"Salvation Or Bust"

Leap Date: 1879


Ben is transported back to 1879 and the rustic, frontier town of Salvation, where he must take on a deadly outlaw. Magic, Addison, Jenn and lan face a new threat when a curious senator shows up at headquarters asking questions about the Quantum Leap program.

Audio from this episode:

Smacking the Handlink
Stop Following Me
Leap Effect


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

Songs & Music
Say What? 
Quotable Quotes

Production Photos
Production Videos
Production Credits


                                    Poster by J.J. Lendl



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Pre-Episode Commercial - Quantum Leap Next:

TV Guide Synopsis:
Ben is transported back to 1898 and the rustic, frontier town of Salvation, where he must take on a deadly outlaw. Magic, Jenn and lan face a new threat when a curious senator shows up at headquarters asking questions about the Quantum Leap program. (Press date is listed incorrectly)

Broadcast Date:
Monday, October 17, 2022: 10pm on NBC

Leap Date:
August 8, 1879

Leap Location:
Salvation, the Old West

Name of Leapee:
Diego De La Cruz

Detailed Synopsis:

We start this episode with Ben finding himself being yelled out by a young woman, dressed in what appears to clothing from the "old west". She is upset, mad that this person is about to walk away from something..

We find out very quickly Ben has leaped into the body of a much older person, she calls him, her abuelo (grandfather).

Ben follows her outside, and finds him self in a dusty old street, with shops boarded up, wanted posters... he is in the old west.

We soon find out that Ben is in 1879, something that shouldn't have been possible per the Quantum Leap project, Ben has leaped WAY back. This poses a bunch of problems: Ziggy has very limited data to identify what Ben is supposed to be doing here.

The town of Salvation is wanted by the railroad company, they can't buy out the offer because the gold deposit has gone dry. And muscle in the form of a wanted outlaw and gang is scaring and directly hurting people, to push them out of town. They have 1 last day.

Valentina's (the girl from the opening) father built this town, it has become a town where outcasts and people not welcome elsewhere, have found a home.. .and this group is determined to stay. This town is full of passion, and determination.

Ben leaped into the body of a gunslinger.. which Ben is against all violence, always trying to find a way to solve a problem without it. He though tries his hand at shooting, and well... yep it shows, he doesn't know what he is doing and ends up grazing him self with a shot. He meets more people, and some of his language skills slips out.

There is an explosion, the forge was blown up by the enforcement gang. Does it's job, and really starts to scare people.

While he is venting to Addison in the saloon... a patron in the saloon was watching Ben, which would have appeared to be drunk, talking to a bottle and an empty chair... This person was very interested in Ben and his eyes followed him out as Ben stormed off.

We find out Valentina went rouge and tried to solve the problem herself, to no avail. she is captured, and now held basically for ransom. Ben has to duel the wanted man, a young talented gunslinger... who certainly Ben is no match for.

Desperate for a solution, Ben comes up with an idea, with the nudging help of Addison... use the talents of the town. No violence. Fans of the A-Team series most undoubtably got the hints from the other classic NBC series, when talking about the town building a mouse trap.. and at the end, it paid off with he classic line: "I love it when a plan comes together"

It works... the town captures the wanted man, the day/time is saved.. and they get the big reward. But one last small nudge from Addison, a copper mine for the "talking box" wires will soon allow the town to stay on the map for a very very long time.

Back at Project QL:
We started the episode with Magic giving Addison the green light to start talking to Ben about things he has forgotten. They realize they need information from Ben, as it looks like Janice is getting much futher into the system, and they can't stop her.

Addison then takes that and gets right to work, talking to Ben about their engagement, and Ben tells her he really wants to get back home. We later hear about how they met and became a couple, and their first date. We really start to see the chemistry between these two characters grow and become more of a pair then ever before.

We get an unexpected visit from a Senator that is on the QL oversight committee. Things get a bit tense. But we have learned a few things.
- Addison is a captain in the military, not sure which branch yet, but she is a trained military captain.
- Jenn is a former Black Hat hacker, arrested spent time in prison, but Magic got her released, and she is very loyal to him and the project... and very very smart.
- Ian can't lie at all, very very bad at it. He tried to use big words, but just didn't pull it off.

