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:
... Dr. Sam Beckett
... Admiral Al Calavicci
... 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 ... Maria
Charles Woolf ... Father Raftery
Irene Olga López ... Tia
A.J. Freeman ... Bart Manners
Wendy Gordon ... Reporter (as Wendy Jill Gordon)
... Reporter


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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1.33 : 1
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Father Vincent Torrelli was murdered on September 9, 1969. See more »


Al: [about Jesus Ortega] Well, he's, he's out cold in the Waiting Room. We can't revive him. Dr. Beeks thinks that Jesus thinks that he's already dead. So he's slipped into kind of a comatose coma or whatever.
Sam: Well, tell Beeks to bring him around!
Al: Well, you can't just dump a bucket of water on his head and say, "Hey, hey get up. You're not dead. You're just 25 years in the future." These things take time, Sam.
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