For the second time this week, I am starting a new feature on the blog. Each day, I will post a video that I find either particularly romantic or that I feel relates to a book that I’m reading in some way. Last week, one of the blogs that I follow, Whatever Works, posted a video of the Ray Charles song, Georgia on My Mind, and immediately this scene from Quantum Leap came to mind.
In the second season finale, Sam is sent back to the 1960’s, where he takes over the body of a cop and meets a Navy nurse named Beth, who turns out to be Al’s first wife. When the episode takes place, Al had already been declared M.I.A. in Vietnam and was being held captive in a P.O.W. camp, and Beth, having come to terms with what she believes was Al’s death, moved on with her life and got involved with the man she would marry.. It was Al’s opinion (but not Ziggy’s) that the reason Sam was sent back to that time was that he needed to convince Beth to wait for Al. In the end, Sam manages to convince Al that it wasn’t their place to change their own personal histories (he clearly changes his tune at the beginning of the 3rd season when he leaps into himself at the age of 16), and Al shares an emotional goodbye with the wife that doesn’t know he is there.
I just love this scene because for the first time, you see Al as someone who isn’t just this little horn dog and you can see he has never gotten over his first wife.