Dance Before an Execution"
May 12, 1971
Episode adopted by: Rebekka E.
As he leaps in, Sam finds himself strapped in
an electric chair for a murder his host may not have committed. But as he is granted a
sudden 48-hour stay of execution, he must quickly dig through legal papers and barriers to
find the truth before he goes back to the chair again.
Audio from this episode
Name of the Person Leaped Into
Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode
Kiss with History
Guest Cast Notes
Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes
Cast members who have passed away
Say what? (things in the episode that make no sense)
Dance Before an Execution
Name of the Person Leaped Into: Jesus
Leap Date: May
Date: May 1, 1991
Sam remembers who Dr. Beeks is.
It is not always easy to find Sam after he leaps. The people at the project convert the
handlink so that it can detect the lead bullet in a hologram.
Al appears in the episode 8 times. The imaging chamber door opens 2 times. Sam looks in
the mirror once.
Als Outfits Worn in the
Als first outfit is a ruby, silk, striped, circle shirt with a black rhinestone vest
and black rhinestone pants. The second outfit is blue jeans a purple and gold leather
jacket, and a green and purple scale shape shirt.
Teleplay: Deborah Pratt
Story: Bill Bigelow, Donald P. Bellisario, and Deborah Pratt
Regular Cast: Scott Bakula,
Jenny Gago (Margerita Lorrea Tearsa)
Julio Oscar Mechoso (Raul Casta)
Christopher Allport (Alan Ripley)
James Sloyan (Theodore Moody)
Leonard C. Lightfoot (Officer Little)
Jack Jozefson (Officer Hudson)
Michael Holden (Herb Stein)
Krista Muscare (Maria)
Charles Woolf (Father Raftery)
Irene Olga Lopez (Tia)
A.J. Freeman (Bart Manners)
Wendy Jill Gordon (Reporter)
Andrew Almador (Reporter)
Harry Fleer (Older Man in Jail)
Neil Barton (Black man in Jail)
Stephen Domingas (Jesus Ortega)
Julio Oscar Mechoso plays Joaquin on the WB show Greetings from Tuscon and
Martin on Coach.
Jenny Gago played Ms. Anaya on The Agency.
Christopher Allport played Dominic Webb on Felicity
and Jesse Atkinson on Dynasty.
"Are you going to dance before your execution, Jesus? Oh, its an old prison
saying, that a man on his final walk to the chair, the stinch of fear chokes him and he
panics. Struggling in the arms of his captor for one more moment of freedom. Some people
say it looks like a dance. The last dance before death. Romantic, dont you
The best scene is when Al is in the church looking for the bullet and he talks to the
little girl. He has the little girl help the "angel" tell Tearsa where to find
"Just try to think of someplace far away."
who just got his chain ripped off the grim reapers door. Aint that right,
"Herb, you dont get punished for
not wasting the tax payers money."
"You cant live with 2000 volts of
electricity running through your body."
"They cant try someone on
"Youre different again."
"Were gonna die for six
"Hes gonna break you into a
million pieces and walk away with the governorship and let two innocent men die in the
chair. I just hope Sam Becketts not one of them."
"Something over here!"
"Are you an angel? No. Im not, I
wish I were. Not you, him."
"All the angel needs is for you to go
tell that lady to stop."
"Im not that man."
"Its hard to be loyal to the
"To make right, what the times have made
"And you can quote the hell out of me on
"If I had an attorney like that in
court, when I was in court, Id still be in court."
I really like this one, because he almost dies and doesnt put back, what once went
wrong, until the very end! This is one of my favorite episodes. It reminds me of a movie
that Scott Bakula was in.