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"Quincy M.E." New Blood (1980)

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Original Air Date:
28 February 1980 (Season 5, Episode 18)
Quincy is forced to go vacation by Asten and is replaced by a pretty young pathologist named Jerri McCraken... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Good episode where Quincy is forced to take a backseat See more (4 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Jack Klugman ... Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.
Garry Walberg ... Lt. Frank Monahan
John S. Ragin ... Dr. Robert Asten

Val Bisoglio ... Danny Tovo

Robert Ito ... Sam Fujiyama
Joseph Roman ... Sgt. Brill

Beverly Adams ... Dr. Jerri McCracken (as Beverly Sassoon)
Gloria Manon ... Carolyn Hughes

James T. Callahan ... City Councilman Lawrence Bridges (as James Callahan)

Jane Wyatt ... Mrs. Bridges
John Elerick ... Mr. Fenner
John C. Garrett ... Mr. Davila (as John Garrett)
Marc Scott Taylor ... Marc
Eddie Garrett ... Ed
John Nolan ... Bartender

Dennis Haysbert ... Fred - Lab Assistant
Bob Larkin ... Janitor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Virgo ... Pete - Guard (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
John Peyser 
Writing credits
Jeri Taylor (written by)

Glen A. Larson  created by &
Lou Shaw  creator

Produced by
Lester Wm. Berke .... producer (as Lester William Berke)
William Cairncross .... producer (as William O. Carincross)
Robert A. Cinader .... executive producer (as R.A. Cinader)
Maurice Klugman .... associate producer
Richard E. Rabjohn .... associate producer
Original Music by
Bob Alcivar 
Cinematography by
Alric Edens (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jeanene Ambler 
Neil MacDonald 
Art Direction by
Ira Diamond 
Set Decoration by
Morris Hoffman  (as Morey Hoffman)
Costume Design by
Yvonne Wood 
Production Management
Bud Brill .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Samuelson .... first assistant director
Robert Villar .... second assistant director
Sound Department
John R. McDonald .... sound
Clive Smith .... sound effects editor
Casting Department
Joe Reich .... casting
Music Department
Gene L. Gillette .... music editor
Glen A. Larson .... composer: theme music
Stu Phillips .... composer: theme music
Transportation Department
Dennis Janovici .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Sam Egan .... executive story consultant
Victor J. Rosen .... technical advisor (as Victor J. Rosen M.D.)
Marc Scott Taylor .... technical advisor

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Glen A. Larson  creator
Lou Shaw  creator

Makeup Department
Marina Hart .... key hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Slosser .... second assistant director
Candace Suerstedt .... second assistant director (1978)
Lou Watt .... assistant director
Sound Department
Laurence Abrams .... boom operator (1983)
Barney Cabral .... sound effects editor
John R. MacDonald .... sound
Roydon Clark .... stunt coordinator (2 seasons)
Gary Downey .... stunts
Dick Durock .... stunts
Harold 'Hal' Frizzell .... stunts
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts
Gene LeBell .... stunts
Dennis Madalone .... stunts
George Sawaya .... stunt coordinator
Rick Sawaya .... assistant stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Block .... camera operator
Joe Kelly .... grip
Sherman Kunkel .... camera operator
Michael R. Marquette .... assistant camera
Doug Mathias .... gaffer (1977)
Reggie Newkirk .... key first assistant camera
Other crew
Scott Aguilar .... medical consultant
Jeff Freilich .... executive story consultant
David Jacobs .... story editor (1979) (as David Michael Jacobs)
Art Scholl .... pilot (1980)
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Good episode where Quincy is forced to take a backseat, 30 October 2015
Author: rayoflite24

New Blood begins with LA City Councilman Lawrence Bridges (James Callahan) running for Governor and having tense confrontations with political rivals and a mistress when he attempts to end their relationship. He is later found dead at the bottom of a stairwell, but the evidence suggests that the body was moved and that he was murdered. Quincy (Jack Klugman) is supposed to be taking time off from the job, but he rushes back to the coroner lab when he hears of the death expecting to do the autopsy, but Dr. Asten (John S. Ragin) has already assigned it to a young female pathologist filling in, Dr. Jerri McCracken (Beverly Sassoon). Quincy has a hard time accepting a young and less experienced pathologist taking the lead on such a high profile case and remains involved much to the frustration of Dr. McCracken and Dr. Asten.

This is a good murder mystery episode and such a refreshing change after the last two stinkers. It is not revealed who the killer is right in the beginning like other Season 5 episodes, so with that and the fact that there are multiple possible suspects the story remains interesting and compelling. The guest stars featured do a pretty decent job as well giving solid performances.

My only criticism of this episode is the cliché of Quincy meeting yet another female professional that he immediately starts coming on to and borderline harassing. At first she rebuffs his advances which I thought was realistic considering how attractive she was not to mention young enough to be his daughter, but then of course later in the episode she acquiesces and starts dating him. I could see something like this happening on a rare occasion, but it occurs way too frequently in this series and just comes across as slimy, ridiculous and plain annoying after awhile.

Aside from that aspect, this is a very good Season 5 episode which is quite entertaining and highly recommend viewing!

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