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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Quite good when it's not preaching at us.
30 May 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While "The Face of Fear" is clearly a social issue episode of "Quincy", it also deals a lot with a murder investigation and you get to see Quincy do his job as a coroner (instead of as a grandstander who makes tons of speeches about a particular social topic of the week). So, it is a bit better than the average season 7 show--a season made up mostly of Quincy NOT investigating crimes but blustering about social issues.

The show begins with an agoraphobic (a person who is afraid to leave their home) taking a short walk from her home. While this is a MAJOR step in her treatment, this isn't all positive--she also witnesses a murder that naturally scares the crap out of her!! However, and this is where is gets a bit lame, when she brings the police, the murderer and victim are gone and the homeowner claims it's all a mistake. Why is this lame? The cops quickly dismiss the woman and assume no crime occurred! Way to go Monahan--perhaps the dumbest cop in the history of TV!! It was amazing when later in the show, Quincy actually said "..Lt. Monahan is rough around the edges but he's a competent officer..."--even though Monahan almost always tries to convict the wrong person and ignores real crimes!! I think Stan Laurel or Curly Howard would have been better cops! Can Quincy help sort all this out before the lady becomes the next victim of the killer or his accomplice?

The show starts off poorly. The lady's therapist (Dixie Carter) speechifies about agoraphobia. While it is good to explain this disorder to the laypeople out there, it sounded much more like she was preaching AT the audience--a major problem in some "Quincy" shows, though for once it was not Quincy doing the speechifying!! Later, the show becomes like a combination of the movies "The Window" (where a child witnesses a murder and no one believes him) and "Wait Until Dark" (where a blind woman is terrorized by killers). It's all very familiar stuff, but exciting and well done--though a bit unrealistic how almost everyone disbelieves the lady so quicky (even the security guard at the end).

By the way, I had a very cruel thought. In order to treat agoraphobics, couldn't a therapist set up this same scenario (using actors, not real murderers of course) in order to force the patient to leave their home? Sick...but possible!

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