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Quantum Leap: The Americanization of Machiko - August 4, 1953

August 4, 1953: Sam leaps into a sailor returning home with his Japanese bride, Machiko. He has to face the prejudice of his mother and a scheming, manipulative ex-girlfriend so that they accept his wife.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x3
Production Number: 65406
Airdate: Wednesday October 11th, 1989

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Guest Stars
Patrick Massett
As Rusty
K Callan
As Lenore MacKenzie
Wayne Tippet
As Henry MacKenzie
Leila Hee Olsen
As Machiko MacKenzie
Elena Wohl
As Naomi (as Elena Stiteler)

Co-Guest Stars
Chuck Walling
As Reverend Felcher (Reverend Earl Felcher)
Marjorie Stapp
As Betty Felcher
Clive Rosengren
As George O'Bannen
Pat Ast
As Dolores
Cary J. Pitts
As Deputy Herman (as Cary Pitts)
Keith Mills
As Lionel / Mayor (Mayor Lionel EllisLionerl)
Bill Arnold
As Charles MacKenzie / Mirror
Main Cast
Scott Bakula
As Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett
Dean Stockwell
As Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci
Episode Notes
This leap is to four days before Sam's birth on August 8, 1953.

The title of this episode is taken from the 1964 film The Americanization of Emily starring James Garner and Julie Andrews.

Patrick Massett (Rusty) would later play Ralph Beaumont in "A Single Drop of Rain - September 7, 1953".

K Callan (Lenore MacKenzie) and Leila Hee Olsen (Machiko MacKenzie) would later appear in the Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman episode "Chi of Steel" together. They played Martha Kent and Lin Chow respectively.

Episode Quotes
Sam: I could use a couple new shirts..... um, you wanna drive into town?
Machiko: You teach me to drive a car? Charlie-san! Yes, please!

Al: The only thing that would shock her would be a cattle prod.

Machiko: (to Mayor Ellis) Congratulations on your prosperity. You and your wife are very, very fat.

Al: You know, I just love weddings...maybe it's because I've done it...(counts on fingers) five times.
Sam: Al, I'm sweating here.
Al: You didn't the first time.
Sam: (shocked) I'm married?
Al: (smirks) Just kidding.

Machiko: Good brakes, nay?
Sam: Must be made in Japan.

Sam: Oh my God! I'm Popeye!

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDonald P. Bellisario
Executive ProducerDonald P. Bellisario
Main Title ThemeMike Post
Warning: Quantum Leap season 2 episode 3 guide may contain spoilers
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