Sam leaps into the body of George Washaki, a Native American who finds himself in jail with his grandfather. They had been arrested when George stole a pickup truck to help his grandfather run away from his nursing home and go back to his ancestral lands. The old man is dying and he does not want to die anywhere else. Sam decides to help him and they escape from jail setting off a manhunt. Along the way, Sam learns a little bit about himself as the old man dispenses wisdom that is applicable to both Sam as well as his grandson. Written by
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When grandfather is showing the diagram of the grasshopper and the door to his grandson (Sam), he explains, "the grasshopper goes through the door and beyond it is another life"). Sam asks, "what if there's nothing beyond the door?" indicating that he isn't sure about life after death, yet Sam has shown a belief in God numerous times. In Genesis and the Leap Home, he prayed, and he has said numerous time, "God, or fate or whatever is leaping me around". See more
The episode "Freedom" is set in Nevada. At one point, the sheriff radios the station and tells his deputy to inform another department to set up a road block on Interstate 70. I-70's western terminus is in Utah, not Nevada. See more
Lesson number one: it never pays to get smart with me!
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