"Judgement Day"

Leap Dates:

May, 1989
May, 1954


Ben's next Leap takes him closer to home than he ever expected. The team faces the ultimate showdown with Leaper X as they battle for the future of the Quantum Leap project and their lives.

Audio from this episode:
Erases me from existence
We exist as one
Did the code work?


TV Guide Synopsis
Broadcast Date
Leap Date
Leap Location
Name of Leapee
Synopsis & Personal Review
Project Trivia
Ben Trivia
Addison Trivia

Ian's Outfit Worn in the Episode
Kiss With History

Miscellaneous Trivia
Guest Cast
Guest Cast Notes
Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes
Characters who appeared in Classic Series episodes

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Say What? 
Quotable Quotes

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TV Guide Synopsis:
Ben's next Leap takes him closer to home than he ever expected. The team faces the ultimate showdown with Leaper X as they battle for the future of the Quantum Leap project and their lives.

Broadcast Date:
Date: Monday, April March 3, 2023 @ 10pm on NBC

Leap Dates:
May, 1989
May, 1954

Leap Locations:
1879: Salvation, the Old West
1954: Georges Island, Massachusetts
East China Sea
2018: Los Angeles, California, Project Quantum Leap
Los Angeles, California, Project Quantum Leap

Name of Leapees:
1879: Diego De La Cruz
1954: Liam O'Connor
Commander Rossi
2018: Ben Song - himself
Unknown person Ian finds for Ben to Leap into

Detailed Synopsis:

Ben Leaps into a facility where it is lightly snowing. A plate on a nearby piece of equipment is labeled "Ziggy." The facility looks like it was hit by a bomb. Ben says to himself "It's snowing in L.A." An older version of Ian appears in a doorway with a lit torch and says to Ben, "Nuclear winter." Ian tells Ben that they have been waiting for him for a very long time. Ben then realizes he has Leaped into the future!

At Project Quantum Leap, Ian finally picks up Ben's Quantum signature. But then loses it almost immediately. Magic, Jenn, Addison, are joined by Janis in the Control Room. The signature comes back but then disappears again quickly. Janis says this is because the Quantum Accelerator wasn't designed for traveling into the future.

Ben says this should not be possible as streams of energy try to engulf him, pulling him back into the past. Old Ian tells Ben that he needs to fight it because they don't have a lot of time. The screen flashes the year: 2051.

Ian explains that there is indeed a nuclear winter happening around them. He is the only one from Quantum Leap who survived and he could barely find someone for Ben to Leap into. The government blames Quantum Leap for society collapsing. They are using PQL as a scapegoat for their bad policies and poor choices. They convinced themselves that Quantum Leap changed things for the worse. They sent a marine on one last mission to the past - Martinez - to undo everything they did at QL by killing the person who Leaped in 2022: Addison! In the original timeline, Addison Leaped. When Ben went back to warn Ben of this, Ben Leaped instead to save her. After Old Ian warned Ben and Leaped back to his future, the government destroyed their Quantum Accelerator. Ian tells Ben that he figured out how to beat them. Ian needed time, so while they waited for Ben to Leap from decade to decade, Ian finished the code and has the final piece to give to Ben in order to restore the timeline. Ian shouts at Ben to memorize the code as Ben is pulled back by the Accelerator over and over, more forcefully each time. Ben memorizes it quickly with his photographic memory and Ian tells him to give it to past Ian, that they will know what to do with it. As Ben is forced back into the past, Ian says "Remember, we need each other. We need to---" And Ben Leaps.

In 2023, Janis tells the team that Ben is coming home but he has one last Leap and it's not so much where as when...

Ben has Leaped into 2018 into his 5-year-younger self as Project Quantum Leap is still being assembled! Ben hears Past Ian speaking to Past Magic, and they are discussing that Magic's meeting with Al coming up that night.

Janis tells the team that this is the specific day and Leap host that Ben needed to Leap into in order to prevent Martinez from killing Addison. He needed Janis's help to program the accelerator for the event. Ian warns Addison to tell Ben not to alter anything in the past. Janis chimes in to advise that he could erase someone from existence or make it so Addison and he never fall in love.

