Quincy M.E.: Season 3, Episode 7

Holding Pattern (4 Nov. 1977)

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A hijacked plane lands at LAX, complete with terrorists making demands. Also on board is a deadly virus, which threatens everyone on board, including the perpetrators. Quincy must find an ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Christine Belford ...
Robert Viharo ...
Rick Traeger ...
Mr. Moana
Bonnie Johns ...
Anne Wilson
LAX Official
Peggy Crosby ...
Tracy Harris ...
TV Engineer
Jonathan Segal ...
Danny Meehan ...
Dr. Halbertson
Dolores Quinton ...
Mrs. Moana


A hijacked plane lands at LAX, complete with terrorists making demands. Also on board is a deadly virus, which threatens everyone on board, including the perpetrators. Quincy must find an antidote, while maintaining the trust of the hijackers, before it's too late. Written by Beeracuda

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4 November 1977 (USA)  »

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The aircraft shown in most exterior views is a Convair 880, a short-lived and rather unpopular type once used by around a dozen airlines. The specific aircraft shown was initially flown by Japan Airlines, and was owned by Century 2000 at the time of the Quincy episode. Subsequently, it was converted to a freighter and flown by Profit Express, Aero American Corporation, and Central American Airways, before being scrapped at Puerto Rico in 1985. See more »


The hijacked aircraft, alternately called Alpha Bravo 6367 and PLL 636, is told to land on "Auxiliary Runway Number 4". Although Los Angeles International Airport has four runways, none is named runway four. Runways take their names from their directions, and in reference to adjacent runways of similar direction. All four runways at LAX face the same direction, and when approached from the sea as in the episode, are referred to as 6L, 6R, 7L, and 7R. See more »

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A pretty dumb episode...
6 April 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The "Quincy" episode just before this one was perhaps the best of the series. Unfortanately, the momentum was not maintained for "Holding Patter" and it's a silly and poorly written show.

The show begins with a plane on the runway at the airport. It has been hijacked by terrorists and already bad things are happening aboard--one of the hostages is dead. After tossing the body out of the plane, Quincy examines him and this preliminary findings are that he died of some sort of plague! Not surprisingly, the kidnappers allow Quincy aboard to treat everyone but this cooperation soon ends and Quincy is tossed off the plane.

So far, the episode isn't bad but soon things degenerate. There is a completely artificial conflict concocted between Quincy and the hostage negotiator (Gerald O'Laughlin) and their banter is, frankly, annoying and ridiculous. Even more ridiculous is when Quincy refuses to listen to the man and sneaks back aboard the plane!! Now considering that the plane is surrounded by SWAT team members and the terrorists vow to shoot anyone interfering, this is just ludicrous. Even more ludicrous is that Quincy eventually convinces the criminals to surrender. A dumb episode from start to finish--a definite dud and a show with too much macho theatrics to be taken seriously.

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