Stolen Tears begins with an elderly man seeing someone that he recognizes outside an apartment building and following him until the pursued jumps into a car and runs him down in an alley. Quincy (Jack Klugman) conducts the autopsy and Lieutenant Monahan (Garry Walberg) tracks down who he believes is the driver of the car only to find him also dead of what appears to be a suicide. The police are ready to close the investigation when another man, Hyam Sigerski (Martin Balsam), comes forward alleging that both men died at the hands of a Nazi war criminal in hiding. Hyam also seeks help from Quincy in a public battle against the controversial leader of an organization, Cornelius Sumner (Norman Lloyd), that denies the Holocaust ever occurred.
I found this to be an OK episode where I enjoyed the beginning and the conclusion but found several parts in between to be pretty dull and far-fetched. On the positive side, we do have a murder mystery featured which I appreciated and found to be entertaining, but the parts where they were debating whether or not the Holocaust happened and trying to prove it in court were bordering on the preposterous. Would it really be up to the Los Angeles coroner to prove in a court of law that this well-documented event that occurred in another country actually happened? I also couldn't believe that the Cornelius Sumner character was being portrayed as having any type of credibility in the eyes of the public and media with his outrageous claims. Maybe his rhetoric would appeal to a cult following of conspiracy theorists who would listen, but the vast majority would dismiss everything he was saying outright.
Overall this is a rather average and unremarkable Season 7 episode that does feature a crime investigation but also tries to address a huge historical atrocity and does a rather clumsy job of it. It's a shame because we still see news stories where Nazi war criminals in hiding are outed to this day and the problem remains relevant, but it is just not told here in a competent manner.
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