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Old June 1st, 2019, 10:13 AM #1
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Quantum Leap: The Lost Ending

The quality is rough, but long-lost alternate ending footage for the classic sci-fi series Quantum Leap has suddenly surfaced online after 26 years. For five seasons, from 1989 to 1993, NBC played host to Quantum Leap, which told the tale of the brilliant Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) and his journey through history after a time travel experiment went awry. Guiding Sam on his travels was Al (Dean Stockwell), a friend and colleague from Sam's own time that appeared to him in the form of a hologram.

As passionate as Quantum Leap's fanbase was (and still is), and as much as critics loved it, the show was never a huge ratings hit. Quantum Leap came close to being canceled multiple times before it finally got the axe abruptly after season 5's finale had already been shot. This led producers to refashion what had been intended as a mere season finale into a permanent ending to the series, an ending which infamously revealed via onscreen text that Sam never returned home.

Of course, it was originally planned that Sam's meeting with a god-like bartender would indeed set up a sixth season of adventures, this time with Sam leaping through time as himself instead of taking the place of another person. Now, a long-lost alternate ending scene designed to set up Quantum Leap season 6 has stunned fans by surfacing online, thanks to a Redditor using the handle Leaper1953. The scene features Al and his wife Beth - following Sam going back in time to save their marriage in the now series finale - discussing Project Quantum Leap's continued search for its leader. The audio is quite rough, but enough is audible to confirm that this ending matches an alternate ending script that surfaced previously on the Quantum Leap fan site Al's Place.
https://screenrant.com/quantum-leap-...lbcchu7p-t-oO8

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Old June 1st, 2019, 10:24 AM #2
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Wow, I remember when the furthest this quest came was just a collection of still images. Amazing what mining for gold can do.

That said, this audio is rough as hell.
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Old June 1st, 2019, 10:26 AM #3
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Wow, I remember when the furthest this quest came was just a collection of still images. Amazing what mining for gold can do.

That said, this audio is rough as hell.
Yeah, a lot of deleted QL material seems to be in this kind of patchy shape. There's also the alternative ending to "Deliver Us From Evil" (Evil Leaper Part One), which, while clearer audio, has poor video quality.
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Old June 1st, 2019, 10:28 AM #4
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Sorry for the noob question (never seen the show), but I thought Quantum Leap was the show that ended with a "next time" preview for the first episode, i.e. the events of the show are a stable, repeating loop. If that wasn't QL, what was it?
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GetTheeToABrewery wrote: View Post

Sorry for the noob question (never seen the show), but I thought Quantum Leap was the show that ended with a "next time" preview for the first episode, i.e. the events of the show are a stable, repeating loop. If that wasn't QL, what was it?
Eureka? The first episode has two characters driving into town and they see themselves leaving, the last episode has the characters leaving town and they see themselves arriving. It wasn't a loop though.
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Old June 2nd, 2019, 01:34 AM #6
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Bellsario denied this footage existed for a long time. I wonder what caused this behaviour? Not wanting to dangle a carrot with fans? Perhaps memories of the show touch too raw a nerve with him emotionally because he divorced Deborah Pratt shortly after the show ended?
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Old June 4th, 2019, 06:47 AM #7
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This situation has a real "missing Zyu2 footage" feel to it - hardcore fans of a long gone show digging until something is found.

Interestingly, this might not even be the complete list ending. There is even more to the original script. For more info you should head to www.quantumleap-alsplace.com.
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Pretty interesting. Season 6 would have been a lot different. But what about Tina? lol
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Eureka? The first episode has two characters driving into town and they see themselves leaving, the last episode has the characters leaving town and they see themselves arriving. It wasn't a loop though.

I second this guess. and yeah not a loop.
(alternate universe shenanigans at the start of season 4 that stuck through the end of the series.)
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Pretty interesting. Season 6 would have been a lot different. But what about Tina? lol


Tina is married to Gooshie!
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