Quantum Leap

Season 5 Episode 16

Return of the Evil Leaper

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Feb 23, 1993 on NBC
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Episode Summary

October 8, 1956: As Arnold Watkins, better known as The Midnight Marauder, Sam has to persuade a fraternity to stop using chicken races as a part of their hazing ceremonies, while Al tries to convince Arnold to stop trying to get himself killed in retaliation for his parents' deaths twelve years earlier. When Alia, the evil leaper, appears on the scene, Sam becomes determined to take her with him when he leaps.moreless

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    Dean Stockwell

    Dean Stockwell

    Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci

    Scott Bakula

    Scott Bakula

    Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett

    Raquel Krelle

    Raquel Krelle

    Dawn Taylor

    Guest Star

    Carolyn Seymour

    Carolyn Seymour


    Guest Star

    Tristan Tait

    Tristan Tait

    Arnold Watkins / Mirror

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Michael Manasseri, who plays Jerry, is best known for his role on the television science fiction comedy series Weird Science, based upon a 1985 film of the same name.

        In Weird Science, he plays Wyatt Donnelly, one of two high school students who create "the perfect woman" on their home computer and program her to be their personal genie.

        Coincidentally, in one episode of the series, which was titled "Quantum Wyatt", his character finds himself leaping through time in a manner similar to Sam Beckett.

    • QUOTES (1)

    • NOTES (6)

      • This episode originally aired, along with the next episode,"Revenge of the Evil Leaper", as a two-hour television event.

      • Comically and quite telling, both Sam and Alia notice the other's strange behavior after they leap in. They are marked as leapers because of their similar response to it -- they able to recognize each other when they each act confused and disorientated (such as when they initially "arrive") or use words or make references that are not time specific (such as "macho" or "of course, it's the fifties..."). Their suspicions are confirmed when they physically make contact -- which was revealed to have the ability to reveal their true personas to one another in "Deliver Us from Evil."

      • This is the first episode we see Alia leap into the person she is replacing. The effect is the same as when Sam leaps, although she leaps with a reddish-pink light in contrast to his bluish-white.

        Also, we only ever see Alia leap into women; whether or not she is able to leap into men is unknown.

      • This episode begins with a re-cap of the episode "Deliver Us from Evil", which is titled Evil Leaper I: Reprise.

      • While preparing for a date, Arnold Watkins' college roomate gives Arnold a funny look and asks him, "It is a girl right?"

      • This episode is also known as "And Forgive Us Our Sins" and "The Evil Men Do".

    • ALLUSIONS (9)

      • The song playing in the background when Sam is getting ready for his study date is "Oh Boy" by Buddy Holly. This is one of several Holly references in the series; others include his younger appearance in the Season 1 episode "How The Tess Was Won" and the Season 2 episode "Maybe Baby", named after one of his songs.

      • Arnold's "origin" as the Midnight Marauder is similar to that of DC Comics' Batman.

        When Bruce Wayne was a young boy, he witnessed the murder of his parents when they were both shot right in front of him. Stricken with guilt, he decided to dedicate his life to fighting crime, becoming Batman.

        This is the third of such DC Comics references in this episode; the other two are the mention of Clark Kent (a.k.a. Superman), and the Midnight Marauder's resemblance to the silver age Flash.

      • The final "Chicken Race" scene is similar to the 1955 film Rebel without a Cause, where a young man (James Dean) must seek his place in a world branded with confusion and melancholy.

        In the film, Dean's character races the film's antagonist, who is killed when he gets trapped inside his car that has had the brake lines cut.

      • When Sam is getting ready for the "Chicken Race", Al compares him to a Hell's Angel.

        The Hells Angels are a motorcycle club that is generally viewed as the epitome of the "outlaw biker" lifestyle.

      • When Sam gets dressed for the "Chicken Race", Al tells him why he is dressed like Marlon Brando.

        Marlon Brando is a famous American actor well known for his strong, charismatic roles that made him a cinema legend.

      • When Alia tells Sam that he reminds her of someone, he responds with "who, Clark Kent?"

        Clark Kent is the "secret identity" of the DC Comics superhero Superman. Kent is characterized by his "mild-mannered", bashful, almost nerdy persona, which hides the superhero (known to be brave, caring, and quite imposing) beneath.

      • Arnold is described by Alia as a "Woody Allen type."

        Woody Allen is an acclaimed film writer, director, and actor known for his portrayals of nerdy, neurotic men.

      • Arnold's mask for his Midnight Marauder costume resembles the mask of The Flash, a DC Comics superhero with the ability to run at super speeds.

        The mask is similar right down to the color scheme and wing-like ear coverings.

      • Arnold's roommate says that the Midnight Marauder is too busy acting "like Errol Flynn."

        Errol Flynn is an American actor best known for his role as Robin Hood in the 1938 film The Adventures of Robin Hood. Flynn is best known for his campy and melodramatic adventure movies that are cult and cinematic classics.

        Arnold's roommate is implying that he is over the top and foolish.