Quantum Leap

Revenge of the Evil Leaper

Season 5, Ep 17, Aired 2/23/93
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  • Episode Description
  • September 16, 1987: Having simu-leaped, both Sam and Alia find themselves trapped in a women's prison, accused of murdering a fellow inmate. Their efforts to unmask the real killer are not their top priority as the two attempt to keep Alia's location hidden from her observer, Zoey, who leaps into the same place and time, determined to make Alia pay for her betrayal.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dean Stockwell

    Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci

  • Scott Bakula

    Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett

  • Deborah Pratt

  • Debbie Allen

  • Angel Jensen

    Laura O'Laughlin / Mirror

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Vivian: This had better be a flashback from a drug I did back in the 60s!

    • Vivian: Hold on! If I'm gettin' ready to step into the Twilight Zone, I'm goin' to need a damn minute!

    • Zoey: Mother, murderer, psychotherapist--is there anything you don't do?
      Sam: Well... uh, some things.

    Notes (6)

    • This episode originally aired, along with the previous episode,"Return of the Evil Leaper", as a two-hour television event.

    • It is revealed that the Evil Leapers have 48 hours to complete their first mission in order to return home, after which the percentage of retrieval gets lower and lower every time they leap. If Project Quantum Leap follows the same rule, this explains why it is so hard for Sam to return to the present.

    • This is final episode in which Sam leaps into a woman.

    • It is never clear what becomes of Alia or Zoey. If God is the one making Sam leap then it could be argued that Alia was sent to heaven and Zoey was sent back down to hell.

    • This episode, taking place in 1987, is the closest to our present time that Sam has ever leaped.

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    Trivia (2)

    • Zoey says she convinced Lothos to spare Alia and make her a leaper again after she failed to kill Sam in "Deliver Us from Evil." She said she did so because she owed Alia, leaving one to wonder what exactly Alia had done for the woman to make her challenge Lothos, a being that had previously been hinted to be the Devil.

    • Apparently, the handlink design and sound effects are individualized to each Lothos Observer, as Zoey, and now Thames, are shown to have different configurations.

    Allusions (2)

    • When first appearing, Thames sings "yo ho, yo ho, a hologram's life for me." This is a parody of "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" (written in 1967), the theme song for the Pirates of the Caribbean attractions at Disney theme parks. The song is loosely based upon "Dead Man's Chest," a pirate chant found in the 1881 novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

    • When Sam hypnotizes Alia, Al suggests they use a "safe word", in order to bring her back when necessary. Al offers Rumpelstiltskin, and when Sam questions him on it, Al remarks "hey, it worked for him." Rumpelstiltskin is a fairy tale in which a young woman, imprisoned by a prince, offers her first born child to an evil dwarf in exchange for the ability to spin straw into gold. The only way to break the curse is to say the evil dwarf's name - Rumpelstiltskin - and banish him forever.

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