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The Wrong Stuff - January 24, 1961 

Sam leaps into a chimpanzee used in the early days of the space program and has to save a fellow chimp from testing that will result in his death.



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Episode cast overview:
Dr. Leslie Ashton
Dr. Frank Winger
Albert Stratton ...
Dr. Tucker
First Military Officer
Second Military Officer


Sam leaps into Bobo, a chimpanzee-in-training for the manned space flight program in 1961. Bobo is under the care of Dr. Leslie Ashton who is trying to prove that "her" chimps can do almost anything a human could do. Al tells him that it is essential that he be one of the two chimps selected for spaceflight otherwise Bobo will be found dead with a severe head trauma. Unbeknown to Dr. Ashton, a colleague is experimenting with crash helmet durability using the chimps as crash test dummies. When Bobo isn't selected for the space program it looks like he's done for and if Sam can't leap before the helmet test, it's the end for him as well. Written by garykmcd

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6 November 1991 (USA)  »

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This is the only time that Sam leaps into a non-human. See more »


Al talked about his being an Astronaut, and said he was on an Apollo mission which orbited The Moon. The time of the manned Apollo orbital missions occurred in late 1968 and early 1969, at which time Al was previously established as being a POW, or at least serving in the Vietnam War. While at the time NASA recruited Military Personel to be Astronauts, it is unlikely, if not impossible that Al would seemingly go straight from working for NASA to be sent by the Navy for combat service. See more »


Sam: [narrating] Even though my memory was Swiss-cheesed, I couldn't forget the early days of the space race. In our mad dash to beat the Russians, we quickly put together a space program, and shot anything and everything up into the air. I only hoped I wouldn't be one of the anythings.
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References The Right Stuff (1983) See more »

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