A Leap for Lisa – Episode 75

A Leap for Lisa was the twenty second episode of Quantum Leap’s fourth season to air, with Sam finding himself in Al’s own past when history takes a turn for the worse. In this episode Gerry and Iain discuss unreliable narrators.

Sam leaps into Bingo (Jamie Walters), a young Al at the start of his military career. He’s accused of assaulting and murdering Marci (Debbie James), the wife of Commander Riker (Charles Rocket) who is upset that he can no longer share his bride with the boys on the base. Celebrity lawyer Cmdr. Hugh Dobbs (Larry Brandenburg) is assigned to Al’s defence.

Al’s old friend Chip Ferguson (Jeff Corbett) tries to keep his spirits up, arranging a liaison with his lover, Lisa (Terry Farrell), but Sam’s decision to stop her testifying in his defence leads to a change in Al’s fate, which when he’s replaced by a new hologram guide called Edward St. John (Roddy McDowall). Time seems to be running out if Sam can’t find vital evidence to prove his friend’s innocence.

A Leap for Lisa was directed by James Whitmore Jr, the eighth of his fifteen episodes for the show. Donald Bellisario got the writing credit.

In this episode Gerry and Iain considered paradoxes.

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A Leap for Lisa was released in 1992. It is 48 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.