Quincy M.E.: Season 3, Episode 3

A Dead Man's Truth (30 Sep. 1977)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Crime
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A young cop in the mist of inexperience decides to plant a gun on a victim that he had shot from 30 feet away. At first Quincy doubts the officers story but then finds out that not ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Joseph Roman ...
Officer Peter O'Neil
Mark Lambert ...
Officer James Wells
Roger Bowen ...
Stereo Store Owner
D.A. Jerry Douglas
Nora Heflin ...
Charlotte Crocker
Joseph Gallison ...
TV News Director
Carl Matthews
Ron Gans ...


A young cop in the mist of inexperience decides to plant a gun on a victim that he had shot from 30 feet away. At first Quincy doubts the officers story but then finds out that not everything he has said was a lie. Through his investigative techniques, he finds out that the "30 feet away" part of the officers story is true and he is set to prove it. Written by Tony A.

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Drama | Mystery | Crime




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30 September 1977 (USA)  »

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In the final scene, both Dr Asten and Quincy refer to a cause of death as "SchistoMOSiasis." The actual condition is a parasitic infestation called SchistoSOMiasis, aka bilharzia or snail fever. See more »

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Decent but unremarkable.
24 March 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"A Dead Man's Truth" begins with a couple cops entering a building that appears to have been broken into by someone. When they enter, a guy jumps out and the rookie cop shoots him. Considering it is dark and he had broken into the place, it SHOULD have been a routine investigation. However, three problems make the investigation complicated. First, the young cop panics. When he finds no gun on the dead man, he plants one on him! Second, there are powder burns on the dead guy which are not consistent with the police report. Third, there is a hotshot reporter who seems much more interested in sensationalizing everything than getting to the truth. Can Quincy sort it all out by the end of the episode?

This is only a decent episode but no more. It suffers from a few problems. Quincy seems a bit more interested in exonerating the cops than thoroughly investigating the case. And, the missing 'second bullet' is something ripped right off an earlier episode of "Dragnet" ("The Shooting Board"). And, third, Quincy declares which hand the shooter used based on their dominant hand--which is NOT always the case. While I am right-handed in almost everything I do, I shoot left-handed because my left eye is my dominant eye--as eye dominance can easily determine which hand you use to fire a hand gun. Enjoyable but flawed.

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