Valleyview, a convalescent and nursing care home, has an excellent reputation. Then Howard Phillips dies of a blood clot - a heart attack - and his nephew drops $362 on Quincy's desk. That ... See full summary »

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Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
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Joseph Roman ...
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Dr. John Franklin
Jason Evers ...
Dr. Peter James
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Nurse Barbara Grayson
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Jerry Friedman (as Tony Eisley)
Ben Frank ...
Mr. Schroeder
Christopher Connelly ...
Paul Colby
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David Phillips
Danna Hansen ...
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Joan Goodfellow ...
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Valleyview, a convalescent and nursing care home, has an excellent reputation. Then Howard Phillips dies of a blood clot - a heart attack - and his nephew drops $362 on Quincy's desk. That is the county's fee for an autopsy, which is the young man's right, so Quincy performs the examination - and discovers the elder Phillips' heart was in fine shape, with no evidence of a clot. A second patient succumbs to the same mysterious disorder, and shortly after that staff nurse Grayson. All come to Quincy's table; none reveals the secret. Asten pressures Quincy to step lightly around Valleyview's reputation lest the good work it does be destroyed forever. But until Quincy can determine the cause of death, he cannot dismiss any possibility - including the most damning one of all, that Valleyview might have an Angel of Death among its staff... Written by CommanderBalok

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13 May 1977 (USA)  »

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Oooh, this is a good one.
17 March 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

At a local sanitarium, an old man dies unexpectedly from an apparent heart attack. The man's grandson (Ed Begley Jr.) requests an autopsy and Quincy determines that the death was NOT from a heart attack but he can't find an exact cause. A bit later, a young lady from the same sanitarium dies and it's called a heart attack as well--but Quincy sees this as way too coincidental but again he can't find a cause. Astin pushes Quincy to give up and stop making irresponsible allegations (which he had been doing). But, when a third death soon occurs, it's obvious to anyone that this is NOT a series of coincidences. But how are people dying and who is doing it?!

This episode was among the best of the second season. Part of it is that several 'angels of death' (such as Donald Harvey) have been caught killing patients in the places where they work. Part of it is because it's very intelligently written and interesting. In other words, Quincy comes off as a reasonable person--not a social worker/cop rolled up into one. His worries about the rash of unexplained deaths were reasonable and made for a very tight story. I also liked the final attempted murder--it was, in a very dark way, kind of funny. All in all, well worth your time.


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