5x15 "Return of the Evil Leaper"
                                        Evil Leaper II

Leap Date:

October 8, 1956

Episode Adopted by: Rindi
Additional info provided by: Brian Greene


On a college campus dressed as a do-gooder calling himself the "Midnight Marauder", Sam again meets Alia, a time-traveler who sets wrong what once was right. Alia lets on that she feels trapped into her evil-doings by her own observer, Zoey, and the computer that controls her project, Lothos. Sam and the female leaper construct a plan to help Alia escape her evil controllers. But will she leap with Sam...or will Sam leap with Alia?


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TV Guide Synopsis
Leap Date

Name of the Person Leaped Into
Broadcast Date
Synopsis & Review

Project Trivia
Sam Trivia
Al Trivia

Zoey's Men
Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode

Miscellaneous Trivia
Deleted Scenes
Guest Stars
Guest Cast Notes
Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes
Say What?
Quotable Quotes
Best Scene
Production Credits



Production # : 68124

TV Guide Synopsis (tvguide.com, for the 2-part episodes):

As a collegiate do-gooder, Sam crosses a vengeful frat boy (Neil Patrick Harris)---and crosses paths with "evil leaper" Alia. Part 1 of two. Alia: Renee Coleman. Zoey: Carolyn Seymour. Arnold: Tristan Tait. Sam: Scott Bakula.

TV Guide Synopsis (Original, for the 2-hour movie special):

Sam leaps into a college nerd, who crosses a vengeful frat boy (Neil Patrick Harris). But Sam’s really crossed up when he encounters the “evil leaper” Alia, whom he attempts to deliver from the dark side in a “simo-leap” that lands them in a women’s prison.



North Falls, New York

Name of Person Leaped Into:

Arnold Watkins

Leap Date:

October 8, 1956

Broadcast Date:

February 23, 1993 - Tuesday

Evil Leaper I - Reprise:

Synopsis & Review:

Sam arrives as a nerdy college kid named Arnold Watkins (played by Tristan Tait) who dresses up as a self-professed campus "superhero". As Sam leaps into Arnold, he finds himself laying on a moving car in a funny cape. The person driving the car shouts "Arnold, what are you doing? Get off!". Another car goes right next to them. The cars stop and Sam flies off, tumbling on the ground. A group of people surrounds him. They are mad at Sam for ruining their race and just as they are about to start a fight, police arrive.

Sam must stop a fraternity from holding chicken races as part of their initiation. While back in the waiting room, Al must convince Sam's host to give up his dangerous lifestyle and help him deal with the murder of his parents. However, the sudden return of the Evil Leaper Alia (played by Renée Coleman) makes the task significantly harder.

Alia leaps in shortly after the opening chicken race into a frat boy's girlfriend.

After revealing each other, Sam finds out from Alia that she wants to escape the Evil Leaper Project, but doesn't know how.

Sam theorises that if they are touching when they leap, they will leap together, possibly causing the Evil Leapers to lose her. Al persuades Arnold to abandon his hero complex, and with Alia's help Sam stops the fraternity's races. Zoey threatens Alia as she and Sam are simultaneously surrounded by blue and red light and leap together, leaving it unclear whether Alia has leaped with Sam or Sam has leaped with Alia. Source

Personal Review by Rindi:

This is a great episode. It’s very exciting and sweet because Sam helps Alia the Evil Leaper even though she had tried to kill him before. He saves her from herself revealing inner goodness.


"Oh Boy" by The Crickets plays when Sam puts on a tie.

Project Trivia:

Lothos, from the Evil Leaper Project, can initiate a Leap-out, where Ziggy has been unsuccessful.

We see Alia leap with a red hue, as opposed to Sam's blue.

Lothos is stated to control Alia's mission, where Sam's Leaps appear to be random or controlled by GTFW (God, Time, Fate, or Whatever).

Sam Trivia:

This is another episode where Sam’s mind merges with his Leapee.

Al Trivia:

Al had a cigar for all six appearances.

Al’s Outfits Worn in the Episode:

1st appearance (with Sam): Al was wearing a light blue jacket with metallic blue sleeves, collar and pockets, with a black button down shirt with rectangular metal down the center, an extravagant, dangly, metal broach on the left breast side, and light blue dress pants.

2nd appearance (in waiting room): Al was wearing a light gray jacket with a white button down shirt with a cowboy like neck tie (a gold oval at the neck with one strings hanging) and a sweater vest over his shirt with many stripes with a mix of tan, black, white and red clay colors, an extravagant, dangly, metal and broach on the left breast side and light gray dress pants.

3rd appearance (with Sam): Same as outfit #2.

