The Right Hand Of God
Season One, Episode Three
In most TV shows there are some episodes you love, some episodes you hate, and a whole wodge of stuff in between that summons up little more than a ‘meh’.
The Right Hand Of God is Quantum Leap’s first meh. Like an episode of The A-Team featuring a plucky family business, an evil gang of hillbillies, a sinister businessman and a montage, this one is strictly by the numbers.
Sam leaps into a boxer, Kid Cody, who’s hoping to raise enough money to build a chapel for some nuns. Unfortunately, like 75% of all fictional boxers, Cody takes dives. Sam tries to reverse his fortunes, coaxing a stubborn ex-trainer out of retirement and montage-ing his way to victory.
|Cheating. Or something.|
Sadly we rolled our eyes when Al boasted of his youthful boxing career; call us picky, but if someone’s going to suddenly come up with a hitherto unmentioned talent just when it’s needed, we’d rather it was the guy with amnesia. And giving a nun back her faith? Seriously? Could you get any sappier? In an episode about boxers taking dives and disillusioned trainers hoping to find a champ, it’s like a cliché explosion.
But, if there’s one thing this episode teaches us, it’s that even if something is clichéd and dumb, just add Scott Bakula and wham: watchable telly. That’ll do, for now.
The Albert Calavicci Sleazy Files
- Cheating on Tina with Denise. (Al's 'biographer', whom he met at a party.)