5x16 "Revenge of the Evil Leaper"
                                             Evil Leaper III

Leap Date:

September 16, 1987

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


In the final "Evil Leaper" episode, Sam and Alia leap together into a women's prison where they are being accused of killing another inmate. In the search for Alia, Lothos leaps Zoey into the prison warden and she gets her own hologram by the name of Thames. Sam and Al struggle to mask Alia from the sensors of  Lothos and must find a way to prove they didn't kill the inmate who was murdered.


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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

Al's Women
Zoey's Lusts
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 Scenes
Production Credits
More Evil Leaper Stories

Production # : 68125

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.

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

Conclusion. Sam and Alia land in a women's prison, unaware that Zoey (Carolyn Seymour) has leapt into the warden. Thames: Hinton Battle. Vivian: Barbara Montgomery. Sophie: Katherine Cortez. Alia: Renee Coleman.



Mallard, Ohio

Leap Date:

September 16, 1987

Name of Person Leaped Into:

Elizabeth Tate

Broadcast Date:

February 23, 1993 - Tuesday

Synopsis & Review:

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 (Cynthia 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.

During all this, Zoey (as the warden) questions Sam about the murder. Sam has hidden Alia and replaced her in the holding cell with one of the guards. When Zoey realizes Alia must be in the holding cell, she tries to open the door but Sam grabs her arm. Zoey and Sam morph to each other, revealing their identities! Sam runs to get Alia.

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. Source

Personal Review by Matt Dale:

As with Deliver Us from Evil, this is a divisive pair of episodes. If you find the concept of the Evil Leapers tacky and unnecessary, stop reading here. You won’t like what you have to hear. Return of the Evil Leaper and Revenge of the Evil Leaper represent in my opinion the pinnacle of Quantum Leap. The storylines to both are energetic and introduce some real jeopardy for Sam and Al, the performances are all top notch (in particular Harris relishing playing a bad guy role, and Tait whose duologues with Stockwell in the Waiting Room are nothing short of tear-jerking; “your parents were innocent” still raises the hairs on the back of my neck). It’s a grand finale for Alia and Zoey, and the only downside is that they hadn’t had chance to breathe in their evil roles before Alia started to turn in the first part – a wrong that would be put right in Knights of the Morningstar (and see also The Avenger and Second Childhood). Source


"Yo Ho! (A Pirates Life For Me)" from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney Parks is parodied by Thames replacing the phrase with "A Hologram's Life For Me."


Project Trivia:

Ziggy is referred to as male in this episode.

Ziggy uses the electric fence in the prison to block Zoey from finding Alia.

Alia's mind merges with her Leapee, causing her claustrophobia and panic.

Thames uses the term "Swiss-cheese" when referring to memory loss from a Leap. Perhaps the Evil Project inherited this term from Project Quantum Leap in the past?

Thames can see both Zoey and Alia. Al can only see Sam due to the tuning of their mesons and neurons specifically.

"Quanta" may be the name of the Evil Project.

Zoey states that after 48 hours the percentage to Leap home drops. Perhaps this is why Sam couldn't Leap home in the first episode - he was in "Genesis" over several days.

Thames is able to initiate a leap-out via Lothos. Ziggy has been unable to achieve this for Sam.


Sam Trivia:

This episode marks the closest Sam Leaps to his own time - September 1987.


Al Trivia:

Al has a cigar throughout the whole episode.

Al's Women:

Al likes prison women...

Al: "Chicks in cells, what could be better?"
Sam: "Al!"
Al: "Chicks in chains in cells."

Zoey's Lusts:

Zoey likes her reflection as the warden in the mirror. She also plans to have sex with Liz (who she doesn't know is really Sam).


Al’s Outfits Worn in the Episode:

1st appearance (with Sam): Al was wearing a bright red jacket with a diamond pattern on each breast side, a black button down shirt with a thin metallic red tie,

2nd appearance (in waiting room): Same as outfit #1.

3rd appearance (with Sam): Same as outfit #1.

Miscellaneous Trivia:

Thames uses a different handlink than Zoey.

From the script, we get an approximate date of when the Evil Leaper project may be set: 2020. "Sam crosses next to a perplexed Alia.  Behind them the water door appears and through it walks a tall angular African-American, impeccably dressed in what might become BOSS in the year 2020.  He is holding Zoey's handlink.  His name is THAMES.  Zoey looks at Sam and then back to Thames.  He walks through the room and waves his arm through Sam and Alia."

Even if the Evil Leaper project was set in the 1990's, Alia looks too young to have leaped back into the 1950's. The best guess would be that their project is not subject to the same rules of time-travel that Sam is bound by. This is definitely possible as seen in the 2022 revival series of Quantum Leap!


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
Hinton Battle as Thames
Rosanna DeSoto as Fedeila "Fiddler" Jimmerson
Katherine Cortez as Sophie Nixon
Maggie Roswell as Masterson
Sam Scarber as Warden Clifton Meyers (and Mirror Image)
Barbara Montgomery as Vivian
Cynthia Steele as Liz Tate (and Mirror Image)
Laura O'Laughlin as Angela "Angel" Jenson (and Mirror Image)


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.