As 2018 Ian and Jenn converse about the upcoming trivia contest, Ben bumps into 2018 Addison. Hologram Addison scans in to the scene and says "This is awkward!" The rest of the 2018 team approaches and Ian and Hologram Addison realize that this is the night of Ben and Addison's first date. Magic says he has to get to his meeting with Al, and Jenn offers him two cigars to take along. Ian then sees that not only is Magic bailing on the trivia contest, so are Ben and Addison. He shouts that when they lose to Quiz Team-a Aguilera, they will be sorry! Ben and Addison laugh and compliment each other. Hologram Addison tells Ben to keep it together because their date has to go well.

On the date, Ben and 2018 Addison sit at a table in a restaurant with Hologram Addison. Ben says this is a little weird! Hologram Addison advises him to order egg rolls. They converse awkwardly, but 2018 Addison seems to like him. Ben almost tells her that he loves her.

Ian and Janis pour over the code Ben has given them from Future Ian. Ian is beating themself up for not being able to decipher the code, but Janis comforts saying if 2018 Ian could see their present self now, they'd be pretty proud. Ian says that in 2018 they were a mess. They played a video game named Dark Souls 6 days a week, which is why they liked going to the trivia nights so much on the 7th day. A warning sounds on Ian's screen and the programmer says "Uh-oh."

Back on the date, Hologram Addison advises Ben that Leaper X has arrived, but he's across town so there is plenty of time to finish the date. Ben disregards this and takes 2018 Addison outside. He argues with Hologram Addison about his decision right in front of her 2018 counterpart. Ben then explains to her that he is "a time traveler from the future, and your life is in danger...from a man sent back in time to kill you." She laughs and says "it's literally the plot of The Terminator!" Addison eventually starts to believe Ben may be telling the truth and asks for time to process. Ben says they don't have time and pulls her off.

Magic asks who Martinez has Leaped into. Ian replies that all they can do is triangulate his location and asks Jenn to monitor Leaper X's movements. Ian then excuses themself to go figure out the code before Ben erases them from existence. Janis tells Magic that the best case scenario for what Ben just changed is that he and Addison don't end up together. The worst case being that Ben rips a hole in space-time killing everything that ever was. "Magic yells over his shoulder, "Hurry up with that code!" Jenn thinks she knows where Leaper X is going.

Hologram Addison tells Ben that Martinez is headed to PQL Headquarters. Ben tells 2018 Addison to go back to her apartment and lock the doors and arm herself. He says he will see her in the future. Ben and Hologram Addison leave and 2018 Addison calls Magic. She asks how Al liked the cigars. We don't hear Magic over the phone, but from Addison's end of the conversation, Al liked them just fine. She tells Magic that Ben said she was in danger, and it sounds crazy, but what if he's right?

Jenn announces that Leaper X is getting closer.

Ben arrived back at the Project and scans his hand print to gain access. He tells Hologram Addison that Martinez will have a hard time getting access to the Project but when he does, Ben will be waiting. Addison worries that the unfinished date could prevent them from falling in love. Ben says that nothing could prevent that as the elevator door opens to 2018 Addison holding a gun on him! She says if someone has come back in time to kill her, how does she know it's not Ben? Ben talks to her about their future relationship and even quotes the Law of Entanglement as he did in the first episode. Addison shoots and misses when Ben gets too close. Ben and Hologram Addison exit quickly from the scene. Meanwhile 2018 Jenn joins Addison and says that Magic and Ian on their way are right behind her. Jenn initiates a lockdown.

In 2023, Jenn sees what her past self has done and says,"That's not good. Leaper X just entered the building." Jenn pulls Addison from the Imaging Chamber so that she can trade places as the Hologram and help Ben get past the security system she designed.

As the hologram, Jenn finds Ben running down a corridor and tells him to hide behind some boxes. She remembers back to that day and was upset with the delivery people when they left them in front of the security camera. Ben gets past some guards this way and continues on.

2018 Jenn and Addison also search for Ben and the younger Jenn is mad because the boxes blocked the security cameras, causing them to lose Ben. Jenn says whoever is helping Ben, "they're good" not realizing she is talking about her future self!

