Quantum Leap: Caitlin Bassett and Brandon Routh tease the dynamic to come

QUANTUM LEAP -- "SOS" Episode 114 -- Pictured: (l-r) Caitlin Bassett as Addison, Brandon Routh as XO Augustine -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
QUANTUM LEAP -- "SOS" Episode 114 -- Pictured: (l-r) Caitlin Bassett as Addison, Brandon Routh as XO Augustine -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC) /

Quantum Leap Season 1, Episode 14 sees Ben save Addison’s father in 1989. Caitlin Bassett and Brandon Routh tease what’s to come in the episode.

Ben has found himself on board a ship, and it looks like it’s in the middle of a war. It turns out that it’s 1989, and he is third in command on the ship. One above him just happens to be Addison’s father, XO Augustine.

This is certainly going to be a fun episode. It’s also an emotional one, as there are a lot of things Addison doesn’t understand about her father. This is something Caitlin Bassett and Brandon Routh tease in our exclusive interview with them for the Quantum Leap episode.

Quantum Leap stars tease what’s to come

Addison doesn’t know a lot about her dad, and it turns out that she’s blamed herself for a lot of what’s happened in the past. Don’t all children when something goes on with their parents?

"“This is one of those unique, wonderful opportunities where you grow up understanding something about your parents, but if you were to have met them as an adult having experienced failure in your own life, I think we’re pretty hard on our parents sometimes.”"

It’s true, but what does Addison experience during the episode?

"“We had this wonderful opportunity to have not just a daughter meet her father as an adult, but also for a second-generation veteran meet a first-generation veteran, and to finally understand what he was going through when he made the decisions that he made. Were they perfect? Absolutely not…but he was doing the best he could.”"

For Brandon Routh, who is only in this episode (maybe, so far?), he was able to look at this as a father in real life.

"“As a father, understanding my own mistakes that I’ve made up to this point…if we get curious about it, if we allow ourselves to become vulnerable…we can understand what behaviors are from our parents…We can choose to change.”"

We didn’t get much of a chance to talk the Butterfly Effect, but Routh did go into a little bit about this.

"“Even if it doesn’t change interactions between Augustine and Addison that much from ’89 on, it’s already affected her in the moment because she has seen her father. She has understood in a whole view of him…and it allows her for a moment of growth.”"

It does get pretty deep toward the end of the interview. I’m sure it will only make you want to watch the episode more.

Something I did also get to do was talk to Bassett’s career transition, which was more like mine than I originally believed. We also discuss a line that she ad-libs during the episode, which made the cut. I love it!

Take a look at the full interview with Quantum Leap‘s Caitlin Bassett and Brandon Routh below:

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Quantum Leap airs Mondays at 10/9c on NBC. Catch up the following day on Peacock.