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Quantum Leap: Camikazi Kid - June 6, 1961

June 6, 1961: Sam leaps into a teenage geek and must prevent his sister from marrying an abusive alcoholic, with the wedding only three days away. This hits very close to home, as Sam's own sister, Katie, married into the exact same situation when she was seventeen.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x8
Production Number: 65014
Airdate: Wednesday May 10th, 1989

Director: Alan J. Levi
Writer: Paul Brown (2)

Alternate Airdates:

Ireland Mar 08, 1998
France Mar 08, 1998
United Kingdom Mar 08, 1998

Guest Stars
Romy WalthallRomy Walthall
As Cheryl Wilson (as Romy Windsor)
Kevin SpirtasKevin Spirtas
As Bob Thompson (as Kevin Blair)
Robert CostanzoRobert Costanzo
As Chuck Thompson
Richard McGonagleRichard McGonagle
As Dad Wilson
Janet CarrollJanet Carroll
As Janie Wilson

Co-Guest Stars
Michael BellisarioMichael Bellisario
As Little Boy
Mary Pat GleasonMary Pat Gleason
As Mrs. Thompson
Johnny LageJohnny Lage
As Marty
Scott MenvilleScott Menville
As Cameron Wilson / Mirror
Edmund L. ShaffEdmund L. Shaff
As Minister (as Edmund Shaff)
Tom VericaTom Verica
As Impala
Brandon Quintin AdamsBrandon Quintin Adams
As Older Brother (as Brandon Adams)
Main Cast
Scott BakulaScott Bakula
As Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett
Dean StockwellDean Stockwell
As Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci


Sam arrives in a car, driving at top speed between pillars on an underpass and smoking a cigarette. He pulls off and looks in the mirror to discover that he's a teenager with a bad case of acne. Sam checks his license and discovers he's Cameron "Cam" Wilson, a 17-year-old with a taste for junk food. He goes to the local burger joint where the local gang, the Impalas, taunts him over the fact he bailed out. Cam's sister Cheryl and her fiancé Bob Thompson pull up and Cheryl tells Sam that they've been accepted into the Peace Corps and going to Tonga, and not to tell their parents. Bob kisses Cheryl and then takes a drink out of a flask. The gang starts picking on Jill, a tomboy, and Sam comes to her rescue. An angry Cheryl stalks off and Bob and his gang close in on Sam...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Betty EverettLet It Be Me (w/Jerry Butler)Sam and Jill kiss
Bobby DayRockin' RobinSam and "Michael" dancing in the bathroom
Buddy HollyOh BoySam gets tossed in the dumpster
Dion and The BelmontsThe WandererSam arrives at the malt shop
Dion and The BelmontsWhy Must I Be A Teenager In LoveSam and Jill rig the nitrous oxide
The ShirellesBaby It's YouSam in Cheryl's room

Episode Quotes
Sam: If you're going to have to quantum leap through time, you have to be ready to leap at a moment's notice... to help your fellow traveler, to be open to new friends, to eat and leap. And to expect... the unexpected.

Sam: (just after leaping in) My God, I'm a dork. A dork with teeth that could pick up radio transmissions. Oh, boy.

Jill: Cam?! Are you naked?
Al: Do the initials B.A. mean anything to you?

Sam: Al. Al! What year is it?
Al: 1961.
Sam: Great. The tail end of the most immature period in history. All the guys still drink malts, drive hot rods and wear butch wax in their hair. And the girls all have pillow fights, chat on the phone, blind dates and get their panties raided.
Al: Ah, those were the good old days.

Janie Wilson: Excuse me. What is this?
Sam: An old Playboy magazine.
Janie Wilson: Old? Miss May looks pretty fresh to me.

Al: (after Cheryl's bridal shower) Oh, Tina would look good without that on.
Sam: Al.
Al: Hi, Sam. Oh, you missed all the fun.

Sam: What are you doin' here?
Al: I'm confirming that Ziggy's data retrieval circuits are fully functional.
Sam: What?
Al: Well, you see, he predicted that Cheryl's lingerie party would start precisely at 2:07 Pacific Daylight Time. He was eight seconds off.
Sam: Al, you didn't stand in here and watch Cheryl trying all this stuff on?
Al: Well, you know, uh--if you're gonna publish, you gotta have data.
Sam: What are you gonna publish, a lingerie catalog?
Al: That's a good idea, Sam. I could do some inside research, if you get my drift.
Sam: Yeah, I get your drift. What... what else you here for?
Al: Nothing.
Sam: Nothing?
Al: Nothing, no. I thought lingerie was enough.

Mrs. Thompson: You're not going to know what to do on the day of the wedding.
Chuck Thompson: Sure I am. Drink heavily.

Sam: Leaping about in time, I've suffered some humiliation and abuse. But I can't recall anything as horrible as being forced to sit at the children's table.

Sam: I'd like to make a toast. First, to my sister, Cheryl. I just want you to know how proud I am to have you as my big sister. You're a person with incredible strength and vision. A person brave enough to answer President Kennedy's call to... "ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." I'm so proud of you for having the courage to go out and make a difference in the lives of people less fortunate than ourselves.

Al: You know, normally, I’m against spreading men’s room gossip. But in this case…
Sam: It would be criminal not to.

Al: Look what I picked up this morning.
Sam: The girl or the car?
Al: Both. I met her at the car auction. She offered to wax my hood.
Sam: Well, she looks like she does good work.

Episode Goofs
Sam looks in the car mirror and just shows his top teeth while the mirror image shows top and bottom teeth.

There is a slight difference in the clip on sunglasses of Sam and mirror image of the leapee, Cameron Wilson, at the initial leap.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDonald P. Bellisario
Executive ProducerDonald P. Bellisario
Supervising ProducerScott Shepherd
ProducerHarker Wade
Co-ProducerDeborah Pratt
Associate ProducerJeff Gourson  |  David Bellisario
EditorLawrence S. Breslow
CastingEllen Lubin Sanitsky
Unit Production ManagerPaul Cajero
First Assistant DirectorTom Connors
Second Assistant DirectorJames Dillon (2)
MusicMike Post
Music EditorMark Green
Costume DesignerJean-Pierre Dorleac
Set DecoratorRobert L. Zilliox
Director of PhotographyHenry Lebo
Stunt CoordinatorDiamond Farnsworth
Art DirectorCameron Birnie
Sound EditorSam Gemette
Sound MixerMark Hopkins McNabb
Executive Story EditorPaul Brown (2)
Costume SupervisorDavid Rawley
Main Title ThemeMike Post
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