Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Gentle Into That Good Night 

Quincy helps a cancer patient who is dying.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.
Garry Walberg ...
Lt. Frank Monahan
John S. Ragin ...
Dr. Robert Asten
Danny Tovo
Sam Fujiyama
Joseph Roman ...
Sgt. Brill
Dr. George Pendleton
Kay Silver
Steve Silver
Mrs. Foyt
Matthew Tobin ...
Insurance Claims Adjuster Rigoletti
Attorney Dave Bremmerhouse
Brian Foyt
Mallie Jackson ...
Ron Max ...
Mr. Rasmussen


Quincy helps a cancer patient who is dying.

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Drama | Mystery | Crime




Release Date:

16 December 1981 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is from the poem "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night," by Dylan Thomas, which begins, "Do not go gentle into that good night, / Old age should burn and rave at close of day; / Rage, rage against the dying of the light." See more »

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Keep some Kleenex handy...
21 May 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Gentle Into That Good Night" is a very tough episode of "Quincy" to watch. Normally, the show either investigates crimes or goes off on some social crusade--and it's very difficult to believe or be touched by these episodes. However, with this one, even though the setup for the show is poor, the show does pack an emotional wallop. Just be sure to have some Kleenex handy--you'll probably need them.

When the show begins, a teen with a terminal illness dies in a car crash. The insurance folks don't want to pay off the claim but when a doctor of thanatology (the study and care for the dying--Michael Constantine) intervenes, he's able to convince these folks to pay off. Quincy is so awestruck by this doctor that he decides to get some training from him--especially as he frequently needs to console bereaved family members.

To train Quincy, he's given a case involving a woman (Tyne Daly) who is terminally ill and is ready to die. However, her husband is a dreamer and he keeps hoping that some miracle will occur and she'll live. Quincy, though feeling a bit lost, is able to help both the husband and wife come to terms with reality.

All in all, the episode really is contrived BUT it's also full of wonderful emotions and acting. Because of this, I can forgive its preachy and unrealistic aspects and say this is indeed a must-see--particularly for Daly's nice performance that will be sure to rip out your heart.

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