Revenge of the Evil Leaper is the third episode featuring Alia, another Leaper, and her observer Zoey; it was the 17th episode in Season 5 of Quantum Leap, and the 92nd episode in the series overall. Written by Deborah Pratt, the episode, which was directed by Debbie Allen, originally aired on NBC-TV on February 23, 1993 alongside "Return of The Evil Leaper" as a special two hour episode.
Synopsis[edit | edit source]
After saving Alia from the Evil Leaper Project, Sam is trapped with her in a women's prison with the evil observer Zoey in charge as the prison warden.
Storyline[edit | edit source]
September 16, 1987: Having leaped simultaneously, both Sam and reformed ex-Evil Leaper Alia (Renée Coleman) find themselves trapped in a women's prison. Sam leaps into a female prison inmate named Elizabeth "Liz" Tate (lCynthia Steele) while Alia leaps into Angela "Angel" Jensen (Laura O'Loughlin). They are accused of murdering fellow inmate Carol Benning.
Unmasking the real killer is not their top priority as the two attempt to keep Alia's location hidden from Zoey. Zoey failed in her previous mission in the episode "Return of The Evil Leaper" but manages to leap into the same place and time as Sam and Alia. She takes the body of corrupt prison warden Clifton Myers (Sam Scarber). Myers runs the prison with an iron fist with similarly corrupt guard Masterson (Maggie Roswell). Zoey, along with her rather comically evil hologram observer Thames (Hinton Battle), is determined to make Alia pay for her betrayal. In an attempt to keep the Evil Leapers from tracking Alia's whereabouts, Sam, with Al's help, hypnotizes Alia into believing she actually is Angel. This throws off the brain wave tracking abilities of Zoey, Thames, and Lothos for a while.
While trying to escape the wrath of Zoey, the truth of who murdered the inmate comes to light when Sam and Alia receive reluctant help from prison guard Vivian (Barbara Montgomery). Sam tries to explain to Vivian that he isn't really Liz, Alia isn't really Angel, and Zoey isn't really the warden and was sent to kill them. Vivian finds the whole Quantum Leap story difficult to believe. To help convince her, Sam asks "How long have you known Liz?" to which she replies "A long time". He again asks "Would she make up a story like this?". That convinces Vivian and she then helps Sam and Alia escape from the cell block area.
Though Zoey has guards and dogs hunt for Sam and Alia, Al is able to get Ziggy to use the prison's electric fence as a shield to prevent Thames from locating them. Thames eventually helps Zoey find the leapers outside the prison's northwest perimeter by having the generator shut off which disables the protective shield.
Having been found Alia implores Sam to "Save Yourself" but Thames gloats "Nobody's being saved tonight!" The situation climaxes when Zoey, as Warden Myers, orders the guards to shoot the inmates. Zoey herself ultimately shoots Angel just as Alia leaps. Vivian incredulously yells "She was shot! I saw her get shot!" while Zoey laments saying "She leaped!" Furious at Alia escaping their wrath, the Evil Leapers are fuming as Thames explains to Zoey, "She didn't leap back! We lost her!". A similarly angry Zoey snarls at an unharmed Liz saying "We still have you!"
As Zoey readies to shoot Liz, Sam uses Vivian's gun to shoot Zoey just as she leaps. Myers returns unharmed. Sam explains to the guards that Myers got Carol pregnant and caused her to bleed to death when he forced her to have an abortion. Sam implores the guards and police to find the proof in the records of Paula Garcy, the doctor who performed the abortion.
In the end, Al reports to Sam that Angel and Liz are both paroled, Warden Myers takes the fall for Carol's death, and Vivian ends up running the prison. Al doesn't know what happened to Alia but consoles that she's free of whomever was leaping her through time. With that, Sam leaps to his next mission.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Just like with "Trilogy Part III: The Last Door" it had some material cut after being split into two parts for syndication, but unlike that episode these were just small occasional bits of dialogue throughout.
- Also the original two hour version wasn't seen again after the original NBC run, the home video releases only have the two part syndication edit.