Hologrammatical Error #1: Alís shadow is everywhere, especially in the semi-lit airport. (ARS)
Hologrammatical Error #2: Alís reflection appears in the shiny bartop at the Blue Island. (MPB)
MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE PROJECT:
Project Trivia #1: We do hear the Imaging Chamber door in this one--a pneumatic sliding sort of sound--but we never see it. (MPB, ARS)
Sam Backstory Nit #1: Sam Leaps in four
months before his birth. His theory says that a personís life-string starts
with his/her birth. (LW, MPB)
PCR #1: Samís theory is wrong, and the string starts with conception or at least some time during gestation. (NM, MPB, ARS, SH)
PCR #2: Samís leaping period is defined, not by his life, but by his DNA string (as we learn later in "Leap Between the States"). At the time he Leaped into Nick Allen, Samís DNA was already formed, and so Sam was able to Leap into a time before Samís own birth. (SVJ)
PCR #3: God is Leaping Sam around and God can do whatever He(She/It/They) wants. (SVJ)
Sam Backstory Nit #2: Sam smokes with nary
a cough, and Al doesnít even comment about Sam buying cigarettes from the
cigarette girl. But we know that Sam doesnít smoke, and is in fact an adamant
anti-smoker because of his fatherís death. Sam also drinks a martini, which
is a very un-Sam-like drink for him to order--he seems to be mostly a beer-drinker,
and not much for mixed drinks or hard liquor. (MPB, ARS)
PCR: Nick and Sam psychosynergized during the Leap and a little of Nickís persona has remained behind. (HJK, MPB, NM)
Al Backstory Nit #1: When Sam reads Nickís
description of Alison ("a redhead who could make Father Flanagan forget
Boysí Town"), Al comments that his first wife was just like that. But when
we meet Beth in "MIA," sheís a brunette. (MPB)
PCR #1: Beth liked to dye her hair. (MPB)
PCR #2: Al was only referring to the second part of Nickís statement--that Beth could "make Father Flanagan forget Boysí Town," but not to her hair color. (MPB)
Mirror Nit #1: In the jail scene, when Sam is talking to Al, he shakes his hand, and at the corner we donít see his hand moving in the reflection in the mirror. (ARS)
General Nit #1: The book is a big puzzle.
If Nick was writing it, who continued it to add his death to the story?
Clapper maybe? Or Seymour, perchance? But if Sam was there to turn
Seymour into a pulp fiction writer surely before Sam's leap he would not
have been writing.
Possible PCR: The details of the jail scene were very detailed.It would not be unreasonable for Allen himself to have updated the narrative to the point where he went out after the Clapper and was killed. The subsequent entries could merely have been extracted from the police reports. And what does Sam's memory of the book say about his reading tastes? (Other than that it confirms that English Literature isn't his forte. Was Sam reading Who Killed Grimsby and Allen? when he should have been studying Wuthiering Heights?) (MPB, LW, MH)
General Nit #2: When Sam returns to Nickís
office, he takes off his gun and puts it in his desk. But when he leaves
the office and Seymour asks if Sam has the gun, Sam says the police have
it. Of course they donít, because Sam returns to get it later. (MPB)
PCR: Sam was lying to Seymour--but why? (MPB)
PCR to PCR: Sam lied because he figured leaving the gun in Nickís desk would seem out of character to Seymour. (LW)
General Nit #3: When Sam reached for his hat on leaving the office, he recognized Allenís because it fit him. But if itís Samís body that Leaps, how would Allenís hat have fit? (LW)
PCR #1: Perhaps Samís molecules stretch or compress to take on the size of the Leapee, allowing him to fit into his clothes. (LW)
General Nit #4: Wouldnít Alison and Nickís nightclubbing have attracted police attention? (LW)
General Nit #5: As always, television thunder-and-lightning donít seem to follow Natureís rules and somehow manage to occur simultaneously. (MPB)
General Nit #6: Also in typical television and movie tradition, Alison manages to get from the club to the taxi in a downpour without getting her hair wet. (MPB)
General Nit #7: How could Alison and Nick
go on a trip to Rio with no luggage or passports? (LW)
PCR #1: Since Lionel had planned the whole thing, perhaps he had packed a suitcase for her and gotten her passport or had one forged. (NM)
PCR #2: Alison and Nick hadnít planned the trip, so of course they wouldnít have luggage. Since it was a spontaneous jaunt, theyíd have probably bought what they needed when they got to Rio. (HJK)
DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS:
Detail #1: Samís comment about Thomas Magnum is a nice little in-joke, since "Magnum PI" was another DPB production. (MPB)
Detail #2: Sam Leaps into somebody who looks like somebody else, who in turn is famous for playing other people--itís almost like looking into a mirror looking into a mirror, etc. Then we have Sam trying to do impressions (ironic to begin with, since as a Leaper, heís forced to impersonate other people all the time), but always getting the actors mixed up. On top of that, Seymour admires Nick for being like a fictional character, never suspecting that Nick is turning his own life into a novel. The way fiction and "reality" (if you can call it that) are woven together here is just delightful. (MPB)
Detail #3: The nightclub is called the Blue Island--probably a reference to the Blue Parrot, which was Sidney Greenstreetís nightclub in Casablanca. (MPB)
Detail #4: Don B. is from the Pittsburgh
area, and many of the episodes have Pittsburgh references, including one
in Seymour when Allison says she met Phil in
Lots of "Oh, boys" in this episode--although Samís first official "Oh, boy" was in the pilot, and he Leaped in with an "Oh, boy" in "Camikazi Kid," this episode really seems to make the exclamation his watchcry. Alison, of course, provokes most of the later "Oh, boys"--Sam emits one when he first sees her; he and Seymour let out a stereo "Oh, boy," when they see her waiting at the bottom of the stairs;and Sam, Seymour, and Al let out a longing chorus as they watch her sashay away toward the plane. (And boy, can that woman make a trenchcoat move!) (ARS, NM, MPB)
Trivial Item #1: Whoíd have believed that nerdy little Seymour would turn into Lee Harvey Oswald in a later Leap? (MPB)
A redhead in Billings, whom Alison resembles.
THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY:
Where to begin? Thereís the obvious reference to "Casablanca" in the last scene, the dead-partner plot, which comes from "The Maltese Falcon," Samís pairing with Alison, which becomes a little reminiscent of Nick and Nora in "The Thin Man," and the constant hard-boiled detective banter, which comes from "The Big Sleep," and a host of other 1930s and 1940s shamus movies. Seymourís hero-worship of Nick recalls Woody Allenís "Play It Again, Sam" (never mind the episodeís title and young Woodyís cameo appearance--by the way, is it any coincidence that Nickís last name is Allen?) (MPB)
NAME THAT TUNE:
When Sam is in jail, the drunk in the bunk sings "Young at Heart," a song whose lyrics tell a lot about Sam and his dream of time travel, and also a lot about this particular Leap: "Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you, if youíre young at heart." Samís time travel is certainly a fairy tale come true for him, and his Leap into Nick is a sort of a fairy tale coming true, too--Samís living out a pulp mystery novel that plays like a 1950s adolescent boyís fantasy. Other great Sam-lyrics from this song: "You can go to extremes with impossible dreams/You can laugh when your dreams fall apart at the seams." And, of course, Sam is young at heart in his kid-like excitement over each new adventure. (MPB)
The drunk in the bunkís next selection is "You, You, You," (which segues into a recorded version) which not only fits the dialogue neatly, but foreshadows Samís impending infatuation with Alison. (MH, MPB)
At the Blue Island, the band plays, appropriately, "Blue Moon," then segues into "Red Sails in the Sunset" when Al tells Sam about Alison and Seymour taking off for Rio. (MH, MPB)
Of course, "As Time Goes By" is played as Bogeyís theme song, but it would make a perfectly good theme song for one Sam Beckett as well. (MH, MPB)
Nick Allen: "She was a flamer: a redhead who could make Father Flanagan forget Boysí Town."
Nick Allen: "Her body would part the Red Army."
Sam: "Weíve got Clapper."
Al: "Careful, Sam. There was no cure for that in 1953."
Al: "Some women have kinky taste in men...Thank God."
Al: "You wanna have safe sex with her, youíd better wear a bulletproof vest."
Sam: "When it came to Alison, I was as blind as a dead bat and tighter than a granny knot at a Cub Scout picnic."
Sam: "If Iím lucky, Iím gonna spend the rest of my life leaping around from one place to another instead of face down in a pool of blood."
Sam to Seymour: "Oh, God, I understood you!"
Sam: "Youíve been on me closer than my underwear, and itís getting boring."