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 credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Arnold ...
Pat Ast ...
Lenore Mackenzie
James Oden Hatch ...
Keith Mills ...
Lionel, the Mayor (as Keith R. Mills)
Leila Lee Olsen ...
Machiko Mackenzie
Catherine Parks ...
Lady in Park
Cary J. Pitts ...
Deputy Herman (as Cary Pitts)
Clive Rosengren ...
George O'Bannen
Marjorie Stapp ...
Betty Felcher
Wayne Tippit ...
Henry Mackenzie
Chuck Walling ...
Rev. Felcher


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 bad guy who took Machiko claimed that the Baltimore Orioles were scouting him before the war. It would have been the St. Louis Browns. The Browns moved to Baltimore in 1954 and changed their name to the Orioles See more »


References The Music Man (1962) See more »


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