Quincy M.E.: Season 1, Episode 3

A Star Is Dead (28 Nov. 1976)

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Clara Rhodes finds her daughter, movie star Roberta Rhodes, dead in her bedroom, apparently of an overdose. Quincy remains unconvinced. Then Paul Reardon, a journalist, tells Quincy he can ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lynette Mettey ...
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Joseph Roman ...
Paul Reardon
Roberta Rhodes
Mrs. Clara Rhodes
Phillip R. Allen ...
Floyd Baker
Kario Salem ...
Freddie Voss
Frank Marth ...
Roy Keefer
Congressman Charles Sinclair
Peter Palmer ...
Lance Tucker


Clara Rhodes finds her daughter, movie star Roberta Rhodes, dead in her bedroom, apparently of an overdose. Quincy remains unconvinced. Then Paul Reardon, a journalist, tells Quincy he can prove Congressman Charles Sinclair was with Roberta the night she died. Sinclair is an old friend of Quincy's, so Quincy must face the unpleasant possibility that his old friend may be linked to a murder. Quincy must sort through a maze of lies and half-truths to discover what really happened. Written by CommanderBalok

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Drama | Mystery | Crime




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28 November 1976 (USA)  »

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At the final session of the coroner's inquest, Quincy launches into a tirade about how the star's death WAS murder; the sleazy tabloid publisher had hounded the starlet into taking the pills. When Dr. Asten says that the overdose of pills was self-induced and that he will refer possible perjury charges to the police (which is the only thing he could reasonably say), it becomes clear that Quincy was inciting somebody to pull a literal Jack Ruby and gun down the tabloid publisher, which is just what happens about a minute later. Anyone doing this for real would probably wind up in a prison cell for a very long time. See more »


References A Star Is Born (1937) See more »

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Preachy Quincy....not a good thing.
2 March 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have always been a big fan of "Quincy" but I am not blind to the fact that sometimes the shows were a little preachy. "A Star is Dead" is the first of these episodes where the Doctor is clearly on a soapbox and, at times, it's a bit annoying.

The show begins with an actress (Donna Mills) being discovered dead of a possible overdose. However, there are some complications. A politician (Robert Foxworth) who just happens to be an old friend of Quincy is involved AND the dead lady's mother (June Lockhart) is accusing this man of murder! To further complicate things, a sleazy editor of a tabloid newspaper (William Daniels) is sticking his nose in where it doesn't belong. So what really happened? There area couple serious problems in this episode. First, in nearly every case, Quincy is hesitant to assume anything and the cops don't want to consider any options. Here, however, it's the other way around--Quincy is VERY fast to write it off as a suicide even though there is ample reason to think it might not be a suicide! This is VERY inconsistent. Second, and I mentioned it above, is the preachiness. The final portion of the show is set at a coroner's inquest and instead of a real inquest, it's just Quincy stomping up and down and talking about how the newspaper sucks! While this might be true, this is NOT what an inquest is all about and it made me cringe. Overall, the first weak episode of the series. Fortunately, it's just an aberration and the show generally was enjoyable and well written.

Although another reviewer has pointed out that he's seen pared down episodes of "Quincy", the series, in its entirety, is on DVD.

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