4th appearance (in waiting room): Same as outfit #2.

5th appearance (with Sam): Al was wearing a dark orange jacket with a deep orange button down, a gold broach that looked like the Star Trek symbol of a triangle on a circle on the left breast side and a thin black tie.

6th appearance (in waiting room): Same as outfit #5.

Zoey's Men:

Frat boys were Zoey's favorite college subject!

Miscellaneous Trivia:

The superhero Batman also lost his parents in a robbery, just like Arnold.

In the movie Rebel Without A Cause (1955), brake lines are cut as part of the plot, just as they are in this episode.

Michael Manasseri (Jerry) played Wyatt in "Weird Science." There is a spoof episode where Wyatt time travels! Watch below and visit our page dedicated to the episode here.

According to Neil Patrick Harris, Quantum Leap was one of his favorite shows. He filmed this episode while he was finishing up the final season of his own show, Doogie Howser, M.D.

After the first episode’s opening credits, a caption appears reading “Evil Leaper I Reprise”, followed by clips from Deliver Us from Evil. Then a further caption closes the montage, reading “Evil Leaper II” before returning to the action, with the episode title and guest stars as normal. Some have interpreted this to suggest that “Evil Leaper II” is part of the title, however this does not appear to be the case, as it is presented to bookend the caption at the start of the montage. Also, Revenge of the Evil Leaper, which is clearly intended to have a similar naming convention for the title, does not have a numerical prefix at all. Source

The Evil Leapers Return in this Novel:
"Knights of the Morningstar"

Read the novel in our Novels & Books section!

Deleted Scenes:

A compilation of clips from the originally televised movie-length version of Quantum Leap: Return and Revenge.

Edited when split into two parts for syndication (renamed Return of the Evil Leaper and Revenge of the Evil Leaper) and every home video release. The movie version was shown only once and was never released on physical media or made available to stream. Here are the missing pieces only seen in the 2-hour movie!


Regular Cast:

Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell as Al Calavicci


Guest Stars:

Renee Coleman as Alia
Carolyn Seymour as Zoey
Tristan Tait as Arnold Watkins (Waiting Room & Mirror Image)
Paul Scherrer as Jack Svensen
Bojesse Christopher as Frank
Michael Manasseri as Jerry Davies
Neil Patrick Harris as Mike Hammond
Phillip O'Brien as Officer Miller
Raquel Krelle as Dawn Taylor
Elliot J. Brown as Stuart

Guest Star Cast Notes:

Renee Coleman as Alia: Renée Coleman (born January 8, 1962) is a Canadian actress who has appeared in several TV shows and movies. She is best known for her role on the NBC TV series, Quantum Leap (1989), in which she played the role of Alia, the "evil leaper". Coleman is also known for her role in the 1992 box office hit, A League of Their Own (1992), as left-fielder and substitute catcher Alice Gaspers, and in Who's Harry Crumb? (1989), as kidnapping-victim Jennifer Downing. Coleman appeared in several more films through the mid-'90s, including Pentathlon (1994) (one of her last domestic roles), the Mexican film El jardín del Edén (1994), the Polish film Gracze (1995), and the Swiss film Waiting for Michelangelo (1995). In 1995, Coleman left the film business and returned to school, where she earned her Mythological Studies doctorate (with an emphasis on Depth Psychology) at Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2002. She currently lives with her husband and their four children in Santa Clarita, California, where she works in a private practice as a certified DreamTender. In August 2012, Coleman's first book, Icons of a Dreaming Heart - The Art and Practice of Dream-Centered Living, was published.

