Quincy M.E.: Season 4, Episode 21

An Ounce of Prevention (22 Mar. 1979)

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Quincy discovers a construction worker died due to pollution in the ground under his home a classic crusading Quincy episode



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Joseph Roman ...
Skip Homeier ...
Paul Sellers
Todd Johnson (as Michael Anderson)
Dr. Bellson
Tony Larson
Kent (as Jordon Rhodes)
Mel Carter ...
EPA Official
Barbara Baldavin ...
Mrs. Roselli
Gino Ardito ...
Frank Roselli
Joseph V. Perry ...
Carl Ladin (as Joseph Perry)


Quincy discovers a construction worker died due to pollution in the ground under his home a classic crusading Quincy episode

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22 March 1979 (USA)  »

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The submarine shown in the episode, marked "Maui Divers", is the Makali'i. Maui Divers is a Hawaiian company which specializes in coral and pearl jewelry, and it used the sub for coral harvesting. Originally owned by General Dynamics' and called Star II, Makali'i was given to the University of Hawaii as a tax write-off in the early 1970s, and leased to Maui Divers until 1981. The 17.7-foot sub had a crew of two, and could dive to a maximum of 1,200 feet. It was retired in the late 1980s, and is now on display at Maui Ocean Center in Wailuku. See more »

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Pretty good except for the ridiculous coincidence near the end.
21 April 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"An Ounce of Prevention" is an episode clearly inspired by Love Canal--a neighborhood near Niagara Falls that was closed in the 1970s due to it being discovered to have been a landfill for Hooker Chemicals. Because it posed such a huge danger, families were moved out and it made the national news in the mid-late 1970s. Birth defects, early deaths and the like made the place unlivable.

In this show, a construction worker begins acting bizarrely and falls to his death. It turns out that exposure to pesticides led to this death. Upon further investigation, it turns out the neighborhood where the guy lived is buried on a waste dump! At first, the company that was responsible hides behind their lawyers, however, when birth defects, liver damage and other problems are documented, they uncharacteristically agreed to clean up everything and cover the costs (this is no evil corporation in this episode). But, in a ridiculous coincidence, a bunch of barrels that SHOULD have been buried there are discovered to be leaking off shore. I say ridiculous because they were dumped decades before and began leaking and killing folks only just after the initial problem was discovered. Still, it's a decent episode--one that is unusual in that everyone seemed pretty nice--even the 'bad guys'.

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