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The Americanization of Machiko - August 4, 1953 

As a returning sailor Sam brings home a Japanese wife and must battle the prejudice of his hometown and his own mother.

Director:

Gilbert M. Shilton (as Gilbert Shilton)

Writers:

Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Charlie Coffey
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Scott Bakula ... Dr. Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell ... Admiral Al Calavicci
K Callan ... Lenore Mackenzie
Wayne Tippit ... Henry Mackenzie
Leila Lee Olsen Leila Lee Olsen ... Machiko Mackenzie (as Leila Hee Olsen)
Elena Wohl ... Naomi (as Elena Stiteler)
Patrick Massett ... Rusty
Chuck Walling Chuck Walling ... Reverend Earl Felcher
Marjorie Stapp ... Betty Felcher
Clive Rosengren ... George O'Bannen
Pat Ast ... Dolores
Cary J. Pitts Cary J. Pitts ... Deputy Herman (as Cary Pitts)
Keith Mills Keith Mills ... Mayor Lionel Ellis (as Keith R. Mills)
James Oden Hatch James Oden Hatch ... Eugene
Bill Arnold Bill Arnold ... Charlie Mackenzie
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Storyline

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 garykmcd

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TV-PG
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Trivia

This episode takes place in Oak Creek, Ohio from August 4 to August 7, 1953. See more »

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When Charlie is being embraced by his father in front of the signage at the bus station, a woman is seen in the foreground out of focus passing from right to left. Just after that, Machiko can be seen approaching them to within a couple of feet, seen through the windows of the truck. See more »

Quotes

Henry Mackenzie: Some people can never forgive. Not even themselves.
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Connections

References The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) See more »

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Bridal Chorus
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Composed by Richard Wagner
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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1989 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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