Quantum Leap

Season 5 Episode 10

The Last Door; Trilogy, Part 3

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Nov 24, 1992 on NBC
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Episode Summary

July 28, 1978: Sam is an aging lawyer, recruited by Abigail, now thirty-three, to defend her when she is put on trial for the murder of Leta Aider, the woman whose daughter Abigail was accused of killing almost twenty-five years earlier.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • The conclusion of the three episodes that revolve around Abigail Fuller

    In the final episode of the Trilogy, we see many events come to a head. The third episode finds Leta Aider dead in Abigail's kitchen with her throat cut. With Leta blaming Abigail for the death of her daughter and husband, she was the cause of many problems for Sam. In the first episode she started the fire that killed Clayton Fuller and in the second she attempted to have Abigail hung. Now this time around Sam finds himself as Abigail's attorney Larry Stanton. This leap he must prove to a court that Abigail is not responsible for Leta's death despite the overwhelming evidence against her. We also learn in this episode that as Will Kinman in Part 2, Sam fathered Abigail's daughter Sammy Jo who grows up and actually becomes part of the Quantum Leap project. The mystery of who killed Leta's daughter Violet is resolved as we see Abigail's mother come to life after all of those years institutionalized. Great episode and another testament to Quantum Leap's innovative storytelling.moreless
  • In the final part of the Trilogy, Sam leaps in as Abigail's defense attorney.

    As I said before, Part Two of the trilogy was the absolute best, but the clincher in this episode when Sam realized that Sammy Jo (I think?) was his daughter, I just couldn't believe it! The whole concept of it - how much we could tell that Sam personally was in love with Abigail - and then the child which came from that love, and how he actually got to meet her once, and she was brilliant like him... Words can't describe! Just a great episode, a great turn of events, in a story that begins in Part One seemingly usual in the line-up of Quantum Leap plots, but just the whole Trilogy turns out to be great, just great.moreless
Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell

Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci

Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula

Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett

Melora Hardin

Melora Hardin

Abigail Fuller

Guest Star

James Greene

James Greene

Denton Waters

Guest Star

Parley Baer

Parley Baer

Judge Shiner

Guest Star

W.K. Stratton

W.K. Stratton

Lawrence 'Larry' Stanton III / Mirror

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Abigail's daughter, Sammy Jo, is biologically Sam's daughter. Evidenced by the fact that she has inherited Sam's genius with an IQ of 194 and a photographic memory, she works for Project Quantum Leap in the future.

    • When Sam is looking at Abigail's telephone bill, the address for the phone company reads "Baton Rough", instead of "Baton Rouge". The phone company's zip code is listed as 71839, which is the actual zip code for Garland City, Arkansas.

    • Kimberly Cullum, who plays Sammy-Jo Fuller, also plays young Abigail in One Little Heart, the first episode of the Abigail Fuller trilogy.

    • When Sam stands outside and talks to Marie on the front porch, the reflection in the glass in the door is of Sam, not Larry Stanton.

      This is most noticeable when Sam sends Stanton's wife back into the house to make lemonade.

    • Parley Baer, who plays Judge Shiner, also appeared in the Season Three episode "8 1/2 Months" as Dr. Rogers.

    • When Mrs. Stanton tries to seduce Sam, she says she's going to be "like Jane Fonda in Butterfield 8." Elizabeth Taylor starred in Butterfield 8; Jane Fonda starred in Klute.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Cherlyn Stanton: Hello, Sweet Cheeks! Come on over here, you hot-blooded Southern rebel and melt me down! Tonight, Lawrence Stanton III, I am Jane Fonda in Butterfield 8!

    • Al: Ziggy hasn't the slightest idea why you're here. I suggest you open the door and see what drifts in.

    • [Al has just told Sam that his daughter, Sammie Jo, works at Project Quantum Leap in the present]
      Sam: Does she know that I'm her father?
      Al: No. And Ziggy says after this leap you won't know either.
      Sam: I'll know, Al. I'll always know.

    • Al: Don't look at me, I don't make up these assignments!

  • NOTES (1)


    • Sam and Sammy-Jo discuss their favorite parts in Brigadoon.

      Brigadoon is a musical about a mysterious village in Scotland, which appears for only one day every hundred years. Two American tourists accidentally stumble upon the village just as a wedding is about to take place and change history as one of them falls in love with the bride. Trouble springs, however, when it is revealed that no one is able to leave Brigadoon, causing the man to leave his new love behind to return to the present.

      At the story's end, the man goes back to Brigadoon to reunite with his love.

      This plot is highly reminiscent of Sam's quest with Abigail.

      Sam, in essence, "goes back" to Abigail in "Trilogy, Part Three" after falling in love with her and being forced to leave her behind in "Trilogy, Part Two."

      Sam, unlike the musical's protagonist, is unable to stay a second time.

    • When Sammy-Jo watches the trial, she does so crouched down secretly in the balcony.

      This is reminiscent of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, in which the main character's daughter watches her father in trial as a defense attorney.

      In both To Kill a Mockingbird and The Last Door episode, the defense attorney is defending an innocent person accused of murder in a town biased against them.