While attending a forensic pathologist convention in Tahoe, Quincy is called on to help when hotel guests and staff are stricken with a mysterious illness.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John S. Ragin ...
Garry Walberg ...
Lt. Frank Monahan (credit only)
Sam Fujiyama (credit only)
Joseph Roman ...
Sgt. Brill (credit only)
Dr. Larry Pines
Ronnie Fletcher
Mrs. Valerie Pines
Rawley Dinehart
Milt Kamen ...
Assistant Manager Leo Burke
Harv Bracken
Lynette Mettey ...
Lee (as Lynnette Mettey)
Al Ringerman
Michele Roman ...
Angie Coy


While attending a forensic pathologist convention in Tahoe, Quincy is called on to help when hotel guests and staff are stricken with a mysterious illness.

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Drama | Mystery | Crime





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4 February 1977 (USA)  »

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One of the Cadillac ambulances that pulls away from the hotel has a sign reading "AIDS" on the passenger door. Before the cause of Legionnaires' Disease was identified it caused as much public concern as AIDS would in the 1980s. See more »


Ronnie Fletcher: Other hotels have conventions, they get in plumbers, carpenters, you know what we get here? Forensic pathologists, they have a whole name, you know what that is? Coroners. Coroners, the guys in movies that go 'hmmm, guy's hanging by his neck, has a bullet hole in him, and an ice pick in his ear, I suspect it's foul play'.
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I Feel the Earth Move
Written by Carole King (uncredited)
Performed by Michele Roman
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Entertaining and educational
28 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

Snake Eyes Part 1 begins with Quincy (Jack Klugman) attending a Pathologists Convention at a hotel and casino in Lake Tahoe where numerous guests and staff suddenly become very ill at the same time. Quincy, a couple of other pathologists attending the convention and the resident doctor of the resort are brought in to treat the ailing patients. They quickly suspect Legion Fever (aka Legionnaire's Disease) and Quincy does his best to keep a lid on the outbreak in order to prevent hysteria and people fleeing while they try to identify the cause and who else might be affected. The manager of the resort (Van Johnson) is happy to oblige as he does not want this to turn into a public relations nightmare that will negatively impact business.

I'm usually not a fan of the go on a trip and low and behold there's a murder type episodes of the series, but this one is pretty compelling as the audience does not know whether this outbreak was of a natural origin or the result of criminal activity. There are some good guest stars featured and Lynette Mettey returns again as Quincy's girlfriend, Lee, which is nice to see.

Highlighting this disease as a plot was very timely in early 1977 as the famous outbreak at the Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia which several people died as a result of had just occurred the summer before. This is a testament to the willingness of the series to tackle real diseases and issues in their plot lines in a responsible way that helped to educate the audience as well as entertain.

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