When a young man who dies in an industrial accident because he couldn't read the hazard signs. Quincy takes on the problem of adult illiteracy. A problem that hits close to home with Quincy, when he finds that his friend can't read.

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Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
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Joseph Roman ...
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Arnold Chatham - Coroner's Investigator
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Harriet
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Jill Geary
Charles Robinson ...
Peter Lassiter (as Charles Knox Robinson)
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Hank Brandt ...
Shop Foreman Evans
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Timothy Hurley (as Sean Michael Kelly)
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When a young man who dies in an industrial accident because he couldn't read the hazard signs. Quincy takes on the problem of adult illiteracy. A problem that hits close to home with Quincy, when he finds that his friend can't read.

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26 January 1983 (USA)  »

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Quincy on the soapbox...once again.
30 June 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

There were two main sorts of episodes on "Quincy"--those which are focused primarily on crime investigations and those which were simply soapbox pieces which addressed about various social issues. Generally, these social issues programs were weaker and often they came off as preachy and annoying. While "A Loss for Words" involves the investigation of an arson, this is really secondary--the main thrust of the show is on adult illiteracy. And, like so many of the social issues shows, there really isn't much Dr. Quincy in the show.

An additional weakness in this show is the way the show takes a cheap shot at a teacher. While it is true many kids do graduate who cannot adequately read, why JUST blame one teacher? What about the other teachers, lousy neighborhoods, a school system or principals that won't allow teachers to fail students, parents who would rather sue than accept that their child is failing and many other factors?! As a retired teacher, it just seemed like a cheap shot--and too simplistic an answer to a complex problem.

Finally, I did have to laugh at the portion where Lt. Monahan was angry at the arson investigator (Gerald O'Laughlin) for rushing to judgment--something Monahan seems to do in every other episode!! Unintentionally hilarious.


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