movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Tue Mar 04 2008, 01:20pm | 4 comments
This might be my favorite bit ever from the old TV show Quantum Leap:
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Yeah, this is the scene that I always associate with the show when it comes up. At the time this aired, I was probably in middle school, and not having come from an especially culturally literate family, this scene was my first exposure to the song. It led me to a later interest in John Lennon.
Sometimes I think “Don’t tell her” is the most evocative statement about the ’60s that I’ve ever heard.
This was easily the best episode Quantum Leap ever had.
First exposure to the song? Oh, man, I feel old.
What I love is what happens after this clip ends (though it wouldn’t have made sense to include it here, because it doesn’t track outside the context of the whole episode). The girl — who is Sam’s little sister — suddenly really believes that Sam has time-traveled because she buys that this really is a Lennon song from the future. Which means she has to accept what Sam had told her previously, that their brother will die in Vietnam. Goddamn heartbreaking…
I think even worse than the girl’s reaction is Sam’s reaction: He finally convinces the family that he knows the future but Al still tells him that the future remains unchanged — brother still dead in Vietnam and sister still married to an abusive alcoholic. This is a crusing episode.
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