K Callan as Lenore MacKenzie, mother of leapee Charlie MacKenzie in "The Amerianization of Machiko" in Season 2 (ep.#3).
|Refuses to accept Machiko Mackenzie, the new Japanese wife of her 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 struck by a rock townspeople who acosted her|
|Related to:||Henry MacKenzie (husband) |
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:||K Kallan|
When Sam leaps into Lenore's son Charlie MacKenzie, who's been stationed for the past four years in Japan during the Korean War, arrives back statside in 1953 in their hometown of Oak Creek, Ohio, with a new Japanese wife, Machiko MacKenzie (Lela Lee Olsen), Al appears moments later to warn Sam that he is there to ensure that Lenore, who was shocked at the appearance of her son with a Oriental wife, accepts Machiko into the family, as she vows to Sam "That woman will never be a part of our family!"
In the original events before Sam's leap into the circumstance, Lenore was never willing to accept Machiko as her daughter in-law, largely because of racial prejudice at the time, which was also the sentiments of some of the other townsfolk, including a one named Rusty, who served in the Pacific Theater in WWII, who acosts Machiko, and drives 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 helps Lenore not only come to grips with accepting Machiko, who's still fighting for her life in he hospital room, as well as with 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 pregant out of wedlock, as she finally accepts her son's marriage to Machiko, and Machiko as well, as she unexpectedly shows up at the wedding of her son and new daughter-in-law at the local church dressed in full Japanese formal attire, in a beautiful kimono.