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Dr. Ruth - April 25, 1985 

Sam leaps into the sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer, plays matchmaker for a couple on the staff of her radio show and helps a woman deal with sexual harassment.


Stuart Margolin


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Robin Bernheim (as Robin Jill Bernheim)




Episode complete credited cast:
Scott Bakula ... Dr. Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell ... Admiral Al Calavicci
Peter Spears ... Doug Bridges / Reiser
Anita Barone ... Debbie Schaefer
James McDonnell James McDonnell ... Jonathan
Robyn Lively ... Annie Wilkins
Ruth Westheimer ... Self (as Dr. Ruth Westheimer)
Ellen Albertini Dow ... Grandma
Paul Roache Paul Roache ... Cab Driver
Mary Scheer ... Other Woman
Bridget Morrow Bridget Morrow ... Anita
Robert MacKenzie Robert MacKenzie ... Nigel Corrington


Sam leaps into Dr. Ruth Westheimer the well-known sex therapist just as she is in the middle of her radio call-in show. Al tells him he's there to help two of Dr. Ruth's staff, Doug and Debbie, to stick together. Sam thinks he's there to help a young woman, Annie Wilkins, who called into the show to say she was being pressured by her boss, Jonathan, to have sex. Sam convinces her to quit her job and Jonathan says Annie is just fantasizing. In the blue room meanwhile, the real Dr. Ruth has advice for Al who, she says, seems to go out of his way to sabotage all of his relationships. Written by garykmcd

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In the original history, Doug Bridges and Debbie Schaefer never got back together after they broke up for the fourth time. Doug eloped with Brenda Jacobs but she divorced him after six months as she only married him to help her career. Debbie got a job as a television presenter but she bombed on her first assignment and was relegated to writing for a retirement newspaper. See more »


Near the end of the episode, Al is telling Sam the wrap up. In the background, you can plainly see the phone off the hook from the earlier struggle. Next, Annie comes into the room telling Sam/Dr. Ruth that the police are on the way. Unless Annie has a second phone line in her NY apartment (or a very rare cell phone in 1985), the line would've been 'dead' and she could not have called the police. See more »


Sam: [whenever Sam's mind merges with Dr Ruth's] Now, we are getting somewhere.
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Spoofs Dr. Ruth Westheimer (1984) See more »

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28 March 2019 | by wintwinsSee all my reviews

I gave this 4 stars making it the worst episode out of a total of 97. Don't waste your time.

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19 January 1993 (USA) See more »

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