Eminent heart surgeon, Stan Royce, M.D., is one of an elite group who developed a special new procedure for patients where a plaque is inserted in the heart in an area where a side-branch divides off an artery. When the doctor's cutting-edge procedure does not save patient, Hal Markham, the Markham family asks for an autopsy. Dr. Quincy is shocked to find Markham was not treated with the new procedure, as promised, but an older version. Quincy is certain the new procedure was not done because the plaque he and Sam found in Hal Markham was in the wrong place. Dr. Quincy believes Dr. Royce is allowing one of his more gifted, but less experienced, residents (played by a young Jonathan Frakes) to perform Royce's procedures... but without Royce's supervision. Quincy is very unhappy about this state of affairs and sets out to hold these doctors to the standards to which they once swore an oath, just as any professional would do.