Leap Date: May 2, 1989


When Ben leaps onto a naval battleship during war games in 1989, he must not only navigate a dangerous rescue mission but also contend with his commanding officer, XO Alexander Augustine, otherwise known as Addison’s father.

Audio from this episode
Handlink opening sound
Handlink ting sound

Hologram sound - soft fade
Full Leap effect

TV Guide Synopsis
Broadcast Date
Leap Date
Leap Location
Name of Leapee
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

Personal Review
Production Photos
Production Videos
Production Credits



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TV Guide Synopsis:
When Ben leaps onto a naval battleship during war games in 1989, he must not only navigate a dangerous rescue mission but also contend with his commanding officer, XO Alexander Augustine, otherwise known as Addison’s father.

Broadcast Date:
Monday, March 6, 2023 @ 10pm on NBC

Leap Date:
May 2, 1989

Leap Location:
USS Montana Battleship in the East China Sea

Name of Leapee:
Commander Rossi

Project Trivia:
Martinez (Leaper X) guesses that Ben's team found a younger version of himself and tells Ben that he can't imagine his younger self had any intel to give.This refers to the events in "What A Disaster" when Magic and Jenn question Martinez as a younger man.

Ben Trivia:

Addison Trivia:
Alexander Augustine is Addison's father.

Addison was likely born in late 1986 or early 1987 as Alexander also tells Ben she is two and a half years old during the Leap. This makes her approximately 36 years old in the present time of 2023.

Alexander left Addison and her mother in the original timeline.

Addisons Grandfather on Alexander's side drank heavily and beat Alexander and Addison's Grandmother.

Alexander calls Addison "Addie."

Ian's Outfits Worn in the Episode:
Brown sleeveless shirt. We never see Ian below the waist in this epsiode.

Kiss With History:

Miscellaneous Trivia:
The closest real Naval ship bearing the number 77 is the USS O'Kane (DDG-77). It is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. The ship was built by Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, starting on 8 May 1997. The ship was commissioned on 23 October 1999. She is named for Medal of Honor recipient Rear Admiral Richard O'Kane.

From the Quantum Leap Writers Room:
Behind the scenes fact: this episode was shot aboard the USS Iowa,
which made for an epic set!


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 Chou (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 / Richard Martinez, who has leaped into Lieutenant Walker
Brandon Routh as XO
Alexander Augustine
Alex Carter as Captain Bill Drake
Emerson Brooks as Master Chief Nash
Rocky Myers as Shaw
Kelvin Han Yee as Liu Wei
Rich Paul as Navigation Officer Murray
Justin Dean as Chief Engineer Lopez
David Ginlet as Officer of the Deck
Chris Carney as Surface Warfare Officer
Max Pescherine as Turret Specialist
Sean Samuels as Lieutenant Walker

Guest Cast Notes:

Walter Perez (Leaper X / Richard Martinez / Walker) 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.

Brandon Routh (
XO Alexander Augustine) - (pronounced like "south") was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and grew up in nearby Norwalk. He is the son of Catherine (Lear), a teacher, and Ronald Routh, a carpenter. He has English, Scottish, and German ancestry. Brandon attended the University of Iowa and starred in many productions at the Norwalk Theater of Performing Arts. His first professional acting role was in the ABC television series Odd Man Out (1999), and he went on to guest star in the series Chuck (2010-2011), Gilmore Girls (2000) and Undressed (1999). He came to fame with Superman Returns (2006) and DC's Legends of Tomorrow (2016). In his spare time, Routh enjoys playing soccer and basketball, swimming, biking and reading.

Alex Carter (Captain Bill Drake) was born on November 12, 1964 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is an actor, known for The Island (2005), Veritas: The Quest (2003) and Out of Time (2003).

Emerson Brooks (Master Chief Nash)
stars in the Netflix comedy Uncoupled alongside Neil Patrick Harris. Emerson recently starred in the Off-Broadway NY Times Critics' Pick drama "...What the End Will Be" at with the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City. Best known for his series regular role in TNT's long-running series, The Last Ship, Emerson has also appeared in numerous TV shows and films including The Lincoln Lawyer, Blue Bloods, Queens, Arrested Development, and The Office. His film credits include Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Terminator: Salvation and Super 8. Emerson has lent his voice and movements to over 50 video games including Fallout: New Vegas, several Call of Duty, and Grand Theft Auto. He is a recipient of an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama for his critically acclaimed performance in All My Children. Emerson is also a United States Army veteran.

