Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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House of No Return 

Quincy autopsies a patient who died at a hospital which houses convicts considered mentally unfit for a regular jail. Shortly afterwards, the patient's mother contacts Quincy, alleging that... See full summary »

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Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.
Garry Walberg ...
Lt. Frank Monahan
John S. Ragin ...
Dr. Robert Asten
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Danny Tovo
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Sam Fujiyama
Joseph Roman ...
Sgt. Brill
Alex Henteloff ...
Bill Carruthers
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Rawlins
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Dr. Maxwell
David Hooks ...
Dr. Hank Morris
Hank Brandt ...
Herb Saunders
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Emily Barlow
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Rocco
Blake Marion ...
Hal Benson
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Dick Alcott
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Quincy autopsies a patient who died at a hospital which houses convicts considered mentally unfit for a regular jail. Shortly afterwards, the patient's mother contacts Quincy, alleging that her son was killed after being forced to participate in a human cockfight. But can he prove her story true before more inmates end up on his autopsy table? Written by Michael-96

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11 January 1979 (USA)  »

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Far-fetched episode featuring the most evil detention center
19 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

House of No Return begins with Quincy (Jack Klugman) conducting an autopsy of a man that had been incarcerated at a psychiatric detention center. The victim's mother contends that he was killed due to the brutal practices of those in charge at the asylum which include arranging fights among the patients. Quincy finds a number of old injuries to corroborate this allegation which leads him to investigate further where he finds corruption at the highest levels of the facility and evidence of fraud, theft and murder.

While we have all seen news stories about fraud and abuse committed at prisons and mental health facilities and know that it happens, this story was just so over the top and outlandish that I had trouble taking any of it seriously. The human cockfighting scenes were the most unbelievable, how would you ever expect to get away with that or keep it quiet at a state run facility? Are we to believe that every official in charge there was corrupt and complicit in murder and not one prisoner of the dozens abused blew the whistle on them?? These scenes made for some dramatic effects, but between that and the blatant murders of prisoners being committed one after another I couldn't fathom how the place wasn't closed or put on lockdown pending investigation by the state and federal government.

Overall, a fair Season 4 episode which does feature a murder mystery but loses points for being so far-fetched and out there.


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