"Stand By Ben"
Synopsis:Ben leaps into a 16-year-old boy’s body and finds himself among a group of outcast teens on the run.
TV Guide Synopsis
Commercial for this episode:
Monday, November 7, 2022 @ 10pm on NBC (Fall Finale)
July 10, 1996
Somewhere between Sierra, Nevada and Susanville, CA
Name of Leapee:
Janis's makeshift Imaging Chamber is located in a warehouse just three miles from Project Quantum Leap. It apparently took her less than six months to build, since that's the time stated the warehouse was rented by her shell corp.
Jenn's father was a con man with a gambling problem who left her to raise herself.
Ben states in his first visit with Addison that he lept, instead of Leaped.
Leah asks Ben is he has an imaginary friend after seeing him talking to Addison, one of the first times we see others notice Ben "talking to himself."
Ben's mom used to say, "The more scared you are, the more fear you have as fuel to fix things."
Addison was in the military with people who were sent to places like the teens in the episode. They always said that the worst part was that nobody cared and nobody listened.
Ian's Outfits Worn in the Episode:
Tan suit coat, green halter top, rope necklace with large white hollowed-out charm and fringe, glasses, black and blue jeweled ring.
Kiss With History:
Issues at youth wilderness camps have been going on for quite some time. Here is an except from The Atlantic:
There are dozens of institutions...across America, and they promise therapeutic treatment for teenagers who are engaging in drug use or other behavior frowned upon by their families or schools. Parents often hire transport agencies, which are charged with delivering the teens to their programs, forcibly or otherwise. This industry, which has only reached mainstream popularity in the last couple of decades, is still controversial. Its proponents maintain that this type of isolation, away from the temptations and perils of society, can benefit youth who are straying down the path of addiction and dysfunction. They present a multitude of success stories and insist this type of therapy can be life-changing. Programs differ in intensity and duration, although typically, they involve activities such as hiking and learning wilderness skills. At Redcliff, staff teaches students how to make fire using only materials gathered from the wild, a seemingly simple task that actually takes weeks to master. Most teens admitted to wilderness programs are there for a few months, although some stay as long as two years.
This episode is the Fall finale. Quantum Leap will return for the second half of this first season in early 2023!
In the opening segment, we see in large type "1996." This style hadn't been seen since episode 2, "Atlantis."
Susanville, CA is a real town located near Honey Lake and Horse Lake, just like on the map the teens have in the episode. Elbow's Bend does not appear to actually exist.
You can learn how to make a splint by watching the segment in the episode.
The wolves were actually a husky mix.
According to the QL Writers Room, "Originally, Episode 8 was written with our group freezing to death in original history. But the SoCal heat wave inspired us to change it up!"
Also, "We shot almost all of our story at the Disney Ranch up in Santa Clarita where we had a snake wrangler on set with us every day to keep us safe from rattlesnakes."
LEAP – SERIES REGULARS
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
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.
Anthony Turpel as Roy Bacall
Raquel Justice as Stacy Thompson
Ciara Riley Wilson as Leah Valencia
Eric Lee Huffman as Director Adam Sullivan
Kurt Yaeger as Ringer
Andrew Hwang as George
Manny Spero as 16 Year Old Boy (Benjamin Winters - Mirror Image)
Guest Cast Notes:
Anthony Turpel (Roy) came to this world on January 26, 2000. He originally hails from Los Angeles, California, USA. At present, he is 21 years old and his birth sign is Aquarius. He has not shared detailed information regarding his family background. However, he has an older sister but her name is not mentioned.
Also, the information related to his educational journey is missing. As of his age, he might be a high school graduate or might be attending one. He stated that his mother has been the biggest influence on his career, always having supported him through thick and thin and having encouraged him to work hard to fulfill his dream of becoming an actor.
Moreover, when he was 5 years old, he had performed in The Wizard of Oz as one of the Lollipop Guild and had fallen in love with acting and discovered his passion for the art form. Anthony had wanted to do more and so he began to do more plays and started to take classes. He even accidentally had got an agent.
Anthony is an actor who is famous for his role as R.J. Forrester on the series 'The Bold and the Beautiful' since September 2016, and his role as Will on 'No Good Nick'. He also stars as Felix on 'Love, Victor'. Moreover, his first acting job was a commercial for 'Trivial Pursuit'. He has also guest-starred on 'Life in Pieces', 'Comedy Bang! Bang!', and 'Henry Danger'.
Further, he gained further popularity by starring in several other programs on the small screen including '9-1-1' (2018), 'Future Shock' (2015), 'Nick's Secret' (2019), and 'This Is Us' (2016). Likewise, in the year 2017, he received a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his work on 'The Bold and the Beautiful.'
