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Jimmy - October 14, 1964 

Sam leaps into a young intellectually disabled man and has to keep him out of an institution.



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Episode cast overview:
Frank LaMotta (as John DiAquino)
Charlie Samuels
Ryan McWhorter ...
Elaine Hausman ...
Mrs. Kirksey
Josh Peden ...
Peter Kirksey
Brad Silverman ...


Sam leaps into the body of Jimmy LaMotta a mentally disabled man, with the IQ of a 12 year-old, who has recently moved in with his brother Frank and his family. It's 1964 and there is little tolerance for integrating men like Jimmy into mainstream society. At home, Jimmy's sister-in-law is worried having him around, particularly the effect he may be having on their son. Jimmy manages to get a job on the docks with his brother but faces a great deal of prejudice from some fellow workers, particularly from a man named Blue. Blue has a secret of his own, however. Written by garykmcd

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22 November 1989 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in Oakland, California from October 14 to October 15, 1964. See more »


Near the beginning when we see Jimmy's reflection in the mirror, part of Sam's arm and sleeve can be seen for an instant. See more »


Al: There was a girl named Trudy. She was retarded, Sam. Her IQ was lower than Jimmy's. And all the kids in the neighborhood, they used to tease her. Kids can be cruel. They'd call her names, like dummy and monkey face. And I hated it. And I used to get in fights all the time over this. But that's what big brothers are for, right? My mother couldn't handle it. That's probably why she ran off with this stupid encyclopedia salesman. But my dad tried to keep us all together. And he was a construction ...
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Where I got hooked
29 December 2008 | by (Topeka,Kansas,USA) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure why exactly I tuned into this show in (near?)first-run in late 1989--curiosity,I suppose--but when I saw this episode,it was one of the clarified moments of television viewing that I can recall. I was,as per the summary line,hooked on this show from here on.

Dr. Sam Beckett leaps into the body/life of Jimmy LaMotta,a down syndrome adult who his being cared for by his older brother Frank,a married dockworker and father of a small boy himself. Frank's wife is very cool to their arrangement,and there's always a danger that Jimmy's condition will cause him to lose his job--he works with Frank--and be institutionalized. Sam's help and erstwhile friend,Adm.Al Calovicci,takes a a particular interest in this leap,since he's himself the sibling of an institutionalized sister with similar problems.

The performances by practically all involved--BAkula stands out,of course,but Stockwell also shines--added with a simple,effective story(set in the early-to-mid-'60s)and coupled with the fact that I,too,have family that is Autistic,made this film instantly accessible and addictive to me. It kicked off a love(maybe that's a bit strong,but you know what I mean)affair with this show that would continue on almost uninterrupted through the show's four season run. I'd be interested to see what this show's "extras" would be(assuming there are any)on the DVD. A stand-out episode!

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