By Their Faith begins with Quincy (Jack Klugman) and Sam (Robert Ito) being called in to Dr. Asten's (John S. Ragin) office where an Archbishop (Rene Enriquez) of the Catholic Church asks for their assistance in determining if the remains of a body found in a Mexican town were those of a saint. Quincy and Sam make the trip to the primitive area and join a team of archaeologists and pathologists from around the country who are analyzing the remains. The possibility of this being a sacred burial ground has attracted large groups of people seeking miracle cures for their ailments, and the young woman, Jacinta Gonsales (Eugenia Wright), who discovered the remains believes she has been given healing powers to help them. Quincy becomes very concerned over the dire situation of these people not seeking out traditional medical treatment in hopes of divine intervention and implores his colleagues to wrap up the investigation as quickly as possible.
Let me start out by saying that there is no shortage of stupidity in this episode which made me thoroughly dislike it. First off, we have a church leader in Mexico traveling all the way to LA to ask in person that two of the best people in the coroner lab go down there for an unspecified amount of time to participate in an archaeological investigation where there is already several qualified professionals working on it. At any other time, Dr. Asten would be freaking out at the prospect of this bemoaning how the busy LA coroner lab would not be able to function without Quincy and Sam for an extended period of time, but not here as he cheerfully sends them on their way. I found this to be so out of character and ridiculous, especially after we've seen Asten flip out in so many prior episodes when Quincy goes AWOL for a few hours.
Then we have some well-intentioned but naive girl thinking that she has been granted divine powers in healing people because she found some remains which have not even been confirmed yet as those of a saint. This along with throngs of critically ill people foregoing medical treatment and flocking to this site to be cured by her just put this plot in the territory of absurd for me. The parents of the young boy should have been brought up on charges of child neglect for bringing him to that site instead of taking him to a hospital for treatment of his leukemia. I also found the character of the sensationalistic reporter to be extremely poorly written as he does a complete 180 from an unethical hack to a benevolent, altruistic humanitarian in less that 30 minutes of air time. Complete nonsense all around!
This is among the worst episodes of the series that I've seen from a credibility standpoint and I do not recommend it unless you are a tried and true Quincy fan that wants to see it all.
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