This week’s Quantum Leap supplied a extra traditionally correct depiction of the Wild West as Ben discovered himself within the physique of a Mexican American gunslinger named Diego de la Cruz in 1879.
Diego, who turned a pacifist, was tasked with saving the small city of Salvation from a gaggle of outlaws — led by the menacing McDonough — who was set on claiming the close by railroad. The varied townsfolk, which included Black bar proprietor Frankie (Yaani King Mondschein) and Diego’s granddaughter Valentina (Nicole Alvarez), refused to surrender the house that supplied them alternatives they wouldn’t discover anyplace else. Ben wanted to cease the outlaws from forcing the locals into promoting their land with out spilling blood.
Within the current day, the crew was preoccupied with hiding proof of Ben’s leap from Congresswoman Kavita Adani (Farah Merani), who dropped by their headquarters to inquire about suspicious exercise. Whereas Ian and the others didn’t hand over any vital info, Kavita was nonetheless near determining what was actually happening. That’s when Jenn dug up career-ending info as a final resort if Kavita’s prying ever threatened the Quantum Leap challenge.
Ultimately, Kavita revealed to Magic that she knew about Ben’s unauthorized leap this entire time. She was giving the crew an opportunity to return clear, however since they didn’t, she believed the challenge was compromised and out of her arms. She was going to inform the higher-ups.
Nevertheless, Magic satisfied her not to do this, revealing they might return in time and save her brother’s life. The crew knew that was unattainable — they will’t goal a particular cut-off date — however the vital factor was that Kavita believed this lie. Magic simply purchased them extra time to attempt to carry Ben dwelling.
Again in 1879, Ben rallied the townsfolk into capturing the infamous outlaws by intelligent traps, not needing to kill anybody. This meant they might accumulate the reward cash and get the railroad firm off their backs in the intervening time. And due to Ben’s tip about copper close by, Salvation turned a booming city as soon as extra.
As Ben resolved to return to Addison so they might begin over and construct new recollections, the pair was interrupted by one of many townsfolk who one way or the other knew Ben’s actual identification.
“You made a severe miscalculation coming right here, Ben,” the stranger spat. “I do know all the pieces about you, Dr. Ben Track from the 12 months 2022. I do know what you’re doing, however in case you worth your life, it is advisable cease following me. Do you perceive?”
Earlier than a confused Ben might reply, although, he leapt into the subsequent physique.
Since Ben has encountered one other leaper, does that imply Quantum Leap has simply launched the Evil Leapers? Within the authentic present, the Evil Leapers got here from a secret group who tried to mistaken each proper made, working in opposition to the Quantum Leap challenge. The corrupt challenge was run by Lothos, who was Ziggy’s evil counterpart.
When TVLine spoke to showrunner Martin Gero in September about the potential of us seeing Evil Leapers present up within the sequence, the boss teased: “You simply would possibly.”
So what do you assume? Was that an Evil Leaper on this week’s Quantum Leap? Why do you assume Ben could have been monitoring him?