An incompetent surgeon performing operations in his ill-equipped office causes the deaths of a boxer and a chef.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Joseph Roman ...
Kenny Mitchell
Dr. Jason Saunders
Kim Hamilton ...
Mrs. Hester
Dr. Andy Reynolds
Sheila Wills ...
Katya Hester (as Sheila DeWindt)
Alfredo Carlotti

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An incompetent surgeon performing operations in his ill-equipped office causes the deaths of a boxer and a chef.

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Drama | Mystery | Crime




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13 March 1980 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Lacking originality
31 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

T.K.O. begins with a boxing champion dying a couple of days after a fight where his nose was injured and he received medical treatment at a local clinic. Quincy (Jack Klugman) performs the autopsy and determines that the boxer died from complications resulting from the nasal injury which was not treated properly. Meanwhile, a chef at Danny's restaurant goes to the same clinic for a hernia operation and also dies as a result of improper procedure. This puts Quincy on a mission to strengthen the regulatory requirements for conducting outpatient surgical procedures to ensure that other patients don't die from the same preventable circumstances.

I didn't find this to be a particularly good episode as it dealt with medical malpractice rather than a crime or a mystery. It was also severely lacking in originality as we saw a very similar plot just a few episodes ago in "Cover Up" where a clinic allows a patient to die due to incompetence. The boxing part of the story also reminded me of the Season 3 episode "A Blow to the Head...A Blow to the Heart" where a boxer suspiciously dies shortly after a match. It was like the production team just took these two episodes and combined them to make T.K.O.

On the positive side, we see Quincy make a very passionate speech towards the end at the hearing and this showcases Jack Klugman's acting abilities at their finest. There is also an interesting scene which takes places in a car showroom and we get to see a lot of vintage Cadillacs on display which is pretty cool.

Other than that, there is not much to highlight from this episode and it is definitely not one of the better entries of Season 5.

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