Hinton Battle as Thames: Hinton Battle was born on November 29, 1956 in Neubrücke, Germany. He was an actor, known for Dreamgirls (2006), Quantum Leap (1989) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997). He died on January 30, 2024 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Hinton Battle won the 1991 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. Watch him accept it below:

Rosana DeSoto as Fedeila "Fiddler" Jimmerson: Rosanna DeSoto was born on September 2, 1950 in San Jose, California, USA. She is an actress, known for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), La Bamba (1987) and Stand and Deliver (1988). She has been married to David S. Ward since September 20, 1980. They have two children. She was previously married to Jonathan T. Taplin.  Although she played Lou Diamond Phillips and Esai Morales' mother in La Bamba (1987), she is only twelve years their senior. She appeared in two films which have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant": La Bamba (1987) and Stand and Deliver (1988). Although she played David Warner's daughter in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), she is only nine years his junior.

Katherine Cortez as Sophie Nixon: Katherine Cortez was born on September 28, 1950 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. She is an actress, known for Luckiest Girl Alive (2022), Critters 3 (1991) and By Dawn's Early Light (1990).

Maggie Roswell as Masterson: Maggie Roswell was born on November 14, 1952 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is an actress, known for The Simpsons Movie (2007), The Simpsons (1989) and Pretty in Pink (1986). Left The Simpsons (1989) cast in spring 1999 after the show's tenth season when 20th Century Fox refused her requested raise increase from the $2000 she earned the past three seasons until her departure.Before her departure, Roswell had been flying into LA from her Denver home on her own money to record her lines. Rejoined The Simpsons (1989), after a three-year absence due to a salary dispute. Runs a voice-over studio with her husband, Hal Rayle, near their home in Denver. She has been married to Hal Rayle since June 5, 1987. They have one child. 

Sam Scarber as Warden Clifton Meyers: (1997) from the same creator of Played in the NFL for 9 years with the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders and also appeared on Jag: GhostsQuantum Leap, Donald P. Bellisario. Sam Scarber was born on June 24, 1949 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He is an actor, known for Over the Top (1987), The Karate Kid (1984) and Eraser (1996). Played in the NFL as a running back. Drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 1971 NFL draft.

Barbara Montgomery as Vivian: Barbara Montgomery was born on June 25, 1939 in East Orange, New Jersey, USA. She is an actress, known for The Meteor Man (1993), Quantum Leap (1989) and A Different World (1987). Was offered the role of the sex-goddess "Carla" in Robert Patrick's play "Kennedy's Children" on Broadway, which won Shirley Knight a "Tony" Award, but chose instead to play the school teacher, "Wanda", because she wanted to build a career as a character-actress. October, 2001 - Served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the 40th Anniversary celebration of La Mama, an Off-Off Broadway theatre that promoted the early careers of playwrights such as Paul Foster, Lanford Wilson, Robert Patrick, William M. Hoffman, Tom Eyen, Sam Shepard, Leonard Melfi and Harvey Fierstein.

Cynthia Steele as Liz Tate (and Mirror Image)
: Cynthia Steele is known for Quantum Leap (1989), Final Judgement (1992) and Panic in the Park (1995).

Laura O'Laughlin as Angela "Angel" Jenson (and Mirror Image): Laura O'Loughlin was born in 1969 in the USA. She is an actress, known for I Spy (2002), Quantum Leap (1989) and Mr. Jones (1993).


Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes:

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

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

Say What?

When Lothos loses Alia at the prison, why don't they think she leaped out? Why the hunt? Perhaps they got no quantum energy reading on their system?

The sun sets suddenly in a remarkable 10-minute time frame.

Thames tells Zoey there is no one in the holding chamber. However, Warden Myers should have been in their holding chamber / waiting room as well, since Zoey had leaped at that point!

As Sam and Alia scrabble up the embankment at the end, Sam says “hurry”. Just after that, on the top-left of the screen, a crewmember’s hand carrying a remote-control device briefly comes into view. Source

Quotable Quotes:

"Good Lord only a week in the box and you don’t know where you are."

"We had leaped together and survived, but we still didn’t know if Alias had leaped with me or I had leaped with her…" --Sam

Before I step into the Twilight Zone, I need just a damn minute.
-- Valerie, "Revenge of the Evil Leaper"

I want to know why some people help other people.
-- Alia, "Revenge of the Evil Leaper"

~Sam is in a jail cell dressed as a woman filled with even more women.
Al: Chicks in cells, what could be better?
Sam: Al!
Al: Chicks in chains in cells.
Sam: Al!
Al: Oh, right.

Best Line:

"Sam? If you’re yelling for a three letter savior I suggest that it start with a G."
-- Masterson to Alia


Best Scene:

The best scene is when Sam is hypnotizing Alia and she goes to a mountain surrounded by white fluffy clouds and a beautiful blue sky. It is so peaceful and serene.


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: Deborah Pratt
Directed by: Debbie Allen

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: Randy D. Wiles
Unit Production Manager: Ron Grow
First Assistant Director: 
R. John Slosser
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

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The Evil Leapers return again in this novel: "Knights of the Morningstar."

Finally, they are back in an unproduced comic book, "Second Childhood." Read the script for the comic and see much more info on this fun leap.


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