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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
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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Quincy M.E.: Main Man starts on Saturday November 25th as the Arroya
Junior College Bears are set to play the Corona Valley Panthers in a
game of American football, things are going well for the Bears with
home advantage but the teams star player 19 year old Frank Daniels
(Michael F. Kelly) suddenly & tragically collapses & dies on the field.
Los Angeles coroner Quincy (Jack Klugman) gets the job of finding out
how Frank died, after the autopsy & some tests it becomes clear to
Quincy that Frank died from a cyst in his brain that became detached
when he was tackled on the field. Quincy knows his stuff & determines
that the cyst was congenital & that Franks brother Steve (Scott
Colomby) might have the same rare condition, Quincy warns the boy's
father Walter (Eugene Roche) but he wants his son to compete in an
important game the following Friday, a game which if he is right Quincy
fears could kill Steve...
Episode 8 from season 3 this Quincy story was directed by Ray Danton (also co-writer) & without wishing to sound unkind is for my money the worst Quincy episode from the whole of the third season which otherwise is pretty much uniformly excellent with some great episodes. Now, I like the Quincy episodes where he has to use his medical knowledge & skills to uncover a crime &/or catch a murderer while I find the stories which concentrate on some moral issue very dull, usually patronising & when viewed today often very outdated. Unfortunately for Main Man it falls very much into the later type of story & therefore I didn't like it, simple as that really. You know while watching this yesterday I was thinking to myself what possible reason could either Steve or his dad Walter have to make him play that football game when he might have the same brain condition that killed Steve's brother & Walter's other son less than a week before? I know about the nonsense where Walter wanted Steve to succeed but at the cost of his life? I'm sorry & I know people do all sorts of strange things but I was never convinced by anything either Steve or Walter said that prevented him getting checked out at the Hospital. At the usual 50 minutes (without commercials) in length Main Man had little to sustain my interest, there's no murder mystery, there's no suspense or intrigue & this one is more about Quincy's diplomatic skills rather than his medical ones, a disappointment & not an episode I'd ever be in any hurry to see again.
This time around Quincy gets assaulted & roughed up by a team of American football players repeatedly throwing the ball as hard as they can into his stomach! Also check out Quincy's stylish 70's shirt during this scene, it's well groovy. Otherwsie Main Man is pretty unremarkable & forgettable. I did spot a goof at the end though, the football game where the end scenes are shot is supposed to be between the (obviously fictitious) Bears & Bobcats but there's a banner in the stands which clearly says 'Go Bulldogs' which I would assume is the name of one of the real football teams that were playing when this was shot. The acting is alright, again though it's the regular's that impress while Julie Adams makes the first of her three guest appearances on Quincy all playing different character's although she is perhaps best known for her role as the love interest of the fish-man from The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)!
Main Man is in my opinion the worst Quincy episode of season three & it's as simple & straight forward as that. No murder, no mystery & no entertainment, even the cheesy happy comedy ending involving pizza can't save it.
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