Quincy M.E.: Season 2, Episode 8

A Good Smack in the Mouth (15 Apr. 1977)

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Asten's wife picks up a 9-year-old boy out hitchhiking and both are in a car accident. Quincy finds out that the bruises on the boy's body are too old to be from the crash and is determined... See full summary »

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Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
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Joseph Roman ...
Allen Case ...
Stuart Harrison
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Martha Harrison (as Collin Wilcox)
Monica Lewis ...
Mona Duffy
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Dr. Burt Travers
Shane Sinutko ...
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Paul Lichtman ...
Dr. Griffith
Gregg Palmer ...
Sean Duffy
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Asten's wife picks up a 9-year-old boy out hitchhiking and both are in a car accident. Quincy finds out that the bruises on the boy's body are too old to be from the crash and is determined to prove that his parents are beating him, and to get them help before Joey becomes one of his patients. Written by Anonymous

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On Joey's spelling assignment, his teacher has marked as correct the misspelled words "buter" and "gathur." See more »

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Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.: Melissa, how're you feeling?
Dr. Robert Asten: Well she's got a whopper of a headache.
Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.: Well she's had you for years!
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Well meaning but a bit sloppy.
5 March 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While I enjoy watching "Quincy" reruns, the show had a few flaws. One, of course, is that Quincy was almost always angry and on a crusade. No one can do that without having a stroke!! And, why didn't Monahan, Astin and the rest believe him when he had his doubts about a case (this DID eventually happen in later episodes but it took a while)? The other problem was that a coroner cannot do 149823 different jobs like Quincy did--they'd never get the autopsies completed!! In this episode, Quincy is not only a coroner but a social worker and cop!! When folks don't act, he does EVERYTHING himself--and in reality such behaviors might have gotten him sent to jail or sued.

The show begins with Astin's wife picking up a little runaway while driving at night. Joey is VERY young and before long, the pair are in a traffic accident and are sent to the hospital. When the doctors examine the boy, they find MANY older injuries--injuries consistent with child abuse. Now at this point, you'd think the system would act--but everyone seems to make an excuse not to act in this case. So, Quincy does it all--interviewing neighbors (where he accuses the family of abusing the kid), doctors and even taking the kid home when he runs away for a second time!! No sane doctor would act this way--and it stretched realism past the breaking point. It's a shame, really, as the topic is GREAT and really needed. With a minor re-write, it could have been among the best of the series. Having Quincy angry about the abuse and pushing and pushing for prosecution would have been great--breaking confidentiality and opening himself up to lawsuits one the other hand was crazy stupid. Now I am NOT saying this is a bad episode. It's very well meaning...but a tiny bit sloppy as well. And, at least it got folks talking about child abuse--a topic seldom talked about back in 1977. Worth seeing...just a bit too preachy.


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