Wayne Tippit guest stars on "QL" as Henry MacKenzie, father of leapee Charlie MacKenzie, in "The Americanization of Machiko" in Season 2 (episode #3).
|Farmer in Oak Creek, OH, in 1953|
|Tries to get his wife, who refuses to accept Machiko Mackenzie, the new Japanese wife of their son, whom Dr. Samuel Beckett leaps into, and who's been stationed for the past 4 years in Japan in the U.S. Navy, to try to change her mind; she finally does when Machiko is fighting for her life in the local hospital after getting into an accident in the family truck after an encounter with Rusty one of the townspeople who accosted her and fought with Charlie|
|Related to:||Lenore MacKenzie (wife) |
Charlie MacKenzie (son/leapee)
Eileen MacKenzie (daughter/deceased, commited suicide)
|Appeared on:||Quantum Leap (TV series)|
|Episodes appeared in:||"The Americanization of Machiko" (season 2)|
|Character played by:||Wayne Tippit|
When Sam leaps into returning to the U.S. Navy veteran son Charlie MacKenzie, who's been stationed for the past four years in Japan during the Korean War, he arrives back in his hometown of Oak Creek, Ohio, with a new Japanese wife, to the shocking surprise of Henry and his wife, Lenore, whom, in the original timeline of events before Sam's leap into them, was never willing to accept Machiko as her daughter in-law, largely because of racial prejudice at the time. Henry, who seemed to be much more open minded than his wife at the prospect of their son having an Oriental wife, and they having an Asian daughter-in-law, is pleasantly treated by Machiko to a bathing of his feet, which in Japanese custom, is normal for the new daughter in law to do for her new father-in-law, as it further peeves Lenore.
It becomes Sam's mission, which Henry is supportive of, to try to get Lenore to accept Machiko into the family, which is eventually what happens after Machiko is hospitalized after getting hit by a rock while in the family pickup truck while Sam, who drove to the home of a one Rusty, a former WWII Army wet who was not fond of "them Japs", who had kidnapped her and drove her to his home, to possibly try to rape her, only for Sam, as Charlie to arrive and the two start fighting and Rusty begins throwing rocks at the two, Sam and Machiko, one of which strikes her in the Mackenzie family truck.
In the hospital, Sam, in gathering information about why Lenore is reluctant to visit Machiko, in a coma trying to recover in her hospital room, learns that Lenore still harbors grief and guilt for the death of her daughter Eileen, Charlie's sister, who faced a similar ostracism from Lenore and gossip of the townspeople because of her becoming pregnant out of wedlock, as Henry says "Some people can never forgive...not even themselves!"