What starts out as a happy leap for Sam (Scott Bakula) turns into a fight against the forces of darkness when he discovers that he isn’t the only time traveller changing history.
Deliver Us From Evil was penned by Robin Bernheim, Tommy Thompson and Deborah Pratt, with an airdate of 10 November, 1992.
Sam leaps back to 19 March, 1966 and into Jimmy, a special young man, with a loving brother, Frank (John D’Aquino) and sister-in-law Connie (Laura Harrington). He’s troubled to learn from Al (Dean Stockwell), that he is there to keep the family together. Connie isn’t happy with her role as housewife, and a young woman (Kristen Cloke) at the Frank’s workplace may be giving him the come on.
Sam has to save the marriage, and keep Jimmy out of an institution. But there are other forces at work, ones that make sure that things go badly for Jimmy and his loved ones. There’s another leaper, with another observer, Alia (Renee Coleman) and Zoey (Carolyn Seymour), and their supercomputer Lothos.
This was an idea that was long overdue, and if they had introduced it in season 2, they really could have spread the Evil Leaper arc out nicely, instead of compressing it all into the final season (no matter how good it was).
Viewers know that there is something wrong right from the off, as Coleman is introduced fairly quickly, with Zoey by her side. And once Sam touches Connie, he sees who she really is.
Such a good episode. By returning Sam to a favourite leap, and introducing these villainous time travellers, though Alia sounds like she’s more trapped than anything else, we realise how much is truly in jeopardy. Love this introduction to Alia and Zoey, and wish we’d had more time with them.
Trilogy Part 1 is a bit of a Southern Gothic tale. It was written by Deborah Pratt and aired on 17 November, 1993.
Sam finds himself on 8 August, 1955. He’s in Louisiana and is the local sheriff, Clayton Fuller. His ten year old daughter, Abigail (Kimberly Cullum) may be involved with the strange deaths of two people, a father and daughter, one after the other.
Al and Ziggy are no help, as all the records from the time were lost in a flood, so Sam, and his holographic friend have to find their way on instinct.
The dead man’s wife, Leta (Mary Gordon Murray) is a little unstable, and blames Abigail for her daughter’s and husband’s death. It soon becomes apparent that unless Sam can stop her, and try to prove Abigail’s innocence, Leta may be the death of them both.
It doesn’t help that Sam is seeing Clayton’s supposedly dead wife (but not really, and only institutionalised), Laura (Meg Foster) wandering their home.
The episode is moody and creepy, as even Sam begins to suspect that Abigail may have been involved… possibly have committed murder. There are terrifying family secrets, troubling music cues, and there’s always been something a little unnerving about Meg Foster as well.
I think the fact that Sam makes a promise to Abigail that he will be around as long as she needs him in an early part of the episode, causes him to leap back into Abigail’s life in the next two parts.
Sam leaps at the last moment, as it would seem that Clayton dies in the fire that he saved Abigail from, he leaps and finds himself in bed with a twenty something version of Abigail, and Sam is Walt Kinman (Travis Fine), her fiancee.