In 'The Bold and the Beautiful,' he portrayed the main role from 2016 to 2018 in 93 episodes of the show. In 'Life in Pieces', he acted for a small part as Max. There, he appeared in the episode called 'Babe Secret Phone Germs'.
Raquel Justice (Stacy) is known for One Day at a Time (2017), Andi Mack (2017) and Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn (2014).
Ciara Riley Wilson (Leah) is an actor, dancer, and fashion designer born and raised in Portland, Oregon. After growing up in competitive dance, Ciara realized she also had a deep passion for acting, and decided to come to LA at the age of eleven in pursuit of it. Since then, Ciara has been in a variety of shows such as season one and two of LA's Finest (Netflix & Fox), Speechless (ABC), and Bizaardvark (Disney). Early in her career, Ciara also worked on music videos for Chris Brown and Fifth Harmony as a hip-hop dancer. Her favorite acting endeavor is a lead role in the live action feature film "Kim Possible" (Disney), where she had to perform stunt work while playing the character, Athena, who changes from innocent to evil throughout the course of the film.
Outside of acting, Ciara is passionate about fashion and design, where she has taught herself to sew and embroider hand-crafted pieces. Influenced by the 70's and sustainability, she has designed a number of pieces that feel vintage and modern at the same time, all while using reclaimed materials. Along with this, she has documented her life of acting and fashion on Instagram and Tiktok, both with the username @ciararileywilson. Ciara looks forward to creating her own brand one day to wear on the red carpets of her future projects.
Eric Lee Huffman (Sullivan) was born in Carmel, California and raised on the Monterey Peninsula. He is known for his work on NBC's Quantum Leap (2022), Grimm (2015), The Family Business on BET, and the Eric Andre Show on Adult Swim (2014). Eric is also a screenwriter and award-winning published songwriter. Eric began his acting career performing live theatre before moving to Hollywood and studying under William Alderson, a protege of legendary New York acting teacher Sanford Meisner.
Kurt Yaeger (Ringer) is an actor who ripped his leg off becoming an amputee, broke his pelvis in half, bladder torn in half, broke seven vertebra, and a number of other injuries in a motorcycle accident. After two years of recovery he shot multiple films and tv shows then landed Greg the Peg on the hit series Sons of Anarchy (2008) which helped solidify his return as an actor, who just happens to be missing a leg. He's currently filming the feature The Beanie Bubble, with Zach Galifianakis and Elizabeth Banks. Kurt recently shot a hyper-athletic portrayal of Dylan Conner, the Ship's Engineer on Netflix's Another Life (2019) 2021, followed up by roles in SEAL Team (2017) , The Good Doctor (2017), & an Apple show yet to be listed.. CBS All Access brought Kurt into the new series Tell Me a Story (2018) right after he starred in the UK hit comedy film The Festival (2018). He's also known for roles in [link= Quarry (2016), Pure Genius (2016), NCIS: Los Angeles (2009), Shooter (2016), and Shameless (2011).
Yaeger is a highly respected member of the SAG/AFTRA committee Performers with Disabilities, and advocates for the inclusion of actors with disabilities in roles not specified for disabled characters. Yaeger is an amputee and speaks with network executives, show runners, writers, and casting agents about ways to increase inclusion though representation in the creative process, from the beginning of all projects.
Yaeger is also a former professional X Games athlete. Kurt came back, was the first amputee in the X Games, and the first amputee to successfully pull a backflip, and still rides to this day. Remaining athletic after losing his leg is important so he can play any character at anytime. He ran up the Empire State Building, 86 floors in 20 minutes and 19 seconds; completed multiple 55-mile triathlons; and won several adventure challenges where he's pitting against able body athletes.
Motorcycles are Yaeger's second passion. As an amputee, he hosted the BMW GS Trophy Challenge for several years, and rides motorcycles off-road all around the world: Thailand, Madagascar, the Canadian Rockies, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Europe, and the United States. He works with several motorcycle manufactures and companies to create motorcycle-related content.
Andrew Hwang (George) is known for The Circle (2017), Fists of Righteous Harmony (2008) and The Last Ship (2014).
Manny Spero (Benjamin Winters - Mirror Image) is known for Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), Station 19 (2018) and Bolt from the Blue.
