A teenage girl dies from a disease that mainly affects the elderly. A few hours later, her boyfriend dies of the same symptoms. Quincy later traces it to a the marijuana they smoked, which ... See full summary »




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Joan Freeman ...
Mrs. Campbell
Charles Bloom ...
Joey Campbell
Paul Kent ...
Dr. John Osborn
Magazine Publisher
Mel Carter ...
Bob Clark
Mrs. Westlake
Martin Rudy ...
Jack Price
Paca Thomas ...
Dr. Mark Lieber
Toni Berrell ...
Karen Harris
Karlene Crockett ...
Kathy Campbell


A teenage girl dies from a disease that mainly affects the elderly. A few hours later, her boyfriend dies of the same symptoms. Quincy later traces it to a the marijuana they smoked, which was treated with a poisonous fertilizer. Quincy then decides to go after the magazine that advertised it in order to try to keep more kids from dying from the tainted weed. He also must find out where the kids got the weed from. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Drama | Mystery | Crime




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20 September 1979 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The anti-drug posters shown in Dr. Lieber's office are real, and promote the Do It Now Foundation, an organization that was founded to combat the use of amphetamines in the Los Angeles area in 1968. The Foundation still exists as of 2013, although it has now expanded its charter to include information on drugs, alcohol, sexuality, and behavioral health. See more »


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Flawed and depressing
5 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

No Way To Treat A Flower begins with a teenage girl being rushed to the hospital and dying suddenly. Quincy (Jack Klugman) conducts the autopsy and is surprised to see that her organs are so damaged that they resemble those of a 70 year old woman. He suspects poisoning, and through further investigation learns that she smoked marijuana grown with the chemical Colchicine which was advertised by a recreational magazine. Quincy becomes determined to stop the magazine from advertising this deadly growth product and find the girl's boyfriend who is also in danger.

I found this to be a pretty flawed episode with some gaping plot holes. First off, I had trouble believing that a national magazine would just advertise a deadly product like this without doing any type of checking or research into the harmful effects. I also couldn't believe it when Quincy confronted the magazine owner and demanded the list of people who responded to the ad, and somehow he has this readily available and produces it. Was the magazine also running an answering service and channeling all calls and inquiries to the client? This is not how it works, and the supplier would have received the inquiries directly. I also couldn't fathom the storyline involving the boyfriend. He sees the girlfriend fall ill and die after taking the drug, but rather than seek treatment for himself we see him wandering around some canyon for what seems like an eternity getting sicker and sicker but not seeking out help. Stupid all around!

Definitely not a great Season 5 opener here as the deaths were accidental and there really isn't much of a mystery as we learn the cause pretty early on. Another thing I particularly didn't like about this episode is that even when there is a heavy plot featured they usually still try and end things on an upbeat,light-hearted note with a comical scene at Danny's or such, but not in this instance where we see yet another depressing scene before the abrupt close.

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