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I enjoy watching "Quincy" but will also be among the first to admit
that the plots were not always 100% logical. Well, so's the case with
"Diplomatic Immunity"--an entertaining but flawed show.
The program begins with the dictator of some fictional South American nation coming to the US for medical treatment. Not surprisingly, the State Department insists on tight security, as practically everyone wants this jerk dead. Oddly, however, folks in his party start dying--but not him....yet. And, because the show is called "Quincy", the US government wants Quince to do the autopsies to get to the bottom of it. The problem is that Quincy has also been subpoenaed to testify in a criminal case--and the hard as nails judge won't let him out of the trial. So, it's up to Sam and Asten to work on the case and to keep Quincy advised through periodic phone calls and after hours visits.
Logically speaking, it's hard to imagine a judge in a criminal trial not postponing the trial, a bit, to accommodate the State Department. Also, logically speaking, it's hard to imagine that there is no other coroner in the entire United States who cannot handle this case!! And, now that I think about it, the was the folks were murdered is incredibly far-fetched. Yet, oddly, the show is compelling viewing. A slightly poorer than average episode.
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Quincy M.E.: Diplomatic Immunity starts as Armando Sarejo (Rudy Solari)
the President of a small Latin American country is awaiting a life
saving liver operation in Los Angeles, together with his wife Isabella
(Ana Navarro) & the people closest to him Sarejo waits for his
operation. With security guards everywhere the much hated dictatorial
President is supposedly safe, then Marcos (Ivan Saric) his Vice
President dies suddenly of a heart attack. State department man Allen
Stewart (George Wyner) requests LA coroner Quincy (Jack Klugman)
perform the autopsy, initial finds suggest Marcos died of a heart
attack but it wasn't a natural death. With murder confirmed officials
are convinced that Sarejo was the target & have a race against time to
discover the would be assassin with Quincy using his medical skills to
try & get to the truth...
Episode 13 from season 5 this Quincy story was directed by Ray Danton & is a pretty good murder mystery themed story but it's not up there with the very best & I wouldn't call it classic Quincy. The script revolves around the potential assassination of the brutal President of a Latin American country which is fine & a good solid base but there are things which didn't really add up for me. I mean if you were trying to kill Sarejo why kill anyone else? I know killing the Vice President as well would leave power up for grabs (just killing the President would mean the Vice President would automatically become President) but it's not really made that clear in a sloppy script. Surely the murder of someone close to the President would merely have raised suspicions & ultimately tightened security & made it even more difficult to carry out your intended assassination? It's not even made clear who killed the Vice President, was it the Doctor who intended to kill the President & if it was why? Was it the fake Hospital orderly? Again if so why? Why not just kill Sarejo to start off with? The person who is responsible for those two death's is never made totally clear, the death's occur off screen so we, the audience that is, never actually find out the person behind the two murders or the reason behind at least one. Having said that Diplomatic Immunity is a decent murder mystery, it moves along at a good pace, there's no moral message to be found anywhere & most of the regular character's get a sizable role. Monahan gets to play detective & Asten gets to play pathologist as Quincy is tied up in a separate court case in a silly subplot which distances him from the main action although like the super coroner he is Quincy pretty much solves the case over the phone between the court & laboratory!
This one is well made as usual but remarkable, there's a tiny bit of action as a car speeds out of a Hospital car park & is shot at & a little bit of blood is seen. With a lot of the supporting character's from some unnamed Latin American country there are some seriously poor accents going on, some of the acting here is dire & some of the fake moustaches aren't that impressive either. The comedy ending sees Quincy sentenced to three days in prison for contempt of court which he has to serve on three consecutive Sunday's, surely he would have been in big trouble with his superiors for that & possibly even sacked?
Diplomatic Immunity is a decent if severely flawed murder mystery Quincy episode, it's not awful but it doesn't quite work either. Fans of the show should still like though as I did.
Diplomatic Immunity begins with the President of a Latin American
country (Rudy Solari) being admitted to a Los Angeles hospital for a
critical operation amidst protests and an assassin stalking him.
Despite tight security around him, his Vice President is killed and
representatives from the State Department ask Quincy (Jack Klugman) to
conduct the autopsy. When Quincy has difficulty getting a continuance
from an unsympathetic judge in the trial he is already scheduled to
testify in, he must work remotely coordinating with Sam (Robert Ito)
and Dr. Asten (John S. Ragin) in the coroner lab to determine the cause
of death and help prevent an assassination.
I found the first half of this episode to be pretty dull but then things picked up after that, too bad it wasn't enough to make up for the gaping plot holes. First of all, if the security was so tight in the hospital with the federal and local government hovering, how did an unauthorized person with a fake employee ID get in there and so close to the Latin president and his staff with no one realizing? They would have done background checks on every employee working on that floor in a situation like this, so that was ridiculous. I also didn't understand why the killer first took out two members of the presidential staff raising the awareness of everyone and creating further scrutiny rather than just taking out the intended target? Maybe this was a mistake, but since it is all done off screen we have no idea. All of this coupled with a local judge defying a State Department directive to postpone a trial for a couple of days on a matter of international security was just absurd and made it difficult for me to take this story seriously.
Although there is a murder featured in this episode, there is very little mystery as we know right from the beginning who is responsible. Definitely not a good Season 5 episode, especially from a quality standpoint.
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