5x20 The Leap Between the States - September 20, 1862
First Aired: Mar. 30, 1993 on NBC
Summary: September 20, 1862: Sam leaps along his genetic line and finds himself in the civil war as his great-grandfather, Captain John Beckett. While helping the underground railroad smuggle a family to freedom, Sam must also win over his great-grandmother, or he may be erased from existence.
Main Characters in this Episode
- Goof (anachronisms): Olivia owns a player piano, which wasn't invented until 1863 and not generally available until 1876.
- Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Lt. Montgomery tells Sam that a particular handgun "hasn't worked since Bull Run". Montgomery, as a Confederate, would have known the battle as "Manassas".
- The title refers to another name for the American Civil War: The War Between the States.