The Leap Back – Episode 54

The Leap Back was the first episode of Quantum Leap’s fourth season to air, with Sam and Al experiencing a role reversal. In this episode Gerry and Iain discuss what can be learned by walking a mile in someone else’s shoes.

After a lightning strike as Sam leapt out of the asylum at the end of season 3, he and Al find they have switched places, with Sam now home in the future and Al trapped in the 40s where he finds a familiar scenario, having leaped into a man whose betrothed, Suzanne (Amanda Wyss), has taken a new partner, Clifford (Robert Prescott), in his absence.

While Sam consults with his wife Donna (Mimi Kuzyk) and Gooshie (Dennis Wolfberg) in the present, Al gets advice from Kelly (Jeanine Jackson) and Mike (Douglas Roberts) in the forties as he figures out whether to fight fo Suzanne and what that might mean.

The Leap Back was directed by Michael Zinberg, the seventh of his nine episodes. The story was by Donald P. Bellisario.

In this episode Gerry and Iain considered the collateral damage caused by unilateral sacrifice.

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The Leap Back was released in 1991. It is 47 minutes long and originally aired on the NBC network. It can be viewed on NBC’s Peacock streaming service in the UK and in the United States. The show is available on DVD and Blu Ray in other countries.