Leap of Faith
Episode 3 of 22 within Season Three. Item 33 of 95 overall.
Production number 66408.
Karen Hall - Story
Nick Harding - Story
Tommy Thompson - Story
Tommy Thompson - Teleplay
James Whitmore Jr. - Director
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August 19,1963: These words by Sam in "Mirror Image" come to life as he leaps into the life of a priest who must prevent the murder of Father Mack, another priest at the church. Two young brothers may be involved as the older leads the younger down a dark road unless Sam can find a way for reform.

Meanwhile, Al is having problems with faith as well ever since his father died.

original airdate--October 12,1990  rating--9.0 million

network: NBC

music: "Quantum Leap Theme Song" by Mike Post & Velton Ray Bunch


Leapee--Father Frank Pistano



Sam Trivia--We see more of Sam's martial arts action, which must look quite humorous in the aura of an overweight, bald priest.

Al Trivia--We find out that Al lost his faith in the church at the age of ten when his father died of cancer just after making lots of money and buying a house for him, Al, and his sister. Al prayed his heart out until his father died, taking seriously his father's words that if he prayed, everything would be fine.

Trivia--Sam suggests that a young Sylvester Stallone try using beef in the meat freezer as a punching bag.

  • This might be the only episode that mentions the country of Canada. Joey suggests that his brother flee there.
  • The Irish priest seems to bless himself with his  left hand when he and Sam turn to leave the altar. From behind you see his arm moving, and it's his left. This would be very unusual indeed in a Catholic church!


Opening narration by Ziggy

Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. He awoke 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.


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Previous episode :
032 The Leap Home (II) Vietnam
Next episode :
034 One Strobe Over the Line

regional titles

Sprong van het geloof
Leap of Faith
Au nom du père
Der falsche Weg
Leap an Chreidimh
Miracolosamente insieme
Salto de fe