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Glitter Rock - April 12, 1974 

Sam becomes a member of a rock band who is stabbed to death after a concert by one of a long list of suspects.



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Episode cast overview:
Flash McGrath (as Jonathan Gries)
Philip Silbart
Robert Bauer ...
Elizabeth Whitcraft ...
Sandy (as Liza Whitcraft)
Sharon Martin ...
Dorrie Krum ...
Bob Cady ...
Bruce Michael Paine ...
Jeffrey Mole / 'Tonic'


Sam leaps into the body of Jeffrey Mole, a 1970s rock musician and member of a band that has as its trademark heavy makeup. Al tells him that in two nights time, a crazed fan will stab and kill him. The fan in question, 16 year-old Philip Silbart, is emotionally disturbed and has run away from several foster homes. Strange things begin to happen however - like a stage prop falling on his head - which leaves Al and Sam wondering if someone other than Philip may be out to get him. Sam begins to suspect the band's business manager of fiddling the books but it also turns out that Jeffrey is probably Philip's father. Written by garykmcd

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10 April 1991 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Priscilla Silbart died in 1970. See more »


In the sequence where Sam is waylaid in his hotel room by the three young fans, the television set is playing the news. Once he has rid himself of them and is talking to Al, we still hear the television playing in the background, however, as the camera pans across the room, the TV is turned off. See more »


Admiral Al Calavicci: I told you! The lead is Flash! He's the killer, and he doesn't wanna kill you about his songs, he wants to kill you because of that girl, that Sandy!
Dr. Sam Beckett: Al, you've been certain about three different people!
Admiral Al Calavicci: Yeah, but this time I'm REALLY certain! And now you don't have to know who to look for, because it's definitely HIM! Or... Dwayne. Or, or... Philip.
Dr. Sam Beckett: You done?
Admiral Al Calavicci: Definitely.
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »


Rock the Redhead
Performed by Scott Bakula as Tonic with King Thunder
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Sam can really sing
22 July 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode was always one of my favourites as it showed that Sam/Scott is a very good singer and the face make-up was great, in fact I found Tonic/Sam/Scott more attractive with it on it gave a air of mystery about the character. I also found I was singing Rock the Redhead more than once several days after seeing the show.


having seen the entire five seasons at least twice - admitted several years apart I find the idea of a time traveller 'putting right what once went wrong' very appealing. I hope we can one day have an updated version of the adventures of Sam Beckett (not forgetting Al of course) but with the same actors - after all it was mentioned once or twice in various episodes that both Al and Sam aged several years as the project continued, so why not seeing Sam and Al as they are after ten or so years of Sam's leaping in time.

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