In the NBC sci-fi show Quantum Leap, the main character Dr. Ben Song who has jumped into the past and can’t remember why or where he wants to go.
His team at home, including his fiancee Addison, are trying to figure out why Ben made such a big move without telling anyone. In the process, they find out that Ben has a lot hidden, making it difficult to figure out why he wants to travel through time. In this episode, Quantum Leap isn’t just used by Ben, and a new player gets a lot of attention. How does this affect Ben’s travels through time? let’s find out
Summary of Quantum Leap Episode 6
The next leap Ben Song makes takes him to San Francisco in 1989. Today is the day of the terrible earthquake that killed many people. This time Ben meets a man named John whose marriage is on the brink of failure. Naomi, his wife, wants a divorce and as they talk about what will happen next, an earthquake erupts. Ben finds out pretty quickly that he’s there to save Jason, John and Naomi’s son.
When Jason found out his parents were getting divorced, he went back to where they used to live. During the earthquake, this building fell on Jason, killing him. When Ben finds out that Jason and Naomi don’t get along, it affects him personally. As his memories come back to him, he reflects on how their relationship was like the one he had with his own mother. He’s sorry he didn’t spend much time with his mother when she was alive, and he doesn’t want Jason to feel the same way. He is willing to do anything to make things better between him and Naomi.
Jenn, Magic and Ian find out who the other time traveler Leaper X is when they get back home. It turns out to be a Marine named Richard Martinez, but nothing about him makes me think he has anything to do with time travel. At least not yet.
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At the end of Quantum Leap Episode 6, is Ben trying to travel to the future?
Although Ben’s plans were being kept secret, his team slowly came closer to finding out what was going on. They thought so. Ben’s jumps weren’t random, Ian found out. In fact, they were timed in such a way that he had enough momentum to jump further into the past. That would have helped the team figure out where Ben went, which would have given them a better idea of why he went there. But that will change when Leaper X comes.
Jenn thinks Leaper X should look like Ben instead of the person he jumped into when he’s also time travelling, and they can see him through the imaging chamber. Now that they know what he looks like, they run his picture through face-recognition software and the name Richard Martinez pops up. Jenn and Magic visit him, but Martinez knows nothing about the Quantum Leap project or time travel.
All in all, Jenn suggests three ways out of her situation. The first is that someone else was working on a project to travel through time and Martinez is their jumper. The other is that it was secretly edited by a private company. The third possibility, which might have seemed unlikely in another situation, seems the most likely at the moment: Martinez jumped from the future. Although Magic and his team are currently leading the project, they don’t know how it will turn out. You don’t know who will be in charge by then or how many people will have jumped. Since Martinez hasn’t jumped yet, it’s possible he might join the project at some point in the future.
So far, the team has only looked back and thought about the past. But now they know that one can also travel to the future, and the fact that there is another time traveler, most likely from the future, shows that they may have had a limited view of things up until now. Ian wonders if Ben’s path isn’t taking him deeper into the past, but into the future.
Since Ben made some changes to the program prior to his jump, and the team has yet to figure out what those changes were, they don’t know if he set his goal in the past or in the future. If he really moves into the future, it will be even harder for his team to figure out what he wants to do.
Ben’s past travels made sense in the context of his life. All events have already happened, and they have everything they need to study a specific day or event and move on from there. But they have no idea what will happen in the future. You can’t think of any reason why Ben would do something so crazy. But one thing is for sure. Nothing good could have led him away from his happy present into an uncertain future.
On November 8, 1965, Sam jumps into Francesco “Frankie” La Palma, a handsome mob killer who has had a risky rendezvous with Don Geno Frascotti’s lover. Sam must avoid Geno while following Ziggy’s orders. Ziggy comes up with a plan to get Sam back.
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Sam jumps on Frankie after seemingly having just slept with Don Geno’s girlfriend Teresa Pacci in Geno’s attic. Pacci is Don Geno’s lover. They go to the wedding of Primo, Frankie’s brother, and Angela, Geno’s daughter. After Teresa leaves Frankie, Don Geno approaches her. She has been having an affair with him for some time. Teresa wants to break up with Geno, but Geno tells her the relationship will end if he says so. Geno thinks Teresa is seeing someone else, but Teresa says she isn’t. Geno challenges one of his thugs to find Teresa’s boyfriend.
