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Roberto! - January 27, 1982 

In the role of a "Geraldo" type journalist, Sam and an asthmatic woman try and uncover the truth about what is going on at a local chemical plant.


Scott Bakula


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Chris Ruppenthal




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Bakula ... Dr. Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell ... Admiral Al Calavicci
DeLane Matthews ... Jani Eisenberg
Alan Oppenheimer ... Earl Skinner
Jerry Hardin ... Ed Saxton
Michael Heintzman Michael Heintzman ... Tim
Marcus Giamatti ... Rick Upfield
Donald Gibb ... Jeeters (as Don Gibb)
Barbara Tarbuck ... Esther
Laura Schlessinger Laura Schlessinger ... Self
Charles Dougherty ... Man with Glasses
Dennis Fimple ... Red Norton
Victor Talmadge Victor Talmadge ... Foreman / Hank
Sherri Lynn Rothman Sherri Lynn Rothman ... Dawn
Gregg Binkley ... Deputy


Sam leaps into the body of Roberto Guttierrez, host of a local TV talk show that specializes in sensationalisitc stories. His friendly wager with a reporter at the station, Jani Eisengerg, that he can do serious reporting as much as anyone takes a dangerous turn when they visit a new plant being built in the area. She thinks he should be doing the story about UFOs and aliens that was called into the station but he soon realizes that there is something sinister going on at the plant. When an informant is killed, they manage to use his pass to get into a secret area and learn why aliens have been seen and sheep have been disappearing. Sam tricks the plant manager into appearing on his show to nab him. Written by garykmcd

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In the original history, Jani Eisenberg was killed on January 29, 1982. See more »


During Sam and Jani's live television report, Roberto Guttierrez is seen but Sam's voice is heard. See more »


[Sam - as Roberto - has been head-butted during one of his talk shows]
Earl Skinner: How's the bean? Still in one piece?
Dr. Sam Beckett: Okay. Yeah.
Earl Skinner: Good, huh? Hey... hey, maybe you could do it again tomorrow. That'd be killer.
Admiral Al Calavicci: This is Earl Skipper. He's the station manager and the news director.
Earl Skinner: We should capitalize on this thing - you know, play it for all it's worth. Maybe we could even build a few shows around it, huh?
Jani Eisenberg: I'll tell you what. Why don't you lie down in the parking lot and I'll accidentally back over you with my ...
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Smooth & Cool
13 November 2015 | by derrickbeliveauSee all my reviews

Bakula directs and it turns out great. Stockwell is solid once again. Co- star DeLane Matthews nails it, as well. Brings me back to the 80's, in a good way. Smart writing, solid acting, and a fun pace with surprises here and there. This episode stands out in this season for being more lighthearted and fun, while keeping the seriousness, mystery, and suspense notable for the series. For a show primarily about entertainment, "Roberto!" gives us morality with humor, sex appeal, and intelligence. Camera angles, pacing, characterization reveals, and clues are delivered with precision and care by Bakula as director. Too, his acting doesn't waver. Another bonus is the extra shots of the host that Dr. Sam Beckett is embodying.

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11 March 1992 (USA) See more »

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