Ben makes it to Martinez. They face off and he tells Ben that Leaping into himself is a good look for Ben, but his own look is better. At that moment 2018 Addison enters, gun drawn, and tells Ben to step away from Magic. Martinez has Leaped into Magic! Ben tells Addison and Jenn to search Martinez because he is armed. Jenn does, and find nothing. She checks his briefcase and finds no weapons, but the cigars for Al are still inside. Jenn asks Ben to prove who he is by asking the name of their favorite coffee shop. Ian asks the name of his favorite video game. Addison asks the name of her pet goldfish. Ben's swiss-cheesed mind can not remember those small details and they lock him in a cell.

Following this, Martinez (as Magic) tries to convince Addison to leave her weapon behind and go take a break. Addison says she's fine and takes her weapon to Magic's office. Ben screams for Addison, but 2023 Magic appears as the hologram in the cell with him and tells him she's not coming. Ben barely recognizes him as Magic. Ben complains that the one time he needs the machine to help him, it all falls apart. Magic consoles him and offers advice. He says he risked everything to bring Sam Beckett home, but there's nothing wrong with having a weakness for people. Magic then tells him that Jenn him to tell Ben to write "Turtle Time" on the wall so they can see it in the camera. He tells Ben that he always keeps a pen in his jacket pocket.

Martinez enters the room where Ben is being held. He tells Ben that he had Ziggy run probabilities on his mission. Every scenario in which Addison dies, one of the other team members keeps the program alive anyway whether it be Magic, Jenn, Ben, or Ian. He reveals that his mission was to eliminate the threat that time travel poses to the future of humanity. According to Ziggy, they all have to die. He also says that he knew they were going to destroy the accelerator in the future - it was his idea. Ben realizes Martinez is there to destroy their accelerator too. Ben rushes Martinez but the other Leaper hits him. Ben was able to get the pen from Magic's coat pocket, though, and writes the words on the wall.

Addison looks at Magic's briefcase again. She picks up the cigars and realizes something. At the same time, 2018 Ian and Jenn see Ben writing "Turtle Time" on the wall. Jenn immediately goes to Ben and asks him where he heard the phrase. He tells her that Future Jenn told him to write it. 2018 Jenn says that was the password she came up with in case she was ever visited by her future self and told no one. They both conclude that Ben is telling the truth and Ben advises them that Martinez plans to blow up the accelerator. 2018 Ian advises that it would take a massive amount of explosives to blow it up, but he could implode the accelerator causing it to take out everything in a 3-mile radius. Ian asks about the code Ben wrote in the notebook when he Leaped in. Ben tells Ian that it was a future version of Ian that gave it to him. Ian says it looks like a code for a video game.

Meanwhile, 2023 Ian realizes something about the code as they hear their younger self talk about it on the monitor.

Martinez enters something into a panel outside of the Quantum Accelerator as 2018 Addison approaches him, gun drawn. She knows he isn't Magic. He asks what gave him away, and she tells him the cigars... he told her that Al took them, but Martinez "Leaped into Magic's body before he ever got to Al's place." She asks him what he is doing to their Accelerator. He answers, "Putting right what once went wrong." Ben rushes in, pinning Martinez against the wall and says "That's sort of my thing!" Martinez's gun goes off, wounding Addison in the arm. Ben and Martinez struggle towards the activated Accelerator Chamber. They run at each other and as they collide, the Accelerator Leaps them into
the past!

They both Leap back into the mental asylum from the episode "Ben, Interrupted"! Martinez asks what happened and Ben guesses that the Accelerator sent them back to their last crossing point. Martinez orders Ben to send him back and Ben replies that he doesn't know how. They fight again, Martinez getting the upper hand in a brutal battle.

2023 Ian, meanwhile, has figured out the code. It's like a cheat code, allowing Ben to Leap to any point in the day and start over, fixing any mistake he made along the way. That's why Future Ian gave it to Ben. They were counting on past Ian to know what to do with it. 2018 Ian and wounded Addison find out that the two Leapers have gone back to 1954. Ian says the accelerator has gone haywire and they are lurching backwards in time.

