The Curse of Ptah-Hotep – Episode 73

The Curse of Ptah-Hotep was the twentieth episode of Quantum Leap’s fourth season to air, with Sam exploring ancient Egypt amidst a series of dramatic misfortunes. In this episode Gerry and Iain discuss the appeal of the undead.

Sam leaps into Dr. Dale Conway, an Egyptologist on the brink of an historic discovery. Working with Brown University’s Ginny Will (Lisa Darr) he uncovers the hidden tomb of King Ptah-Hotep II, which Al advises there is no record of in 1999.

Support for the expedition comes from a Luxor-based museum whose representative, Dr. Mustafa el Razul (John Kapelos) initially seems reasonable, but who then tries to betray the scientists when an ancient curse is unleashed.

The Curse of Ptah-Hotep was directed by Joe Napolitano, his last episode for the show. The writer was Chris Ruppenthal, who was also making his final contribution to the series.

In this episode Gerry and Iain considered the amount of elevation required to clear a shark on a jetski.

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The Curse of Ptah-Hotep 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.