Sandy Faison as Emma Rickett
|Related to:||Butchie Rickett (son) |
Alexandra Rickett (daughter)
|Appeared on:||Quantum Leap (TV series)|
|Episodes appeared in:||"Runaway"|
|Character played by:||Sandy Faison|
When Sam leaps into Emma's son Butchie Rickett (leapee played by Frank Borin), he first believes that he's there to simply persuade Emma to become more independent of Hank (Sherman Howard), Butchie's dad, who, when they got married, persuaded her into a life as a homemaker and mom to Butchie and sister Alexandra (Ami Foster). Emma, whom is desperately unsatisfied in life as a housewife and mother after having to give up her dream of going to college. When Sam tries to persuade her to go back to school, Hank, who is dead set against her doing so, tries to put his foot down, as they get into a big argument about the subject when they are on vacation in the Wyoming mountains. It seems that Emma has already been developing ideas of how she wants to live her life that seems to be more independent of her husband as she's been reading "The Feminist Mystique" by Betty Friedan, which Sam, as Butchie, discovered on the family drive to Wyoming.
When the Ricketts run into an old acquaintance of Hank and Emma named Billy McCann (Joseph Hacker), it looks like Emma may be taking a shine to him, as it's feared by the rest of the family that she will leave Hank, as, in the original timeline of events before Sam's leap into Butchie, Emma disappeared, never to be heard from again, as it destroyed the whole family. Turns out that Emma almost dieed after getting stuck on a cliff, as Sam, as her son, and her husband are able to rescue her as it serves to keep the family intact and draws Emma and Hank to reconcile their differences, as he allows her to follow her dreams of going back to school.