Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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A roundup of prostitutes follows the death of an athlete who contracted a drug-resistant strain of gonorrhea.


Peter J. Thompson


Steve Greenberg (teleplay), Aubrey Solomon (teleplay) | 5 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Klugman ... Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.
Garry Walberg ... Lt. Frank Monahan
John S. Ragin ... Dr. Robert Asten
Val Bisoglio ... Danny Tovo
Robert Ito ... Sam Fujiyama
Joseph Roman Joseph Roman ... Sgt. Brill
Jo Ann Pflug ... Marsha
Raymond St. Jacques ... Dr. Charles Martin
James Keach ... Gary Harlan
Kathryn Leigh Scott ... Laura Ramsey
Cecilia Hart ... Jackie Curtis
Lee Paul ... Joe Ramsey
Albert Popwell ... 2nd Pimp
Jenny Sherman ... Gabrielle Martin
John A. Zee John A. Zee ... Sultan


While performing an autopsy on a football player who died from an aneurysm, Quincy notices he also had a drug resistant strain of gonorrhea. Astin loans Quincy and Sam to the health department to help find any sexual partners he may've been involved with before an epidemic occurs. At the same time, Quincy looks into the murder of a prostitute, who also was infected with the virus. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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20 April 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Although this episode is complicated and a bit preachy, it is a decent show and talks about the dangers of STDs--in this case, penicillin-resistant gonorrhea. However, the show also has many detours and crimes--and, in some ways, they tend to soften the impact of the STD angle.

The show begins with a woman being stabbed to death down a dark alley. Soon, in a locker room following a pro football game, a guy has a stroke and dies. Somehow these two incidents are related. Through the course of the show, Quincy learns that there is a penicillin-resistant STD and he is volunteered by Asten to assist the health department in tracking down the infected. At the same time, Quincy and Monahan (who is as dumb as ever in this one) work on the murder to determine who is responsible.

This is a preachy social issue episode--and these are usually not among the best. But, it is very positive because it was one of the earliest shows to talk about sexually transmitted diseases. I noticed another reviewer didn't appreciate how the show never talked about condom use, but considering it was 1979, it was amazing they talked about STDs at all--let alone condoms. In context, the show was good. My only real complaint is that the STD angle was interesting but the murder seemed to be wrapped up amazingly easily...too easily. But, it is worth seeing.

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18 January 1979 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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