Quantum Leap: Season 1, Episode 8

Camikazi Kid - June 6, 1961 (10 May 1989)

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Sam leaps into the body of a gawky teenager to keep the boy's older sister from marrying an abusive alcoholic. Taking advice from Al, Sam hopes to reveal the young man's true nature by challenging him to a drag race.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Romy Windsor ...
Cheryl Wilson
Bob Thompson (as Kevin Blair)
Chuck Thompson
Dad Wilson
Janie Wilson
Mrs. Thompson
Cameron Wilson
Edmund L. Shaff ...
Minister (as Edmund Shaff)
Older Brother (as Brandon Adams)


It's 1961 and Sam leaps into the body of a gawky, pimple-faced teenager, Cam Wilson. His older sister Cheryl represents many of the ideals of the times and is thrilled when she and her fiancé are accepted into the Peace Corps and are headed for Tonga. The fiancé, Bob Thompson, is the problem however and Sam's job is to make sure they don't get married. Bob has no plans to go to Tonga and has actually accepted a partnership in his father's car dealership. He's also a bit of a brute and has already been violent toward Cheryl. Cam tries to expose Bob for what he is by challenging him to a car race. Written by garykmcd

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Dr. Sam Beckett: The girl or the car?
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Dr. Sam Beckett: Well, she looks like she does good work.
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Cute and Effective
26 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A sweet story unfolds here with Bakula playing the part of Cam who must find a way to convince his sister not to marry a guy who is an abusive alcoholic. There's another story line about a girl who has a crush on Cam but is bashful as she is beautiful. She hasn't even been kissed by a boy yet! It comes down to a drag race for pink slips so Cam can show what a loser her fiancé is both literally and figuratively. Thanks to a bit of cheating using nitrous oxide to increase Cam's car's acceleration, Cam wins the race and saves his sister after she sees how violent he became after losing the race.

Combine those with some drag-racing and you have yourself a pleasant, effective episode that will put a smile on your face.

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