Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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While performing an autopsy on a man who was hit by a bus, Quincy and Sam find what looks like a pacemaker inside of him. However, when they remove the object they find out that it actually... See full summary »



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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
Edward Grover ...
Agent Niven
Katherine Moffat ...
Joanie Powell (as Kitty Ruth)
Loxie Adams
Andre Otero
Tom Williams ...
Eddie Parker
George Loros ...
Bernie Evans
Agent Brice
Miss Coroner Judge
Lew Malloy (as Nick Georgiade)


While performing an autopsy on a man who was hit by a bus, Quincy and Sam find what looks like a pacemaker inside of him. However, when they remove the object they find out that it actually was a container for diamonds that he was smuggling into the country. Quincy is then "drafted" by a pair of government agents to act as a replacement courier to try to catch the mob boss who was to receive the gems. However, Quincy soon becomes a target of a hit man who poisons him and now its a race against time to find the hit man and get an antidote to save Quincy. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Drama | Mystery | Crime




Release Date:

18 October 1979 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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After he takes down Eddie Parker, Asten revels that he was an Airborne Ranger. See more »


The faux pacemaker is clearly visible on the cadaver's chest before Quincy makes the incision to remove it. See more »


References Ellery Queen (1975) See more »

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Entertaining but lacking in credibility
12 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

Hot Ice begins at the airport with a man being poked by a cane containing a poisonous tip, but before this can take affect he walks into the path of a bus and is killed. The man who poisoned him removes a briefcase from the victim which he believes contains diamonds he was transporting. Later at the coroner lab, Quincy (Jack Klugman) conducts the autopsy and discovers that the man had diamonds surgically implanted into his body to resemble a pacemaker. The police and federal agents are called in and devise a plan for Quincy to pose as selling the diamonds to obtain evidence against the criminals who were supposed to purchase them in the first place, but Quincy refuses and heads to Las Vegas to judge the Miss Coroner's Beauty Pageant. As he arrives, though, he finds out that he is already a part of the under cover police operation.

In many ways this is a highly entertaining episode with crime, murder, underworld types and Vegas entertainment all featured. The main problem is that the whole story is so unbelievable and campy that it's hard to take any of it serious. As I was watching, I couldn't help but think that this would have made for a much better Charlie's Angels plot and there are two episodes of that series which I'm distinctly reminded of by this episode (The Vegas Connection and Pretty Little Angels All in a Row). Jack Klugman is no Farrah Fawcett, and the over the top plots just do not work as well here.

Among the silliest scenes are the ones of the Miss Coroner Beauty pageant being held at the casino, who ever heard of such a thing and what was the purpose? I think it would have added some credibility to just say Quincy was going on vacation to Vegas and got pulled into the under cover operation rather than adding this nonsense to an episode which already had too much going on anyway.

Overall, this is not a great Season 5 episode but one that you will likely find interesting and entertaining.

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