Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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A Small Circle of Friends 

While performing an autopsy on a football player who died from an aneurysm, Quincy notices that he also had an especially drug resistant strain of gonorrhea. Quince and Sam are then loaned ... See full summary »


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 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 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 that he also had an especially drug resistant strain of gonorrhea. Quince and Sam are then loaned out to the health department to try to find any women he may have been involved with before a full scale epidemic breaks out. Also, Quince 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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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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18 January 1979 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Interesting episode featuring both a murder and a public health crisis
19 September 2015 | by rayoflite24See all my reviews

A Small Circle of Friends begins with a woman being pulled into an alley by a masked man and stabbed to death. He takes her identification with him but leaves her cash and jewelry behind. Meanwhile at Danny's, Quincy (Jack Klugman) and his latest girlfriend, Marsha (Jo Ann Pflug), are watching their favorite football team play on television. The team wins the game, and later in the locker room a player suddenly dies from an aneurysm. Quincy performs the autopsy and further identifies that the man had contracted a rare strain of gonorrhea resistant to penicillin. As it turns out, the woman who was murdered was also a carrier suggesting a connection between the two. Quincy must work with the Health Department to identify and treat anyone else who may be infected to prevent a breakout while also working with the police to find the killer.

This is an interesting episode in many ways as it weaves together a public health crisis along with a murder investigation whereas many other episodes of the series would feature one or the other as the plot. My only criticism is that the murder mystery seemed to take a backseat to the venereal disease containment for most of the episode, but otherwise I found it to be a quite reasonable and compelling story throughout. Kudos to the Quincy writers and production team for tackling a sensitive topic that most prime time dramas would have avoided back in 1979.

All in all, a good Season 4 episode entry which I would definitely recommend viewing.

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