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When the White House
is destroyed, and both the President and Vice President are killed,
a race against the clock begins with Frank Parker taking on the mission
of his life. Aided by a time machine, Parker must gather information
in the present, and travel seven days into the past to alter reality
and avert this terrible tragedy.
A mutated Ebola virus wipes out nearly everyone on the
BackStep team To save their peers, Parker is sent back by a dying Olga
to trace the roots of the fatal illness. At the same time, Parker has
to make sure he doesn't alter history even more by exposing himself
to the disease.
Talmadge decides to authorize the use of BackStep in
order to save the man with the secret to cold fusion. Olga and Parker
grow closer when they're paired together for an assignment to prevent
the death of the important scientist, but a time-loop malfunction causes
them to keep repeating the same mission over and over.
A tanker truck filled with a deadly acid explodes killing
86 people, including 11 delegates from North Korea in town for peace
talks. Parker's mission to prevent the bombing on Washington's Embassy
Row results in the death of his ex-wife's fiancee when he hesitates
while preventing the explosion during a jewelry heist.
The United States is in danger of being taken over by
terrorists, Operation Backstep is put into effect. However, a maladjustment
in the sphere causes Parker to be "split" while traveling back to prevent
a nuclear catastrophe. His double has a markedly different personality.
Parker must eliminate his evil clone to help save the
United States from a fanatical dictator who has used the threat of a
nuclear attack to force the President to resign and declare martial
A young secretary goes underground after the company
she works for, (a front for a National Security Agency data analysis
office) is destroyed in an explosion. She's the number one suspect,
and Parker is sent back in time to collar her. But he takes her side,
helping her to keep one step ahead of the those who want her dead or
As Time Goes By
Just as Parker and Olga start to become romantically
involved,Olga's husband, a Chrononaut long presumed dead after disappearing
on a Russian time-travel flight years before, reappears from the future
to claim his wife and is invited to join the BackStep team. Parker and
Ramsey suspect that he has a secret agenda.
Donovan commits an inexplicable act of violence while
he and Parker are being honored at the White House, which leads Parker
to a shocking discovery about their military past -- he and his buddies
were hypnotized and later ordered to assassinate world-renowned scientists.
A U.S. operations communication center is taken over
by foreign terrorists who deceive U.S. soldiers into bombing a U.S.
base overseas. Something goes wrong with the BackStep, leaving Parker
thinking he's a ten year old boy.
Last Card Up
After a disastrous confrontation between a cult and the
U.S. government, Parker is sent back in time to undo the event. He and
Olga masquerade as husband and wife to infiltrate the compound in order
to prevent an explosion that will damage foreign relations. Complications:
A reporter finds out the existence of Operation BackStep, breaking the
story to the world.
A Russian submarine gets trapped on an ice shelf, its
nuclear fuel accidentally released in a terrible toxic spill. To prevent
a mutiny and possible nuclear disaster, Parker attempts to restore order
on a crippled Russian submarine controlled by an egomaniacal officer.
Parker must go back to prevent the assassination of a
hit man about to provide vital information on terrorist organizations.
After a particularly rough time-jump Parker is killed; or so it seems
to the grieving BackStep team. Now a disembodied Parker must somehow
convince Olga he's not dead.
The Vice-President's illegitimate daughter, an Air Force
flyer, is shot down behind enemy lines in Bosnia. After she's killed
along with her rescue team, Parker must jump back in time to join the
rescue mission in Bosnia and assure its success.
Olga is kidnapped and replaced by a look-alike, with
the intention of stealing Operation Backstep's secrets. An unexpected
glitch: Then new Olga takes a real shine to Parker --- she might even
love him to death.
A Dish Best Served
A former BackStep pilot sabotages the sphere, forcing
the team to hunt for the original time-travel machine hidden in the
Amazon rain forest.
A Sudanese gang robs to raise money to free an enslaved
village, but it goes awry; the BackStep crew hits Las Vegas for some
Rest and Relaxation.
Parker exposes a cover-up involving UFOs and aliens when
the BackStep crew takes action to avert a toxic spill.
Parker must find and terminate a code breaker responsible
for the deaths of CIA operatives, but balks on the assassination when
he learns the code-breaker is an autistic savant.
Parker must prevent an alien in Roswell from escaping
and wreaking havoc at a nuclear reactor, killing thousands. Parker discovers
a secret lab with remnants of the Roswell, N.M., crash site, including
an alien hooked up to life support.
Two additional episodes were filmed for
the first season, but were not shown due to similarities to current events
at the time they were scheduled to be broadcast. They are:
Parker must avert the deaths of schoolchildren when the
demands of subway hijackers are not met. This
episode did, in fact, surface during season two, just after the first
three episodes. It did create the phenonmenon of Donovan's disappearing
and reappearing goatee.
Act of God
After a terrible plane crash is determined to be "just
another accident," a jump back in time is canceled and Parker decides
to quit the program in disgust.
Thanks to Jan Morehouse for posing the question and Doctor TOC for providing the answer.
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