Quincy M.E.: Season 4, Episode 5

Images (2 Nov. 1978)

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The world's most successful female television journalist appears to have been killed in a motel fire. But when the woman walks into the press conference where Quincy is announcing the cause... See full summary »

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Nun
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The world's most successful female television journalist appears to have been killed in a motel fire. But when the woman walks into the press conference where Quincy is announcing the cause of her death, people begin to question Quincy's competence. He has dental and x-ray evidence that support his findings, but when he starts hounding the journalist, trying to figure out who she really is, his career is in jeopardy. Written by TychaBrahe

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"Quince... sometimes your a genius." Classic Quincy episode.

Quincy M.E.: Images starts late on night as Los Angeles coroner & chief medical examiner Quincy (Jack Klugman) arrives at a burnt down motel room where a badly burnt body has been found, all the evidence points to the body being that of the highest paid TV reporter on the box Jessica Ross (Jessica Walter). With everyone waiting with baited breath as whether it was Ross Quincy calls a press conference where he announces that the body recovered was indeed that of Jennifer Ross but just after he confirms it a woman bursts into the room claiming to be Jessica Ross, Quincy is shocked as all the physical evidence points to the body being Jennifer Ross but a person who looks exactly like Ross is alive & well standing right in front of him. Quincy has caused the department a lot of embarrassment & puts his own job on the line to prove one way or another that Jennifer Ross is dead & that an impostor has taken her place...

Episode 5 from season 4 this Quincy story was directed by Ray Danton & continues the generally high standard of season four, well as long as you try to forget about A Test for the Living (1978) anyway. The basic premise here is very intriguing & it hooks you straight away, this woman who all the physical evidence points to being dead is apparently alive & well. It's a just a great story & again show's the wide variety of story lines Quincy as a show had & that it could come up with something a bit different from the norm to make what would otherwise be a basic murder mystery slightly more interesting. Like most episodes Quincy has to put his professional reputation on the line to prove his instincts & findings but unlike most episodes he comes under real threat here as he is suspended from his job & will be fired so there's even more at stake than usual. It's not an absolute classic though, the story is a little predictable as the whole twin thing is the only way the writers could go. Also it's a stretch to think that a twin of one of the most famous people in America wouldn't be recognised, in fact Dr. Asten brings that very point up early on & no satisfactory explanation is ever given for it. Then there's the fact that Quincy broke into Jessica's dressing room to look for evidence & was caught, OK so he turned out to be right but he still broke the law & wouldn't the acting of breaking & entering & an illegal search be just as harmful to his reputation (maybe more so) as making a mistake based on the evidence at hand?

As usual this is competently made but not much to look at. Now there's the traditional comedy moment happy ending at Danny's which is expected but where the hell did Quincy get a chimpanzee!? Did he just borrow it? Did he say to the local zoo 'I want to insult my mate Danny by comparing him to a chimpanzee so can I borrow yours?'!? I mean what the hell does a chimpanzee have to do with anything anyway? The acting is alright with veteran film & TV actor Whit Bissell who has almost 300 separate film & TV credits making a small appearance as a Beverly Hills doctor.

Images is a good solid murder mystery Quincy episode, OK it's even more far fetched than usual & one has to say it's a touch predictable since there's only one way the story can go which does hurt it a bit. Still a good episode though & worth watching.


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