Liberation was the 13th episode in Season 5 of Quantum Leap, also the 88th overall series episode. Written by Chris Abbott and Deborah Pratt, the episode, which was directed by Bob Hulme, premiered on NBC-TV on January 12, 1993.
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Leaping into the middle of the woman's liberation movement Sam must prevent the death of a young lady at a sit-in and convince her father to live with a liberated daughter.
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October 16, 1968: Sam leaps into a woman named Margaret Sanders, a housewife who must convince her husband that the family can survive and even thrive with feminism. He must also persuade the daughter that advances for women must come about through nonviolent means and persuade a woman working in the husband's firm to be more assertive about her ideas for the company.
In the age of women's lib, Sam finds that as the now staunch feminist, bra-burning Margaret, he must prevent her daughter Suzanne (Megyn Price) from getting killed in a women's lib protest which she, Suzanne and a friend named Diana St. Cloud (Deborah Van Valkenburgh) attend together, which Diana helped organize in the first place, which will turn violent. At the same time, he has to keep Margaret's husband (Max Gail) from walking out on them when Sam and the daughter try to open his mind to the possibility that women are more than just housewives.
Al tells Sam that he's there to help out Diana, who is leading the local women's movement. Margaret's activism is having a sour effect on her marriage as her husband George struggles to understand what is going on. As far as Diana goes, Al tells Sam that the next rally, which claimed the life of Suzanne in the original timeline, will get out of hand and she will be shot, unless Sam can get Diana to cancel the event. His solution leads to other complications, however. When the protesters invade the local businessmen's club, it's daughter Suzie that is put in danger.