Quincy M.E.: Season 2, Episode 5

The Two Sides of Truth (25 Feb. 1977)

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Quincy is delighted to be reunited with his former mentor, Dr. Herbert Stone, until they butt heads over Stone's contradictory findings and potentially perjurious courtroom testimony.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Joseph Roman ...
Dr. Herbert Stone
Attorney Martin Borland
William Farrell
Elaine Farrell (as Susanne Rogers)
Frank Campanella ...
Max Wilbur - Insurance Investigator
Aimée Eccles ...
Alice Ting (as Aimee Eccles)
Jason Wingreen ...
Dr. Albert Freeman
June Dayton ...
Lynn Tufeld ...


Quincy investigates the death in an oil refinery fire. Is the man missing executive William Farrell? Quincy comes under pressure from the man's widow and her lawyer to declare a death for insurance purposes. Then Quincy discovers his conclusions will be refuted by Dr. Herbert Stone, the man who taught Quincy and whom he regards as a mentor. Dr. Stone now testifies for anyone willing to pay his fees. But Quincy believes the evidence is irrefutable, and Stone's testimony will destroy a once exemplary reputation, now tarnished by mercantilism. Quincy must discover the truth before his old mentor can destroy himself on the stand. Written by CommanderBalok

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Drama | Mystery | Crime




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25 February 1977 (USA)  »

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A good episode but the ending was a bit weak.
5 March 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Barry Sullivan guest starred in this one as Quincy's old mentor and professor. However, instead of this being a happy reunion, the old friend is testifying in cases against Quincy as an expert witness. In one case, it's a matter of opinion but in another case, it becomes more and more clear that this friend is either incompetent or simply is doing it for money. The case in question--a man whose wife is fighting the coroner's office because they have not yet declared him dead after a fatal fire. Quincy is not convinced it's the man--and thinks it's a case of insurance fraud and much more.

Although this is a reasonably enjoyable episode, the show has two problems. First, Quincy's insistence that there was a lot of doubt as to whether the crispy corpse was the correct man was VERY reasonable and common sense said this guy had faked his death (after all, the man WAS facing possible prison time). So, everyone fighting Quincy seemed odd. Second, the ending totally omitted dealing with the either incompetent or mercenary consultant. Not a great episode--but always watchable.

By the way, look for Mark Goddard (of "Lost in Space" fame) as an attorney.

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