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The Incredible Inman: Bakula hoped each leap would be the 'Quantum Leap' home

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Question: I remember a show that starred Patrick Swayze as a character who would go back in time but he would take the form of another person, sometimes even a woman. Can you tell me the title of the show and when it ran?

Answer: Sounds like “Quantum Leap,” which ran on NBC from 1989 to 1993. Swayze wasn't in the show; our hero was Scott Bakula. He played a physicist named Sam Beckett who became lost in time as a result of an experiment gone wrong. Sam's sidekick was a hologram named Al, played by Dean Stockwell. Sam's travels were mostly during the 20th century, giving the producers a chance to make lots of references to the pop culture and music of the time.

Q.: I'm writing about one of my favorite TV shows. What is happening with the cast of “NCIS”? First a female agent is killed by a sniper, then Gibbs' mentor is murdered and now Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) is being dropped. Do you have any insight regarding Ms. de Pablo?

A.: De Pablo is leaving “NCIS” by her choice. She will appear at the beginning on next season to wrap up her character's storyline.

Q.: I remember a song from the 1970s with the words “Me and my arrow.” No one else remembers it! I seem to think it was from a show or a cartoon. Please help!

A.: “Me and My Arrow” is a song from “The Point,” a project by singer-composer Harry Nilsson that became a TV special, an album and a play. The animated TV special aired in 1971, and the record album came out soon after.

“The Point” was a fable about a boy named Oblio (voice from Mike Lookinland of “The Brady Bunch”) who lived in a land where everything had a point, including the tops of people's heads. Oblio didn't have a point, so he had to wear a pointed hat. And his dog was named Arrow.

Other voices were provided by Paul Frees, Lennie Weinrib and Dustin Hoffman, as the father who told the story. Hoffman's voice was used only on the first broadcast; on the home video version, the voice was that of Ringo Starr.

Q.: There was a western series back around the time of “The High Chaparral” and “Cheyenne” that featured a character named Beau. Does this sound familiar? Am I dreaming?

A.: No, you're not. And I call this “A Tale of Two Beaus.”

One Beau was on the NBC Western “Tales of Wells Fargo,” which was about the stagecoach line and not about some people who work in a bank. On this series there was a character named Beau McCloud, played by Jack Ging. “Tales of Wells Fargo” ran from 1957 to 1962.

Then, over on ABC, you had Roger Moore as Beau Maverick on “Maverick.” Moore was a regular on the series from 1960 to 1962. He joined the show when star James Garner, who played Bret Maverick, left the series in a salary dispute.

Those are all the Beaus of which I knows.

Q.: I watch “Pawn Stars” and I keep trying to figure out what happened to Darrell Sheets and Dave Hester. Hester seems to have disappeared and Sheets isn't totally gone, but he's on fewer shows. What's up?

A.: Well, let's take these one at a time.

Dave Hester filed a lawsuit against A&E and the show's producers in late 2012, claiming that certain elements of the show were staged. A judge tossed out part of Hester's claim in March, and just a few weeks ago the suit was decided against Hester, who was also ordered to pay $122,000 in legal fees for A&E and the producers. So he's history.

Darrell Sheets is still a regular, but he has cut back on his appearances since hitting a locker with artwork and collectibles valued at $300,000, the largest in the show's history.

And you didn't ask about him, but my favorite participant, Barry Weiss, will not be returning to the show next season.

Q.: As a kid I always watched “The Lawrence Welk Show” and I loved the dance team of Cissy and Bobby. But my husband says Bobby had another partner, not Cissy. We've argued about this more often than I feel is normal. Can you settle this, please?

A.: Well, Bobby Burgess had several partners during his tenure on “The Lawrence Welk Show.”

He joined the series in 1961 with partner Barbara Boylan, and they appeared on the show together until 1967. That same year Bobby's partner became Cissy King, and they appeared together until 1978. In 1979, Barbara Boylan returned for a few episodes, and then Elaine Balden became Bobby's partner until the show ended its run in 1982.

Trivia: Bobby is married to Kristin Floren, daughter of longtime Welk accordionist Myron Floren. Awww.

I fear that every reader we have under age 22 has just fallen asleep.

Q.: I remember a creepy TV movie from the 1970s or ‘80s. It was about two sisters. The family was on a car trip and one sister tied the other sister's shoes together. Then there was a car accident and the sister couldn't escape. She died and began haunting the family. Title, please?

A.: That's the 1982 TV movie “Don't Go to Sleep,” with Dennis Weaver, Valerie Harper and Ruth Gordon.

Q.: “Longmire” is my new favorite show, and I'm trying to figure out where I have seen the actor who plays Walt before. Can you help re-start my memory?

A.: Well, Robert Taylor, who plays the role, is from Australia. But he did play Agent Jones in “The Matrix” and he was a regular on the BBC series “Ballykissangel,” which has aired on PBS. (He played Father Vincent Sheahan.)

Write David Inman in care of The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal, 525 W. Broadway, P.O. Box 740031, Louisville, KY 40201-7431; or email him at incredibleinman@yahoo.com.

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