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Old 06-15-2014, 06:32 PM   #45
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Originally Posted by Lightning McQueenie
I personally think Alia must have been doing what Connie would have normally done - otherwise she wouldn't have been able to pass herself off as Connie for so long...
Not necessarily true, Alia could have transitioned into the reading lessons as something new "Connie" had decided to try. Remember we established that she'd been there for a while so it wouldn't have been out of the blue as most of Sam's out of character actions are. Alia wasn't exactly one to stick to her role either, that would be impossible since she had to include that dark factor which causes the destruction. It still could have raised Frank's eyebrows sure, but Sam raises a lot of eyebrows during his leaps and gets the job done. Who knows, the whole women's lib rebellion might not have been in Connie's nature either even though it fit with the time period but again, it was that destruction factor that was required of Alia.

Alright my apologies as I am about to do something a little strange. Upon noticing an older post I feel compelled to respond to it. XD

Originally Posted by Stakker
Anyway, the girl who played Alia was beautiful, but I felt a bit weirded out that Sam and her wouldn't take their eyes off each other...considering he has a wife back in 1999. She was a bit too good to be true, and why would she care anyway, if both are going to leap, they aren't going to have any time to talk about their lives as Quantum Leapers.
This can be explained with two significant factors.
1.) To be able to speak with and receive understanding from others who share our experiences, particularly the negative ones such as maybe cancer is something that is naturally therapeutic. Sam has spent four years pretending to be other people, an area among others in which he is utterly alone. So like with the psychic Tamlyn to find someone other than Al who can not only embrace his true self but also understand the work and sacrifice that goes into being a leaper is something that understandably would touch and overwhelm him. Even to a point in which his judgement is completely clouded, when your point that Alia was a bit obvious at times is valid.

As for Alia's response to Sam, she was playing off the fact that meeting her took him off guard and exposed a vulnerability in him, his need to be himself around someone. She needed that to put him in the position to sabotage Jimmy and finish her job.
I do believe however that part of her felt a genuine sense of hope in meeting Sam because remember she didn't agree with the things she was forced to do. She only wanted to please Lothos/the devil so that she could be set free.
(It is my head canon that the devil is Alia's guide as it is believed God is Sam's. My apologies Stakker I know you didn't want to entertain religious possibilities since you yourself do not have religious beliefs but nor do I and am able to entertain it, this is fiction after all.)
This is apparent when Zoey suddenly added the bonus of killing Sam to her 'to do' list but her immediate response was "Why? He hasn't tried to stop us."

2.) Sam doesn't remember Donna, something that she made quite clear she wants to maintain for the sake of his performance and Al is fiercely loyal to that request. Despite that the validity of this logic is questionable and even Scott himself has expressed disagreeing with it as do I, it is what it is.

On a short unrelated note (sorry), there are far more significant circumstances under which I believe it would have been not only valid but urgent to point Donna out to Sam such as Trilogy pt. II and Catch a Falling Star. Though Catch a Falling Star with Nicole applies to the moment in The Leap Back when Sam had given her an opening to admit any betrayal she might have felt during his leaping and she hadn't taken it. Her exact response that she hadn't once felt betrayed is questionably believable. The novels express her more as being understanding of the circumstances of what he does than her one appearance as his wife on the show did but it's Scott's belief that she is. That debatable logic she has of his remembering her also supports this.

Also something to keep in mind is when Pratt wrote the Trilogy episodes which came right after this I believe she did so while mentally deleting Donna. The Leap Back was for certain her least favorite episode and while I believe she had issues with the portrayal of the project or sending Sam home entirely at that point, Donna was a large part of it.
Point being that perhaps Pratt didn't want us to consider Donna in season five (perhaps also in season four) but that is pretty irrelevant. We saw her at the project something that can't be taken back and so we must. Hence why a lot of fans have issues concerning Sam betraying her in certain episodes even despite the swiss cheese excuse. So you are not alone Stakker.

Originally Posted by Stakker
Not sure why Sam loves being Jimmy quite so much, as if I remember correctly, playing him the first time was quite traumatic, what with the clumsiness and dastardly workers at the dock, and Connie herself trying to get rid of Jimbo!
While your point is valid the circumstances of his being Jimmy this time made a complete difference. Returning somewhere familiar, surrounded by people he knew which was a rare occurrence having only happened twice before (The Leap Home and The Leap Back) had given him a comforting sense of home.

You are right however, it is Al who loves Jimmy himself as he is a reminder of his younger sister Trudy who had a worse level of down syndrome.

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