Quantum Leap’s co-showrunner talks about THAT relationship in Season 2

QUANTUM LEAP -- "One Night in Koreatown" Episode 205 -- Pictured: Ernie Hudson as Magic -- (Photo by: NBC)
QUANTUM LEAP -- "One Night in Koreatown" Episode 205 -- Pictured: Ernie Hudson as Magic -- (Photo by: NBC) /

Quantum Leap Season 2, Episode 5 brought us a huge reveal in the present day. Co-showrunner Dean Georgaris broke down the development of that relationship.

Caution: This post contains spoilers for Quantum Leap Season 2, Episode 5.

A lot is going on in the world of Quantum Leap Season 2. With the three-year time jump, we’re learning a lot about the characters.

The most recent episode was a Magic-focused episode. We got a chance to learn why the loss of Ben hit him so hard, and we learned how he coped and what he did to move forward in his life. One of those things was to reach out to someone from his past.

It was all about Beth, Al’s widow. Beth hadn’t been with anyone since Al died in 2021, but that has changed. Magic and Beth connected so well in the first season, so was it all that surprising to see that they are in a relationship now?

Breaking down Magic and Beth together in Quantum Leap

When we talked to co-showrunner Dean Georgaris about the second season and the decision to jump the timeline ahead by three years, we asked about the development of this relationship. Why Magic and Beth? And why now?

It turns out that they saw the chemistry that we did. Putting Magic and Beth together makes a lot of sense. They both have personal connections to the Quantum Leap program, and Beth would understand Magic’s loss of Ben and the program well.

"“There was a natural chemistry between the performers, and there was a natural closeness between the characters. They share a connection and a pretty profound secret, and they share a common drive…We just really liked them together.Once we did the time jump, we sketched out what we thought happened to every person. When it came to Magic, we thought this is a man who we’ve seen be so cool and reassuring; so together for everyone. What must it feel like to fall apart and to fail? Who might he reach out to? Or who might pick up the phone to reach out to him? And Beth just made all the sense in the world.”"

We can certainly agree with that. A lot of TV shows focus on young love or early love. Quantum Leap now offers something that Outlander was praised for. It gives us a look at love as characters get older. Life doesn’t end after the death of a spouse. It doesn’t end on the north side of 50, but that’s what society seems to think. Well, now it’s time for a relationship we can definitely get behind.

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Quantum Leap airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on NBC. Catch up the following day on Peacock.