Quantum Leap: Season 2, Episode 3

The Americanization of Machiko - August 4, 1953 (11 Oct. 1989)

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As a returning sailor Sam brings home a Japanese wife and must battle the prejudice of his hometown and his own mother.


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Episode cast overview:
Lenore Mackenzie
Wayne Tippit ...
Henry Mackenzie
Leila Lee Olsen ...
Machiko Mackenzie (as Leila Hee Olsen)
Naomi (as Elena Stiteler)
Chuck Walling ...
Rev. Felcher
Marjorie Stapp ...
Betty Felcher
Clive Rosengren ...
George O'Bannen
Pat Ast ...
Cary J. Pitts ...
Deputy Herman (as Cary Pitts)
Keith Mills ...
Lionel, the Mayor (as Keith R. Mills)
James Oden Hatch ...
Bill Arnold ...


Sam has to deal with racism in 1950's America when he leaps into the body of a young U.S. Navy sailor, Charlie Mackenzie, who returns home to his small mid-western town with his new Japanese bride, Machiko. Not surprisingly, there is a World War II veteran who hates the Japanese and blames the war for ruining his promising professional baseball career. The biggest opposition however comes from his own mother who simply will not accept the young woman into her home. As Sam learns, Charlie's mother is still grieving from the loss of her daughter over a year ago and feels terrible guilt at never having reconciled with her before her death. Written by garykmcd

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11 October 1989 (USA)  »

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The teaser at the end of the episode shows Sam leaping into the body of an elderly black man. This is actually from the episode Quantum Leap: The Color of Truth - August 8, 1955 (1989), which aired in Season 1. See more »


In the episode "Americanization of Machiko" which was dated 4 August 1953, Rusty says that he was in AAA ball before he went to war in the Pacific. He also says that before he went, everyone wanted him, Yankees, Orioles, etc. The Orioles did not come back to Baltimore under the Oriole name until 1954. There was a AAA ball club called The Orioles, but they were in The International League. See more »


Machiko Mackenzie: I see your mother do everything for Henry-san.
Dr. Sam Beckett: Yeah, well, um, Henry worked very hard for a long time. Uh, now he's retired.
Machiko Mackenzie: Oh. I think all men in Japan must be retired.
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References The Americanization of Emily (1964) See more »


Bridal Chorus
Composed by Richard Wagner
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