Martinez overpowers Ben and almost kills him, when they both Leap again!

This time, they arrive on the battleship from "S.O.S." and Ben orders the guards to detain Martinez. As a Marine, Martinez easily takes out the guards. Ben remembers his boxing training in a flashback from "Somebody Up There Likes Ben." After another brutal fight, they Leap together again.

Back in 2023, Ian tells the team that the code should bring Ben back to the beginning of the day in 2018 allowing him to fix the mistakes he made: the bad date, all of it. Magic asks if Ben dies in the past, will this code will bring him back? Ian says no, if either Leaper dies in the past, they are gone for good. Ian begins to enter the code.

The Leapers make one final Leap, back to "Salvation"! In the old west, they duke it out again on the saloon balcony. Martinez finally gets the gun and Ben is caught.

2018 Ian enters the code into Ziggy but gets an error message.

In 2023, Ian watches as the error appears on their past self's screen. Janis asks why it didn't work? Ian says it's like the video game he used to play in 2018, the one he needed a cheat code to beat. Ian says they need another player... "We need each other."

2018 Ian also realizes this at the same time and has to figure out how themself and their future self will enter the code at the same time. Back in Salvation, Ben is forced to his knees with Martinez pointing a gun at him. Martinez tells Ben he admires his faith in the machine but "Look where it put you. Look where it put me." Ben closes his eyes and hears a gunshot. But Martinez didn't fire - from behind, Frankie has shot the future Leaper. Martinez falls over the balcony and is dead.

2018 Ian says this is bad because if Ben Leaps without the code, then everything changes. They may not recognize each other, or worse. Ian has to reach his future self. Ben is in 1879, so 2023 can't simply watch their younger self and time the code together. Addison suggests Quantum Entanglement. She says to Ian, "You and your future self have experienced a shared state. That means..." with Ian finishing they exist as one. A tree-part split screen shows all three versions of Ian as they state together "We exist as one." 2018 and 2023 Ians both press the button to enter the code at the same time, and Ben Leaps!

Ben arrives back at the beginning of his Leap into 2018 at the project at the exact same time. Addison appears behind him as the hologram and Ben asks, "Did it work?" Addison looks confused and replies "I'm sorry, but, who are you?" Ben gasps and says "What?" Addison smiles as Ben says that wasn't funny! She says it was a little funny! She thanks Ben for saving her life. Addison tells Ben that Martinez is gone, lost to time. She says they did it, and he's coming home. First Ben has to set right what they got wrong the first time.

Ben goes to 2018 Addison, and instead of running the numbers through Ziggy to get a probability of their relationship, he kisses her, long and soft. The camera spins around them with 2018 Ian, Magic and Jenn smiling and clapping. Ben Leaps.

Back in the present, the Quantum Accelerator fires up and the team anxiously await Ben's return. The Accelerator whirrs and spins as the camera zooms to Addison's face and we cliffhang to black!

Personal Review & Detailed Synopsis by Brian Greene:

There is a lot to unpack in this episode, but the short version is that it was a thrill ride. All of our questions about the season were answered, which is unusual! I enjoyed the three versions of Ian, although I found the 2051 version a bit unbelievable. Jenn as the hologram is just a load of fun and reminds me more of the chemistry between Sam and Al from the original series. Magic got his time to shine briefly as a hologram as well, which was nice, but at the same time... can just anyone be a hologram now? I guess they can. Despite the many changes to the Project (or upgrades to programming, if I may say it that way), I enjoy this series. I like the characters and feel like I know them now. I'm along for the ride. We already know Ben will not permanently Leap home, at least not yet, but I do hope he runs across Sam Beckett out there someday. Magic needs a win - and so do we.

Until next season,
Brian Greene, Al's Place Bartender

Project Trivia:
Ian Leaped back to 2022 to warn Ben about the doomed future and then returned to their present circa 2051. The government had destroyed the Quantum Accelerator when Ian returned, stranding Martinez in the past to persue his mission to kill everyone at Project Quantum Leap.

