Original Air date: October 2, 1991
Written by: Chris Ruppenthal
Directed by: Michael Watkins
Leap Date: August 17, 1969
This time: Sam leaps into a deputy sheriff helping a woman get things together. The area is windy which makes sense for the coming hurricane. As Archie, he and Nurse/girlfriend Cissy Davis are helping people evacuate. Their first evacuee is Lisa, an old flame of Archie’s.
Next on the agenda is a pretty bitching party. Well, as bitching as middle-aged extras and standards/practices will allow. Said partiers are not going to leave, so the duo goes to the next item on the list, a safe house. Al arrives and says that Davis will be killed by debris later that night. They have a time and location, so all Sam needs to do is keep her away at that exact moment.
Lisa comes to the safe house hoping to rekindle things, but Sam shoots her down and she leaves with Sam wondering if she would have been safer there. Several people come to the safe house, including Joe, one of Davis’ more violent exes. Sam keeps them apart by going to the party. He is able to get people out of the party with his words, and a few shots from his gun in the air.
Lisa comes back to the safe house and menaces Davis with a knife. They struggle until Davis is knocked unconscious. Lisa grabs a knife, but Sam stops her. Hurricane Camille passes by. Lisa gets the help she needs, Davis goes to school and becomes a therapist. Sam leaps …
… into someone being inducted into the Klan.
Fact check: One person at the safe house wonders how they can harness the power of wind. That is a great idea, already implemented millennia earlier with windmills.
Stop talking to yourself: Sam enjoys being in a hurricane since it reminds him of the unpredictability of leaping. Personally, I can admire unpredictability away from hurricanes.
Only Sam can see and hear: Sam and Davis are … busy in the closet and Sam shuts the door for privacy, at which point Al forgets he is a hologram and can poke his head through the door.
Mirror images that were not his own: We get the ‘mirror jingle’ when Davis momentarily sees Sam’s real eyes. Something similar happens at the bitching party before we get a proper look at a mirror.
It’s a science project: The time of Davis’ death is known because her clock stopped at 10:30. Oddly enough, even after the location changes her time of death does not.
Let’s up the rating: While not stated outright, Davis seems to consider hurricanes an aphrodisiac.
One more time: “Her? Who her? Why didn’t you tell me there was another in this relationship?”
Al getting caught not reading the script.
Trivial Matters: Someone must like disaster porn. There is a lot in this episode, including ones that do not match the location, or even description of dialogue.
A pre-24 James Morrison appears as Joe.
Put right what once went wrong: “Arch, put your clothes on and get out of the back seat, ten-four.” With a story by two writers, this feels like someone wanted to do a love triangle when someone else wanted to do a hurricane story and they just mashed the two together. Amazingly enough, it works.
Through practical effects and stock footage, they sell the disaster aspect pretty well. We have the power going out and a bunch of people going to a local port in the storm. It is a fun way to make it into a bit of a farce, but other than an older couple that smacks wise every now and then, this is not really touched upon. Plus, Sam gets to break up a party with a gun, though by that point the power is out, and the party is pretty much over.
The writing also holds up with the logistics. There are just enough characters who are given just enough screen time to not overload, or bore, us. Joe is there for as long as he needs to be, and Lisa comes back only twice. The location of the death changes and you can see pieces falling into place. In the chaos of a natural disaster, you can see everything as it whirls around.
Like any good love triangle, much rides on the guest stars and there are two prominently featured here. Tracy Kolis does not show her hand in the early scenes and is perfectly natural. The scale does not tip until her final scene and it is dawning on both the audience and Al that Lisa is the killer. Usually, it helps a story when there is a clue or two leading up to the revelation but that was not needed here.
Marilyn Jones is fantastic as Davis. She knows when to go out and help people along with when to make out with Archie. Their relationship is kind of an open secret, but she is effective. She has good chemistry with both Bakula and Kolis to make for an all-around entertaining hour.