Quincy M.E.: Season 4, Episode 15

Walk Softly Through the Night: Part 2 (1 Feb. 1979)

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Joseph Roman ...
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Brock Campbell
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Dr. Mason Colella
Spencer Milligan ...
Cliff Hanna
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A very weak conclusion to a weak two-parter.
20 April 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

It's a real shame that "Walk Softly Through the Night" is such a weak story, as it's also a two-parter. Because of this, it becomes a big tedious and are far from the best "Quincy" episodes you can find--in fact, they are among the worst.

In part 1, Quincy investigates the death of a college student who was hooked on Quaaludes. But, this only occupied a small portion of the show. Most of it was a social commentary show with LOTS of scenes of Quincy and Brock (Constantine) trying to upstage each other in angry outbursts. Overall, it comes off as VERY preachy.

Here in part 2, one of Quincy's new friends (and he always seems to make a few in each episode) is a grad student (A Hernandez) who is doing something VERY stupid--he's doing his own unofficial detox program! But, when one of the kids he's trying to bring down off Quaaludes is going through withdrawal, he goes to an evil pill-pushing doctor and tries to force him, at gunpoint, to write a prescription. Later, when the doctor was found dead, naturally they assume the stupid grad student is responsible. Smart, this guy ain't!

What follows are some of the worst moments of the series during the courtroom scenes. Quincy doesn't testify so much as he's making a speech on the dangers of Quaaludes. But what was much worse were the scenes with Michael Constantine--who chewed up the scenery with his overacting. In addition, the dialog he had to speak was just god-awful and silly. I particularly was annoyed with the 'Perry Mason' moment--where the guilty dad admitted killing the doctor---even though there was no evidence he was responsible! Plus, he really was the only possible one who could have done it--so none of this came as a surprise! Overall, rather dopey and sad. I wish the show had just stuck to autopsies and not been like an extended public service announcement.


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