Quincy M.E.: Season 3, Episode 8

Main Man (11 Nov. 1977)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Crime
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A talented high school football player dies on the field from a genetic brain tumor. His younger brother is also a talented athlete, and making a name for himself on the team as well. ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Joseph Roman ...
Walter Daniels
Steve Daniels
Larry Bodine
Mrs. Daniels
Leslie Ackerman ...
Janet Mars
Joe George ...
Laurence Haddon ...
Coach Spalding
Vernon Weddle ...
Mr. Carew
Byron Webster ...
School Board Member Griswold
Nicolas Beauvy ...


A talented high school football player dies on the field from a genetic brain tumor. His younger brother is also a talented athlete, and making a name for himself on the team as well. Quincy must convince the boy's father to pull him from the championship game to prevent another possible tragedy, at least until thorough testing can be completed. Quincy not only finds resistance from the father, but from every one of the team's coaches and players. Written by Beeracuda

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Quincy, let it go.....
6 April 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A high school football player dies while playing the game. Quincy eventually uncovers the cause of death--a rare cyst in his brain that caused a cerebral hemorrhage. And, since this disorder is genetic, he's worried about the dead boy's brother--who ALSO plays football for the school. But, try as he might to convince everyone that the brother needs medical treatment for this treatable disorder, no one seems to listen.

This episode is awfully preachy and the logic is a bit odd. Now considering the surviving boy has played dozens of games, Quincy is convinced the very next time he plays he'll die---or at least that's how it sounds. The father wants the boy to play one final game and then get treatment. This seems like it's an option the boy and his dad COULD choose--but instead it's like WWIII! The importance of this particular game seems pretty tenuous. Now this isn't to excuse the horrible father--who cares nothing for the boy but is living vicariously through him. But the episode goes the extra mile--making this such a melodramatic situation. In real life, a pathologist would let the family know about the diagnosis and then step away to let them make an informed choice. Instead, Quincy goes off on a crusade AND (creepily) spends a lot of time alone with the boy's underage girlfriend (ick). And, after all this, the ending comes off as bizarre and makes no sense. Overall, a very weak episode. It has a great point to make about win-at-all-cost fathers, but does so in a ham-fisted manner that annoys.

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