Quantum Leap

Season 5 Episode 11

Promised Land

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Dec 15, 1992 on NBC

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  • An odd place in Season 5, yet with an easily missed revelation about the Beckett family.

    Aside from the fact he's back home in Elk Ridge, Indiana, this is an odd episode for Season 5. I say this because Season 5 is well known for having the more sensationalized leaps, Elvis, Marilyn, the Trilogy, Lee Harvey Oswald, etc. So it is actually strange to have a "by the book" leap in the midst of more entertaining episodes. It's not a bad thing though, as it brings the series back to its roots of helping "average" people.

    The most noteworthy part of this episode is a discussion Sam has with an old couple in the bank about the Beckett family. This episode takes place a while after Season 3's "The Leap Home" two-parter where Sam tries to save his brother Tom from dying in Vietnam. At the end of the second episode, he does indeed prevent his brother from dying on the date he originally did, but we are never told whether Tom survived the war altogether. In this episode, the old couple mention that the Beckett's son just returned from Vietnam. There's no groundswell of emotion or music to make this a poignant moment, but unless this was a mistake by the writers, it's essentially proof that Tom Beckett does make it home from the war alive.