Quantum Leap

Quantum Leap (1989)

12 mistakes in season 5

Mirror Image - August 8, 1953 - S5-E22

Continuity mistake: When Sam tells Al the bartender that he knows another Al who uses the term "caca," Al leans over toward him to say, "Common expression." The camera angle reverses, and Al is abruptly not leaning any more, but standing back from the bar in his earlier position.

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Mirror Image - August 8, 1953 - S5-E22

Audio problem: During Sam's conversation with the bearded Russian miner, each of them plainly mouths the word "stone," but for some reason, the word is both times dubbed over with "slate."

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Nowhere to Run - August 10, 1968 - S5-E4

Factual error: Twice in this episode, characters refer to the Vietnam war being over. But the setting is 1968. The Vietnam war didn't end until 1975.

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Lee Harvey Oswald (1) - October 5, 1957 - November 22, 1963 - S5-E1

Continuity mistake: In the Japanese bar, when Sam takes a drink from the beer bottle, the label is facing him. When Oswald (who is Sam's reflection in the mirror) takes the same drink, the label has rotated several degrees and is facing outward, away from him.

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A Tale of Two Sweeties - February 25, 1958 - S5-E12

Revealing mistake: Sam's reflection in the mirror near the beginning of the episode drops his handkerchief too quickly after wiping his mouth, making things not match up.

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Leaping of the Shrew - September 27, 1956 - S5-E3

Factual error: On the island, Vanessa sees Venus in the sky and it looks very dark. The other shots show the sun is still up so the Venus sighting wouldn't look like that.

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Leaping of the Shrew - September 27, 1956 - S5-E3

Continuity mistake: The wide shot of the raft shows clear skies but the closeups are all cloudy.

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Leaping of the Shrew - September 27, 1956 - S5-E3

Revealing mistake: The background while Scott is on the raft with Brooke Shields is blatantly a studio wall. The clouds have streaks on them with dark colors and the seam where the ocean meets the wall can be spotted. The film "The Truman Show" used the same technique.

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Deliver Us From Evil - March 19, 1966 - S5-E7

Revealing mistake: When Ilia is spurned by Sam, she sits on the bed and rips her clothes. When she goes to scratch her face, you can see the fake blood on her hand when she goes to smear it on her face.

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Mirror Image - August 8, 1953 - S5-E22

Other mistake: At the very end of the episode, the last thing to show on the screen are the words "Dr. Sam Becket never returned home." They spelled Beckett wrong.

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Goodbye Norma Jean - April 4, 1960 - S5-E18

Factual error: Sam leaps into Marilyn Monroe's chauffeur in April, 1960. But the car he's driving her around in is a 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible. The 1960 had prominent tail fins, the redesigned '61 did not, so the difference is noticeable. This is a model Marilyn could not have purchased until, at the earliest, September of 1960.

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Trilogy (3) - July 28, 1978 - S5-E10

Deliberate mistake: Sam, and not the man he leaps into, somehow fathers a daughter with Abigail. Al and Ziggy's answer to "How?" is "We just don't know." Since Sam has always leaped into the physical body of his subjects with no trace of his own physical presence (yes, we see Sam, but no one else does), fathering a child with his own DNA should be impossible. And the characters acknowledging the "mystery" does not excuse the breach of previously established series canon: it merely makes this, at the very least, a deliberate mistake.

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Suggested correction: It is explained several times within the series, particularly in 8 1/2 Months, that Sam himself is physically making the leaps but that he occupies the aura of the leapee - this is why others do not see him as Sam. This is also shown to be the case when he leaps into a blind man but can still see or a man with both legs amputated and yet Sam can walk. This being the case, it doesn't seem impossible for him to have fathered a child during a leap and does not go against canon in suggesting he did.

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