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"Quincy M.E." The Cutting Edge (1983)

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Lou Shaw (creator) &
Jeri Taylor (written by)
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Original Air Date:
11 May 1983 (Season 8, Episode 24)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Jack Klugman ... Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.
Garry Walberg ... Lt. Frank Monahan (credit only)
John S. Ragin ... Dr. Robert Asten (credit only)

Val Bisoglio ... Danny Tovo (credit only)

Robert Ito ... Sam Fujiyama (credit only)
Joseph Roman ... Sgt. Brill (credit only)

John Randolph ... Peter Muscanni
Paul Rudd ... Kenny Kelso

Mary Louise Weller ... Dr. Wendy Peterson

Anita Gillette ... Dr. Emily Hanover

Barry Newman ... Dr. Gabe McCracken

Allen Fawcett ... Dr. Ted Wickett
Julie Phillips ... Judy Kelso
Chevi Colton ... Nurse
Terrence O'Connor ... Hilary Barron

Ronald G. Joseph ... Paramedic #1 (as Ronald Joseph)
Jennifer Andrews ... Anne - Dr. McCracken's assistant
Bob Delegall ... Senior Paramedic
Andy Enberg ... Jay

Amick Byram ... Richard
Tom Nibley ... Resident
Tina Saddington ... Nurse #1
Eddie Garrett ... Ed

Episode Crew
Directed by
Georg Fenady 
Writing credits
Lou Shaw (creator)

Jeri Taylor (written by)

Glen A. Larson (created by)

Produced by
Lester Wm. Berke .... supervising producer
Michael Braverman .... producer
William Cairncross .... supervising producer (as William O. Cairncross)
Sam Egan .... supervising producer
John Hart .... associate producer
David Moessinger .... executive producer
Betty Spruill .... associate producer (as Betty Spruill-Jordan)
Jeri Taylor .... producer
Marc Scott Taylor .... co-producer
Original Music by
Bruce Broughton 
Cinematography by
Frank R. Hale (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jeanene Ambler 
Neil MacDonald 
Art Direction by
Robert Crawley Sr.  (as Robert Crawley)
Set Decoration by
Richard J. DeCinces  (as Richard DeCinces)
Costume Design by
Judy Truchan 
Production Management
Phil Cook .... unit production manager (as Philip N. Cook)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Warren Gray .... second assistant director (as Warren D. Gray)
Robert Webb .... first assistant director (as Robert M. Webb)
Sound Department
Seth B. Larsen .... sound effects editor
Edwin J. Somers Jr. .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank Cardinale .... costume supervisor
Music Department
Gene L. Gillette .... music editor
Glen A. Larson .... composer: theme music
Stu Phillips .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Victor J. Rosen .... technical advisor (as Victor J. Rosen M.D.)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Glen A. Larson  creator
Lou Shaw  creator

Makeup Department
Marina Hart .... key hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Slosser .... second assistant director
Candace Suerstedt .... second assistant director (1978)
Lou Watt .... assistant director
Sound Department
Laurence Abrams .... boom operator (1983)
Barney Cabral .... sound effects editor
John R. MacDonald .... sound
Roydon Clark .... stunt coordinator (2 seasons)
Gary Downey .... stunts
Dick Durock .... stunts
Harold 'Hal' Frizzell .... stunts
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts
Gene LeBell .... stunts
Dennis Madalone .... stunts
George Sawaya .... stunt coordinator
Rick Sawaya .... assistant stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Block .... camera operator
Joe Kelly .... grip
Sherman Kunkel .... camera operator
Michael R. Marquette .... assistant camera
Doug Mathias .... gaffer (1977)
Reggie Newkirk .... key first assistant camera
Other crew
Scott Aguilar .... medical consultant
Jeff Freilich .... executive story consultant
David Jacobs .... story editor (1979) (as David Michael Jacobs)
Art Scholl .... pilot (1980)
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Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: Allen Fawcett is Kenny Kelso. I'd guess then Paul Rudd must be the doctor.See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Time to call it a day...., 2 July 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is the final episode of "Quincy" and a wonderful reviewer, Paul Andrews, thinks it's the very worst episode of all. That's pretty hard to imagine, as another season eight show "Beyond the Open Door" is both horrible AND very irresponsible. Regardless, it's a sad testament to how badly the quality of the show had fallen that MANY episodes of the final season were in contention for the Worst Episode prize. Why were the final shows so bad? Much of was that they seem to have run out of ideas. Instead of stories about crimes and crime detection (which SHOULD be the theme in a show about a coroner), shows seem to go everywhere EXCEPT to crime detection. Now this is not to say season eight alone had episodes without crimes--there were various social issues shows starting around season two. BUT, these sort of episodes were rare--but by season eight they were the norm. And, in the process, Jack Klugman spent less and less time in front of the camera. In fact, by the later episodes, he barely even showed up in each program--just a few token appearances here and there.

Here in "The Cutting Edge", you get very, very little Quincy once again--in fact, he's barely in the episode at all. Much of this is because the show was actually intended as a pilot for a new series--so much of the show features these new characters and is about hospitals--not crimes or the usual "Quincy" fare. In the process, Quincy is left with little to do other than introduce the characters at the beginning. And, because of this, it's probably best that this once-excellent series was finally put to rest. A very, very weak ending to a weak season 8. In my opinion, probably the second worst episode.

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