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Roberto! - January 27, 1982 

In the role of a "Geraldo" type journalist, Sam and an asthmatic woman try and uncover the truth about what is going on at a local chemical plant.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jani Eisenberg
Earl Skinner
Ed Saxton
Michael Heintzman ...
Rick Upfield
Man with Glasses (as Don Gibb)
Laura Schlessinger ...
Red Norton
Victor Talmadge ...
Foreman / Hank
Sherri Lynn Rothman ...


Sam leaps into the body of Roberto Guttierrez, host of a local TV talk show that specializes in sensationalisitc stories. His friendly wager with a reporter at the station, Jani Eisengerg, that he can do serious reporting as much as anyone takes a dangerous turn when they visit a new plant being built in the area. She thinks he should be doing the story about UFOs and aliens that was called into the station but he soon realizes that there is something sinister going on at the plant. When an informant is killed, they manage to use his pass to get into a secret area and learn why aliens have been seen and sheep have been disappearing. Sam tricks the plant manager into appearing on his show to nab him. Written by garykmcd

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11 March 1992 (USA)  »

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In the original history, Jani Eisenberg was killed on January 29, 1982. See more »


This episode is set in 1982, but in the studio offices, there is an issue of the Weekly World News with Jeffrey Dahmer on the cover. Jeffrey Dahmer was unknown until his 1991 arrest and the photo on the cover was taken during one of his subsequent court appearances. It appears in the background of the studio offices just after Jani catches Sam talking to Al and thinks he is talking to himself. Jani takes a call and the Weekly World News cover can be seen behind her and to the right. See more »


Jani Eisenberg: I'll tell you what. Why don't you lie down in the parking lot and I'll accidentally back over you with my car. Probably we can get a whole week out of that!
Admiral Al Calavicci: Sam, Roberto would never let her get away with that. Try this...
Dr. Sam Beckett: What's the matter, did you fall off your broomstick this morning?
Admiral Al Calavicci: Stay on her, Sam.
Dr. Sam Beckett: And what earth-shattering news are you working on this week?
Jani Eisenberg: Gas stations that promise full service but don't deliver.
Admiral Al Calavicci: [sarcastic] Now there's a national emergency.
Dr. Sam Beckett: [snatching up a phone] Get Me ...
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References The Geraldo Rivera Show (1987) See more »

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Smooth & Cool
13 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

Bakula directs and it turns out great. Stockwell is solid once again. Co- star DeLane Matthews nails it, as well. Brings me back to the 80's, in a good way. Smart writing, solid acting, and a fun pace with surprises here and there. This episode stands out in this season for being more lighthearted and fun, while keeping the seriousness, mystery, and suspense notable for the series. For a show primarily about entertainment, "Roberto!" gives us morality with humor, sex appeal, and intelligence. Camera angles, pacing, characterization reveals, and clues are delivered with precision and care by Bakula as director. Too, his acting doesn't waver. Another bonus is the extra shots of the host that Dr. Sam Beckett is embodying.

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