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
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Sam speaks "seven modern languages and four dead ones" including Japanese (which he uses in this episode). Other languages he speaks are English, French, Spanish and German. He can not speak Italian or Hebrew (that's what Al is for). He can read Egyptian Hieroglyphics. 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