Al tells Sam that he has to convince a Navy nurse that her MIA husband is still alive, but Sam keeps getting signals that he has another mission.



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Episode cast overview:
Det. Sgt. Roger Skaggs
Dirk Simon
Dan Ziskie ...
Sergeant Riley
Sierra Pecheur ...
Carol Simon
Gregory Millar ...
Leticia Vasquez ...
Hippie Girl (as Cyndi Strittmatter)
Javi Mulero ...
Taco Man
Bob Mendel ...
Hippie Boy (as Rob Mendel)
Det. Jake Rawlins


Sam leaps into the body of a newly promoted police detective Jake Rawlins. His task is to keep a woman, Beth, from falling in love with a lawyer she is about to meet. Her husband has been listed as missing in action and is in fact in a North Vietnamese prisoner of war camp. Sam doesn't quite get there in time and the two meet. He soon realizes however that Al has been less than honest with him about why it's important they not meet. In fact, Sam has leaped into Rawlins body to keep a junkie from killing his partner, Sgt. Roger Skaggs. Written by garykmcd

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9 May 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the end of the episode when Al goes to visit Beth, the stereo is playing the record Unchained Melody. This episode has a similar plot to the 1990 movie Ghost where two lovers are separated by death, which Beth believes has happened to her husband. See more »


Outside the San Diego Police Department sits a Dodge Aspen, which was produced from 1976 to 1980 and could not have existed in 1969. See more »


[last lines]
Admiral Al Calavicci: Beth, I've missed you so much. It's been such a long time - 25 years. Of course you haven't changed, but I have. I'm an Admiral now - me, the ensign, that said that anyone with a rank above Lieutenant was a horse's ass.
[Beth laughs]
Admiral Al Calavicci: Beth, you didn't hear me, did you? Oh, Beth, tell me you can hear me.
[Beth gets up and changes the record]
Admiral Al Calavicci: Look at me, Beth. Oh, Sam, why did you make me do this?
[as Beth starts slowly moving to the music, Al joins and shadow-dances with her]
Admiral Al Calavicci: I want you ...
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Georgia On My Mind
Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell
Performed by Ray Charles
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MIA - a classic!
29 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

MIA is one of the most important episodes for the series. It's premise and plot is revisited in the Series Finale, "Mirror Image." The love story between Al and his first wife Beth is set up here. It starts out a fairly mundane leap for Same, but there is something going on that Sam has yet to figure out, and Al is not telling him the whole story! It sets up the reason for the torch Al carries life-long for his first wife. The very last scene, between Al and Beth, is so beautiful, however it must be seen for the first time in it's original form, not on the newly released DVD set. The music has been changed from it's original airing form and has changed the tone and meaning of the scene quite a bit. But it remains the beginning of a superb love story.

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