The Leap Back
Thanks to R. Joy Helvie &
October 3, 1954
THE LEAP BACK
JUNE 15, 1999
(THIS HAS BEEN FILMED)
EXT. CROWN POINT TOWN SQUARE - DAY
Sam, clad in the hospital gown he was wearing when he leaped out of 'Shock Theater,' lies
on the grass beside a Civil War cannon. Standing on the other side of this vintage
artillery piece is the Observer. Unlike Sam, his wardrobe has changed...he is now
wearing the uniform of a decorated World War II Army Captain.
Sam, Sam...you okay?
You must have leaped with me....
He stops in mid-sentence as he notices the uniform Al is wearing. The Observer
gleefully starts to punch an entry into the handlink.
We did it, Sam!
Sam. What the hell am I doing in
What's going on, Sam?
He thinks he knows and motions for the Observer to step toward him.
He starts to walk through the cannon and bounces off of the barrel. He's no longer a
Sam, what the hell is happening!
ON SAM - SFX
Now certain that he knows, he takes a breath and walks through the cannon to Al. As
they realize they have switched roles, they turn to each other and say....
START MAIN TITLE
EXT. CROWN POINT, INDIANA - DAY
Sam and Al are standing in front of the Civil War cannon stunned with the realization that
they have leaped together and some how switched roles.
What the hell is going on!
FEATURE SAM - SFX
As Al desperately attempts to communicate with Gushie on th handlink, Sam explores his new
physicality or lack of it by stepping back and forth through the cannon and tree.
Eventually, grinning like a kid with a new toy, he turns to Al and puts his hand
through the Observer's chest. Unnerved by it, Al jumps back and bumps into the
You know what this means, Al?
It's my turn to slip into the
powder room like the Invisible
Sam is surprised at his lascivious statement, but Al is too busy pounding on the handlink
to pick up on it.
Gushie! Where the hell are you!
In the future.
He's in the future and you're
...I don't know the year, but from
the look of your uniform it's as
far back in time as I've ever
Wait a minute. I've been leaping
back and forth within my lifetime,
but since we switched places this
leap would be within your
We could be in...when were you
June fiftheenth, nineteen....
Al can't remember. It makes him crazy and he frantically pounds on the handlink.
Gushie! If you don't answer me
I'm gonna kill you!
Oh, my God your brain's swiss-
My brain's fine!
No, it's not. It's swiss-cheesed
from the leap.
Stop saying that!
It's nothing to be ashamed of.
The first time I leaped I couldn't
even remember my name.
Al. My name's Al.
(trying to recall)
You think I'd forget my last name?
I'm about to bet on it.
Well, you'd lose.
It's Beckett. Al Beckett.
It's not Al Beckett?
It's Al Calavicci.
(trying to recall)
Who the hell's Beckett?
Al stares at him for a beat, then pounds on the handlink.
He can't hear you. Ziggy won't
even be a gleam in my eye for
another fifty years.
The parallel hybrid computer I
designed to run Quantum Leap.
Gushie's the head programer,
A little guy with bad breath. And
Ziggy's a computer with a big ego.
Installing that ego was the
breakthrough. Without it, Ziggy'd
just be another big number
Al...I'm getting my memory back!
By taking it from me!
No. The leap did that. Don't
panic. I'll fill in the gaps.
Leaping together must have merged
I wonder what part of your's I
The Observer goes back to pounding on the handlink keys.
Why doesn't Gushie answer?
Because Ziggy doesn't exist in
whatever year this is.
We switched places, so I'd have to
have the handlink to reach Gushie
since I'm the one....
CLOSE ON SAM
The realization hits him.
...in the Imaging Chamber.
He looks around, trying to see through the hologram of Al's world.
Oh, my God, Al, I'm home! I'm
Sam begins to cast about like a blind man in a frantic attempt to locate the Chamber door.
The door! Where's the door?
Unable to loacte it, Sam turns to Al and grasps for the handlink.
CLOSE ON THE HANDLINK - SFX
Sam's hand passes through it.
BACK ON SAM AND AL
Sam stares at the handlink knowing he can never hold what he sees. THen he turns and
The two of them stand in the middle of the square yelling for the technician.
EXT. MARCHEZAK'S MILK TRUCK - DAY
It pulls up in front of the Crown Point Cafe. Mike, the whistling milkman in a dairy
cap and jacket, steps out with a wire basket filled with glass milk bottles. At that
moment, he spots Al and abruptly stops whistling.
MIKE'S POV - THE OBSERVER
standing beside the cannon, pounding on the handlink and yelling for Gushie.
BACK ON MIKE
His eyes widen in surprise and he almost drops his milk basket.
He takes off at a run, the milk bottles clattering against each other. Mike runs
with a decided limp.
ON SAM AND AL
They both hear Mike coming and turn to face him. Mike's face is covered with a big
grin as he limps to a stop in front of Al.
He throws his arms around him and hugs him tight. Al looks at Sam, lost for words.
Your name's Tom.
I don't believe it! Your telegram
said you wouldn't be home till
(looking to Sam)
Caught an earlier flight.
I caught an earlier flight.
You look terrific!
Considering? Considering what?
