Quantum Leap

Quantum Leap (1989)

17 mistakes in season 1

Genesis (1) - September 13, 1956 - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: The shaving cream smeared on Sam's face looks nothing at all like the cream on his reflection's (Tom's) face in the mirror.

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Genesis (1) - September 13, 1956 - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Al is standing next to the juke box, Sam walks over to make a selection, and when Al starts talking his reflection is visible on the glass. Later in this episode, Sam is talking to Al at the sink of the dressing room at the ball park. As Sam looks into the mirror he says he thinks Al is a vampire, to which Al replies, "Neurological holograms don't reflect, Sam."

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How the Tess Was Won - August 5, 1956 - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: Though he's leaped into someone else, we always see Sam as Sam, dressed in all the host's clothes (including glasses or sunglasses). His host is revealed only in reflections. But here, when he looks at his host-self in the mirror, the hat and clothes are all identical - except that the reflection is wearing glasses, and Sam isn't.

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Genesis (1) - September 13, 1956 - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: A confused Sam/Tom stumbles out into the yard bare-chested with shaving cream smeared on his face and neck. In the next shot, though he hasn't touched it, the cream is suddenly all over his chest as well.

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The Color of Truth - August 8, 1955 - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: After Miss Melanie's son leaves, Sam/Jessie reaches out to steady her. His left hand is on her shoulder until the camera angle changes, when both his hands are at his sides. Change angles again, and his hand is back on her shoulder.

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The Color of Truth - August 8, 1955 - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: When Sam leaves the jail after the Sheriff has released him from custody, we can see Sam's reflection, not Jesse Tyler's, in the window on the door as it swings shut behind Sam.

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Star-Crossed - June 15, 1972 - S1-E3

Revealing mistake: Sam stares at himself in the mirror and takes out his wallet to determine who he's leaped into. But the "reflection" in the mirror lowers the wallet and looks back up before Sam does.

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Double Identity - November 8, 1965 - S1-E6

Factual error: The episode takes place November 9, 1965. After the haircut incident they are seen moving away from a theater with Doctor Zhivago on the marquee, but the movie was released December 22, 1965, a month and a half after the scene is supposed to take place.

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Genesis (1) - September 13, 1956 - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: In the shower, the Burma Shave cream on Sam's face changes from being partially washed off to being thick and foamy, then back to partially washed off.

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Phixius

Genesis (1) - September 13, 1956 - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: Al casts a shadow on the airplane. That's should not occur, since Al is a hologram.

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Genesis (2) - September 13, 1956 - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: When Sam ejects from the X-2 and parachutes to safety, he lands on the desert floor and the chute comes down on top of him, covering him completely. In the very next shot, we see him lying face up and the parachute has entirely disappeared.

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Play It Again, Seymour - April 14, 1953 - S1-E9

Revealing mistake: After Sam nearly falls down the elevator shaft, the scene fades and comes back in with Sam speaking to the landlord about the incident. The landlord brushes off Sam's hat with his hand and hands it to him. The brushing motion was played in reverse first to extend the length of the action.

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How the Tess Was Won - August 5, 1956 - S1-E5

Plot hole: The ranch is 50,000 acres, which is around 78 square miles. This is about 3.5 times the size of Manhattan Island. Yet they only appear to have four or five ranch hands to cover all that land, which would be impossible.

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The Right Hand of God - October 24, 1974 - S1-E4

Other mistake: In the locker room, the old man's hair is pulled down over his right eye, away from the mirror as his right side is toward the wall. In the reflection, his hair is facing toward the mirror over his left eye, rather than away over his right.

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The Right Hand of God - October 24, 1974 - S1-E4

Revealing mistake: As Sam looks in the mirror, the trainer's reflection puts its right hand on Sam's right shoulder a split second before the camera view hand.

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Genesis (1) - September 13, 1956 - S1-E1

Revealing mistake: Tom/Sam's wife and her reflection on the mirror do not match. The reflection moves her head, but the real person does not do that.

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The Color of Truth - August 8, 1955 - S1-E7

Factual error: The episode takes place in Alabama, however when Sam and the old lady are in the cemetery before Al shows up, there are mountains in the background.

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