Meanwhile, on Quantum Leap, Sam is taken care of by a gorgeous black woman, who will turn out to be in dire trouble and also somehow also related to him. As she proceeds to mop down his fevered brow with a washcloth, a shirtless Quantum gasps awake. She assures him she's "a friend" and reminds him that war's a dirty business. Where are they getting these weak-ass lines? It's like they just stopped trying. And it's the FIRST EPISODE OF THE SEASON! Oy. Her name is Alicia Travers and she wants to know what the last thing is that Quantum remembers. "Well, I was a baseball player and I had just hit a home run, which is funny because I even don't know how to play baseball, but I had to do it to save someone's life who was in dire trouble and then they turned out to be related to me," Dr. Mathra snorts. Don't mind him, I've discovered the joys of TiVo capturing 3 AM Quantum Leaps and he's irritated with me for subjecting our apartment to marathons. Alicia tells him his SS "friends" are dead, which is how we all like them. She fusses over him a bit more with the damp washcloth and confuses him by calling him "sailor." "Yeah, the patch on your shirt says Enterprise -- you must've made it off before it sank. How'd you wind up all the way over here?" Oh, are we supposed to feel all choked up that in this alt timeline the U.S.S. Enterprise sank instead of earning the twenty-or-so battle stars at Midway, Iwo Jima, and Guadalcanal, among others? Because I don't. It may have something to do with that Giant Reset Button Throbbing in the Sky, or it may have something to do with Contrivance's big ol' pocket handkerchief soppily embroidered with the lyrics to "When the Swallows Return to Capistrano" in a pattern illustrating the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Quantum doesn't know how he got there and asks where "there" is. Brooklyn. For some unfathomable reason, the music wants us to believe this is a huge revelation, and I'd love, love, LOVE to think it's because of the quote "Well, there are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn't advise you to try to invade" (thank you, Demian), but I'm giving the writers far too much credit for that sort of subtlety. And intelligence. And imagination. And class. Oh, and here is where Quantum mutters something about it being World War II. Alicia says she hasn't heard it called that before, BUT if it is 1944, as they just said it was, people were actually already calling it just that. She probably doesn't get out much. Or listen to the radio. Or read newspapers. Or talk to anyone in the underground who has access to everything, including ground beef and news.
Episode Report CardKeckler: C | 358 USERS: B-
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