The senator informs Magic, that she knows that Ben did an unauthorized leap, and is going to report it to the committee. Magic uses his talents to use some very very damaging information about the senator, but in a more calculated manner to gain possibly another Ally until they can get Ben home. The senator leaves, which what appears at this point.. a glowing review of the project.

We don't see Ben's new leap destination (we see the start of the leap), right after another story plot line is dropped... You remember that guy I mentioned earlier that was watching Ben. He was no casual observer, he knew BEN was in there. By name and that he was from 2022. He told Ben: "Stop following me" as Ben leaps...

Personal Review by Earl Bonovich:

At this point, we only have theories on how that person knows, who is this person, what is going on...
- Is it Sam Beckett? Did Janice create a hologram chamber and talk to Sam, and poison him on what Ben is doing?
- Did Ben and Janice figure out how to follow Sam and if so, for what reason?
- Is a leaper from an entirely different QL type project?
- Or what... Theories a plenty will be discussed leading into next week.

Project Trivia:
Jenn is a former cyber criminal hacking bitcoin accounts on the dark web but was requested for PQL by Magic.

As in the original project with Al smacking the handlink, Addison punches her handlink and it makes a beep back at her! Not as colorful of a personality as the OG handlink, but we'll take it for now.

Ben says he's in the body of the Leapee.

Ben tells Addison that he realized that he hasn't slept since he Leaped. Addison says that the hosts that he Leaped into have slept.

Ben Trivia:
Ben is a pacifist and has never fired a gun prior to the events of this episode.

Addison Trivia:
Addison disagrees with Ben's pacifist mentality as says that sometimes you have to meet force with force.

Addison and Ben's first date was at a Chinese restaurant. They stayed until it closed and went back to Ben's place. They were inseparable ever since.

Addison was the first woman selected to travel through time, according to the conversation with the Congresswoman.

Ian's Outfits Worn in the Episode:
Black top, silver necklace, gold necklace. Tattoos revealed on both arms. One tattoo on upper left clavicle reading "GENDER" with a slash through it.

Kiss With History:
None in this episode.

Miscellaneous Trivia:
The scene where Ben orders water at the bar is similar to the same scenario in Back to the Future: Part III where Marty asks for water at the McFly farm.

The wanted poster for Alexander Soto was likely named for Alex Soto of the production art department.

Not since the original series episode "Honeymoon Express" have we seen an episode without a specific date. In this episode, it's simply 1879.


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.

Guest Cast:
Walter Perez as Leaper X
William Mark McCullough as Josiah McDenough
Natalia del Riego as Valentina De La Cruz
Marquise Vilson as Henry
Yaani King Mondschein as Frankie
Eddie Park as Wei's son, Ving
Farah Marani as Congresswoman Kavita Adani
Harry Yi as Wei
Jim Cody Williams as Old Joe
Demetrius Butler as Reeves
Alberto Manquero as Diego De La Cruz (Mirror Image)
Ted Monte as Sheriff Bailey
Jason D. Avalos as Deputy #1
Ryan Sturz as Outlaw #1

Guest Cast Notes:

Walter Perez (Leaper X) 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.

Natalia del Riego (Valentina) is an actress of Salvadoran and Mexican descent. Her father sells furniture that he makes from scratch. Her mother is the owner of an income tax business and sells mattresses on the side. She has two younger sisters, and an older brother who graduated from Stanford University. She finished off her sophomore year at a public high school and then graduated from an online public school to focus on acting. Her first television role was on ABC's "American Crime."

Marquise Vilson (Henry) is known for Blindspot (2015), The Kitchen (2019) and Ben Is Back (2018).

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.

Eddie Park (character name) is known for The Opening Act (2020), Dr. Ken (2015) and Eyecatcher (2018).

