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Quantum Leap: Last Dance Before an Execution - May 12, 1971

May 12, 1971: As he leaps in, Sam finds himself strapped into an electric chair for a murder his host may not have committed. But as he is granted a sudden 48-hour stay of execution, he must quickly dig through legal papers and barriers to find the truth before he goes back to the chair again. Otherwise, his life and that of another prisoner will be forfeit.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x19
Production Number: 66423
Airdate: Wednesday May 01st, 1991

Guest Stars
Jenny GagoJenny Gago
As Tearsa Lorrea
Julio Oscar MechosoJulio Oscar Mechoso
As Raul Casta
Christopher AllportChristopher Allport
As Alan Ripley
James SloyanJames Sloyan
As District Attorney Theodore Wallace Moody

Co-Guest Stars
Leonard LightfootLeonard Lightfoot
As Officer Little (as Leonard C. Lightfoot)
Jack JozefsonJack Jozefson
As Officer Hudson
Michael Holden (1)Michael Holden (1)
As Herb Stein
Charles WoolfCharles Woolf
As Father Raftery
A.J. FreemanA.J. Freeman
As Bart Manners
Wendy GordonWendy Gordon
As Reporter (as Wendy Jill Gordon)
Andrew AmadorAndrew Amador
As Reporter
Harry FleerHarry Fleer
As Older Man in Jail
Neil BartonNeil Barton
As Black Man in Jail
Stephen Domingas (1)Stephen Domingas (1)
As Jesus Ortega / Mirror
Main Cast
Scott BakulaScott Bakula
As Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett
Dean StockwellDean Stockwell
As Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci


Sam leaps in to the body of a man named Jesus, who is being strapped into an electrical chair for execution. The warden declares it's May 12, 1971, and announces that Jesus Ortega has been condemned to death by execution by the State of Florida for the murder of Father Vincent Torelli in 1969...

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Episode Notes
The Governor Boman mentioned several times is fictional. The real life Governor of Florida in May 1971 was Reubin O'Donovan Askew.

This episode reveals that Sam (Scott Bakula) can hear Al's voice over the phone.

Episode Quotes
Moody: And you can quote the hell out of me on that one.

Moody: Herb, you don’t get punished for not wasting the taxpayers money.

Sam: I was in the electric chair! Where were you?
Al: It's not like you're not lost in a mall. You're lost in time.

Al: Uh, according to Ziggy, you die on the 14th of May, 1971. That's... oh, that's in two days.
Sam: I got that, Al! Why?
Al: Why?
Sam: Why?
Al: Why? Well, probably because you can't live with two thousand volts of electricity rushing through your body.

Al: If I had had an attorney like that when I was in court, I’d still be in court!

Al: Man, he’s gonna break you into a million pieces and walk away with the governorship, and let two innocent men die in the chair. I just hope Sam Beckett’s not one of 'em.

Maria: (to Al) Are you an angel?
Tearsa: No. I’m not, I wish I were.
Maria: Not you, him.

Al: (to Maria) All the angel needs is for you to go and tell that lady to stop.

Tearsa: (to Moody) It’s hard to be loyal to the Devil.

Sam: Because of her, you have your conclusive evidence and Raul and I will be dead in an hour. Now, isn't that enough?
District Attorney Moody: No.
Sam: What is it with you? You won't be happy until everybody on death watch is dead?
District Attorney Moody: Your impending death has made you a very brave man, Mr. Ortega.
Sam: I don't want to see Tearsa's life ruined.
District Attorney Moody: You won't. You'll be dead.

District Attorney Moody: Are you going to dance before your execution, Jesus? Oh. It's an old prison saying, that a man on his final walk to the chair, the stench of fear chokes him and he panics, struggling in the arms of his captor for one more moment of freedom. Some people say it looks like a dance. The last dance before death. Romantic, don't you think?

Episode Goofs
This episode states that there is soon to be a gubernational election in Florida, most likely in November 1971. In reality, the next such election after the events portrayed here was in November 1974.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDonald P. Bellisario
Executive ProducerDonald P. Bellisario
Co-Executive ProducerMichael Zinberg  |  Deborah Pratt
Supervising ProducerHarker Wade
ProducerChris Ruppenthal
Co-ProducerJeff Gourson  |  Paul Brown (2)
Associate ProducerJames S. Giritlian
Production DesignerCameron Birnie
EditorJon Koslowsky
CastingEllen Lubin Sanitsky
Unit Production ManagerRonald R. Grow
First Assistant DirectorRyan Gordon
Second Assistant DirectorKate Yurka
MusicVelton Ray Bunch
Music EditorDonald Woods (2)
Costume DesignerJean-Pierre Dorleac
Set DecoratorRobert L. Zilliox
Supervising Sound EditorPaul B. Clay
Director of PhotographyMichael W. Watkins
Stunt CoordinatorDiamond Farnsworth
Sound MixerBarry Thomas (1)
Executive Story EditorTommy Thompson (3)
Costume SupervisorDavid Rawley
Main Title ThemeMike Post
Technical AdvisorJoe Vita
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