Quantum Leap (1989–1993)

Last Dance Before an Execution - May 12, 1971 

Sam leaps into a death row convict moments before his execution. A last minute stay of execution order gives him 48 hours to determine his innocence in a leap with an unclear mission.


(as Michael Watkins)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jenny Gago ...
Margerita Lorrea Tearsa / Theresa LaRea
Raul Casta
Alan Ripley
Theodore Moody
Leonard Lightfoot ...
Officer Little (as Leonard C. Lightfoot)
Jack Jozefson ...
Officer Hudson
Herb Stein
Krista Muscare ...
Charles Woolf ...
Father Raftery
Irene Olga López ...
A.J. Freeman ...
Wendy Gordon ...
Reporter (as Wendy Jill Gordon)


Sam leaps into the body of Jesus Ortega, a death row prisoner who is about to be executed. A last minute stay of execution gives Sam 48 hours to prove that Ortega is innocent. With the secret assistance of an Assistant District Attorney, Margerita Lorrea Tearsa, who thinks he's innocent, he's submitted an appeal to Governor. All of this doesn't sit well with Theodore Moody, the DA who convicted him who is also now a candidate for Governor. Ortega was convicted of robbing a church and killing a priest but he and his accomplices deny having anything to do with the killing. Unless Sam can figure it out, not only will Ortega die in the electric chair but Tearsa will be disbarred. The key is that there is someone else Sam is supposed to save. Written by garykmcd

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1 May 1991 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In this installment of QL, there was absolutely no dialogue concerning the raging legal debate in 1971 as to the constitutionality of the death penalty. In the case of Furman v. Georgia in 1972, however, the U.S. Supreme Court suspended capital punishment as being imposed in a manner in violation of the 8th Amendment. Later in 1976 in Gregg v. Georgia, the Court upheld the procedure where a separate sentencing phase for capital punishment was split from and followed the conviction phase where the issue of guilt is to be adjudicated. See more »


Margerita Lorrea Tearsa: [to Sam/Jesus after she discovers Jesus murdered a priest after all] You used me!
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