Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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The Death Challenge 

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


(as Ronald Satlof)


(creator), (as Richard Bluel) | 2 more credits »

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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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Drama | Mystery | Crime




Release Date:

24 March 1979 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode marked the fourth season of Quincy for an unusual occurrence. Jo Ann Pflug here plays Quincy's girlfriend Maggie; she had played another girlfriend named Marsha in the earlier, "A Small Circle of Friends". What made this unusual is that in addition to Pflug, Sharon Acker had also played two different girlfriends during this fourth season. See more »


Early in the episode, it is stated several times that Whitehead and Houdini had both successfully performed the water tank escape. Late in the episode, however, it is stated that only Whitehead had ever done the trick successfully. 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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