The reason the team at Project Quantum Leap feel changes instantly when Ben alters time is because he's never directly messed with their own timelines before. Until Ben finishes a Leap, everything is in flux. The phenomenon is called being in a "Quantum Bubble."

2018 Jenn dressed in a grunge look. She created the password "Turtle Time" when she joined Quantum Leap in case she was ever visited by her future self. Turtle Time is a saying from "The Real Housewives of New York City" leading Ian to figure out that Jenn watches the show.

The name of the coffee shop the team always goes to in 2018 is the Butterfly Cafe.

Ian broke up with Rachel in 2018, was lonely and stayed home most nights playing his favorite video game called Dark Souls. It required two people to beat the game. Game Trailer here.

Magic has now been Leaped into by two different Leapers: Sam Beckett and Richard Martinez.

In 2018, Ian and Jenn are going to a trivia night competing against a team called "Quiz-team-a Aguilara."

Near the end of the episode, it is apparent that Martinez did not want to be put in the position he is in, having to kill people. He says, "look where it put you... look where it put me..." as he holds the gun shakily.

An implosion of the Quantum Accelerator would take out everything within a 3-mile radius.

The location map of Ben and Martinez shown at the 2023 PQL shows us an approximate location of Project Quantum Leap in Los Angeles. While both sets of coordinates do not line up in real life, Martinez's location seems to match generally with a real location. Click below to expand with real Google map images:

Ben Trivia:
Ben has a photographic memory, just like Sam Beckett, and is able to emmorize Ian's code.

Ben and Addison's first date was the same night that Magic was meetin
g with Al Calavicci across town.

Ben asked Ian to run probability scenarios to see if he and Addison should go on a date in the original history.

Ben was not as confident or impulsive before he Leaped th first time.

Addison Trivia:
On their first date, 2018 Addison looked at ordering scallion pancakes as an appetizer, but Ben ordered egg rolls.

Addison has a pet goldfish named Scout.

Ian's Outfits Worn in the Episode:

2018: White tank top, red and black light jacket, black floor-length skirt

2023: Red lipstick, burgandy patterned floor-length dress with long see-through sleeves, long gold necklace, black short boots.

Brown two-toned tunic with silver spectacles and burning torch in hand

Kiss With History:
None this episode.

Miscellaneous Trivia:
The wooden blocks on the table during the Leap back to the asylum are colored and arranged in the shape of the gummi bear handlink from the original series!

Much of the fight scenes were not done with stunt doubles.


Dr. Ben Song
(Portrayed by Raymond Lee)
– Ben is a first-generation American, a world-renowned physicist, and a man of faith. He’s also working on Quantum Leap, a time travel project. But when he uses the project on himself, he’s transported back in time with a bout of amnesia – forgetting what made him time travel in the first place.

Addison Augustine (Portrayed by Caitlin Bassett) – Addison is a smart, witty, fearless ex-military operative who now serves as Project Observer at Quantum Leap HQ. She’s in charge of the technology they use to communicate with the past, and tries to rescue her fiancee, Ben, from his time-flung existence.

Ian Wright (Portrayed by Mason Alexander Park) – Quantum Leap’s nonbinary chief architect of the AI program.

Herbert “Magic” Williams (Portrayed by Ernie Hudson) – A Vietnam vet and current head of the time travel project at Quantum Leap. Herbert “Magic” Williams tries to keep the Pentagon at bay while the team tries to rescue Ben. Doctor Sam Beckett leaped into Magic during his Vietnam tour.

Jenn Chu (Portrayed by Nanrisa Lee) – Head of security at Quantum Leap HQ. Quirky but formidable, she makes it her mission to figure out why Ben erased all evidence of why he Leaped.

