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 ...
Mayor Lionel Ellis (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 »


The date of this episode is August 4, 1953. But Sam can only leap within his own lifetime (apart from the civil war episode), and Sam's birthday (as shown in the final episode "MIrror Image") is August 8, 1953 (11:30 Indiana time). It could, however, be argued that he was alive inside his mother... 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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