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Thou Shalt Not... - February 2, 1974 

Sam leaps into a rabbi to prevent his host's sister-in-law from falling for a sleazy author.


Randy Roberts


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Tammy Ader




Episode cast overview:
Scott Bakula ... Dr. Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell ... Admiral Al Calavicci
James Sutorius ... Joe Basch
Terri Hanauer ... Irene Basch
Lindsay Fisher Lindsay Fisher ... Karen Basch
Russ Tamblyn ... Bert Glasserman
Jill Jacobson ... Shirley Winnick
Twink Caplan ... Hannah
Magda Harout Magda Harout ... Mrs. Miriam Davitz
Freyda Thomas Freyda Thomas ... Maxine
Joie Magidow ... Woman
John J. Reiner John J. Reiner ... Rabbi David K. Basch
Milt Hamerman Milt Hamerman ... Mr. Harold Dalwitz
Jay Frailich Jay Frailich ... Cantor
Patti Pivaar Patti Pivaar ... Singer


Sam leaps into the body of Rabbi David Bosch and his mission this time around is to mend relations between his brother Joe and his sister-in-law Irene. Their marriage soured when their son Danny died in an accident and Joe blames his wife. Al's information is that Irene will have an affair in the next 36 hours that will tear the marriage apart. The only problem is that Sam thinks Rabbi David is the man she's supposed to have the affair with. He sets out to try and mend their relationship but also has to deal with Bert Glasserman, the local community Lothario. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

15 November 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Bert is dancing with Irene, he mentions that he hadn't danced in a long time. Not only is Russ Tamblyn a fine dancer but he played Riff in the ballet heavy West Side Story film. See more »


Sam: [Thinking at the family dinner table] They'd lost a son. This family was being torn apart because no one wanted to deal with Danny's death.
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Great Episode! Real and Heartbreaking!
19 July 2009 | by Telyer5See all my reviews

The emotional side of this episode really came out of left field. The beginning of the episode is lighthearted and there are some funny moments... then about halfway through the episode things get serious and the focus becomes the problems of the Rabbi's Brother's family.

Sam seems thoroughly confused throughout the first half of the episode because he is playing a Rabbi who is well-liked but of course, he doesn't know anyone so he doesn't know any of their past problems/birthdays/jokes... all that good stuff. He definitely plays it off well and these comedic moments are great, especially when Al is around!

The acting is very good and sometimes the atmosphere is thick with bitterness and regret... luckily, love seems to find it's way through and of course we have all learned that, "All you need is love!"

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