Quincy M.E.: Season 4, Episode 12

A Small Circle of Friends (18 Jan. 1979)

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While performing an autopsy on a football player who died from an aneurysm, Quincy notices that he also had an especially drug resistant strain of gonorrhea. Quince and Sam are then loaned ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Joseph Roman ...
Stewardess Marsha
Raymond St. Jacques ...
Dr. Charles Martin - Dept. of Health
Gary Harlan
Laura Ramsey
Stewardess Jackie Curtis
Quarterback Joe Ramsey
Albert Popwell ...
2nd Pimp
Jenny Sherman ...
Gabrielle Martin
John A. Zee ...


While performing an autopsy on a football player who died from an aneurysm, Quincy notices that he also had an especially drug resistant strain of gonorrhea. Quince and Sam are then loaned out to the health department to try to find any women he may have been involved with before a full scale epidemic breaks out. Also, Quince looks into the murder of a prostitute who also was infected with the virus. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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18 January 1979 (USA)  »

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20 April 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Although this episode is complicated and a bit preachy, it is a decent show and talks about the dangers of STDs--in this case, penicillin-resistant gonorrhea. However, the show also has many detours and crimes--and, in some ways, they tend to soften the impact of the STD angle.

The show begins with a woman being stabbed to death down a dark alley. Soon, in a locker room following a pro football game, a guy has a stroke and dies. Somehow these two incidents are related. Through the course of the show, Quincy learns that there is a penicillin-resistant STD and he is volunteered by Asten to assist the health department in tracking down the infected. At the same time, Quincy and Monahan (who is as dumb as ever in this one) work on the murder to determine who is responsible.

This is a preachy social issue episode--and these are usually not among the best. But, it is very positive because it was one of the earliest shows to talk about sexually transmitted diseases. I noticed another reviewer didn't appreciate how the show never talked about condom use, but considering it was 1979, it was amazing they talked about STDs at all--let alone condoms. In context, the show was good. My only real complaint is that the STD angle was interesting but the murder seemed to be wrapped up amazingly easily...too easily. But, it is worth seeing.

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