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Jimmy - October 14, 1964 

Sam leaps into a young intellectually disabled man and has to keep him out of an institution.


James Whitmore Jr.


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Paul M. Belous | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
Scott Bakula ... Dr. Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell ... Admiral Al Calavicci
John D'Aquino ... Frank LaMotta (as John DiAquino)
Laura Harrington ... Connie LaMotta
Michael Alldredge ... Charlie Samuels
Ryan McWhorter Ryan McWhorter ... Corey LaMotta
Michael Madsen ... Blue
Elaine Hausman ... Mrs. Kirksey
Josh Peden Josh Peden ... Peter Kirksey
Brad Silverman Brad Silverman ... Jimmy LaMotta


Sam leaps into the body of Jimmy LaMotta a mentally disabled man, with the IQ of a 12 year-old, who has recently moved in with his brother Frank and his family. It's 1964 and there is little tolerance for integrating men like Jimmy into mainstream society. At home, Jimmy's sister-in-law is worried having him around, particularly the effect he may be having on their son. Jimmy manages to get a job on the docks with his brother but faces a great deal of prejudice from some fellow workers, particularly from a man named Blue. Blue has a secret of his own, however. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

22 November 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in Oakland, California from October 14 to October 15, 1964. See more »


In the establishing shot of the final scene when Sam/Jimmy returns to the docks to get his job back, It's the previous long shot of Sam and other unloading the bag from the freighter. You can recognize Sam adjusting his hair and cap. See more »


Al: There was a girl named Trudy. She was retarded, Sam. Her IQ was lower than Jimmy's. And all the kids in the neighborhood, they used to tease her. Kids can be cruel. They'd call her names, like dummy and monkey face. And I hated it. And I used to get in fights all the time over this. But that's what big brothers are for, right? My mother couldn't handle it. That's probably why she ran off with this stupid encyclopedia salesman. But my dad tried to keep us all together. And he was a construction ...
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Performed by Laura Harrington
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we could learn from this one
8 June 2007 | by lisafenixSee all my reviews

*this comment assumes you know the plot and will not be offended at giving plot points*

This is a great episode with more heart than actual humor and a topic and lesson we could all stand to learn from. at this point Sam's memory is still pretty swiss-cheesed but that does not affect his conscience or his knowledge of people. in all of his leaps, I'd say this is his first real struggle. it is his task here to conquer human nature in a way. let's face it we do tend to fear what we don't understand and sometimes would rather *not* see what's in front of our faces. here Sam has a chance to change that or at least improve it.

Personally, i think one of the main reasons that this is such a good episode is that in one slightly emotionally tense scene(soliloquy really) we learn a bit about Al's past and exactly why he is holding on to this case so hard. it seems that a case of mental retardation in his own family resulted not only in separation but in tragedy. separation in this sense is tragedy I know but there is more to this story point than that.

it would be an interesting psychology or human behavior lesson to watch this episode and try to determine the motives of each character before they are revealed. but watching it for the sheer force and exciting(as well as entertaining) events works too. the glimpse into the next leap that comes in every episode had me hooked to find out. perhaps it will have the same effect on you? 5 of 5 stars!

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