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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Joseph Roman ...
Dr. Frank Matthews
Roger Robinson ...
Dr. Eric Taylor
Elsa Raven ...
Nurse Angela Davenport
Dr. Andrew Charles
Dr. Chester Banning
Hari Rhodes ...
Dr. Phil Moran
Jerry Bremmer (as George Deloy)
Ken Martinez ...
Dr. Frank Perez


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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Drama | Mystery | Crime




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26 October 1978 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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A social cause with a side of rehashed murder plot
12 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

Death by Good Intentions begins at a hospital where a man is rushed into surgery after coming through the ER. Shortly after the surgery is successfully completed, the man dies of a heart attack inexplicably and Quincy (Jack Klugman) conducts the autopsy. His findings determine that the patient died as result of errors in treatment by the hospital staff, but no one can pinpoint exactly who was responsible. Most of the suspicion falls on a young African-American doctor working in the ER who initially treated the patient and this leads to his suspension. To further complicate matters, this doctor was hired through an affirmative action program which may be in jeopardy if he is responsible for the patient's death, but Quincy suspects that there might be more to the death than doctor error.

I would characterize this as a fair Season 4 episode that does feature a murder mystery along with a social cause. The problem I have with it is that the social cause seems to be much more in the forefront than the actual murder which seems pretty backwards. Granted, it does take some time for Quincy and crew to determine that a murder has taken place in this episode, but it just seemed like way too much time time was spent on the affirmative action program issues which ended up having nothing to do with the crime. I also thought the plot was very similar to that of the Season 3 episode Valleyview which also featured an angel of death type story, so it is not very original.

There are some Quincy episodes that do a great job of blending a murder mystery plot in along with a social cause, but I wouldn't say that this is one of them.

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