(a bit aback)
What? Tom, you just spent two
years in a prisoner of war camp.
(looking him over)
They didn't feed you much did
A bowl of rice a day.
The Germans fed you rice?
Al. You're not Admiral Al
Calavicci! You're Lt. Tom
'somebody' and you better start
acting like him until Ziggy
can tell us what you're here to
Mystified, Mike lookes from Al to Sam (who, of course, he can't see) and then back to Al.
Don't look at me! Look at him!
Everybody's home. They're just
(looking at the
Is that a walkie-talkie?
Yes. You're testing it for the
military. Top Secret, of course.
Yeah. It's...ah, Top Secret. The
Pentagon's asked me to evaluate
Put it away.
Al stuffs the handlink into his pocket.
You just get liberated from a
prison camp and they give you a
new duty assignment?
You know the Navy.
You okay, Tom?
Ask him how...'she' is?
How she is?
There's always a 'she'! Ask him
how she is!
...how is she?
(after a beat)
Susanne's fine, Tom.
Susanne. Probably your girlfriend
since I don't see a wedding ring
on your finger.
Finding out you were alive came as
quite a shock.
Oh, geez. She must have thought
you were dead.
She thought I was dead?
Hell, the whole country thought
you were dead after Ernie Pyle's
Your crew told him how you kicked
them out of the tank and turned
back to cover the battalion's
retreat. They saw you take out
three Panzers before your tank got
President Roosevelt even read
Ernie's column on one of his
You can't blame Susanne
for...doing what she did.
What'd she do?
Didn't she tell you?
Aw, shoot. Don't tell me she
didn't tell you. She said she
told you. Told you when you
called her from Bethesda
He is suddenly quite calm and very sad.
She didn't have to...I already
Yeah, I guess you would. You two
always knew what the other one was
doing since you were kids.
When'd she marry him?
She hasn't yet. The wedding's on
You're birthday's in April, same
You okay, Tom?
Just a little woozy from the
Hell, what am I thinking of!
You've got to have been up all
night getting here.
When did you chow down last?
Mike hands him a bottle of milk.
Start working on this. I'll get
Kelly to whip you up a hero's
Tom, Crown Point's so damn proud
of you it could bust!
With that he turns and runs toward the cafe.
ON SAM AND THE OBSERVER
Mike limps across the grassy square toward the cafe. As they watch him go, Al turns
Why do I have this creepy, crawly,
You were an MIA in Nam for six
years. After four years your
wife, Beth, was sure you were dead
I remember, Sam. I remember.
(sucking it up)
It's not like it just happened.
But, it sure is weird...leaping
into a guy who shares the same
fate as me.
Maybe that's why you leaped into
To put he and this Susanne back
He goes back to groping for the Imaging Chamber door.
Or to keep them apart.
Without Ziggy we don't know if
Susanne married you or the guy
she's supposed to marry in two
I can't see a thing through this
Wait a minute. You're the
To you. But in the Imaging
Chamber,you and everything around
you is a hologram to me.
(more to himself)
Why doesn't Gushie open the door?
He's got to be monitoring the
Unless? I don't think I'm going
to like this 'unless.'
To leap together we had to have
either been struck by lighting or
sitting at ground zero during an
Lightning! It was lightning!
I remember a big electrical storm
just before we leaped.
A lightning strike could have been
misread by Ziggy as a catastrophic
collapse of the nuclear
accelerator ring surrounding the
Imaging Chamber. Ziggy would have
automatically sealed the Chamber
to protect the project from
Okay. When they realize the ring
didn't collapse, they'll open the
Once sealed, it can't be re-opened
by Ziggy until the radiation
half-life of the radium ring has
This is going to be a big number
Not in cosmic terms...a mere
sixteen hundred years.
How could you design a system
without a fail safe!
If the door was sealed in error
anyone trapped in here could open
By using the handlink.
Al slowly pulls the handlink from his pocket. As they both look at it, we....
END OF ACT ONE
EXT. CROWN POINT TOWN SQUARE - DAY
Over our slow move across the milk truck to the cafe, we hear....
My dream had come true...I was
home. Back in my own time.
INT. CROWN POINT CAFE - DAY - MOVING WITH SAM
as he gropes about the room in a futile search for the Imaging Chamber door, he moves past
Andy who is talking in a low and excited voice to someone on the other end of a
hand-cranked telephone. On the wall beside the phone is a 1945 pin up calendar
featuring Ava Gardner.
And it was turning into a
I was trapped in the Quantum Leap
Imaging Chamber and the only way
out was through the handlink in
Al's pocket and Al was back in....
Kelly, the cafe's owner, cook, waitress and chief-bottle washer, heaps home fries onto a
plate of steak and eggs and turns to set them in front of a handsome, twenty-eight year
old Army Captain, who's busily wolfing down buckwheat pancakes.
Steak and eggs, buckwheat
pancakes, home fries, whole wheat
toast and black coffee.
We pan off the mirror to reveal....
wolfing down the pancakes. Behind him, Sam (who did not reflect in the mirror) is
feeling the air in his search for the Imaging Chamber door.
How long's it been since you had
a breakfast like this, Tom?
(checking the sugar
Got any Sweet and Low or Equal?
