Roberto! – Episode 70

Roberto! was the seveneenth episode of Quantum Leap’s fourth season to air, with Sam helping a colleague to expose a secret chemical weapons lab. In this episode Gerry and Iain discuss plausible deniability.

Sam leaps into Roberto Gutierrez, a daytime TV host working for a local network in New Mexico. When his colleague Jani Eisenberg (DeLane Matthews) challenges him to take on a serious news investigation, their next lead takes them to the nearby fertiliser plant run by Ed Saxton (Jerry Hardin).

With a green light to investigate granted by station chief Earl Skinner (Alan Oppenheimer), the pair look into the deaths of some sheep, a sighting of aliens by a man called Red Norton (Dennis Fimple) and the apparent murder of Saxton employee Rick Upfield (Marcus Giamatti), with shocking consequences.

Roberto! was directed by Scott Bakula, the second of his three stints in the chair. The writing credit went to Chris Ruppenthal, the ninth of his ten stories for the show.

In this episode Gerry and Iain considered audience participation.

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Roberto! was released in 1992. It is 47 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.