Guests Who Appeared in Other Quantum Leap Episodes:
Georgina Reilly returns as Janis Calavicci (in flashbacks pre-Leap)
Characters who appeared in Classic Series episodes:
Songs & Music:
"Song 2" by Blur - plays as Ben leaps in as the kids escape from school
"Just A Girl" by Do Doubt - plays as the teens dance in the cabin
"Don't Speak" by No Doubt - plays as Roy and Stacy talk on the sofa in the cabin
Ian asks Addison if she can come out of the Imaging Chamber to help free Magic and Jenn from the elevator lock down, but Addison responds that she can't right now. Does Addison know how to reverse a lock down?
When Ben sees the pipe in the dry creek, he tells Addison it's a perfect circle and it's not natural. Why exactly does he seem to not recognize immediately what a pipe looks like?
Ben says there's a generator outside the cabin and asks the kids if he should power it up. Why would he not just do it and give them all lights/power?
If the cabin is "off the grid", why does it have a working phone line?
How did Ringer and Sullivan find the cabin so quickly when Ziggy had no record of it?
The Reno news van arrived on the scene very quickly. How close to Reno were they?
"Vegas is a really good place to start over."
"I just want to go home."
"No wonder people yell at teenagers."
Magic: "Sounds like admiration."
Jenn: "It's one shark recognizing another."
"I don't think this is just about saving their lives. I think there might be more to this."
Magic: "It's better to risk disappointment than to give up."
Jenn: "That sounds great for a greeting card, but it's not always the case in real life."
Roy: "Nice job, imaginary hottie."
Addison: "It is nice to be acknowledged."
"God, it feels good to be real!"
-Addison, back at PQL
"You like my hat?"
Personal Review & Detailed Synopsis by Earl Bonovich:
This episode we see Ben leap away from the exorcist to a 16yr old teenager, in the midsts of a foot chase, who we find out is named Ben as well.
Ben starts to run with some other young people, and instinctively gets into a car, that speeds off from Sierra Youth Academy in the year 1996.
As the gaggle of youth speed off and the adrenaline still flowing, we learn just a bit more about the youth. They are excited that they “escaped” that “school”.
They all had a part in the escape, tires slashed, stolen keys, distraction, driving… all in on this. But what was that school? (We won’t find out till later on).
discussion continues on what their future plans are: Vegas as a
Blackjack dealer, deep woods of Alaska, going back to family (which
was heavily argued as they don’t accept you). But as we get into
it…. BOOM, a blown tire and now an out of control vehicle goes off
the road into the woods.
start to learn just a bit more about the youth, and that this was not
your standard school for the gifted, this was a school for kids that
had “issues” and problems. And they start to show. Anger and
distrust and a lack of experience is showing. Stacy is the defect
leader, mostly because of her age, but she also comes across as the
one that had the full plan to get out. Leia is the youngest of the
bunch, but we will find out soon she is really really smart. Roy is
very smart as well, but has flunked out of school, and turned to
drugs and possible suicide attempt.
reports to the team, that Ben saw Janice when they lost contact with
him in the last leap. The team concludes that Janice must have her
own imaging chamber, and using the stolen hand link that belonged to
her Dad. But why? All that Ben reported was that Janice was trying to
warn Ben of something, but they don’t know what.
that is the end of the episode… double spoiler alert, if you didn’t
watch the previews after the show.
Personal review of EP8.
Overall, this was not my favorite episode of the season so far. Just way too many head scratching things. I did like the progress in the story, Ben remembering more. Figuring out that he is there to save Addison (not Sam, at least not yet). I think the story with Youth, was very important for the time in 1996, I personally would have been just a few years older then Stacy, so I felt like I could understand some of the things they were struggling with.
What I didn’t like:
The car flip, and not a single significant injury? Not a chance. Especially since I don’t think any of them had a seatbelt on.
The cabin, that was off the grid… was WAY TOO NICE and decked out, for 1996. That is more of an off-the grid in 2022, not 1996.
And the fact that NO ONE ELSE thought of helping Jenn and Magic out of the elevator by the emergency door, until Addison showed up? Come-on.
For the episode: This was a 5 out of 10. Not great, not terrible, just there. I found the last 1 minute of the show and the previews for the 2nd half of the season to be more exciting than the rest of it.
Overall opinion of the first portion of the season.I do really enjoy the series so far, it is entertaining and something fun to watch.
I am intrigued that the writers are going a very different direction than most of us thought going in, this isn’t just a save Sam story.
So we get the rest of the original 13 episodes, and then hopefully that gets right into the extension of 6 more. I think if NBC promotes this more, and Peacock viewing numbers over the next 6 weeks, the ratings will go up for the 2nd half. (no competition from MNF, more buzz about the show, and having the Night Court series starting as a lead in, may just help more people tune in).
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