Quincy M.E.: Season 4, Episode 22

The Death Challenge (24 Mar. 1979)

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A retired magician's assistant dies performing his mentor's best illusion.


(as Ronald Satlof)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Danny Tovo (credit only)
Joseph Roman ...
Velma Whitehead
Ed Shannon
Joe Kirby
Harry Whitehead
Bobbi Jordan ...
Georgette Saltini
Deputy D.A. Jim Barnes (as James A. Watson)
Carl Byrd ...
Dr. Roy Covington
Jimmy Joyce ...
1st Reporter


A retired magician's assistant dies performing his mentor's best illusion.

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24 March 1979 (USA)  »

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The episode starts at the Tav Celebrity Theater. For years, this was home to ABC Studios, and later to the Merv Griffin Show. Gutted by fire in the 1990s, only its facade still stands, now converted to loft apartments. See more »


Harry Whitehead references being given a milk can by Houdini, which he used for an escape when on tour in London. The milk can, brightly painted and with Houdini's name on it, is visible in the background. It is true that Houdini had a famous trick in which he escaped from a milk can, however it was not painted. Houdini's real milk can, which is now on display at the American Museum of Magic in Marshall, Michigan, had a plain metal finish. See more »

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Wouldn't it have just been easier to have shot these people?!
21 April 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When a dangerous water tank escape act is shown on TV, not surprisingly the guy attempting the magic trick drowns. I say not surprisingly because Quincy and his lady friend were watching it on television--a sure sign something bad will happen! Later, during the autopsy, it turned out that the guy died because someone substituted his medication. You see, the guy normally took a tranquilizer to slow down his respiration during the act--but someone substituted it with an amphetamine--causing his breathing to escalate and the man to run out of oxygen before the trick was complete. Later, the guy's widow tries the trick and once again, someone substitutes her medication--and she nearly dies. Who is responsible and why would they want to kill these folks?! It's nice that this isn't one of the social problem episodes. So, you won't see Quincy on a rampage preaching and yelling! Overall, a decent episode and a chance to see a couple old-time actors once again (Don Ameche and Ann Blythe). Entertaining--though my wife very quickly figured out who was responsible.

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