Sweet and Low? Equal?
They didn't have artificial
sweeteners in forty-five, Al.
But they sure had women with big
Sam can't believe he said that and neither can Al, who surprisingly, shoots him an
admonishing look. Chagrinned, Sam goes back to searching for the door.
Uncle Sam's developed for the
Mike slips onto the stool next to Al and Kelly pours him a fresh cup of coffee.
We sure could use something like
that on the home front. Even with
the Cafe I'm rationed to
half-a-pound of sugar a week....
She slaps Mike's hand as he heaps a teaspoon of sugar into his cup.
...and Mike tries to put it all
into his cup.
You forgetting who slips you an
extra pound of butter now and
I didn't think I was swappin'
sugar for it.
He leans in lecherously to Kelly
Honey, if all it takes is a pound
of butter, I got a dairy farm
Sam is Chagrinned as much by what he said as Al's shout. Mike and Kelly both freeze
and stare at Al. Sam begins to apologize profusely to Kelly, who can't hear him.
Oh, God, I'm so sorry! This is so
humiliating. I can't imagine
what's come over me.
(looks to Al)
Actually I can.
It's all his fault!
I picked up your
lecherous side in
It's tough coming home
from a war.
Sam grabs his head as more
prurient thoughts flash through his mind.
What a filthy mind!
I'm not the one talking dirty!
Sorry, Tom. I guess we all need
to wash our minds out with soap
after this war.
Did I say the F word, again?
I'm sorry. It's a hard habit to
break after Guadalcanal.
The bell over the door jingles
and Mike looks from whoever has opened the door to Al with a grin. Al turns to
backlit in the open doorway. She's twenty-four and as pretty as a field of
buttercups. Her blue eyes sparkle with moisture as she tenderly smiles at Al.
ON THE OBSERVER
Mesmerized by her beauty, he slowly rises to his feet.
ON MIKE AND KELLY
Both beaming with pleasure as they watch.
He gives her a once over that we usually associate with Al.
As the screen door slowly closes behind her, she runs across the cafe and leaps into Al's
arms. She kisses him with a passion usually reserved for feature films. As
they part she looks up into his eyes and sighs.
Then, she kisses him, again. Kelly takes Mike's hand and gives it a squeeze.
Susanne finally lets Al up for air.
I didn't believe you were alive.
Not even when I heard your voice
on the phone.
Not until now.
She bends Al back over the pie case in a kiss so passionate it damn near bubbles the apple
Al, she keeps this up and I'll
need a bucket of cold water to
Sam immediately cringes at his words. Al slides down onto the stool with Susanne
still locked onto him. Finally, Susane breaks it off and slumps onto a stool next to
I knew it! I knew getting you two
together would put the kabosh on
Susanne marrying Clifford.
He's changed a lot since you
shipped out, Tommie.
Yeah. His feet got flat so he
could get classified 4-F.
His feet have always been flat.
Not until after Pearl Harbor.
Clifford felt terrible about being
classified 4-F. He does
everything he can to support the
He organized the biggest scrap
metal drive in the state of
Indiana! The Governor even gave
him a citation.
Mike taps the ribbons on Al's chest.
These are citations, Susanne.
Silver Star. Purple Heart.
It doesn't matter now. Tom's back
and he's the guy she'll marry.
Susanne looks to Al and then to Mike and Kelly. She looks undecided.
This could be why you're here, Al.
To get Susanne to sleep with
Susanne turns and flings her arms around Al.
Of course I'll marry you, darling.
She bends him over in another long, passionate kiss.
Standing outside the screen door is Clifford...glasses, bow-tie, straw hat and seersucker
suit. He opens the screen door and enters, his face flushed red.
What are you doing!
It's called sucking face. Very
popular in the sixties, seventies,
Will you shut up.
No, I will not shut up!
That woman you're ravishing is
practically my wife!
Not any more.
What do you mean by that?
You're about to find out, nozzle
Tom just proposed to Susanne and
You can't be serious?
We're to be married in two days!
What's my mother and father going
Cancel the church. Cancel the
reception hall. Cancel the band.
Clifford moves closer to her and softens his voice.
I know how confusing this must be
for you, darling.
A ghost from the past appears and
it's only natural that you have
some old yearnings.
And I'd like to satisfy them.
What am I saying!
See this for that it is, Suzie.
A connection to the past that
you've outgrown...like running
barefoot through sprinklers.
(a Sam thought)
I love running barefoot through
Now Al's the one who can't believe what he's saying.
So, do I.
You know, you have a lot of nerve
coming back two days before our
Mike jumps up off the stool so quickly his artificial leg goes out from under him and he
has to grab the counter to catch himself. Kelly comes around the counter to help and
Why don't you tell him how you
really feel, Mike.
I may not have given a leg for my
country or been in a prisoner of
war camp, but that doesn't make me
any less a man.
Those of us who stayed behind made
sacrifices too. Only we didn't
get any of the glory.
Just all the women.
CLOSER ON ALL
Clifford's eyes flare. Kelly looks embarrased.
If you weren't so weak from being
in a German prison camp....
