Quantum Leap

Season 2 Episode 16

Freedom

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Aired Friday 12:00 AM Feb 14, 1990 on NBC
8.2
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November 22, 1970: Rather than saving his grandfather's life, Sam has to escape from jail and elude the police long enough to get them both to the reservation, where the old man can die at home and in peace.

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  • Freedom is a fine example of what this series is all about, and shows that not all of the changes Sam makes fall in line with what he may want.

    8.0
    In Freedom, Sam is thrust into the life of George Washakie, a Native American who has been thrown in jail for stealing a truck. Sam quickly learns that George stole the truck in order to help his grandfather - Joseph - escape from a retirement home and go to the reservation to die with dignity. Sam jumps to the conclusion that he is there to save George's grandfather, using his Swiss-cheesed memories of being a doctor. Instead, Al informs him that he must guide Joseph to the reservation and to safety, which means that not only does Sam have to escape from prison, but evade the sheriff on a cross-state chase to freedom.



    This episode may seem a bit slow-paced compared to others in the series, but it is a fine example of what this series is really about. Instead of trying to figure out who he is while coping with a million trivial details in someone's life, Sam is given a rare opportunity to almost be himself, and to come to grips with why he has been set on this journey. Al is absent from a great deal of this episode, and even when he's present, he usually sits quietly and just listens as Joseph explains that it is his time to move on to the next leap, and gain a new life, rather than cling to an old and dead one. It almost seems as if Joseph is not talking to his grandson, but to Sam, which I thought was really neat. It's rare that someone other than Al can convince Sam that he's doing a good thing.



    In the end, Sam must let Joseph pass away, which causes the episode to end without its usual cheer, but serves to remind Sam that sometimes the change he must bring to people's lives isn't quite what he expects or wants. Despite the somber ending, Joseph carries the show's usual humor forward almost on his own, as he is the only one who doesn't seem to realize how desperate his situation is. But then again, perhaps that's what he is trying to convey to the audience: Death may be sorrowful, but it's really just moving on to something else, and all we can do is die with dignity, and among our friends.moreless
Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell

Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci

Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula

Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett

Frank Salsedo

Frank Salsedo

Joseph Washakie

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Leon Rippy

Leon Rippy

Sheriff Taggart

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Gloria Hayes

Gloria Hayes

Suzanne Whitehouse Washakie

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