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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)
Laura Harrington ...
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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Al had an intellectually disabled sister named Trudy who was in a psychiatric institution. She died in 1953 at the age of 16. The institution claimed that it was due to pneumonia. See more »


The poster in Corey's room of "The Mighty Thor" was released in the late 80s, close to the time the episode's original air date in contrast to 1964 when the episode took place. The logo on the poster was designed by an artist at Marvel Comics sometime in the mid-80s. See more »


Al: Well, we been having some difficulty. Ziggy, he's, uh, going through mood swings. I think we need get a girl computer put it right next to him, one with a nice set of *hard* disks.
Sam: You would.
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References Invaders from Mars (1953) See more »


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Written by Smokey Robinson
Performed by Laura Harrington
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we could learn from this one
8 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

*this comment assumes you know the plot and will not be offended at giving plot points*

This is a great episode with more heart than actual humor and a topic and lesson we could all stand to learn from. at this point Sam's memory is still pretty swiss-cheesed but that does not affect his conscience or his knowledge of people. in all of his leaps, I'd say this is his first real struggle. it is his task here to conquer human nature in a way. let's face it we do tend to fear what we don't understand and sometimes would rather *not* see what's in front of our faces. here Sam has a chance to change that or at least improve it.

Personally, i think one of the main reasons that this is such a good episode is that in one slightly emotionally tense scene(soliloquy really) we learn a bit about Al's past and exactly why he is holding on to this case so hard. it seems that a case of mental retardation in his own family resulted not only in separation but in tragedy. separation in this sense is tragedy I know but there is more to this story point than that.

it would be an interesting psychology or human behavior lesson to watch this episode and try to determine the motives of each character before they are revealed. but watching it for the sheer force and exciting(as well as entertaining) events works too. the glimpse into the next leap that comes in every episode had me hooked to find out. perhaps it will have the same effect on you? 5 of 5 stars!

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