Sam leaps into U.S. Navy Signalman 2nd Class Herbert "Magic" Williams (Christopher Kirby, left, in mirror) to try to save his brother Tom, a Navy SEAL, in the "The Leap Back Home: Vietnam" episode in Season 3.
|U.S. Navy Seal, Signalman 2ND Class (E-5)|
|Leapee of Dr. Samuel Beckett and buddy of his brother Tom Beckett, whom Sam leaps into to save his brother from being killed in action|
|Appeared on:||Quantum Leap|
|Episodes appeared in:||"The Leap Home, Part II (Vietnam)" in Season 3|
|Character played by:||Christopher Kirby|
Sam leaps into Herbert, or "Magic", a member of Tom Beckett's Navy Seal platoon in Vietnam. Al soon tells Sam that he is there to make sure the mission is successful, which Sam interprets to mean that he is there to once again try and save Tom's life. Magic became Herbert's nickname after he miraculously escapes death twice, which includes the time when he was getting off of a chopper as the unit was facing heavy enemy fire, and the fact that the unit, which had been taking heavy hits before his arrival, hasn't had a single casualty since!
As Herbert, Sam quickly adapts to life in his brother's unit and starts using Al and Maggie Dawson, a reporter, to figure out what he is supposed to do. Sam talks Tom into bringing her in on their next mission, which is the one where Tom had died in the original order of things.