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"Quincy M.E." A Small Circle of Friends (1979)

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Original Air Date:
18 January 1979 (Season 4, Episode 12)
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Interesting episode featuring both a murder and a public health crisis See more (3 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Jack Klugman ... Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.
Garry Walberg ... Lt. Frank Monahan
John S. Ragin ... Dr. Robert Asten

Val Bisoglio ... Danny Tovo

Robert Ito ... Sam Fujiyama
Joseph Roman ... Sgt. Brill

Jo Ann Pflug ... Marsha
Raymond St. Jacques ... Dr. Charles Martin

James Keach ... Gary Harlan

Kathryn Leigh Scott ... Laura Ramsey

Cecilia Hart ... Jackie Curtis

Lee Paul ... Joe Ramsey
Albert Popwell ... 2nd Pimp
Jenny Sherman ... Gabrielle Martin
John A. Zee ... Sultan
Shawn Michaels ... Mr. Johnson
Jean Le Bouvier ... Mrs. Johnson (as Jean LeBouvier)
Richard Branda ... Doc Casey
Michael LaGuardia ... 2nd Player
Kitty Carl ... 1st Hooker
Tom Newman ... 1st Agent
Donald Bishop ... 2nd Agent
John Nolan ... Bartender
Penelope Gillette ... Woman
Stephanie Faulkner ... 3rd Hooker
Ernie Wheelwright ... 1st Player
Michael Griswold ... Man
Loren Berman ... 1st Pimp
Tommy Reamon ... 3rd Player

Episode Crew
Directed by
Peter J. Thompson 
Writing credits
Steve Greenberg (teleplay) &
Aubrey Solomon (teleplay)

Jack Morton (story) and
Steve Greenberg (story) &
Aubrey Solomon (story)

Glen A. Larson  created by &
Lou Shaw  creator

Produced by
William Cairncross .... associate producer
Charles Dismukes .... associate producer (as Charles E. Dismukes)
Peter J. Thompson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Bruce Broughton 
Cinematography by
Fred Jackman Jr. (director of photography) (as Fred Jackman)
Film Editing by
Neil MacDonald 
Casting by
William J. Kenney 
Art Direction by
Ira Diamond 
Set Decoration by
Claire P. Brown 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Wood 
Production Management
Bud Brill .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dick Erickson .... second assistant director
Jim Gardner .... first assistant director
Sound Department
James F. Rogers .... sound
Kendrick Sweet .... sound effects editor (as Ken Sweet)
Music Department
Gene L. Gillette .... music editor
Glen A. Larson .... composer: theme music
Stu Phillips .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Robert Crais .... executive story consultant
Steve Greenberg .... story editor
Victor J. Rosen .... technical advisor (as Victor J. Rosen M.D.)
Aubrey Solomon .... story editor
Marc Scott Taylor .... technical advisor

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Glen A. Larson  creator
Lou Shaw  creator

Makeup Department
Marina Hart .... key hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Slosser .... second assistant director
Candace Suerstedt .... second assistant director (1978)
Lou Watt .... assistant director
Sound Department
Laurence Abrams .... boom operator (1983)
Barney Cabral .... sound effects editor
John R. MacDonald .... sound
Roydon Clark .... stunt coordinator (2 seasons)
Gary Downey .... stunts
Dick Durock .... stunts
Harold 'Hal' Frizzell .... stunts
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts
Gene LeBell .... stunts
Dennis Madalone .... stunts
George Sawaya .... stunt coordinator
Rick Sawaya .... assistant stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Block .... camera operator
Joe Kelly .... grip
Sherman Kunkel .... camera operator
Michael R. Marquette .... assistant camera
Doug Mathias .... gaffer (1977)
Reggie Newkirk .... key first assistant camera
Other crew
Scott Aguilar .... medical consultant
Jeff Freilich .... executive story consultant
David Jacobs .... story editor (1979) (as David Michael Jacobs)
Art Scholl .... pilot (1980)
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

60 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Interesting episode featuring both a murder and a public health crisis, 19 September 2015
Author: rayoflite24

A Small Circle of Friends begins with a woman being pulled into an alley by a masked man and stabbed to death. He takes her identification with him but leaves her cash and jewelry behind. Meanwhile at Danny's, Quincy (Jack Klugman) and his latest girlfriend, Marsha (Jo Ann Pflug), are watching their favorite football team play on television. The team wins the game, and later in the locker room a player suddenly dies from an aneurysm. Quincy performs the autopsy and further identifies that the man had contracted a rare strain of gonorrhea resistant to penicillin. As it turns out, the woman who was murdered was also a carrier suggesting a connection between the two. Quincy must work with the Health Department to identify and treat anyone else who may be infected to prevent a breakout while also working with the police to find the killer.

This is an interesting episode in many ways as it weaves together a public health crisis along with a murder investigation whereas many other episodes of the series would feature one or the other as the plot. My only criticism is that the murder mystery seemed to take a backseat to the venereal disease containment for most of the episode, but otherwise I found it to be a quite reasonable and compelling story throughout. Kudos to the Quincy writers and production team for tackling a sensitive topic that most prime time dramas would have avoided back in 1979.

All in all, a good Season 4 episode entry which I would definitely recommend viewing.

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