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October 3, 1954: Sam leaps into a mental patient just as he is undergoing a high electric shock therapy dosage, which brings out several of the personalities Sam has leaped into in the past. It becomes increasing harder for Al to communicate with Sam and if he and Doctor Beeks can not figure out how to get Sam out, he will be stuck there forever.
Sam leaps into a man who is strapped to a gurney. Butch, a male nurse, calls Sam Beederman, hits him, and says nobody gets away with hitting him. A nurse, Chatam, comes in and asks what Butch is doing. and realizes he's going to administer shock treatment to Sam. Chatam tells him to wait while she gets Dr. Masters. However, Butch sets the charge too high and administers the shock treatment...Read the full recap
This is one of only two episodes to feature a reference to Irish playwright and poet Samuel Beckett, the namesake of the main character. The second is "Liberation - October 16, 1968
For his performance in this episode, Scott Bakula won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Series.
Al: Sam, uh, you're Sam Beederman. You're in Havenwell Hospital for... "a cute"... "a cute"... I hope it's a nurse. "Acute depression."
Nurse Chatam: What's he looking at?
Tibby: The guy! The... the guy in the red jacket.
Al: You can see me?
Tibby: Sure. Nice jacket.
Al: Oh, great. I'm tuned into little kids, I'm tuned into dogs, and now I'm tuned into the mentally absent! Why not blondes?
Sam: Who are you?
Al: I'm Al. I'm your buddy. I gave you your first break. And you're the only person that believed in me when I gave up believing in myself. You brought me on this project.
(Tibby tries to touch Al)
Al: Hey, keep your hands out of me, will ya? God.
Tibby: Uh... I got to check my medication.
Tibby: Well, what is it like in the future? What is it like? I mean, is it... is it real clean? Are there cars that float on air?
Al: No, uh, the air is filthy and and the cars are still on the ground. But we're working on it, Tibby.
Sam and Al: Oh, boy!
Oh, great. Now they think you're Sybil.
Sam is referring to "Sybil Dorsett," the pseudonym under which Shirley Ardell Mason was treated for multiple personality disorder, or dissociative identity disorder as it came to be known. A book was published of her exploits in 1973, a movie released in 1976 starring Sally Field
as Sybil, and another movie in 2007 starring Tammy Blanchard