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The Right Hand of God - October 24, 1974 

Sam leaps into a boxer that is owned by a convent of nuns who need him to win a boxing match to finance their new chapel.

Director:

Gilbert M. Shilton (as Gilbert Shilton)

Writers:

Donald P. Bellisario (created by), John Hill
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Bakula ... Dr. Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell ... Admiral Al Calavicci
Guy Stockwell ... Jake Edwards
Michelle Joyner ... Sister Angela
Teri Copley Teri Copley ... Dixie
Alex Colon ... Gomez (as Alex Cólon)
Nancy Kulp ... Sister Sarah
Lewis Arquette ... Father Muldooney
James Cavan James Cavan ... Chalky
Roger Hewlett ... Tiger Joe Jackson
Michael Strasser Michael Strasser ... Clarence 'Kid' Cody
Vinnie Curto Vinnie Curto ... Link
Danny Valdivia Danny Valdivia ... Ring Announcer (as Daniel Valdivia)
Rocky Giordani ... Bartender
George King George King ... Black Fighter
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Sam Beckett leaps into the body of a boxer who has a shot a winning the championship. The man's contract is owned by local nuns who inherited his rights from a boxing promoter and their hope is that they could make enough money to build a chapel and drop-in center for the poor. What they don't know is that the boxer's 10 bout winning streak is the result of fixed matches and an unscrupulous boxing promoter now wants him to take in dive in the championship bout. Sam comes up with a clever solution that he hopes will satisfy all parties. Written by garykmcd

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TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1989 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This episode takes place in Sacramento, California from October 24 to October 30, 1974. See more »

Goofs

During the running scene, Sister Angela isn't wearing a wedding band, which nuns traditionally wear because they are married to God. See more »

Quotes

[his life in the 70's]
Sam: Great. I'm on the take, I wear polyester clothes and I live above a bar in an apartment decorated like a gym.
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Connections

References The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) See more »

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Takin' Care of Business
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Written by Randy Bachman
Performed by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
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Beefcake and Brothers and Nuns, Oh My!
22 November 2009 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

"The Right Hand of God" marks a rare pairing of the acting Stockwell brothers -- lean, wiry Dean and bloated, bearish Guy. The script doesn't allow them to play much off each other but seeing them together, even casually, adds a note of lustre to this episode which is built on a contrived but likable mixture of gangsters, pugilists, and faith-filled nuns. What's more, there's an engaging "Marilyn Monroe" turn by Teri Copley as well as one of the last appearances by Nancy Kulp of "Beverly Hillbillies" fame. Perhaps the chief attraction here, however, is a generous helping of "beefcake." In the boxing ring and afterwards, in his dressing-room, 34-year-old Scott Bakula gets to show off to good effect his bare torso, complete with hair-covered pecs and a coating of hard-earned sweat. There's also a glimpse of the boxer whose life he's temporarily usurping -- played by an even more hirsute Michael Strasser -- and then there's the climactic match against a boxer played by Roger Hewlett who provides another generous helping of male pulchritude in beefcake-form. And Hewlett's white! Hey, two white guys battling for a boxing championship! Is this a fantasy or what?


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