Quincy M.E.: Season 6, Episode 6

Welcome to Paradise Palms (17 Dec. 1980)

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When Bubonic Plague strikes a Native American reservation, Quincy must find the source of the outbreak before the opening of a prestigious new golf course puts more lives in jeopardy.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Joseph Roman ...
Dr. Paul Minnara (as Ronald Joseph)
Silvana Gallardo ...
Roberta Wanaka
Dehl Berti ...
Dwight Snow / The Shaman
Charles Curtis
Rod Colbin ...
Dr. Lang
Joshua Wanaka (as Joseph Running Fox)
Eddie Garcia ...
Chester Wanaka
Danna Hansen ...
Stacy Keach Sr. ...
President C.C.


When Bubonic Plague strikes a Native American reservation, Quincy must find the source of the outbreak before the opening of a prestigious new golf course puts more lives in jeopardy.

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17 December 1980 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The aircraft in which Quincy arrives and departs Paradise Palms is a Cessna 414A Chancellor. Introduced in 1978, the Cessna 414A is a development of the Cessna 414, the model in which Patrick Swayze had to make an emergency landing after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning and loss of cabin pressure. See more »

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Another public health crisis and race against time plot
11 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

Welcome to Paradise Palms begins with a young boy in a Native American community falling ill and dying. When another child begins to experience the same symptoms, Quincy (Jack Klugman) is called in to assist in his treatment. Quincy and a local doctor diagnose the illnesses as Bubonic Plague, and this puts them in a race against time to find the origin of the plague before a nearby luxury golf resort has their grand opening. When they try to delay the opening to allow more time for containment of the disease, the owners and local officials oppose them arguing that it could be devastating to the local economy.

This is an OK episode that deals with a public health crisis, a beat the clock scenario and a battle against bureaucracy. While these types of episodes can be entertaining at times, I didn't find this one to be particularly interesting or remarkable and it just seemed to move along at a very slow pace. There is no crime featured or even a mystery really as the illnesses are diagnosed very early on and we see the exact area where the plague originated.

On the positive side, much of this episode takes place on location in an authentic looking southwestern style community, so it is a nice change of pace from LA and the coroner lab. There is also a very tender moment towards the end where the Native American boy who Quincy saves thanks him and tells him that he loves him which was nice to see.

Otherwise, I wouldn't characterize this as much more than a fair Season 6 episode featuring a public health problem/battle against local government which is something that we have seen many times before.

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