Yeah, I know, you'd teach me a
Well I just had some of Kelly's
breakfast and I feel like I could
take on Mike Tyson.
Sam realizes where Al is coming from and tries to intervene.
Al...this isn't the
guy that married Beth.
Who the hell is
It doesn't matter.
Clifford nods curtly and strides toward the screen door with Al on his tail. Susanne
runs after them.
I don't want you fighting over me!
It isn't over you,
it's over Beth!
Are you kidding? I wish
I had two men fightin'
EXT. CROWN POINT CAFE - DAY - SFX
Sam comes through the wall as the others pour out through the screen door. Clifford
and Al both peel their coats off.
Al, you can't do this! We don't
even know why you're here!
I think I'm here to kick
I love it!
Tommy, don't forget. He boxed in
(taking a stance)
Yale. But I beat the best
Princeton coupld put in the ring
Clifford begins to circle Al, bouncing on the balls of his feet. The Observer, his
arms relaxed at his side, slowly pivots with him.
Funny...you're not bouncing like
Clifford glances down and Al executes Sam's famous round-house kick, catching the boxer on
the chin and knocking him out before he hits the dirt.
I didn't know you could do that?
Neither did I.
As the others gather around Clifford's
unconscious body, we....
EXT. COWN POINT STREET - DAY
Mike's dairy truck pulls to a stop in front of a small cottage that looks very much like
Beth's house. Al climbs out with his gear.
Think a one-legged man could do
If he doesn't mind falling on his
It sure is good having you home,
(looking at the
It's good to be home.
Mike puts the dairy truck into gear and pulls away.
I'll bring your car back this
afternoon. I've taken good care
A sexy girl in short-shorts and a sweater full of 1945 pointed tits walks past. We
move into Al's face with suddenly looks very upset.
A body like that and all I can
think is pure thoughts?
Damn you, Sam.
He shakes his head and awlks up to the front door.
ON THE DOOR LATCH
It is dusty with cobwebs. Al presses down on the latch and the door slowly creaks
ON THE OBSERVER - SFX
He smiles and pushes the unlocked door open.
As Al bends down to pick up his bags, the door opens through Sam who is standing there.
Al straightens up and is startled to see Sam's smiling face in his.
Don't do that!
Revenge is mine sayeth the
Al shudders as Sam walks through him and onto the porch.
Okay, you've made your
I know how to open the
I know how to open the Chamber
I designed Ziggy with a secret
backdoor code to override any
blocks...even those dealing with
All we have to do is get my
backdoor code to Gushie and he'll
be able to override Ziggy.
Is that all?
What do we do, wait half a
In a sense, yes. But for us it
will be instantaneous.
It'll work, Al. We can put the
code in a letter to be delivered
to Gushie in...exactly how long
have I been leaping around?
(after a moment)
Four years. It's nineteen ninty
I'll be home in time for the
Who's going to wait fifty four
years to deliver a letter?
The post office...and Doc
Crosnoff, my dad's lawyer. You
mail him a letter with say...a
For what the stamp?
It's nineteen forty-five. A
hundred dollars will do quite
YOu mail him a letter with the
hundred dollars and a sealed
letter to Gushie with the code.
It could work.
It has to work.
Off Al's look, we....
CLOSE ON A LETTER
poised over a green mail box.
But what if it doesn't?
The mailbox is just off the town square. Al is holding the letter and Sam is
anxiously pacing back and forth behind him.
We're never going to find out if
you don't mail that....
Sam suddenly takes a deep breath as a wave of anxiety sweeps through him.
Sam! What's wrong?
I dno't know.
You're running out of air!
There's enough air in the Imaging
Chamber to sustain me for six
months. I'd die of thirst first.
It's my memory, Al. My memory's
All of it?
Why didn't you tell me!
I couldn't, Sam. I couldn't!
Drop it in the mailbox!
CLOSE ON THE MAILBOX SLOT
Al holds the letter for a beat more, then lets it drop into the slot.
ON SAM AND AL - SFX
for a moment nothing happens, then the Chamber door opens behind them.
He stares at the door, afraid to believe it's true. Then he gives one more glance
back at Al and runs through the door shouting.
ON THE OBSERVER
He smiles through the tears as we....
END OF ACT TWO
INT. QUANTUM LEAP CONTROL CENTER - DAY - ON THE IMAGING CHAMBER DOOR - SFX
Through the open door we see the weak holographic images of Al and the town square at
Crown Point disintegrate as Sam runs into the intense white light of the tube leading into
the control center.
CLOSE ON SAM - SFX
He stops and shields his eyes against the blinding light. Behind him the Imaging
Chamber door slams shut. The blazing lights in the tube dim, leaving Sam bathed in a
shimmering blue glow.
Sam stands near the perimeter of a circular ceramic room with three exit tubes and an
elevator. The tubes are marked: Imaging Chamber, Waiting Room and Accelerator
Chamber. The elevator leads to the surface. The shimmering blue light is
emanating from a glass sphere floating without visible support above the center of the
room. The sphere is filled with living brain tissue immersed in a nutrient solution.
THIS IS ZIGGY.
As his vision recovers he turns toward a computer control console that looks like a large
ON THE CONTROL CONSOLE
A dozen project engineers and technicians, in Observer-type civilian attire, and a female
Navy Admiral are standing around the console with expressions ranging from awe to elation.
