"Rebel Without a Clue"
September 1, 1958
Episode Adopted by: R. Joy Helvie
Leaping into the "Gang Clown" of a biker gang on the road, Sam must prevent the stabbing of the gang leaders' girlfriend, who Sam believes does not belong on the open road and must be set free. A visit to Jack Kerouac, a famous American writer, might help matters...
BROADCAST DATE: November 30, 1990
PLACE: One hour south of Big Sur, California
DATE: September 1, 1958
LEAPEE: Shane "Funny Bone" Thomas
"Jailhouse Rock" -- Elvis Presley
"The Great Pretender" -- Freddie Mercury
"Be-bop-a-lu-lu" -- Gene Vincent (?)
Sam meets and talks to Jack Kerouac; Kerouac in turn unwittingly helps Sam finish his Leap.
**Sam doesn't know how to ride a 'cycle.
**Sam tells Ernie that he lost someone, but got him back; he is likely referring to saving Tom--which means he remembers it during this Leap.
**Al knows tons about bikes; his "first car" was a bike. It was a '48 Harley Knucklehead.
**Jack Kerouac's writings--especially "On The Road"--changed Al's life. Al talks about how during 1958--his Plebe year at Annapolis--Kerouac gave a reading at St. John's College. Al and some of his friends went to the reading, and afterward they all partied into the night with Kerouac.
1) red dress shirt with black triangular design along the button line
black slacks with sparkly, starrish white dot design
brown belt with silver buckle
black bolo tie
2) white dress shirt
dark navy blue slacks
weird silver clip on collar
maroon and navy blue mottled vest with white buttons
Al briefly mentions the girls he would ride with way back when.
Teddy Wilson also played Jimmy Grady in "Pool Hall Blues"
I like this episode because it has some great dialogue between Scott and Dean. Also, it deals a lot with Jack Kerouac, and knowing that Dean was a beatnik, I'm sure this episode held some nice meaning to him as well.
SAM: Don't tell me you were a biker, too?
AL: Uh, well, my first car was a bike. I had a '49 Harley Knucklehead.
SAM: Named after you?
AL: I'll pretend you didn't say that.
SAM: Is there anything you *haven't* done, Al?
AL: Well, there's one thing that's impossible to do on a bike.
I love it when Al is talking to Sam about "On The Road". It really feels that it was more of Dean talking rather than Al.
In Sci-Fi Channel's syndicut of the episode, they showed the first two guest cast names at the beginning, then cut out all the other opening credits! I had to search IMDB and the Internet to find all the other guest cast names and who wrote & directed the episode!
Diedrich Bader's first name is spelled "Dietrich" in the opening credits.
JACK KEROUAC: On the wheel of life, we all go around. We are many people (looks at Sam) at many times.
**Diedrich Bader went on to become most famous for his role as Oswald on "The Drew Carey Show".
**Josie Bissett was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1996. She played Jane Mancini on the popular show "Melrose Place".
Teddy Wilson, who played "Ernie Tyler", passed on in Los Angeles on July 21, 1991 from AIDS.
Becky: Josie Bissett
Dillon: Dietrich (Diedrich) Bader
Ernie Tyler: Teddy Wilson
Mad Dog:Mark Boone Junior
Jack Kerouac:Michael Bryan French
Shane Thomas (mirror): Kristopher Logan
Biker: Joshua Cadman
Donald P. Bellisario
Randy Holland & Paul Brown
Nick Harding & Paul Brown
James Whitmore, Jr.
Velton Ray Bunch
Robert E. Pew
Director of Photography:
Bradley B. Sik A.S.C.
James S. Giritlian
Unit Production Manager:
1st Assistant Director:
2nd Assistant Director:
Executive Story Editor:
Ellen Lubin Sanitsky
Robert L. Zilliox
Mark Hopkins McNabb
Supervising Sound Editor:
Panaflex camera and lenses by PANAVISION
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