The accomplice has been identified as Janice Calavicci, the daughter of Al Calavicci – Sam Beckett’s best friend and a key player in the original Quantum Leap project. It seems Janice wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps, attempting to push her way into the relaunched initiative, but the Department of Defense had concerns about her emotional ties to Al and Sam. Refusing to take no for an answer, Janice has instead allied with Ben Song. She seems to be responsible for new coding that Ben installed into Ziggy, the supercomputer running the leaps.
Janice seems to be tied to the cliffhanger ending of the original Quantum Leap series. Apparently her father Al died last year (in the real world, actor Dean Stockwell – who played the part – sadly did pass away in 2021); Janice is wearing a commemorative ring he was given during his tour in Vietnam. This tour was a key event in Al’s life, because he left the love of his life to serve in Vietnam and was believed killed in action; his wife remarried, believing him dead. The timeline was rewritten by Sam Beckett, with Quantum Leap’s final episode giving him a chance to tell Al’s wife he was still alive. Janice likely only exists because of the Quantum Leap project, and it’s possible she’s simply trying to return a favor and get Sam back.
The end of Quantum Leap episode 1 sent Ben on another mission, this time to an incident surrounding the Atlantis shuttle. In the meantime, it’s clear the security team at the project will continue trying to figure out why all this is happening, and their attention will be focused on finding Janice as quickly as possible. Hopefully Quantum Leap episode 2 will answer some of the mysteries surrounding the character.