Quantum Leap Podcast - Main Cast Round Table:

Guest Cast:
Georgina Reilly as Janis Calavicci
Walter Perez as Martinez / Leaper X
Yaani King Mondschein as Frankie
Anthony Ma as Waiter
Joshua Mabie as Guard

Guest Cast Notes:

Walter Perez (Leaper X / Richard Martinez) was raised in South Gate, California, just 20 miles southeast of Hollywood. He was always eager to express himself artistically. In his earlier years, he often directed and played the lead character in several homemade movies where he mimicked his movie idols such as Charlie Chaplin. His working-class parents were unable to afford him the resources he needed to gain access to the industry. It wasn't until he heard about Colors United, a performing arts group aimed at inner-city high school students that he really got the chance to show others his talents. For three years he honed his acting, singing and dancing skills with the group.
Since high school, Walter has juggled auditions and a full-time schedule at Cal State Fullerton. During college, he has booked several commercials and various guest star spots on prime time television shows. Most recently, Walter's guest appearances include "CSI: Miami", "The Closer" and "Free Radio" as well as a five episode arc on "Friday Night Lights". His feature film credits include HBO's "Walkout" and winner of the John Cassavetes award "August Evening". He just completed the title role in "Emilio" and worked on "Run For Your Life" alongside Dermot Mulroney and Diane Kruger.

Georgina Reilly (Janis) is a British Canadian actress born February 12, 1986, in Guildford, United Kingdom, to songwriter/composer David Reilly and business administrator Frances Reilly. She comes from a long line of performers, her grandfather being Tommy Reilly, the world's first classical harmonica player. Growing up in an artistic household, she soon took to the family business, performing in musical theatre productions throughout her schooling. She met Philip Bateman (musical director of Billy Elliot, London production), who became a great mentor and supporter of her singing and acting. At the age of 16, she and her family made the move to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_Housewives_of_New_York_CityToronto, Canada, where Georgina finished her formal education. While attending Havergal College, she took a break from performing to focus on school. She was soon discovered by celebrated independent filmmaker Bruce McDonald, who cast her in the critically acclaimed 'Pontypool', which premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. It wasn't very long before Georgina became a household name in Canada. She is best known for her role as the feisty young coroner Dr. Emily Grace on Canada's acclaimed Victorian series Murdoch Mysteries and as the cynical Sabrina Reynolds on The CW's The L.A Complex. She married actor and filmmaker Mark O'Brien January 6, 2013, after meeting him on set. They reside in Los Angeles.

Yaani King (Frankie) began her career off-Broadway in "The Alchemist" at The Classic Stage Company. She segued into film and television with The Prince and Me (2004) with Julia Stiles, and Sex and the City (1998). After studying at The Actors Centre in London, Ms. King moved to Los Angeles and almost immediately landed a series regular role on the hit TNT show Saving Grace (2007) with Holly Hunter. In addition to having appeared in numerous guest starring roles on shows like Criminal Minds (2005), Major Crimes (2012), Extant (2014), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) and the new SyFy drama The Magicians (2015), she now has had a number of recurring roles on shows like ABC's Blood & Oil (2015), The Haves and the Have Nots (2013) and NBC's Aquarius (2015). Yaani has since entered the exciting world of Video Game voice-over and motion-capture when she was cast as Riley in the award-winning The Last of Us: Left Behind (2014). Born and raised in Brooklyn and Queens, of Guyanese West Indian descent, Yaani spent her childhood watching her mother in theatre performing on stage. While attending LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts at Lincoln Center in NYC as a teen, Yaani recognized acting as her calling. In recent years, Yaani has combined her love for acting with her humanitarian work as a founding member of a group called Charitable Living with 10 other friends, with the mission to support foundations and charities in every way from fund-raising to cooking meals. King is also an active volunteer at Aviva Family and Children's Services, mentoring young actors. In Yaani's free time she enjoys spending quality time with her husband, actor Adam Mondschein.

