Rewatching Quantum Leap – Episode 50

Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the quantum leap accelerator and vanished. He awoke to find himself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not his own, and driven by an unknown force to change history for the better. His only guide on this journey is Al, an observer from his own time who appears in the form of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear. And so, Dr. Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong, and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home.

Last Dance Before an Execution

  • Sam leaps into a man who is being strapped into an electric chair and they are about to turn on the power.
  • Things are not looking good for our hero.
  • One of the deputies strapping him in calls him Jesus.
  • How’s Sam gonna get out of this one… how do you put right what went wrong if you’re executed at the start of the leap?
  • May 12, 1971
  • He’s being executed for the murder of a Father Vincent Torelli.
  • Just before they give the order to pull the lever, the phone rings.
  • The warden reluctantly answers and gets word that the governor has granted a 48-hour stay of execution.
  • In the gallery, a man addresses the media, claiming that if he is elected governor, he won’t be a pushover for the “bleeding-heart liberals” who refuse to do what “needs to be done.”
  • Sam is taken back to his cell and the man in the cell next to him is laughing and crying, excited that he was able to convince the powers that be to listen to his appeal.
  • Jesus had apparently written a letter of appeal saying that there was important evidence omitted from his trial.
  • The man who had spoken to the media is apparently the prosecutor who had Jesus convicted in the first place.
  • One of his men tells him they’ll have “those two” fried before election day.
  • So I’m guessing the guy in the other cell was in on the alleged murder with Jesus and they were both convicted of the crime.
  • Al finally arrives, letting Sam know that Raul and Jesus were convicted of robbery and murder, so he must be there to prove that they didn’t do it.
  • Jesus is visited by an attorney who was also in the gallery during the botched execution.
  • Moody is the name of the D.A. and she, Tearsa, works in the D.A.’s office, but she’s secretly helping to prove that Jesus and Raul are innocent.
  • In the original history, Moody has her disbarred in 1972, leading to a life as a social worker while Jesus and Raul still end up in the chair.
  • Tearsa has evidence that the ballistic test that showed the bullet taken from the priest matched Jesus’ gun was actually inconclusive and the defense attorney was too incompetent to contest the test.
  • Back in his cell, Sam has Raul go over everything regarding the case.
  • Raul and Jesus had gone to the church to ask for help paying for medicine for Raul’s sick daughter, but the priest accused them of only taking the money for alcohol.
  • Jesus broke the lock on the poor box, which only had $6.00…
  • Raul went to the pharmacy to try and get the medicine and someone named Julio basically stole the medicine for Raul when he didn’t have enough money.
  • Which means that Raul was with Julio when the priest was murdered.
  • But Julio disappeared two days after the robbery and was unable to testify in the trial.
  • Sam calls Tearsa with this new addition to the story, but she’s in the D.A.’s office and Moody returns.
  • He informs Tearsa that they’ve determined a mole in the office has been feeding information to the governor’s office, they just don’t know who it is yet.
  • When Sam meets with Tearsa again, he asks where a second bullet could be.
  • They pulled one bullet from the priest, but a second shot went through the priest’s body and was never found.
  • Sam asks Tearsa to go back to the church to look for the bullet…
  • If they can find that, they may be able to prove the bullet didn’t come from Jesus’ gun.
  • Al is able to use his handlink in the sanctuary to try and find the bullet.
  • He manages to locate the bullet lodged behind a picture frame.
  • To communicate with Tearsa, Al is able to speak through a little girl who can see and hear him.
  • The little girl tells Tearsa where to locate the bullet and she’s able to remove the bullet and have it tested in ballistics.
  • Sam worries that he hasn’t leapt yet…
  • If she found the bullet and that’s going to prove Jesus and Raul innocent, shouldn’t he leap?
  • Al reveals that the ballistic report from the future shows that the bullet did come from Jesus’ gun and the execution is still on.
  • Tearsa confronts Sam about lying to her.
  • She’s incredibly angry… but their confrontation is interrupted by Moody.
  • He’s hell bent on not only making sure everyone he’s convicted is killed, paving his path to the governor’s mansion, but on making sure Tearsa’s life is destroyed in the process.
  • On the morning of Jesus’ execution, Raul accuses him of lying to him as well…
  • That Jesus went back after leaving Raul and killed the priest alone.
  • Sam is led back to the electric chair.
  • Al shows up and tells Sam to say he wants to confess…
  • Sam confesses to the murder of the priest, but Raul was not there.
  • The reason Sam is there is to save Raul, not Jesus.
  • And to take down Moody…
  • Moody bribed Julio to leave the state so that he could not present key evidence proving that Raul was not with Jesus when the priest was killed.
  • Thanks to the confession, Raul gets released and is reunited with his daughter.
  • Moody’s career is over…
  • Tearsa takes over in the D.A.’s office and dives into the remaining death row cases and has two of them overturned because of insufficient evidence.
  • Just as they pull the lever on the chair, Sam leaps into a wrestler wearing a red singlet with a hammer and sickle on his chest.
  • Oh boy.

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