As a substitute of returning house, Ben’s bounce on this week’s Quantum Leap discovered him within the physique of astronaut David Temura aboard the house shuttle Atlantis in 1998.
After discovering Ben’s video and a mysterious bounce drive, Addison was understandably upset that her fiancé was preserving secrets and techniques from her — particularly since they fell in love whereas working collectively on the Quantum Leap mission and devoted years to getting it up and operating.
When she recommended to the group that they jog Ben’s reminiscence for solutions, Magic instantly shot down the concept. He believed that it was far too dangerous, provided that Al’s daughter Janice was in some way concerned. Till they understood Ben’s motivation for the unauthorized leap, he deemed it greatest to maintain the time traveler out of the loop. That didn’t cease Addison from secretly teaming up with Ian to determine this out, a technique or one other.
What was clear, although, was that Ben leaped into David to avoid wasting his life. The astronaut was purported to die on at the present time, and so they wanted to determine tips on how to stop it. Proper on time, the shuttle malfunctioned after an explosion, and their chief Reynolds suffered a concussion. Ben/David additionally survived, however David’s destiny had not modified, which recommended he will need to have died from one thing else.
Elsewhere, Magic paid a go to to Al’s widow Beth (performed by Susan Diol, who reprised her function from the unique collection) for clues about Janice’s whereabouts. Beth instructed him she hadn’t seen her daughter since Al died over a 12 months in the past, additionally feigning concern in regards to the Quantum Leap mission. Magic averted answering her query and abruptly ended the go to, getting precisely what he wanted from their dialog. He was in a position to hint Beth’s name to Janice instantly after he left and introduced Jenn to the tackle linked to the telephone quantity.
They found what seemed like Janice’s base of operations within the basement and shortly realized they had been being watched. That’s when Janice referred to as Magic’s telephone, revealing that Ben approached her for assist, not the opposite approach round. The basement then self-destructed, however not earlier than Jenn grabbed considered one of Janice’s exhausting drives.
Again in house, the group concluded that Ben/David wanted to make an emergency spacewalk to repair the shuttle. That’s after we discovered David died on this stroll after being struck by particles. Ben, in David’s physique, survived the particles, however that altered everybody’s destiny for the more severe. The flying objects broken a number of the tiles, and the explosion upon reentry into the earth’s ambiance would kill everybody on board.
The astronauts debated what to do in regards to the tiles. Reynolds and Everett thought the shuttle was high-quality as is — not figuring out Columbia exploded in 2003 underneath related circumstances — whereas Ben and Stratton believed the harm was way more substantial than they thought. Stratton then recommended they ask for assist from the Russians, who had been close by within the Mir spacecraft. However Reynolds struck that down, calling it a humiliation to ask the cosmonauts for assist.
When Ben lastly satisfied Reynolds to take heed to Samantha and attain out to the Russians, they bumped into one other subject. Their calls went unheard as a result of it was the midnight, and the Russians had been asleep. Taking a leap of religion, Ben unlatched his security tether and actually flung himself onto the Mir to bang on the Russians’ door. The dangerous transfer labored, although, and Ben’s destiny was altered. Everybody aboard Atlantis would make it again safely, with Stratton changing into a shuttle commander and David incomes a spot as one of many first astronauts on the Worldwide Area Station as soon as it’s accomplished.
Together with his mission completed, Ben had a 50/50 shot at returning house together with his subsequent leap. Addison promised that it doesn’t matter what, she can be with him each step of the way in which. Sadly, Ben didn’t make it again and remained caught touring by way of time and house.
Magic apologized to Addison for not telling her about Janice earlier and conceded that the dialogue on tips on how to deal with Ben’s scenario ought to have been a gaggle choice. This squashed the sooner pressure, and so they had been all in settlement that Ben must be stored out of the loop till they discovered extra.
Do not forget that thumb drive Addison discovered? Properly, it contained hundreds of thousands of variables of various locations in time, with one explicit vacation spot singled out. Ian inferred that Ben could have jumped to get to a particular time and place, however the the place and why remained unclear.
As for Ben’s subsequent bounce, he landed within the physique of a boxer. Earlier than the physicist may get his bearings, he took a imply punch to the face. Ouch.