Anthony Ma (Waiter)
is a Taiwanese American actor, writer and filmmaker from Arcadia, CA. His most notable screen work includes a guest star on the CBS action series "S.W.A.T." and a recurring guest on the hit ABC series "Scandal". He starred in Los Angeles FF's most recent LA Muse Award-winning feature "Staycation" and garnered much attention for the leading role in "Before I Got Famous", an original comedy series for the streaming service, Revry TV. He was awarded Best New Actor by the LA Asian Pacific FF for the rom-com indie feature "Love Arcadia". He has also appeared on other network shows like "This Is Us", "Mom", "Dear White People", "NCIS: Los Angeles", "Castle", "The Mentalist", "Shameless" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live". Anthony's directorial debut for the short "The Perfect Woman" did very well in the festival circuit which made him take on another short called "Chinese Antique", a film made within one week for the 168 Hour competition, which nabbed audience awards at 168 Hour FF, NFFTY and the DisOrient Asian American FF of Oregon. "Elevator" was his latest feature that took him across the world to film in Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles and Orange County, where he attained an Honorable Mention for Screenwriting from the DisOrient Asian American FF of Oregon.

Joshua Mabie (Guard)
is known for his unique story telling vision that draws from various genres to create a hyper-stylized viewing experience. He began drawing movie stills at the age of 5, freeze framing the films on his favorite characters and moments. At the age of 12 he began editing music videos and thrust himself into the world of filmmaking. He called upon his love of martial arts and Hong Kong action films to create videos that were heavily influenced by superstars such as Jackie Chan and Jet li. Throughout college he would find himself recreating action moments and trying to improve upon them as he studied film and animation at Syracuse University. His first short film after college "Somnaire Aude" won several awards at different film festivals and was acquired by ShortsHD, an all short film driven channel that is part of DirectTV. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

Guests Who Appeared in Other Quantum Leap Episodes:
Walter Perez returns as Leaper X / Richard Martinez, who has leaped into a nurse.

Georgina Reilly returns as recurring character Janis Calavicci.

Characters who appeared (or were mentioned) in Classic Series episodes:
None this episode. However, in the scene where Ben is in the holding cell talking to hologram Magic, Ben exclaims that "What's the point of helping all these people I don't know? What about me?" This mirrors Sam Beckett's speech to Al in "The Leap Home: Part I" where Sam says "Why can I save strangers and not the people I love?"

Songs & Music:
"Dream" by The Pied Pipers plays as Ben and Martinez simo-leap back into "Ben, Interrupted."

Say What?
How did Ben know it was Los Angeles when he Leaped in?

Janis is back at PQL with zero explanation given. She ststes that they've never impacted their own timeline before, but isn't this entire Leap an alternate timeline in which Ben Leaped instead of Addison?

Why would 2018 Jenn not suspect something was wrong when Martinez (as Magic) tells her to wipe the security footage?

The project was "years away from being tested" yet 2051 Ian says that Addison Leaped in 2022, just as Ben did.

How does Hologram Magic sit on the bench exactly like Ben does in the holding cell? (but then we wouldn't have gotten a great season one, LOL)

Why didn't Future Ian leap back himself to 2018 and warn everyone? The entire scenario could have been avoided.

Why didn't future Ian just tell Ben that 2018 Ian and 2023 Ian needed to enter the code together to make the program work instead of being cryptic and saying "we need each other?" They had just enough time before they shouted at Ben as he was Leaping, "You need two--"

Why didn't 2023 Jenn tell Ben about turtle time when she was with him as a hologram?

Why did Martinez try to destroy the Quantum Accelerator in 2018? Would this not create a paradox in time? If there was no Quantum Accelerator, no events would ever take place to even allow Martinez to Leap back to try to prevent. Therefore, he would have never travelled back to stop them, and Addison would have Leaped anyway. Thus setting them in a perpetual loop.

Similarily, the government could have sent Martinez back further to prevent the original project by Sam Beckett from being built - with no time traveler ever existing! Still - a paradox.

At the end, when Ben Leaps back into himself and the day resets, he kisses Addison
to make them fall in love, but what about Martinez? Won't he still Leap back to that day and try to implode the Accelerator? Did this create an alternate timeline/universe where Addison and Ben are now both Leaping?

Quotable Quotes:

2018 Addison: "So, you're a time traveler?"
Ben: "I'm Ben from the future. I Leaped in 2022 to come back here and save your life."
2018 Addison: "From what?"
Ben: "A man sent back in time to kill you."
2018 Addison: "(Laughs) Ok, ok that's really good! I mean it's literally the plot of the Terminator but it's good."

