"Animal Frat"

Leap Date:

October 19, 1967

Episode Adopted By: Xeen
Additional info provided By: Brian Greene


Sam finds himself in a fraternity with the nickname "Wild Thing" and is informed by Al that he is there to prevent a student from setting an explosion that kills someone on campus in protest of the Vietnam War.


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TV Guide Synopsis
Leap Date

Name of the Person Leaped Into

Music Artists
Project Trivia
Sam Trivia
Al Trivia

Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode
Al's Women

Miscellaneous Trivia
Kiss with History

Broadcast Date
Guest Stars
Guest Cast Notes
Personal Review
Best Scenes
Say What?
Quotable Quotes

Regional titles for this episode



Production # 65417

TV Guide Synopsis:
When Sam leaps to 1968 as the wildest brother on frat row, he must prevent an antiwar radical from making the fatal mistake of blowing up the chemistry building. Duck: Darren Dalton. Will: Raphael Sbarge. Guna: Brian Haley. Sam: Scott Bakula.

Leap Date:
Thursday, October 19, 1967

First Broadcast Date (in the USA on NBC):
January 3, 1990 (Wednesday)

Air Date in Germany on RTL:  April 19,1991
Air Date in France on M6: October 20, 1993

Knut "Wild Thing" Wileton

Meeks College, California


"Louie, Louie" (The Kingsmen)
"Surf City" (Jan and Dean)
"La Bamba" (Richie Valens)
"Wild Thing" (The Troggs)
"I Can't Help Myself" (The Four Tops)

Project Trivia:
Al is seated next to Sam.  Is there a chair in the imaging chamber?
The episode title came from the movie "National Lampoon's Animal House", also about a fraternity.

Sam Trivia:
His brother died in Vietnam.

He was 16 when he was in College. He had fun theorizing on Quantum Theory at the time.

Sam is able to calculate complicated algebra in his head rapidly.

Al Trivia:

Al's favorite occupation in College was to get to the girls' dorm and throw water bombs using a tyre.

Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode:
* Black jacket, green shirt, dark slacks, lighting pin, white and black tie, belt with shiny buckle, white shoes.

* Black vest, orange shirt, reddish tie, white slacks, golden shoes

Al's Women:
Al (of course) likes Elizabeth!

Miscellaneous Trivia:

Written on Knut's door : "Wild Thing lives here. Trespassers will be eaten".

Kiss With History :

On October 20, several hundred people marched to the Justice Department in Washington DC to turn in a thousand draft cards. On October 21, thousands of people demonstrate against the Vietnam war in Washington DC. The coordinator was Jerry Rubin (co-founder with Abbie Hoffman of the anarchist radical 'Youth International Party'). Sam Beckett refers to Hoffman in the show.

Regular Cast:

Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell as the Rear Admiral Albert Calavicci, aka Al, the observer

Guest Cast:    

Stacy Edwards as Elisabeth Spokane
Raphael Sbarge as Will
Darren Dalton as Duck
Brian Haley as Guna

Stuart Fratkin as Hags - See the chat transcript featuring this actor on the Al's Place online community messageboard!

Robert Petkoff as Scooter
Edward Edwards as Professor Davenport
Jacqueline Citron as Emily
Kristen Citron as Cindy
Hope Marie Carlton as Woman #1
Shannon Terhune as Woman #2
Michael Giambrone as Frat Boy
Brian Leckner as Frat boy
David Pressman as Frat boy
Jeff Benson as Knut "Wild Thing" Wileton (Mirror image)

Guest Cast Notes:

Raphael Sbarge was in Star Trek Voyager and Profiler. He played small parts in ID4 and Pearl Harbour (with Brian Haley.)

Kristen Citron and Jacqueline Citron are twin sisters.


Chris Ruppenthal


Gilbert Shilton

Executive Producer:

Donald Bellisario

Associate  Producer:

David Bellisario

Executive Story Editor:

Paul Brown

Music by:

Mike Post

Contributing Musical Composers:

Vlton Ray Bunch & Jerry Grant

Supervising Producer:

Deborah Pratt
PM Belous
Robert Wolterstorff


Paul Brown
Jeff Gourson
Chris Ruppenthal

Produced by:

Harker Wade

Director of Photography:

Michael Watkins

Production Designer:

Cameron Birnie

by Alan Shefland

Unit Production Manager:

Ron Grow

First Assistant Director:

Ryan Gordon

Second Assistant Director:

Rob Mendel


Ellen Lubin Sanitsky

Set Decorator:

Robert L. Zilliox

Costume Designer:

Jean-Pierre Dorleac

Costume Supervisors:

David Rawley
Donna Roberts-Orme

Sound Mixer:

Mark Hopkins McNabb

Stunt Co-ordinator:

Diamond Farnsworth

Camera and Lenses by PANAVISION®

Best Scene:

Sam's face is priceless when he breaks into the girls' dorm with his fellow frat members and finds out that he's eventually having fun. Being too young and an egg head when in college, he never had that kind of opportunity.

Personal review:
A comical episode, despite the seriousness of the background story (Vietnam war, death of a student). Sam must put aside beer and women and go against his fellow frat members to prevent the blowing up of the lab.
Starting with this episode, the ending credits will feature a summary of the show.

Reviewer Summary:
Trapped in the body of Knut "Wild Thing" Wileton, the typical frat jock, Dr Sam Beckett  finds himself in college again. Once he has been vomited upon, it is only to discover two girls in his bed and his new self as a member of Tau Kappa Beta Fraternity. Apart from coaching a freshman, his mission is to prevent the death of a student in the bombing of the chemistry lab. He must win the confidence of an attractive radical student before she takes her anti-Vietnam war protest too far and open her eyes on her activist boy friend. Eventually, he will save Knut who would have ended up as a paraplegic.

Say What?

Sam bumps into Al during the cherry bombs scene.

In the library, there is a book called "Fundamentals of Surveying" which wasn't written until 1985. Another book, "Men Know Your Symptoms" was not published until 1986.

The timing of Al's countdown for the bomb doesn't add up in real time.

Quotable Quotes:
Spoken like a true martyr.
-- Al, "Animal Frat"

Deceptively smart people need to be watched.
-- Doug, "Animal Frat"

You're a triple A, superduper, overachiever type personality.  Unless you're reinventing the wheel every 33 seconds you're not happy.
-- Al, "Animal Frat"

Maybe I could just jump off a cliff instead.
That would mean you were smart enough to find one.
-- Sam and "Duck", "Animal Frat"

No one has fun all the time. Not even me.
Well, *there's* a news flash.
-- Al and Sam, "Animal Frat"

Sam, if ya want to leap, ya gotta . . . leap!
-- Al, "Animal Frat"

I'm trapped in the body of a Troglodyte!
-- Sam, "Animal Frat"

Wait, don't tell me, I'm a PE major with a minor in .. underwater hotel management!
No, you're a physicist with a shot at the Nobel prize ... only kidding!
-- Sam and Al, "Animal Frat"

What, are you afraid of what Abbie Hoffman will say if you go to a party?
Who's Abbie Hoffman?
-- Sam and Elisabeth, "Animal Frat"

Did I do this sort of thing in college?
You were 16 when you went to college . . . you were a meganerd.
-- Sam and Al, "Animal Frat"

Regional titles:
Germany: Make love not war
France: Le sauvage
Italy: La Confraternita degli Animali

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