Prominent among them is Gushie, Dr. Beeks, Tina and....
Bathed in the blue light, she steps out from the group. Her eyes are brimming with
His heart beat quickens at the sight of her.
She walks slowly toward Sam, afraid that any rapid movement might break the moment.
He, too, moves hesitantly toward her. Then, their attraction overcomes their fear
and they practically fling their bodies across the last few feet of space to clench in a
tight embrace with Ziggy hovering above them.
ON GUSHIE, DR. BEEKS AND TINA
They join the others in applause and cheers.
ON SAM AND DONNA
Even when they part from their passionate kiss, Sam continues to tenderly hold her face
between his hands.
How could I have forgotten you?
It wasn't your fault, darling.
All that's important is that you
remember me, now.
Of course I remember you...you're
the woman I love. My wife.
He pulls her to him and kisses her with a thirst that's been unconsciously building for
years. The Quantum Leap staff excitedly encircles the embraced couple.
As Sam and Donna's lips part she gently turns him by his shoulders to face his team.Gushie
is the first one to embrace him in a back-slapping hug.
Welcome back, Doctor Beckett!
(holding up the
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant!
When did you get it?
Post Office delivered it today.
Fifty four years, seven months and
six days after it was mailed!
One after another the team greats their leader. when he reaches Dr. Virbina Beeks,
he kisses her on both cheeks.
I don't recall your leaping into
I think I picked that up from an
I want to be sure you haven't
picked anything else up. My
office in twenty minutes for a
Donna slips her arm protectively around Sam.
Your office, tomorrow.
Tonight, he's mine.
He has to be debriefed, Doctor.
I'm not wearing briefs but don't
let that stop you.
Everyone is a bit aback at Sam's line except Tina who smiles wistfully as she turns to
Gee...he sounds just like Al.
Sam greets a few more engineers and then sees Tina.
Ohhhhh, do you feel good.
You even hug like Al.
(back to reality)
What's he there to do?
Ziggy doesn't know.
Don't you remember? The data in
the memory banks was limited....
...to my lifetime. And, Al's in
We didn't even know that until we
got your letter.
We've been loading Ziggy with data
from forty-five as fast as we can
pull it from the National
Archives, but it could be days
until Ziggy projects a theory on
what Al's there to do.
Sam turns and loosk up.
SAM'S POV - ZIGGY
Floating serenely above everyone, emitting the shimmering blue light.
BACK ON SAM
He crosses to the console with Donna at his side and lays a hand on one of the Lucite
Who speaks in the same sexy female voice that we've heard deliver the saga sell for three
It's about time you got around to
me, Doctor Beckett.
No, need to apologize. I don't
expect contact until you need me.
(looking for a
You're looking very...user
Sam winces and mouths he's sorry to Donna and the others.
I see that simo-leaping with
Admiral Calavicci has had a
positive affect on you.
You're in for some pleasant
surprises, Doctor Elesee.
I guess so.
Do you have enough....
...data to give you a reasonably
accurate projection as to why
Admiral Calavicci has leaped into
Crown Point, Indiana in the year
Do you have any data on Admiral
He'll kiss the girls and make them
Ain't that the truth.
(reading the screen)
That's based only on absorbing
Al's biographical background up to
the age of seven.
Yes, Doctor Beckett.
You've made some brilliant
theoretical hypothesis with
minimal data over the past four
I'd like you to make one now.
I don't think so, Doctor.
I'm dealing with too many
data-limited factors. The
Admiral. This Captain Tom Jarret
he's leaped into. A year no one
had the foresight to pre-load into
my memory banks.
Actually I was doing quite well
absorbing the year until Franklin
Delano Roosevelt died. It
Try me in eleven point six hours.
What if the Admiral doesn't have
eleven point six hours?
I believe your brain is still
slightly magnafluxed Doctor
Beckett or you'd remember I never
That's a flaw found only in human
Have fun, you two.
It won't do any good.
Why did I give her Wearren Beatty's
NEW ANGLE FEATURING SAM
He begins to touch various prisms on the control console.
What are you doing, Doctor
Setting up the Imaging Chamber.
I have to find out what's
happening to Al.
Honey, I know I just got here.
It's not like I'd really be going
back. I'll just go into the
Chamber to make contact.
That's not what I mean. You can't
use the Chamber. Not for....
She look to Gushie who checks a handlink similar to Al's that's plugged into his side of
Seven hours, ten minutes and five
seconds. Four seconds. Three
You didn't keep the back-up
It only holds a charge for
seventy-two hours and at a million
dollars a charge we simply didn't
have the money in the budget.
Sam realizes she is right, but it doesn't dissipate his frustration. Donna puts her
arm in his.
Gushie will have the Chamber ready
by the time the handlink's
Go home, Doctor.
Home, darling. Home.
Sam relents and starts with her toward the elevator. As the doors open he turns and
loosk back to the Imaging Chamber.
Hang in, Al.
ON THE IMAGING CHAMBER TUBE
As we move in on this unique ceramic portal we hear Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters
singing "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?" and....
