Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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No Way to Treat a Patient 

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:
Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.
Garry Walberg ...
Lt. Frank Monahan
John S. Ragin ...
Dr. Robert Asten
Danny Tovo
Sam Fujiyama
Joseph Roman ...
Sgt. Brill
Dr. Tony Carbo
Duncan Gamble ...
Dr. Mike Sloan
Nurse Nancy Berger
Diana Webster ...
Chip Johnson ...
Pete's Assistant
Dr. Warren
Eddie Harris
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




Release Date:

30 April 1980 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A Martinez and Duncan Gamble co-starred in another Quincy episode in season four's, "Walk Softly Through the Night: Parts 1 and 2, where they both played doctors, although they were different characters. See more »


The first time Marty appeared on the show in season four's "Walk Softly Through the Night" his last name was Herrera. However, in this episode his last name is changed to Carbo. See more »


Nurse Russell: [Nurse Russell to Dr Quincy] Be sure to write legibly Dr. Remember your not filling out a prescription.
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No mystery, but very entertaining with good guest stars
4 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

No Way to Treat a Patient begins with paramedics dumping a body in a remote area. As it turns out, they are hit men using the ambulance and uniforms as a cover. When one of the hit men begins to waver, they see him as a potential liability that could talk to the police and decide to kill him as well. They wound him during a confrontation, and he stumbles into a clinic on the Sunset Strip which is run by Dr. Tony Carbo (A Martinez). Dr. Carbo treats the wound and sends him off to the hospital for surgery, but the hit men show up anticipating the need for an ambulance transport and take him to finish the job. The next day Quincy (Jack Klugman) conducts the autopsy and cannot fathom how Dr. Carbo who he has previously worked with would miss the second bullet wound in the victim's head, but Dr. Carbo maintains that it was not there which prompts an investigation.

Although a little offbeat and different from the norm, I found this to be a pretty good episode. There isn't much of a mystery as we see who is responsible for the deaths right at the beginning, but a good balance of crime, comedy and very likable guest stars made this one interesting and entertaining for me. We see A Martinez and Duncan Gamble return in guest starring roles and Quincy acknowledges his and Dr. Carbo's previous meeting in a prior episode, but for some reason the character name is different from last time (Marty Hererra). I'm not sure if this was a goof or there was a specific reason for changing the name when clearly it is supposed to be the same character, but either way it is nice to see him back. The comic relief provided Diana Webster as the strict Nurse Russell who keeps the clinic running efficiently is fantastic and will surely amuse you. I wish she had been brought back to the series as well!

My main criticisms of this episode is that it lacked the mystery element and we mainly see Quincy in the beginning scenes and then in scenes towards the end, but there is a big chunk in the middle where he is noticeably absent and the story focuses primarily on the clinic employees and the criminals. This can be forgiven, though, as the others manage to keep the story moving and were fun to watch.

Overall this is a very entertaining and interesting Quincy Season 5 finale episode which I highly recommend viewing. It is nice to see Season 5 wrap up on such a positive note!

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