Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Death by Good Intentions 

When a patient at a hospital dies unexpectedly, the (black) doctor who was taking care of him is being questioned as to if he gave the patient the proper care. And also it seems that the ... See full summary »

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(as Ronald Satlof)

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Garry Walberg ...
Lt. Frank Monahan
John S. Ragin ...
Dr. Robert Asten
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Danny Tovo
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Joseph Roman ...
Sgt. Brill
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Dr. Frank Matthews
Roger Robinson ...
Dr. Eric Taylor
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Nurse Angela Davenport
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Dr. Andrew Charles
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Dr. Chester Banning
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Dr. Phil Moran
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Jerry Bremmer (as George Deloy)
Ken Martinez ...
Dr. Frank Perez
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Hedda
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When a patient at a hospital dies unexpectedly, the (black) doctor who was taking care of him is being questioned as to if he gave the patient the proper care. And also it seems that the doctor got his job cause of an affirmative action program, and if he did do something wrong, the whole program is in jeopardy. The man who spearheaded the program who is a friend of Quincy's offers to take the fall but it will cost him his job. So Quincy tries to prove the doctor didn't do anything wrong. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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26 October 1978 (USA)  »

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While looking at the printout of the chemical analysis, Quincy say, "Look at this, 4.5 milligrams per cent." It would have made sense to say "4.5 milligrams" or "4.5 per cent" but not both of them together. See more »

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Sam Fujiyama: Do you think we've got something here?
Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.: If we don't Sam, I'll kiss your Aunt Sally.
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Decent but preachy
18 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

Decent but preachy is a way to describe many episodes of "Quincy"--and these episodes are generally among the worst in the series. Instead of focusing on investigating a death, these episodes focus much more on a social issue--and the doctor stomps about preaching about some particular issue. This was the case with such topics as child abuse, spousal abuse, rape and autism. Here, the topic of affirmative action* is the subject of this episode's sermon--and it comes off as more of a message piece than a piece of entertainment. Fortunately, when the story changes and the TRUE reason for the death is discovered, the episode becomes much, much better.

So is this a great episode or terrible one? Well, some of it clearly will depend on what you think of affirmative action. If you think it's necessary and good thing, you'll probably enjoy the show more than someone who is against racial preferences. As for me, regardless of my beliefs, I just think there was too little emphasis on the killing and too much on the bloviating.

*Outside the US, folks may not be familiar with the phrase 'affirmative action'. This is a policy where there are quotas to hire or offer school admission to a particular disadvantaged group, even if their qualifications are lower than the rest of the population.


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