Episode 8 of 22 within Season Two. Item 16 of 95 overall.
Production number 65407.
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Since mainstreaming the mentally retarded is not yet a popular concept, Sam must help Jimmy LaMotta, the "slow" young man he's leaped into, get a job and gain his coworkers' acceptance, to prevent his brother from returning Jimmy to the institution.

original airdate--November 22,1989   rating--10.4 million 

Leap Date-October 14,1964

Place-Oakland,California                    Leapee-Jimmy LaMotta

Songs: "Quantum Leap Theme Song" by Mike Post

  1. Mary Wells -- "My Guy"

Goofs: Near the beginning when we see Jimmy's reflection in the mirror, part of Sam's arm and sleeve can be seen for an instant.


  • The poster in Corey's room of "The Mighty Thor" was released in the late 80s, close to the time the episode's original air date in contrast to 1964 when the episode took place. The logo on the poster was designed by an artist at Marvel Comics sometime in the mid-80s.
  • Al tells Sam that Jimmy has the IQ of a twelve year old. While IQ is related to age, IQ being the comparison of ones physical age to ones mental development, the broad spectrum of this comment makes it null, Since a Twelve year old can have an IQ from 0 to 200, everyone effectively has the IQ of a twelve year old. It would be better fit to describe his functionality as being that of a particular age as it references development in a readily understandable and more accurate way. There are twelve year old geniuses and twelve year old imbeciles.
  • While Jimmy (Sam) and his brother share their lunch on the pier at work, the brother grabs an individually wrapped Twinkie from Jimmy. Twinkies did not come individually wrapped in 1964. You could only purchase them in a twin-pack.


Trivia: Al had a mentally retarded sister named Trudy who was in a mental hospital. She died in 1953, and the institution claimed it was from pneumonia.

Opening narration by Scott Bakula
It all started when a time travel experiment I was conducting went..."a little caca". In the blink of a cosmic clock, I went from quantum physicist to Air Force test-pilot. Which could have been fun...if I knew how to fly. Fortunately, I had help – an observer from the project named Al. Unfortunately, Al's a hologram, so all he can lend is moral support. Anyway, here I am, bouncing around in time, putting things right that once went wrong, a sort of time traveling Lone Ranger, with Al as my Tonto. And I don't even need a mask... ("Oh Boy")


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