Quincy M.E.: Season 4, Episode 9

A Night to Raise the Dead (7 Dec. 1978)

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During a severe rainstorm, a mudslide washes several caskets from an old and supposedly abandoned cemetery. At first things look routine as Quincy tries to identify the bodies. However, he ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Joseph Roman ...
Robert Sampson ...
David Brady
Alan Turner
Jackie Joseph ...
Claudia Turner
Dr. Dale Albers
Carlene Watkins ...
Cliff Collier
Ruth Britt ...
Carlotta Rodriguez
Jay Varela ...
Dick Morales
Victor Millan ...
Federico Rodriguez


During a severe rainstorm, a mudslide washes several caskets from an old and supposedly abandoned cemetery. At first things look routine as Quincy tries to identify the bodies. However, he discovers a recently deceased man among the corpses and even worse the body shows signs of typhoid. Unfortunately, when Quincy tries to see if anymore bodies are buried up there his efforts are blocked by a senatorial candidate who had a stake in the cemetery. Now Quince must try to cut through the red tape to not only find any more bodies, but to try to prevent a full scale epidemic from breaking out. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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7 December 1978 (USA)  »

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Interestingly, the last name of the character Greg Morris plays in this episode is Collier. Of course, the character he played on Mission: Impossible (1966) was "Barney Collier" while the character he plays in this story is named "Cliff". See more »

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Interesting episode that stands the test of time
15 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

A Night To Raise The Dead begins on a stormy night with a man going outside his home to retrieve something from his car when he finds a dead body lying next to it. The police and Quincy (Jack Klugman) are called to the scene and the body is brought back to the coroner lab where the autopsy reveals the man died from typhoid. This raises a public health concern, and as Quincy and the police return to the neighborhood where the body was found they realize that a mudslide caused the partial collapse of a nearby cemetery with coffins and corpses ending up all over the area. Further investigation indicates that some bodies with typhoid were illegally buried at the cemetery in an apparent cover up, and Quincy is determined to get to the bottom of this while also making sure that an outbreak doesn't occur.

This is a fairly decent Season 4 episode that doesn't feature a murder mystery but there is an investigation into a cover up. My only criticisms are that the plot is a bit overly morbid with dozens of coffins and dead bodies to contend with, and it also seemed that the identification of all of the corpses occurred way too quick and easy. If some of these decomposed bodies had been dead for some time and were exposed to extreme elements in the mudslide, wouldn't the process to identify them have been much more complicated and time-consuming? Apparently not here where it takes place instantaneously.

Other than that, this is a pretty reasonable and interesting story that still remains relevant today as extreme weather and destructive mudslides continue to plague the state of California on a regular basis and you could totally see this happening. It is another good example of the Quincy writers and production team creating compelling material that stands the test of time.

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