Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Steve Yomashira, an old friend of Sam's, goes crazy one night and kills a young police officer with the officer's gun. It turns out that its the latest in a series of near psychotic ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Danny Tovo (credit only)
Joseph Roman ...
Sgt. Brill (credit only)
Eleanor Janssen
Colonel Wilcox
Richard Evans ...
Colonel Flanders
Stack Pierce ...
Sgt. Jim Dolan
Captain Frye
Lee Yomoshira
Barry Cahill ...
Louise Lewis ...
Dr. Constance Taylor (as Louise Fitch)


Steve Yomashira, an old friend of Sam's, goes crazy one night and kills a young police officer with the officer's gun. It turns out that its the latest in a series of near psychotic episodes that Steve was suffering following an incident in Germany while he was serving in the army. Steve then commits suicide and Sam decides to dig deeper and he eventually finds out that Steve was suspected of being a spy for the Soviets and he was given an LSD laced truth serum. Now Sam and Quincy must try to prove that the army was responsible for what happened to him and reverse the army's decision to dishonorably discharge him and give Steve the honor back that he lost. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Drama | Mystery | Crime




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25 October 1979 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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First directorial credit for Robert Loggia in TV or film. See more »


When Col Wilcox tries to justify the actions, he says that we have to understand what was happening in October 1962. Steve and Cahill were taken 10/11/62, but the United States did not first discover the Cuban missiles until 10/14/62. See more »

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22 April 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While this episode of "Quincy" seems very paranoid, there are shreds of truth to it. While I am loathe to attack the US government, it has been documented that a variety of studies (often involving people who had no idea they were being experimented upon) where the military gave people LSD--just to see what it would do! Project MKUltra and the Edgewood Arsenal experiments are both documented studies where LSD and other nasty drugs were given to soldiers, prostitutes, the mentally ill and others! This is an evil thing and so I can understand why "Quincy" addressed it--and talked about the context during which it was used.

The show begins with a Japanese-American guy going nuts and killing a cop. It turns out the guy is an old friend of Sam's and Sam gets involved in the case--only to learn that his friend had just killed himself while in custody. Why?! What led to such a huge personality change in the man? When Sam knew him growing up, his friend was gentle and kind. Now, he's been described as angry and almost demented--and a murderer. Through digging and digging, Sam (behaving much like Quincy) finds out that the man was experimented upon with LSD! What's next? See this one.

When the show began, I thought it was all bunk. But, after doing just a bit of research, the show challenged my assumptions--and for this reason alone it's well worth seeing, as it may just challenge you. What also makes this worth seeing is the very funny (and hypocritical) scene where Quincy admonishes Sam to 'not jump to any conclusion'!!!

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