Quincy M.E.: Season 2, Episode 13

Let Me Light the Way (27 May 1977)

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A rapist is terrorizing Los Angeles. After one attack, a nurse who worked at a local hospital dies as a result of shock. The prime suspect is a mechanic who has eluded capture. Even though ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Joseph Roman ...
Carol Bowen - Rape Counselor
Doctor Alan Castle
Carl DeReatis
Attorney John Packard
Henry Beckman ...
Leonard 'Bell' Bellwood
Asst. DA Richard Feldman
Joy DeReatis
Barbara Collentine ...
Nurse Fay Willard
William O'Connell ...
Herman Elger


A rapist is terrorizing Los Angeles. After one attack, a nurse who worked at a local hospital dies as a result of shock. The prime suspect is a mechanic who has eluded capture. Even though Quincy and the police pretty much know who it is they can't arrest him due to lack of evidence. Things become personal when he attacks a rape counselor who Quincy has become friendly with. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Drama | Mystery | Crime




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27 May 1977 (USA)  »

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Although he is listed in the credits, John S. Ragin (Dr. Robert Asten) does not appear in this episode. See more »

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Have some Kleenex handy for this one.
24 March 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Back in 1977, rape was first being mentioned--albeit relatively rarely. This is why this episode of "Quincy" is worth seeing--it being one of the first TV shows to talk about rape in any way other than a passing fashion. As such, it did a great public service and still is quite hard-hitting...and a bit sad, so have some Kleenex nearby. Also, if you have been a victim of sexual assault, you might want to either pass on this one or see it with someone you love.

A serial rapist has been attacking women recently. While the police are pretty sure they know who is doing it, proving it is another matter since every time he's accused, his brow-beaten wife (a young Kim Cattrall) provides an alibi. They'll need more physical evidence--and that is where Quincy comes into the story. I'd say more---but it's best just to see this one.

All in all, a very well made episode--one that can't help but have a strong emotional wallop. A couple things to note are that some of the questions the defense attorney asked to impeach witnesses would not be allowed today, as the rules have changed in regard to sexual assault cases. Also, the man playing this attorney is John Ireland--the excellent film noir actor from the 1950s.

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