Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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The Mourning After 

A family goes through the grieving process, while Quincy investigates the death of their son, who was killed during a college hazing ritual.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.
Garry Walberg ...
Lt. Frank Monahan
John S. Ragin ...
Dr. Robert Asten
Danny Tovo
Sam Fujiyama
Joseph Roman ...
Sgt. Brill
Brenna Stadler (as Carol Rossen)
Kenneth Stadler
Nick Stadler
Timothy Wead ...
Gar Wyserwitz
Deputy DA Jim Barnes
University Dean Bill Ingersoll
Dr. Diana Green
Stuart K. Robinson ...


The Dean of Branham College, a college buddy of Quincy, asks Quincy to deliver the commencement address to the class of upcoming graduates. Coincidentally, says Sam, the body of a freshman, Cary Stadler, lies on a table in the Coroner's Office, dead from drowning. Cary had been rushing a campus fraternity; some of his friends claim he was despondent from losing his bid to join the fraternity. But Cary's family, particularly his brother, Nick, are adamant Cary would never take his own life. Quincy suggests grief counseling for the stunned family, which leads to a bit of necessary closure. But, Quincy is as outraged as ever when he finds no pool water in the boy's lungs and issues with the exact TOD. Quincy helps the Stadlers through the maze of official police and DA investigation and forces the truth about Cary's death: fraternity hazing gone too far. It is small comfort that Cary drowned while saving the life of a fellow pledge; he is the one who finally confesses the entire chain of... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Drama | Mystery | Crime




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12 May 1982 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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It would have been better if it had come out sooner, but it's still good.
1 June 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

oddly, this stupid behavior STILL occurs--famous recent case in Florida why no charges?! Oh, that Monahan! and the DA?! much like "Ordinary People" and my own family what happened to Quincy's puppy?! In 1980, "Ordinary People" debuted and it eventually was awarded the Oscar for Best Picture. Two years later, "The Mourning After" covers a lot of the same material. Had this "Quincy" episode debuted before or much later, it would have been better--here it just seems like a copy.

The show beings one night. A group of stupid frat boys are tormenting some initiates. First, they get them drunk. Next, they tie their hands together and make them swim in the lake. Not surprisingly, one of the young men is killed during this hazing--and it's actually surprising more aren't killed. However, instead of seeking help, the jerks toss the body in a pool and pretend that he died there. Then, they make it look as if the guy might have killed himself. Some friends, huh? Now this story about the death is only part of the show and has little to do with "Ordinary People". However, the rest is about a mother, father and surviving son who struggle to deal with the death. And, EXACTLY like the film, the boy is the healthiest one and sees that there is a problem. The father behaves exactly like the dad in "Ordinary People" and the same could be said for the mom. The only big difference is the ending is far different and far less daring.

So is this any good? Well, it's certainly not original. But, if you have dealt with issues like the premature death of a sibling or child, then you will likely get quite a bit out of this. Considering my family had many of these same issues after my sister died, it was a bit cathartic to see. However, for everyone else, it's probably a bit of a disappointment, as it comes off as a bit preachy.

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