When an agoraphobic young woman witnesses a murder, Quincy must find not only the killer, but the victim as well.



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Episode credited cast:
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Joseph Roman ...
Dr. Alicia Ranier
Leon Bohannon
Richard McGuire
Nick Ganziano
Mrs. Vickie McGuire
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph DiSante ...
Robert (as Joe Di Sante)
Filip Field ...
Denny Furey ...
Eddie Garrett ...


When an agoraphobic young woman witnesses a murder, Quincy must find not only the killer, but the victim as well.

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Drama | Mystery | Crime




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24 March 1982 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The mall used toward the end of the episode is the Sherman Oaks Galleria. This mall was used in many 80s hit movies. Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Valley Girl, Commando, and Back to the Future. An earthquake in 94 caused enough damage that it had to be closed for 11 days for repairs. From 1999 to 2002 the mall under went major re-construction. It re-opened as an open air center. See more »

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Phobia introduced with no relation to the crime committed.
16 July 2014 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

'The Face of Fear' marks a welcome return to actually seeing Quincy devote his time to establish a cause of death (instead of speaking to a panel at a hearing) but it involves a by-story that has nothing at all to do with the crime committed in the episode: namely, agoraphobia. The story involves a lady who suffers from agoraphobia and happens to witness a murder. Her condition has no relation to the overall story and simply serves as another excuse for the makers of 'Quincy M.E.' to trot out another medical condition that they felt needed to be brought to the attention of the viewing audience. Quincy is alerted to the condition by (naturally) an attractive, female psychiatrist who asks him to drop everything and attend a therapy session in an attempt for him to help her prove that the agoraphobic lady actually witnessed the crime and isn't nuts. Quincy (as always) goes beyond the scope of his duties and in doing so becomes more aware of the condition, even though it has absolutely nothing to do with solving the crime that the lady witnessed. If the phobia was somehow related to the main story (the murder that Quincy investigates), then that is acceptable but since it has nothing to do with it, it can only be seen as another attempt to educate the audience rather than entertain them. To make things worse, the agoraphobic lady is outside on the beach when she witnesses the murder! I was disturbed also to see (for the first time in the series) Quincy threaten a man accused of knowing who was responsible for the murder of the Hispanic woman that he would be going to prison for a long time, which is what one would expect from Lt. Monahan, but not Quincy. The ending is also quite ridiculous with Quincy magically knowing where to find the agoraphobic lady when she is in danger (he naturally assists Monahan even though, as coroner, he is not required or authorised to do so) and actually orders Monahan around during the final chase, which is absurd. Quincy's foolishness in participating in the chase also means he ends up having a gun pointed at him, which is unheard of for a coroner. The actual forensic work that Quincy does in this episode (or rather, orders Sam to perform) is mildly interesting, especially when one considers that he immediately assumes that the deceased Hispanic lady is automatically the one that the agoraphobic lady saw murdered. Quincy also instantly identifies the murder 'weapon' with his naked eye in a matter of seconds, another amazing feat. Overall, I found this episode annoying for the reasons of the agoraphobia having no relation to the murder case, the fact that Quincy acted like a cop and also for the weak, weak ending at Danny's, which doesn't even deserved to be mentioned here.

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