truly checks out. We’re not quantum physicists, but we have strong opinions on Sam’s dance belt region, wink. We all really enjoyed this episode and definitely appreciated the rear of Scott Bakula. Sorry Jim.
Next week join us for Season 4, Episode 21, Stand Up
CW: Sexual Assault, Rape Overtones and Presumed Abuse
This week Dawn and Rachel are joined by Ollie Brady of Best Acquaintances. We apologize to our United Kingdom and Ireland listeners, we bought Rachel a map.
Ollie enlightens us on the science behind washing your face on television and we don’t buy Dillon as a biker, at all. Do you know your helmet and seatbelt laws? We learned them so you don’t have to. A central point of this episode is Jack Kerouac, which Becky has romanticized to the nth degree. We can’t blame her, each generation has that person.
While the subjects covered are important, the white knight/savior complex causes concern with us during the middle the episode. Also Ollie makes an astute observation that Kerouac is basically our generation’s Palahniuk. We did like this episode a lot.
Next week join us for Season 2, Episode 19, Leaping Without A Net.