EXT. MOONLIT LAKE IN INDIANA - NIGHT - STOCK
A soft breeze ripples the surface of the water, shimmering the reflection of the moon.
EXT. ON A WHITEWALL TIRE - NIGHT
We rise from the tire and over the streamlined fender of a '41 Ford convertible to
discover Al and Susanne. She has cornered him behind the steering wheel and is
trying to strip his tie and shirt as she kisses him. He is turn between his usual
urges and his Sam-onized mind which is resisting. His mind wins and he gently pushes
Susanne away and re-buttons his shirt.
Captain Tom Jarret, how you've
You don't know the half of it.
I remember when it was all I could
do to keep you from....
Oh, I do. I do.
But something's happened to
It's the war. It does it to all
How would you know?
Clifford told me.
What a nozzle.
He read it in Reader's Digest.
Oh, well, then it's gotta be true.
Well, even Mike had problems when
he came home and you know how he
and Kelly were before the war.
Clifford tell you that, too?
No, silly. Kelly did.
She said it was a long time before
Why he was home for months before
I saw them up here.
What where you doing up here?
Were you parking in Lover's Lane
with a draft-dodging nozzle while
your boyfriend was fighting for
I thought you had died for your
Even more reason not to be up
Tom Jarret, I cried my eyes out
for you for two whole years! And
even when everyone including Mike
told me to get on with my life, I
still waited another year.
You waited three years before
And even then every time Clifford
kissed me I closed my eyes and
pretended it was you.
CLOSE ON THE OBSERVER
Her tears are an instant injection of testosterone to Al.
Chill out, Sam.
He takes Susanne into his arms and kisses her like she's never been kissed before.
As steam practically rises from the two of them, we tilt up to....
A STAR-FILLED SKY
A million points of light blaze with an intensity that can only be seen in remote areas.
See that star?
EXT. NEW MEXICO DESERT - NIGHT
Sam is behind Donna with his arms wrapped tight around her, staring up at the starry sky.
She is wearing a silk robe that flows softly in the wind around the two of them.
Sam is in a pair of boxer shorts. Both are barefoot.
Seven degrees south of Aquila.
You have great eyes.
(turning to him)
Are you talking about the way they
look or my vision?
They kiss and then she folds back into his arms and stares up at the stars.
Now, what's so special about the
The larger of the two is Karus.
It's fifty-four light years from
That sparkle was born in nineteen
He'll be fine, Sam.
Maybe. Observing isn't the same
as Leaping. This may be more than
Al can handle.
God I wish he was here....
So I could kick his butt.
CLOSER ON BOTH
Surprised, Donna turns in his arms to face him.
How could he let me leap around
all those years without telling me
about you? The woman I loved.
The woman I married.
Because I asked him not to.
It was difficult enough for you
back there, darling. You couldn't
have acted freely if you knew you
You know, everything I did since
I leaped is becoming a blur to me.
Sort of a reverse swiss-cheese
I suppose you know everything I
did...after I leaped.
And I never once felt you were
betraying our love.
Sam lets out a sigh of relief and takes her into his arms to kiss her.
Sam slowly breaks from kissing Donna he touches a button on his watch and speaks as if
Ziggy was a third party standing beside them.
Sorry to interrupt your first
night of matrimonial bliss in four
years but I thought you might like
to know that I can now project
with eighty-one point six percent
accuracy the reason Admiral
Calavicci's leaped into Crown
There's a pause.
It appears that Tom Jarret and
Susanne Elsinga committed suicide
on June fifteenth, nineteen
hundred and forty-five.
On Sam and Donna's reaction, we....
END OF ACT THREE
EXT. QUANTUM LEAP FACILITY - NIGHT - STOCK
Set against the mountains and starry night of the New Mexico desert, most of this
extensive highly secret facility is underground.
It felt as if I had never leaped.
My pre-leap memory had returned
and the last four years were
fading as quickly as a bad dream
in the light of a beautiful
INT. QUANTUM LEAP CONTROL CENTER - NIGHT
Gushie is at the control dias which is alive with color. Around the room the other
project engineers are at work, some with portable computer links strapped around their
necks like electric keyboards. Even Ziggy is emitting a much more intense blue than
we had previously seen. The sign over the Imaging Chamber door is pulsating.
The elevator opens and disgorges Sam and Donna into this highly active atmosphere.
Dressed in 1999 attire, they stride toward the control dias and Gushie.
Life would be perfect...if Al
wasn't in such desperate straits.
Is the Imaging Chamber on line?
In three point four minutes.
Donna immediately goes to work beside Gushie as Sam lays his hand on one of the control
That was a quickie, Doctor
What have you got on Al?
He's one hundred and seventy-five
point two-six centimeters tall.
Weighs seventy point nine-one....
Give me what I want, baby.
Ooooh...if you weren't my
Ziggy! What do you know?
Only what I read in the paper.
On June sixteen, ninteen
forty-five the Crown Point
Gazette...isn't that a parochial
name...reported that returning war
hero Captain Tom Jarret and
Susanne Elsinga, the fiance of
Clifford White, drove his
convertible off Lover's Leap.
Why do human beings die for love?
Thank you, Doctor.