William Mark McCullough (
McDenough) was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. He earned a political science and theater degree from Mercer University followed by a law degree from American University. Prior to his career in entertainment, Mark had worked in politics and law on Capitol Hill. A serious car accident while on a trip to Nicaragua prompted him to change his career path. His most notable film roles include a tough Southern cop alongside Glenn Close and Amy Adams in the Ron Howard drama, Hillbilly Elegy (2020) (2020); the gun and drug smuggling co-pilot to Tom Cruise's Barry Seal in the Doug Liman thriller, American Made (2017) (2017); the violent enforcer for Nicolas Cage's mob boss character in the Steven C. Miller crime drama, Arsenal (2017) (2017); the redneck co-worker opposite Channing Tatum in the Steven Soderbergh comedy, Logan Lucky (2017) (2017); a violent protector of a small town opposite Will Patton and Adan Canto in the Bradley Parker horror film, The Devil Below (2021) (2021) and a racist cop opposing school integration alongside Justin Chatwin in the period drama, The Walk (2022) (2022). Some of Mark's most powerful television appearances include a recurring role on the Netflix series, Sweet Magnolias (2020) (2020), playing a tough, blue-collar dad; a recurring guest star role on the Bad Boys (1995) television spin-off, L.A.'s Finest (2019) (2019), playing a menacing drug cartel enforcer opposite Gabrielle Union; a heroin manufacturer in the AMC series, The Walking Dead (2010) (2022); a conniving backwoods redneck opposite Jennifer Beals in the DC Universe series, Swamp Thing (2019) (2019) and a recurring role on the Marvel series, The Gifted (2017) (2018) playing a former special forces soldier with mutant powers. Mark is a passionate world traveler, having backpacked through multiple countries including Russia, Turkey, Serbia, Bulgaria, Cuba and Nicaragua.

Farah Marani (Congresswoman Kavita Adani) is a Muslim actor and creator. She is a graduate of the Drama Centre London and trained at the Vakhtangov Theatre in Moscow.
In addition to being an actor, she started producing in 2013 and has worked on dozens of films with her company, Lifeguard Productions. She is one of the co-founders of Women on Screen and also served as the Actra Toronto Diversity Committee co-chair.

Demetrius Butler (Reeves) is known for Criminal Minds (2005), 9-1-1 (2018) and Come Across Love: Bu Qi Er Yu (2017).

Jim Cody Williams (Old Joe) is known for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989). Graduated The University of Arizona with a BFA Theatre. Grandson of Cozy McSparron. In the film Chump Change, 8x10 black and white resume photo is clearly visible on the wall in scenes taking place in the casting director's office. Is featured on the rear cover of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure DVD. In a photograph from the film's "old west" scene, at the poker table with Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter. Was cast in the feature film Norbit, however his character was written out, and scenes never filmed. Nominated for Best Actor for his role as Percival Dixon in "Times Like Dying" at the 2015 Hill Country Film Festival.

Ted Monte (Sheriff Bailey) In 1991, Ted was cast in his first feature film as an FBI agent in Jonathan Demme's Silence of the Lambs. After this, Ted was cast in David Marnet's Homicide which led to numerous television shows. Tiring of the New York writers, Ted moved to Los Angeles in 1995. Over the course of his L.A. career. Ted has been in a string of films working with Christian Slater, Roddy McDowall, Joe Mantegna, Jane Kean, Russ Tamblyn, Michael Pane, Luke Perry, Paul Sorvino, William Atherton, and Tom Berringer. He's peppered his work with television appearances in Melrose Place, The Lair, Homicide:Life in the Streets, Lifetime's A Christmas Wedding Date, and let us not forget SyFy Channel's World Premiere of Curse of the Komodo and several ridiculously large monster movies.

Guests Who Appeared in Other Quantum Leap Episodes:
Walter Perez, who plays Richard Martinez, also appears in later episodes "S.O.S.", "Ben, Interrupted", and "Judgement Day."

Characters who appeared in Classic Series episodes:
None - but who is Leaper X?

Songs & Music:
Score by Daniel James Chan

Say What?
At the beginning of the episode, Ben walks through a single door, but when it cuts to the exterior, it's a double door.

With the type of gun Ben is using, he should have had to pull the hammer back first before shooting.

While we do see some hologram usage here, we are still not seeing Addison fade in as frequently. Perhaps a budget issue? It's very noticable the lack of hologram effects at this point in the series.

The phrase, "get out of dodge" used by McDonough was not used until the 1950's on the TV series, "Gunsmoke."

