Lots of plot holes, no mystery and a dejected Quincy
Expert in Murder begins with a man visiting his mobster father in jail and hinting around at a scheme to get him acquitted at his upcoming trial. They put their two part plan into action by first having the eyewitness murdered while dining at a restaurant and then leaving planted evidence that leads the police and Quincy (Jack Klugman) to the wrong suspect. When Quincy later provides testimony in court which is discredited as the accused reveals an iron clad alibi, this shakes his confidence and makes him question his capability. Meanwhile, the police and District Attorney become concerned about the viability of the other murder case as Quincy also provided the medical analysis which that trial hinges on as well.
I found this to be an OK episode with a few problems. First off, aren't all jailhouse conversations over the phones in the visiting area usually recorded and/or monitored? Maybe this wasn't standard practice back in 1982 when this episode was filmed in comparison to today, but if so, the police should have been able to figure out what the mobster and his son were up to much sooner with that thinly veiled discussion of a hit. I also found it pretty ridiculous that the hit was done in a crowded restaurant full of people at dinnertime. There were more than enough people there that could overpower the shooter and all that someone had to do was pull off his stocking mask to see his face and the whole scheme would have been up in smoke. Since the eyewitness was on a date with a woman, it would have made much more sense to carry out the crime in the parking lot or something with the woman still being a witness and able to corroborate that he wore the discarded stocking mask to the police. Furthermore, I found it pretty stupid that someone was brought to trial with no realization by the prosecution that he actually had an irrefutable alibi being at such a public party with government officials. Seriously, did the police do any investigation of where this suspect had been before going into court?? Given the fact that it was Lt. Monahan (Garry Walberg), probably not!
I've noticed that Marc Scott Taylor hasn't appeared in the last handful of Season 7 episodes, but he is credited as a writer here behind the scenes. While there are some interesting aspects to this story, there is no mystery whatsoever as we see the set-up and who is responsible right from the start and combined with the plot holes, I think that I prefer the affable Marc in front of the camera helping out Quincy and Sam (Robert Ito) in the coroner lab rather than as a writer. The scenes in the beginning and the conclusion are pretty entertaining to watch, but the majority of this episode is filled with a lot of legal and political wrangling which I didn't enjoy as well as a dejected Quincy who is no fun to watch.
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