Quincy M.E.: Season 6, Episode 3

Last Day, First Day (19 Nov. 1980)

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A lawyer, who also was a small time coke dealer, is murdered by a group of crooks who inject him with a lethal dose of cocaine. The killers then try to make it look like an accident by ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Joseph Roman ...
Harry Townes ...
Dr. Gilbert Moore
Dr. Harriett Bowlin
Will Kuluva ...
Rabbi Hyan Lochman
Bill Beyers ...
Tony Moore
Maria O'Brien ...
Ethel Rainier
Sylvia Walden ...
Mrs. Tealy
Barry Cahill ...
John Clavin ...
Doctor - Conference Room
Jimmy Sturtevant ...


A lawyer, who also was a small time coke dealer, is murdered by a group of crooks who inject him with a lethal dose of cocaine. The killers then try to make it look like an accident by putting him in his car and having it drive off the road and explode. However, the plan goes awry when the victim is thrown from the car before it explodes. The killers then blackmail the son of one of Quincy's colleagues to try to get him to get his father to fix the autopsy so that there is no trace of cocaine in his system. When Quincy finds out what happens he tries not only to save his friend's reputation, but possibly his life. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Excellent and worth seeing for Quincy's amazing sensitivity.
12 May 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Last Day, First Day" begins with some dirt-bags setting up a murder to look like an accident. However, the body flies out of the car and the killers' hope that the body would be incinerated are dashed. So, the drug dealers decide to cover this up by forcing Dr. Moore (Harry Townes) to fake the autopsy results.

At the same time, a new resident comes to the department. She follows Quincy during some of the episode (including during a great scene where Quincy talks to a young boy about the death of his father). Quincy also suggests the lady do some tests for herself--duplicating the work of another autopsy. However, by chance, she does this for the one that Dr. Towne fakes--and her results completely contradicts his. What's next? See this one.

"Last Day, First Day" is a fine example of writing--better than usual. It manages to combine decent comedy (the softball game and the guy in the cold room crack), pathos (the death of the boy's father) and an interesting crime. This episode has it all--and the show was firing on all cylinders. Well worth watching.

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