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Every single time the Quantum Leap people say “this is the episode that’s the best” and so forth, why, oh why do I find that they aren’t quite right?
The Quantum Leap season 1, episode 16 show Ben, Interrupted aired on Monday, March 20th.
Of course, the title is no mystery, it recalls Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Based on writer Susanna Kaysen’s account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the late 1960s.
It also recalls the original series episode Shock Theater. Ben leaps into private detective Liam O’Connell who deliberately has himself committed into a 1954 mental hospital to free a woman named Judith who was committed by her husband for “hysteria,” possibly because she kept miscarrying when they tried to have children (I’d love to have seen that cretin come to justice).
The obvious source I certainly hope everyone who wrote this episode read was Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Next. I probably read the book before any of them were ever born.