A hooker tells authorities that a priest with a high profile anti-pornography campaign had paid for her services, had a heart attack and died with her.

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A hooker tells authorities that a priest with a high profile anti-pornography campaign had paid for her services, had a heart attack and died with her.

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Monahan channels Quincy
11 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

Sullied Be Thy Name starts off with Quincy (Jack Klugman) being called to a possible crime scene by Lt. Monahan (Garry Walberg) where a priest, Father Torrell, has been found dead in the bed of a call girl. Father Torrell was a highly respected friend of Monahan's who cannot believe he would solicit a prostitute, and therefore he wants Quincy on the job to uncover any evidence of wrongdoing. When the autopsy reveals that Father Torrell died of natural causes, Monahan does not accept the findings and continues to investigate insisting that there was foul play. He focuses his investigation on pornography publisher Charles Desskasa (John Saxon) since Father Torrell had mounted a very public campaign to shut down his publication.

I wouldn't characterize this as a bad episode if you can get past a few oddities. First off, there is a complete role reversal during the first half of the episode in that Quincy is the one saying that the deceased died of natural causes and there is nothing further to pursue, whereas Monahan is the one crying foul and insisting that there was a crime committed. Monahan has zero evidence to support his conclusion made at the very beginning other than a personal connection to the deceased which is very irresponsible behavior for a cop. It just seemed so hypocritical to me that Monahan is so open-minded and supportive of further investigation here when it is someone important to him, but not in any other cases where he just wants to wrap it up and fights Quincy tooth and nail if he doesn't concur with him.

If you can get around that and the cheesiness of the pornography publisher character and everything that goes along with him (John Saxon did his best with a lousy role), this is an OK episode that does feature an investigation. It does lose a point for me, however, because Monahan does most of the investigating here which is much less enjoyable than Quincy.


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