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Stand Up - April 30, 1959 

As part of a Catskills comedy act trio, Sam has to convince the other two members that they are in love while saving one of them from the mob.


Michael Zinberg


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Deborah Pratt

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Episode cast overview:
Scott Bakula ... Dr. Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell ... Admiral Al Calavicci
Bob Saget ... Mack MacKay
Amy Yasbeck ... Frankie Washarskie
Robert Miranda Robert Miranda ... Carlo Degorio
Tom La Grua Tom La Grua ... Joey (as Tom LaGrua)
Mark Lonow ... Lou Collins
Wil Albert Wil Albert ... Charlie
Peter Schrum ... Trucker (as Pete Schrum)
Jon Melichar ... Emcee
Martha Jane Martha Jane ... Waitress
Rafe Battiste Rafe Battiste ... Mirror Image of Davey Parker
Rosemary Tanguinia Rosemary Tanguinia ... Maria Rose (as Rosemary Tarquinio)


Sam leaps into Dave Parker (Rafe Battiste), one half of a stand up comedy act while they are on stage at a Poconos resort. Sam knows nothing of the routine and they're bombing badly until a waitress, Frankie Washarskie (Amy Yasbeck), jumps up on stage and ad libs them out their predicament. She desperately wants to be part of the act and is actually in love with the other half of the comedy act, Mack MacKay (Bob Saget). All of their lives get a little more complicated when a mobster named Carlo Degorio (Robert Miranda) offers them a contract to perform at his club in Las Vegas. They're thrilled at the opportunity, but it's also obvious that the gangster's real interest is in Frankie. When Al (Dean Stockwell) tells Sam that Mack will disappear that night he has to be quick on his feet to get the mobster to lay off. Written by garykmcd

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13 May 1992 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode is mentioned at the end of Quantum Leap: The Leap Back - June 15, 1945 (1991). When Al is talking to Donna, he mentions that Sam is a stand up comedian in the Catskills. See more »


When Mack is dragged off after their performance, Sam chases after him and throws a punch at one of the henchmen who falls backward. Sam's punch can clearly be seen hitting nothing but air. See more »


Frankie Washarskie: [performing her own routine] I was harassed by the police, and all I was doing was walking my little poodle -... - Yeah, my little poodle, her name was Tis, and, oh, she was the cutest little teacup you ever did see. Well, I let her off her leash to use the, uh... Well, to go to the, uh... You know. Out of nowhere comes this big old black cat, and it races by, and Tis - boom! - takes off into the bushes, right after her.
Dr. Sam Beckett: This is a sad story.
Frankie Washarskie: Yeah, well, I go into the bushes and lookin' for her. ...
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References The Terminator (1984) See more »


Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Written by Otto A. Harbach and Jerome Kern (1933)
Performed by Scott Bakula
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