Quantum Leap: Season 5, Episode 20

The Leap Between the States - September 20, 1862 (30 Mar. 1993)

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Sam Beckett leaps into his great-grandfather during the Civil War and must not interfere with his great-grandparents meeting nor get captured behind Confederate lines.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Kate McNeil ...
Olivia Barrett Covington
Lt. Richard Montgomery
Isaac King
Private Ryder
Paul Wittenburg ...
Wounded Soldier
Rob Hyland ...
Capt. John Beckett
Robby Sutton ...
Young Soldier


Sam leaps into the 19th century during the Civil War. He is a Union soldier and wanders around. Eventually he comes to a house and is taken captive by the owner, a woman. When Al arrives he tells Sam that the man's name is Beckett. Sam remembers he had an ancestor who serve in the Union Army during the Civil War and that he married a Southern woman; the woman who captured him. Since Sam knows that's what's going to happen, and everything is going as he remembers it did, that's not why he is there. So while Al tries to find out, Sam tries to earn her trust. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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One of the few times, Sam leaps outside his lifespan. See more »


Olivia owns a player piano, which wasn't invented until 1863 and not generally available until 1876. See more »


[Sam has leapt into Captain John Beckett, a soldier during the American Civil War]
Dr. Sam Beckett: Al, there was a John Beckett in my family. And he fought in the Civil War. He... he was my great-grandfather. I'm my great-grandfather? My great-grandfather fought with the Union forces in the Civil War. His name was John Beckett. My dad was named after him.
[he shows Al his written orders]
Admiral Al Calavicci: Yeah, Captain John Beckett.
Dr. Sam Beckett: That'd explain this. It's the only reason I can figure out why I could leap outside my own ...
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You never saw it coming
11 March 2006 | by (wichita, USA) – See all my reviews

After all the slapdash, un-inspired junk displayed in season 5 up to this point, I was totally unprepared for the superb craftsmanship this displayed. This episode is filled to the brim with heart, feeling, surprise and even some subtle humor. You can actually see and feel what's happening between the characters. Which is something we're seeing less and less in sci-fi today.

Aside from certain conversations I won't risk spoiling, I'd say the ending is definitely the finest thing about it. In my "humble" opinion, it's episodes like this that made this series great. To me it's a definite must see. But I urge you, don't take my word for it! Go see it for yourself. Form your own opinion. Do i need to say it? 5 of 5 stars!

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