Carolyn Seymour as Zoey
: Carolyn Seymour is a highly accomplished actress of stage and screen, with a long and impressive list of credits on both sides of the Atlantic. Born in Buckinghamshire to an Estonian father with Russian descent and an Irish mother, Carolyn trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, before rising to fame with starring roles in Peter Barnes' much acclaimed THE RULING CLASS starring Peter O'Toole and directed by Peter Medak, Terry Nation's cult sci-fi television series SURVIVORS and the BBC's TAKE THREE GIRLS. Multiple film credits include GUMSHOE opposite Albert Finney for director Stephen Frears, STEPTOE & SON, MR. MUM with Michael Keaton, and CONGO for director Frank Marshall. Carolyn's extensive theatre work includes THE GREAT EXHIBITION written by Sir David Hare, for which Carolyn starred opposite David Warner and Penelope Wilton at The Hampstead Theatre. The production was directed by Sir Richard Eyre. Carolyn received critical praise for a role as Ophelia in HAMLET at The Gielgud (formerly The Globe Theatre), directed by Peter Coe and produced by Sam Wanamaker. ON APPROVAL saw Carolyn starring opposite Kenneth More and Moray Watson at The Vaudeville Theatre. In THE PRODIGAL DAUGHTER Carolyn co-starred with Wilfred Hyde-White for the production at the Theatre Royal Brighton followed by a national tour, both directed by Roger Redfarn. HAY FEVER marked Carolyn's debut on Broadway playing Myra Arundel for director Brian Murray. SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL directed by Brian Bedford would follow at The Taper in Los Angeles. Carolyn made the effortless transition to American television during the 1980s, with celebrated performances in a multitude of hit, award-winning series including FAMILY TIES, HART TO HART, CAGNEY & LACEY, MAGNUM P.I., MURDER SHE WROTE, QUANTUM LEAP, L.A LAW and ER. Recurring guest appearances on the Emmy award-winning STAR TREK: The Next Generation and STAR TREK Voyager, like that of her work on SURVIVORS, have also drawn a strong and devoted fan-base. Carolyn is also a regular voice artist, recording audio adaptations of stage plays by Sir Alan Ayckbourn (TABLE MANNERS and LIVING TOGETHER), as well as TOP GIRLS by celebrated playwright Caryl Churchill. For Big Finish Productions, and by the demand of her loyal fans, Carolyn returned to her iconic role of Abby Grant in SURVIVORS, as well as guest-starring alongside the surviving DOCTOR WHO's. Over 5 decades in the industry, Carolyn has continued to adapt to the demands of the business including successfully transitioning into the world of video games, with multiple projects for the STAR WARS franchise amongst many others. Having resided in the United States and France for many years, Carolyn returns to her native England in Summer 2021 with plans to return to her roots - British stage and screen. Carolyn divides her personal time between her family, her love of art, and her passion for charitable work including animal activism and supporting the homeless.

Carolyn Seymour and many other guests at the 1993 Quantum Leap convention:

Tristan Tait as Arnold Watkins (Waiting Room & Mirror Image): Tristan Tait was born on August 2, 1971 in Santa Barbara, California, USA. He is an actor, known for The Dark Knight (2008), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) and 28 Weeks Later (2007). Great grandson of J. Lockard Martin, the actor who played Gort in the original The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).

Paul Scherrer as Jack Svensen: Paul Scherrer's fourth grade teacher advised his parents to enroll him in a drama class because of his enormous energy. An audition for "A Christmas Carol" garnered him the part of Peter Cratchit. By the age of 13 he had earned an Encore Award (Central Indiana's version of a Tony) for best performance by a child actor for his role in "Camelot". He appeared in both regional and national television commercials as well. Completing his freshman year at Chicago's Loyola University, he signed up for summer work in "The Grapes of Wrath" just before he was informed that he had been chosen to play the 16 year old janitor, Eric, on the Van Dyke Show. This led to Paul's moving to Los Angeles. Paul is very close with his business-manager father, Paul Sr., a real estate salesman, his mother, Gay, a travel agency owner, and his siblings, older sister, Stephanie, and younger brother, Christopher.

Bojesse Christopher as Frank: American actor BoJesse Christopher is based in Los Angeles, CA, but was born and raised in San Francisco. He was named after legendary blues guitarist Bo Diddley and infamous cowboy outlaw Jesse James. BoJesse is best known for his portrayal of Grommet/LBJ, the reckless younger brother of Patrick Swayze in the 20th Century Fox classic original feature film Point Break, directed by Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), released in 1991. In 2016, he also appeared in the Warner Bros. $100 million dollar re-imagined Point Break directed by Ericson Core, as the FBI Director. Over a thirty year plus span in the industry, BoJesse has appeared in over 70 film and television projects in collaboration with a wide range of notable talent, including Academy Award Winer Mahershala Ali, Keanu Reeves, Norman Reedus, Patrick Swayze, Academy Award Winner Reese Witherspoon, Academy Award Winner J.K. Simmons, Academy Award Winner Christopher Walken, Academy Award Winner Hilary Swank, Stephen Dorff, Christina Applegate, Edgar Rameriz, Jennifer Aniston, Carmen Ejogo, Gary Busy, Teresa Palmer, Delroy Lindo, and Neil Patrick Harris, to name a few. His memorable recurring guest star roles on hit shows include Married with Children, Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences, Quantum Leap, High Incident, Land's End, and more. More recently, BoJesse reoccur guest starred as Roscoe Turner on the BET hit crime drama series The Family Business (S.5), Max Fielder on the CBS hit TV series NCIS Los Angeles (S.12), Detective Johnson on FOX's hit series Deputy (S.1), and Detective Richard Kitting on HBO's iconic hit series True Detective (S.3). His memorable recurring guest star roles on hit tv shows include, FOX's Married with Children, FOX's Beverly Hills 90210, CBS' Picket Fences, NBC's Quantum Leap, NBC's Ferris Bueller, CBS' High Incident, FOX's Silk Stalkings, USA's Lands End, to name a few. Plus classic memorable film roles in Stephen Kings Sometimes They Come Back...Again and Sleepwalkers, Meatballs 4, Escape From L.A., Dark Horse, and many more.

