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The Leap Between the States - September 20, 1862 

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.


David Hemmings


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Richard C. Okie




Episode complete credited cast:
Scott Bakula ... Dr. Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell ... Admiral Al Calavicci
Kate McNeil ... Olivia Barrett Covington
Geoffrey Lower ... Lt. Richard Montgomery
Michael D. Roberts ... Isaac King
Neil Giuntoli ... Private Ryder
Paul Wittenburg ... Wounded Soldier
Rob Hyland Rob Hyland ... Capt. John Beckett
Robby Sutton 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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John Beckett and Olivia Barrett Covington were born in 1837. See more »


John could not have been Sam's great grandfather. More than likely he would have to have been his great great grandfather. That is based upon each generation being a 30 year span. See more »


Dr. Sam Beckett: [telling Isaac about future prospects] In about two years, the North is gonna win this war. Things are gonna be bad for a while, but everything's gonna change. Blacks... Negroes are gonna get to vote. They're gonna get jobs, good jobs.
Isaac: That's crazy talk.
Dr. Sam Beckett: It's truth. I swear it, Isaac. It's gonna be a long, hard fight for schooling, and other equality. But believe me. There will come a time when everyone will have the same rights. Everyone will be free.
Isaac: That ain't nothin' but a dream.
Dr. Sam Beckett: Believe in it, ...
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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You never saw it coming
11 March 2006 | by lisaweaverSee 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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30 March 1993 (USA) See more »

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