Sam, on the other hand, walks around Primo and Angela’s wedding guests. The two people who just got married ask Sam to sing Volare for them on stage. Sam is placed in front of the crowd and is able to sing the whole song with the help of Al, who speaks good Italian. Afterwards, he and Al leave the crowd to chat. Al tells Sam that Ziggy isn’t helpful, so Al can’t tell Sam anything about his mission except the fact that Sam is a mafia hitman, which scares Sam. Al also tells Sam that Ziggy has a plan to bring Sam back to his own time, but Sam has to do whatever Ziggy tells him.
The next day, Sam sees Teresa working as a hairstylist at a salon while walking down the street with Frankie’s two brothers, Primo and Segundo. Sam decides he needs to speak to Teresa, so he goes in to get his hair cut. Teresa is pleased with Sam’s appearance but surprised by it. She sits him down for a haircut. She tells him that if Geno saw them together, Sam’s life would be in danger. This tells Sam that Teresa and Geno are having an affair.
Tony La Palma, Frankie’s father, has joined Primo and Segundo in front of the salon to wait for Sam. Geno stops his car and gets out to talk to them. When he sees Sam getting his hair cut by Teresa, he begins to think something is wrong. Frankie’s father tries to make Geno believe that he sent Sam to the salon to find out who Teresa’s boyfriend is by talking to the barbers and other women there. Geno doesn’t believe Sam, but says he won’t kill Sam as long as Sam confirms the story. As Geno enters the drawing room, he tells Teresa to get out of the way. He asks Sam why he’s in the drawing room with Teresa while holding a razor to his throat. Geno speaks Italian so Sam can’t understand him. Al walks in and tells Sam he knows what Geno wants to hear. He then has Sam repeat his answers. Sam is able to tell Geno in Italian that it was his father’s idea and that he thinks he can find out who Teresa’s lover is by listening to what the women in the drawing room are saying. Geno smiles and walks away after hearing Sam’s answer.
Al tells Sam that Ziggy has now come up with a plan to bring Sam back to the present: Sam must repeat what happened before he jumped in and hook up a hair dryer at a specific address in Buffalo, New York. Since Sam is in Brooklyn, he decides to send Primo and Segundo to Buffalo to hook up the hair dryer while calling Teresa and asking her to meet him at Geno’s attic and make love like the day before. Sam tells Teresa that the meeting is important for their future, although Teresa isn’t sure.
Primo and Segundo take a hair dryer from Teresa’s salon and head to Buffalo. They pull up in front of what looks like a fraternity house and plug the hair dryer into an outlet outside the house. As soon as Primo turns on the hairdryer, an electrical surge shuts down the entire street. Geno’s Idiot tells him that Sam and Teresa just climbed Geno’s trellis and are meeting in Geno’s attic. Geno is furious and plans to get his own back.
Primo’s damage to the power grid is now affecting most of the east coast. Sam and Teresa make out in Geno’s attic. Sam is unsure if he can do what he intends to do. He doesn’t want to lie, so he tells her he’s not the Frankie she knows. Teresa says it doesn’t matter if he lies because men always lie to her. Sam tells her that she is special and deserves better. The two start kissing, but Geno walks up and puts a gun to their heads. Sam says he is to blame for the affair and tells Geno that he insisted on putting Teresa in the attic, even though she said she didn’t want to leave. Geno tells him he respects a man who is honest about his death. Teresa enters and tells Geno that she wanted to go to the attic. Geno is about to shoot them both when suddenly the electricity in his house goes out and the lights go out. Sam uses the distraction to get Geno’s gun and then he and Geno start fighting over who’s in charge. Sam suddenly jumps out of Frankie and into Don Geno. Now the real Frankie is back, but she’s lost her memory. When he sees Sam/Geno, he says they are not guilty. But Sam now knows what he has to do: He has to keep Frankie and Teresa together. When he asks them both if they love each other, they both say they do. Sam knows he has to find a way to tell everyone he’s okay with them getting married so he can’t keep retaliating when the real Geno comes back.
Frankie’s grandmother plays bingo at the local church hall, so Sam takes Frankie and Teresa there. Sam asks the priest to tell Don Geno that Frankie and Teresa are getting married. The priest does so and Sam also tells Frankie that he can’t keep working for the mob. Al seems to be saying that Ziggy’s theory didn’t work because Sam didn’t do everything Ziggy told him to do. Sam doesn’t understand why he hasn’t jumped out of Geno’s body yet. Al tells Sam he has one last job to do: pick the winning bingo number so Frankie’s grandmother can win a game for the first time.
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