Quantum Leap (1989–1993)
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Permanent Wave - June 2, 1983 

Sam leaps into a hair dresser to prevent the death of a murder witness.


Scott Bakula


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Beverly Bridges




Episode cast overview:
Scott Bakula ... Dr. Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell ... Admiral Al Calavicci
Doran Clark Doran Clark ... Laura
Lela Ivey Lela Ivey ... Chloe
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Kyle
Harry Groener ... Detective Ward
Christine Cattell ... Mimi
Stephen Kay ... Ralph
Candi Brough Candi Brough ... Elsa
Randi Brough Randi Brough ... Lisel
Robert Jacobs Robert Jacobs ... Frank


Sam leaps into the body of Frank Bianca, a hairdresser in Los Angeles just as there's a shooting at the pharmacy next door. He lives with Laura and her son Kyle and he has just let the boy go next door to get some candy. The boy is unharmed but the pharmacist is killed and Kyle may be the only witness. Laura refuses to let Kyle cooperate with the police since her husband once witnessed a crime and was killed before he could give evidence. The detective on the case desperately wants to speak to Kyle but Sam can't convince Laura that they should do the right thing. Time is running out as Al tells him that both Kyle and his mom will be killed in the next 48 hours and he's there to stop it. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

16 October 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode takes place in Beverly Hills, California on June 2, 1983 and in Beverly Hills and Lake Arrowhead, California on June 3, 1983. See more »


While Al and Sam are talking outside the salon, in a moment of frustration, Al taps Sam on the shoulder three times in succession. But of course, he wouldn't be able to do that if he were a hologram. See more »


[last lines]
[Sam has offered to teach Kyle to swim, like a father would his son]
Kyle: Father?
Laura: What're you saying, Frank?
Dr. Sam Beckett: Um...
Admiral Al Calavicci: That's okay. Frank and Laura get married.
Dr. Sam Beckett: I guess... I guess I'm... asking you to marry me - Frank. M-me.
Laura: You guess?
Admiral Al Calavicci: I guess, "guess" is not the best choice of words, Sam.
Dr. Sam Beckett: [chuckles and clears throat] Will you marry me?
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References Quantum Leap: Future Boy - October 6, 1957 (1991) See more »

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