Sam leaps into the body of Shane 'Funny Bone' Thomas, a biker and member of a gang, The Cobras, circa 1958. Al tells him that he's there to prevent the murder of Becky, a young idealist who shows great potential as a writer. Sometime in the next 24 hours she will be stabbed, but Al doesn't know by who. Despite Sam's several attempts to convince her to leave she refuses to do so. She's inspired by Jack Kerouac's On The Road and wants to experience life. Sam decides there's only one person who can convince her otherwise - Jack Kerouac himself.
Did You Know?
Teddy Wilson also appeared in episode 2.18 "Pool Hall Blues". He unfortunately passed away just 7 months after this episode aired. See more
When Sam crashes the bike near the beginning of the episode, Al joins him at the side of the road. In these shots Al's clothes are clearly blowing in the strong coastal wind. As a hologram, people and other objects pass right through him; the wind should not be able to affect his clothing. See more
I've got to live life if I'm going to be a writer. I've got to stay on the road.
Dr. Sam Beckett
Being on the road doesn't mean that you literally have to be on the road, I don't think. I mean I think it's more about the journey of life, maybe, and, and you can start that right here.
References The Wild One
Written by Jerry Leiber
and Mike Stoller
Performed by Elvis Presley See more