Michael Manasseri as Jerry Davies: Michael Manasseri is a 2020 Independent Spirit Award winning producer (John Cassavetes Award) for his work on the critically acclaimed comedy, Give Me Liberty, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and had its European Premiere at the 2019 Director's Fortnight at Cannes. Give Me Liberty also won the Best International Film Award at the 2019 Macau International Film Festival. The first film Michael produced, the romantic comedy, Dirty Love, was a 2005 Sundance Film Festival selection. Since then Michael has produced numerous independent feature films. Michael is the co-director of the 2008 horror-thriller, Babysitter Wanted. He co-wrote, directed, produced and starred in the 2013 sci-fi comedy, Mosquito Man and directed and produced the 2015 Detroit based family comedy, The Pickle Recipe, which world premiered at the 2016 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Michael has co-financed, developed and produced film and television content, national commercial campaigns, music videos and documentaries for domestic and international markets through his production entity, Flux Capacitor Studios. Michael is also an academic/entrepreneurial partner with Oakland University's Cinema Studies program in Rochester, Michigan. Prior to his experience behind the camera, Michael was a child actor who appeared on Broadway, shared the stage with entertainment legend, Yul Brynner, and starred in four television series in Hollywood in the 1990's. Michael was one of the stars of the long running TV comedy, Weird Science, which can still be found on various digital platforms the world over.

Neil Patrick Harris as Mike Hammond: Neil Patrick Harris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on June 15, 1973. His parents, Sheila Gail (Scott) and Ronald Gene Harris, were lawyers and ran a restaurant. He grew up in Ruidoso, New Mexico, a small town 120 miles south of Albuquerque, where he first took up acting in the fourth grade. While tagging along with his older brother of 3 years, Harris won the part of Toto in a school production of The Wizard of Oz (1939). His parents moved the family to Albuquerque in 1988, the same year that Harris made his film debut in two movies: Purple People Eater (1988) and Clara's Heart (1988), which starred Whoopi Goldberg. A year later, when Neil was 16, he landed the lead role in Steven Bochco's television series about a teen prodigy doctor at a local hospital, Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989), which launched Harris into teen-heartthrob status. The series lasted1989-1993 and earned him a People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a New Series (1990) and a Golden Globe Nomination (1990). Harris attended the same high school as Freddie Prinze Jr., La Cueva High School in Albuquerque. Neil acted on stage in a few plays while there, one of which was his senior play, Fiddler on the Roof (1971), in which he portrayed Lazar Wolf the butcher (1991). When "Doogie Howser, M.D." stopped production in 1993, Harris took up stage acting, which he had always wanted to do. After a string of made-for-television movies, Harris acted in his first big screen roles in nine years, Starship Troopers (1997) with Casper Van Dien and then The Proposition (1998). In July 1997, Harris accepted the role of Mark Cohen for the Los Angeles production of the beloved musical, Rent (2005). His performance in "Rent" garnered him a Drama-League Award in 1997. He continued in the musical, to rave reviews, until January 1998. He later reprised the role for six nights in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, in December 1998. In 1999, Harris returned to television in the short-lived sitcom Stark Raving Mad (1999), with Tony Shalhoub. He was also in the big-screen projects The Next Best Thing (2000) and Undercover Brother (2002), and he can be heard as the voice of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the newest animated Spider-Man (2003) series. Harris has continued his stage work, making his Broadway debut in 2001 in "Proof." He has also appeared on stage in "Romeo and Juliet," "Cabaret," Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert (2001), and, most recently, "Assassins." In 2005, Harris returned to the small screen in a guest-starring role on Numb3rs (2005) and a starring role in the sitcom How I Met Your Mother (2005). Neil played the title role in the web-exclusive musical comedy Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008), widely downloaded via iTunes to become the #1 TV series for five straight weeks, despite not actually being on television.

Phillip O'Brien as Officer Miller: Philip O'Brien was born on May 23, 1927 in Troy, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Batman (1989), Chariots of Fire (1981) and Loch Ness (1996). Was shortlisted for the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). He was married to Jane O'Brien. He died on January 9, 1999 in London, England, UK.

