Quincy M.E.: Season 8, Episode 2

Ghost of a Chance (6 Oct. 1982)

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When a man dies during bypass surgery, Quincy believes the operation was performed by resident instead of the renowned heart surgeon who was contracted to do the procedure.

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Joseph Roman ...
Harry Townes ...
Dr. Herb Martin
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Al Werbin
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Sarah Markham
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When a man dies during bypass surgery, Quincy believes the operation was performed by resident instead of the renowned heart surgeon who was contracted to do the procedure.

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Where's the crime?
2 June 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is yet another relatively weak episode of "Quincy". I say relatively weak because there really is no crime involved and Quincy mostly spends the show yelling and pushing for social changes--a sure recipe for a sub-par show. Although "Quincy" began as a show about forensics, over the years it became more and more a show about social issues--and in the process became far less entertaining. "Ghost of a Chance" is a great example of these less entertaining shows.

A patient dies following heart surgery. The family thinks it might be a case of malpractice, so they pay to have an autopsy. While no real incompetence is seen, the surgery appears to have been done by a different doctor than the doctor of record. The rest of the show is about Quincy's campaign against so-called 'ghost surgeries'--operations performed by inexperienced interns instead of the doctor that patients THINK are doing the job.

Because ghost surgeries might be unethical but not necessarily illegal, the impact of this episode is pretty slight. Sure, it might be a problem but it might not--so the audience is left confused and flat. Not terrible but it's hard to get excited about this one.


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