After a microchip is found in an admiral's body, during an autopsy, Quincy is reinstated into the Navy to find a spy!



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Joseph Roman ...
Adm. Wild Bill 'Bull' Brosnick
Cmdr. Gene Butler
Bibi Osterwald ...
Dorothy MacKenzie
Kirsten MacKenzie
Albert Paulsen ...
Rear Adm. Burgess S. MacKenzie
Eugenia Wright ...
Estrellita Rania ...
Fritzi Burr ...
Lt. Richland


Captain Quincy, M.D., U.S.N.R. is in proud attendance with Sam and Asten when a museum is dedicated in honor of his friend and former boss, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Burgess S. "Leadbottom" Mackenzie, under whom he served in Korea. When Admiral Burgess collapses and dies at the dedication ceremony, Quincy immediately takes charge and begins the autopsy; he and Sam find a mysterious computer chip and some unexplained questions about the Admiral's heart condition. Under U.S. law, when an active duty hero dies in the performance of his duties, the autopsy must be formally conducted by a U.S. Naval pathologist as per the offices of the U.S. Navy. Dr. Asten refuses to release the remains of Rear Admiral Mackensie to Cmdr. Butler of the Navy unless Quincy signs the paperwork. The Navy is upset: when JFK died in Dallas, his remains were transported to Maryland and autopsied at Bethesda Naval Hospital. When WIVES (in the plural) begin appearing at the morgue at L.A. County Coroner's office (one ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Drama | Mystery | Crime




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28 April 1982 (USA)  »

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Ridiculous, corny episode
31 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

The Last of Leadbottom begins with Quincy (Jack Klugman), Sam (Robert Ito) and Dr. Asten (John S. Ragin) attending the dedication ceremony of a naval museum where an elderly admiral who was Quincy's commanding officer in the Navy is guest of honor. When he suddenly drops dead during the ceremony, Quincy conducts the autopsy and finds a small computer microchip embedded in his stomach which leads to questions of why it was there, what information it contains and was the Admiral murdered for it? To further complicate matters, naval officials and multiple women claiming to be the wives of the Admiral come forward to claim the body as allegations of international spying and treason also begin to surface.

I found this to be a totally ridiculous episode filled with nonsense. One of the main problems I had with it is that here you are featuring a murder investigation in connection with an international spy ring which is supposed to be some pretty heavy stuff, but then in complete contrast nearly every scene in this episode is inundated with corny humor and antics throughout making it very difficult to take any of it seriously. While I usually fully appreciate the humor thrown in here and there for good measure on Quincy, I though that they just went way overboard on this one to the point of parody. I also thought that the plot was an ill fit for this show and would have worked much better on a series like the Bionic Woman which often featured international spy type plots.

All of this combined with tons of plot holes, a silly script and lackluster performances by the guest stars just made for a bad episode in my opinion. Another oddity was that I had to turn up the volume and listen very hard to understand anything that James Gregory (Admiral Brosnick) was saying throughout this episode and I'm not the least bit hard of hearing. I get that you are playing the part of an older, gruff Navy Officer part, but you should still ANNUNCIATE SO THAT WE CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE SAYING!!!

When I pulled up this episode on here, I could not believe it was rated as high as it was by users. Maybe I'm in the minority or being too critical as clearly others disagree, but there are MUCH better Quincy episodes that you can watch than this which are inexplicably not rated nearly as high on here compared to this silliness.

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