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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)
A dock worker is seriously injured in an accident and loses his arm in the process. He is taken to an... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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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 »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Disappointing Series Finale, 20 July 2015
Author: rayoflite24

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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