Quincy M.E.: Season 8, Episode 24

The Cutting Edge (11 May 1983)

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A dock worker is seriously injured in an accident and loses his arm in the process. He is taken to an experimental hospital called Project Hope headed by a dedicated surgeon named Gabriel ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Walberg ...
Lt. Frank Monahan (credit only)
John S. Ragin ...
Dr. Robert Asten (credit only)
Danny Tovo (credit only)
Sam Fujiyama (credit only)
Joseph Roman ...
Sgt. Brill (credit only)
Peter Muscanni
Paul Rudd ...
Kenny Kelso
Dr. Wendy Peterson
Dr. Gabe McCracken
Dr. Ted Wickett
Julie Phillips ...
Judy Kelso
Chevi Colton ...
Terrence O'Connor ...
Hilary Barron


A dock worker is seriously injured in an accident and loses his arm in the process. He is taken to an experimental hospital called Project Hope headed by a dedicated surgeon named Gabriel McCracken where his arm is reattached. The operation is a success, but a complication arises and he loses the use of his good arm. Now McCracken and his staff of cutting edge surgeons try to find a way to help the young man lead a better quality of life. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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11 May 1983 (USA)  »

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This was not only the final episode of "Quincy M.E", it also served as the pilot of a proposed series entitled "The Cutting Edge" with many of the characters that were in this episode. Also, Anita Gillette, who played Quincy's wife Dr. Emily Hannover, was to have become a regular on this series once "Quincy" went off the air. See more »

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Disappointing Series Finale
20 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

The Cutting Edge begins with a dock yard accident where an industrial sized pipe falls on a young worker severing his arm. Quincy is on hand to help stabilize him, and the worker is transported to the Project Hope hospital which specializes in experimental surgeries and medical procedures aimed at improving the quality of life of patients. The surgeon successfully reattaches his arm, but then other complications arise which the hospital staff must address.

I'm not going to say very much about this episode since it really has nothing to do with the show itself. Quincy only appears in a few scenes, and the rest of the episode features a bunch of new characters working out of this innovative hospital which was intended as a pilot for a new series which never came to fruition. I found this episode and the whole premise of the new show to be a total rip off from The Bold Ones: The New Doctors series starring David Hartman which featured a very similar premise and characters.

This was a very disappointing conclusion to what was a great show, and it's a shame that it didn't end with an episode that honored and celebrated the true identity of Quincy as a murder mystery series where the culprits are nabbed through forensic evidence. Why the producers went so far off the mark with so many episodes during Season 8 is a mystery to me, but straying so far from the formula that made this show a hit in the first place certainly did enough damage to result in a cancellation.

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