Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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...The Thigh Bone's Connected to the Knee Bone... 

In the last of the 90-minute Sunday Mystery Movie episodes (this was aired in the Friday time slot), a crook frantically steals the bones of a long-dead football player from a construction ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lynette Mettey ...
Lee (as Lynnette Mettey)
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Joseph Roman ...
Frank Hailey
Sue Courtland
Mr. Charles Trout Sr. (as Elisha Cook)
Hal Borden
Milt Jordan
Louis Guss ...
Robert Gideon (as John Chandler)


In the last of the 90-minute Sunday Mystery Movie episodes (this was aired in the Friday time slot), a crook frantically steals the bones of a long-dead football player from a construction site. But he misses a femur, and it was hit by a pistol slug. The next day, the thigh bone is discovered and turned over to Quincy and a group of medical students. Quincy uses analysis to get a complete portrait of the victim. Written by Peter Harris

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Drama | Mystery | Crime





Release Date:

11 February 1977 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The phone number on the phone in Quincy's lab is 311 555-2368, which a special 12 digit "safe number" (complete with a non-existent area code) AT&T provided for movies and TV shows. It was most commonly seen on the telephone during the opening credits of The Rockford Files. See more »


When Quincy goes to Lubbock, Texas, to trace the young man he has identified, he goes to the Medical Examiner's office. In 1977, Lubbock didn't have a Medical Examiner's office - a local pathologist did autopsies under contract. See more »

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In the compressed, 44 minute syndicated version, Tina Andrews is credited but does not appear. See more »

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I am totally confused about how long this episode is supposed to be...
5 March 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The show begins with a guard being slugged at the site of a construction dig. Apparently, some unknown person wanted access to the place so they could remove some bones from a long-dead corpse. Considering this has occurred at a university, Quincy enlists the help of some med students there to help identify the body. That's because although MOST of the bones were stolen by this unknown person, a femur was left behind accidentally. What use is an old femur and why would someone nearly kill a guard to get the bones anyway?

I noticed that IMDb says that this episode of "Quincy" ("The Thigh Bone's Connected to the Knee Bone") is the last of the 90-minute time slot shows and that it clocks in at 75 minutes. However, I have been watching "Quincy" episodes on Netflix and this one was only about 48 minutes (the standard time for all the shows after this episode). Which is correct? And, is the Netflix version a severely edited version? I assume the latter is the case, as the show seemed to jump around a bit too much--with some very abrupt transitions. My guess is that the show was trimmed down when the show was syndicated in the 1980s in order to make this one fit the standard time slot. My question then is where can I find the full-length version? The one on Netflix and the DVD is the shortened version. And, because the show is apparently heavily trimmed, this should be kept in mind when reading my review.

Because of what I said above, it's not surprising that I didn't particularly love this episode. While I really enjoy the show, this one didn't seem all that well constructed and seemed to take many logical leaps. Again, you can't necessarily blame the show--the original episode probably was a lot more coherent. All in all, passable but far from the show's best. And, after being a regular on all the previous episodes, this one marked the final appearance of Lynette Mettey as Quincy's VERY long-suffering girlfriend. She, like several others, would disappear after a while--and you assume this is due to Quincy's crazy and often dangerous life.

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