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Because since Sam changed Al's future, would he still be friends with him/be his hologram? Or would there be no Quantum Leap, and Sam be by himself?

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    I hope you don't mind me editing your question, but we usually try to refrain from adding opinions to our questions and keep them clear and on-topic. – Edlothiad Apr 20 at 21:36
  • uproxx.com/tv/… - "But the truth, according to some suggestions, is that the original intended episode wasn’t much better, that the god-like being in that episode was supposed to an alien, that Dr. Sam Beckett was going to leap into the distant future, and that Al was also going to become a leaper and chase down Sam in the future." – Valorum Apr 20 at 21:45
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While a question like this is inherently speculative, they probably would have still been friends.

There's long existed a script of an alternate ending in which, after the final leap-out, Al discusses Sam with Beth.

CLOSE ON BETH

She catches her breath and tears flood her eyes as we move to....

SILVER FRAMED PHOTO OF YOUNG AL

sitting on the mantle. We hold for a beat and pull back past another photo. This one is of Al, Beth and four older children, our move takes us past other family photos of Beth and Al and their children. We continue until we reveal that we are in....

AL’S DEN

in his home at Project Quantum Leap. It is the year 2000 but this room is a classic den with leather and wood and a warm, comfortable look. Our move continues until we find....

THE OBSERVER AND BETH sitting man overstuffed chair. He’s smoking a cigar and staring at a silver framed photo in his hand. She’s sitting half on the chair and half on him. Beth’s older and her hair is streaked with gray, but she’s still a radiant beauty...especially when she smiles.

OBSERVER: Wherever he’s leaped, Sam's still himself.

BETH: Because no one’s in the Waiting Room?

OBSERVER: There’s no other explanation. (beat) Ziggy’s starting a nano-second search in the morning but I got a feeling Sam’s leaped beyond his lifetime?

BETH: Into the past or future?

OBSERVER (firmly): The future. Don’t ask me how I know, I just do. (beat) He’s in the future, way in the future...far beyond his lifetime.

BETH: How’d he get there?

OBSERVER: The bartender sent him.

BETH: The bartender?

OBSERVER: Why not? Anyone who has the power to leap Sam through time can be anyone he wants to be.. .a bartender, a train conductor...a steambath attendant.

Beth takes a second to absorb that, then looks down at Al.

BETH: He’d know where Sam was in the future.

OBSERVER: How do I ask him? As a hologram, he couldn’t hear me.

BETH: If he’s God, I think he’ll hear you.

OBSERVER: Good. But without Sam in that bar, I can’t get there.

BETH: You could if you leaped.

CLOSER ON BOTH

The Observer looks slowly up to Beth, realizing she’s hit on the solution.

OBSERVER: I might not come back.

BETH: You’ll come back. Anyone who came back from Vietnam can come back from anywhere.

OBSERVER: Thirty five years and you still amaze me.

He pulls her into his arms and passionately kisses her. Then, he’s out of the chair and gone.

Some production shots recently uncovered from a fan suggests this scene (or perhaps some other version of it) was in fact filmed, though never used:

enter image description here This scene suggests that Al not only associates with both Sam and the project, but is enough of a friend that he'd risk not coming back from Leaping to rescue him.

Furthermore, typically because of Al's unique connection with Sam, he retains some level of awareness of temporal changes... even if leaping had caused him to normally never meet Sam, he likely would have retained some memories of the alternate timeline.

And from an out-of-universe perspective, if the show had continued, it likely would have continued with both cast members and maintained their friendship and rapport.

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    And on a personal note, thank you for asking this question, because, while I knew about the alternate ending, it was only when I searched to provide an actual site/quote for answering your question that I learned about the production stills being discovered last year, which I personally find incredibly cool. – starpilotsix Apr 20 at 22:02

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