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How the Tess Was Won - August 5, 1956 

Sam finds himself as a veterinarian who has to compete as a cowboy to win the heart of a cowgirl heiress.


Ivan Dixon


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Deborah Arakelian




Episode complete credited cast:
Scott Bakula ... Dr. Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell ... Admiral Al Calavicci
Lance LeGault ... Chance McGill
Kari Lizer ... Tess McGill
Marshall R. Teague ... Wayne
Scott Fults ... Buddy Holly
Sloan Fischer Sloan Fischer ... Dr. Daniel Young


Sam leaps into the body of a Texas veterinarian, Dr. Daniel Young who carries a torch for a local ranch owner's daughter, Tess McGill. She has a stubborn streak and refuses to marry any man who is unable to out-ranch her. She makes a bet with her Dad that she will give Young one week to prove he can be a better rancher than she is and if he does, she will marry him. Young's helper at the veterinary practice, Buddy, proves to be a bit of a surprise. Written by garykmcd

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14 April 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A poker hand of three aces and two eights is called a 'dead man's hand'. Legend has it that when Wild Bill Hickock was murdered during a poker game he was holding two pair, aces and eights, all black cards - the fifth card not specified. See more »


When Sam looks in the mirror, the person he leaped into is wearing glasses while Sam isn't. See more »


Dr. Sam Beckett: [Declining Tess' hand in marriage, after successfully riding Widowmaker and thus winning the bet] Thanks, but no thanks. I just, uh... I wanted to see if I could ride him, not her.
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References How the West Was Won (1962) See more »


Peggy Sue
Written by Buddy Holly, Norman Petty, and Jerry Allison (1957)
Performed by Scott Fults
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Why did he go back? What was his purpose??
13 March 2019 | by mrdonleoneSee all my reviews

So anyway one can wonder what the movie was about of course it was in the movie it was a television Siri but even so that even worse because the television series should be straight to the point in here to the point was that we didn't know the point until the very end and then again we needed to think about it but if the point is that something would happen already is the way we know it in real life then why would a man go back the way that to go to fix something which isn't needed so the question is of course why did he come back if you don't know it and that is the whole point yeah really so if you get to the point that you start to realize for this about then we don't know it anymore.

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