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Camikazi Kid - June 6, 1961 

Sam leaps into the body of a gawky teenager to keep the boy's older sister from marrying an abusive alcoholic. Taking advice from Al, Sam hopes to reveal the young man's true nature by challenging him to a drag race.


Alan J. Levi


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Paul Brown

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Bakula ... Dr. Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell ... Admiral Al Calavicci
Romy Windsor ... Cheryl Wilson
Kevin Spirtas ... Bob Thompson (as Kevin Blair)
Robert Costanzo ... Chuck Thompson
Holly Fields ... Jill
Jason Priestley ... Pencil
Richard McGonagle ... Bill Wilson
Janet Carroll ... Janie Wilson
Mary Pat Gleason ... Mrs. Thompson
Johnny Lage Johnny Lage ... Marty
Scott Menville ... Cameron Wilson
Edmund L. Shaff Edmund L. Shaff ... Minister (as Edmund Shaff)
Tom Verica ... Impala
Brandon Quintin Adams ... Older Brother (as Brandon Adams)


It's 1961 and Sam leaps into the body of a gawky, pimple-faced teenager, Cam Wilson. His older sister Cheryl represents many of the ideals of the times and is thrilled when she and her fiancé are accepted into the Peace Corps and are headed for Tonga. The fiancé, Bob Thompson, is the problem however and Sam's job is to make sure they don't get married. Bob has no plans to go to Tonga and has actually accepted a partnership in his father's car dealership. He's also a bit of a brute and has already been violent toward Cheryl. Cam tries to expose Bob for what he is by challenging him to a car race. Written by garykmcd

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10 May 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the first of many cameo appearances on Michael Bellisario. Although uncredited, he played the boy at the kid's table who told Sam/Cam he didn't have to go to the bathroom. See more »


Sam arrives on June 6, 1961, but the music heard at Pinky's Burgerland is Dion's "The Wanderer", released in November, 1961. See more »


Dr. Sam Beckett: Al. Al! What year is it?
Admiral Al Calavicci: 1961.
Dr. Sam Beckett: Great. The tail end of the most immature period in history. All the guys still drink malts, drive hot rods and wear butch wax in their hair. And the girls all have pillow fights, chat on the phone, blind dates and get their panties raided.
Admiral Al Calavicci: Ah, those were the good old days.
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Oh, Boy!
Written by Norman Petty, Bill Tilghman, and Sonny West
Performed by The Crickets (1957)
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Grease Lighting
18 January 2017 | by hellraiser7See all my reviews

This is another solid episode, it's not my favorite one but I can watch it. I really like how the episode captured the late 50's era with it's subculture of fast cars as well as the drive ins. I'll admit just looking at the drive in really made me miss those places now that they've gone extinct like the movie drive ins.

There are some humorous moments like seeing Sam meeting a kid Michael Jackson and both have a bit of a dance off, you could say gave reason to Michael's famous moonwalk. And even seeing both Jill and him installing the Nitrous Oxide and laughing infectiously.

However this is mainly serious drama about preventing a good woman making a huge mistake. I really like that there is a bit of a personal touch to this mission when we hear Sam's younger sister married out of desperation to get out of the farm. But he turned out to be an abusive scum sucker that physically abused her may'be even killed her, even though Sam doesn't directly say it from the content of the story it's possible. Hearing that and what's happening now is all the more reason you want Sam to win.

I really like the back and forth between both Sam and Cheryl. Cheryl we see is a really bright woman whom has big ambitions which are to help and make a difference in the world. I feel that's a genuine ambition because it's a selfless cause, which is something we need more of. Sam like any good person is supporting her ambition and of course trying to talk some sense into her following though and walking away from a great mistake she's about to make.

We see the guy she about to marry whom is of course a scumbag. This guy is not just abusive but lets just say celebrates a little too much despite the fact the party's already over. From his mannerism you know that Cheryl can do better. I even like a little moment when we see Cheryl in some really ugly looking wedding dress and Cheryl looks uncomfortable in it, in a way I can't help but feel that's a bad sign telling her she's with the wrong guy.

There is even a little depth on the scumbag when in the reception scene we see his father whom is just as scummy and shows the apple really doesn't fall far from the tree. You can tell this guy has had more than he can handle. From when he is making a speech he looks like he can barely maintain his balance and his words are slurring a bit. We even hear a little backstory on him and how he took his wife away from her dream. I'll admit that really boiled the blood because that's not right, preventing anyone from achieving their dreams and trying to control anyone isn't love. Hearing that also let you know what Cheryl's being in store for if Sam doesn't succeed and worst of all if Cheryl doesn't do the right thing for herself. It then comes down to a drag race which I thought was decent. And lets just say in the end it shows why Sam is the man.

If the episode has a messages it's this. If you have a dream then go for it, don't let anyone or anything take it away from you. But also don't settle for less, yeah true love is hard to find but committing to just anyone and not sharing the same strong feelings, or that person has disrespected you in anyway isn't love.

This episode like a working car is up to speed.

Rating: 3 stars

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