Frankie Washarskie (Amy Yasbeck) in the episode "Stand Up".
|Appeared on:||Quantum Leap|
|Episodes appeared in:||"Stand Up" in Season 4|
|Character played by:||Amy Yasbeck|
Frankie Warsharskie is a waitress and an aspiring stand-up comedienne who gets entangled in a dangerous predicament with a mobster who has designs on her, much to the chagrin of her male comedy partners in a comedy act trio that Sam leaps into in the Season 4 episode of Quantum Leap titled "Stand Up". The part of Mack is played by comedienne/actress Amy Yasbeck.
Frankie, a waitress at the Poconos club in The Catskills in 1959, where she also played with comedy mates Mack MacKay (Bob Saget) and Davey Parker (leapee played by Rafe Batiste), who Sam leaps into in the Season 4 episode "Stand Up", has always aspired to entertain from childhood, as she participated in many plays in grade school and high school.
Having had several comedy partners in the previous 4 years, Mack, who constantly changes the act, which frustrates all of his partners, as he has trouble opening up emotionally to those who try to get close to him, and a fear of failure in his relationships, which spills over into his relationship with his partners, most notably, the stormy love/hate relationship with Frankie, who accuses him of being cruel to women in the beginning of the episode. Frankie, who seems to be understanding of Mack's insecurities, initially has an extremely hard time getting past the standoffish, and oftentimes combative exterior of Mack's personality.
Poor Sam is burdened with the arduous task of making sure that Mack and Frankie, who constantly bicker over her role in the act, and who also act as if they can't stand one another, but are in really love with each other but cannot face it, to develop their relationship, and, in the same time try to protect the hot-tempered Mack from getting killed by mobster Carlo DeGorio (Robert Miranda) who offers them a contract to perform at his club in Las Vegas, but whose real interest is in Frankie. When Sam tells DeGorio that Frankie and Mack are engaged, he backs off of Mack, saving his neck and also helps kindle the relationship between Frankie and Mack.