Rocky Myers (Shaw)
is the son of educators and the youngest of four brothers. As an undergraduate, Rocky attended Wesley College (Dover, DE), where he maintained a 4.0 GPA in Biology while also playing intercollegiate football. He was a two-time All-America selection at defensive back and, as a senior, was one of fifteen college football players from across the nation to be named a National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete. Following his senior season, Rocky was also the recipient of The Gagliardi Trophy, awarded to the National Player of the Year for DIII College Football. He was the first defensive player to ever receive that honor. After Rocky graduated Summa cum Laude from Wesley College, he attended Widener University School of Law. While at Widener Law, Rocky secured internships with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware, as well as the Delaware Attorney General's Office. He graduated from Widener Law School with Honors and, upon receiving his Juris Doctor, moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.

Kelvin Han Yee (Liu Wei)
is an American actor of Asian descent whose career spans over 30 years of film, television and theater. He was discovered by the American Conservatory Theatre working as a bouncer but then went on to act at regional theaters like Oregon Shakespeare Festival at Ashland, Berkeley Repertory Theater and The Huntington Theater. in 1985 he was cast in the first American movie shot in the People's Republic of China, as the all-American-Chinese teenager in A Great Wall, and has appeared in many films including Milk, Lucky You, The Island, Copycat, True Crime. On television he continues to demonstrate a great range of characters on shows like Chicago PD, Hawaii Five 0, The Mentalist, Lie To Me, Criminal Minds, Prison Break, 24, Chuck, Entourage, Accidentally On Purpose, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Nash Bridges and in Soap Operas. He has used his background to help others by mentoring incarcerated youths, bringing arts education to public schools and youth advocacy. He plays the guitar loudly and badly. He is passionate about food and enjoys cooking for his wife and his best friend; a rescued 60lb English Bulldog named Louie who is also an actor.

Rich Paul (Navigation Officer Murray)
was born on January 15, 1981 in the USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Godzilla (2014).

Justin Dean (Chief Engineer Lopez)
is known for The Watcher (2022), The Equalizer (2021) and Games People Play (2019).

David Ginlet (Officer of the Deck)
is known for Billions (2016), Power Book II: Ghost (2020) and Those Who Came Before (2018).

Chris Carney (Surface Warfare Officer)
was born on August 19, 1980 in Ohio, USA. He was previously married to Tiffany Thornton. He died on December 4, 2015 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA.

Max Pescherine (Turret Specialist)
is known for Gaslit (2022), Fatal Attraction (2023) and Over There (Dodge College Thesis Film) (2021).

Sean Samuels (Lieutenant Walker)
is known for bringing eclectic points of views to his characters. With a background in music theater performance he is not afraid of taking on a challenge when it comes to developing grounded and interesting characters. In his career thus far he has performed on broadway in ; Tarzan the musical, Curtains, and Spiderman-Turn off the dark. He'a also played a variety of characters on screen ranging from an abandoned football player lost amongst vengeful transients in DTLA in 'Parasites' written and directed by Chad Ferrin, to a vulnerable dance teacher who is drowning in unrequited love in 'Giants' the hit youtube series executive produced by Issa Ray and Jussie Smollett. When Sean gets a chance to break away from performing he travels internationally and domestically to recruit talent for his alma matter, The American Musical and Dramatics Academy. For a deeper look into Sean Samuels you can follow him on Instagram @MrsSeanSamuels, on Twitter@Sean_Samuels or on Facebook. www.SeanSamuelsla.com

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

Characters who appeared in Classic Series episodes:

Songs & Music:
Score music by Daniel James Chan

Say What?
An XO would probably not call a subordinate by their first name as Alexander does to Carl.

A detained officer would not be taken directly to the bridge - Ben would have been taken to a separate holding area.

Quotable Quotes:

"Holy Ship."

"Ok, ok, easy, McFly."

"I don't believe the Leaps are random. I don't believe it's all just a roll of the dice. The moral arc of the universe is long... but it bends toward justice."
Jenn: "Martin Luther King."
Magic: "That's what I think we are... what Quantum Leap is. Part of whatever mysterious force, bends that arc... for the better."

"There's an old hymn. Set the walls around your heart. Build them strong with stone. Do what must be done."

"You have done nothing but love me and make me the person I am today."

Personal Review & Detailed Synopsis by Manfred:

Quantum Leap episode 14 “SOS” deals with a marine ship in trouble. Ben has Quantum Leaped into an Ops officer and is trying to prevent a dishonorable discharge by none other than Addison’s father.

Addison gets closure in SOS

With only 4 episodes left to go, it is like the show is giving the two main characters, Ben and Addison, closure. Of course, we also saw Ian last week, but that was more to set up his character as a future leaper.

Last week, Ben was given closure over the loss of his mother and the powerlessness that came with it. He found consolation and his unresolved issues are gone. It makes Ben more serene in his acting. I wonder where it would lead to.

This week it is Addison’s turn for closure when Ben leaps into the Ops officer who is on deck alongside Addison’s father, Alexander Augustine, played by none other than Brandon Routh. A brilliant casting might I add.

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