Season 1 Episode 5

Free Fall

Aired Unknown Oct 31, 1992 on
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A beautiful young woman, Felicia Martins, throws herself to her death, only to revive with the realization that she is an Immortal. She seeks out Duncan MacLeod as her mentor, and becomes amorously involved with Richie Ryan. But there is much more to this "ingénue" than meets the eye. She is in fact a long-time Immortal, engaged in a wily scheme to trap MacLeod and acquire his Quickening. MacLeod must see through her subterfuge in time to protect not only himself, but also Richie.moreless

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  • A female immortal (with apparent amnesia) steps upon MacLeod's and Tessa antique shop.

    A female immortal Felicia Martins is introduced for the first time in the series. She has apparent amnesis (or so she says). She commits suicide but survives (of course). Richie apparently falls for her but in no time we learn about her past. She was a killer and a vixen. It would seem that she's either playing everybody and really is ruthless or is suffering from amnesia.

    A decent episode, the actress who plays Felicia , Rockstar Joan Jett, does a great job of going through all the range of emotions to convince us that she can go both ways. She plays innocent at one point, guilty the next. A real loose cannon until MacLeod figures what's really gone. Overall a great episode. Not entirely predictable and well acted.

  • Joan Jett rocks!

    This is the best episode on the first season of Highlander. Joan Jett ( a female highlander of sorts) playing both Richie and Duncan, she is too cool. Her wardrobe could of been better, but when she becomes her true rock and roll self during the end = Hot Immortal Rock Chic!

    This episode also displays a cool flashback of Jett's character and how cool to have a female bad ass back in the day! Great sword fight on the beach and the rock and roll soundtrack gave this episode the right amount of edge. Plus good laughs with Jett's shoulder pads.moreless
Joan Jett

Joan Jett

Felicia Martins

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Jay Brazeau

Jay Brazeau

Commissioner Comanski

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Eli Gabay

Eli Gabay


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Comanksi describes Felicia, he says she is five foot four, Joan Jett who played Felicia is actually five foot five and a half.

    • When Comanski comes to question Richie about Felicia over the death of Devereux, we see Richie is wearing a red cord around his neck. The cord is knotted to his right, but when the camera switches to behind him, we can see the knot at the back of his neck.

    • The song Richie plays at the start of the episode is "Cherry Bomb" by Joan Jett, who appears in this episode as Felicia Martins.

    • Duncan slips up on Felicia on the beach. She is surprised by his voice. She should have sensed his approach.

    • In the final battle, Duncan and Felicia both go into the water. When they come out, both of them get a close up and when we return to the full shot, both of them are dry.

    • When Felicia comes out wearing Tessa's suit, both she and Richie start walking towards the left. As the camera pans, you can see briefly someone's foot caught in the shot.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Duncan: Remember, this isn't an Olympic event, anything goes.
      Felicia: (knees Duncan in the crotch) Like that?
      Duncan: (groans) Yeah, like that.

    • Richie: So MacLeod finally gave in.
      Tessa: What?
      Richie: I said so MacLeod finally gave in! He took down the Cornelli map!
      Tessa: I'm sure he had his reasons.
      Richie: Like maybe he was wrong but of course that could never happen.

    • Felicia: Tell MacLeod to meet me at Andrew's pier at the beach tonight at 8.
      Tessa: What makes you think he'll come?
      Felicia: If he doesn't, he won't be able to say buh-bye to little Richie!

    • Duncan: If I were to take your head of right now, I would receive all your knowledge and strength. That is the Quickening
      Felicia: I'm afraid I don't have very much knowledge or strength.
      Duncan: (smiles) Guess I better wait a while.

    • Richie: I'm young. My libido's in meltdown.
      Tessa: Richie! The whole world can't revolve around your hormones level.

    • Duncan: (to Felicia) And you're a sitting target.
      Tessa: And Richie's one as well.
      Richie: Hey, I can take care of myself.
      Duncan: Is that why your face looks like a blueberry pancake?
      (Richie storms out and slams the door)
      Felicia: You didn't have to put him down like that. He's very sweet.
      Duncan: He could also be very dead.

    • Felicia: You really think I'd keep my money under the floorboards? My money's in Zurich.
      Richie: Zurich?
      Duncan: Yeah, where all old Immortals keep their money.

    • Cominski: Well, we do have a dead woman down at the morgue.
      Tessa: Aren´t they usually dead - or do you sometimes make mistakes?

    • Richie: What was I supposed to say, 'I'm sorry you're having a bad day, now get lost'?

    • Tessa: (to Felicia) I may not be able to kill you, but I'll give you a facial you won't forget!

  • NOTES (2)


    • Duncan: Matsumuni was a genius.
      The character Matsumuni was the man who made the katana Connor McLeod got from Ramirez in the original Highlander movie.