Dickerson Multi-Media, Inc. / Channel Guide / June 22 – June 28, 1991

`Quantum leap' keeps Dean Stockwell

By Lynn Hoogenboom

Dean Stockwell has always had an unusual screen persona – from "The Boy with Green Hair" (1948), which he did as a child; to "Compulsion" (1959), which he did as a young man; to the more recent "Blue Velvet" (1986) and "Married to the Mob" (1988)

But even for Stockwell, "Quantum Leap" is a little outside the norm. For one thing, it's his first TV series.

"I can see that one series could be different from another, but I definitely like this one," he says. "I enjoy the heck out of it. I'd like to do it for the full five or six years."

For another, his character is a hologram. "I stand up all the time. I never lean on anything," he says.

The NBC series regularly airs Wednesdays, but this week, dubbed "Quantum Leap Week," it will air Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday as well.

One of the reasons Stockwell is so enthusiastic about "Quantum Leap"
is his co-star, Scott Bakula.

"In the first season, when I began to realize how well we were working together and how much I liked him, I would think to myself, `Jeez, what if it had gone the other way and I'd signed on for a series and I found out I hated the guy, or he hated me?'"
Stockwell says. "It would be awful."

The series features Bakula as a young scientist who is trapped in the past. Every episode, Sam temporarily "leaps" into the body of a new person living sometime in the past 35 years, frequently so he can avert an oncoming tragedy. His only guidance comes from the sometimes unreliable Albert (Stockwell), who lives in the present, has a strong regard for the opposite sex, and appears to Sam as a hologram.

There's only one period that Stockwell, who has lived through all the years covered in "Quantum Leap," feels the show doesn't do well.

"The toughest era is the 60's with the hippies and flower children," he says. "Whenever that's involved, it doesn't seem right. Even though you dress them and put Afros on the black guys and put signs in their hands, the life or magic is missing."

This past season ended with an unusual cliffhanger. After Sam "leaped," both he and Albert landed in the 40's, (before Sam was born). As the show concluded, it became apparent that it is Albert who has landed in that period, and Sam is now a hologram. That opens up some intriguing possibilities. Might the role reversal last an
entire season?

"I don't know about an entire season," says Stockwell. "I think two episodes at the most. But we've established a precedent that this could happen. So at any given moment…"


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