Sam leaps into a magician who must keep custody of his daughter and save her from an accidental death.



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Episode cast overview:
Maggie Spontini (as Amy F. Steel)
Steve Slater
Jamie Spontini
Judge Mulhearn
Robin Greer ...
Jean Adams ...
Mrs. Futrell
Dan Birch ...
Harry Spontini


Sam leaps into the body of Harry Spontini who, as The Great Spontini, performs as a magician in cheap nightclubs. His assistant is his precocious 12 year-old daughter Jamie who has great hopes for the act. His wife Maggie, who left Harry three years before, suddenly reappears asking for a divorce. Sam decides that he's there to reunite the family but has to re-think this idea when he learns - in a Judge's chambers - that she's actually out to get custody of Jamie as well. Al tells him that unless he can change what happened, Jamie will become a runaway living on the street. Sam's main obstacle to reuniting the family is Maggie's lawyer-boyfriend Steve. Written by garykmcd

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16 November 1990 (USA)  »

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[Jamie is preparing the Table of Death]
Jamie Spontini: I re-rigged the shackles, to open at once. It'll be a snap.
Dr. Sam Beckett: If it's such a snap, uh... why, why do they call it the... Table of Death?
Admiral Al Calavicci: 'cause two guys have died doing it.
Dr. Sam Beckett: [whispering to Al, with a twinge of panic] Two guys have died?
Jamie Spontini: But you're better than them, Harry.
Dr. Sam Beckett: [uneasily] Huh. Yeah...
Jamie Spontini: You will have an extra fifteen seconds before it hits the final latch. Then, all 900 pounds of canopy come slamming down and splattering your guts all over the place.
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