Magic: "That's the best case scenario? What's the worst?"
Janis: "Ben rips a hole in space-time, killing everything that ever was..."
Magic (to Ian): "Hurry up with that code!"

"Hey, come on. You and me... there's no future in which me and you don't end up together."
-Ben to Addison

"I risked everything to bring Sam home."

"Turtle time is my favorite time. I'm basic as hell."

"According to Ziggy, all of you have to die."

"The cigars... you told me Al took them but you Leaped into Magic's body before he ever got to Al's Place, didn't you?"
-Addison, to Martinez

Addison: "What are you doing with our accelerator?"
Martinez: "Putting right what once went wrong."
Ben: "That's sort of my thing."

Ben: "I know you want me to stick to the original history but..."
Addison: "Maybe we got it wrong the first time..."
Ben: "Do I have your permission to make it right?"
Addison: "Oh, hell yeah."

Production Photos:

Production Videos:
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Production Credits:

Consulting Producer: Moira Kirland
Tim Scanlan
Meg Fister
Co-Executive Producers: Benjamin Raab & Deric A. Hughes
Co-Executive Producer: Drew Lindo
Co-Executive Producer: Aadrita Mukerji
Co-Executive Producer: Marc Bienstock
Executive Producers: Steven Lilien & Bryan Wyndrandt
Executive Producer: Alex Berger
Executive Producer: Chris Grismer
Executive Producer: Deborah Pratt
Executive Producer: Donald P. Bellisario
Executive Producer: Dean Georgaris
Executive Producer:
Martin Gero
Developed by:
Steven Lilien & Bryan Wyndrandt
Created by: Donald P. Bellisario
Written by: Margarita Matthews
Directed by: Chris Grismer

Associate Producer: Ethan Henderson
Story Editor:
Margarita Matthews
Casting by:
Jennifer Cooper, CSA
Original Casting By: Kamala A. Thomas

Director of Photography: Ana M. Amortegui, ADFC
Production Designer: Mayling Cheng
Edited by: Piper Kroeze
Music by: Daniel James Chan
Unit Production Manager:
Melanie J. Elin
Unit Production Manager: Marc Bienstock
First Assistant Director: M. Ryan Traylor
Second Assistant Director: Yarden Levo
Costume Designer:
Genevieve Tyrrell

A Camera Operator: Dave Hirschman
B Camera/Steadycam Operator: Josh Harrison
Production Sound Mixer: Kevin Bellante
Chief Lighting Technician: Donna Vega
Key Grip: Peter Chrimes
Art Directors: Suzan Wexler and William Eliscu

Set Director: Tim Stepeck
Costume Supervisor: Mark A. Summers
Property Master: Erik Grasteit
Construction Coordinator: Matt Sazzman
Department Head Hair: Amy Marie Wilson
Department Head Makeup: Julia Lallas
Leadman: David Napoli
Stunt Coordinator: Jeff Barnett
Location Manager: Kevin Funston
Transportation Coordinator: Sandra Ninham-Gallardo
Production Office Coordinator: Sofie Johanna "Bubbles" Dejus
Assistant Production Office Coordinator: Brenden Hickey
Production Accountant: Natalie Chiengkul
Script Supervisor: Heather Pollock
Script Coordinator: Sue Palmer
Casting Accociates: Lindsay Jameyson & Mia Cascio
Post Production Coordinator: Gabriella Scudieri
Music Supervisor: Season Kent
Music Co-Supervisor: Leah Harrison
Music Editor: Zed Starkovich
Assistant Editor: Catherine Goohs
Online Editor: Richard Wells
Colorist: Chris Boyer
Visual Effects Supervisor: Trent Smith
Visual Effects Editor: Mengle Han
Supervising Sound Editor: Kelly Cabral
Co-Supervising Sound Editor: Kevin Zimmerman
Re-Recording Mixer: Yuri Reese & Sean Madsen
Video Playback Supervisor: Todd A. Marks
Key Costumer: Dana Axelrad
Production Staff: Esmeralda Fernandez, Kaitlin Moore, Zach Freeman, Michael Wiener, & Scott Vinci

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