Quincy M.E.: Season 3, Episode 5

Death Casts a Vote (21 Oct. 1977)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Crime
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The body of a man is discovered in his car in his garage, apparently a result of suicide. As a result of Quincy's investigation, it is revealed that this was not a suicide, but a homicide ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Joseph Roman ...
Beto Cruz (as Joaquin Martinez)
Robert F. Simon ...
Mr. Brady
Luis Loya (as Ronald Joseph Godines)
Jorge Cervera Jr. ...
Tony Gordon
Felicia Espinoza (as Migdia Varela)
Jerome Thor ...
TV Reporter
Don Diamond ...
Ben Marino ...
2nd Reporter


The body of a man is discovered in his car in his garage, apparently a result of suicide. As a result of Quincy's investigation, it is revealed that this was not a suicide, but a homicide meant to look like a suicide. Further investigation by Quincy leads him into a quagmire of union forces, mob bosses, and illegal immigrants - many with possible motives for murder. Written by Beeracuda

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Drama | Mystery | Crime




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21 October 1977 (USA)  »

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Average Quincy episode.

Quincy M.E.: Death Casts a Vote starts as a young woman named Felicia Aspenosa (Migdia Chinea-Varela) finds her fiancé David Brady dead in his car in his garage. Lt. Monahan (Garry Walberg) & Los Angeles coroner Quincy (Jack Klugman) are called in, at first it appears like a straight forward case of suicide by Carbon Monoxide poisoning but Brady's father (Robert F. Simon) begs Quincy to investigate further as he is convinced his son would not commit suicide. Quincy finds out that David worked for a workers union called the 'Farm Workers Alliance' & that a rival union called 'The Labour of Brotherhood' run by Tony Gordon (James Gregory) might have a strong motive for murder, as Quincy digs deeper he discovers that David was murdered but he can't find any motive as to why...

Episode 5 from season 3 this Quincy story was directed by Ron Satlof & isn't one of the show's best ever 50 odd minutes. Here in the UK workers unions aren't that powerful & pretty much a thing of the past & therefore I found it really hard to relate to the story, I found it hard to relate to the fact these unions featured in this episode have any power whatsoever & the basic concept just didn't interest me that much. The murder mystery here is alright, it starts off looking like a suicide & Quincy in his usual methodical way & medical expertise proves that it wasn't although there's a lot of co-incidences & the plot isn't that great. I also thought the identity of the killer was far too obvious, I worked it out pretty early on to be honest. Even at 50 odd minutes in length this one seemed to go on for quite a long time & isn't as fast moving as some Quincy episodes. I like the show in general so I thought it was watchable if nothing else but if your not a fan of the show then Death Casts a Vote won't change your opinion of it.

Despite featuring quite heavily during the 15 minutes Monahan then suddenly disappears & he isn't seen at all again during this episode, strange. Unusually Danny doesn't feature at all in this episode either although there's still time for a cheesy happy ending with a bad joke. The same point & shoot technique is employed here as in every other episode of Quincy I've ever seen, it certainly isn't going to win any awards for style. The acting is alright, the regulars are good but the guest cast are merely average.

Death Casts a Vote is an OK Quincy murder mystery episode, it's not the show's best but it's not the show's worst either. Fans of the series will like it, those who aren't fans of the series probably won't & it's as simple & straight forward as that.

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