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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Sapphire & Steel: Escape Through a Crack in Time (Part 2) Sapphire & Steel
Assignment 1:
"Escape Through a Crack in Time" Part 2
Writer: P.J. Hammond
Director: Shaun O'Riordan
Original air date: July 12, 1979


Young Helen inadvertently reopens the tear in time.


Read the episode summary at the Sci Fi Freak Site or Watch it at Shout Factory


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode


Helen Jardine



Robert Jardine

Sarah Jardine (mentioned only)

Henry Jardine (mentioned only)

Constable Brian Trulalley (not named until "Escape Through a Crack in Time" Part 6)


Didja Notice?


At 7:24 on the DVD, Sapphire feeds Weetabix cereal to Helen. Weetabix is a whole grain wheat breakfast cereal in the UK.


    Sapphire shows an ability to reverse recent events in time to make them happen again. She is not able to go so far as 24 hours, however. In "Escape Through a Crack in Time" Part 6, she is able to take time back half a day. In the later storyline "The Railway Station" she is able to "hold" time for a day after the creature they are confronting takes time back over multiple days.

    Sapphire tells Robert that only the "something" that exists in the time corridor is able to take time back as far as it wishes, backward, forward, or sideways.


At 18:19 on the DVD, a Tho' Moore Ipswich antique clock is seen in the Jardine house. Thomas Moore of Ipswich was a clockmaker in 18th Century England.


At 19:29 on the DVD, we see that Sapphire is able to tell the age of objects when she touches them (a paranormal ability called psychometry).


At the end of the episode, the voice behind the boarded-up door of Helen's room convinces Rob to recite from memory "Goosey Goosey Gander". This is a British nursery rhyme from the 18th Century or earlier.


Memorable Dialog


you're supposed to be the diplomat.mp3

we had to sink the ship.mp3


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