Quincy M.E.: Season 1, Episode 1

Go Fight City Hall... to the Death (3 Oct. 1976)

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Quincy investigates the rape and murder of a civil servant; he finds a rash of murders and a political conspiracy.

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Lynette Mettey ...
Lee (as Lynnette Mettey)
Garry Walberg ...
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John S. Ragin ...
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Joseph Roman ...
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Dr. Rivera
Hari Rhodes ...
Deputy Mayor Collins (as Harry Rhodes)
Denny Miller ...
Ben Chase
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Bower
Dimitra Arliss ...
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Rick Podell ...
Peter Gordon
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Asst. City Controller Harold P. Marcus
Marjorie Battles ...
Marilyn
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A woman dies, her neck broken. Police locate an obvious suspect but Quincy remains skeptical. Assistant Controller Marcus hangs himself but his perimortem injuries only further convince Quincy that all is not as it appears. What he cannot understand is why City Hall seems so uninterested in finding this particular murderer... Written by CommanderBalok

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In the syndicated version, the episode was cut down from 90 minutes (when it originally aired under the NBC Sunday Mystery Movie umbrella) to 60 minutes. In addition, the familiar Quincy opening credit sequence replaced the network-commissioned NBC Mystery Movie opening credits and theme music by Henry Mancini. See more »

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In the scene where Quincy and his girlfriend Lee survey the area in Mexico where the first victim was killed by driving over a cliff, a panoramic view of the area beyond the cliff shows that it fronts on the ocean with only water visible. But when Quincy's is later thrown from his car as it is being pushed over the same cliff, a glimpse of the area in the distance shows a large city (probably Los Angeles, not Mexico) with no water in the scene. See more »

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[addressing a group of police recruits]
Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.: Gentlemen, you are about to enter the most important and fascinating sphere of police work: the world of forensic medicine, where untold victims of many homicides will reach back from the grave and point back a finger accusingly at their assailant.
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Good Premiere Episode
21 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

Go Fight City Hall -- To the Death! was the premiere episode of Quincy as it first appeared in the NBC Mystery Movie series. Dr. Quincy (Jack Klugman) is introduced as the LA coroner who is called to a crime scene on the beach where a young City Hall employee has been found raped and murdered. The police immediately think that they have the killer in custody when a man with the victim's purse is shot and apprehended a few miles away, but it doesn't add up for Quincy and he begins to conduct his own investigation inside and outside the coroner lab despite pressure from the police and his boss, Dr. Asten (John S. Ragin), to complete his autopsy report. Shortly after a visit to City Hall to learn more about the victim, another city employee who refused to meet with Quincy is found dead and this confirms Quincy's suspicions that this wasn't a random act of violence and that the sinister activity is being perpetrated by city officials at the highest levels.

I found this to be a good premiere episode of the series which tells an interesting story about murder and government corruption, and although filmed in 1976, the plot lines stand the test of time and remain engaging. We are first introduced to the primary characters of the series in this episode who would remain throughout the entire run of the series and act pretty consistently as they are portrayed in the beginning which is nice to see in terms of consistency. I also like Quincy's girlfriend, Lee (Lynette Mettey), in the early episodes and found their pairing much more enjoyable than the eventual relationship he ends up in later in the series. Lee's calm, quiet demeanor and private way of handling her frustrations with the constant interruptions on their quality time together due to Quincy's demanding job was written and played out perfectly in my opinion. It's a shame that she didn't stick around for the entire series run like the others.

It is also to be noted that several scenes from this premiere episode were featured in the opening theme sequence used for later episodes once Quincy became a series. Since this premiere episode aired under the NBC Mystery Movie series, you can definitely see the similarities between Quincy and Columbo as the opening and closing credits roll which are practically identical in format. This was modified for the syndicated version of this episode for consistency and the episode was also shortened to run in the one hour format.


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