Quantum Leap

Season 5 Episode 13

Liberation

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Aired Friday 12:00 AM Jan 12, 1993 on NBC
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October 16, 1968: Leaping into a housewife and mother of two on the verge of women's lib, Sam must prevent the death of his daughter during a sit in, while convincing the girl's father that his marriage can survive a liberated wife and daughter.

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  • "The personal is political" for Sam as a late 1960s housewife trying to keep "his" suburbian marriage together, help a female employee get a promotion and help an emotionally troubled activist learn the importance of non-violent change.moreless

    9.5
    Quauntum Leap was at its best when it used the science fiction storyline to dive into social commentary and tackle issues like human rights and dignity. This is probably one of the best examples of this.



    Whenever Sam leaps into a woman, as in this episode, issues of sexual and gender identity are often a part of the episode, and this one is no different. Sam has to deal with being a housewife, with a husband that is belittling and insecure about what women's liberation will mean for him. He has to deal with a rebellious daughter whose role model is a feminist that is willing to use violence and (making matters more complicated) he must also give a female employee the confidence she needs to earn her promotion. This episode bodly tackles sexism, gender roles, the traditional family, liberation movements, the Equal Rights Amendment and universal health insurance. A classic episode.moreless
Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell

Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci

Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula

Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In the scene where Sam is quickly trying to leave the living room to go find Suzi, you can clearly see that Scott Bakula is wearing modern-day tennis shoes instead of heels.

    • Eric Bruskotter, who plays the heckler "Red," also appeared in the Season Four episode "Raped" as Glen, and in the Season Five episode "Memphis Melody" as Beau, who is beating up Elvis.

    • Although it is set in 1968 there are at least two scenes that show cars from the 80s. The most obvious one is when Diana is driving with Suzi to the sit-in under the Shawmut sign that I also remember from the 80s. There is a mini van driving behind her 60s Volkswagen Van.
      The other one was when Suzi went to Diana's office and her mom went to pick her up, when Sam is driving the car and the scene is looking from the front out the back window of the car all the cars on the street are older model cars from the 50s and 60s then they do a scene from the outside showing Sam driving off and you can see except for the Volkswagen beetle on the left the other cars on the right are late model cars although you can't quite tell what they are.

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  • NOTES (2)

    • This fifth-season episode was featured as a bonus on the 4th Season DVD box set.

    • This is one of the most radical episodes in the entire series. Not only does it support the Equal Rights Amendment but it also offers brief support of black liberation, gay liberation, and a single payer health care system.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • When Sam is in the kitchen with his "son", the boy says he does not want to miss The Flying Nun.

      The Flying Nun was a television series starring Sally Field as, quite fittingly, a nun who could fly. The series ran from 1967 to 1970.

    • In this episode, Suzi refers to Sam Beckett as "the famous playwright," one of the many references throughout the series to Sam's name being similar to the Noble Peace Prize winner.

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