Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Bitter Pill 

When a high school student drops dead at basketball practice, Quincy is drawn into an investigation in the dangers of "pep" pills and legal lookalike drugs and the problems in regulating the sales of such items.

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Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
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Danny Tovo (credit only)
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Joseph Roman ...
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Keith Zagner
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Paramedic Mike Garber (as George DeLoy)
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State Sen. Al Stevenson
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Mrs. Irene Jordan
Michael LeClair ...
Ross Yates
Dana Gladstone ...
Basketball Coach
Garnett Smith ...
Austin Wooster
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Police Sgt. LeBatt - Narcotics
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Craig (as Jeb Adams)
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When a high school student drops dead at basketball practice, Quincy is drawn into an investigation in the dangers of "pep" pills and legal lookalike drugs and the problems in regulating the sales of such items.

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6 January 1982 (USA)  »

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An episode of WKRP in Cincinnati came out 18 days later regarding a similar plot; a vendor selling these types of pills that was to advertise on the station. See more »

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News reporter Larry Carrol is listed as playing Wenkel, however during the show he refers to himself as Larry Carrol. See more »

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Soap box Quincy.
21 May 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is yet another episode of "Quincy" where the show is essentially a soap box for Dr. Quincy to yell and preach about yet another social ill. These sort of episodes are usually among the worst of the series--and this one is no exception.

The show begins with a basketball player taking some legal lookalike drug. However, it reacts badly and the kid is dead. Quincy is shocked AGAIN when he learns that such knockoff drugs are perfectly legal, as their ingredients are all available over the counter. However, the combinations and strengths make them potentially dangerous. So, Quincy mobilizes the community to drive a scum-bag retailer (Simon Oakland) of these pills out of town.

Apart from an autopsy early on, this episode is one long harangue by Quincy and it becomes tiresome and all too familiar. On top of that, such drugs STILL are sold today--as when one is discredited and taken off the market, another is sure to follow. The bottom line is that this particular show is not the least bit entertaining--just preachy and formulaic. Quincy is best when he's investigating murders, not on his soap box.


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