What was Quantum Leap about? Sam Beckett has a mishap, with some input from God, in his time travel experiment, jumping from body to body in post-WW2 America, righting wrongs and helping fix things. He has to jump to dates within his lifetime. It's about a Boomer who travels to the past with his modern sensibilities to help the 'right' side of history and teach those bastard parents and grandparents who held back progress. Here are the first several episodes. Have a vomit bag handy.
Episode 1 - Sacramento 1974 - Sam jumps into the body of a no good boxer who is dating a stripper. He ends up doing the right thing and helping the nuns. Lots of talk about redemption, hard work and faith. This had the God angle and didn't shove the lib propaganda down the viewers throat. Maybe the show would be a spiritual or religious show? Nope. This was it.
Episode 2 - Texas 1956 - Starts with veterinarian & a 20 something COWGIRL (Tess) who's father has threatened to disinherit her if she does not get married. She calls her dad by his first name and says that she won't breed with inferior stock. She says that any man she marries has to be more of a man than she is. Lost her mom at an early age and dad says that she'd have made a lady out of her rather than a cowboy. Tess asks why she can't have both. She says that no man can keep up with her. She has promised to marry a man on the ranch can keep up with her for a week. She gets the hotter, younger guy at the end. Lessons: women and men can do everything the same. Yes, feminism was even found on a 1950s Texas cattle ranch. She can play as a man and still get the handsome guy in the end.
Episode 3 - Brooklyn 1965 - Conflict is Sam leaps into body of guy banging side piece of mob boss. The mob boss can have her on the side but is forceful with controlling her. She flaunts her unrestrained sexuality. Sam eventually fixes it so that she can choose and marry the man she truly wants. Mafioso feminism lesson: unrestrained female sexuality should be rewarded.
Episode 4 - Alabama 1955 - Sam jumps into body of a black guy. Lunch counters, drinking fountains and even some n-bombs get dropped on TV. Al says that it's dangerous for Sam to be there in 1950's as a black man. Al was a freedom rider, which must have been before he was in Vietnam. References to Selma and really doing things down there in the past. When Sam is astonished that Ziggy can't find info on Jesse, al tells him that it's not unusual for a black man to have no records in the south 1950's. Sam manages to get the old lady to change her mind and sit with him in the diner. Lesson: a healthy dose of fighting racism here.
Episode 5 - SoCal 1961 - Sam jumps into teen who has a 22 year old sister about to get married in 3 days. She will be joining the peace corps with her new husband. Husband is lying to her and has no intention of joining corps. Sam finds out dude is beating her. He helps her see she can do better and reveals the kind of guy he is to all (drinks heavily like his dad and beats her when he's had too much). In the end, big sister goes off to peace corps and becomes a life long member and is overseas with husband doing good cathedral work. Lessons: men are evil, the source of all problems + will always lie.
Episode 6 - NYC 1954 - Sam leaps into a private investigator. Partner is killed and someone is after sam as well. Partner's widow quickly reveals that she is in love with Sam and never really loved her husband. She met him at age 17 and to a small town girl he seemed exciting (we can assume he was at least 10 years her senior). She said she loved the idea of him. For a while, it is implied that she is the killer, but it's some other dude, and she truly loves Sam. Lessons: marriage is oppressive and tricks young women into lives stuck with the wrong guy.
Episode 7 - 1960 train to Niagara falls - Newlywed couple (man is a cop and bride is studying for the bar). Bride is daughter of a Senator. Throughout the episode, Sam denies her sexual advances, getting her to study for the bar more. Crazy ex-husband tries to kill Sam. Sam kills him instead and is there to help woman pass the bar. At the same time, the quantum leap program is up for re-funding. The "mean old Senator" who is about to deny it because you can't prove that Sam is doing any good is replaced by the 'bride' 30 years in the future. She won the election in 1965. Because it was common for women barely over 30 to win US Senate elections in the 1960s. Lessons: women can be president/senator and you better support those dreams!
Episode 8 - Ohio 1953 - Sailor returning to US from japan to a small hometown in Ohio where they talk with Southern accents. He must persuade family and community to accept Japanese wife who dresses in traditional garb. Sam finds out his friend was there to help sister when she got knocked up and the town shunned and shamed her, forcing her to commit suicide by car crash. The episode ends with his mom accepting the bride by dressing in a kimono for the wedding ceremony. Lessons: accept single moms and repress your feelings and culture to accept the outsider at even the most precious of family moments.
Episode 9 - Detroit 1961 - Sam is a woman (also named sam). Sam is a super hot woman approached and harassed by men at every moment (he says sexual harassment, which the men ask 'what is that?'). Has a roommate and they work in the same office that designs cars in 1961. Roommate is involved with the boss who is married. When she finds out he is not leaving his wife for her, she tries to commit suicide. Sam stops her and finds out that roommate is only a secretary to meet "eligible men". since she is passed her prime at 27. Sam tells her that she can't use her job as an excuse to find men, and she has to like herself for someone to love her (good message). He encourages her to join the design team at work. Sam tells her she'll have to be twice as good as the men to be considered an equal (there it is). In the "future" outcome that Al tells, we find out that the roommate does eventually marry and have children. Sam ends up being part of the design team as well and has a lot of talent. She ends up being the head of the division. Her life story is that she never marries and adopts a girl. She also starts one of the first organizations for single parents in the country. Keep in mind, this is a beautiful woman in the 60's. Yeah, like she wouldn't get married. Whatever. Episode shows almost all men as scum. Lessons: men are evil, the office was a non-stop harassment factory, single parents are good, and why have a family when you can design cars for Detroit and adopt a kid to raise by yourself.
I'm not watching anymore. Fuck this show. The never-ending subtle and overt messages make the sci-fi and time travel element not fun anymore. This show is ruined for me now. All I see is some do-gooder Baby Boomer there to fix the past that his elders were screwing up. The most disgusting thing is that they constantly refer to God's influence in the program. God intends to have Sam change the past or complete a mission for the improvement of mankind. Final lesson from Quantum Leap, God is on the side of progressive causes nerds, so think about that as you design the technology to keep civilization afloat even if it doesn't value you.
"Why oh why didn't I take the blue pill?" - Cypher