Running for Honor – Episode 65

Running for Honor was the twelfth episode of Quantum Leap’s fourth season to air, with Sam fighting against a group of militant homophobes in a naval college. In this episode Gerry and Iain discuss changing attitudes.

Sam leaps into Tommy York, a cadet commander at Prescott Naval Academy. His first encounter is with an outwardly gruff Coach Martz (John Roselius), who turns out to be more empathetic than it initially appears. Fellow cadet Ronnie Chambers (Anthony Palermo) is a friendly presence as Sam gets to grips with his new environment.

After a meeting with Tommy’s former roommate Phillip Ashcroft (Sean O’Bryan), Sam becomes aware that Chambers is at the head of a group of cadets targeting others they suspect of being homosexual. Ashcroft has been dismissed from the college due to his sexuality, but Sam still hopes for a fair hearing from Admiral Spencer (John Finn).

Running for Honor was directed by Bob Hulme, the first of his three Quantum Leap episodes. The writer was Bobby Duncan, his only story for the show.

In this episode Gerry and Iain considered not asking and not telling.

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Running for Honor was released in 1992. It is 48 minutes long and originally aired on the NBC network. It can be viewed on NBC’s Peacock streaming service in the UK and in the United States. The show is available on DVD and Blu Ray in other countries