Raquel Krelle as Dawn Taylor: Raquel Krelle is known for The Rock (1996), Quantum Leap (1989) and Mike Hammer, Private Eye (1997).

Elliot J. Brown as Stuart: Elliott J. Brown was born on November 6, 1971 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Courier, The Ad Game and The White Storm (2013). He has been married to Alyssa Chiu since November 12, 2005.


Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes:

Renee Coleman appeared in:
"Deliver Us From Evil"
"Revenge of the Evil Leaper."

Carolyn Seymour appeared in:
"Deliver Us From Evil"
"Revenge of the Evil Leaper"
"A Portrait For Troian"

Elliott J. Brown (Stuart) played "Greaser" in "Memphis Melody."

Say What?

Why is Al left to counsel Arnold in the Waiting Room instead of Dr. Keeks?

The newspaper article has text about Bill Clinton dealing with issues in Israel.

The leap date is in 1956, so there are several dating errors used throughout:

There is a Florida State University jacket in Arnold's room featuring the Seminole Indian logo. This logo in its' original incarnation wasn't introduced until 1971.

Arthur C. Clarke’s Prelude to Mars (1965), John Pfeiffer’s From Galaxies to Man, (1959), and Franklyn M. Branley’s The Nine Planets (1958) are all seen in the library, but the year niow is 1956!

As Sam gets ready for the date, "Oh Boy" by The Crickets - released in 1957 - is playing on the radio.

Alia is near similar books later: Daybreak by Frank G. Slaughter (1958), Thirty-Four East by Alfred Coppel (1974), and Biological Time Bomb by Gordon Rattray Taylor (1968).

Quotable Quotes:

"Do you think that your mom and dad would have wished that their only son die too?"
-- Al

"Oh my God it’s her!"
-- Al

"I can’t control things with her changing history."
– Al

"Are you out of your mind?"
-- Al

The midnight marauder, defender of the faith, protector of the innocent.  He's a wacko.
-- Al

The midnight marauder scoffs at the odds.
-- Sam

Frat boys - my favorite college subject.
-- Zoey

Al: It's you.
Sam: Al, of course it's me.
Al: No, I'm talkin' about the cape. It's you. "Evil Leaper II"

Best Line:

"How did a jerk like you get to be president of anything?" --Sam


Best Scene:

The best scene was when Sam first grabs Alia and sees that it’s her. He has no hard feelings from their last meeting. He wants to save her. He looks deep into her eyes and they hug sweetly. Alia is releaved at the chance to escape Hell and live her own life.


Production Credits:

Theme by: Mike Post
Musical Score By: Velton Ray Bunch
Co-Executive Producer: Deborah Pratt
Co-Executive Producer: Chas. Floyd Johnson
Supervising Producer: Harker Wade
Supervising Producer: Richard C. Okie
Producer: Robin Jill Bernheim
Created by: Donald P. Bellisario
Written by: Richard C. Okie
Directed by: Harvey Laidman

Executive Producer: Donald P. Bellisario
Associate Producers: 
Scott Ejercito, Julie Bellisario
Coordinating Producer: David Bellisario
Director of Photography: Robert Primes, A.S.C.
Production Designer: Cameron Birnie
Edited by: Jon Koslowsky, A.C.E.
Unit Production Manager: Ron Grow
First Assistant Director: 
Ryan Gordon
Second Assistant Director: Brian Faul
Casting by: Ellen Lubin Sanitsky, C.S.A.
Set Director: Robert L. Zilliox
Costume Designer: 
Jacqueline Saint Anne
Costume Supervisors: Jill Sheridan, Alice Daniels
Art Director: Ellen Dambros-Williams
Sound Mixer: Barry D. Thomas
Stunt Coordinator: Diamond Farnsworth
Make-up: Jeremy Swan
Hairstylist: Andrea Mizushima
Sound Editor: Greg Schorer
Music Editor: Bruce Frazier
Special Visual Effects: Roger Dorney, Denny Kelly

Panaflex ®  Camera and Lenses by: Panavision ®

This motion picture is protected under laws of the United States and other countries. Unauthorized duplication, distribution or exhibition may result in civil liability and criminal prosecution.

Copyright © 1993 by Universal City Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Some of the characters portrayed in this motion picture are based upon actual persons. Although some of those events have been fictionalized for dramatic purposes, otherwise the characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons living or dead is purely coincidental.

Bellisarius Productions and Universal Television, an MCA Company


Beware the Return of the Evil Leaper!

Join hosts Allison Pregler, Matt Dale and Christopher DeFilippis to discuss Sam’s second clash with his time-traveling arch-nemesis, Alia.

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