Quantum Leap

Season 5 Episode 5

Killin' Time

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Oct 20, 1992 on NBC
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Episode Summary

June 18, 1958: Sam leaps into a tricky situation as an escaped killer holed up in a house with a mother and daughter as hostages. Escape isn't going to be easy for either Sam or his hostages, when the real killer breaks out of the waiting room, stranding Sam in the past, destined to die at the hands of a vengeful sheriff.moreless

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Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell

Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci

Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula

Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett

Beverley Mitchell

Beverley Mitchell

Becky Pruitt

Guest Star

Cameron Dye

Cameron Dye

Leon Stiles / Mirror

Guest Star

Jim Haynie

Jim Haynie

Sheriff John Hoyt

Guest Star

Dennis Wolfberg

Dennis Wolfberg


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Al races through the desert after Stiles, the shot of his car zooming down the highway is clearly stock footage from the pilot episode "Genesis".

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Gushie becomes Sam's Observer when Al must go after Stiles, tuning himself into Sam's brainwaves.

      Gushie is also able to modify the frequency for the Observer of Project Quantum Leap to be able to talk to Al when he is away from the compound. Apparently it is possible to observe more than just Sam's leaps through history.

      (Note, however, that in both cases, he is not fully "operational" as the Observer; he continues to fade in and out of Sam's vision, and he is completely invisible to Al, although his voice can be heard.

      This implies that being the Observer is not necessarily a task that anyone can complete, nor is it merely a case of "being tuned into Sam's brainwaves". It seems to require a closer connection, and Al seems quite suited to the job, probably due to his and Sam's close personal history.)

    • We learn that if the person Sam replaces on his leaps is killed in "the future," Sam will die as well. This is most likely because those he replaces reside within Sam's body, and killing them would result in a death of the mind as well.

      Because the leapee is tied to Sam's persona, killing their mind and Sam's body in the present would be the same as effectively killing Sam's mind as well as the leapee's body in the past.

      (Interestingly enough, a similar idea is used in the 1999 film The Matrix.)