With a million gigabyte capacity
I'm quite capable of rubbing my
tummy, patting my head and doing
a trillion floating point
operations at once.
Because I don't want to get into
a philosophical discussion.
I've finished reading Shakespeare,
Doctor and I see your point.
Where's Al now?
I can't project a precise location
until you lock onto Admiral
Calavicci's neurons and mesons in
the Imaging Chamber, but I can
assume with ninety-six point five
perent accuracy that he and
Susanne are either parked atop
Lover's Leap...or dead at the
He spins around and pop's the handlink out of the charger.
CLOSE ON THE HANDLINK
It instantly activates.
We pull back to reveal....
AL AND SUSANNE
in the front seat of the convertible. He is lighting two apres'-sex cigarettes at
once as Susanne toys with the handlink. Both are disheveled.
Doesn't it work?
(handing her a
Maybe it just needs a little
She lovingly strokes the handlink and puts her lips close to it.
Al sits up with a jark that tosses Susanne forward. He spins around to find Sam
frowning at him from the other side of the car door. Sam is holding the back-up
How could you, Al?
On the other hand, how couldn't
Sam winces with regret the instant the Groucho line is out of his mouth. Susanne
adjusts her clothes as she looks around for whoever Al seems to see.
It wasn't like that.
We have to talk...alone.
Where's a men's room when you need
Tom, you're talking to someone who
isn't there and it's frightening
I'm sorry, Honey. It's what we
call delayed stress syndrome.
In forty-five they called it
You know shell-shocked.
Susanne lovingly begins to stroke him.
Oh, my poor baby.
I'll be fine.
(oepning the door)
I just want to take a...you know.
Al and Sam are both surprised. Susanne starts off for the bushes and after a moment,
Sam begins to follow her.
What am I doing?
Me? It's your mind!
And I want it back! All these
choir boy thoughts are driving me
They didn't seem to stop you a few
That was a beautiful moment, Sam.
I've never experienced anything
quite like it.
I guess I owe that to you, huh?
Yeah, well, I owe one to you, too.
Embarrassed, Sam quickly changes the subject.
Ziggy thinks she knows why you
leaped into Crown Point. In the
original history, Tom and Susanne
drive off this cliff tonight in a
Impossible. Suicide's the
furthest thing from her mind.
If it wasn't suicide....
It was murder.
At that moment, Susanne screams. Sam and Al spin to where Susanne disappeared into
the bushes and after an exchange of looks, race in after her.
EXT. LOVER LEAP WOODS - NIGHT
Al and Sam appear on the path searching for Suanne. Sam is pounding on the handlink.
You got a fix on her?
Damn it, Gushie, what's wrong?
INT. QUANTUM LEAP CONTROL CENTER - NIGHT - SFX
A stream of sparkling matter flows from Ziggy to the main control console where Gushie and
Donna are at work.
There's not enough data for a
EXT. LOVER'S LEAP WOODS - DAY
Sam continues to pound on the handlink, when Al spots Susanne sprawled unconscious on the
I got her, Sam!
Al rushes to Susanne's side and takes her into hsi arms, gently brushing the dirt from her
Doctor Beckett. I should warn you
that a Clifford....
Clifford steps out of the bushes and viciously strikes Al across the head with a tire
ANOTHER ANGLE - SFX
Clifford stands over the bodies with the bloody tire iron in his hand. Enraged, Sam
tries to attack Clifford and leaps right through him. Clifford picks up Susanne and
begins carrying her down the path toward the car. Sam scrambles to his feet to block
Put her down! Now!
Clifford walks right through him. Realizing he's helpless, Sam sinks to his knees
Al you've got to wake up!
He has suffered a blow from a
blunt instrument to the right lobe
of his cranium which has generated
a concussion, which induced an
unconscious state which will
terminate in eight point seven
Unfortunately, Admiral Calavicci
will terminate in five point two
minutes when he drives a nineteen
thirty-nine Ford convertible off
How can he drive if he's
Excellent point, Doctor.
Clifford must push the car over.
Al...you've got to wake up.
I just explained, Doctor. Admiral
Calavicci cannot regain
consciousness for another eight
Damn it, Ziggy tell me something
I don't know!
Tina's having an affair with
A way to save Al and Susanne!
Stop Clifford from pushing the car
over the cliff.
How? He's in nineteen forty-five
and I'm in nineteen ninety-nine!
I didn't say it was easy.
CLOSE ON SAM - SFX
He looks down in anguish at his unconscious buddy.
I'm sorry, Al. It should be me.
And then the idea hits him. He quickly punches a code into the handlink and the
Imaging Chamber door opens behind him.
INT. QUANTUM LEAP CONTROL CENTER - NIGHT
The tube leading to the Imaging Chamber door is flooded with the brilliant white light as
Sam races down the ramp stripping off his shirt.
Gushie! Activate the Accelerator
Chamber! Se it for June fifteen,
Tina. Get me a Fermi suit.
Tina looks to Donna.
She turns and runs to a storage unit near the Accelarator Chamber door to withdraw a
As Donna joins him, he peels off his trousers.
How much time till Al terminates,
One point six minutes.
Great legs, Doctor.
Sam, what are you doing?