The term used by Frankie, "busted my ass" was also not used in the 1800's.

Quotable Quotes:

"Resist me at your own peril."

Valentina: "Here's the good news: Salvation's salvation has already arrived."
Ben: "No....no...."

"There will be blood."

"I'm sorry it took me so long to remember you."
-Ben to Addison

Addison: "The whole cowboy thing works."
Ben: "You think? Well, this whole hologram thing's also working."
Addison: "Okay."
Ben: "Okay."

"Trust me, violence only begets more violence."

"Okay, so who's trouble in a power suit?"
-Ian to Jenn

"I believe there are non-violent solutions to every problem."
-Ben to Addison

"Sometimes you have to meet force with force."
-Addison to Ben

"Let me guess. you're wondering how a former cyber criminal goes from hacking bitcoin accounts on the dark webs to being chief of security of a top-secret multi-billion dollar government-sanctioned time-travel project?"
-Jenn to Kavita

"Why would I do this to us?"
-Ben to Addison

"Tomorrow then. High noon."
-Ben to McDenough

Ben: "I'm dead."
Addison: "That's the spirit."

Addison: "It looks like your little gamble paid off, cowboy."
Ben: "I couldn't have done it without you, pardner."

"Is it possible to kiss a hologram, because I really want to right now."

Leaper X: "You made a serious miscalculation coming here, Ben."
Addison: "Did he just call you Ben?"
Ben: "How did you know my name?"
Leaper X: "I know everything about you, Dr. Ben Song from the year 2022. I know what you're doing, but if you value your life, you need to stop following me. Do you understand?

Production Photos:

Production Videos:
Coming Soon

Production Credits:

Consulting Producer: Moira Kirland
Tim Scanlan
Meg Fister
Co-Executive Producer:
Deric Hughes
Co-Executive Producer: Benjamin Raab
Co-Executive Producer: Drew Lindo
Co-Executive Producer: Aadrita Mukerji
Produced by:
Marc Beinstock
Executive Producer:
Robert Hull
Executive Producer: Steven Lilien
Executive Producer: Bryan Wyndrandt
Executive Producer: Chris Grismer
Executive Producer: Deborah Pratt
Executive Producer: Donald P. Bellisario
Executive Producer: Dean Georgaris
Executive Producer:
Martin Gero
Created by:
Donald P. Bellisario

Written by: Steven Lilien
Written by:
Benjamin Raab and Deric A. Hughes
Directed by: Silas Howard

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: Ian Mayberry
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: Athena Pesante
Costume Designer:
Genevieve Tyrrell

A Camera Operator: Dave Hirschman
B Camera/Steadycam Operator: Michael Walsh
B Camera/Steadycam Operator: Josh Harrison
Production Sound Mixer: Beau Hodges
Chief Lighting Technician: Donna Vega
Key Grip: Peter Chrimes
Art Director: Danny Cistone
Art Director: Liz Kloczkowski
Set Director: Tim Stepeck
Costume Supervisor: Heather Sladinski
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: Dan Milner
Transportation Coordinator: Sandra Ninham-Gallardo
Production Office Coordinator: Sofie Johanna "Bubbles" Dejus
Assistant Production Office Coordinator: Will Potenberg
Production Accountant: Natalie Chiengkul
Script Supervisor: Eszter Zakarias
Script Coordinator: Sue Palmer
Casting Associate: Lindsay Jameyson
Casting Associate: Mia Cascio
Post Production Coordinator: Gabriella Scudieri
Music Supervisor: Season Kent
Music Co-Supervisor: Leah Harrison
Music Editor: Zed Starkovich
Assistant Editor: Clinton Steeds
Online Editor: Richard Wells
Colorist: Paul Allia
Visual Effects Supervisor: Trent Smith
Visual Effects Assistant Editor: Michael Defilio
Supervising Sound Editor: Kelly Cabral
Re-Recording Mixer: Yuri Reese
Re-Recording Mixer: Sean Madsen
Key Costumer: Dana Axelrad
Key BG Costumer: Donnetta McCloud
Costume Coordinator: Ayumi Moore
Set Costumer: Sarah Wallner
Set Costumer: Omar Berumen
Boom Operator: Matt Brodnick

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