Quincy M.E.: Season 5, Episode 22

No Way to Treat a Patient (30 Apr. 1980)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Crime
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A gunshot victim's death may have been caused by a doctor's incompetence... or it may have been the work of a professional killer.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Joseph Roman ...
Dr. Tony Carbo
Duncan Gamble ...
Dr. Mike Sloan
Nurse Nancy Berger
Diana Webster ...
Nurse Russell
Chip Johnson ...
Paul Coufos ...
Pete's Assistant
Bernard Behrens ...
Martin Speer ...
Eddie Harris
Ken Scott ...
Police Officer


A gunshot victim's death may have been caused by a doctor's incompetence... or it may have been the work of a professional killer.

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Drama | Mystery | Crime




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30 April 1980 (USA)  »

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When Dr. Carbo leaves the Purple Peacock, returning to Sunset Memorial Hospital, he walks east along Sunset Blvd. Not only is he walking towards the entrance of the very same bar he just left, but he's also heading away from the hospital, which is located less than 500 feet west of him. As if that's not enough, he arrives at the hospital while still walking east down Sunset -- towards the location of the bar. See more »

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Very little Quincy--a lot of Shrek!!!
12 May 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"No Way to Treat a Patient" is a highly unusual episode of "Quincy", as Quince is barely in the show at all. My assumption is that Jack Klugman was either on vacation or wanted some breathing space due to his weekly grind and the writers arranged for less of him in the show.

It begins with something very weird. You see couple paramedics tossing a body away!! What gives?! Well, later you learn that the pair are actually assassins and this body was just one of their dirty deeds. In the meantime, most of the show centers on a hospital annex run by an old acquaintance of Quincy, Dr. Carbo (A Martinez--who was already in another episode, though playing a different character). When one of the people shot by the assassins SURVIVES and crawls his way to the clinic, the doctor treats him and sends him on to the main hospital--but the guy arrives dead and folks think the doctor screwed up. However, guess who transported the guy to the main hospital? Yup, these same 'paramedics'!

There were two bad things about this episode. A minor one is that Dr. Quincy turns on his friend too quickly--jumping to the conclusion that Dr. Carbo screwed up even though he knows the man is competent. Considering how often Quincy goes out on a limb for friends, this is odd. However, the big problem with the show was that the show's conclusion sucked. The solution to the problem was too fast and instead of showing any investigation, they just announce EVERYTHING was magically solved!! It was really annoying, that's for sure.

There was also one wonderful thing about the episode--Nurse Russell. She was a funny character and it was also wonderful to hear her as she sounded exactly like Shrek!!! Very funny, that's for sure!

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