Trying to save, Al.
I'm going to leap into him.
Tina runs up with the suit and Sam begins to put it on.
Donna, four years ago my first
leap was targetless...subject to
the whim of fate. Since then I
must have been subconsciously
working on the problem because I
now know how to hit the bullseye.
I can leap into Al.
He'll leap back to the Imaging
Chamber where he was when the
lightning strike simo-leaped us
and I'll be in nineteen forty-five
where I can stop Clifford.
Forty-five is eight years before
you were born! You can't leap
earlier than your own lifetime!
Sam zips up the suit and crosses to the control console where he begins to rapidly adjust
When we simo-leaped some of our
neurons and mesons obviously
Part of me is Al!
He hits a switch and the sign above the Accelerator Chamber tube begins to flash.
The lights inside come up to a brilliant intensity.
ON THE ACCELERATOR CHAMBER DOOR TUBE
A vacuum on the door is broken and the air rushes out of the tube. A deep read light
begins to pulsate in the tube as Sam races up the ramp with Donna at his side.
One minute and counting.
How will you get back?
He stops and turns to her.
The retrieval program. I've
You'll try it again
What's the odds of retrieving
Nine point six percent.
She stares at him with tears in her eys. Sam takes her in his arms.
I can't let him die, Donna.
Sam kisses her and holds her tight.
I'll be back, darling. I swear.
I love you.
I love you, too.
Sam turns and rushes into the tube. We hold on Donna's tear streaked face and
EXT. CROWN POINT LOVER'S LEAP - NIGHT
The convertible is poised on the edge of the cliff with Ssuanne slumped in the front seat
as Clifford drags Al from the woods toward it.
INT. QUANTUM LEAP CONTROL CENTER - NIGHT - SFX
Ziggy is shimmering with activity as controllers with shoulder-slung keyboard links take
up positions. Donna joins Gushie behind the main console.
Fifteen seconds and counting.
Synchrotron on line.
Colliders on line.
With tears streaming down her cheeks, she presses down on a control prism.
WIDER - SFX
A river of plasma leaps from the main control link to Ziggy instantaneously triggering
streams to each of the portable control links.
ACCELERATOR CHAMBER - ON SAM - STOCK
He raises his arms and leaps!
INT. FORD CONVERTIBLE - NIGHT - SFX
Clifford shoves Al behind the wheel and reaches for the emergency brake.
You want each other. You got each
An electric-crackling familiar blue aura envelopes Al.
ON THE EMERGENCY BRAKE
Clifford's hand is about to release the brake when Sam's hand clamps over it.
CLOSE ON CLIFFORD
His eyes widen in surprise as he looks into....
an instant before he slugs Clifford on the chin.
Reeling from the blow, Clifford staggers backward, loses his balance and falls screaming
over the cliff.
He runs from the car to the edge of the cliff and peers down at Clifford's lifeless body
on the rocks below.
INT. IMAGING CHAMBER TUBE - NIGHT
The bright white light dims and the familiar blue shimmer envelops the tube as Dr. Beeks
and a medical aide carry Al out on a floating gurney. Tina rushes to Al's side as he
Al, honey. Are you okay?
I'll let you know...when we get in
She smiles and shakes her head as she turns to Gushie.
Ready to retrieve?
Sh e pressed the same control prism
WIDER - SFX - (THIS IS A REVERSE OF THE EARLIER SCENE)
The river of plasma that leaped from the main control link to Ziggy reverses and leaps
back as do the streams from the portable control links.
EXT. CROWN POINT LOVER'S LEAP - NIGHT - SFX
Standing whwere we left him on the rim of the cliff, Sam begins to faintly glow and
crackle with electrical activity. The blue glow fades and he turns back to the
ON THE CONVERTIBLE
Sam checks Susanne who is beginning to regain consciousness, then picks up the handlink
and punches in a combination.
Gushie. This is....
We move in tight on his face. Sam can't remember his name.
STARLIT DESERT SKY - NIGHT
A million shimmering points of light against a pure black sky.
Her eyes are red and swollen as she stands with her arms wrapped around herself in the
desert behind her home.
She turns as Al walks up beside her. His head is bandaged where he took the blow
As soon as Susanne regained
Where is he now?
On an airplane in nineteen
You've talked to him?
Does he...remember me?
But, I'm going to tell him this
No, you're not, Al.
Four years ago you convinced me
his amnesia wasn't caused by
leaping. That who or whatever was
leaping him from life to life did
it to free him to think with his
heart. So he could put right the
terrible wrongs in people's lives.
I don't know anymore.
Sam's back on the job and you're
going to treat him exactly as you
have the last four years.
He came back to me once. He'll
come back to me, again.
Al wraps her in his arms.
You're one hell of a woman.
(touching her watch)
Yes, Doctor Elesee.
Locate a star forty-three light
years from earth.
Percles. Six degrees north of
Cassiopia. A blue white star of
the fourth magnitude.
MOVING IN ON DONNA AND AL
as they look up at the stars.
Donna smiles through her tears as she stares at the star.
I love you, Sam.
ON THE STAR
surrounded by a cluster of others.
I love you, Donna.
END OF ACT FOUR