8 1/2 Months was the 12th episode in Season 3 of Quantum Leap, also the 43 overall series episode. Written by Deborah Pratt, the episode, which was directed by James Whitmore, Jr., premiered on NBC-TV on March 6, 1991.
Synopsis[edit | edit source]
Sam leaps into a very pregnant teenager and must convince her father to help her keep the baby.
Storyline[edit | edit source]
It's 1955 and Sam leaps into the body of 16 year old Billie Jean Crockett who is also 8 and a half months pregnant. Her mother is dead and her father wants nothing much to do with her. Her boyfriend, who got her pregnant, is off to college soon and wanted her to have a termination. Al tells Sam that she will have her baby within a day and give it up for adoption leading to a lifetime of regret and searching for the child. The solution is that Sam may have to give birth to the baby before he can leap again.
Episode summary[edit | edit source]
November 15, 1955- In this episode Sam leaps into a teenaged Billie Jean Crockett (Priscilla Weems), an unwed young woman who is in labor. Al informs him he is there to make sure her father accepts her child so that she is able to keep it. Back at the base, everyone is worried Billie Jean will have the baby in the waiting room. Despite the obvious physical problem, Sam soon discovers the baby did not leap with its mother, and that he is pregnant. As it turns out, Sam is too busy worrying that he, a man, is going to give birth that it is a young black girl (who works for the woman Sam is staying with) that convinces the Billie Jean's father to accept his grandchild. Sam leaps seconds before the child is born.