Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Deadly Protection 

While investigating the death of a child by the family's guard dog, Quincy adopts a dog of his own.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Joseph Roman ...
Mike Snyder
Jane Snyder
Gary Rediford
Dave Whelan
Sam Groom ...
Jay Stapleton
Ray Duke ...
Benny Morgan
Bob Gooden (as Nick Georgiade)
Keri Houlihan ...
Kristin Gamboa ...
Emily Stapleton


Snyder Kennels provides the Stapleton family with Samson, a beautiful and highly trained pure blood German Shepherd. Stapleton bought Samson as a guard dog to protect the Stapleton home. On the very first day, as Mr. Stapleton inspected Samson's cage, he whacked the length of rope which previously tied the dog against his palm. When Samson suddenly leaps out of his cage and attacks little Emily, it results in her death, Quincy is nearly as outraged as the child's father. Quincy worries the child may have been the victim of a "fly by night," poorly trained kennel, but further investigation at Snyder Kennels reveals "dognapping" and switching may be involved. Autopsy of "Samson" reveals the dog had been tortured and drugged; the dog was not Samson, but an abused animal placed in Samson's stead. Quincy wants justice, so he investigates; in the process, he adopts a tiny new friend. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Drama | Mystery | Crime





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5 May 1982 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Enjoyable and very unusual.
1 June 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When I watched "Deadly Protection", I wondered if this is really a serious issue. Sure, you hear a lot about pit bulls and I've seen the statistics on people killed by these dogs, but what about trained protection dogs? Do they sometimes, like in this episode, go nuts and kill children or their owners? I am not being critical--just wondering if this is a real issue or just something made up by the folks that wrote the "Quincy" show. I do know that there really is no consistency among what constitutes a protection dog and how they are trained, as my family looked into one some time ago.

This show begins with a new protection dog being brought home by a widower. Suddenly and without warning, the dog climbs its kennel fence and attacks the man's daughter--ripping her to shreds! Quincy gets involved when he is assigned to do an autopsy on the girl. As usual, following this, Quincy is angry and on a rampage--and he vents his rage on the kennel that trained his maniac dog. However, Quincy is premature--as there is MUCH more to the case and the kennel was behaving very responsibly. So what gives? While this has less investigating than I prefer in a "Quincy" episode, it was well written and interesting. My only complaint I mentioned above--I have no idea is trained protection dogs really kill people. Regardless, it is entertaining and worth seeing. The only weakness--when Quincy wanted to talk to the media about the dog attack, they weren't interested! Surely Nancy Grace or someone like her would have shown some interest!

By the way, although Quincy's rat-like dog is a major character in this show, like so many TV shows, you never see the character again after this show!

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